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Piano Transcriptions by Dave Ratcliffe


I began creating music transcriptions of piano recordings in 1977. Prior to this I had picked out songs by ear like The Beatles’ Lady Madonna and Martha My Dear, memorizing them as I went, and thus by-passing the process of attempting to notate what I was hearing. While studying at Berklee College of Music in 1976-1977 I took a class where we learned to sight-sing melodies, conducting 4/4 or 3/4 time while simultaneously singing the solfège syllable (e.g., do, re, mi) and duration of each note. This experience made it possible to finally read time accurately in music manuscript.

C O N T E N T S
Song Title Pianist/Composer Album (CD) Title Year   Notes
Freedie Freeloader solo     Wynton Kelly Kind of Blue 1959 c
Dirge Blues Mary Lou Williams     My Mama Pinned a Rose on Me 1977  
Dirge Blues Mary Lou Williams Mary Lou Williams Presents (Black Christ of the Andes)     1964  
No Title Blues Mary Lou Williams My Mama Pinned a Rose on Me 1977 c
J.B.’s Waltz Mary Lou Williams My Mama Pinned a Rose on Me 1977 c
Blues For Peter Mary Lou Williams My Mama Pinned a Rose on Me 1977  
Baby Man Mary Lou Williams Free Spirits 1975
‘Round Midnight Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk - The Composer 1968 c m
Special #1 Meade Lux Lewis n/a n/a  
Six and Four Oliver Nelson Straight Ahead, Oliver Nelson with Eric Dolphy 1961 m
Syl-o-gism Mary Lou Williams Zoning 1974 m
Relaxin' Willie "The Lion" Smith      Lucky & The Lion: Harlem Piano 1958 c m
Pannonica Thelonious Monk Thelonious Alone in San Francisco 1959 c
Prelude No. 4 Var John Lewis The Bridge Game, Vol II 1985 c
Prelude No. 5 Var John Lewis The Bridge Game, Vol II 1985 c m
Fugue No. 10 Var John Lewis The Bridge Game, Vol III 1988 c
Rosa Mae Mary Lou Williams Mary Lou Williams, Zoning 1974 c
Key:   c - complete song or section;   m - midi file