“Down” from “Six Little Quark Waltzes”



This is a melodic and charming little waltz in a minor key.  It is moderately easy to play with only two chords forming the basis for most of the left hand accompaniment until the melody takes over in bars 9 to 16.   Remember to lean on the melody and keep the right hand chords (thirds) very soft throughout this section.   From bars 25 to 32, special care should be taken with the left hand fingering to keep the scale passages smooth.  These measures are the most difficult in the piece but if they are practiced slowly with the correct fingerings,  they can be brought up to speed fairly easily.

Like most of the waltzes in this series, the performer can choose his tempo, remembering only to keep the slight stress on the first note of each measure   … the “waltz” pulse.

Quark Waltz no. 2

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Waltz_No 2 Down

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What is a “Quark” waltz?

Good question. It’s a mixture of quantum physics and pure whimsy on my part.
According to the Standard Model in particle physics,   quarks are  elementary particles and are  the fundamental constituents of matter.   There are six types and the names assigned to them by some of the most serious thinkers in the world are so delightfully silly that I was inspired to create six waltzes corresponding to the six recognized types of quarks.  Up and Down, Charm and Strange  … and Top and Bottom.     Each pair are a positive and negative.
NeutronHere is a Neutron.  It’s composed of three quarks … two downs and one up.  They are held together by “gluons” which are indicated by those little white squiggly strings.
You have to love the physicists who dream up these names. Makes
Quantum theory a lot more fun!      
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