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  • Interestingly modal melodies you have there, Erwin.

    Though be sure to check the range of the harpsichord. Some of your LH parts seem to go quite low.

    I'm not sure repeated notes sound good on the harpsichord, but that's just me.

    m.8: the Db should really be spelled C#, like you did later in the piece.

    You have a few passages in parallel 5ths... not necessarily wrong, but it should be intentional, not accidental. ;-)  E.g., the last 2 bars, and elsewhere.

  • Also, it may help to break up some of the chords into arpeggios instead.  Some passages are pretty heavy-sounding for something marked as "agile and light".

    Another thought: the accidentals in your melodies give them a very nice, modal flavor, but the accompanying harmony should also follow the accidental in order to strengthen the modal sound.  In some places, e.g., m.32, you have Eb in the LH but followed immediately by E (natural) in the RH in the next beat. It may flow better if you also flatten the E's in the RH.

  • Erwin, forget the harpsichord. It is beyond the dinosaurs. meaning extinction.

    Thank God and human inventiveness that musical instruments moved on.

  • @Roger: on the contrary, this article implies that people still write pieces for harpsichord today.

    Musical instruments are not biological systems that die and go extinct.  They will remain as long as people continue to build them and write for them.

    Contemporary harpsichord
    The harpsichord was largely obsolete, and seldom played, during a period lasting from the late 18th century to the early 20th. The instrument was suc…
  • Yeah, I have to figure that out, thank you. I'll take a look at the range. I'll also take a look at the consistency of the accidentals.
    H. S. Teoh said:

    Also, it may help to break up some of the chords into arpeggios instead.  Some passages are pretty heavy-sounding for something marked as "agile and light".

    Another thought: the accidentals in your melodies give them a very nice, modal flavor, but the accompanying harmony should also follow the accidental in order to strengthen the modal sound.  In some places, e.g., m.32, you have Eb in the LH but followed immediately by E (natural) in the RH in the next beat. It may flow better if you also flatten the E's in the RH.

    And this is exactly the reason why I don't post here any more. Thank you for confirming me being right.
    roger stancill said:

    Erwin, forget the harpsichord. It is beyond the dinosaurs. meaning extinction.

    Thank God and human inventiveness that musical instruments moved on.

    Thank you, Dave. And HS, too. :)
    Dave Dexter said:

    And people wonder why I periodically call members of this forum shithe*ds and wond*rcunts (someone tell Bob Morabito, he'll need to inform the higher-ups). I'd consider those words far less repugnant than Stancill's comment in context here; what a simply bizarre thing to say. Perhaps there's consistency and he goes to concerts to yell at cellists? Or perhaps he just dribbles.
    My first harpsichord score
    As the title says, my first attempt to write something (light) for harpsichord. Any advice (positive advice) is welcome, of course.
  • ...and maybe some day they will be as popular as  electric guitars   lol

    I'm just not a fan of either the harpsichord or the accordion, but of course

    there will always be 'diehards',  hence the term.


     
    H. S. Teoh said:

    @Roger: on the contrary, this article implies that people still write pieces for harpsichord today.

    Musical instruments are not biological systems that die and go extinct.  They will remain as long as people continue to build them and write for them.

    My first harpsichord score
    As the title says, my first attempt to write something (light) for harpsichord. Any advice (positive advice) is welcome, of course.
  • If you're not a fan, you should not have listened. The title clearly shows the word 'harpsichord'. Just don't click it, and go to the next. Thank you.

    Just if you can't be respectful, shut up and say nothing. Thank you.

    roger stancill said:

    ...and maybe some day they will be as popular as  electric guitars   lol

    I'm just not a fan of either the harpsichord or the accordion, but of course

    there will always be 'diehards',  hence the term.


     
    H. S. Teoh said:

    @Roger: on the contrary, this article implies that people still write pieces for harpsichord today.

    Musical instruments are not biological systems that die and go extinct.  They will remain as long as people continue to build them and write for them.

    My first harpsichord score
    As the title says, my first attempt to write something (light) for harpsichord. Any advice (positive advice) is welcome, of course.
  • Erwin, actually I listened to this to hear the creativity and inventiveness of

    the music you wrote. The fact that you chose the harpsichord is secondary.

    Most any score can be played on a variety of instruments.

    To overlook the music, simply because it is played on a particular instrument

    seems a bit unfair to the piece of music, similar to judging a book by it's cover. RS 

  • Welcome to the club of self-contradiction.  Rumor has it they have bestowed on you honorary emeritus status. ;-D

    roger stancill said:

    Erwin, actually I listened to this to hear the creativity and inventiveness of

    the music you wrote. The fact that you chose the harpsichord is secondary.

    Most any score can be played on a variety of instruments.

    To overlook the music, simply because it is played on a particular instrument

    seems a bit unfair to the piece of music, similar to judging a book by it's cover. RS 

    My first harpsichord score
    As the title says, my first attempt to write something (light) for harpsichord. Any advice (positive advice) is welcome, of course.
  • @ HS,

    Wiki tells me: "On the whole, earlier harpsichords have smaller ranges than later ones, although there are many exceptions. The largest harpsichords have a range of just over five octaves, and the smallest have under four. Usually, the shortest keyboards were given extended range in the bass with a "short octave". The traditional pitch range for a 5-octave instrument is F1–F6 (FF–f‴)."

    Range (music)
    In music, the range, or chromatic range, of a musical instrument is the distance from the lowest to the highest pitch it can play. For a singing voic…
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