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Etude in D Minor ("Eil Ton")


Uploaded on Aug 4, 2016

This is a colourful piano etude that helps you practice your left-hand arpeggios and right-hand chords.

Depending on your translation, "Eil Ton" means either "the wave" or "the second wave" in Welsh. I aim to depict tumultuously flying over crashing waves in this piece.

The entire piece is marked "con pedale", but the damper pedal usage is invisible and merely a suggestion.

This piece was composed at least 3 years ago, but I've only published it today--I initially made a semi-mastered MIDI version of this in a DAW because the damper pedal makes this sound so much better.

...Yeah, this sounds harmonically similar to Stephen Heller's 25 Etudes Melodiques, Op. 45, No. 15. ...Yes, the one in D minor that's "Poco maestoso" and is known by too many titles. It's quite possibly his most famous piece. Bars 35-39 sound a lot like that etude.

In the meantime, the ending bars--Bars 47-48--pretty much quote the very end of the first movement of Beethoven's Tempest Sonata.

This is fairly difficult, but competent pianists should be able to nail this--this is not a virtuoso piece.

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Pages 3
Duration 01:18
Measures 48
Key signature 1 flat
Parts 1
Part names Piano
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