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BlackBerry fan writes an original piano piece in the classical sonata form in honor of BB10!

BlackBerry Sonata
By Kevin Michaluk on 1 Feb 2013 09:54 am EST

A winning entry in CrackBerry's What Would You Do for a BlackBerry 10 Phone? Contest! 

Download the BlackBerry Sonata here (25.8MB) *

With all of the BlackBerry 10 launch event buzz and the BlackBerry Z10 Review content hitting CrackBerry the last couple of days, we took a short break from posting more winners from our What Would You Do for a BlackBerry 10 Phone? Contest. But we're back with our next winning entry, from Daniel Richmond.

Daniel's idea was to write an original piano piece in the classical sonata form, using the traditional BlackBerry ringtone. To say we were intrigued by Daniel's idea was an understatement, so we picked him as a winner and boy did he follow through. You can listen to the BlackBerry Sonata in E-Minor above, and keep reading for more details on the inspiration as well as the sheet music.

In Daniel's words:

The piece is in sonata form from the early classical era, and still shows tendencies of the Baroque era that preceded it, almost as if written for a harpsichord instead of piano. The two halves of the BlackBerry ringtone make up the starting notes of the primary and secondary themes of the piece (in e and in G). I hope you enjoy it! It was fun to make such a piece on such a time crunch.

What would I do for a BlackBerry 10 phone? I'd make a piano piece in classical sonata form!

Great job Daniel! You deserve the free BB10 phone you have coming your way. You have mad skills!

And this is why I love contests like this on CrackBerry - it shows the amazing diversity and talent of our readership and BlackBerry owners. When we pick the winning ideas for What Would You You? contests, we pick a range of ideas - a couple crazy ideas, a couple hard work and effort ideas, some talent-related ideas, a couple sexy ideas, some arts and crafts ideas, etc. We mix it up - from tattoos to bikini photoshoots to musical sonatas and everything in between! We realize not everybody will love every idea that gets picked (especially those who submitted ideas that didn't get picked), but that's the nature of these types of contests - can never please everyone. Don't over think it - just enjoy the posts. And remember, on CrackBerry another contest is never too far away. In fact, we have another contest going right now where you can enter to win a free BlackBerry Z10!

And we still have six more entries to come. We're actually picking 11 winners since the BlackBerry bikini photoshoot was more of a bonus round on the eve of the BB10 launch day to keep everybody entertained (it seems to have entertained a lot of you too - over 90,000 views on youtube which is a record for a What Would You Do contest entry - even more than some of our entries from the Storm contest we did years ago!). 

Enjoy the Sonata and stay tuned for our next winning entry! 

BlackBerry Sonata

BlackBerry Sonata

BlackBerry Sonata 



I was wondering what happened to the rest of these "what would you do for a bb10 phone" entries.


WOW, that is beautiful. I would love to download it. Well deserved.

Kevin Michaluk

I'll get it uploaded so people can download it. Great idea!


will it be on BlackBerry World?


amazing job - oozing talent!


Thank you Daniel for a beautiful musical experience - uplifting and joyful.
I hope I can download it and continue to enjoy it. Could I make it my new phone ring??


Fantastic piece of play. Absolutely love it. Looking forward to the download file.


That is well done! Definitely deserves a BB10 phone for this! Awesome!

Anthony Roberts 1985

Hey Kevin were you aware that the Blackberry Q10 on is number 1 in Daily Hits in the current rankings over the Sony Z and even the Note 2 ?!?!? :)


Oh WOW want this for my Z10 phone ring!!!!!


Such talent! Heard the Baroque influence, and sure liked the left hand parts that sounded like the phone ringer. A very deserving winner.


He totally ripped of Bach's Little Fugue in G minor.

Dan Richmond

Wow, when writing it I didn't even notice that it was the section of Bach's Organ Fugue in G minor transposed. The actual basis for that section was a Haydn sonata (Hob. XVI No. 37 in D major, Mvmt I during the primary theme group). I specifically tried to avoid looking at Bach as a model due to my desire to be closer to the galant style than to the baroque style which is very contrapuntal in nature.

When I ran the melodic line through musipedia, the closest thing I got was Mozart's Requiem, so I assumed it was clean. Good catch!

Credit to Bach for, well, everything!


awesome - definitely deserves a Z10


A amazing idea in the first place in the first place, and really well done. I love it !



Wonderful piece and parts of it sound very very familiar. Ringtone inspiriation and also clearly some Bach plagiarism. But if you are going to "borrow" at least borrow from the best!

Dan Richmond

It's true, borrowing from Bach is the best way to go if you're going to borrow (The Great 48 is heaven to me) but the source was actually Haydn, which served as the inspiration for all my form for this style, with adjustments made based on the Sonata form readings of the History of Western Music by Burkholder.


Haydn was influenced by Bach (who hasn't been) and your wonderful piece definitely rings true to them. The immediate and unmistakable parallel to these great composers is heard in form and in style. Though Haydn is your source, the melody and counterpoint is more baroque Bach in my humble opinion. But who really cares. You deserve the Z10 and I applaud your efforts.

Dan Richmond

Well, thank you very much for that! My own contrapuntal studies tend to be from the following books:
Counterpoint in Composition by Felix Salzer and Carl Schacter
The Study of Counterpoint (from Gradus Ad Parnassum) by Johann Josephus Fux (I did my own translation because I was too cheap to by Alfred Mann's at the time)
Preliminary Exercises in Counterpoint by Arnold Schoenberg
Counterpoint by Kent Kennan
Counterpoint by Walter Piston

My favorite is the Salzer, who was my teacher's teacher, but I can't ignore the tradition of the Fux book and the other greats who have studied from it.


Beautiful! Dubstep remix? Kidding... Or am I?

Dan Richmond

That could be arranged if I have some free time. I am still a college student, so I'm pretty busy as I apply for graduate school.


First, I congratulate Daniel on the piece - although yes somewhate reminiscent/derivative of classical Baroque, anything since the mid-20th Century can be labelled with that. I liked the nice tight structure without too many unnecessary attempts at cleverness.

Now, two points: the first is that the ending, being only partially resolved, indicates musically that there must be a second (and really, a third) movement to follow (and what a contest that would make!)

I'd also love to see it performed on the Z10!

Great job, thanks for including the scoring as well.

Curve 8330 CDMA (eww, I know, u/g to BB10 soon!)
Winner of EA Mobile SE Playbook - rockin' it!

Dan Richmond

Second and third movements will follow as I get time to do so, as will undoubtedly a revision of the first movement. I did what I could get done in six days time on the side of my coursework.


a million times better than the "photoshoot"

king benny

Wasn't expecting to see an entry like this! Very cool and we'll deserved! Congrats Daniel!

Kevin Michaluk

Added the download link!


Hi Kevin,
I respect what you said just now about everyone not liking the entries. I feel bad about what I said earlier about the bikini model and I apologize. I was trying to make a point, but I was also jealous. I did overthink it and I don't know if anyone responded to what I said, but I just wanted to state my opinion.

With that being said, congrats to Daniel for your wonderful piano composition in honor of BB10 and to everyone else who has won so far. At the end of the day, we're all here to support BB and that's what really matters. :-)


The sophistication of another BB user shines through. Nice work!


Setting as ringtone in 3,2.....


The perfect ringtone for my friend that I met at the used record store.....yep, met him in the classical section


Thanks Daniel ! Nice tune ..had it playing in the backgrd while reviewing a couple other BB threads !

congrat's on the win !!


Amazing! You so deserve to win a BB10 phone!

Such awesome talented people (and great diversity) make up BB users! :)


Simply Amazing!! Great job!


That's huge !!! Congrats, what a winner !


Downloaded to my phone now.


Congrats on winning Dan!!
Once I get my hands on the Z10, this will surely be my first ringtone. :D


i have this app on my PlayBook,,, :-) it has no where near this response or tone tho,,, GREAT JOB!!!



Which app is it? I haven't seen any decent piano apps for Playbook, so I want to check that one out.


Great job Daniel, that is awesome!!


I don't get to listen to very much classical. That was super!


I love this, I am The Saggy Commando on Soundcloud. Must put this on pacemaker.....