Monday, December 18, 2017

Diabelli Project 175 - String Trio, Mvt. 2A

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.

This string trio series is a bit of a departure. I'm still flash composing, with a 10-minute time limit to write as much as I can. Instead of starting over each week, I'll be attempting to pick up where I left off from the previous week for my 10-minute session. 

This is the first part of the second movement. Everything grows out of the unison middle C. The violin line came to me first. It's kind of an improvisatory melody. I make sense of it by having the viola and the cello echo some of the figures as they moved away from the opening note.

I can see this movement developing in an arch form. It expands outwards and then moves back in. Eventually, all three instruments will converge on a unison note -- which may or may not be middle C.

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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