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  • I like the flow of it. Have you tried to bring your left hand an octave lower to provide a more solid bass structure to parts of this piece and then back again? I try that with a lot of the piano pieces as well as orchestrated ones I create. Here is an example of one I did using a Casio Privia through Cakewalk Sonar.

    https://soundcloud.com/farmergeorge-219764899/progressive-classical...
  • Thanks for the suggestion, George. I’ll experiment with that idea.

    Great chord-changes/modulation and rhythms/syncopation in your Sunburst Melody. :)

  • Hi Stephen,

    This is very nice. I particular like the harmony, it seems to me to be what the piece centers around. The only thing I would offer in the way of critique is that the piece seems to just stop, rather than have an end that it builds to. I would really like to see a score for this if you have one you can share -

    Best,

    Gav

  • Thanks for the comments, Gav. You caught me; of the three primary musical elements, rhythm, harmony and melody, my weakest is melody, so until I focus upon and learn more about melodic ideas, which I am keen to do (I especially admire long melodic lines; Rachmaninov springs to mind), I tend to cram as much rhythmic and harmonic content and “interest” into my compositions as possible, to enrich them and distract from the rather sparse, brief or not-well-developed melodic segments or motifs they usually contain.

    Regarding the ending, for some reason I sometimes feel a little averse to climactic endings or musical finality, and sometimes end compositions with just a brief contrasting section, or end with the musical analog of an open question. But at other times I am simply lazy and lose interest in the composition (although my interest is often later re-aroused) and just “tack on” a brief ending of sorts.

    I don’t have a score for this piece because I don’t feel it is finished. I like to compose in such a way that I have the entire piece in my psyche and memory, creating it and understanding its structure, components and form from the inside out, so to speak, without notating it measure-by-measure as I compose, merely in order to record it. That way I feel that what remains in my memory will be a more coherent musical idea, and that often means that some details are dropped or altered. Of course with pieces that are longer or for more than one or two instruments, that would probably not be a good way to work, and each section of music, or a number of measures orchestrated, should probably be notated in pieces as a composition is being worked on, and later compiled into a complete whole. That is why, in this prolonged learning phase of musical expression and creativity, I tend to limit myself to just one instrument (piano) and only brief musical ideas or compositions only a few minutes in length.

    Gav Brown said:

    Hi Stephen,

    This is very nice. I particular like the harmony, it seems to me to be what the piece centers around. The only thing I would offer in the way of critique is that the piece seems to just stop, rather than have an end that it builds to. I would really like to see a score for this if you have one you can share -

    Best,

    Gav

    Dark Matter - piano solo
    Another composition for piano solo. :)
  • Very beautiful music..reflective, touching, heartfelt music...I really enjoyed this very much, and feel it works on all levels very well.

    Thanks so much again for posting and sharing your music!

    Thanks Bob :)

    https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

  • Thank you Bob for your generous comments.

    I tried George’s suggestion (above) yesterday, adjusting some of the left hand part to lower octaves, and although the piece does seem to sound more “grounded” that way, I’m not sure I like it better. I like the delicacy of the sound of the piece when centered around the treble range of the piano, and that seems to reinforce the ephemeral, transient, mysterious nature of the concept and mood I was thinking about as I composed the piece. But I’ll work on it more.

    Thanks again. :)

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