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The Penny Whistle Song

Composed for orchestra, The Penny Whistle Song was completed on June 3, 1951. It is 2 minutes and 45 seconds long. It was first performed when recorded by the composer on June 28, 1951, in analog mono sound. It was re-recorded in analog stereo sound by the composer on June 11, 1959.

Composer quote: "When you are writing, many people think, "Oh just a little three-minute number, that's easy." It isn't. It's a lot easier making up music when you've got 25 or 30 minutes to fill because if there are two or three minutes between when not much goes on, it's lost, everything comes out in the wash. But when you've only got three minutes, every measure has to count. You can't have a good strong one and then mark time for a little for something in the middle. Everything has to be good. As a matter of fact, I've spent hours wracking my brains, going over and over again in my mind, away from the piano, just thinking it over as if I were listening to it, whether the modulation should be two measures or four measures between different sections because I feel every measure has to count, you can't do any marking time. I do remember spending four days, having written "The Penny Whistle Song," trying to get an introduction. I just couldn't get an introduction. I spent four days at it and finally came up with the four-measure introduction. This is what you have to do when you are writing smaller numbers."