Tune of the Day: Song4You by Paul Merkus
Today's piece was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, Paul Merkus from the Netherlands.
“Song4You” is an attempt on my part to write something floaty: a powerful tune based on a descending bass line, intended for the flute with piano accompaniment. This contrasts with a lyrical middle section, strongly inspired by the “Quando corpus morietur” from Joseph Haydn's Stabat Mater with its long lines and repeating chords.
In terms of structure, the piece is based on a fairly classical chord progression with initially a falling, running bass. Over time, the piano accompaniment shows more diversions to play an important role in the middle section with the ever-shifting harmonies above the slow solo line. In the reprise the theme returns brightly in a higher register, with some extra accents in the piano accompaniment.