Waltz No. 1 in B Minor
Uploaded on Jun 10, 2018
Accompaniment parts don't come easily out of me, so when I heard from multiple sources that waltz left hands write themselves (or so I've been told), I decided to write a waltz for solo piano.
I'm surprised how easily the first several bars came to me at work a few days ago. I'm also surprised how quickly I wrote the rest of the music.
I'm still a bit disappointed at how difficult it is to write waltz left hands, though. It's easier than for most other types of pieces, but I'm still listening to and tweaking specific bars' accompaniment parts too often.
I picked B minor because I've noticed that I've never published a composition in that key before, while I've published compositions in all the other minor keys on Musescore.
Melody-wise, I think this is a blend of Chopin, Mendelssohn, and the Strauss family. Structure-wise, this is mostly Strauss family-influenced--they tend to construct their waltzes out of several repeated sections, put on introductions, and repeat the first section near the end of the piece--but there's a trace of ragtime influence when I repeat the A section after inserting only one other section in between.
There are two musical directions in this piece that you might not be familiar with--"ardito" in Bar 22 means "ardent/bold" in Italian, while "sfacciato" in Bar 30 means "cheeky" in Italian.
Make sure to play all the tenuto notes in Bars 72-85 with a bell-like tone.
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