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Quiet Night - piano solo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Smith Dec 25, 2018. 2 Replies

Quiet Night, a Christmas carol without words, composed today, December 23, 2018.Merry Christmas, everyone.Quiet Night…Continue

Serpentine 2 - WIP

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Ames Dec 22, 2018. 7 Replies

--Rough sketch for possible development, a few musical ideas for a piano solo, Serpentine 2.…Continue

Theme for a WIP (work in progress)

Started this discussion. Last reply by gregorio X Dec 1, 2018. 1 Reply

An initial musical idea for a work-in-progress.https://hearthis.at/stephen.c.doonan/wip-theme/Hmm-- may I ask, how does one embed an…Continue

Piano solo - Serpentine 1

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen C. Doonan Oct 28, 2018. 6 Replies

A piano solo I've been working on for the past few weeks, Serpentine 1.Continue

 

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Timothy Smith replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Quiet Night - piano solo
"Nice construction built around D. I especially liked the change ups at the 33 mark and the ending. The arpeggio gives a relaxing tranquil feel to this as the backdrop.Lovely soft piano sound. perfect for this."
Dec 25, 2018
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Quiet Night - piano solo
"YouTube version--"
Dec 24, 2018
Stephen C. Doonan posted a discussion

Quiet Night - piano solo

Quiet Night, a Christmas carol without words, composed today, December 23, 2018.Merry Christmas, everyone.Quiet Nighthttps://hearthis.at/stephen.c.doonan/quiet-night/--See More
Dec 23, 2018
Mark Ames replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Serpentine 2 - WIP
"Your harmonic approach is similar to Hindemith, tonal and diatonic but not locked into a key. I have explored this both in written pieces and in improvisation.  Once i I get a better handle on posting and uploading (very new here!) I’ll…"
Dec 22, 2018
Graeme Helliwell replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Serpentine 2 - WIP
"I like this a great deal and hope you find an opportunity to expand on it further. I can hear scope for a small orchestral accompaniment as a short concerto style of piece, lots of interplay with percussion and piano, etc. Good work."
Dec 22, 2018
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Serpentine 2 - WIP
"Thank you, Mark, for your comments. The first iteration of the primary left-hand figure of this musical idea is composed of the sequential notes C G C F Bb Eb G C F Bb F Eb Bb G D Bb, which could be considered (analytically) in various ways,…"
Dec 22, 2018
Mark Ames replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Serpentine 2 - WIP
"That’s a very strong piece. Sounds extemporaneous, not labored or forced in any way. Harmonically sparse but with just a touch of jazz influenced modulation which maintains interest. The development also has a natural feel... like this is well…"
Dec 22, 2018
Ingo Lee replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Serpentine 2 - WIP
"I really like the energy and momentum of this piece, I'm assuming you played it into your plug in?  Pianoteq sounds good and appears to be reasonably priced with some interesting features. So were you going to expand on this as a solo…"
Dec 21, 2018
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Serpentine 2 - WIP
"The primary musical idea in this rough fragment is the use of triads of 4ths. Two-note chords (dyads) or sequential intervals of a 5th, as you suggested might be the case, would accomplish the same effect, which is to omit 3rds which would resolve…"
Dec 21, 2018
Timothy Smith replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Serpentine 2 - WIP
"Interesting listen here. Lots of things going on in it. Seems to be modal variations on a diad 5th? I'm not at an instrument to tell for sure. Doesn't evoke emotion for me, seems to kick in the higher thought processes, like I'm…"
Dec 21, 2018
Stephen C. Doonan posted a discussion

Serpentine 2 - WIP

--Rough sketch for possible development, a few musical ideas for a piano solo, Serpentine 2.https://hearthis.at/stephen.c.doonan/serpentine-2-wip/See More
Dec 20, 2018
Stephen C. Doonan replied to gregorio X's discussion Dear, Sofie. for clarinet, string trio, piano.
"Beautiful piece. :) Would love to hear the piano solo version."
Dec 1, 2018
gregorio X replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Theme for a WIP (work in progress)
"i liked the chord progression, (and voicings,a little bit jazzy)  The melody is lilting and lovely.  I would have preferred to hear the rolling chords a bit quieter  in relation to the melody… I wonder how you will develop this…"
Dec 1, 2018
Stephen C. Doonan posted a discussion

WIP (work in progress)

An initial musical idea for a work-in-progress.https://hearthis.at/stephen.c.doonan/wip-theme/Hmm-- may I ask, how does one embed an audio file from HearThis.at or other website? HearThis.at offers both iframe and forum "media" tag embed code, but neither seems to work for me here at the composers' forum. Thanks. :)--See More
Dec 1, 2018
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Piano solo - Serpentine 1
"It took a while to get around to making a video of an actual performance of this piece, but here it is. Serpentine 1 for solo piano, performed using a Kawai VPC1 (MIDI controller keyboard) and the Steingraeber grand piano of Pianoteq 6."
Oct 28, 2018
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Piano solo - Serpentine 1
"A more recent performance (by several days). I record to MIDI and then play that back through Pianoteq. Thank you Bob for your comments. :) <iframe scrolling="no" id="hearthis_at_track_2237394" width="100%"…"
Aug 13, 2018

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
jazz or so-called "modern classical"
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
New Mexico, US
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I learned piano as a child, and became interested in expressing my own creativity in music composition as a teen. Although I performed in musical groups in my 20s and 30s, a partially disabling cancer caused me to focus more or composition than on performance.

I live in New Mexico, US.
Website:
https://hearthis.at/stephen.c.doonan/

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