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 Post subject: "Autumn meets Winter"
PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:52 am 
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I have been very busy, but had time last week to sketch a piece for piano. I have written a lot of material that fits rondo form, but this time my goal was to experiment with l:A:ll:B:l, that is, binary form. A piece I have been practicing, Bach's Invention no. 6 in e major, takes on this form and was somewhat of the model for the piece I wrote. In the invention there is a clear cadence point between the first and second section section, it is a downward B Major arpeggio. In this piece I instead use a half cadence, but hopefully it also has the trappings of a clear cadence point :) .

This piece is called "Autumn meets Winter," because the A section is meant to represent autumn and the B section, winter. As is characteristic to a binary piece, each section repeats itself. The second time through the A section, the B section is introduced. It is my hope this introduction is seamless, but if you don't think so, I would appreciate your feedback.

In the video, you see photos I have taken in autumn and the winter (it was winter 2010 if I am correct) these were taken in Carbondale, IL (Southern Illinois) were I live now.

Luckily I was able to record this piece on the music schools yamaha baby grand. I redesigned my recording set-up. This time my cardoid microphone is not so far away from the piano, but instead nearly under the lid above the soundboard. The result is a much more intimate tone, which is in tune with my taste, if you will forgive the pun :roll: .

I will submit the mp3 to this video if there is interest:

http://youtu.be/pszxmngjeio

Enjoy if you can,

~Riley

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 Post subject: Re: "Autumn meets Winter"
PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:25 pm 
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I sure enjoyed the video and the music ;
IMO it does convey the season transition you had in mind ;
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Nice piece again Riley. Could do with a little more variation maybe.
The transition at 0:20, and a similar later on, sounds real strange. The note you would be expecting does not happen, and the phrase is left hanging in the air as if it were a sentence cut short. Is this intentional ?
Lovely pictures, too. And great sound !

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 Post subject: Re: "Autumn meets Winter"
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Some pretty harmonies, Riley. And nice 'see' you playing!! One little thing though....do we have to think about winter already? :( :)

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 Post subject: Re: "Autumn meets Winter"
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:27 am 
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I sure enjoyed the video and the music ;
IMO it does convey the season transition you had in mind ;


@ Livio, thanks for listening the compliment , I am glad you were able to see the seasons changing, that was one of the things I was hoping to convey. Originally I was going to add in ambient sound (such as birds chirping for the 1st and wind howling for the 2nd) as a way of putting the listener at the places in those seasons, but I decided against it because it was kind of distracting :roll:

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Nice piece again Riley. Could do with a little more variation maybe.
The transition at 0:20, and a similar later on, sounds real strange. The note you would be expecting does not happen, and the phrase is left hanging in the air as if it were a sentence cut short. Is this intentional ?
Lovely pictures, too. And great sound !


@ Chris, glad you enjoyed it. I agree, it could use more variation. The sections are quite small, and the first three phrases of the first section are repeated so the tension is lacking to begin with and later there could be more development before the second section. About the transition at 0:20, to answer your question, yes, I was going for that! The cadence definitely does not have the quality of being stable that a dominant would better afford. I originally thought it was a half cadence but now that I look at it on the keyboard, I think, assuming the key of the piece is B major, it is a deceptive cadence-- a strange progression that I would analyze as: scale degree flat5 -7th chord to scale degree 6 - 7th chord (with both 7th chords in root position and in each case dropping the 5th). At any rate, the reason I ended the phrase on this chord was to create a sense of twilight between autumn and winter. There seems to be a few days after all the leaves have fallen when it isn't cold yet. To me it is "deceptive," and so perhaps a deceptive cadence is appropriate for its representation. Thanks again for the feedback.

Also I saw on the site that Mr. Streuff, a pianist and member here passed away. I did not know him here or in person but I listened to some of his pieces on here, for example his "5 piano pieces" and I really enjoyed his modern era harmonic style. Like other composers on here, having heard the composers music, I now would like to talk to him about his pieces but realize that is not possible now. Though it is nice that his work will be here to be shared and appreciated for people who haven't been introduced to his pieces.

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Some pretty harmonies, Riley. And nice 'see' you playing!! One little thing though....do we have to think about winter already?


Thanks Monica, that means a lot to me! About the video, believe it or not, but your piano music videos have inspired me! It seems you have a lot of skill with video editing so I am trying to take still pictures and stitch them into the main video that documents the pianist playing the actual piece :) (also of notable mention are Chris and Andreas who produce music videos with interesting camera angles :) ) About thinking of winter already, no, you don't have to! (And please don't if it brings you pain :roll: ) It looks like Oktoberfest has ended, but there still is Halloween, Veterans day and Thanksgiving yet! My sources indicate the first day of winter this year is Dec. 22, so there is some time.. :lol:

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