Funeral March No. 1 in B Flat Minor

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...This has the be the first time I've come up with the main theme for a piece in the middle of the night. And, appropriately enough, it's for a funeral march.

This is influenced by Chopin, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn's funeral marches. Like Chopin's famous funeral march, this is in B flat minor and has a melodic, lyrical, major-key, and decidedly un-march-like trio. Chopin and Beethoven use textures similar to mine in their marches (chords in the right hand, octave spans in the left). Mendelssohn's, like mine, harmonizes repeated melody notes with descending chords.

The 5:1 ratio of the melody notes in the march proper is taken from the very start of the first movement of Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata. I've always wondered why seemingly nobody else uses notes dotted in that ratio.

The start of the coda's melody is taken from the ending of Schumann's 3 Romances, Op. 28, No. 1 (which is also in B flat minor). Luckily, the harmonization isn't, but the rest of the coda (except Bars 53-57) sounds rather like the ending of that Schumann piece.

...This song's been haunting my dreams long enough. It's time to let it go.

(Structure: Intro-A1-A1-A2-A1'-A2-A1'-Interlude-B1-B1-B2-B2-A1-A2-A1'-Coda)

piano funeral march

Pages 5
Duration 06:19
Measures 57
Key signature 5 flats
Parts 1
Part names Piano
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