Ballade no.1

For Solo (instrumental or vocal part)


Uploaded on Dec 11, 2018

Postings in the tonality group are only allowed with an explanatory note. That's why I write this explanation. This piece has romantic tendencies. So how can we comment on a style and a tradition that is already so well established? Well, I can’t beat the romantic composers on their understanding of sonata form and refinement of piano writing. But I have tendencies of my own. There is for example a tendency in my harmonies (by intuition and imagination) to destabilize traditional harmonies by adding lower non-chordal tones. Its something of a gaze in the abyss, and I don't know why I'm sensitive to it. The most daring dissonant of this piece is in bar 11. The right hand tones suggest a g major dominant 7th chord, which could go to c minor. The lower left hand tones however are drone like sound on d flat, that could modulate to g flat (as far away from c minor as possible). So this dissonant suggest something of a double vision (at least my ears find it convincing), a view of something beyond, how romantic is that. Bar 13 hints at the tonality of g minor, more or less. Then it goes on in e flat major, the parallel key of c minor. So the dissonant of bar 11 is the most important bang of this piece. Everything hinges around this point, its emotions, but also its architecture.

Pages 2
Duration 03:19
Measures 47
Key signature 3 flats
Parts 1
Part names Piano
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