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Scene 1, for piano

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kjell Prytz Jan 31. 4 Replies

A composition with a meditative feel (or so it seems to me). I'm attempting to be more generic with titles, since listeners' ideas or responses to one's music seem likely to be varied.Continue

Arabesque 1 - piano solo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen C. Doonan Jan 18. 2 Replies

Composed a few years ago, recently revised.Continue

Dark Matter (piano solo)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen C. Doonan Jan 26. 5 Replies

A piano piece composed while contemplating the "dark matter" that fills the void of apparently empty space, but renamed with a more generic title (because I have difficulty with titles in general,…Continue

Blues in C Convolution 1 (piano solo)

Started Dec 15, 2019 0 Replies

The concept of this piece was to use a simple, standard blues progression in C major (C, F and G), but to "convolute" or elaborate upon it in some way, and in this case the progression has been…Continue

 

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Kjell Prytz replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Scene 1, for piano
"A nice piece with a good feel. A sudden contrast with a different tempo could be an interesting try. Nicely played also with a great emotional touch and expressive talent. One can hear that you like the music as I do too. Cheers, Kjell"
Jan 31
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Scene 1, for piano
"Thank you, Gav, and thank you, Timothy, for your comments and critique. It often seems beneficial to be exposed to a point of view other than one's own."
Jan 27
Timothy Smith replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Scene 1, for piano
"I like the choices of chords here. Great piano sound. This all gives the piece a nice upbeat jazz feel. The only small nit I have about it is it seems to stay too closely to the same chord relationships for something over 4 minutes long. I guess I…"
Jan 27
Gav Brown replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Scene 1, for piano
"Hi Stephem A nice and lush piece, as are all your works. I would be interested to see a score if you have one to share - Gav"
Jan 26
Stephen C. Doonan posted a discussion

Scene 1

A composition with a meditative feel (or so it seems to me). I'm attempting to be more generic with titles, since listeners' ideas or responses to one's music seem likely to be varied.See More
Jan 26
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Dark Matter (piano solo)
"I do have some difficulty titling pieces, regardless of what thoughts or ideas inspired them. Perhaps more generic titles (like Scherzo for this piece, or Ceremonial 1 for a piece currently entitled Procession of the Elves) might be better and an…"
Jan 26
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Dark Matter (piano solo)
"Thank you Michael-- and for the rest of the comments as well. :)"
Jan 25
michael diemer replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Dark Matter (piano solo)
"I agree with Kjell, definitely some Debussy influence in there! and not just a superficial attempt to throw in some whole-tone or oriental scales, but a sophisticated interplay of syncopated rhythms and colors, and melodies. I hear also shades of…"
Jan 25
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Arabesque 1 - piano solo
"Thank you, Gav. I suppose the works of many composers both historical and contemporary express a personal style, a personal musical pallette so to speak. That said, I think I'll try to broaden my style a little, although that will require some…"
Jan 18
Stephen C. Doonan replied to William Maxwell's discussion News at 11
"Very interesting and very nice. Fits the news-theme idea, but better than most of the ones I have actually heard on TV. The Carousel, having some structure, harmonies and voicings reminiscent of some of the best of Aaron Copeland, is beautiful."
Jan 18
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Michael Bates's discussion Rhapsody 2 (with update)
"The piece is very vivacious and seems to have a life of its own. The arrangement is very flattering and nice. Emotude and Shifting Tones II are very different, and very nice."
Jan 18
Gav Brown replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Arabesque 1 - piano solo
"Hi Stephen, Another nice entry in your style, thanks for sharing! Gav"
Jan 18
Stephen C. Doonan posted a discussion

Arabesque 1 - piano solo

Composed a few years ago, recently revised.See More
Jan 4
Kjell Prytz replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Dark Matter (piano solo)
"Ahh, delightful. Very well done, Stephen. I hear Debussy in this piece. I like your source of inspiration, so timeless. You have a found a mood here which is very appealing. I am fascinated by the expression "empty space", what is the…"
Dec 29, 2019
Jonathan Shearman replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Dark Matter (piano solo)
"Nice. I like the polychords and also the repeating left-hand figure. Also the shifting tonal centres. "
Dec 25, 2019
Stephen C. Doonan posted a discussion

Dark Matter (piano solo)

A piano piece composed while contemplating the "dark matter" that fills the void of apparently empty space, but renamed with a more generic title (because I have difficulty with titles in general, and the music evokes different images or sentiments in different people).See More
Dec 19, 2019

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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.
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https://hearthis.at/stephen.c.doonan/

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