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A christmas present for my wonderful mother. She has worked so hard and I haven't always been the best son. We've had our differences, but as I grow older I learn how much time and effort she has silently and heroically put in simply to make me who I am. I owe everything to her, and I hope this piece can show a faint glimmer of how much she means to me.

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WHOA those trumpets are playing high in the beginning. Careful; music only sounds so good as the limitations of a given voice.
I really like the more subdued parts and the subtle mixing of different textures with rhythmic pulse so as to mask the fact not much goes on between sections. In the B minor sustained 6/8 part it feels likes a justified resolution of those processes. My only complaint there is that the B5 is maybe preserved a little bit too long from there to the end; gets a little distracting. That and when you drop suddenly from the final crescendo, ending on the 5th scale degree of the tonic chord seems like an odd tone to leave off on, both because that B was so prevalent, and that it implies that the VII chord before it was really focused on E, instead of A, which forces a whole turnaround of listening.

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4 minutes ago, Monarcheon said:

WHOA those trumpets are playing high in the beginning. Careful; music only sounds so good as the limitations of a given voice.

yeah lol it was the highest note I could play. I thought it was kind of piercing but I liked it better than resolving on the last note a half step down.

6 minutes ago, Monarcheon said:

I really like the more subdued parts and the subtle mixing of different textures with rhythmic pulse so as to mask the fact not much goes on between sections.

Can I ask what you mean by this? Do you mean that they aren't really interconnected? Because I would agree.

7 minutes ago, Monarcheon said:

My only complaint there is that the B5 is maybe preserved a little bit too long from there to the end; gets a little distracting. That and when you drop suddenly from the final crescendo, ending on the 5th scale degree of the tonic chord seems like an odd tone to leave off on, both because that B was so prevalent, and that it implies that the VII chord before it was really focused on E, instead of A, which forces a whole turnaround of listening.

Do you have perfect pitch? Yeah I was concerned that it went on in the same way for too long, maybe I'll change it before I give it to her.

I understand (the sentiment lol), it was meant to be a kind of "fake out". I like using deception in my pieces, doing something unexpected.

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1 minute ago, Left Unexplained said:

Can I ask what you mean by this? Do you mean that they aren't really interconnected? Because I would agree.

The opposite, rather. I enjoyed how you were able to feign motion by moving it around the orchestrational texture when in reality not much is happening in a given section.

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