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Sonata for Oboe and Piano - The story of a warrior

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Hello everyone! 

I've just posted my latest (and hopefully greatest) work yet. It's a Sonata for Oboe and Piano, which I've beew working on for the past month.

The first and second movement took me 3 days to write, altought I altered them quite a bit. 

The last movement actually took a few weeks, as I had to experimetn with polychords (I had never used them before). Also, thank's to @Monarcheon for posting the masterclass on polychords, that's what stroke my interest on them!

After listening to it various times, the image of a warrior that was cast on to an adventure, in which he met various conditions and exotic creatures really fit the mood, so I decided to name the movements accordingly. 

So, here's the link to it!

As always, feedback is greatly apreciated.

Best wishes, Jean.

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I love this, the changes are interesting and employ a lot of symmetry which I like. Difficult to define is always good in my book. The tempestuous passage beginning at 2:45 is interesting, perplexing. I would encourage you to keep exploring using a note before the coming chord to signify the next chord's characteristics. The section at 6:05 really grabbed my attention with an almost jazzy feel and excellent use of the leading tone. The section at 11:45 is intriguing, enticing. Really like the moment at 14:40. Like the piano part at 16:30.

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@Left UnexplainedHey!

Thank's for paying close attention to this one. I loved this piece when I had just finished it, now not so much. I don't know why, I feel like I expanded it into proportions that weren't required in the first place, so it became unwantedly static. I quite like the third movement though.

However, I learned what I could from this one and axpect to be more ccareful in my next ones.

Cheers! 

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I would encourage you to watch the edward snowden episode of the joe rogan experience. Near the very end he gives this great speech on not seeking safety because he chose to still criticize the russian government despite them giving him asylum and it was awesome. I don't know, I think music is a translation and if you're feeling good then you can't go too wrong. I think it was a good piece.

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14 hours ago, Left Unexplained said:

I don't know, I think music is a translation and if you're feeling good then you can't go too wrong.

Quite interesting perspective.

 

14 hours ago, Left Unexplained said:

I would encourage you to watch the edward snowden episode of the joe rogan experience.

I'll check that out, thank's for pointing it out!

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I think this is great work. Strong structure and dialogue, also balance. The piano part is interesting enough.

I only have a couple of observations with the oboe. You often write fluttertongue. Although it is not fully marked, besides the tremolo symbol, I think it's better to write "flz", too.

Regarding circular breathing:

Sustaining a note while breathing in through the nose. Notated with a verbal instruction. Although this is easier on double reed instruments than most others, it should be regarded as an unusual technique and players should be consulted before it is used!
 

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Thank's for listening, and I'm glad you like it. 

You mean dialogue between the instruments?

4 hours ago, Luis Hernández said:

I only have a couple of observations with the oboe. You often write fluttertongue. Although it is not fully marked, besides the tremolo symbol, I think it's better to write "flz", too.

Ok, thank's for pointing it out.

 

4 hours ago, Luis Hernández said:

players should be consulted before it is used!

I've consulted the oboe players I know about this and the less-experienced ones got kinda scared of playing the last mov. The more-experienced ones felt it was pretty ok.

 

Cheers!

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