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Seven Preludes for Rainy Days

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Last year my mind was buzzing with musical ideas, so I sat down and composed seven preludes for piano. I called them 'Seven Preludes for Rainy Days' (Sjö fyrir-söngur fyrir rigningardegi). They're a simple collection of some expository compositions, each one quite different from the rest. 4 are in major keys, 3 are in minor. (The title and directions are in Icelandic, but there is a glossary at the end of the PDF for your reference.)

I hope you enjoy listening to them!

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Prelude I sounds delicate and well built on counterpoint. Beautiful.

Prelude II sounds modern and neo-romantic (to me). Nice ostinato rhythym in the first part, and repeat.

Prelude III is my favorite (so far, I am listening to them now). Introspective and a bit of Satie influence?

Prelude IV seems to go back to Bach inventions (first part). This is as if you were modernizing the styles.

Prelude V nice ideas here, it's very pleasant.

Prelude VI again I hear different influences that, finally, combine in your own style.

Prelude VII sounds more contemporary.

 

As a whole, I think your writing is careful and inspired. I love taking counterpoint, baroque, etc..., and bring them to more modern sounds.

 

 

 

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Thanks, @Luis Hernández! I really, really appreciate the feedback! These were inspired (mostly indirectly) by Bach and Debussy, although the style is my own. I tend to use a lot of augmented 4ths/5ths and chromatic modulations that give the music a certain edge... kind of keeps the listener on the edge of his seat.

10 hours ago, Luis Hernández said:

As a whole, I think your writing is careful and inspired. I love taking counterpoint, baroque, etc..., and bring them to more modern sounds.

I do try to keep the music balanced between heart and head, so I'm grateful for your kind words. I also love taking old techniques and modernizing them... glad you liked these pieces!

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