Okay, let’s take a second to analyze this.
As a violinist who’s composed before, there are certain things that stick out to me.
What is sticking out to me is the way the song rocks back and forth from a deeper tone, in which it displays gloom and misery (most of the time). I personally can’t think of a song in a lower tone played on a violin that exhibits the traits of a happy and calm song, but I can name countless songs that are higher that do show these traits.
Going back to the higher portion, the higher bits of the song carry the feeling of calm and bliss.
Going back to the fact that Sherlock composed this piece, let’s take a little walk into his mind. We know he loves John, whether you ship it or not, he does. He admits it out loud in front of a crowded room of practically everybody they know. If you want to, you can think of it as a platonic love, because if you think it’s platonic, it won’t change the point I’m making. If you think it’s actual head-over-heels, shouting-off-of-mountain-tops love, great, this won’t change the point I’m making either.
The point that I’m making, is Sherlock is displaying all of his feelings, all of his emotions of what is going on in this piece. Sherlock is known for not showing what he’s really thinking (although we’ve been able to see him break out of his shell quite a bit over the past 2 episodes) but we can hear that in his music, everything is explained.
Let’s start with the higher bits. The higher portions of the song all share the same tone. It’s the type of tone that people will listen to when they want to relax. A waltz is literally a waltz because of it’s slow tempo. The light and calming sound creates the perfect wedding feeling. It sounds happy. Is this not how you want to feel on your best friend’s wedding? You want to feel happy for them. You want it to be their day, and you want to make it perfect.
Now, we carry on with the deeper tones. The deeper tones bring the feeling of sadness and loss. We know who’s loosing who here, and you can hear it in the bows. They’re heavy. Heavier bows usually are used to add power and emotion into the music. Violinists are told to play with less power on the strings with light and happy music, and then with more force onto the strings if you want to add more… umph. I am actually stumped how to explain it, but it’s easier to listen to than to explain, as you can hear in the music.
Sherlock loves John, and letting him go was incredibly hard, but we saw him do it. He had obviously planned his leave ahead of time, as well as the song. The song really does carry these emotions of letting go. There’s the sorrow of him accepting that John is really in love with Mary, but there is also higher parts. There are so many ways I could explain the higher parts. I can say they’re Sherlock imagining that he’s in Mary’s place, or I can say that Sherlock wants to wish them well in life. Either way, it’s quite emotional. Overall, I believe that this composition is Sherlock’s way of letting go and letting of his emotions without breaking down, and it was his last goodbye.
As another violinist, yes, exactly! The A flats maintain a slight melancholy, or at least sense of wistfulness to the song. It’s obviously not just a happy waltz. If I were just to see the music, without any of the even more obvious feeling Sherlock put into if while playing, I could still tell. In my music classes, my teacher has told me to imagine a story to fit the music, and the story for those notes is one of trying to accept a great loss. In the actual story, it is trying to accept losing a person, because you think they’ll be happier without you. Sherlock, in whatever way you want to interpret it, loves John, and this song, just like the melody he played after he though Irene was dead, shows his emotions in a way he would never articulate.