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 Post subject: "Christmas Chimes" (Composition for 2 pianos)
PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:07 am 
Hi,

I've recently written a piece for 2 pianos: a potpourri of Christmas melodies in my own rendition.
I'd love to get your impressions. The piece is 10 min but I couldn't make it available in its complete version
since it is sold on online stores, so I did a condensed 4 min version of it, enough to give an idea.

"Christmas Chimes"



Thanks!

Guy Bacos


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 Post subject: Re: "Christmas Chimes" (Composition for 2 pianos)
PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:03 am 
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Hi Guy,
Your Christmas music sounds very pretty and I enjoyed most of it. One little thing: It sometimes sounds like there is just too much going on - like it's too busy in certain parts with all the runs and trills and so forth. I'm in a big hurry now and can't write out exactly what songs I mean, but I know that they were in the first half of this file here. It's probably just me, though. I'm pretty picky. I really liked the later songs and loved the harmonies.

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 Post subject: Re: "Christmas Chimes" (Composition for 2 pianos)
PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:38 am 
Thanks Monica for you feedback!

Maybe it's the potpourri effect giving this impression of too much going on. I can leave the full version here a couple of days, hoping people won't download it. :) The other thing is, I purposely was looking for a carillon effect from beginning to end. With 2 live performers I think a lot can be better balanced as well.

Full version:


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 Post subject: Re: "Christmas Chimes" (Composition for 2 pianos)
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:54 pm 
Anyone else?


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 Post subject: Re: "Christmas Chimes" (Composition for 2 pianos)
PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:14 am 
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Very inventive and surprising. Also way too slick and glitzy for my European taste... Maybe one must be American to fully appreciate this.
The fading in and out of dozens of short sections does it no favor IMO. Take a few less themes, do a bit more with them, avoid that
artificial fading, and try be a little less Disney-like, would be my advice.

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 Post subject: Re: "Christmas Chimes" (Composition for 2 pianos)
PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:55 pm 
techneut wrote:
Very inventive and surprising.


Thanks!



techneut wrote:
Also way too slick and glitzy for my European taste...


It's not your cup of tea, I understand. :)

techneut wrote:
Maybe one must be American to fully appreciate this.


Hmm! Well, my descendants are egyptians, I'm born in Switzerland and have lived in Quebec all my live. So don't know where that leaves me...

techneut wrote:
The fading in and out of dozens of short sections does it no favor IMO. Take a few less themes, do a bit more with them, avoid that
artificial fading, and try be a little less Disney-like, would be my advice.


Not sure that's really making any difference in your liking it or not, but something to consider.

Thanks for listening and commenting! :)


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 Post subject: Re: "Christmas Chimes" (Composition for 2 pianos)
PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:14 pm 
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You are a gifted performer but I hate Christmas music. I just get sick and tired of the same melodies every year.


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 Post subject: Re: "Christmas Chimes" (Composition for 2 pianos)
PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:33 pm 
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differencetone wrote:
You are a gifted performer but I hate Christmas music. I just get sick and tired of the same melodies every year.

I half sympathize with this.
Yet, last month I volunteered to accompany the local youth choir on piano in the Christmas service and, despite having a nasty cold/flu, I really enjoyed that. Especially the Christmas medley, a hotch-pot which for some reason I really liked, mostly because it was fun to play with lots of nice flashy piano bits ;-) Alas, I forgot to push the rec button on my recorder, so that of all the 5 numbers this one, which I liked most, wasn't taped. Darn. And it came out best, too. :x

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 Post subject: Re: "Christmas Chimes" (Composition for 2 pianos)
PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 5:02 am 
differencetone wrote:
You are a gifted performer but I hate Christmas music. I just get sick and tired of the same melodies every year.


Thanks! That's what was interesting about the project, giving a fresh sound to old melodies.


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 Post subject: Re: "Christmas Chimes" (Composition for 2 pianos)
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:23 am 
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Hi Guy,my you are amazing-player and composer.I checked out a lot of your site and it says a lot--I wished I was doing that for a career
I love the sounds of the Vienna suite too
on the Christmas chimes-I would really enjoy it if there was not so much dissonance
I love Christmas music and wintery snow music
Sandy


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