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By Dennis Tobenski

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Piano Solo - Advanced Intermediate
Composed by Dennis Tobenski. 21st Century, Modern, Post-Modern. Score, Sheet Music Single. 12 pages. Published by Dennis Tobenski (S0.84909).

Item Number: S0.84909

Growl is a short, fast-paced piece for solo piano.

The piece is cast in a roughly ABA/fast-slow-fast form, and centers around two musical ideas: a driving left-hand ostinato and a 16-bar melodic line. As the piece opens, the ostinato immediately establishes itself, low and menacing, punctuated by snaps and snarls as it races forward. When we first hear the melodic line, it is soft and distant – almost creepy – and it immediately repeats itself, much louder and more violently. After a brief return to the opening of the piece, we have a moment of respite as the ostinato abruptly drops away, and time stands still for a moment before giving way to a peaceful, ethereal version of the melody. But peace doesn’t last long as the melody becomes increasingly dissonant and violent, culminating in a brutal, crashing cacophony that surges into a triumphal climax. As the grand chords ebb away, the ostinato begins to quietly re-insinuate itself back into the fabric of the piece, building slowly to a return to the opening material and a "screaming" version of the melodic line. Suddenly, the triumphal chords come thundering back, warring with the ostinato – each interrupting the other, clashing to a frenzied, crashing end.

Duration: ca. 5 min.
Composed: 2011

Registered with ASCAP.

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