Very original and beautiful. The parts are complimentary. The monofonic chant in the first part, with the text, in a solid introduction. The second part is great, I love how you manage dissonances and consonances, and those extended chords. The other parts are more contrapuntal and contrasting.
Well, I' fond of this contemporary music. So, thanks.
Just a suggestion: the layout of the score could be better. Not only to "save" pages, but to make it more accessible.
Wow, I can't add anything. Particularly, I like the brass section, in spite the sounds you've used. The slow section with the harp is beautiful.
By the way: I'm using Finale and it allows all kind of virtual instruments.
I'm a bit late, but I am going over the entries to listen to the ones I hadn't yet.
I find quite interesting that you have mixed here two kind of "romanticism". The medieval story of Hamlet (an obscure romanticism) and the treatment with the piano. The second part is very dark and introspective. I think you finely describe Hamlet's atmosphere.
Besides, I love piano music. Thanks.
Well for a sketch is something complete by itself.
First of all, I don't believe that music can describe anything. I do believe music can transmit emotions and sensations and you can take a story as inspiration.
There are many good ideas in the sketch. At first I thought it would be a bit boring because of the vertical chords (wich is a way to underuse the piano), but as an introduction is perfect for what comes next. The allegro speranzoso part is wonderful, simple but fantastic (I would take this part to develop, it's between impresionistic and minimal). The third part is OK because the chords are emphasized and tha left hand is different. The frenetico part is the one I understand less in the piece... The largo part is good, a strange chord here (F - Ab - B - C), this is used in some oriental scales. The last parts include new motives... And that's a "problem"... many parts with many possibilities...
When there is much material in a short time is like a musical brainstorm. Yes, I know it's a sketch and it's supposed to be written quickly. Anyway I always, in my case, try to put some order in everything I do (even using simple forms like AB, ABA, ABAB).
Indeed! I spoke with the conductor afterwards, and he was almost apologizing, telling me he had done his best with the available time. I told him I was actually impressed, since I knew it to be a complex work and the orchestra had handled it pretty well for the first time. It seemed to me he was willing to push forward with it, and I'd bet they'll be playing it smoothly within 3-4 rehearsals.
Umm... Thanks a lot! I'd want to excel in all of them, but if I had to pick only one, I think it would be music.