'Barcarolle in Blue and Whitewater' is the second
movement of my Piano Sonata No. 3 'Mondana'. Also it
may be performed as a standalone concert piece, and I
encourage pianists to play it in that way.
The title is a play on words, and refers to the
barcarolle as a musical genre, in which the music
imitates the boat's movement over the quiet water of a
river (the blue water). But this ship also navigates
over the rapids (the whitewater). In fact, the "Presto
con euforia" section seems a rafting experience.
Moreover, "Blue" in the title also refers to the blues
style and sad emotions, in the same way as the word was
used for "Rhapsody in Blue".
Composition was influenced by Béla Bartók, Serguéi
Prokófiev, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Oscar
Peterson, Bill Evans, Michel Petrucciani, Nikolai
Kapustin... and of course Chopin, whose Barcarole Op.
60 is the highest point of this genre.
I like thinking about this piece as a boat ride across
an old-fashion "tunnel of love", which used to mix "two
major themes: a relaxing romantic ride encouraging the
couple to cuddle, or a spooky horror ride encouraging
the couple to cling to one another" (Wikipedia).
The main sections are: Andante onirico - Poco meno
mosso, quasi improvvisato - Presto con euforia - Tempo
The sheet music is highly detailed, with complete
fingering and pedal marking.
For fully appreciate the audio demo, please hear it