“Strange” from “Six Little Quark Waltzes”





This is a lovely melodic waltz in F minor.   The minor key lends it a romantic flavor and the pianist is encouraged to use a fluid and flexible tempo with a nice rubato ( ritenuto ) where indicated.  If possible this waltz should not be played too slowly.   A stepped up pace energizes it and emphasizes the unusual “missing” tied notes   … the “strange” rhythm.

The middle development section offers a few challenges in cross-over fingering.  Bar 24 is tricky and will require some extra practice.   But since it closes the section, the pianist can take time to linger over the notes.

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


Quark Waltz 4


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Waltz_No 4 Strange

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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.
Omega BaryonHere is an Omega Baryon.  It’s composed of three “strange” quarks.   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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