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The Ballade in E-flat minor was written in 2021. Though it is written for solo piano, I had intended to write it for piano and orchestra, and may make a version of it for this ensemble in the future. The piece is about 8 minutes long.

I hope you all enjoy it 🙂

 

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  • Theodore Servin changed the title to Ballade in E-flat minor, Op. 14

I don't really get your harmonic/melodic language but this piece seemed, after a first listen, well-composed and able to achieve what it was intended to. put simply, I like it and I think it's effective.

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Thanks for commenting, @Pierre dbss! I'm glad my piece made an effect on you!

I did not intend for the harmonies to be too strange, but I did want to try to express certain emotions that were different from I usually put in my music. Otherwise, I thought they were pretty standard late-romantic harmonies alla Rachmaninov or Scriabin. Still, I'm glad you enjoyed them all the same!

I'm glad you noticed the picture! No, the music is not related to the picture, but when I saw the picture among my photographs, I thought it went really well with the piece, so I added it to the video.

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It's not that the harmonies are strange - I hear a lot of Rachmaninoff (mostly) and Scriabin, which I get fairly well - it's just that they were a little surprising to me at times. I since then listened to your other stuff on youtube and I can hear a lot more things. It helps having a grasp of your somewhat earlier, or more usual, style to get where you were going with this piece. And now I'm really impressed! You seem very fluent musically. Did you take a lot of lessons?

Plus, I was listening to this as a ballade, and I was surprised by the slow and static beginning.

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