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Rock Originals for String Quartet: Crazy in October

Composed by Anna Stafford-Heifetz

I was sleepless in Pasadena, October 2007, and had been composing all day. Suddenly a new melody came as I tried to sleep. I ignored it at first but it wouldn’t leave. A minute later I tiptoed to my desk. “Crazy,” I thought. Sleepy in nature, but with the energy of sleeplessness in the middle, it takes on two main motifs: a country-western style legato verse and a fun rock ’n’ roll chorus. The form is pop in nature with verse/chorus structure, but yet hinting at a dominant that is never fully realized. Perhaps I was still dreaming.

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