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Piano Concerto in E flat major Movement 1

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Hey Im writig a piano Concerto and have hit writers (Composers) block. i'm not convinced with the section at the end which would be the transition to my second subject. any advice welcome. ( i Know i haven't actually put the piano in the score.)

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The thematic material is good. I think overall there could be some more 'full tutti' where all the instruments are playing. It seems to be mostly in sections, which can work very well. In fact, many composers fall into the trap of having all the instruments playing all the time.

One particular thing I noticed is that the oboe is in its very low register a lot of the time. Example is Bar 19. The oboe is inflexible and very loud in this register. You could give those passages to clarinet or even horn for some of them.

Here are some little other things'

Bar 10-17: This woodwind passage has only the melody in the flute. Perhaps you could change that up a bit?

Bar 18: That horn line will be difficult!

The timpani doesn't play at all in this section. I think it could do with more percussion.

Adding the piano will make a huge difference to what this sounds like as a whole, and some of the passages will make more sense.

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@aMusicComposer Could you please not talk about me?

13 hours ago, aMusicComposer said:

In fact, many composers fall into the trap of having all the instruments playing all the time.

 

It's possibly because of the midi sounds. It does also reminds me of pokemon (and toontown, lol)

9 hours ago, J.Santos said:

I don't know why, but this concerto reminds me of Pokemon's soundtracks

 

About the piece itself, I feel you could make the instrumentation a bit more lively by not emphasizing the strong beats too much. I feel like this piece could benefit from being more rhytmically ambiguous. The last measures sound really good because of that.

Also, I know you're composing in this classical setting, but I think you could spice up the harmonies a bit to make the important cadences sound more noticeable. Don't have to go crazy on it, I just feel it's lacking thos last 15% so that you can get to 100.

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7 hours ago, aMusicComposer said:

Sorry, what do you mean?

 
On 12/9/2019 at 1:48 AM, aMusicComposer said:

In fact, many composers fall into the trap of having all the instruments playing all the time.

I think he meant that he does that, too.

 

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On 12/10/2019 at 12:01 PM, Tónskáld said:

I think he meant that he does that, too.

Exactly, I always over-orchestrate. This seems to be the problem that permeate all my pieces.

Oh well, one day I'll learn how to deal with this.

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Me thinks someone has been exploring Mozart's Piano Concerti! 

Compared to the other piano concerto on here by you -this one is definitely more playful. I think the orchestration issues reflect a lack of both experience and training -we all start somewhere though! 

Overall, I like the thematic material -which is definitely based on a well known Mozart Piano Concerto (I won't say which, since nobody else caught it). I look forward to seeing how you work with this and will make a fuller review on a more finished draft of this.

Keep up the good work!

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