Kjell Prytz replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Scene 1, for piano
"A nice piece with a good feel. A sudden contrast with a different tempo could be an interesting try.
Nicely played also with a great emotional touch and expressive talent. One can hear that you like the music as I do too.
Cheers,
Kjell"
Jan 31, 2020
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Scene 1, for piano
"Thank you, Gav, and thank you, Timothy, for your comments and critique. It often seems beneficial to be exposed to a point of view other than one's own."
Jan 27, 2020
Timothy Smith replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Scene 1, for piano
"I like the choices of chords here. Great piano sound. This all gives the piece a nice upbeat jazz feel. The only small nit I have about it is it seems to stay too closely to the same chord relationships for something over 4 minutes long. I guess I…"
Jan 27, 2020
Gavin Brown replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Scene 1, for piano
"Hi Stephem
A nice and lush piece, as are all your works. I would be interested to see a score if you have one to share -
Gav"
Jan 26, 2020
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Dark Matter (piano solo)
"I do have some difficulty titling pieces, regardless of what thoughts or ideas inspired them. Perhaps more generic titles (like Scherzo for this piece, or Ceremonial 1 for a piece currently entitled Procession of the Elves) might be better and an…"
Jan 25, 2020
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Dark Matter (piano solo)
"Thank you Michael-- and for the rest of the comments as well. :) michael diemer said:
(...) Now as to the title...not sure how it relates to Dark Matter. but then, since nobody knows what the hell it is, we'll have to cut you some slack on that."
Jan 25, 2020
michael diemer replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Dark Matter (piano solo)
"I agree with Kjell, definitely some Debussy influence in there! and not just a superficial attempt to throw in some whole-tone or oriental scales, but a sophisticated interplay of syncopated rhythms and colors, and melodies. I hear also shades of…"
Jan 25, 2020
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Arabesque 1 - piano solo
"Thank you, Gav. I suppose the works of many composers both historical and contemporary express a personal style, a personal musical pallette so to speak. That said, I think I'll try to broaden my style a little, although that will require some time…"
Jan 18, 2020
Stephen C. Doonan replied to William Maxwell's discussion News at 11
"Very interesting and very nice. Fits the news-theme idea, but better than most of the ones I have actually heard on TV.
The Carousel, having some structure, harmonies and voicings reminiscent of some of the best of Aaron Copeland, is beautiful."
Jan 18, 2020
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Michael Bates's discussion Rhapsody 2 (with update)
"The piece is very vivacious and seems to have a life of its own. The arrangement is very flattering and nice.
Emotude and Shifting Tones II are very different, and very nice."
Jan 18, 2020
Gavin Brown replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Arabesque 1 - piano solo
"Hi Stephen,
Another nice entry in your style, thanks for sharing!
Gav"
Jan 18, 2020
Kjell Prytz replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Dark Matter (piano solo)
"Ahh, delightful. Very well done, Stephen. I hear Debussy in this piece. I like your source of inspiration, so timeless. You have a found a mood here which is very appealing.
I am fascinated by the expression "empty space", what is the difference…"
Dec 29, 2019
Jonathan Shearman replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Dark Matter (piano solo)
"Nice. I like the polychords and also the repeating left-hand figure. Also the shifting tonal centres. "
Dec 24, 2019
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Seascape 1
"Interesting comments, Michael. Thank you.
I have a great admiration for Debussy, and also for Ravel."
Dec 18, 2019
michael diemer replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Seascape 1
"On the other hand, Debussy has shown what can be done with melody, harmony, rhythm, scales, and of course sound pictures (impressionism, although he disliked the term as applied to music), all on a piano, with no other instrument. If you can play…"
Dec 17, 2019
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Seascape 1
"Thank you very much, Gav. The "ceiling" you mention is one I have become aware of, and realize that while my compositional strengths are rhythm and to some extent harmony, melody is a deficiency, although I had not realized that these…"
Dec 12, 2019
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