No Matter What

No Matter What is an orchestral piece composed on 30 Nov 2014 and re-arranged in Sep, 2016 after Dante’s university study. It mainly expresses thankfulness towards people who decide to stay close and have been caring, giving. It also shows moments like heart-warming ones and heart-breaking ones.


Seeing life as a story, characters come and go. Some just passed by. Some moments are lovely; some break hearts into pieces. In Dante’s life, not all friendships last; even a family member, biologically, can leave. The suddenness of people’s leaving makes them shocking, harmful. Heart can be broken into pieces and that can make ones forgetting about faith. Finding the pieces back is hard. However, some people stay, no matter what. That pulls things together; that pulls ones back together.

Program Note

Seeing it as an emotional narration of memories, it describes feelings more like flashbacks than linear narration. It starts with 3-handed piano. Building up the dynamics with more instruments joining, which carries sweetness and warmness, the drop at the piano part comes suddenly.

No matter what motif is played by flutes, then, piccolos. The sound quality of flute represents the sense of longing and faith. At the same time, some of the focus goes to the piano expressing the strong sense of thankfulness. Brasses, distorted electric guitar, bass and rapid notes played by violins are used to describe the strength of the emotion. Waves that push the music forward are played by cellos and violas when the motif first comes.

The memories of loneliness flashback with piano and cellos. From arco to pizzicato, spirit become weaker. When the piano plays alone, although it attempts to climb up on the right hand, the tempo goes free. It gives the sense of losing original life pattern, rhythm and speed. This part then comes to an incomplete No Matter What motif with dissonances as when ones lose faith. However, that does not end until the motif comes completely at a higher register, which represents a reminder; a helping hand; something external; someone.

The piece continues with pointillism. Notes are played by different instruments, which can hardly construct a melody. It imitate a broken soul having piece fallen everywhere without direction. At the second half of this part, the piano and drum set enter. The drum set provides rhythm and becomes as a guide of tempo. The gentle wave shaped melody played by one hand on the piano keeps the piece moving forward. To a point, there comes a development.

A developed No Matter What motif then refrains with thicker structure and more moving parts. This part describes how faith returns stronger and the greatest thankfulness towards people who cared; who stayed.


  • Piano
  • Piccolo
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • French Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Drum Set
  • Bass Drum
  • Electric Guitar
  • Electric Bass Guitar
  • Violin I
  • Violin II
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Contrabass


This piece has not been premiere yet.