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  1. Thank you Theo, I really appreciate it. Knowing your music, which I consider extremely well written, it means a lot to hear this from you. Regards Mark
  2. Thank you so much Tónskáld, I know that the music I write is often thought of as pastiche, that's ok, each to their own, and I can understand what they mean, but I do always try hard to make it still sound like me, even though I use styles and forms that are , for want of a better word, out dated. So it means a lot to hear that even considering that, there are still people who can put that aside and just enjoy the music. Kind regards Mark
  3. Thanks SilverWolf, I really appreciate it.
  4. Hi all, I've not posted anything here for quite a while, been busy with other things, but I've also been working to finish my first fully orchestrated piano concerto. The first movement was posted here about a year ago, but the second and third movements are new. The first movement has also been edited and hopefully improved as I added a short cadenza that I felt was missing from the first movement, as well as changing the odd passage here and there. Anyway, I'm pretty pleased with the final edit. As always, any comments are welcome and gratefully received.
  5. This is great, I like it a lot. It's tonal, but put together in a really interesting way that makes it feel quite fresh. I might like to have varied a little that constant return to the high G, just give it a feeling of progressing beyond that limit here and there, but that's a personal observation based on something I might have done if it were mine, but that doesn't take anything away from what is a great piece.
  6. Thanks Pavlos, I really appreciate your comments. I've been working on this concertino for some months now. The first movement now has a cadenza and a reintroduction of the first theme, as I also thought it needed to reappear somewhere. The second movement is finished, and the third is almost finished. I haven't yet posted them here as I wanted to wait till it's all ready, once it is, I will post them and see how it goes. Thanks again for your comments best regards Mark
  7. Thanks a lot arielbibo, sorry I haven't checked into the site for months so I missed your comment. I really appreciate it.
  8. You say that normally when you write a piano piece, you give up half way through because you don't really know what you're doing. So, what to do next? Well, rather than treating this piece as a finished article, treat it as the skeleton of a finished article. What I mean is that you've got here something that by your own admission is not entirely interesting or challenging, but it could become something much more interesting if you take it and try modulating to different keys, you do already vary the rhythms a little here and there and changing the left hand up every now and then, but keeping the whole thing in the same key is really not good. have some fun with it and see what you can do.
  9. Hi Serge, These two pieces are both great, although I think the better piece is the F minor. The etude seems like a collection of ideas that are hanging together, while the F minor seems more like a whole homogenous piece. I like a lot that while the language you use is tonal, melody driven, classical for want of a better word, the way you use it and the direction the work takes is quite "original". Regards Mark
  10. This is a great etude, I like it a lot, however, I think the midi playback is hampering the outlining of the melody in the fast movement, maybe some accenting or dynamic profiling could bring that out some more, as could slowing it a couple of points. I often find even just 2 or 3 bpm's can make quite a difference to a midi playback. The slow part is very lovely, you have some great harmonies, although I didn't see the etudinal value of this section, but I did enjoy listening to it very much.
  11. Thank you Serge, I really appreciate your comments, and I can agree to a certain extent about the leashing of the piano. I was trying to concentrate (at least for this movement) on the melodic aspect of the themes, rather than taking them to a virtuosic (is that even a word) extreme, even the short cadenza doesn't get too far out of it's own space. The second movement is almost finished now, but that is a more traditional slow, lyrical movement. The third movement is also under way and here I do intend to have some fireworks, I just hope it will be enough to balance the piece as a whole, we'll see. Thanks again for taking the time to listen and to say something. Kind regards Mark
  12. I've been working on a cadenza and polishing the rest. Just in case anyone's interested, here it is, now more or less finished. https://www.dropbox.com/s/qt639kvqu3yx152/Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor Movement I (with Cadenza).mp3?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/35896vdyi93aimw/Piano Concerto No in G minor Movement I (With Cadenza) - Full Score.pdf?dl=0
  13. Thank you Maarten, I really appreciate it. I always seem to omit the piano articulation, which is odd since I am pianist, but I think mainly it's because Sibelius seems to play the part just fine without it, however I do intend to polish the piece some more and that will be one of the things that needs attention. The orchestration is intentionally thin to let the piano shine a bit more but I still have problems in some areas to have the piano separated from the rest of the sound, but that's down to mixing I think, which I don't do very well yet. I already have the 2nd and 3rd movements in progress so keep an ear out for them, I would love to have your opinion on them when I get them to this stage. Thanks again for your kind words Best regards Mark
  14. Thank you Simen, I really appreciate that. You are right in that although the theme does return a few times, the style is mixed between a more classical form and a more romantic form, and so somehow it doesn't have quite the same impact as the opening. I'm not quite done with it yet however, I will be editing and polishing for a while yet so I will keep that thought in mind. "Just cut a few and it will be perfect"! Anyway, thanks again for you comments, I'm glad that on the whole, you enjoyed it. Regards Mark
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