Yiruma is the stage name for Lee Ru-Ma, a South Korean contemporary pianist. He was the first Korean artist to be invited to perform at the 2002 MIDEM in Cannes, France. This piece, Maybe, is the second song in his first album “First Love” in 2001. The music that Yiruma creates is in the middle of contemporary classical and new age. “Maybe” is the first piece I could sightread and became one of my favorite pieces to play more than a decade ago when I first started playing piano. It is a simple but peaceful and soothing piece that never fails to bring closure to the emotions of anyone listening to it.
Audiographic Project- Maybe
This section of the piece really exemplifies the word "Maybe", its almost if the notes are saying "what if...what if..." but then settling into acceptance. Yiruma accomplishes this with the use of ritardando and playing the melody with flats, followed by a B flat and F on the left hand for the harmony. The choice of grace notes creates this softness in the texture of this section.
The piece is homophonic, but when only one hand plays the texture is completely changed. Yiruma doesn't use syncopation in any of this piece which creates that signature softness of all Yiruma pieces. This section is exactly the same as section one and section two.
This section's melody is exactly the same as section one but the left hand is playing an octave lower. Yiruma adds an ornament in the form of a D flat E flat D flat B octave A flat rubato. The rubato with the addition of accelerando creates brightness in this section that differentiates it from the first section because of the quickness. This section almost feels like the rising action in a simple plot diagram.
The ritardando and diminuendo help transition the piece and change the mood to reflective and calm. One thing I noticed is that the melody has a large range while the left-hand rhythm plays the same chords on different octaves. The simplicity of the left-hand makes this piece simple for beginners to pick up and play. This section is similar to section three but with added ritardando to make it unique.
This section is similar to the ending of section five but the G flat at the end of the melody is omitted. To me, it sounds like this section is telling a story of an individual that went through a hard time but pulled through. This section also has the ornamentation that section four has which adds brightness to the section. The ritardando along with the slight ornamentation closes the piece fantastically.