Moonless Night Ballad

In my previous post I mentioned putting out some music which (perhaps) isn’t so derivative of the Bebop tradition. Here’s a short sketch which fits the idea.


It’s just a cycle of sounds: note clusters which aren’t really voiced in typical chord-like ways. I really enjoy weaving melodies atop washes of sound like this. In this case, the soprano is basically just playing A Lydian throughout. What I find interesting is how the shifting clusters in the piano make such a simple scale seem like so much more than it really is.

To me, the clusters set a vivid emotion and create several layers of musical expectations. They produce a wash of sound at one level. At the next level, they provide a repeating chord progression. At another level deeper, they also form an illusion of something beyond what’s technically there.

Let me know what you think.

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