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Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor 1st movement

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I first wrote the piano part for this piece nearly 20 years ago, for that reason it has a less developed style than my more recent work. I always wanted to do something with it and this last month, I have been working on orchestrating it. I also took the opportunity to rewrite the piano part a bit. It's currently in it's "pre-finished" state, so I would really appreciate any input on how it might be improved.

Thanks in advance to anyone who may feel like commenting.

Regards Mark

 

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Hi there!

I cant give you any feedback on romantic technique , but I really like the style! What I cant say is that this is very good music! Congratulations!

For me the best section is the opening, very classical in style! In my baroque mind that is a perfect ritornello, I was just waiting for the music to return to it.. That is my problem with romantic music though, a more free form and less structure, simply "too many notes" 🙂

 

 

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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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Congratulations with this amazing, very inventive composition!

The style is original: classical, romantic and some modern touches.
I really love the piano writing and the harmonies are beautiful too.

The orchestration is very thin, which is a great choice in this case!
I can't mention something I don't like about the music!

There could be some more articulation markings in the piano part.
Of course you still need to look at the lay-out.

Very well done, you may be proud!

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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

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I can't comment on anything orchestral, I know nothing of orchestral writing.

Your piano writing is strong and colorful. Virtuoso writing is fun, but I appreciate your restraint here with the piano.

My only concern is that the leash on the poor piano is just a little too tight, and he is frustrated and hungry. I kept waiting for a satisfying, powerful burst of bass or a wicked lash of... something to happen, that never did. Perhaps it's because that's to come in the 3rd movement. Overall, the piece really sounds great and accomplished, though.

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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

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Amazing piece. I even sometimes listen to it when I work👌 Has a nice baroque structure and is very palifonic 

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Thanks a lot arielbibo, sorry I haven't checked into the site for months so I missed your comment.  I really appreciate it.

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Can't say much more than what has already been said. VERY captivating beggining, i wish you'd used more the theme throughout the piece not in expense of the development you already use because i genuinely enjoyed it, but in addition at the end of some parts. Extremely fitting and intense ending, Beethoven would be proud..!

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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

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