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A piano piece written while in a certain mood. I think of it as a sort of reflection while deep in thought. also an experiment using extended chords. written in a more romantic style. 

 

any thoughts welcome.

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A nice Chopinesque piece.  At around the 1 minute mark I get a little confused harmonically (listening on headphones - it's too quiet to hear on my speakers).  As far as writing in a Chopinesque style - it's easy to do (as your piece demonstrates) but difficult to do well.  I guess you wanted your melody to have that floaty feel - you ended up writing some unusual 5 bar and 10 bar phrases in many places.  You should be careful with that because you border on aimlessness.  You also spend a little too much time on that C an octave above middle C for my taste.  Your piece is missing some of those cool Chopinesque roulades that he writes at strategic points within a melody or to extend a melody.  Also - feels like you could have used a change in your harmonic rhythm somewhere.  Throughout you basically have one chord per bar and it tends to get stale.  Besides those things it was a relaxing listen!

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That end phrasing in your main melody is pretty much Liebestraum 3 from Liszt, but I think you know that. Nice interesting texture of a 4/4 melody over the 5/4-like left hand, but I agree with PaperComposer; it tends to get a bit stale after a while. 

I do appreciate the experimentation of extended chords, but I feel like we composers can get caught in the rut of a chord per measure type of feel. The harmony was a bit questionable around 1 min, but I think you're off to a great start at something with a lot of emotional depth. 

This was a nice relaxing piece, and just what I needed at the moment. Keep up the writing, I look forward to more from you! 😃 

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22 hours ago, PaperComposer said:

A nice Chopinesque piece.  At around the 1 minute mark I get a little confused harmonically (listening on headphones - it's too quiet to hear on my speakers).  As far as writing in a Chopinesque style - it's easy to do (as your piece demonstrates) but difficult to do well.  I guess you wanted your melody to have that floaty feel - you ended up writing some unusual 5 bar and 10 bar phrases in many places.  You should be careful with that because you border on aimlessness.  You also spend a little too much time on that C an octave above middle C for my taste.  Your piece is missing some of those cool Chopinesque roulades that he writes at strategic points within a melody or to extend a melody.  Also - feels like you could have used a change in your harmonic rhythm somewhere.  Throughout you basically have one chord per bar and it tends to get stale.  Besides those things it was a relaxing listen!

 

Many thanks. It was mainly an experiment because I struggle writing slower movements. could you please explain what you mean by "Chopinesque roulades"?

 

and yes a different section with a change in harmonic rhythm was needed. as a defence however it was more of a transcription of an improvisation rather than a full composition. 

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16 hours ago, Thatguy v2.0 said:

That end phrasing in your main melody is pretty much Liebestraum 3 from Liszt, but I think you know that. Nice interesting texture of a 4/4 melody over the 5/4-like left hand, but I agree with PaperComposer; it tends to get a bit stale after a while. 

I do appreciate the experimentation of extended chords, but I feel like we composers can get caught in the rut of a chord per measure type of feel. The harmony was a bit questionable around 1 min, but I think you're off to a great start at something with a lot of emotional depth. 

This was a nice relaxing piece, and just what I needed at the moment. Keep up the writing, I look forward to more from you! 😃 

 

Yes I'm a ware I quoted Liszt. Mainly because that style of chordal effect was what I wanted. naturally of course one must experiment by looking at how it was done in the style one wants. and greater emotional depth was what I wanted. which I'm glad you felt. 

 

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@Bradley Scarff I am used to calling them "roulades" but when I googled that term wikipedia told me that it's used to refer to vocal melismas instead of what I was thinking which is a long a-rhythmic rubato succession of notes usually played quickly or at least improvisationally (Chopin had many of them).  The following pdf talks about what I mean but refers to the roulades as "fioraturas":

Playing Chopin's Tupleted Fioraturas in the Twenty-first Century

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