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Hello,

So, I’ve been experimenting with ways to modernize my classical approach to music. I’ll get into what techniques I used to accomplish this later. I’ll start off with the form of the piece:

One piece for piano I love and will likely learn soon is Chopin’s Ballade No 1. I lightly based the form of my own ballade off this one. The beginning and end are in G minor (same for both pieces), but the middle section I chose to make in C# major because of the Tritone relationship between it and G minor. 

The beginning has an introduction that will lead to the opening theme. From there we get some bombastic octave passages leading into a return of the theme. At the end of the return, we start modulating chromatically and growing quiet until the piece suddenly bursts into a coda that ends on a Tritone and the C# section begins.

The middle section is very classical and lyrical, but as it progresses it gets more modern and dissonant. Near the end, we return to g minor and transition back to the main theme. Then we have one last great coda until the soft end.

The techniques I use:

-chromatic modulation

-modulation based upon physically close keys

-chromatic scales

-whole tone scale

-a lot of pedal

-m2nds, M9ths

-Sudden pauses

Im trying to find the balance between these as they’re the techniques I currently like to play with.

*No sheet music yet because I have not gotten a change to transcribe audio. 

*sorry for bad quality of audio.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yov_wpfmD-jMqJsn61l_r6V1hjN9utOC/view?usp=drivesdk

Edited by EquillaBeasley

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Equilla, that was masterful! It sounded like Chopin could have written that himself. I'd love to see the score, of course, in order to provide more structured feedback but do I have the following bits of advice based on the recording:

The phrasing was difficult for me to follow. I heard the opening theme—which was marvelous—but after a few minutes I got lost in all the chromatic passages and free tempo changes. Who knows, though? I might just be too musically obtuse to catch all the musical ideas you presented.

Speaking of musical ideas, I would have liked to have seen them developed more. To me—an amateur musician—they seemed disjointed, unrelated, and a tad ostentatious, as if they were there more for the pianist to display his/her virtuosity than for thematic development. (In my best Cockney accent: Just me 'umble opinion, though, miss.)

There's no question you are brimming with talent and promise. Some works I've heard by amateur composer are so musically unsound that I can hardly give any feedback at all. Yours I understood—for the most part I could tell what you were doing and where you were going—and that ability to connect with your audience I think speaks to the depth of composer you are... and will become!

Keep up the great work! Cheers!

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