Agreeable Melancholy is a light-hearted piano piece first written in February 2010 and rewritten in November. Initially it was a diary as a result of my fathoming on piano. The title, "Agreeable Melancholy", is an oxymoron which describes a slightly ambivalent and conflicting feeling. In order to address such emotion, my piece takes advantage of major seventh chords and augmented chords by presenting them and resolving with consonant explanations. In general this piece is quite plain, and its structure is in straightforward ternary form. However, chord progressions differ in two A sections: the first one contains chords that sound twisting because of high degree of inversion and crashes of dissonant intervals, while the latter features diatonic chords in root position in hopes of bringing peace. In this way it constructs a tranquility - paroxysm - tranquility contrast as the basic contour line of emotion, yet one can sense the difference between two A sections.
The recording was recorded in a live concert, performed by Osbert Ngok (i.e. me.)