THROUGH THE NIGHT – Solo Piano Improvisation |

Through the Night

A little something I came up with today. Through the night is a piano improvisation about the lonely, but interesting work of being an Uber driver. Driving around all night long through the dark with just your radio and your passengers for company.

Why the Title

On weekends, I drive for Uber, and I do the night shift, because that’s when the highest demand is. The piece is entitled “Through the Night,” because when I drive I drive from the evening until the early morning hours after all the bars close. In the beginning of my shift, I’m full of energy and am wide awake, and by the end, I’m just exhausted. Things tend to start off kind of slow, but as I go, things really start to pick up and get crazy. Finally, shortly after 3 AM, things finally peter out, and I prop up my eyelids with toothpicks and drive home. Exhausted, but less broke.

Some Notes on this Piece

"Road at Night," artist unknown. A picture of a road at night.
“Road at Night,” artist unknown.

This piece is, generally, in e flat minor, but there’s quite a bit of polytonality going on with the E Mixolydian Modality and F Sharp Major. You tend not to notice that kind of polytonality so much, because the two modes share all the same notes except for the third scale degree, and e flat minor and F Sharp Major are relative respective minor-Major scales, meaning they share a time signature. The beginning of the piece opens with a simple ostinato, and later a simple melody emerges. The ostinato comes in and out in various permutations throughout the piece, and the melody undergoes some simple development with substantial tonal exploration, but without any complete key changes. The piece starts in a lower register with some energy, and then slowly peters out in the higher registers.

Some Notes on the Featured Image

For Through the Night, I selected a photograph in the public domain, entitled Road at Night. I found the image on []. The photographer is not listed on the page, but the image is provided for free use. I like the picture because it captures the lonesome traveler feel I was trying to get across.