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Samuel Francis 傅经鸿

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About Samuel Francis 傅经鸿

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  • Birthday 04/13/1994

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    Reading, writing stories, composing, painting
  • Favorite Composers
    Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frederic Chopin, Richard Wagner, Claude Debussy, J. S. Bach, Wolfgang A. Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Antonin Dvorak, Jean Sibelius, Gustav Mahler
  • My Compositional Styles
    Neo-romanticism, experimental
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  • Instruments Played
    Pianoforte, violin, guitar (beginner), recorder (once upon a time)

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  1. Hey, there. Interesting piece. it has enchanting melodies all the way from start to finish, that weaves into each other almost seamlessly. The 3-against-2 rhythm, I feel, is especially instrumental to achieving the 'Nocturne' feel of the piece; it makes the piece feel very relaxing, dream-like and almost meandering. Reading the previous comments, while I agree it's rhapsodic, I will say that it feels more nocturne than rhapsody, but that's my humble opinion. Overall, beautiful piece!
  2. Hi, Alex. This is a delightful, enchanting waltz! The sections flow so seamlessly into each other, that it's hard to notice when the piece enters a new section, unless one is paying really close attention -- which in itself is difficult when the piece is this hypnotic. There are parts where the hand-span requirements seem pretty jaw-dropping. The span is huge. Especially in the parallel octaves section, where occasionally notes in the right hand need to play notes much greater than an octave apart. Possible, but extremely difficult, it seems. But that's about my only... 'gripe' shall we say. Anyways, keep up the good work. B.R. Sam
  3. Hey, Luis! Thank you very much for your feedback. For the case of the oriental sounds, yes, I would probably get a stronger oriental sound if I leaned deeper into those devices, but as you have mentioned - and I agree - the mildly oriental style suitably blends with the more Western polonaise part, and that was my intention. I only fear that leaning in too strongly on the oriental sound might create a jarring contrast, though. What do you think? For your point on the excess of arpeggiated chords, I think I see what you mean. Upon multiple listens, I felt the parts in question didn't come off as cohesive with the rest of the piece. I have since played it out, experimenting between arpeggiation and just plain chords (some with additional embellishments) and found possibly other more cohesive sounds for these parts. I'll probably take some time in the coming weeks to look into these. Once again, thank you for your feedback 🙂
  4. Thanks! Asiatic influence in the melody. Yeah, the middle was more reminiscent of the classical polonaise. The start and end are the experimental bits with the Asiatic melody.
  5. This is a new revision of the first composition for solo pianoforte from a collection that I am currently writing slowly. I have written the second one a while back. This was my first attempt at a sort of East-meets-West theme. The A section features a great deal of change in time signatures, with an Asian-style melody in G minor. This then bleeds into the B section that is mostly a regular polonaise in E-flat major, before returning to the A section. This is only a rendering using MuseScore3. I plan to record myself playing this piece again soon and upload a video of it as well. Enjoy.
  6. These are delightful-sounding short pieces, with very clear Classical era influences. The first one, with the mix of triplets, seems to be a sort of practice in keeping time. The second one, a practice on left hand tone control -- with all the chords in there. The third one - my favourite - reminds me a little of Mozart's K.545 3rd movement (not the tune, but the general concept of the piece). Feels like an exercise on clarity. Nice work!
  7. @caters Thanks for the feedback! Okay I will look again into the time signature. And yes it is G sharp minor. Likewise it isnt a key i would normally listen to or write in either. xD
  8. Whoa, there is a lot that seems to be going on in this piece. The 6/8 sections have a sort of melodic line that just wanders on peacefully with the hypnotic left hand. Then, 3/8 against 2/4 sections stumble through almost like stepping and slipping on tree roots in the forest. Interesting nocturne.
  9. @Alexx Thanks for your kind words! Glad that u enjoyed it. @Luis Hernández Ooh thanks for that critique. Yeah i do question myself why i use cut time... 2/4 perhaps?
  10. Pieces for Pianoforte Op. 21 No 2 - Pastorale This is the 2nd piece of a collection of piano pieces I am slowly writing. The 1st piece, I wrote many years back. I only now finally found the motivation to write for the 2nd. Let me know what you think. This is a digital rendering using MuseScore3.
  11. This is a pretty soothing listen. I have also looked at the score and it seems that you are using a 3-note chord for the second and thirds beats of the waltz. Normally, that can sound quite heavy for beats 2 and 3 for a waltz on an actual piano, but then again, it may have been your intention to do so. But anyways, keep it up!
  12. This is the 2nd revision of my intermezzo from Op. 21. Sorry for the hiatus. I have been busy lately and haven't got time to properly write anything.
  13. In terms of style, I was going for an east-meets-west sort of thing, with the pentatonic scales in the end parts and the sort of mini polonaise in the middle part. Maybe there could be a better way to do this? On the mm changes and rhythmic irregularity, yes, I am still pretty much experimenting with this. Anyways, thanks for the feedback! I appreciate it. :D Awww, this is sweet. Thanks! :D
  14. Whoa! Thanks for your detailed suggestions! I will look into them and see what I can do.
  15. This is a new little personal project I am working on. Your feedback is most appreciated. For now, I have managed to write the first piece. * I have updated this post with the revised version of the first piece. * Apologies for the hiatus. I have been busy lately.
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