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 Post subject: "Ostinato Study"
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 3:10 am 
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I wrote this piece about a month ago. My inspiration for writing this is Mendellsohn's, "Spinning Song," from his set Songs Without Words also, strangely enough, Schumann's "About Strange Lands and Peoples" from his set Kinderszenen.

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http://youtu.be/IWS6F4CVPLU

Hope you can enjoy,

~Riley

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 Post subject: Re: "Ostinato Study"
PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:02 am 
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This is really more of a paraphrase of the B section of "Strange Lands and People" than an original composition... but I really did like the way "Strange Lands" sounds with a different ostinato underneath, and the occasional more contemporary harmony. Doing new things with well-known old themes is a skill all its own. Have you ever worked as a dance accompanist? :D


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 Post subject: Re: "Ostinato Study"
PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:26 am 
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A nice enough piece, but not very original I'm afraid. The title seems a bit presumptuous to me. An Alberti bass-like LH accompaniment is not an ostinato, and a "study" it certainly cannot be called (unless you intend it to be a study for the very young).

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 Post subject: Re: "Ostinato Study"
PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:00 am 
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@ hreichgott and Chris thanks for the feedback.

Now that you mention it, the B section in this piece sounds a lot like the B section from "Of Lands." I am afraid I cannot claim this to be a "original composition." :( About working as a dance accompanist, no, I never have :lol:

About the left hand being an alberti bass accompaniment, to me it is more of a series of arpeggios. The pattern in scale degrees is 1 - 5 - 8 over and over. From what I know Ostinato basically means a repeated figure in the bass so that is why I called it an ostinato study. Maybe I should not have used study as that would be for more of an academic type work? As for this piece being for the very young, I don't know if my younger brother could play this, but so be it-- "ostinato study" (for the very young) :roll:

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