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A Prayer and a Prelude

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By Peter Daniel Klein

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Piano Solo - Level 3 - Digital Download
Composed by Peter Daniel Klein. 20th Century, Contemporary. Score. 6 pages. Peter Daniel Klein #5307267. Published by Peter Daniel Klein (A0.1029559).

Item Number: A0.1029559

I have written a programmatic, neo-romantic/post-romanticprose and musical fragment/miniature based on Schlegel's writings about a Hedgehog. Fragment in the sense that it is not fully developed, yet, in anothersense, it is overdeveloped for its length. There are several modernelements in that it is bitonal at one point. At another point, I pit Scriabin'smystic chord, which is his synthetic mode, against what I feel is its nearestaeolian mode, c-minor, which is modernistically dissonant.  

It is written in 'classicized' AABA popular songform, which is perfect for a miniature. It revolves around the programmatic,free verse' Prayer,' a plea to God for sleep, elusive due to the mourning oflost love and the associated emptiness and grief felt deep in the night.

It is motivic in that there is a repeated augmented 6 to a half-diminishedcadence that introduces the theme and then serves to transition each smallsection, in a secondary dominant style repetition until reaching tonic. 

-A1 is a simple statement of the linear themeand harmony in 6ths, and 9ths, almost in keeping with the introductory andtransitionary cadence, at least intervallically.  

-A2 is a restatement of that theme with an addedcountermelody (which becomes the subject of section B) woven between the upperlinear melody and the altered bass accompaniment.  

-B begins with a short statement of thecountermelody bi-tonally, the left hand in c minor, the right in g minor. Thereis a brief transposition between several keys, bitonally, while the sostenutopedal holds a pedal tone until it attenuates completely.  The two measures build from represseddespondency to rage, as strong emotions often do, quickly turning to dissonantchaos. The dynamics and intensity build to a diminished chord whose top notemoves up half a step to a Scriabin mystic chord arpeggio.  The held sustain pedal melds the dissonancetogether with emotional tumult, which fades as quickly as it came, as outbursts often do.  

-A3 starts with the motivic cadence and a deepbass pedal tone. This section is the crowning moment in the piece. In sixths,the macabre accompaniment moves to the right-hand upper tessitura as the moredeveloped 'A' melody moans below in the bass and baritone as the music ebbsaway.

A simple c-minor arpeggio strains against a verysimilar Scriabin mystic chord arpeggio, an octave or a minor seventh apart,ending on an A major and A flat in sweet, gentle, unresolved dissonance againsta dying root pedal tone, the final teardrop.


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