Apologies for it being a while since my last post – I have so many things I want to blog on this site and seemingly not enough time to get everything done! This will be a short post today
Today I wanted to share a little waltz I wrote a while back. It was born out of a feeling that I needed to compose but I didn’t know what I was composing so it just sort of came about after a period of improvisation on accordion. While I composed this on the accordion, I’ve recorded it today on the piano because I felt it brought the mood of the piece better – you can guess this from its title!
Melancholy is an odd feeling. My dictionary (Collins Concise Dictionary, third edition) describes in two ways that are relevant:
- (noun) a tendency to gloominess or depression
- (noun) a sad, thoughtful state of mind – I think this is most relevant to the feel of the music
(In case you’re interested, the other definitions are:
- (archaic) a: a gloomy character; b: one of the four bodily humours – black bile
- (adjective) characterised by causing or expressing sadness, dejection etc.)
The piece is written in F minor which is a key that always feels sad and thoughtful to me – but particularly so here. It does however have a few major inflections which brings out the thoughtful side of the feeling rather than just one of sadness and depression.
That’s all there really is to say about this piece, I hope you enjoy it!