Teen authors David & Laura Lee (Inspire us to write)

David T. Lee (15 year-old of 5 books, published a 4,500-word sci-fi at 7); Laura T. Lee (13 year-old of 2 novels, published a 62,000-word novel at 10)

My first recital on piano – I composed a song and played it with 2 other songs

Written By: David T. Lee - Mar• 18•12

I was so excited! I was about to take part in my 1st recital!

The rehearsal room had musical instruments everywhere. The place was flooded with young performers, all of them less than 15 years old, a few coming out once in a while and a few coming back in occasionally. To me, I thought it was boring. The only sound I could hear was inside, performers talking and joking around. I once tried to practice my recital songs, but a minute later, the organizer of the recital told me to stop. I tried to hear the recital music through the closed doors.

An hour later, I was called up to the stage to perform. I nervously stepped up to the piano, but tried not to show my stage fright to the audience, and flipped through my music books for the songs I was going to play. The chair was too high for me (my feet were 6 inches high in the air) and I had to sit on the edge of the chair to reach the sustain pedal. I was very anxious, so anxious that I had to remind myself in my mind, “David, you can do this. You can do this.” I started to play my 1st song, The Bubble. After I finished the piece, there was a lot of applauding. For a moment, I was overjoyed.

Next, I performed my 2nd song, Silver Moon Boat. It was a Chinese melody, and I thought that song sounded beautiful when I played it. Again, I was overjoyed by the applause.

Now my 3rd song was a piece I composed. Some of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven’s symphonies inspired me to compose this song. It was named Symphony No. 1. It was my 1st ever composed piece to be played in the public. Interesting, isn’t it? Before I played the song, I did a speech to introduce the song and said I would make a better version and replay it in June. A round of applause shot out of the crowd as I finished the speech. I played it and although I messed up on a few notes, my song got a huge prolonged applause. Can you believe that? I did a bow and the organizer said, “Look’s like we have a budding composer in this room.” I high-fived my family when I joined them back in the audience.

I sadly looked at the piano as I left the stage and later, the hall. I looked back to the great experience I had sitting near the piano and while I was playing my songs. “I hope I can go and perform there at the recital next June”, I thought as we left the building.

This is the song I composed. Leave your comments!

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