Piano Sonata in c# minor, 2nd Movement

Some of you may have seen my posts on the 1st Movement and the 3rd Movement of my Piano Sonata in c# minor that I have posted recently. I wrote the four movement sonata in 2007 when I was in the middle of my classic composition studies. It was the first, and one of the few, pieces that I wrote because I was inspired to write, not to answer a challenge or to use as a study.

So, now is time for the 2nd Movement, the adagio. Here it is:

(Click here if you don’t see the video below)

You may not hear it, but all of the basic themes were derived from motives from the first movement and all of the themes of the third movement came from here. My idea when I was composing classical music was for everything, from the smallest miniature to my hour long Hamlet Symphony to grow organically, and that is one method I used in an attempt to achieve this: I started with a few simple ideas and expanded on them, introducing as little new material as possible as the music progressed.

Anyway, here is what I wrote on the YouTube channel about this:

My Piano Sonata in C# minor from 2007 was one of the highlights of my time composing “classical” music. In fact, I would say I very rarely wrote as well as I did for this composition.

I wanted to go to a soft, quiet place for the second movement. I also liked the idea of doing a modified version of a rondo form. It was mostly ABA’CA’’B’A’’’, but not really. Also, each time a section would return, it would be different. I also made the different sections intrude, so you can hear patterns from B during A, etc.

I have played this for a few people who like it better than any other movement of the sonata. I do like it, but it might not be my favorite. Won’t say which one that is…


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