September, February, and August make use of the musical letters in Jacquelynne’s name. January, being the month I was born in, uses the musical letters of my name – A, E, and E flat (the letter S in German acts as a stand in for E flat). I used these three notes to create the harmonic language of the LH. This prelude may be the most challenging tonally for the listener, but I promise it’s tonal! It changes keys at the end as the harsh weather of January begins to give way to the slightly calmer February. February still has it’s storms, but it also has lovely sunny – or partially cloudy – days, and less frigid temperatures. Admittedly, January is not my favorite month of the year, but it is one of my favorites in “Calendar”.

Here’s a sample of the engraving.
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