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Toccata for Piano & Orchestra

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Here's a piece I did years ago, which I recently put onto Sibelius. It's Baroque/classical(ish) but with extreme orchestral minimalist bashes. Its very rough and def needs tweeking, but whaddya think?

Hope you enjoy

Mike

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The piano part seems very interesting, but I think the  orchestra destroys everything. Believe me that I'm used to any kind of clustery music and whatever. But the constant percussive effect of the orchestra makes it monotonous.

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I agree with Luis on the piano part--it sounds really nice. I'd consider making the orchestra play pizzicato to sound slightly less tedious, and I'd switch up the rhythmic figure a bit. As of now, it seems like the orchestra is kind of an afterthought--I think many pianist-composers (like Liszt and Chopin) were much better writers for the piano than the orchestra. But you could make the orchestra seem more necessary by allowing it to introduce the themes and have its own tutti passages interspersed throughout the piece. Definitely listen to Bach's keyboard concertos for inspiration.

Also, as for the general form of the piece, I feel like you should introduce some new ideas earlier on to keep it interesting. Sonata-allegro form is a tried and true method for opening movements of just about anything.

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