The current post-graduation freedom finally allows me to have some time for the things that really matter to me – such as playing music and composing. And while I know that you are all waiting for more information on a certain dinner for two, I must ask you for a little more patience. I will tell you more about that soon anyway.
~ I promise ~
This piece is for my dear friend and little brother Cel, and she has been waiting for this record since October, when the piece was almost finished already. But as my composition skills are improving and the pieces I write are gradually getting more sophisticated and more challenging to play, I need some time to practice them until I can make a record appropriate to exposing it to virtuality. I have also changed some little things on the piece until two days ago, until I was satisfied with the harmonies in the middle part.
The challenges with this piece lie in the wide fingering the left hand has to manage in the comping of the main theme – in that part there frequently occurs a tenth which is the widest interval my hands can do – as well as in the required tenderness of touch and the different airs the piece takes as it progresses.
Originally, I intended this piece to be very calm and introspective. The beginning of the piece was created around the image of a mountain scenery lying quietly in the moonlight, and I wanted for a somewhat otherwordly atmosphere which I tried to capture by using Phrygian dominant mode for the intro and experimenting around with minor-major harmonies in the main theme. When continuing working on the composition, however, I had the idea to contrast the initial calmness with a more dynamic and harmonically more adventurous passage, and that one ended up to be the central part of the piece. To me, this part sounds like a sudden snowfall coming about the mountain scene, and I created it in an almost impressionistic fashion, using a lot of inside-outside harmonies (which my wonderful jazz piano teacher encouraged me to implement with greater consequence) and taking up the snowflake swirling with the flow of the music and the change of meters. By the end of the piece, the snowing has stopped, and the mountain scenery remains quietly as before.
Anyway, I hope you will enjoy this!