Lucky Rounds was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0332: Lucky Numbers.
Step 1: Think about how a string of numbers might inform — might seed — a short musical composition.
Step 2: Locate the lottery numbers near your — or, if you live somewhere that doesn’t have a lottery, find someplace that does.
Step 3: Having located a set of lottery numbers, then compose and record a short composition that is somehow based on them.
Looking at winning lottery numbers in Maryland, I found the list 11, 16, 38, 50, 69, 19. By multiplying the first number by 40, the result is the standard 440 hz for the note A, so I multiplied the other numbers by 40, yielding 640, 1520, 2000, 2760 and 760. Of course, none of these frequencies fall on notes in the well tempered system, and not being into micro-tonality, I selected the note closest to each frequency, the full row being A, E, G, C, F, G.
To reinforce the sequence in the piece I decided to make the composition a round, and titled it Lucky Rounds, partially due to the nature of the note selection, and partially because after numerous attempts to get the piece to work, it finally just fell into line with what I was looking for.
Lucky Rounds was written for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Lucky Rounds – Score