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Piano Concerto No.2 - 3rd movt.


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Hi all,

I've not posted anything for over a year, been busy with other things, but I have also been working on my second piano concerto.  I have the bones of the 1st and 2nd movements, but there is still a lot of work to do on those.  I do however, have the 3rd movement finished (barring a few minor edits that might arise over the next few weeks), and so I thought I would like to share this with you all.  Thanks for listening.

It's a bit more modern than my first piano concerto, I wouldn´t say contemporary exactly, and like all of my work, it is a tonal, classical piece.

I hope you like it and as always, any and all comments are welcome and replied to.  If anyone would like to see the score, it's mess lol but available if you want.

Kind regards
Mark

https://soundcloud.com/user-729021187/piano-concerto-no2-3rd-movt

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This seems to be a very development-heavy piece.  Scarcely do I get to hear the first seven bar theme before you start using it to compose virtuosic variations for the piano.  And I feel very hard pressed to find any other place in the concerto where that theme comes back.  There are melodies in the middle of this but they don't seem to be related to that introductory theme.  I liked your cadenza - very idiomatic if maybe a little short.  I wish more of your concerto was melodic.  There are plenty of little motifs in the piano of course but you seem to place a secondary importance on the melody and use it only for the sake of the pianos virtuosity.  I did like the virtuosity - kept things exciting but I didn't end up humming a tune by the end of this.  Great ending too btw.  Thanks for the music!

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Thanks you Mike, I'm glad you liked it, I do appreciate it.

PaperComposer,

Thanks a lot for you comments, I appreciate it.  I do feel there is some variety lacking in the piano developments and the cadenza could be longer as you say, take in more of the developments.  Also I want to change the recapitulation a little, but I got it to a stage where I think the bones are good, and I never stop tinkering with these things, so by the time the 1st and 2nd movements are ready, it may well have changed a bit.  The opening (theme) does make a return in the cadenza, but not anywhere else, I did try to find a place to shoe horn it in, but that´s exactly what it sounded like, so I took it out.

It's hard for me to be objective I think, I've heard it thousands of times and I know all of the melodies and I have them running round in my head so to me, I do hum the tunes and see how it hangs together, but perhaps a first time listener would be hard pressed to pick out a good tune.

My main reason for posting a piece at this stage is to get comments like your, that let me see it from a different perspective, and to adapt what I have if I think those comments are valid.  Rest assured that I do value you response and I will keep it in mind as I'm tinkering LOL.

Thanks again

Kind regards
Mark

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