Doreen M. Hall replied to Alexander Hoffman's discussion Piano Prelude in E Minor
"Yes I agree the midi file does not do justice to the piece.
I am giong to download it and play it myself.
I think it is very pretty. I can imagine much more rubato playing."
Oct 23, 2013
Lawrence Aurich replied to Alexander Hoffman's discussion Piano Prelude in E Minor
"Alexander,
      I like your melodies in the style of Chopin or Rachmaninov.  I think the repeated block chords in the left hand are a bit repetitive and harsh.  I would go with large arpeggios, which would be more in the romantic style.  Straight…"
Oct 21, 2013
Alexander Hoffman replied to Alexander Hoffman's discussion Piano Prelude in E Minor
"Johan,

Thank you for your thoughtful reply, I appreciate the time you took to critique my piece.  I will certainly take into account all of your comments when I revise the score.

Alex Johan Roeraade said:
Hello Alexander,
I am trying to…"
Oct 20, 2013
Johan Roeraade replied to Alexander Hoffman's discussion Piano Prelude in E Minor
"Hello Alexander,
I am trying to upload the pdf and MP-3 files again. Hopefully it works this time.
 Prélude in E-minor - Hoffman.pdfPrélude in E-Minor.mp3"
Oct 19, 2013
Johan Roeraade replied to Alexander Hoffman's discussion Piano Prelude in E Minor
"Hello Alexander,
When browsing through the dissection forum, I had a look at your composition. I found it quite appealing and well structured, but I have a number of comments:
First , I agree with  what Adrian said about the score.  Also, there are…"
Oct 19, 2013
Alexander Hoffman replied to Alexander Hoffman's discussion Piano Prelude in E Minor
"Charles, 
Thank you so much for this.  I very much appreciate that you took the time!  Charles Greco said:
Alexander, forgive me but I took the liberty to make a new audio file. It is still computer generated using a virtual Yamaha C7 Grand piano --…"
Oct 7, 2013
Lawrence Aurich replied to Alexander Hoffman's discussion Small Symphonic Adagio
"Alexander,
     I liked the melody and counter melody.  The middle section of chord progressions could have been longer before bringing back the main theme.  The eighth note accompaniment got a little laborious. You might have varied it with…"
Oct 7, 2013
chris replied to Alexander Hoffman's discussion Small Symphonic Adagio
"I can tell the basic idea you are trying to get across, but yes, take more time to develop the idea and move through more exposition.  I think your harmonization is clear, but the transitions need some work.  Maybe play with the tempo???"
Oct 5, 2013
chris replied to Alexander Hoffman's discussion Piano Prelude in E Minor
"The first impression I get is off some kind of scherzo played on a piano in an old west kind of bar, so I like it and think you should flesh it out more.  I felt the continuity is not bad, but develop the ideas more and you should be good."
Oct 5, 2013
Alexander Hoffman replied to Alexander Hoffman's discussion Piano Prelude in E Minor
"Everything said so far I completely agree with.  Alex, I hope to get a pianist to record it soon (I'll give him an edited and more detailed score) and I will post the results."
Oct 5, 2013
Adrian Allan replied to Alexander Hoffman's discussion Piano Prelude in E Minor
"Nice short piece in the style of chopin.
The score needs tidying up, like more dynamics, pedal marks and attention to voicing. Also, it is more usual to call it cantabile espressivo.
well done."
Oct 4, 2013
Alexander Hoffman replied to Alexander Hoffman's discussion Small Symphonic Adagio
"No it's supposed to be longer, sorry!  I'll fix that."
Oct 2, 2013
michael diemer replied to Alexander Hoffman's discussion Small Symphonic Adagio
"Well, I liked what little I heard. Did you intend it to be only 30 seconds or so? If so, it's off to a nice start. A nice full string sound. The various treatments of the theme make sense as they ascend in registers. Now comes the part: what comes…"
Oct 2, 2013
Alexander Hoffman replied to Andy Brick's discussion Symphonic Allegro
"Very well done.  How long did it take you to write this?  What books would you recommend for study of form?"
Oct 2, 2013
Alexander Hoffman replied to Alexander Hoffman's discussion "A Se Stesso" Poem for String Quartet
"Thanks for taking the time to listen.  Very thoughtful advice that I will take in to account if I continue to work on this piece and in the future."
Mar 12, 2013
Julie Harris replied to Alexander Hoffman's discussion "A Se Stesso" Poem for String Quartet
"This setting is lush, effective and beautifully written.  As Bob says, it captures the feeling of the poem. 
But I do, as Bob predicted, lean toward more contrasts in texture.  It's not that using all four parts all the time is forbidden, it's just…"
Mar 12, 2013

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