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#2058967 - 04/03/13 11:58 PM New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome!  
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I just uploaded a terrific recording of a very difficult five-movement piece I composed for solo piano. The video follows along with the score, so you can see what the sheet music looks like. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for listening!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_tDTEptKSM

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#2058988 - 04/04/13 01:16 AM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Charles Peck]  
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Welcome

All movements are very engaging and exciting pieces.
It would be safe to assume the absence of tonality. Exploring of the chord clusters, chromaticism, and sudden shift in time signature all contribute to the originality of the composition.

Reminded me of Debussy as I am currently working on a couple of his works.


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#2059257 - 04/04/13 11:50 AM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Charles Peck]  
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Thank you very much for your comments. I am glad you enjoyed the piece.

True the piece is not tonal in the strict sense of the word, but I would consider it post tonal. There are tonal centers, though they change frequently and there can be multiple at the same time.

#2059306 - 04/04/13 01:20 PM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Charles Peck]  
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For my money, terrific composing, too (agree that it was terrific pianism)! A wonderful presentation of the various coloristic possibilities of the modern grand piano. Focused, and chock full of poetic implications throughout. I particularly liked the jazz-ish rhythmic feel in a couple of them, without ever being jazzy in the explicit sense. I would program this one, or perhaps a couple of the movements, in a heartbeat! Thanks for sharing this!

#2059334 - 04/04/13 02:04 PM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Charles Peck]  
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Thanks Charles as your correction is much appreciated.

For the first movement, Luminous Canopy, Serialism with retrograde, inversion, and retrograde-inversion comes to mind.

Personally, Midnight City, the last movement, will make an interesting piece to play.


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#2059338 - 04/04/13 02:09 PM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Tim Adrianson]  
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Thank you very much for your kind words. They are greatly appreciated.

If you or other pianists would like to get a hold of the music, please do not hesitate to ask. My contact info is on my website here - http://charlespeckmusic.com/contact/

#2059601 - 04/05/13 04:54 AM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Charles Peck]  
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Originally Posted by Charles Peck
I just uploaded a terrific recording of a very difficult five-movement piece I composed for solo piano.


Rather superlative claims in your thread title and above comment,
though took a listen and enjoyed your compostion.
lots of good stuff going on there.

#2059770 - 04/05/13 11:15 AM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Schubertslieder]  
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Thanks Schubertslieder, I am glad you are taking interest in some of the theory.

The first movement makes use of the set 0,1,3,5 (as does most of the piece in a less obsessive manner) if you are familiar with set theory. It doesn't use serialism particularly, because all of my decisions were musically influenced as opposed to guided by a numerical process. But yes, this set does appear in a number of transpositions, retrograde, inversion, and retrograde inversion. I'm glad that is palpable to a new listener.

If you are interested in performing the last or any of the movements, I'd be happy to send you a score. Just let me know. Thanks again for listening!

#2059773 - 04/05/13 11:19 AM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Dara]  
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I only meant that the pianist performed some difficult music well in the line "terrific recording". But I am glad you enjoyed the composition as well!

#2059880 - 04/05/13 02:59 PM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Charles Peck]  
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Just amazing!

Congratulations!

#2059908 - 04/05/13 03:52 PM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Charles Peck]  
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Charles,

and so I just had a chance to listen to the whole 5 movements in peace... Without any kids on my back or various noises. It's 22:51 right now in Greece and I just finished it!

Marvellous!

I think that it's great music. While it's not tonal, in the triadic form of chords, it holds its roots in a general aspect of tonality. Favourite movement, by far the 5th! smile

Congratulations.

And since this is a real performance, he DID do a terrific job! congratulate him for me, please! smile

#2060047 - 04/05/13 09:20 PM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Nikolas]  
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts Nikolas. Good to know the piece is getting heard overseas! I think the fifth movement may be my favorite also. Thank you for listening.

#2060048 - 04/05/13 09:20 PM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Cagarras]  
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Thanks Cagarras. This is such a supportive forum!

#2062090 - 04/09/13 06:31 PM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Charles Peck]  
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Fantasic work Charles! I used to be somewhat of a regular on these forums, but haven't been around in quite some time. However, I heard your work and had to sign back in to tell you how much I enjoyed it - good stuff!


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#2062414 - 04/10/13 02:43 PM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: 8ude]  
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Thanks so much 8ude, your comments are much appreciated! I am glad that I could share the piece with you.

#2064294 - 04/14/13 01:00 AM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Charles Peck]  
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Hi Charles.

If I am reading it correctly, I can have the score for the 5th?



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#2064311 - 04/14/13 01:38 AM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Charles Peck]  
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I noticed how each title given to each movement seem to perfectly suit each other.


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#2064774 - 04/15/13 02:40 AM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Schubertslieder]  
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Originally Posted by Schubertslieder
Hi Charles.

If I am reading it correctly, I can have the score for the 5th?



Sure thing, I will send you a PM.

#2065226 - 04/15/13 11:05 PM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Charles Peck]  
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Got it.

Currently working on fingering of Luminous Canopy. I finished playing the 1st page of Midnight City.

I really like the fact that I can see all the writings, articulations and dynamics, since they seem to contribute tremendously to the pieces. There is always a reason why some writings are there, which is what I like.


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#2065611 - 04/16/13 03:32 PM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Schubertslieder]  
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Sounds good, let me know how the process of learning the piece goes for you. Difficult? Fun? Frustrating?

#2066040 - 04/17/13 02:05 PM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Charles Peck]  
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So far so good.

With exception of all the polyrhythm, hemiola, different tuplets, not to mention the shifts in time signature, 5/8, 7/8, 9/8, 5/4, and so on,...life is good.

I thought anacrusis but not so, after looking at the score, it was the time change.
My Shigeru piano takes enough beating from me but I still want to spend more time with it.



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#2066650 - 04/18/13 04:38 PM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Schubertslieder]  
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Yeah, I like to throw a lot of wrenches into the groove. It helps keep it spontaneous, at least to my ears.

#2073787 - 04/29/13 09:09 PM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Charles Peck]  
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Terrific indeed!
Bookmarked for further listening.

#2078701 - 05/07/13 08:03 AM Re: New virtuosic work for solo piano, feedback welcome! [Re: Ahmediy]  
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Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed it.


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