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From 3:22 to 8:58, it seems like a collection of disjoint ideas, none which seem to grow out of the initial material. These ideas are not particularly contrasting nor develpmental -- there are fragments that have some sense of develpment but it is not fulfilled. You do provide several interesting harmonic colors.

This was exactly my point, only that I put it a bit more bluntly :)
There is plenty to enjoy here, it just doesn't seem to add up. Was it Brahms who said that the most important thing about composing is leaving things out ?

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RSPIll wrote:
"Inner Version (Us Prisoners)"
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The only problem to me with the climactic points is that they are somewhat at the same level and the final one at 3:36 does not quite reach the heights that the build up to it seem to indicate.


Yeah the climaxes were deliberately set to around the same level in the performance to reflect the "prisoner" aspect of the piece name.


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"Reflections #1 (Tomorrow)"
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The biggest problem is the location of the climactic points and their resolutions. In this piece, you have an incomplete climax at c 1:17, then at 1:51 - 2:09 another marginally stronger climax, and finally a fairly complete climax at 3:03. It comes down from there and by 3:22 you have a complete resolution of the tensions. This is very close to the plan that you use in "Inner Vision (Us Prisoners)", which is only a little longer than the 3:22 that we mention here. Consequently, in this piece there is really no where left to go after 3:22. To hold a piece of music together for 9 minutes, the proportions of the climactic points need to be spread out over that time.


This is a fair comment, although the point after 3:22 is effectively a "part 2" / 2nd movement of the piece and intentionally stays a lot calmer throughout, gently building to a climax at the very end.

For my "Egyptian Concerto" (Parts 1 & 2) on the first album, it is the other way around: Part 1 is very calm throughout, whereas Part 2 is the most fiery piece I've done so far, with a huge contrast in dynamics. I decided to split it into two separate pieces as I felt there was a big enough distinction between the two sections to merit a divide. Also, the two parts can be performed independently, whereas if I split Reflection #1 at the 3:22 point I'm not sure it would work as two pieces.

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InnerVersion wrote:
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Nope. See http://server3.pianosociety.com/new/php ... .php?t=589

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bingo :)

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I just listened to the Egyptian concerto(part 1) and I like what I heard and saw on the music.
Well written and musical.

I will listen to the ones you submitted within the next few weeks.

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Thank you avguste, here is the second piece from my upcoming album for your consideration, a bit shorter this one at just over 4 minutes:

http://music.innerversion.com/track/ref ... bird-tales

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Very nice again, and this piece did not strike me as too long. Some very interesting harmonies in here.

We've not talked yet about putting these pieces on the site. If you want that, please provide your bio and photo.

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Thanks - I sent you a PM regarding bio/photo

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The third piece from my upcoming album, recently completed:

http://music.innerversion.com/track/ref ... -blue-rose

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I seem to have missed this one. A lovely piece indeed, full of wonderful harmonies. It reminded me as much of Debussy as of John Ireland. I especially like the last 70 seconds, the winding down after the climax. The closing chord could have come straight out of a Mompou piece.
Great work.

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I seem to have missed this one. A lovely piece indeed, full of wonderful harmonies. It reminded me as much of Debussy as of John Ireland. I especially like the last 70 seconds, the winding down after the climax. The closing chord could have come straight out of a Mompou piece.
Great work.

Thank you, much appreciated :)

Also, I don't think I've heard anything by John Ireland, any of his works in particular that you can recommend?

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InnerVersion wrote:
Also, I don't think I've heard anything by John Ireland, any of his works in particular that you can recommend?

Haha, trust me to detect an influence that isn't there :D Let's just say there is something quintessentially English (whatever that is) about his tonal language and yours. A common ground shared by many English composers, especially those from the first half of the last century.

I know really only a couple of his piano works, notably his Prelude, Sarnia and the London Pieces. Absolutely great piano writing that should be far wider known. His much lauded Piano Concerto somehow failed to capture me.

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I like the aesthetics and musicality of your playing. "Cambric Clouds" has a beautiful introduction, then you switched gears to a slower jazz style and I was a little disappointed because I was enjoying the ornate classical flourishes so much. I like your classical style more than your jazz style. You go back and fourth a lot.


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differencetone wrote:
I like the aesthetics and musicality of your playing. "Cambric Clouds" has a beautiful introduction, then you switched gears to a slower jazz style and I was a little disappointed because I was enjoying the ornate classical flourishes so much. I like your classical style more than your jazz style. You go back and fourth a lot.

Thanks - yeah Cambric Clouds is perhaps not as consistent in style as the other pieces (although it's one of my favourites and the one I return to the most often). This is due to it being written as a set of 9 different sections or "clouds" each in a different style, and ending on cloud nine. The sheet music is available as a free download here if you are interested:

http://www.innerversion.com/sheetmusic/ ... Clouds.pdf

Also, the introduction is actually based on the intro of a Radiohead song called "Street Spirit (Fade Out)", hence Cloud One (Fade In) on the sheet music...

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