Piano Sonata in D Minor, "Piecemeal" - Movement 1 ("Inexorable")

Uploaded on Aug 1, 2016

This is the first movement of my first complete piano sonata...although, in Schumann's words, I feel like I've merely "bound together four of my most unruly children". This is why the sonata is called "Piecemeal" - the second and fourth movement were originally meant to be standalone pieces.

This sonata-allegro is the largest movement of the four. Analysis-wise, it's pretty involved--the first ending of the recapitulation, while sounding like the codetta, also echoes the end of the development. The coda contains lots of secondary development--it sourly turns away from the D major key of the recapitulation's second theme group, quotes the bridging theme of the first theme group in a more terrifying context, then rails into an ending that uses and modifies various motifs in the first theme group.

I finished this movement in the summer between my second and third years of university, but I revised the dynamics just before publishing it today. Thus, the transitions are sloppier and thinner.

This probably doesn't have all the slurs, articulation, and dynamics it could - if you have any ideas for these, comment away!

piano sonata sonata-allegro

Pages 8
Duration 09:07
Measures 374
Key signature 1 flat
Parts 1
Part names Piano
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Really Nice! All that too long stuff doesn't really matter, as long as you develop the piece. Which it does lack on some places. For example some of the bars around mm 49 could just be deleted or made different. Overall it's still a really nice piece!
Great movement. I agree to it being a little long, yet I suggest that you might add more material in the development section rather than to repeat more there. Great ideas overall.