I posted a piano sonata the other day and said it would probably be the last bit of music for the year. Not so! With this blog winding up in a couple of days (at least this stage of it) I’m having a tidy-up. So this little piano piece should be the last of the music. It really is me just being a bit silly.
The Haydn Minuet is from the second movement of a Haydn Piano Sonata in E minor (I’ve changed the key in this arrangement). And the variation uses a scale by the 20th century German/American composer Arnold Schoenberg. Some enterprising teacher might use it to illustrate some of the differences between music of the Classical era, and music of the mid-20th century.
In this piece of music I have taken the rhythm of a C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788) sonata movement, and applied the type of serial scale that Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) could have used. The result is… interesting! There are snippets of the Bach unchanged. The piece ends with the playing of the Schoenberg-like serial scale employed in the piece and C.P.E. Bach’s scale of C minor which he used.
Today’s little piece is a bit indolent. I often like to write “serial music”, that is (for those who know) in 12-tone rows, etc. If you don’t know what that is, it doesn’t matter. (Just take it that I’m a bit of a snob!)
I asked a couple of friends to give me 12 notes each, and this is the piece I wrote using those notes. It’s probably not everyones cup of tea!
However, here’s a toast – for this week I begin to collect the pension!