Piano Trio

OK, heres something I put together for one of the chamber music ensembles here in college... The piece itself is lively and up-tempo- I got the idea that I wanted to write some sort of a dance,,, so what results is a scherzo-like waltz in 15/8 :/ don't know how that happened! :D Please share your thoughts- any constructive criticism is more than welcome! I need to iron out any inconsistencies in it before I present it to the musicians and make a fool of myself... :D If you play piano, I especially need your help! Thanks so much in advance! Enjoy! :)

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  • Very nice... I didn't read the whole score, since I've got little time.

    From what I noticed, The 15/8 theme is actually easier read/written in 6/8

    You can notice that right in the beginning, when your beginning theme is repeated after 30 8ths, which would make it appear every 5 bars instead of 2 bars... It's not a necessity, but simply easier to read...

    Also keep in mind, that your theme is rather complicated, considering a string player can only play pizzicato with one finger, holding the bow in his/her hand. I suggest, letting the cellist and violinist play the pizzicato with two fingers and leaving them little extra time to put the bow aside and pick it up again.

    Jazz musicians do that alot...

    All in all I am very impressed... I'm sure the audience will be impressed with a good interpretation.


    Good luck

    Ario.

    P.s.: I downloaded your song to listen to more often : )
  • cool man thanks,, ill have to revise those pizzicatos, among numerous other things, but my real point of concern to be honest is the piano part-- as a non-pianist I have little way of knowing what's idiomatic and what's not,, any piano players out there, I send to you an SOS! :D
  • Okay... Every Chord on the piano (for one hand), exceeding an octave is difficult... up to a "9" is realistic - over that you need LARGE hands. The trick is, pianists with smaller hands use the pedal a few times more, playing your "harmonic" written chords arpeggiated.
    i.e.: measure 26, 39, 43, etc. ...

    I noticed in measure 26, in the large chord on the last quarter, you hear an "A" in the third octave(German theory), which is not notated (and also difficult to play).

    Measure 104... since these notes can hardly be arpeggiated, you'll need to do something about the notes (although, I'd like to hear a real pianist give his/her opinion to this issue as well).
    May be, that some pianists can play this, but I would concentrate on writing for pro musicians, rather than those with large hands - it's up to you ; )

    (Funny enough, today I spoke to a colleague student, who plays beethoven, liszt, prokofiev and more... I asked him, about the issue of tone range in one hand - at once. He told me, He can easily play a third over the octave, depending on the position of notes... that would be if the note is on a black or white key)

    Actually you only made one mistake over and over again... I think the parts with very little happening and modern harmonies are lovely - You've got taste. And definately talk to a few pianists as well - the more input, the better :)
    And do check that missing but audible note in measer 26 - It might cause you headache in future.

    All in all it is alright in my eyes, since you did not notate any techniques as in a tremolo, trill or anything, which might have raised the chance of making the piece unplayable. Though I recommend, that you try to acquire such knowledge, since you will never reach your whole potential, without making use of the whole instrument(alist)s potential.

    Ario.

    P.s.: I did not necessarily take the string parts in consideration.


    Paul Cecchetti said:
    cool man thanks,, ill have to revise those pizzicatos, among numerous other things, but my real point of concern to be honest is the piano part-- as a non-pianist I have little way of knowing what's idiomatic and what's not,, any piano players out there, I send to you an SOS! :D
    Piano Trio
    OK, heres something I put together for one of the chamber music ensembles here in college... The piece itself is lively and up-tempo- I got the idea…
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