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Two Preludes - G minor and E flat minor


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Hi!

Here are two preludes I've written (working on more). The G minor was written improvised and bears some resemblance to the Chopin Prelude in E minor. The E flat minor was an old sketch that I went back and revisited. Feedback would be wonderful, as it helps me improve my own writing.

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The first one is not very idiomatic, with block chords all the time. Some are too dense in the bottom (m. 11). But what "frightens" me is the changes between harmonies by thirds and by 4ths, without transition or preparations is  a bit rude.

The second one sounds more like the beginning of a nocturne, and is more balanced (although the midi sounds are not good).

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Did you make this in Musescore?  I advise you to change the velocities down on the notes that are less important and leave the melody more in high relief.  You can do this by ctrl-selecting the notes you want to change (for some reason shift-selecting won't work) and going down in the inspector and selecting "offset" for velocity type and take the less important material down by say 20% velocity by putting a negative value in.  It would definitely make your music sound more human and elegant imo.  Thanks for sharing!

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Much has been said already although I quite liked the E minor one. You have big hands evidently! 

These are closer to Chopin or Debussian preludes rather than traditional ones that announced a player was ready to start. They'd play a short, sharp piece to grab the audience attention and stop it talking, coughing etc! Example: Liszt's Transcendental Study No 1.

The E minor one came over closer to Debussy than Chopin with the parallel 5ths.

The G minor one suffered severe problems of rendering about which PeterthePaperComposer has spoken. It needs judicious pedal and a lot more dynamic variation in the left hand during each bar as well as from bar to bar. When you've tamed your software you can think about this. The tune is good and the harmony varied enough for a piece this length. But I really feel the ending was abrupt. It needs extension by just a few more bars to ramp it down to a final chord.

All good then. Hoping you don't mind my saying so, your composing skills will improve if you can find out how to add pedal and vary the dynamics. Spending time with the dynamics pays off enormously. 

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