Music Composers Unite!
Well, my fierst offereing wasn't recieved well, so I thought I'd try again with a piece I wrote for a student from CIM (Cleveland Institute of Music). This is a joint venture with the Cleveland Composers Guild and CIM. Students are paired with members of the guild who write a piece for them under the tutelage of their private teacher. This piece was written in the Fall of 2008 for an 11 year pianist who performed it last May at CIM. This is a small 4 movement wotk for piano called: The Rain Forest. The student had just won an award for her school (and her team) for a project on saving the rain forest. It took First Place at Disney World of Orlando. Upon her return of accepting the award, she played this work.
I hope you enjoy these little pieces. Please drop a comment if you are so inclined.
Nice pieces and considering there purpose very well thought out and performed.
Is that the Garritan Steinway getting a hammering?
BTW don't be put off by the seeming lack of interest here. These two words together "music" and "dissection" sometimes bring out the worst in people but I'm in a good mood this evening :-)
Thank you for sharing this. Very interesting works with brave usage of piano specifics. I like your Night Moods the best, it is like a beautiful fairy tale. Great work!
Although I'm all for there being no boundaries to musical expression, I do find this sort of music very hard to follow.
In the absence of any traditional melody, harmony or form for the ear to latch on to, can you please give some guidelines about what to "listen out for" in this music. Should I let the music just "wash over me", or should there be things stand out ?
I'm also not sure how the titles relate to the pieces - for example how is the last piece a "lament" as it doesn't sound either plaintive or mournful - it the title meant to be ironic ?
I'm prepared to take another listen, but I just need some sense of direction in how to make music sense of the pieces before I can make any sort of emotional connection.
I think that in works that are musically testing, program notes are very helpful. Tonal music doesn't normally need "explaining" to the listener, but in "modern" music, without something to latch on to the listener can end up feeling lost, or at worst, alienated by the experience.
I will have another listen with fresh ears.
Too minimalistic for my taste.