Jérémie Lhomme replied to Michael Bates's discussion Variations on a Grand March for Piano & Orchestra
"That was pretty great! I could sense a bit of Rachmaninoff here and there and overall had a great time listening to it! Loved the end of the Musical theatre!"
Jul 18
H. S. Teoh replied to Michael Bates's discussion Variations on a Grand March for Piano & Orchestra
"Wow, very substantial work! Grandiose and exciting; would love to hear it played a real orchestra!  Liked the energy of the theme and the creativeness of the variations. Also the drama. Lots of fun!"
Jul 14
Michael Bates posted a discussion
 May I humbly present my brand new release for Piano & Orchestra, Variations on a Grand March. Opens with a military march, at 2:44 is a Tango, at 6:20 becomes a fugue, at 9:05 becomes Musical Theatre, at 13:00 becomes a soft Romance which reaches a…
Jul 8
Sean Pollaro replied to Michael Bates's discussion Curvetude, for solo piano
"I cant believe no one has commented on this yet. This piece is very touching and awe inspiring! Beautifully melancholy and yearning for the past but at the same time looking forward as if on the brink of some ground breaking new paradigm. It's like…"
Mar 2
Sean Pollaro replied to Michael Bates's discussion Toccata for Piano & Orchestra
"Killer! Such a nice blend. it's almost sounds like there's a faint timpani hit under each string stab. Nice composition and performance!"
Feb 19
Harmonius replied to Michael Bates's discussion Prelude in D for piano
"I enjoyed listening to this. Very nice."
Jan 28
Timothy Smith replied to Michael Bates's discussion Scherzo in D (for solo piano)

I enjoyed most of this. Not sure if it was the dynamics or the piano sound. It seems to me the 8th note runs are almost too dynamic. The dadadada section where the note remains in one place. 
Amazing work though and must have taken a long time and…"
Dec 23, 2020
Saul Gefen replied to Michael Bates's discussion Scherzo in D (for solo piano)
"There are some really nice and beautiful moment in the piece.
But the problem is the length, also somewhat repetitious, where the repeated right hand notes can be tedious.
Also sounding somewhat Beethovenian is not a problem, but overdoing it can be…"
Dec 20, 2020
Gerd Prengel replied to Michael Bates's discussion Scherzo in D (for solo piano)
"Wow! This is absolutly beautiful with so many melodic and harmonic surprises. Sooo delightful to listen to!!! But I would not call it Scherzo ...
Gerd"
Dec 18, 2020
Michael Bates replied to Michael Bates's discussion Sonata in Bb - 3rd Movement
"Many thanks for your reply Gerd
Mike"
Oct 4, 2020
Gerd Prengel replied to Michael Bates's discussion Sonata in Bb - 3rd Movement
"Dear Michael,
I enjoy your final movement soo much! Especially your melodius second theme and the 3rd theme (bottom of page 4) and the way you elaborate them are wonderful! indeed very (early/middle-)Beethoven like!!
Sometimes your harmonies maybe…"
Oct 4, 2020
Joost Visser replied to Michael Bates's discussion Sonata in Bb - 2nd Movement
"Hello Michael,
Congratulations, excellent work! Well done! A marvelous composition. Can’t wait for the “fast and furious” part…:) It feels like Beethoven with traces of Chopin. You are born 200 years too late….:)
Do you write this as effortless as…"
Sep 6, 2020
Timothy Smith replied to Michael Bates's discussion Sonata in Bb - 2nd Movement
"This is beautiful. You are  a gifted pianist/composer. I did find it very soothing. How long ago did you make this? 
I hope you can manage to use it in some professional capacity.It deserves exposure. "
Sep 5, 2020
Gerd Prengel replied to Michael Bates's discussion Sonata in Bb - 2nd Movement
"Michael, this is really beautiful!! I love it, especially the haunting main theme! And it does not only sound like early Beethoven but breathes also the haunting simplicity of Beethoven's late Bagatelles. Do more like these!!!"
Sep 5, 2020
Liz Atems replied to Michael Bates's discussion Sonata in Bb - 2nd Movement
"This is serene and beautiful, very Beethovenian, except (as H.S. says) maybe a little too calm to actually be Ludwig, at least early or middle Ludwig, which periods seem closest to the idiom here.
I look forward to hearing the 3rd movement! :)"
Aug 30, 2020
Michael Bates replied to Michael Bates's discussion Sonata in Bb - 2nd Movement
"Thanks H.S., gonna start working on the 3rd movement now, it's fast and furious, wish me luck!

Mike"
Aug 28, 2020
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  • There's a lot of good stuff on your youtube channel! Keep up the good work!
  • Welcome Michael!

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