Scherzo Agitato


Uploaded on Jan 29, 2019

I'm surprised how quickly I finished this scherzo. I came up with the first 8 bars in the bathroom yesterday, and I had most of it worked out by the time I came home from work. I spent some of today revising it, and here it is!

So yeah, this is a nervous little thing. This scherzo and trio is named after part of its tempo marking: agitato. It starts off with a staccato repeated-note run, which adds to the agitation. The octave runs in Bars 37-57 can get pretty difficult. The section before the repeat sounds like the beginning of a contrapuntal piece, except this isn't.

The trio sounds fairly pastoral, but I sneak in the DSCH motif in Bars 66-68 and the BACH motif in Bars 87-90. As both of these motives are quite chromatic, maybe the trio sounds more sarcastic than you might initially think?

(Structure: A1-A2-A1'-A2-A1'-B1-B1-B2-B2-A1-A2-A1')

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Pages 4
Duration 03:03
Measures 92
Key signature 2 flats
Parts 1
Part names Piano
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