I have written a piece that is in many ways similar to a particular Chopin Prelude, the "Aeolian Harp." The time signature of this piece is common time, but each beat gets 6 notes, and the piece rolls along with one arpeggio after the next, with accents on the first note of each beat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXlZWSjqg2Y
The piece I wrote, unlike the "Aeolian Harp" instead puts the emphasis on the 6th beat, and is set in 6/8. Another piece I was inspired by is Chris Gibbs "Midnight Rain," http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ren89g6th3M
which seems to evoke a carefree mood throughout. The rubato is free in this piece, putting smaller emphasis on the beginning and middle of a phrase but more towards the end. So much so, the phrase end almost feels like the punchline.
The piece is called "The Sensation of Dreaming," it is supposed to capture the weightless and otherworldly quality of our dreams. Naturally, to get this effect, pedal, legato and rubato phrasing were techniques I wanted to use to achieve the quality of a dream-state.
I was interested in having this piece performed by a pianist on the site, so I asked David (rachfan) to play this piece and he has since kindly practiced and furnished a recording. David told me there were a lot of challenges, the fact that his piano (a baldwin) has a quicker tone decay than other pianos, eveness of articulation and having the 3rd and 4th beats line up dynamically.
There is a special chord, an Am6 that is heard in m.27. It adds a special flair to the piece, and it is able to throw off the expectation that you are hearing the theme from the beginning. Interestingly, this was a problem with my scanner. It did not register the E line properly, so instead of what I originally intended (for it to be a repeat of the main theme, the 4th beat D looks like a B! (the F, a D). As I told David, I think this chord adds an interesting bridge to the two sections that are totally unsimilar to the repeating first 8 measures, and the faster rubato on the 2nd repeat adds another fresh interpretation of the same measure.
Without further ado, here is "The Sensation of Dreaming,"
comments and criticisms are welcome (but please, if have to choose between who to criticize if you don't like the piece; David or me, rip on me
Sensation of Dreaming.mp3