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A whimsical 12-tone version of Happy Birthday to play for sad birthdays. Music arranged by Stacy Fahrion.
Not-so-Happy Birthday (Digital: Single User)

Not-so-Happy Birthday (Digital: Single User)

Not-so-Happy Birthday (Digital: Unlimited Reproductions)

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Not-so-Happy Birthday

  • Style: Twelve-tone solo

  • Correlates to Piano Pronto method books: Finale & up

  • Level: Intermediates & up

  • Tonal center: Twelve-tone row

  • Teaching Concepts: Introduction to twelve-tone music

Additional Details

Composer: Stacy Fahrion
Tonal Center: No tonal center
Genre(s): Folk
Instrumentation: Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Medium: Sheet Music
Method Book Match: Encore


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Want something to play for a person's birthday that no one else will know? This is perfect. It's macabre, it's very 12-tone, and anyone singing along will dissolve into laughter or confused expressions. I love playing this one for my college students' birthdays! Definitely an intermediate or above piece.

This is so clever and even charming in its own grim, grisly way. Suitable for those novelty middle-aged birthday parties where everyone jokes about the recipient being old. It's also a really good, accessible introduction to German Expressionism. And it's free!!