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    Piano Sonata in g minor, 2nd Movement

    Hi. Some of you may remember the first movement of my piano sonata in g minor that I posted a couple of weeks ago. Well, I finally finished a first draft of the second movement adagio.

    You may recall that the first movement was inspired by Beethoven. Well, I can’t write an adagio in Beethoven’s style, or even one that recalls his style. So I started from scratch and wrote an adagio that used similar harmonies to the first movement (I used the Neapolitan quite a bit in both), was based on motives derived from the first movement and has the mood I wanted to portray.

    Here is the Piano Sonata in g minor as it currently stands:

    First Movement adagio, allegro con brio
    Second movement adagio

    Let me know what you think – seriously. I’m doing this as a learning piece so I am very interested in what people think I am doing right and what I am doing wrong.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: Piano Sonata in g minor, 2nd Movement

    Certainly a great deal of "brio" in that first movement;
    and the adagio... lovely in its halting delicacy.

    What impressed me more, though, was some of the
    underlying thinking in relating the two movements, of
    creating a basis for relevance between them.

    Many will say the ear doesn't really hear these things.
    But it does, Trent, though that perception may be more
    subconscious than overt.

    Keep it coming, Trent!

    Best,

    David
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    Re: Piano Sonata in g minor, 2nd Movement

    Thanks David.

    That is one of the things I’m working on – motivic development, not just within a movement, but also between movements. I’m about midway in my study of Beethoven and that is one lesson from his music that can be carried forward no matter were I go with harmony and tonality, including ditching it altogether.

    I have a couple of ideas for the next movement floating around – I’ll just have to see how they fall together.

    Thanks for taking the time to listen and to comment.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: Piano Sonata in g minor, 2nd Movement

    Quote Originally Posted by trentpmcd
    That is one of the things I’m working on – motivic development, not just within a movement, but also between movements. I’m about midway in my study of Beethoven and that is one lesson from his music that can be carried forward no matter were I go with harmony and tonality, including ditching it altogether.
    I'd suggest tattooing that somewhere you see it often... lol.

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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