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The piece instability comes from the lack of a key really.
I used an invited scales with a raised 4th and 5th and whole tone scales through the first half of the piece. In the second half I modulate to another invented scale using a raised 4th and a lowered 7th.
The piece begins with the tonic being C and modulates to a scale with the tonic being D, so actually the piece does end on a tonic chord.
I did this to make the piece very ambiguous. I wanted the ear to go "where are we going, where are we now. This isnt familiar but its not foreign either."
Michael J Lawrence said:Amazing that you cut this in a single day. (Maybe we should have a similar contest on our forum here. Might be fun.)
I have to ask: what's the deal with instability? It's a serious question, not a rhetorical critique. I don't see or hear consonance until bar 25. Why?
I'm also intrigued by the decision to use V as the cadence rather than the tonic. Now, in this piece, I'm not sure there is a key to actually hang the tonic on, but my guess is that it's Gm. My real clue to this is the suspension in 35 that resolves to Gm (despite the F#). You then go back to V (or II if we want to use the actual key signature.) I'm also struggling with this suspension because the preparation looks like it has it's own leading tone. (Gm triad with its leading tone of F#) and yet the suspension is clearly A. Can't get my head around it. I get the feeling I'm not seeing this correctly.
It is kind of neat because it leaves you wondering. It allows uncertainty to linger. But, what were your artistic reasons for doing this?
What university do you study at. And may I ask who is your composition teacher. I went to the conservatorium of music High school in Sydney, but Im in London now doing my undergrad at the Royal Academy. I was sent an email about this composition and I entered, I thought it would be a bit of fun. Thankyou for posting your work up. I'd love to hear what you think of mine. I didn't spend as much time on it though, just an hour (and another hour imputtng it), , so If you want a Look, Ill upload it below, Its a sibelius file though. If you cant open it, I'll send you a PDF. my email is email@example.com.