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I think East Meets West is the best thing I have ever written. It is a piano piece which combines an oriental style with rock n roll, and other stuff. Here it is, about 12 minutes long. What's your best? https://youtu.be/TfC9ZnKKwV8

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I think my personal best is something I haven't finished yet!

Otherwise... I really wish I could one day get The Man and the Full Moon recorded by real instruments! I mean, I guess with practice I could record and mix it seeing as I play both the piano and the flute, but that's an other step. It is a personal favourite in what I have completed the writing of.

https://soundcloud.com/saucy_mcfuzzy/the-man-and-the-full-moon

Arguably, though, run1 is the most "completed" thing I've made.

https://soundcloud.com/saucy_mcfuzzy/run1

I'll admit I got surprised when clicking the link to listen to a piano solo! Long piano pieces aren't something I'm all that used to.I did enjoy it, though! I feel like more nuances might complement it, if I might make a critique!

I think my favourite part of it was at around the 6m30s mark! Followed by the around 8m part, which reminds me of some kind of dangerous expedition!

I can hear Yann Tiersen inspiration in that piece! I really enjoy that type of music. Simple, without being empty.

Nikola said:

Gav, that's really exciting piano piece.

Sao, I also like both of your pieces, especially 'Man and the full moon". It's really emotional piece.

For me it's hard to say what is my best piece. I'm playing the piano, but my playing is poor. A year ago I started for the first time in my life to play it and to compose and I guess that "The Piano's Song" is something that some people liked the most, even though I have other favorites

I think this is the best I've done as a musician.

It's not my composition, but an imitation of a really good jazz flutist by ear.

He gave me permission to post it on SoundCloud after he heard my "performance".

Headphones are recommended :)

imitating Bill McBirnie

Thank you for finding time to listen,

Slava

Thoroughly enjoyable! as a piece and as an interpretation. Thanks for sharing, Slava.

Nice piece! It would be interesting to hear this played by a rock group. Would sound a little like ELP I think.

Thank you, Socrates. There is not much of interpretation, just transcription ☺

Socrates Arvanitakis said:

Thoroughly enjoyable! as a piece and as an interpretation. Thanks for sharing, Slava.

Thanks Sao,

I appreciate your comments on my piece. You picked up on moments in it which I also consider important (at 6:30 and 8:00). I listened to your pieces also which seem to me to be in the New Age tradition. This is a type of music I don't follow much, but I think you have adequately provided examples of it. The piano I consider to be a unique instrument in all of music, because it can be a whole symphony in one instrument. Most piano composer stick in the middle range, as you did in what you showed here. I would suggest you might consider in future pieces exploring a greater dynamicism and range up and down the piano. I recently had a conversation with another composer on this site where I said that I think the best music can be compared to ocean waves. Sometimes they crash on the rocks, sometimes they gently wash up on the shore -

Sao Daigneault said:

I think my personal best is something I haven't finished yet!

Otherwise... I really wish I could one day get The Man and the Full Moon recorded by real instruments! I mean, I guess with practice I could record and mix it seeing as I play both the piano and the flute, but that's an other step. It is a personal favourite in what I have completed the writing of.

https://soundcloud.com/saucy_mcfuzzy/the-man-and-the-full-moon

Arguably, though, run1 is the most "completed" thing I've made.

https://soundcloud.com/saucy_mcfuzzy/run1

I'll admit I got surprised when clicking the link to listen to a piano solo! Long piano pieces aren't something I'm all that used to.I did enjoy it, though! I feel like more nuances might complement it, if I might make a critique!

I think my favourite part of it was at around the 6m30s mark! Followed by the around 8m part, which reminds me of some kind of dangerous expedition!

I think some of my best music, naturally as I am mainly a song composer, are songs. Among them is my Ave Maria posted here on my profile but also to be found on Soundcloud:

Ave Maria

This song is also quoted in the choral of the second movement of my string quartet in d minor, which is probably the instrumental composition of which I am most proud found here:

String quartet in d minor

This string quartet is in the Classical style and feature three movements, the first in sonata form, the second, combining the form of the Minuet (although it is in 4/4 time) with the slow movement. The third movement is a rondo, where I try to explore the kind of two part writing that is found in Haydns Lamentatione symphony no 26 in the main theme. Here the violins play the melody in unison and the cello and viola play the bass line in octaves. The contrasting parts are in traditional four part string writing.

The quartet is composed so that it can be played (I think) only in first position, to make it more accessible for players, and increase the chances of perhaps having it played by real musicians at some point.

Instrumental music is however quite new to me and I think I have a lot to improve in my writing (songs I am more confident with).

But the value of my own music is always hard to tell, and I have a tendency to sometimes hang on to pieces other than the ones that others generally like.

I hope you enjoy these, however!

All the best

David

David, I enjoyed listening to both of these pieces and

think the string quartet is very very good.

You should write some more.... confidently :>}      RS

Great piece Gav, full of interest and invention throughout.

Very well done.

Paul

I didn't really catch much of the eastern music in this, apart from the use of some pentatonic melody. But it's an impressive piece, sounding like a rock 'n roll/70's progressive rock improvisation to my ears.

I found it a bit long, probably mostly due to this not really being my genre of music. I am more of a straight forward melody/progressive (as in harmonic progressions, not progressive rock) harmony guy, and judged by such standards this stays within the same frame a bit much not really expanding the harmonic material as much as I personally would have prefered in such a long piece, but returning all the time to the same place.

This said, it is to me really something to still keep it alive for as long as you do and of course the rythmic aspect of the music is sometimes really complex, but without sounding difficult for the sake of it.

And still you have me sitting through the entire piece without wanting to turn it off (you still have me wondering what will come next), despite what I write above. So I think there must be something to it that I can't quite identify that makes it work anyway.

Perhaps that is the most impressive thing about it, to me!

So I guess I have to say:

Good job, Gav!

(It might be the first step to convert me to this style of music after all.)

I think my best is the new piece in four movements that I'm working on now. It's called Raised by the Spirit and I have made some posts about it. It's my most orchestrated work to date I think. Other than that it's probably Victory through Grace from my album Dawn. https://soundcloud.com/lennartostman/victory-through-grace

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