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Here are three of the Elements Contest Pieces that won something.

Feedback and comments are welcome!

I had wanted to modify High Mountain Stream, but I have been having problems with my computer/piano USB link.  Since a lot of it is improvisatory there's no way I can click in the notes that I want.  So anyway, this is the version I submitted to the contest.

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Hi Emily, these are wonderful! Impressionistic without being imitative, emotional and evocative as well! Is there any score you can share with us?
Gav

I agree with Gav--these are beautifully done, and a pleasure to listen to once again.

They are most deserving of great praise, and the awards they won.

Thanks so much for sharing..EXCELLENT music!

All lovely pieces.

Emily, which musical concepts regarding harmony and scales did you use when creating High Mountain Stream? (If you don’t mind sharing that information.)

Thank you Gav.  Unfortunately, there is not a score.  I work by scribbling a few notes when I arrive at something on my piano, then I go to my DAW/ electric piano and work from there, in the piano roll.  I started off that way, and got proficient that way.  I find working with a score to be tedious; also I have always been after a "finished" product that I could give to a filmmaker or put on a CD.  If I try to convert one of my pieces to score, it comes out as gibberish.  That may be my own fault, since I haven't bothered to learn a good way to do that.  I know I always appreciate seeing a score from others' postings. 

The bright side is, this frees me up from the fetters of human ability - I think I would need 3 hands to play High Mountain Stream.  (I do have many playable pieces written out in long hand, however.)  

Perhaps in my next dry spell I'll undertake really learning Sibelius!

Thank you so much Bob!

Emily—

It looks like (in High Mountain Stream) you started in F-minor, modulated down a half-step to E-minor, then down a half-step again to E-flat-minor, then up a minor third to F-sharp-minor before finally modulating down again to E-flat-minor. Very moody and effective, and very interesting figuration in the left-hand part. Makes me want to experiment with it myself. :)

Emily Bond said:

Perhaps in my next dry spell I'll undertake really learning Sibelius!

Or, I would like to suggest, MuseScore (free, for Mac, Windows or Linux)— http://MuseScore.org/

You picked up all my key changes!  I find a lot of interest in changing keys, especially in the modes (in this case, Dorian).  I know it's kind of a movie score technique, but I love it!  My pieces seldom end up in the key they started with - sometimes I attempt to do that, but usually they want to go somewhere else, and it doesn't really bother my ear, so I just let that notion of returning to a "home" key go by the wayside.

The LH figuration in the middle section would need 2 hands, and then there were the RH chords above that.  MAYBE I could play those arpeggios with one hand if I really practiced it for 6 months!

Theses are three well written pieces and I've enjoyed them all. Although to me I have a preference for Blue-Green world. I love the ethereal feel in the song. Also for once, I really like the piano tone. Usually for piano music, I like the notes, but can't fully enjoy the piece because of the tone of the piano. Are you using a VST library for this?

I started out in F Dorian.  The D-G-D up-arpeggio appears in this key, but also later introduces E Dorian, and it sounds good in both keys.  (This was my hook for wanting to write this piece.)  Then I went from E Dorian using C#-F#-C# up-arpeggio, doing the same thing, but in the key of E, which of course would lead to Eb.  I hope I've explained it - I haven't studied jazz, and I know there's a better way of saying all this, but that's how I think it.

Stephen C. Doonan said:

All lovely pieces.

Emily, which musical concepts regarding harmony and scales did you use when creating High Mountain Stream? (If you don’t mind sharing that information.)


Hi Kevin,  I'm happy you like Blue-Green World.  This piano sound is my new love.  It's called Ivory, put out by Synthology.  (I don't know what VST means).  They have 18 different velocities for each note, so I'm no longer struggling to get the right balance.  The bass is so clear and resonant as well.  I'm going back to all my old pieces and plugging in this beautiful Italian Grand Piano sound.
Kevin Arsenault said:

Theses are three well written pieces and I've enjoyed them all. Although to me I have a preference for Blue-Green world. I love the ethereal feel in the song. Also for once, I really like the piano tone. Usually for piano music, I like the notes, but can't fully enjoy the piece because of the tone of the piano. Are you using a VST library for this?

Wow these are good, my favorite is definitely Blue-Green World. The reason being is that it sounded more thought out then the other two. My opinion is that the first 2 sound a bit rushed and have what sound like timing errors to my ears, mainly it could be that it sounds improvised. Is that you singing in Blue-Green, or a plugin? Great job, I really enjoyed these :)!

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