Serenade n.1 for melodica in C minor
The melodica is accompanied by the piano.
This Serenade was composed in the fall of 2023, while I was getting acquainted to the melodica and was learning to play it. My aim was to have a piece large enough with a piano accompaniment.
Its structure is based on a dance suite, modernized.
The first movement, written in a sonata form, is built on two contrasting themes: one is calm while the other is more lively. It replaces what would have been an Allemande in olden times.
The second movement, sprightly and loud, is my own interpretation of the Courante.
The third movement, slow and quiet, follows the Sarabande structure.
The fourth movement, very danceable, is a Gavotte, with e Musette as a trio.
The fifth movement is a rondo. The three “stanzas” are successively a Pavane, a Bourrée, and a Passepied. The “chorus” uses a harmony grid similar the the second theme of the first movement, albeit with a few variations.