It is also my most difficult composition yet, being so difficult that even after toning down the difficulty to a point where I could somewhat play through it, it was still insanely difficult. The multitude of jumps throughout the piece reminds me of a harder La Campanella with jumps in both hands.
However, at the same time, this became a composition that really pushed my imagination, and overall, I was very pleased with the end result. It was also my first time actively trying to make my score notation look neater. There are three movements in this sonata:
1. Blue Shades: An experiment in a jazz style with some upbeatness. References to Kapustin and Debussy's Estampes.
2. Contemplative Dreams: A contemplative movement that expresses melancholy. Some edits made to this movement ever since three months ago.
3. Danse Infernale: My favorite movement. Represents an intense, chaotic dance as dancers stomp to the rhythm of the piece. References to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Ornstein's Piano Sonata 4, and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe.
Because this year was the last year of my marching band season, I decided to dedicate this piece to my school's clarinet section. For those who are in that group, I'll just say this to you:
"This one's for you, clarinets ;)"
As the first piece that is longer than ten minutes, this is my longest piece so far. Composed on December 8, 2018.