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Fanfare and Rhapsody No 1: Lady Toya (for piano and orchestra)

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Here is a one-movement piece for piano and orchestra.   In the instrumentation, I added my favorite instrument which is used for the counter-melody, the euphonium.  There are two melodic ideas in this composition, the fanfare theme and the "lady Toya" motif.  I hope you'll enjoy.

Musically Yours,

Chad "Sir Wick" Hughes

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It's a very unified piece with regard to the economical use of material from the four note motif. You got a lot of use out of it, never losing the upbeat mood. The terraced harmonic blocks provided some interest within the harmonic space you set up. This is very reminiscent of "Pretty Women," from Sweeney Todd. Do you know this piece?

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Ken320 said:

It's a very unified piece with regard to the economical use of material from the four note motif. You got a lot of use out of it, never losing the upbeat mood. The terraced harmonic blocks provided some interest within the harmonic space you set up. This is very reminiscent of "Pretty Women," from Sweeney Todd. Do you know this piece?

 

 

 

 

No sir, but I definitely here the similar ostinato with the marimba the "pretty woman" line!!!!

And thank you for those kind words, especially "Economical."  That's the words I live by when I compose!

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I was going to comment on the similarity between the Sondheim theme and yours, but Ken beat me to it lol. 

Generally it's a very well constructed piece, very upbeat, with catchy melodies, sharp orchestration, and interesting harmonies. I think it maybe a little TOO "economical"...I wouldn't have minded another theme, possibly something contrasting in mood, key, tempo. After all, rhapsodies are suppose to be more improvisatory with a range of contrasting moods. Also, since you feature the piano as a solo instrument, I was wondering if a bombastic cadenza towards the end would be appropriate? 

Thanks for sharing, and nice to see you back on here!

 

 

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10 minutes ago, danishali903 said:

I was going to comment on the similarity between the Sondheim theme and yours, but Ken beat me to it lol. 

Generally it's a very well constructed piece, very upbeat, with catchy melodies, sharp orchestration, and interesting harmonies. I think it maybe a little TOO "economical"...I wouldn't have minded another theme, possibly something contrasting in mood, key, tempo. After all, rhapsodies are suppose to be more improvisatory with a range of contrasting moods. Also, since you feature the piano as a solo instrument, I was wondering if a bombastic cadenza towards the end would be appropriate? 

Thanks for sharing, and nice to see you back on here!

 

I agree. I also think that the fury of piano runs are excessive. And for its length it needs more distance from the tonic key. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, danishali903 said:

I was going to comment on the similarity between the Sondheim theme and yours, but Ken beat me to it lol. 

Generally it's a very well constructed piece, very upbeat, with catchy melodies, sharp orchestration, and interesting harmonies. I think it maybe a little TOO "economical"...I wouldn't have minded another theme, possibly something contrasting in mood, key, tempo. After all, rhapsodies are suppose to be more improvisatory with a range of contrasting moods. Also, since you feature the piano as a solo instrument, I was wondering if a bombastic cadenza towards the end would be appropriate? 

Thanks for sharing, and nice to see you back on here!

 

 

 

Thanks boss! Great criticism.

And yes, it's great to be back.  I was incognito just reading for a while but I'm back for a while!!

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