the most humbug-y of audience members will
have to laugh at this new take on the traditional
birthday song. After the melody is presented
in a minor key, it works its way through a
series of tongue-in-cheek "serious"
transitions before arriving at a zany calypso
setting (complete with maracas and claves!).
Through all its silliness, the piece is actually
a great teaching tool for many techniques
your students will encounter in symphonic
music, such as imitation, chromatics, tremolo,
triplets, and more. Don’t forget the