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Prelude For the Damned Angels


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Here was my topic for the Secret Santa event:
"I'll keep this topic simple -and fairly abstract. One of the things, in my music, that I often write about is life and death. So, the topic that I choose will be within this abstract area: life, mortality, death, rebirth, lessons learned in life, philosophy of life."
Wasn't sure whether or not to include the author, so I'll abstain for now, but I hope you enjoy the piece... though it is admittedly very theoretical. 

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This is a piece of music that I would love to come on the radio when I'm driving by myself, very late at night.

I think a lot of the theory is beyond my powers, but there were a lot of interesting moments, and I felt like I could follow the development of the primary figures throughout. Plus, unlike me, you clearly know how to write a proper harp part. Well done!

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Sounds like a live recording... very nice! Your style once again shines through with this piece: soft touches with plenty of space between carefully selected chords (or note clusters), and an overall feeling of contemplativeness—with some surprises sprinkled in so the listener is still kept guessing. And, of course, your handle on the theory behind it is nothing short of "masterful" (pun intended).

Unfortunately, the music didn't quite put me in a frame of mind that smacked of damned angels, but that's probably on me. It was an abstract topic and you produced an abstract work to match, so you did your job—and an exceptional job at that!

Love hearing your stuff, and thanks again for all you do for the site. I can't imagine pursuing a master's degree leaves much time for charitable advice-giving on a music forum for amateurs, but you make it work. 🙂 

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The music is beautiful, I like it. But sometimes the feeling is it was intended for the piano. Some pedal changes can’t be done, you have even three simultanous changes in the same pedal. Pedal marks should  be complete in glissandi. Bisbigliando is for soft dynamics , not f o ff...

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20 minutes ago, Luis Hernández said:

The music is beautiful, I like it. But sometimes the feeling is it was intended for the piano. Some pedal changes can’t be done, you have even three simultanous changes in the same pedal. Pedal marks should  be complete in glissandi. Bisbigliando is for soft dynamics , not f o ff...

 

That's how my editors told me to do it, so I'm not sure... Thank you for the kind words, though!

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I never listen to a new piece on its theoretical base unless it's pointed out to me and I'm asked to do so. So I just listened.

I found the work beautiful. Music I have no trouble with. It works because of the pace and whether theoretical or not, the timing of events allows me to acclimatise, maybe absorb as it flows but with a few surprises - some brilliant effects.

Put it on your next album.

Superb.

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