1. Sheet music now available at https://www.scribd.com/doc/104558384/ghostly-waltz
    I tried to depict a decaying castle with its ballroom draped in dust, tattered curtains and faded antique furniture. A bell tolls at midnight and dark rhythms of the opening bars stir the spirits from their slumber. They glide down the staircase, pair, then slowly begin moving around the ballroom to the strains of a melancholy valse triste. Two separate themes are presented by the piano, the first at 0:29 and the second at 0:58. The two themes are then combined at 1:51, first played by the woodwinds and then at 2:16 where the horns take the first theme while the violins play the second. As the last notes softly resonate and then die away the specters bow to their partners and then gradually fade, awaiting the next stroke of midnight when the music will once again summon them from their eternal abode.

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Piano Concertos by J Joe Townley

J Joe Townley

About Piano Concertos By J Joe Townley

"I'm speechless! This is fantastic!"

"I'm so impressed!!!"

"This is great!"

"A masterpiece!!"

"A beautiful concerto...!"

--Some listeners' reactions to Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor

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About Piano Concertos By J Joe Townley

"I'm speechless! This is fantastic!"

"I'm so impressed!!!"

"This is great!"

"A masterpiece!!"

"A beautiful concerto...!"

--Some listeners' reactions to Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor

I wrote two piano concertos in 2011 and 2012 to fulfill a promise I made to myself as a piano student that I would write one and then premiere it much in the same way Rachmaninoff did with his 2nd, my intention being to launch a career as a composer, pianist, & conductor. Well, fate had other plans---a severe finger injury grounded me as a pianist at 20 and I never wrote that concerto. The dream eventually faded, though it apparently had been lying dormant somewhere underneath my psyche. One day a few years ago an innocuous tune just popped into my mind. I finally decided to run with it and write that piano concerto. A second one followed the next year and then a third this year---no training in composition or orchestration, just instinct, a good notation program, and determination.

I hope you enjoy them.

J Joe Townley

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