Video – Piano Sonata in g minor, 1st Movement

Piano keyboard

First, here is the video:

(Click here if you don’t see the video below)

Years ago I studied classical composition.  After fiddling about for a year or so, I took lessons with an established composer.  As part of my lessons I wrote a little “classical sonata”.  It was more or less in a Mozart style, though perhaps it was closer to Clementi.  If you don’t know Clementi, look him up!    Although there are shining moments on this “sonatina”, I wasn’t satisfied.

After a year, I struck out on my own again.  After a very deep dive into Bach and the Baroque, and then Mozart and Hayden, concentrating on string quartets, I did a deep dive into the Piano Sonata, paying special attention to Beethoven.

I wasn’t quite done with my studies when I heard this in my head.  So I took a little time off of study and wrote a four movement piano sonata based loosely on Beethoven;’s middle period sonatas.

The first movement, in what is called “sonata form”, was the one that was closest to Beethoven in style.  Although, as I said elsewhere, the third movement scherzo is my favorite, I do like this first movement.  I was experimenting with some different harmonies, but discovered that the most dramatic parts of Beethoven are when he used the most simple harmonies.

I have done at least a couple of posts on different movements of this.  Here is one.

I hope you enjoyed the music!

23 thoughts on “Video – Piano Sonata in g minor, 1st Movement

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Charlotte. I did put out one CD a few years ago, and asked you about your first one before I did it, so I am already using CD Baby.

      I hope your recording project is going well and you have some new music to put out soon :)

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  1. dprastka

    Most EXCELLENT!! I grew up with lessons playing all the classical composers. You my friend are very talented to compose such beautiful music and I know you compose other genre’s as well! I here the Bach and the Beethoven influence. Impressive and BEAUTIFUL! 😍

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Marina! I’m surprised by the response (my mom shared it one FaceBook and has had people calling her to talk about it), so I think I might do a CD (actually 100% download, no physical media) of my piano music from my “classical” period.

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  2. workinacresnothours

    I cannot wait till Mum gets up this morning so I can let her hear it. thank you for sharing we love piano, not that we can play, we are very envious of people who can. Mum does a little toe tapping & her hand swishes as if she’s playing with the air when she gets caught up in music.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. This was very Beethoven influenced, but since Bach is my favorite, I think I end up being influenced by him on everything I do that goes beyond a simple pop song ;)

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