This is a short piano piece that I composed for my Trinity College Grade 6 exam in 1997 for solo piano. The brief was for a piece entitled "Angry Waves", and constructed from arpeggios / broken chords.
The piece opens with the central ascending theme, which is restated in two variations that evoke the periodic nature of surging ocean waves. This transitions into the central section that steadily progresses from a steady undercurrent to crashing waves on rocks. A moment of calm follows, before settling into the steady pattern of waves at the conclusion of the piece.
Bonus Trivia: The end of the piece is the same opening theme played in reverse (with a slight elongation for a more convincing conclusion).
A video of this performance is also available on YouTube.
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