Mr. Stolyarov composes four variations for piano and harpsichord, based on a minuet and trio that were randomly generated – most likely for the first time – using the rules in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Musikalisches Würfelspiel (Musical Dice Game, K. 516f).
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the pioneers of algorithmic composition. In 1787 he developed his Musikalisches Würfelspiel (Musical Dice Game, K. 516f), which could generate unique minuets and trios by associating specific measures with rolls of dice (2 6-sided dice for the minuet, 1 6-sided die for the trio). Following Mozart’s table of rules, it is possible to generate (11^16)*(6^16) = 66^16 = 129,629,238,163,050,258,624,287,932,416 unique minuet/trio combinations. This means that any given iteration of the Musikalisches Würfelspiel has most likely never been heard before and, if preserved, adds to the available musical variety derived from Mozart’s compositional technique.
See the rules for the Musikalisches Würfelspiel and hear the individual measures in MIDI format here.
Download “Musikalische Würfelspiele” – a free German-language program by Peter Baumann that can generate full MIDI files for compositions created using the musical dice games of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Philipp Kirnberger.
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This minuet was composed by Mr. Stolyarov in 2005 using a style and harmonies reminiscent of secular European music of the 15th and 16th centuries. It conveys a simultaneously vibrant and nostalgic mood.
This work was remastered using the SynthFont2 software, with the Evanescence 2 and GMR Basico 1.1 instrument packs.
This is one of Mr. Stolyarov’s first compositions, written in 2001 and played in Finale 2011 Software using the Steinway Grand Piano instrument. It is a pleasant minuet-like piece in 3/4 meter that evokes the harmonies of the Classical Era.