I posted a piece, a while ago, under the title 'Jive' for clarinet and piano. EtLux suggested the material had a lot more development in it - so, this weekend, whilst at the in-laws', I decided to rework it a little.
Ironically it's now much shorter, because I removed a slow section that was somewhat forced, but there is considerably more development of the more furious material.
When I finished, I realised that there is still much more in the material; but I didn't think this particular movement would take any more. The essence of it is absolute unrelenting 'motoricness,' which proved impossible to interrupt. The harmonic relations are almost irrelevant, it's a piece of percussion - and I think, without, having contrasting harmonic areas to move to, I've reached the limit of how far this 'motoricness' will carry a piece.
So I decided I would write a Sonata in short movements, all based on the same motivic material, and have made a start on a fugal scherzo.
The two are here:-
http://minorcrisis.net/files/Ngoma1.mp3 (Original Movement)
I'd welcome any comments and suggestions, as critical as you like (preferably about the composition, the production and realisation are at an early stage). My problem is that I don't really have any conscious compositional tools, thus I don't sit down and plan pieces. I simpy come up with an idea, and then think, 'Right, where can it go now? And where now?' usually thinking about 3 notes ahead. To me the results, amazingly, seem to achieve a certain coherence, but I'm aware that my working method is horrendously naive, and I'm hoping that some objective ears will tell me what's worng with it.