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Piano Sonata in F Major, "Cosmos" - Movement 3 ("Stars")


Uploaded on Aug 27, 2016

This is the third movement of one of my incomplete piano sonatas. Each movement of the "Cosmos" piano sonata depicts at least one celestial body--there will be movements for the Sun, the Moon, the stars, and the planets.

The twist is that, in each movement, I break an unwritten convention of Classical music (at least from the Classical era). This movement breaks the rules the most mildly--it has irregular phrase lengths. The scherzo proper starts with two 6-bar phrases, while Classical-era music rarely ventures beyond 4-bar phrases. The scherzo proper keeps using 6-bar phrases after the first repeat. The trios have blurry senses of how long their phrases are, at least at first.

This movement, a scherzo and double trio, depicts the stars. The regular stars are depicted in the scherzo proper (starting in Bar 1). The first trio (Bars 41-124) depicts shooting stars. ...Meteors. They aren't really stars, but people call them stars, don't they? The second trio (Bars 163-216) represents a black hole as it sucks in all kinds of matter. Yes, unlike a shooting star, a black hole is a kind of star.

I'm fairly certain I finished this movement before 2012, including revisions done because some portions were too fast to play. That might be the reason why both trios sound harmonically similar to each other (at least at their starts).

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

(Structure: A-B-A-C-A-Coda)
(Structure of A section: A1-A1-A2-A2)

piano sonata scherzo scherzo and double trio stars meteors shooting stars black hole

Pages 6
Duration 2:28
Measures 259
Key signature 2 flats
Parts 1
Part names Piano
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