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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.

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