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Sahir Haider

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Sahir Haider last won the day on October 9 2019

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  1. I really like this a lot !!! Its a long piece and I've just heard it once, and have a feeling that multiple hearings will make me like it even more. I guess the influence of Ravel and Debussy is probably obvious , but I also sense some inspiration from early Messiaen ( preludes) , Mompou and Takashi Yoshimatsu. Could be wrong about these latter composers, but its what comes to my mind. A lof of this is very mysterious ( and I'm a sucker for mysterious music ..). There are indeed some places of astonishing beauty , like from 3:15 onwards or from 5:30 onwards till next couple of minutes or so, the entire "Snowflakes fall like humans do" and more . I'll be listening to this again for sure and will probably get more into it . Thanks for sharing this !
  2. Thank you very much !!! Actually I haven't composed any "unpublished" pieces, and I just made a couple of enharmonic spelling changes and a rhythm correction on the last page after I published this piece. But its definitely true that I did spend quite a bit of time upfront making sure I'd have minimal errors in the score. And to help your mental health 😂, I'd like to add that , as mentioned in my post, I have been composing themes and improvising on the piano for many years. So, in that sense I wouldn't consider myself new to composing. But indeed, this was the first time I composed an "Exact" piece , putting together various themes in a (hopefully) coherent way and also the first time notating a piece. I guess I was also helped by the fact that I've played several pieces by Ravel, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev etc... So, that helped me a lot, but frankly I still find it tough work to properly notate a piece. Thanks for your feedback ! I'm glad you liked it 😃
  3. Really Interesting ! Very atmospheric , sets the mood from the first note.. A haunting one ! .. I think I like the second half of the piece even more. ( Although I thought it ended somewhat abruptly .. but this could be just a subjective thing..).
  4. Thank you very much !! Really glad to hear that you enjoyed listening to it 🙂
  5. Thanks a lot! This is really good to hear for me. I definitely wanted to make the transitions between the contrasting parts/styles seamless. So I'm really glad that, based on your comments, my efforts seem to have paid off! Also great to hear that I could keep your interest till the end. I supposed I could come up with a better description in words...
  6. This is a wonderful little impromptu ! I can only imagine it would sound even better in a real piano performance ...
  7. Thank you very much ! Really glad you liked it. Yes, I was aiming at a slightly "unconventional" treatment of the waltz form, so I'm glad it seemed to have worked fine !
  8. Thank you so much for your feedback. Indeed, I was trying to create a polystylistic piece as the description in my video suggests. I'm really glad to hear you liked it !
  9. Firstly, I'm really glad that you enjoyed the piece! I believe you've also described some of my intentions/methods better than I might have. Indeed, I wanted to create a piece starting with something that has been done to death (like a waltz) but make it "drift" in unpredictable ways into unpredictable areas. Your comments make me feel I might have succeeded! So Thanks very much for your encouraging comments!
  10. All 3 movements are quite interesting! I particularly enjoyed the 1st movement and the part of the 3rd movement that starts around 0:50. Very mysterious depictions !
  11. Thanks! I'm very glad you liked it. This is a huge compliment as Ravel is at the top of my favorite composers list.
  12. First of all, a big Thanks for such an inspiring feedback. I really appreciate you taking the time to give me detailed comments. Chopin was definitely an influence throughout. My other main influences in this piece would be Ravel, Debussy and to an extent Prokofiev, and even a bit of Gershwin. The part starting at M.118 was one of the most exciting ideas I had while composing this, so I'm especially thrilled that other people are appreciating it too 🙂 . Indeed, I spent a significant amount of time trying to make sure I was as clear as possible in all my details ( also with things like enharmonic spellings ... ) . It's hard work !! and lastly .. The harder parts of this piece were a bit beyond me to begin with, and took a LOT of disciplined effort for me to get to this point ( I was inspired by remembering how Ravel practiced so hard to be able to premier his concerto , even though he couldn't in the end) . So its especially encouraging to hear such comments as yours. Thanks again for your encouragement, and I'll get started on the next piece right away !
  13. Thank you for your encouraging feedback !! It's great if I can keep someone's interest till the end. As for the notation of accelerandos, and ritardanto , are you referring to the specific instructions like "gradual rit. until m.91"? I saw that way being used in a John Adam's orchestral score ( Harmonielehre) , and thought I'd use it. But I do realize that's not a very common method of notating tempo changes. I will keep that in mind for the future.
  14. Thank you very much ! and my apologies as I didn't post a description of the piece before ( I've updated that in the original post now) but here it is anyway: The title of this piece alludes to the tendancy of this piece to drift from one style to another, from music of one period to another, from one mood to another. The music also tends to "drift" from a standard waltz form to music which has little resemblance to a waltz ( but may still maintain a slight waltz pulse) . So, the somewhat capricious nature of the piece is intentional. It was my hope that there would be some structural unity provided by the fact that , aside from the section towards the end, a good part of the composition involves variation of quite a few themes. For example, the part from around 1:25 -1:35 and then 2:15-2:25 employ identical or very similar sequence of notes but in entirely different contexts, hence sounding quite different. I apologize If I'm being too detailed here ! On second thoughts, I suppose by definition this could be thought of as a medley of sorts , but it wasn't intended as such ! 🙂
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