Max Richter by ear

Max Richter has long been my favorite modern composer.  His “On the Nature of Daylight” is so beautiful that I always want to cry, despite having listened to it god knows how many times since the early 2000’s.  I was listening to it yesterday and thought, “hey, the second violin part would be crazy easy on cello.”  So I tried it by ear and it sounded right.  I checked Noteflight to see if I could find it written out, and they had it for piano in Ab major, but I’m too lazy/inexperienced to remember four flats so I transposed it to C and voila, it was what I’d been playing.  So I had my intervals right just playing by ear.  I am pleased with myself.  :D

Here’s the original piece, which is transcendent.


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