Monday, August 08, 2016

Diabelli Project 121 - Piano Piece

The Diabelli Project is about offering my weekly flash-composition sketches freely to all. Like Antonio Diabelli's theme, these sketches aren't great music. But perhaps (as in Diabelli's case) there's a Beethoven out there who can do great things with them.

I decided to start with a ground this week and see where it lead. OK, I'm no Henry Purcell, but I think it worked out pretty well. Had I not run out of time, I would have kept adding complexity to the  top three voices. When time ran out, I was wondering how to change the tonal center -- without changing the ground. An easy way would be to slip from G major (two sharps) to G minor (two flats).

It would have been more interesting to just re-interpret the function of the notes. Instead of the G in the bass being the root of the chord, what if it was the third? Or the fifth? Or even the seventh or ninth. I think this is a sketch I'll revisit sometime soon.

As always, you can use any or all of the posted Diabelli Project sketches as you wish for free. Just be sure to share the results. I'm always curious to see what direction someone else can take this material.

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