Piano Sonata in D Minor, "Piecemeal" - Movement 1 ("Inexorable")
Uploaded on Aug 2, 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!
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