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Hello everyone,

I'd like to share a short piano piece I've composed in here for your feedback. While I've been composing themes and improvising on the piano for many years, this is the first time I've composed an "exact" piece and also notated it down. I'm a completely self-taught composer, and so any feedback here will be really helpful in order for me to assess my own compositional skills. So, here's a video of me playing my own piece entitled "The Drifting Waltz" alongside the score. You will find a short description in the YouTube description section.

Please have a listen and let me know what you think.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JEVArci6uQ

Thanks !

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Hi Sahir,

I think you achieved well what you wanted. I can feel a slow change of mood and especially musical style in the piece here and there (sometimes its chopinesque, then seems to float to modernity - early Schönberg?). But this is hold together by quite a strict form so that it does not lose focus.

It does not seem that you are unfamiliar to composing.

May I ask how you resolved the technical part? Just out of curiosity, because I am still learning to get this done better.

Hi Jan-Frederik,

Thank you very much for your feedback. I'm really glad to hear you think I achieved my intended goals in this piece. By "technical part" are you referring to the playing of the piece, or are you referring to creating the video itself ?

Jan-Frederik Carl said:

Hi Sahir,

I think you achieved well what you wanted. I can feel a slow change of mood and especially musical style in the piece here and there (sometimes its chopinesque, then seems to float to modernity - early Schönberg?). But this is hold together by quite a strict form so that it does not lose focus.

It does not seem that you are unfamiliar to composing.

May I ask how you resolved the technical part? Just out of curiosity, because I am still learning to get this done better.

Hi Sahir,

yes, I meant the creation of the video, especially the score section. You can also send me a private message as I do not want to bloat this discussion.

Amazing playing, Sahir, not to mention composing! I detect some Debussy, in those cool altered chords; as well as some of the more playful sequences, as in some of his Preludes. 

I saw an add on the sidebar while listening: Learn To Play Piano Instantly. So, if I take that course, I'll be playing like you by, say, November, right?

The palette of styles you employ is very sophisticated, you clearly have a deep understanding of piano technique, as well as musicology. Enjoyed this immensely.

Thank you so much for your encouraging feedback Michael !!  Yes, you're correct in that Debussy is a major influence in this piece. So is Ravel and,to an extent, Prokofiev and even a bit of Gershwin.

Funny about the "learn to play piano instantly" !! I wish it were that easy for any of us :D .  Infact the more challenging parts of this piece were a bit beyond me to begin with and it took a lot of slogging to be able to play them even to this imperfect level. So I'm really glad the crazy amount of work seems to have paid off ! 

Lastly, it's great to hear such feedback regarding my musical style.  I'm primarily an intuitive composer, given that  I'm self-taught. I'd categorize most of my musical knowledge as intuitive and present at a subconscious level ( I only took up "serious" music theory studies in January this year).  I do listen to a crazy amount of music, and use my ears as the final guide in my composition.

Thanks for your really encouraging feedback. This is the kind of feedback I could print off and stick to my piano to encourage me in my future compositions. :D 


michael diemer said:

Amazing playing, Sahir, not to mention composing! I detect some Debussy, in those cool altered chords; as well as some of the more playful sequences, as in some of his Preludes. 

I saw an add on the sidebar while listening: Learn To Play Piano Instantly. So, if I take that course, I'll be playing like you by, say, November, right?

The palette of styles you employ is very sophisticated, you clearly have a deep understanding of piano technique, as well as musicology. Enjoyed this immensely.

I have just listened (and watched !) and love it. As soon as i heard it, i detected the various styles, which for me, blended so well (and cleverly0 into the single piece. The mood subtly changes as you say too, and the whole is enraptured in the title... "a perfect fit" for this lovey piece ! (My husband was also listening in, and he enjoyed it too !)

I like seeing the music too, although will listen again without following it, as well. (I am glad to see someone else out there who has lots of metronome speed changes on a piece as well !) Please do post more pieces for us to enjoy !

Thank you so much ! Really glad to hear that you and your husband enjoyed it,  and that what I was aiming for in the piece seems to have worked out. I should add that it took me a while to compose it ( 3 to 4 months), and I really gave a lot of thought to trying to create a nice flow between the contrasting sections/styles. So, its really encouraging to hear that it worked out !  Its funny though that you found this at the time when I'm about to post my next piece :)  . I hope you like that one too  ( but no pressure lol ! ).

Suzanne Munro said:

I have just listened (and watched !) and love it. As soon as i heard it, i detected the various styles, which for me, blended so well (and cleverly0 into the single piece. The mood subtly changes as you say too, and the whole is enraptured in the title... "a perfect fit" for this lovey piece ! (My husband was also listening in, and he enjoyed it too !)

I like seeing the music too, although will listen again without following it, as well. (I am glad to see someone else out there who has lots of metronome speed changes on a piece as well !) Please do post more pieces for us to enjoy !

I am sure I will.... and even if not (not meant to be rude in ANY way !!) everything listened to is always a good listening experience, and somehow helps us develop as composers.... and I always say that if just one person on the planet is moved by something I write, it has done its job, and improved someone's life....

I am sure i will like it though... looking forward to hearing it !

 Regarding this thing that you said  "I always say that if just one person on the planet is moved by something I write, it has done its job, and improved someone's life",  absolutely spot on.  

Wonderful, delightful and cheerful, and of course very good performance.

I would say it reminiscent of the French Impressionistic composers such as Debussy and to some degree even Faure.

Thanks for sharing.

Thank you so much !  I'm glad you liked the performance too as I worked quite hard on it !  Indeed, Debussy is one of my favourites and therefore a major influence in the music I write.   Thank you again !

Saul Gefen said:

Wonderful, delightful and cheerful, and of course very good performance.

I would say it reminiscent of the French Impressionistic composers such as Debussy and to some degree even Faure.

Thanks for sharing.

Hi Sahir,

If you'd take a comment from someone who doesn't know how to play the piano; If I was driving and listening to classic fm and this popped up, I'd have to park up, close my eyes, and just appreciate this beautiful piece of art. But, luckily, you provided a YouTube video so that I can actually appreciate the superb agility with which you play. I will be listening to this many times. Truly brilliant!

All the best

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