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24 Preludes, Nos 1-4
« on: September 05, 2019, 12:56:52 AM »
Uh oh, it appears that I've begun the foolish undertaking of a complete cycle of preludes!
I've joined this forum 4 preludes in, so I've concatenated the score-videos of those together into one for your convenience :) Please forgive any slight technical hiccups! I tend to write just a tiny bit out of my reach as a pianist.
Here they are: (If you'd prefer to listen to them individually they're all uploaded on their lonesome on my channel)
The scores are also attached as PDFs.
Each one so far has come with a little descriptor:
C Major - a hazy, distant memory.
A Minor - a trip down the rabbit hole.
G Major - a story told by the campfire.
E Minor - a little bit of mischief.

I've noticed that all my major preludes so far (including D, which is in sketching-phase) are in a more nostalgic frame of mind, so I've made a mental note to ensure that A Major will be a little more boisterous!

Any and all feedback is welcome - I've only recently been getting back into the swing of things, and any direction would be much appreciated.
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Re: 24 Preludes, Nos 1-4
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2019, 11:07:20 AM »
Welcome to the group, William!  I enjoyed listening to your first four preludes.  Your piano playing skill is superb, too.



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Re: 24 Preludes, Nos 1-4
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2019, 11:50:01 AM »
Lovely impressionistic Preludes. 

Enjoyed them very much................



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Re: 24 Preludes, Nos 1-4
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2019, 12:11:35 PM »
The first prelude: heartwrenching and soulful. The second: magical, enchanting. The third: beautiful, nostalgic. The fourth: furious, bold.

I enjoyed what sounded to me like an Asian flair throughout, perhaps a bit of leaning into pentatonic scales. It was colorful, unpredictable, but grounded enough that my soul breathed in and out with the music. It reminded me a lot of Debussy's piano works, particularly the last prelude. As a pianist myself, I'm thrilled at how great these sound and how fun they are to play!

I'm personally not a fan of the "interpretive phrases" beneath the passages. I feel like the music should speak for itself. But that's totally a matter of taste (and a small matter at that), not an error on your part.

Kudos to you on a job well-done! I look forward to hearing the rest of them!


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Re: 24 Preludes, Nos 1-4
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2019, 09:51:46 AM »
Thanks for posting these preludes! They are a feast for the ears and the soul (for my eyes, too but those more knowledgeable on piano scoring can comment with authority on that).

I guess my favorites are the odd ones. The 1st is one of those rare works endowed with, I think, a Debussy-grade theme/motif. I had a slight discomfort with m.13 beat 1 while listening.The third is a pleasure to listen, too. Here, I kept hearing the descending 32th triplet figure as sort of alien to the piece.

I really enjoyed these preludes and look forward to hearing the rest. :)



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Re: 24 Preludes, Nos 1-4
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2019, 08:33:27 AM »
Thank you all for the kind words, and taking the time to listen :)

Jordan, glad you picked up on some Asian influence! It's not something I consciously think about but I too have noticed that there are elements of it which come out in my writing.
Thanks for the input on the 'interpretive' phrases - I'm not entirely sure why I'm so taken with them, but I enjoy including them here and there. I think of them as a way of bridging the gap between a score and a non-score-reader.
Happy to hear you think they're fun to play! I love making pieces feel great under the hands, and any technical parts not needlessly challenging.

Reha, thank you so much for the kind words on the theme of the C Major! There is a bit of a clash on m.13, from the rising middle voice landing on a D right under the melody's E. For some reason I'd never paid too much attention to it.
The descending 32th triplet is indeed a bit of an oddity in the G Major. I thought of it a little like a 'baby gliss', which at first is a figure of uncertainty, then something perhaps more sinister during the 6/8 sections, and then finally an almost jazzy, relaxed fall into our final flourish.

Working steadily on the next few :) hope they won't disappoint!

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Re: 24 Preludes, Nos 1-4
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2019, 10:51:33 AM »
Very accomplished writing. And completely pianistic.
The Debussy influence is very marked. You've absorbed that idiom well.
I wonder if a couple of them might be more accurately called etudes rather than preludes, especially number two.
I look forward to more of your pieces.
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