Checkers' Rhapsody is Bandcamp Exclusive Digital Only Bonus Track
Checkers' Rhapsody was originally composed for a piano back in 1975-1976 when Ellsworth was 17/18 years old. It is Ellsworth's first composition to be over 11 minutes and was originally performed at his piano recitals back in 1976. Always hearing the composition "bigger" in his head will full orchestra, Ellsworth realized that potential orchestrating this new version (with orchestral sounds courtesy of Philharmonik Miroslav).
"Rhapsody" means "songs stitched together" which is appropriate for this composition, one of a series named after his childhood beagle. Various themes are stated and recapitulated over the course of the piece with the opening thematic statement recurring several times throughout. It mixes classical, pop and jazz elements with shifting key signatures and time signatures, a favorite approach of Ellsworth's to this day with his progressive rock compositions.
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