Quietude

I recently had a violin solo premiered. Please let me know what you think of it. 

Quietude
Julia Shannon, Violin
Ekaterina Paniukova, Piano
(noun) a state of stillness, calmness, and quiet in a person or place.
As its title suggest, this is a very quiet piece. Stillness is the feature with the piano accompanying a quiet delicate melody. The music is to feel timeless and while still propelling forward.

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  • Interesting piece. I liked how you used the opening two chords as a unifying motif throughout the piece, and how you varied the duration of the first chord as a way of propelling the piece forward in spite of its relative staticness.

  • Fascinating and fortuitous.  I am developing a taste for just this kind of music at the moment, due in part to a performance I heard recently of a piece by Morton Feldman.   It made a great impression upon me:  his Palais de Maris, for solo piano.

     

    Let me just say here that I enjoyed your piece.  The harmonic resonance from the piano chords in the beginning set  a wonderful tone, and there was sufficient key modulation to make the piece interesting (though I wondered whether—perhaps it's a bit ironic that I would say this—I wondered whether the key shift disturbed the static quality that the piece was trying to convey in its depiction of "quietude").   [That might be an inappropriate remark on my part, which indicates I am making a comparison in my own mind between what you did here, and what Morton Feldman does in his Palais de Maris … and that comparison may be completely irrelevant in this context].

     

    Feldman - Palais de Mari

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfKLia5CEDY

     

    I will have to say something more detailed about Morton Feldman in another post, or even on another thread.

     

    One final observation:  I am sure you thought about whether to end the piece exactly as you did.  There was something in me that wanted one more chord.  Rather than end the piece with the same figure that it started with, I felt that some other conclusion was needed, or demanded by my aesthetic sensibility; though whether that would be a "traditional" chord to "resolve" the harmonic tension, or something else, I was not sure.  I did actually hear (in my own mind) a traditional resolution, an extra chord, even though it was not played.   I admit, I don't know what that means.

     

    In any case, thanks very much for posting this, and sharing this beautiful little gem with the forum.

     

     

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  • This is a very nice piece! I really enjoyed it.

    It's really well composed. The development of the opening texture of the piano is very nice and everything is in the right place. It reminds me a little of Messiaen's "Louange a l'Éternité de Jésus", where time gets distorted in a really nice way.

    It's a calm piece, but exciting at the same time.

    I hope to hear more from you!

    Jaime

     

  • Very beautiful. The melody, in its own unique way, has a lovely grace to it! I like the subtlety in this piece... 

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