Sunday, March 13, 2005

Allegro de Concerto by Erinque Granados

This piano piece is a piece that I am currently working on for my sophomore proficiencies. It is a later Romantic piece that not only has melody and emotions, but pyrotechnics as well. This very cleary has an ABA form otherwise known as ternary. It does begin and end in the same key of C# Major, but it does modulate through 4 keys before getting back to C#. Th opening two measures of this piece is like it saying "HI! HERE I AM, LISTEN TO ME!!!!!) Just about as in your face as that. The flourishes basically just outline the key of the opening. After that, the right hand plays 32nd notes that if they were blocked, they would simply be chords. There is no real melody here, just flourishes. The harmonic motion is extremely slow, and really the only thing that even gives it away are the single notes in the bass. After the opening 32 measures of flourish, the B section just suddenly begins with a lush, longer melodic line and rich harmonics. The rhythms seem to be very spanish because they are offset with a secondary rhythm. These 14 measuresin g# minor provide a temporary respite from the fast paced A section. After this the main idea of the A section shows a bit in G major, but then turns into a completely new rhythmic and melodic idea. This rhythm now uses triplets to keep everything (granted this is at Molto Allegro speed!) Grandos variates with this melody and then leads back into another variation of the opening A section. Then frankly, everything goes kinda crazy and the notes seem to be flying everywhere. (There is section where i give an exasperated yell and throw my music across the room...just kidding....well, maybe not...;-)) Everything is very outlining of chords without much melody. It is all developing and variating. This is in C major, after this seemingly chaotic section, Granados treats us with a bit more variations on his A section back in G Major. Then everything gets huge and chromatic and scalar. Then as if the music says "WHEW, READY FOR SOME PEACE??" The A section in the original suddenly begins again, there are just a couple little variations and key changes in the middle of this A prime section, and then it ends...or at least it seems. After a long fermata, there is an extended cadence full of oulined chords running up and down the keyboard, and then ends on three short I chords. Ta -da, the end! I like this peice alot. At first I did not understand it because I was scared of all the notes. There seemed to be more black on the page then there was white. But now that I've worked through it, it makes a lot more sense to me and I am excited to play it...(keep your fingers crossed!)

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