So busy with music for my senior recital! Well, I'm currently plugging through a harp suite that I've already posted one movement from. It was the 2nd movement, Memories.
What I have today is the 1st movement, which I've called Metamorphosis. In fact, all of the movements I've decided to begin with the letter M... And the overall title for the suite is "Membrane Melodies," as I thought it would be suiting to the content of all three movements
This movement was written for the Celtic harp, so its range doesn't dive nearly as deep as the second, which was for the standard Orchestral Harp.
Content-wise, I chose to use a scale of minor with a major 3rd. Since the celtic harp is an instrument that can't transpose unless you retune it, it was a great challenge to be restricted to one scale and its modes. I attempted a lot of playing with expectations in the continual evolution of a melody.
The concept of metamorphosis, the title, plays into the melodic content of the piece. While the 2nd movement features its chord progression as the main focus, this 1st revolves around the melody. Every time the melody is repeated, a different series of chords or bass notes are played underneith. As a result, the melody begins to transform. In the middle section, I introduce what seems to be a completely new melody. But in fact, it is based on a chord progression taken from the notes of the primary melody played in octaves in the left hand. The second melody is therefore extracted from the first, and then in the final repetition is played alongside the original melody as a second voice and series of bass notes to complete the transformation.