Third Mazurka Revision

October 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

After working on Preludes No. 7 and No. 8 last night for a number of hours I started to play Mazurka No. 3 and instinctively went through the area that I considered weakest. This seems to happen – the most valuable ideas once committed to paper tend to disappear from my mind while anything unresolved cheekily returns until the problem is eliminated. Indeed it would be awful if the opposite occurred – the mind circling over what is already satisfactory and errors left for listeners to endure.

The harmony alternates through D minor and E major and the simplicity of this was part of the effect – and earlier attempts to add more colour to the harmony removed the necessary attention away from the disconnection between the left hand 6/8 phrasing and right hand 4/4 phrasing which was the main seed for that part of the music. However I was very pleased to last night chance upon a modulation to F major at the very end of the repetition, bar 95 – the modulation too early and the affect of the whole would be tainted, too late and the section would remain tiresome – how music is defined by balance.

I have written two other Mazurkas, a 4th and 5th, and will include them in a concert next year at Pilgrim Church Adelaide.


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