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Steven Rochen

Pi-Day 2012 - Do you have a song to play?

March 6, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Happy Pi Day 2012!

A Piece of Pi - a piece for solo violin (or viola)

This is a link to hear the song at

A Piece of Pi was written for solo violin to celebrate Pi Day in 2008. The genesis of this piece lay with the Middle School Orchestra at Trinity School, in New York City. Inspired by several dynamic math teachers, the students at the school hold an annual Pi Day celebration on March 14. A student asked if I would compose a piece about pi, or based on pi, in some form. I decided to explore writing a piece and tried several ways to convert the numbers or rhythms into notes.

I really enjoyed the decisions and challenges involved and I was particularly delighted to find a sequence of notes that John Williams used in his movie score for "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

I am pleased that it has received performances at many venues in New York and abroad and I have had many requests for the sheet music both nationally and internationally.

The music has been recently been published by Ovation Press - check under my name, Steven Rochen, if you want a copy of the music.


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