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New works for piano

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adrian Allan Aug 3, 2014. 8 Replies

Just added two new pieces

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Chandler Jan 25, 2013. 2 Replies


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Steve Chandler replied to Greg Monks's discussion Ballet Piece?
"It definitely has a different quality than before. I like the melody and shifting harmonies, and the rhythm was consistent throughout (something I believe is important for ballet). I have two constructive comments, the first is the sound font, your…"
Jan 21
Steve Chandler replied to Sam Powys's discussion I've tried to write a Fugue, how have I done?
"Actually, I agree with you. But what we have here is a relative newbie who hasn't really studied the form trying his hand at writing one. I give him credit for trying to learn by doing and the piece was a pleasant listen, but it lacked the…"
Jan 19
Steve Chandler replied to Sam Powys's discussion I've tried to write a Fugue, how have I done?
"Actually, I agree with you. The attached piece was a "sort of" fugue. My point was that there are many fugues that only have one of the things you listed (episodes). It's just good compositional form in a fugue to take a break from…"
Jan 19
Steve Chandler replied to Greg Monks's discussion Ballet Piece?
"Hi Greg, The music has a circus quality to it which could be very appropriate for ballet. Having never composed for ballet I have no idea if it would be effective. But the music is interesting and that's a start."
Jan 19
Steve Chandler replied to Daniel Moretti's discussion First Composition for Symphony Orchestra - Frozen Hearts
"It does have a musical theater quality to it. I believe some of the problem is the samples sound like their pipe organ equivalents and there is no variation of the dynamics for individual instruments within each section. The piece is very sectional…"
Jan 19
Steve Chandler replied to Sam Powys's discussion I've tried to write a Fugue, how have I done?
"You're paying for the food, but not the fugue."
Jan 19
Steve Chandler replied to Sam Powys's discussion I've tried to write a Fugue, how have I done?
"Hi Sam, It's been a while since I spent any time on this forum, but I like the fact that it has become an active place. First of all congratulations on starting a thread that's generated this much discussion. That alone is a positive.…"
Jan 18
Adrian Allan replied to Steve Chandler's discussion New works for piano
"Had a listen to Nocturne.  Very nice. Idiomatic and well executed on the piano. Nice move to a major key, too. Well done. As always, I would be interested to see the score. "
Aug 3, 2014
Victor Eijkhout replied to Steve Chandler's discussion New works for piano
" I agree with Gav that the fugue was interesting. "
Aug 3, 2014
Steve Chandler replied to Steve Chandler's discussion New works for piano
"Thank you both for listening. Viktor if I may suggest you listen to my Toccata, Ominosity or perhaps the Prelude and Fugue (the fugue goes more interesting places and the prelude is short). Gav, I can think of worse things than your suggestion…"
Aug 3, 2014
Gav Brown replied to Steve Chandler's discussion New works for piano
"Hello Steve, Serious Silliness - It reminds me of something Bach might have written. Yes, I realize it has modern tonality. My comment wasn't that the pieces sound "purely" 19th (or 18th or 17th) century, just that your style is to me…"
Aug 2, 2014
Steve Chandler replied to Steve Chandler's discussion New works for piano
"Gav, do you really think Serious Silliness sounds 19th century? It's my personal favorite of these three. "
Aug 2, 2014
Victor Eijkhout replied to Steve Chandler's discussion New works for piano
"Pretty cool stuff. The idiom is inoffensive, but keeps my interest. Nocturne: it doesn't have enough flow for my taste. It seems darker than a "nocturne" would warrant. Fugue: definitely cool. The theme is fairly harmonically…"
Aug 2, 2014
Gav Brown replied to Steve Chandler's discussion New works for piano
"Each of the pieces has something to recommend it. You seem to me to be writing in a 19th century style with some modern notes and harmonies. The Fugue was the one that caught my ear the most and seemed to me the most successful in terms of your…"
Aug 2, 2014
Steve Chandler posted a discussion

New works for piano

Hi All,Given Gavin's invitation I've posted newer pieces on my page.Nocturne, Chopin developed the form to a high level. I wanted to see if I could take it a bit farther.The Fugue in E minor was performed by John Grant, a powerful performance of this piece brings out the sensitivity of the musicSerious Silliness, is a wild and crazy piece, seriously silly (hence the title). This piece is number 3 of the emotional vignettes (Elegy, Falling in Love and Luminous being the others).Comments welcome,…See More
Aug 2, 2014
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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Small Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
The Great Midwest
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I compose music in the classical tradition. In the past I composed music for synthesizers and virtual orchestras. After a while I decided that I preferred real musicians. At this time I compose primarily for piano.

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Some political commentary

Posted on November 30, 2009 at 7:39pm 0 Comments

President Obama makes his case for more troops in Afghanistan tomorrow night. I’ve got bad news for him; nobody will like what he has to say. The Republicans won’t like the fact that he took two months to decide. That’s not being a decider, it’s not decisive to take that two months to do the manly thing. In fact it’s positively French to take two months to do a manly thing. We Americans want our Presidents manly (and definitely not French). The Republicans have the monopoly on all things… Continue

Orchestral Music

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 10:10am 0 Comments

It seems in these parts orchestral efforts count for something. So I've posted the first two movements of what I consider my symphony, Yesterday is History and Tomorrow is a Mystery. I've already posted the third (final) movement, Today is a Gift. That's the order in which they should be heard, Yesterday, Tomorrow and then Today, it's all about living in the now. This piece was based on a sentence of psychobabble that I appreciate, "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift,… Continue

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At 5:21am on December 19, 2012, David Unger said…

Thank you, Steve for sharing this music with us. I shall return again to hear more of it. But this far I am taken by the "g minor prelude and fugue" and "In such a small place". Wonderful! Once again thank you!

At 5:22am on October 5, 2011, Michael Thomas Huspek said…
Amazing music! I feel so blessed to hear your wonderful music. You have an amazing music gift.
At 9:02pm on August 24, 2011, Paulo cesar Maia de Aguiar (Br) said…
Wonderful works
At 3:18am on July 25, 2011, Jon Gunnewegh said…
I find your prelude and fugue in g minor a wonderful piece, very impressed.
At 1:58am on September 15, 2010, Rican Lee said…
beautiful work.
At 9:04pm on September 10, 2010, Sylvester Wager said…
Most of my videos were edited/rendered through Adobe Premiere Elements 7. The music tracks were recorded using a portable digital recorder - sometimes using mics, other times via a Yamaha keyboard using MIDI. The WAV files are easily to work with in PE7.

While I am not all that successful, I think that making videos and using your own music is a good way to publish music so it can be listened to by anyone. ...s
At 10:04pm on September 8, 2010, Sylvester Wager said…
I listened to the America piece: the chord choices you made did not suit the soprano and alto, which were often quite traditional. And so the rhapsodic piece seemed to have idiosyncratic chord choices (which is common, usual, okay): but I did not feel "convinced."

I am listening to your Rhapsody. It has some smart moments in it. The digital performance makes the music harder to stick with. I like the ideas. Again, I am not sure about the harmonic language: it goes from traditional to atonal. I feel a lot more convinced in this work. I like the last few minutes a lot.

The Wobbly Waltz is nice. I follow it easily, and understand a direction. Really good work.
At 12:53pm on August 15, 2010, John Mercer said…
Done - (at least an hors d'oeuvre.) . I hope to put more up soon.
At 4:29pm on December 27, 2009, Andy Schofield said…
Hi Steve.....and a happy Christmas to you.....Got my computer up and running properly again now. I did contact Jeffrey Beigel thank you on Facebook and he has replied..........not had any further comments yet....waiting with I couldn't sned the MP3's for him as they were too big for my ISP to allow but did point to my webpage where I've posted the Concerto on a Player........the link is as follows.....there's a couple of choral things on there too. I'd be interested in your own comments on the Lyrie which was a challenge to write with electronic voice samples but did work in the end.

Now I'm up and running I intend to get round this site a bit more again now.....starting with some of your dots.....Thanks again for the contact.....hope Jeff can find time to listen.......will get back to you soon
Many thanks
At 9:37pm on October 17, 2009, Andy Schofield said…
Thank you Steve for your kind comments. I've sadly been without computer for 8 months following major problem and this is first day back up and running (limping actually) so was great to get your email. I will certainly contact JB as you suggest. I have unfortunately not yet scored the Concerto and it will probably take some time but I'll certainly point him in the right direction.....I'll be very very interested in his comments. Thank you again so much for this contact.

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