Frank The Cat

Piano Nocturne Feedback Wanted

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Please check out my first Nocturne Piano Solo. I would love feedback and constructive criticism. 

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The mixture between functional and non functional harmony is really nice. How you vary the sections that repeat also is nice, though sometimes could be a little more subtle. I will have to say I really didn't like the ending on the #vii chord. The modulation wasn't really clear and it doesn't particularly sound like an unresolved dominant either like in the Barber Adagio.
The other issue is actually with that non-functional harmony. Sometimes it's kind of hard to see what this piece is trying to be or say when it shifts so often. #vii, v, and ii chords are all interesting ways to shift the harmony, but at times it doesn't seem very cohesive. 
But overall, you have a cool piece that definitely doesn't like to conform!

 

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I like it too.  It could use some dynamics though, for a nocturne it seems very loud throughout, there are no contrasting quiet moments that bring a sense of introspection that I think a nocturne should have.  Also I would like to hear even a short transition into another key, possibly a major key.  Again this is to bring some contrast to the darker minor key that the piece has throughout.  There is definitely material to work with so why not have a go and see what you can come up with.

Mark

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