I have a new prelude – Prelude in b minor
I know, this seems a bit different. Actually it isn’t - I never said I was going to try to stay within the confines of mid-Romantic music. That being said, this was heavily influenced by the 4th movement of Chopin’s 2nd Piano Sonata, the “Funeral march” Sonata. That movement is just amazing and can still be shocking. Back a century and half or so ago people such as Schumann didn’t consider it music.
Anyway, back to my prelude. As I said, I was influenced but I am not trying to sound anything like it or copy it in anyway, except for the general idea.
With this set of preludes I want to explore different feelings and different techniques for achieving those feelings. This is as much an experiment as anything, but it fits in well with my idea of the preludes. My only problem with it is it seems so shocking coming after the flowing D Major prelude. I am going to work on having the next one, the E Major one, seem to spring out of this.
For this I wrote out a chord progression (a lot of Neapolitan and German 6th plus a modulation to F minor and back), wrote a melody over it and then filled in with chromatic notes, mostly following just a few short motifs. I tried hard to make sure the lowest note for each chord was what I had originally written as the bass note.
Anyway, here are the first four as they now stand (I'm leaving the c minor one out for now):
Prelude in C Major
Prelude in a minor
Prelude in D Major
Prelude in b minor
(For those who didn’t read my last thread, I am going to go around the circle like this, but move to Eb Major when the circle repeats.)
As usual I am looking for comments, suggestions, etc. In other words, any type of feedback is much appreciated.