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Hi All,

Given Gavin's invitation I've posted newer pieces on my page.

Nocturne, Chopin developed the form to a high level. I wanted to see if I could take it a bit farther.

The Fugue in E minor was performed by John Grant, a powerful performance of this piece brings out the sensitivity of the music

Serious Silliness, is a wild and crazy piece, seriously silly (hence the title). This piece is number 3 of the emotional vignettes (Elegy, Falling in Love and Luminous being the others).

Comments welcome, sheet music available.

Steve Chandler

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Each of the pieces has something to recommend it. You seem to me to be writing in a 19th century style with some modern notes and harmonies. The Fugue was the one that caught my ear the most and seemed to me the most successful in terms of your new-ish harmonies. Thanks for posting!

Pretty cool stuff. The idiom is inoffensive, but keeps my interest.

Nocturne: it doesn't have enough flow for my taste. It seems darker than a "nocturne" would warrant.

Fugue: definitely cool. The theme is fairly harmonically suggestive, but you pull off the polyphony well.

Spring hop: cool middle (? is the player you're using from this site or your own choice? it's annoying that I can't see how far into the track I am, and I can't rewind either) section. In fact, this track gets more interesting as it progresses from 3:00 to 5:00. Around 6:00 I'm starting to lose track of the structure. Are you just piecing sections together?

Consolation, Luminous: ok, you yourself put a label "emotional vignettes" on this collection. Having listened to a couple of your pieces I'm kinda getting the hang of your idiom, and some pieces are just not different enough from others.

Gav, do you really think Serious Silliness sounds 19th century? It's my personal favorite of these three.

Gav Brown said:

Each of the pieces has something to recommend it. You seem to me to be writing in a 19th century style with some modern notes and harmonies. The Fugue was the one that caught my ear the most and seemed to me the most successful in terms of your new-ish harmonies. Thanks for posting!

Hello Steve, Serious Silliness - It reminds me of something Bach might have written. Yes, I realize it has modern tonality. My comment wasn't that the pieces sound "purely" 19th (or 18th or 17th) century, just that your style is to me reminiscent of traditional classical music

Thank you both for listening.

Viktor if I may suggest you listen to my Toccata, Ominosity or perhaps the Prelude and Fugue (the fugue goes more interesting places and the prelude is short).

Gav, I can think of worse things than your suggestion that my music is "reminiscent of traditional classical music." The Nocturne is particularly derivative and I have it in mind to compose another that goes in a completely different direction. I'm glad you enjoyed the fugue.

Steve



Steve Chandler said:

Thank you both for listening.

Viktor

Who is he?

if I may suggest you listen to my Toccata, Ominosity or perhaps the Prelude and Fugue

I agree with Gav that the fugue was interesting.

Had a listen to Nocturne. 

Very nice. Idiomatic and well executed on the piano. Nice move to a major key, too. Well done.

As always, I would be interested to see the score. 

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