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Originally written for a competition here. Song for bass and small group, words from John Updike’s poems.

Asked to do a piano reduction so here ‘tis.

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Good morning Michael,

Well, it does have an icy crystalline feel to it, a still day, a landscape with maybe a couple of cottages, the grey sky letting shafts of wan sunlight through.

Easy to listen to. Probably not too difficult to perform except the control needed for the quietest LH notes.

Altogether nice,

Cheers,

Dane.

 Nice work Michael! A bit short but I understand the context. Good luck on the competition!

Very nice Michael! Had the feel in places of a Bach prelude. If I may ask, what were the terms of the competition? I'm fairly new here and apparently this was before my time.

Also a little curious about the vocal line and this sounds like it was conceived for the keyboard...

The competition was held here January 2015. The subject was Winter. Funny because it’s summer in Australia.

The original piece was for flute, clarinet, bassoon, bass and strings.

Thanks!

The dynamic range of the audio is a bit wide for a piano; I'd recommend narrowing that a bit to avoid audio clipping on the loud end.  The written dynamics are probably OK in the hands of a competent pianist, just don't expect it to come out with quite such a wide range of dynamics like in the audio. :-)

The piano I have is not the best. Gulf between piano and forte too wide. I had knocked it down to mf but still too much. New attachment is a little better.

H. S. Teoh said:

The dynamic range of the audio is a bit wide for a piano; I'd recommend narrowing that a bit to avoid audio clipping on the loud end.  The written dynamics are probably OK in the hands of a competent pianist, just don't expect it to come out with quite such a wide range of dynamics like in the audio. :-)

Better sound file.

I can't seem to find your new attachment?

Replaced the one at the beginning.

H. S. Teoh said:

I can't seem to find your new attachment?

Hmm, the loud parts are still clipping (with slight distortion). Maybe try turning the master volume down?

I’ll have to put the file through audacity I think. I am hoping to get a live performance sometime.

H. S. Teoh said:

Hmm, the loud parts are still clipping (with slight distortion). Maybe try turning the master volume down?

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