Impromptu for the Left Hand, for Piano (2012)




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Published on May 8, 2013

Music by Anthony L. Sanchez (b. 1988)

Score available on Patreon: https://bit.ly/2Dcx0A6

Composing a piano piece for the left hand is not a new concept. In the past many composers, from Alexander Scriabin, to Maurice Ravel and Sergei Prokofiev, composed pieces of this sort for the keyboard repertoire. As a composer who has had Cerebral Palsy on the left side of my body, however, I became increasingly dissatisfied with this music because it tended to focus on virtuosic writing for a "normal" left hand. It was my task to compose a left-handed piece that was also accessible to all performers: specifically, those who share my condition or who need to strengthen their left hand.

My Impromptu for the Left Hand is a slow, Impressionistic piano piece that is somewhat pedagogical in scope. Unlike most keyboard scores for the left hand, which utilize two staves (something that I found odd and confusing), I wrote this composition on three staves. In this way, performers can follow the flow and direction of the musical lines more clearly. In terms of technique Impromptu for the Left Hand features frequent upward arpeggios that require wrist relaxation and dexterity in crossing the fingers. At certain points this work consists of wide tenths that must be rolled in order to emphasize the downbeat.

In recognition of Claude Debussy's 150th birthday in 2012, this piece additionally makes use of Impressionistic techniques reminiscent of his music. Long pedal markings in the work serve to create a blurred musical texture. Likewise, several passages in the score, suggest pentatonic and whole-tone scales.


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