Hello, recently back after a hiatus and catching up on the composition board.
I'm partway through listening to the set. I like these preludes quite a bit and will consider making a recording if I have time, in return for your generosity in licensing them CC. Probably piecemeal, favorites first. Let me know if you have any favorites you'd particularly want recorded if a pianist only had time for a few. You did do a pretty good job with the MIDI realization, it helps get a sense of what you're after.
I think what you do with variations on a repeated pattern is very interesting. There's a nice balance of intellectual material and emotional/dramatic effect here. The better Preludes in the set remind me of baroque passacaglias, or some of the minimalist composers that I happen to like. Do you know Ann Southam's "River" pieces? The Preludes that aren't as good come off sounding more like the New Age variety of repetition.
So far nos. 8, 10, 12 and 15 are the ones I like best. Have you considered no. 8 a bit slower, still with a steady pulse and some attitude, like a sarabande?
It would be absolutely fantastic if you could record a few of them! Apart from my own wretched playing, I've never actually heard them performed before, so I'd love to hear your interpretation of them. My personal favorites are 7, 8, 10, 17 and 21, seeing as you ask.
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It's a funny coincidence that you should bump this thread today, as I've just begun the rather laborious process of converting every single prelude from a MIDI mockup to an actual performance (I literally only just uploaded the first test performance a few minutes before you posted here
). While my playing is far from great, I think having mostly real human performances will be much more enjoyable to listen to than MIDI mockups.
If you do end up recording a few of the preludes, would you mind me perhaps featuring your recordings on my soundcloud?
Assuming you're talking about the C9 chord I hid everywhere, I'm happy that someone finally noticed the repeated pattern throughout the set. I had not heard any of Southam's work before you mentioned her, but I'm currently enjoying some of her pieces on your recommendation.
I do hear No. 8 as a very fast and agitated sarabande, sort of like a dance partner suddenly throwing a fit (not to attach any arbitrary meaning to the piece). It does sound nice if performed slowly, but it takes away the agitation and the anger that I hear in it. I personally would even perform it faster than the marked tempo, exaggerating the accents and dynamics to get the point across. If, however, you plan on performing/recording it and you prefer how it sounds when played slower, feel free!
Thanks for taking the time to listen, I appreciate it!