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I wrote this piano solo waltz last month.  Interested in feedback of any kind.

Would like to orchestrate this someday too, if anyone has thoughts on that.

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It has an interesting melodic line in the right hand but after a while the 1,2,3 in the left hand got a bit tedious for me.  I am sure when orchestrated it will have more happening in the accompaniment.  I realise that it is a waltz and that is a feature but I just felt that it went on a bit long. There were some changes but I wanted more. Maybe putting the melody on the left hand?

Anyway thanks for posting!

Thanks for the feedback Kevin.  You know, originally it was worse, with the left hand being very regimented.  I added more syncopation after that and now the left hand varies rhythm somewhat, but I guess not enough.  I wasn't sure what else to do with it without losing the waltz feel.

Kevin riley said:

Hi

It has an interesting melodic line in the right hand but after a while the 1,2,3 in the left hand got a bit tedious for me.  I am sure when orchestrated it will have more happening in the accompaniment.  I realise that it is a waltz and that is a feature but I just felt that it went on a bit long. There were some changes but I wanted more. Maybe putting the melody on the left hand?

Anyway thanks for posting!

Why don't you have a go at orchestrating it?

Oh I definitely will, but there's some other things I'm working on first.

Kevin riley said:

Why don't you have a go at orchestrating it?

I find it appealing with interesting chords. I can feel the joy of the piano player, very nice sound font.

Spontaneously I would go for a string orchestra. I did a waltz in that way once, first piano and then string orchestrated. 

Well done.

Kjell

Has a certain charm, Disco. Similar harmonic feel to other pieces by you here. As for orchestration, I can hears strings doing the melody very nicely. There is the problem of what to use for the waltz rhythm. Horns come to mind, but wind players have to breathe, so it would need to be alternated, perhaps with lower strings. It would be a challenge but I think it's doable. If you listen to the waltz in that wonderful piece by Khachaturian you may get some ideas (I can never remember which one it is, Spartacus or Gayane).

Thanks Kjell.  Funny thing is it was meant to be creepy when I wrote it.  It was creepier before, but someone commented about the left hand being too repetitive, so I added more syncopation.  Now it sounds too happy!  Maybe I'll try to find a middle ground some time.

It uses free VSTs.  A few of my piano solos, like this one, use a different virtual piano for left and right hands.  No one's ever commented on that.  I'm using Piano One for the right hand (version 1 because it sounds much better than version 5 I think!), and the Salamader piano for the left, just because they each don't sound as good in the other range.  I can't tell they're not the same piano though.

Thanks for the feedback Michael.  Interesting you hear similarities with my other pieces.  Genre-wise they're a bit all over the place, and I don't think I ever stick to any kind of diatonic scale very well (from the 2nd bar there's already an augmented tonic sitting in a major chord), but there are some types of chord progressions I tend to like.

I'm not sure which Khachaturian piece you mean either :)  I had a listen to a piece from Spartacus and another from Gayane.  I don't know Khachaturian very well, but I like the Sabre Dance.

michael diemer said:

Has a certain charm, Disco. Similar harmonic feel to other pieces by you here. As for orchestration, I can hears strings doing the melody very nicely. There is the problem of what to use for the waltz rhythm. Horns come to mind, but wind players have to breathe, so it would need to be alternated, perhaps with lower strings. It would be a challenge but I think it's doable. If you listen to the waltz in that wonderful piece by Khachaturian you may get some ideas (I can never remember which one it is, Spartacus or Gayane).

Whichever one it is, the strings handle the second and third beat waltz rhythm, which actually is pretty common I think in waltzes, and it's very effective, so this would work well with just strings.

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