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Nice little piece, Fred. a proper performance will no doubt bring out all the pedallings which will add a richness to it.
The second section sounds a little like a folksong to my ears, or classical take on one.
I must admit about 2:40 I felt that I'd had too much new musical material to take in and wanted some sort of re-cap to the beginning. That's my only reservation - almost too much material and ideas in a short time frame - but that's better than most music which is short of new ideas, as you well know.
Adrian, Thank you so much for your comments. I will have to listen again to the spot at 2:40. You may well be correct and being away from the piece for a few weeks is a good way for me to hear it in a new light.
Judging from your tasteful, witty comments in discussion threads, I figured I would like your music. I was right! In particular, I like the overall shape and flow of your piece. I also like the deceptive simplicity: It is accessible but still challenging. The only part I personally would change is the end. I'd prefer to hear it end with one of those odd clashes that give the piece its character rather than a "milktoast" resolution, if you will. Nothing against such endings, but I feel that it doesn't provide the sense of closure you may have been going for. Not necessarily ending on a dissonance, but something that does the character of the piece more justice. Good work!
Edit: ok, i listened again. I have no idea what I'm talking about. I guess maybe the end seems a bit abrupt. I don't feel like I've gotten home yet. Maybe just a bit more repetition at the end? Something to firmly announce "ta da! the end!".
Tombo, That's an appropriate comment. I think the ending could have been elongated a bit. Maybe give it a slighlty better sense of closure.
Thanks for listening.
Fredrick, I liked this piece very much! Perhaps some of the problems, such as the abrupt sounding ending, would be ameliorated by more of a slowdown announcing "here comes the end." Was this a score playing? If so, perhaps a real pianist playing a real piano would create more nuance. I found that's what I wanted most: all the subtleties and voicings that this very thoughtfully composed piece calls for.
That said, I thought the piece had a lot of good material. As per Adrian's critique, you could perhaps expand it into two related pieces? Then you could develop the great material you started with, return to it in different keys, or whatever development devices you prefer. I do appreciate that you don't endlessly repeat a theme to death, and it appears that new ideas are not a problem for you.
Thank you Emily for taking the time to listen and comment. Agreed, the piece would probably profit from a real pianist playing a real piano. My understanding of things mechanical like Sibelius Notation Software is marginal so I am unable to communciate the rubato that I think may be effective in this thing.
Generating new ideas are not much of a chore, they aren't for most composers, however, generating ideas that are related to, or appropriately contrast with a main theme, ah now.. thats not so easy.
Again, I am in your debt for your comments.