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Seraph for Piano and Strings (Piano Concerto No. 2) (2013)

BradStark on July 06, 2012 01:06

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    Seraph for Piano and Strings is a single movement concerto for Piano and String Orchestra, my doctoral thesis in music composition.

    The music is developed using very basic material as its foundation; a D natural minor scale is developed and varied in various ways from the first 37 seconds of the music. The work consists of sections that are similar to "variations" and other sections that are more free and "episodic" in development.

    Form: The music is developed using variation techniques from the simplest of music ideas into elaborate and complex decorations of the basic idea where the original theme is mostly hidden, but still present. There are also freer sections called "episodes" which develop material with contrasting harmonies, key areas, and developmental treatment of lesser motives.

    While the music uses a traditional scale in the use of D natural minor as its main key center, it uses the scale motive to build chords in a non-hierarchical fashion (i.e. avoidance of tonic/dominant relationships and traditional chord patterns associated with tonal music). The music also uses unpredictable meter changes and sections of unpredictable lengths to create unpredictable phrase structures.

    This is essentially the final version of the track, I may make some other changes and additions.


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