Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Now that I've gotten that out of the way. I listened to his first Prelude and found it a bit trite and repetitive. The most difficult part for most people is to get used to hearing things in a different tonality. Once you get used to the "strangeness", you can begin to analyze the composition as a composition, and not as a "freakshow piece". In the first Prelude, he merely repeats the same pattern over and over and over, and the development of his themes is totally lacking. Where's the melody? Harmonic lines? Phrasing? Dynamics? Touch? Tone? Expression? Recapitulation? Counterpoint? Thematic Development? Xi-manipulation? etc? I think that this particular composer might benefit from studying musical composition more thoroughly until he can begin to incorporate the elements of good musical composition into his pieces. "Just because it's novel" is no reason to neglect the other elements of music.
Well, y'know... without wanting to argue with you....
I think you should be posting your assessment as a reply on YouTube. I'm sure the composer will take this to good heart and change his ways the way you tell him to. Go teach this guy how to compose ! Somebody has to do it, and it had better be you. In grateful return maybe he'll tell you where to buy one of these pianos so that some good
music can be written for it.
Oops - was I being a bit sarcastic here ? Didn't mean to !
... but I thought your question for this thread was ...
What would life be without Youtube ! I stumbled on this set of 5 quarter-tone preludes:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5sI-s4E9js
Fascinating stuff although perhaps not to everybody's taste. I'll be interesteed what you think of it. I think these are great.
So I was telling you what I thought of it ...
... at least the first Prelude, instead I spent the time I would have listened to the rest of his preludes listening to pianolady's Scriabin preludes
... I'm sooo sorry that I told you what I thought of them after you said in this thread "I'll be interesteed what you think of it." ... soooo soooo sorry.
Who's being sarcastic now!!!
You know I'm kidding, right, Chris?
I'll try to listen to the rest later ...
Love is the law, love under will.
(who's going to be very very quiet now...)