Piano Sonata in E Minor ("Scherzando")

Piano Sonata in E Minor, "Scherzando" - Movement 1

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This is the first movement of one of my incomplete piano sonatas. The entire piano sonata is "Scherzando"--all movements are either in triple meter or compound duple meter, and all of them should sound scherzo-like.

...Including this one. Especially this one. The first 10 bars of this is based on the first bars of Chopin's Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20. They both share long, stark block chords, followed by a flurry of notes. Even the tempo marking of this movement is based on Chopin's first standalone scherzo.

The rest of this sonata-allegro quickly diverges from there. The first theme group continues with chords in the right hand and single notes in the left, not Chopin's sustained flurries. The second theme group sounds like a hunting song. The development has none of the calm that Chopin's Scherzo No. 1's trio does.

I finished this sonata-allegro by June 2011. I started making a more mastered version of this movement on a DAW, but it's a pain to enter in all the MIDI notes, especially with the proper articulations, so that version's still unfinished.

The entire exposition was born from my improvisations at the piano. This is why Bars 11-13 sound like the first section of my Theme of the Light Warrior (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2398231). And yes, I composed this piano sonata movement first. ...By a few years.

Around the time I started composing this piece's recapitulation, I'd learned about Neapolitan chords, which is why they prominently appear in Bars 193-194. The first and third movements were composed around the time I started learning about Advanced Harmony in RCM's Grade 5 Harmony (back when it was called Grade 5 Harmony), which is why they start incorporating unusual chords and modulations I learned then.

Piano Sonata in E Minor, "Scherzando" - Movement 3

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This is the third movement of one of my incomplete piano sonatas. The entire piano sonata is "Scherzando"--all movements are either in triple meter or compound duple meter, and all of them should sound scherzo-like.

...And, yeah, this is the only genuine scherzo and trio in the entire sonata.

I finished this movement in July 2012. Stuff like this is why I do not upload individual piece WIPs--you'd be waiting years for their complete versions (if I ever finish them).

This movement's scherzo proper is good-natured and affable, in contrast with its shouting trio.

Around the time I started composing this piece's scherzo proper (the A sections), I'd learned about mediant-key relationships, so I put one such relationship in the A2 section (G major vs. E flat major). The first and third movements were composed around the time I started learning about Advanced Harmony in RCM's Grade 5 Harmony (back when it was called Grade 5 Harmony), which is why they start incorporating unusual chords and modulations I learned then.

There isn't as much going on in here as in the first movement. I generally prefer listening to the first movement, though your tastes may vary...

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