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 Post subject: Composer Audition - Three Preludes
PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:55 am 
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Hi,

For a reintroduction, I am Riley Tucker. Some of you may know me, I have been a member of PS forum for sometime, have enjoyed critiquing and learning about romantic and classical piano pieces by some great composers. I am an student pianist and composer and have been writing a number of short pieces this past summer and have finished three. I am back at SIU now and have performed them on a Yamaha Grand (that I was lucky enough to find in proper tune :) in the music schools music studio. I am interested in auditioning these in hopes to become a composer on the main site. I am attaching the score hosting all three pieces as well as the recordings in mp3 format.

Technical info:
Mic Preamp is M-Audio Fast-Track
Microphone is Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm Condenser
Yamaha Baby Grand on Short Stick

Thanks for your consideration,

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Tucker - Three Preludes - 1: F-sharp minor (0:57)
Tucker - Three Preludes - 2: E minor (1:09)
Tucker - Three Preludes - 3: E minor (0:49)

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 Post subject: Re: Composer Audition - Three Preludes
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Very nice little pieces, and well played ! You could maybe use a little more variation, sometimes things sound a tad repetitive, like on no.3. The middle section of no.3 seems a bit jarring, tempo-wise. Also, no.3 has no ending to speak of. Personally I don't believe in pieces that just stop like that. But you have a nice way with the piano, unapologetically traditional. I like that.

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Hi Riley,
These are interesting little pieces. I think often times composers get carried away and their compositions go on and on and on....so I like that these are short.
I liked the first one the most. It sounds to me like something Kabalevsky would write. No. 2 I think didn't have quite enough to hold the interest, but it's still sort of pretty. No. 3 is okay, but I also think it could use something - like when you repeat back and forth - maybe if you changed one note in the chords here and there to slightly change the harmonies - that would be interesting.

Good luck in your upcoming school year! :) Btw - three of my nephews also attend SIU and my brother did too.

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 Post subject: Re: Composer Audition - Three Preludes
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Very nice little pieces, and well played ! You could maybe use a little more variation, sometimes things sound a tad repetitive, like on no.3. The middle section of no.3 seems a bit jarring, tempo-wise. Also, no.3 has no ending to speak of. Personally I don't believe in pieces that just stop like that. But you have a nice way with the piano, unapologetically traditional. I like that.


Thanks for listening and for the praise! There is something really cool about being called apologetically traditional ! I realize there could be more variation in no.3, the reason for the form l:A:ll:B:ll:A:l was to give the listener an idea of experiencing something twice, something different twice, and then a return to the main theme for two counts. Somewhat repetitive but maybe it's because it's so short that you notice? :roll: I left the ending open as a way of saying that not everything has a definitive end, I realize this is something rebellious (something Schoenberg or Glass would say :) ) and jarring in the context of classical theory, but I realize in 2011 I am not going to be compared to Hummel or Clementi of the 18th century, so the best I can strive for is to make my music somewhat modern. Though I really appreciate Monica saying no. 1 sounded like Kabalevsky? I had a listen to some of his Children's Pieces and I can somewhat see the connection, him being a 20th century composer.

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Hi Riley,
These are interesting little pieces. I think often times composers get carried away and their compositions go on and on and on....so I like that these are short.
I liked the first one the most. It sounds to me like something Kabalevsky would write. No. 2 I think didn't have quite enough to hold the interest, but it's still sort of pretty. No. 3 is okay, but I also think it could use something - like when you repeat back and forth - maybe if you changed one note in the chords here and there to slightly change the harmonies - that would be interesting.

Good luck in your upcoming school year! Btw - three of my nephews also attend SIU and my brother did too.


Thanks for the critique and the compliment! I have tried to write longer pieces but they usually lose focus of the main idea and looking back on them I wish I never even attempted them :( So about your critique, you say the no. 3 could use a variation in harmonies. About a slight change in the chord, I actually did that in the recording, measure 10 first beat in the left hand, the second repeat I play just a Bb and leave out the D. This doesn't change the piece is a big way, certainly not harmonically, but a critic might say its some kind of variation, albeit small.. :|

I am getting the idea that you both don't like the third piece (at least as a whole) should I cut it out and just make this two preludes? :lol:

Thanks for wishing me good luck at school, it should be a fun semester 8) Very cool that your relatives go to SIU, it's a nice place(in my experience :P ) and so I think they will enjoy it , are they all freshman? Studying music?! It was in the school paper sometime last week that there was an increase in enrollment so this is good news as in all three years before me the enrollment numbers were down :(

Thanks for your criticisms and if you decide to put this on the site, let me know.

~Riley

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 Post subject: Re: Composer Audition - Three Preludes
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pianoman342 wrote:
I am getting the idea that you both don't like the third piece (at least as a whole) should I cut it out and just make this two preludes? :lol:

It's not that I don't like it, it just sounds a bit repetitive with all the repeated notes. With some variations in the figuration it could be much better. The middle section is a bit trite, and just repeating it once without any change does not help. Nice trick calling the ending open-ended :P But actually it is no ending, the piece just breaks off. I hate it when that happens - sometimes books are like that, it is really annoying.

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 Post subject: Re: Composer Audition - Three Preludes
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Hi Riley,
First of all, Edwardsville or Carbondale? I used to teach at SIU-E.

Your pieces are very nice and suitable for elementary piano students. Just a few comments composition-wise:

Prelude 1:
overall: you need to either add slur lines to indicate your desired phrasing, or punctuate with rests.
Bar 22: the Eb in bass goes to an E-natural. Replace the Eb with a D#. (Don't give me any software excuses!)
Bar 26: same idea

Prelude 2:
Bars 7-8: don't use a repeat sign for a single measure; this obscures the 4-bar architecture for every musician, both elementary and advanced.

Prelude 3:
overall: the form being ABA (repeats do not affect form) you could dispense with the last A and write da capo al fine (see below)
Bar 1: The D# and A# in the bass need to be Eb and Bb to correspond to the music in the RH and the voice leading.
Last bar; it's not there! This needs an ending chord, which could serve as the fine referred to above.

I hope this helps. Let me know if your want to discuss chromatic voicing sometime.

Eddy

PS: One more thing, elementary pieces are more approachable if you can give them a characterisitc title that can help the young ones. "Prelude" means something to us, but not to little ones.

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 Post subject: Re: Composer Audition - Three Preludes
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:18 am 
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Riley,

These are delightful. You have some good ideas and are organizing and combining them in considered ways.

Overall, the first one does work best for me as it is written. Some variety in your repetitions of ideas could be good but, for me, it is not a big issue due to the size and nature of these pieces. I can see some of my early level piano students enjoying this one.

The second one, to me, could stand some elaboration. Essentially, your initial musical thought is the first 12 measures (ends in your measure 11 due to the one measure repeat, which as Eddy says, don't do. The only reason to repeat a single measure is as a "Vamp until ready" in show music.) This represents the amount of time you actually take to fully establish tonic in a full cadence. Then you simply give us a coda type passage based on the very beginning. The breadth of this slow theme just needs more.

From what I see an hear, your theme is represented by the first 4 measures (question) ending on a half cadence. You take the next melodic idea, which seems like the answer at first, and telescope it into a third phrase through that repeated measure. That actually makes for a very interesting idea upon which to build.

Also, in this particularly (actually everything you write), get in the habit of indicating mood and tempo. Use the Italian, if you want, or do it in English and add metronome markings if you want. Just looking at the score, if I had not heard it played, I probably would have thought it to be somewhat march-like due to the time signature, 2/4, and the primarily quarter and eight note rhythm. If I were to be asked to write the rhythm as part of a dictation project, I probably would have considered the meter to be 4/4 and what you write as quarter notes to be half notes. There are no absolute rules, but there are some psychological, visual meanings to the time signatures and note values chosen. Music with a lot of "white notes" (half and whole notes) in time signatures like 3/2 or 4/2 have a tendency to seem to need to be slower. Those with black notes quarters, eigths, sixteenths, faster. Those with lots of 32nd notes have a quickly moving foreground while the feeling of background beat is usually at a slower pace. Of course I am sure that one can find any number of examples that would refute that.

I like a lot about number 3. It is quirky and has a fun feel about it. Consider it a work in progress because there is a bit more that you can do here.

First, there is the notation issue that Eddy mentioned. That is fixed easily enough. That is one reason composers have editors much like authors do. There is an issue with measures 5 through 8. What I see, I expect to hear a slower more lyrical moment. I hear an attempt at it, but first, the half notes in your notation are played approximately the same as the quarters in the previous 4 measures. The way it is performed sounds like an attempt at lyricism, but with poor rhythm (and a change in rhythm unit to the beat to boot). To me, a lyrical contrast would work well here, but it isn't happening. If your notation is what you intended, then you need to re-record with this section in the same tempo with expressiveness. It does work as written.

Now the infamous ending. I am going against the grain here and saying do not succumb to temptation and put a final "bump" anywhere! Because of the comments, you have hit upon a musical device that you can play with for musical effect and humor. This device is called expectation.

In this part of your tool kit you always have 3 choices. 1.) You can fulfill the listener's expectations. This is by far and wide the major part of music theory "When you hear a dominant seventh chord, a tonic should follow." 2.) You can delay that expectation. 3.) You can deny that expectation. Composers have done all three for centuries. It is a stock in trade in not only music but drama, comedy, and visual arts.

When I played around with your ending I discovered that there are (at least) three possible "solutions" that would create a sense of finality and satisfaction. First was simply a bass "stinger" on your final Ab -- meaning that that is the key your piece is actually composed in. Second, it could decend one final half-step to G (the Ab harmony acting as a substitute harmony for the D7 [called a "tritone substitute" in jazz]). Or third, it could ascend to A -- the Ab being enharmonically recognized as G# leading tone of A. Thus what you have done is allowed the listener to come up with his or her own final solution.

The thing to experiment with is trying to make the "non-ending" more intentional. Play with the listener's expectations. For example you could repeat that last measure after a pause, making them expect that final solution, do it again after another pause. Then stop. The listener will realize that you are not intending to give them any more. A wonderful example of a piece that doesn't end is the presto of Haydn's String Quartet op. 33 #2 (http://youtu.be/qmoA5fy_kvQ).

What you have in these is the seed of your own "Kinderscenen" (though you would probably want to name it in English since German is not that common in Carbondale. :wink: )

Anyway, Riley, just some thoughts. Keep up the good work. I look forward to hearing and seeing more.

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 Post subject: Re: Composer Audition - Three Preludes
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Nice trick calling the ending open-ended But actually it is no ending, the piece just breaks off. I hate it when that happens - sometimes books are like that, it is really annoying.


I thought I had you fooled Chris, apparently not... :lol: Well If you don't like pieces that do not have finite endings I wouldn't recommend you ever listen to 'the unanswered question' by Ives. You probably have already but in any case its ending is decidedly even less conclusive compared to my no.3. the composer creates a question and it never gets answered :|

Hi Eddy, thanks for the feedback!

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First of all, Edwardsville or Carbondale? I used to teach at SIU-E.


I go to school at SIU Carbondale. I am kind of surprised as I have never went been to the Edwardsville campus before. I assume you taught music theory there? I was reading your bio and it didn't say what you taught there but that you taught theory pedagogy in Cincinnati after you lived Florida? Sounds like you have moved around a lot!

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Prelude 1:
overall: you need to either add slur lines to indicate your desired phrasing, or punctuate with rests.
Bar 22: the Eb in bass goes to an E-natural. Replace the Eb with a D#. (Don't give me any software excuses!)
Bar 26: same idea


I agree there could be some slur lines to break apart the piece into sentences as a student studying speech learns reading a loud a paragraph. About the Eb that you think should be a D#, I'm curious, is this based off the theory rule that it's easier to read notes in an upward run that are sharp? (and easier to read flats descending?) Or is it for another reason? I won't give you any software excuses but I wish you could see how I put together pieces on my computer I start with a graphic note editor and only later my computer translates the block duration values into readable "musician" notation. I don't actually enter a piece note-by-note on a blank staff. I use to do that and boy was it a pain!

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Prelude 3:
overall: the form being ABA (repeats do not affect form) you could dispense with the last A and write da capo al fine (see below)
Bar 1: The D# and A# in the bass need to be Eb and Bb to correspond to the music in the RH and the voice leading.
Last bar; it's not there! This needs an ending chord, which could serve as the fine referred to above.


I agree it would be more efficient to just write D.C. al fine. Efficient, and it would indubitably save me some ink :) though I kind of like how it is now, how the last four measures fill the page, just from an aesthetic viewpoint.
The Eb and Bb could replace the d and a sharp, as it would still be a descending 5th, but I think it works as it is because aesthetically it indicates a descending motion, as with the no. 1. If you have two note heads on the same line in the same measure with accidentals on a later notehead it may be more economical, but IMO its harder for a performer to pick up and start playing.

I would like to learn chromatic voicing from you, though I am currently taking a beginning comp class. Don't know if I will be learning it in that class. I learned so much theory last year about voice leading and secondary function and I most of it I can identify but I would never write like that. So I don't think a lesson that I will not use will be worthwhile to either of us :roll:

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PS: One more thing, elementary pieces are more approachable if you can give them a characterisitc title that can help the young ones. "Prelude" means something to us, but not to little ones.


Thought these pieces could likely be played by a many an ambitious sub ten year old beginner, I would like to leave them as preludes, though I realize none of the three can even come close to say Gershwin's set of three preludes or indeed, any of your interpretations that we are critiquing now by Rachmaninov. There are some easy pieces in Schumann's Kinderszenen but didn't someone here say Horowitz and Argerich had them in their repertoire, these two pianists who could probably have been tackling much more complicated literature, idk.

Thanks again for the feedback.

Scott-- Thanks for the feedback!

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These are delightful. You have some good ideas and are organizing and combining them in considered ways.


Thanks, I was influenced a little by Prokofiev in the no. 1. I would say most of his pieces are the ones that are delightful and mine the cheap knock-off material that places second :oops: :lol:

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Overall, the first one does work best for me as it is written. Some variety in your repetitions of ideas could be good but, for me, it is not a big issue due to the size and nature of these pieces. I can see some of my early level piano students enjoying this one.

The second one, to me, could stand some elaboration. Essentially, your initial musical thought is the first 12 measures (ends in your measure 11 due to the one measure repeat, which as Eddy says, don't do. The only reason to repeat a single measure is as a "Vamp until ready" in show music.) This represents the amount of time you actually take to fully establish tonic in a full cadence. Then you simply give us a coda type passage based on the very beginning. The breadth of this slow theme just needs more.

From what I see an hear, your theme is represented by the first 4 measures (question) ending on a half cadence. You take the next melodic idea, which seems like the answer at first, and telescope it into a third phrase through that repeated measure. That actually makes for a very interesting idea upon which to build.

Also, in this particularly (actually everything you write), get in the habit of indicating mood and tempo. Use the Italian, if you want, or do it in English and add metronome markings if you want. Just looking at the score, if I had not heard it played, I probably would have thought it to be somewhat march-like due to the time signature, 2/4, and the primarily quarter and eight note rhythm. If I were to be asked to write the rhythm as part of a dictation project, I probably would have considered the meter to be 4/4 and what you write as quarter notes to be half notes. There are no absolute rules, but there are some psychological, visual meanings to the time signatures and note values chosen. Music with a lot of "white notes" (half and whole notes) in time signatures like 3/2 or 4/2 have a tendency to seem to need to be slower. Those with black notes quarters, eigths, sixteenths, faster. Those with lots of 32nd notes have a quickly moving foreground while the feeling of background beat is usually at a slower pace. Of course I am sure that one can find any number of examples that would refute that.


I could rewrite the one bar repeats in another draft so that they would just be two measures along side eachother. The reason I put the measure in repeats was to emphasize it, but I realize now the same idea would be illustrated better with phrase markings. Didn't know about show music how they use a measure to kind of sync the band, that's pretty cool 8)

The way I was trying to build no. 2 was to continually build anticipation for a resolution throughout the piece and throw off listeners expectations (if you weren't following along with the score :wink: ) till the last two measures when I mean for the piece to truly come to a close.

I agree that in standard tempo (my midi program defaults to 120bpm) a half note is drawn out, a quarter half as slow and an eighth half as slow,-- as it should be. But my argument is that when a performer picks up a piece of music, he or she might see what is indicated and decide to play something totally different. I think this is a good thing, personally I like this piece slow as can be, but some other performer might want to play it in 20 seconds. I would be interested in hearing it, and without an "adagio" marking, they might take the liberty of playing the piece andante or presto.

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Now the infamous ending. I am going against the grain here and saying do not succumb to temptation and put a final "bump" anywhere! Because of the comments, you have hit upon a musical device that you can play with for musical effect and humor. This device is called expectation.

In this part of your tool kit you always have 3 choices. 1.) You can fulfill the listener's expectations. This is by far and wide the major part of music theory "When you hear a dominant seventh chord, a tonic should follow." 2.) You can delay that expectation. 3.) You can deny that expectation. Composers have done all three for centuries. It is a stock in trade in not only music but drama, comedy, and visual arts.

When I played around with your ending I discovered that there are (at least) three possible "solutions" that would create a sense of finality and satisfaction. First was simply a bass "stinger" on your final Ab -- meaning that that is the key your piece is actually composed in. Second, it could decend one final half-step to G (the Ab harmony acting as a substitute harmony for the D7 [called a "tritone substitute" in jazz]). Or third, it could ascend to A -- the Ab being enharmonically recognized as G# leading tone of A. Thus what you have done is allowed the listener to come up with his or her own final solution.

The thing to experiment with is trying to make the "non-ending" more intentional. Play with the listener's expectations. For example you could repeat that last measure after a pause, making them expect that final solution, do it again after another pause. Then stop. The listener will realize that you are not intending to give them any more. A wonderful example of a piece that doesn't end is the presto of Haydn's String Quartet op. 33 #2 (http://youtu.be/qmoA5fy_kvQ).

What you have in these is the seed of your own "Kinderscenen" (though you would probably want to name it in English since German is not that common in Carbondale. )

Anyway, Riley, just some thoughts. Keep up the good work. I look forward to hearing and seeing more.

Scott


Yay! An advocate for the not-really-an-end ending! :lol: I think if I was more joking and added a resolving chord a measure later my music would be seen as more of a joke than an actual serious piece, so maybe I should build an ending into the harmony, thanks for the suggestions. I listened to the Haydn String Quartet and see what you mean about delaying expectation. It was aptly named "the joke."

I don't know if I could label this "scenes from childhood" as the english translation of kinderszenen goes. I can't think of which title would fit which? Maybe blindmans buff could match no. 3 :roll:

Thanks again for the feedback,

~Riley

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 Post subject: Re: Composer Audition - Three Preludes
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Hey Riley,
No, my theory-teaching days were in Miami at the New World School of the Arts. At SIUE I only taught Intro to Music to general university students as adjuct faculty, but that was enough to allow me a faculty tuition waiver so that I could be a full-time pre-med biology major too!

The enharmonic spelling issues are not hap-hazard. The reason that we use sharps in upward movements (and flats in descending motion) are musical yes, but based upon physics/acoustics. The resolutions, so-to-speak, are "easier" from a physics standpoint because the pitches are closer together. That is, D# to E is a smaller step, than Eb to E. And Eb is closer than D# to D. The difference is known as a Pythagorean Comma. This is why in music an augmented 4th tritone will resolve outwards to a sixth, whereas a diminished 5th tritone resolves inward to a 3rd: the aug 4th is bigger/wider than the dim 5th. But from another perspective, how can there be a chord/harmony with both an Eb and a D# in it? This would be confusing even in atonal music. (BTW in writing a chromatic scale we use the sharps (or naturals) going up, and the flats (or naturals) going down, except for the raised subdominant when descending and the lowered 7th when ascending; but this is just for writing the different tonal chromatic scales.)

While I'm responding to you, I would also like to add kudos for Scott's reply to you. :)

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I thought I had you fooled Chris, apparently not... :lol: Well If you don't like pieces that do not have finite endings I wouldn't recommend you ever listen to 'the unanswered question' by Ives. You probably have already but in any case its ending is decidedly even less conclusive compared to my no.3. the composer creates a question and it never gets answered :|

Indeed. Inconclusive it is - but it doesn't just 'stop' like your piece does. I think it has a 'real' ending.

I suppose we could put these up on the site, adding you as a composer and performer. Even though I'd be happier if you did some more work on no.3.

Also I would ask you to record something by some other composers too. It seems to me that too many composers here only play their own works.

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@ Eddy,

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No, my theory-teaching days were in Miami at the New World School of the Arts. At SIUE I only taught Intro to Music to general university students as adjuct faculty, but that was enough to allow me a faculty tuition waiver so that I could be a full-time pre-med biology major too!

The enharmonic spelling issues are not hap-hazard. The reason that we use sharps in upward movements (and flats in descending motion) are musical yes, but based upon physics/acoustics. The resolutions, so-to-speak, are "easier" from a physics standpoint because the pitches are closer together. That is, D# to E is a smaller step, than Eb to E. And Eb is closer than D# to D. The difference is known as a Pythagorean Comma. This is why in music an augmented 4th tritone will resolve outwards to a sixth, whereas a diminished 5th tritone resolves inward to a 3rd: the aug 4th is bigger/wider than the dim 5th. But from another perspective, how can there be a chord/harmony with both an Eb and a D# in it? This would be confusing even in atonal music. (BTW in writing a chromatic scale we use the sharps (or naturals) going up, and the flats (or naturals) going down, except for the raised subdominant when descending and the lowered 7th when ascending; but this is just for writing the different tonal chromatic scales.)


Intro to music sounds like basic theory. I took a fundamentals of music class my sophomore year and my first week of theory class my junior year it was everything we learned in the course, but with more finite detail :shock: I have never heard of the Pythagorean Comma, and this distance of tones, though scientifically I don't think there is a difference between and Eb and a D#, as based on this page http://www.phy.mtu.edu/~suits/notefreqs.html they list the notes in hertz and do not differentiate the spellings of the notes. Maybe the chart is wrong, but I think the difference in a tonal articulation comes from how each instrument is setup. But I better not hold forth as you have taught much longer than I have about theory-- (no time at all) :oops: :lol:

@ Chris,

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I suppose we could put these up on the site, adding you as a composer and performer. Even though I'd be happier if you did some more work on no.3.
Also I would ask you to record something by some other composers too. It seems to me that too many composers here only play their own works.


Thanks for the offer to add me as a composer and performer. I went back to the drawing board with no. 3 today and it is now a piece that I am much happier with, believe it or not :D more characteristic to the no. 1 and no. 2 in the set. So it should not be the odd fit piece in the set that it was.. :cry:

I have not memorized it yet and in any case I will have to wait till next week to reserve the music studio for another recording session and then I should be able to produce a recording, at the earliest.

About submitting a recording by some another composer, I have some recordings of Grieg and Strauss but I know you are interested in new recordings not old recordings. I could memorize some bartok this week and so as to fit that into the recording session to have recordings of those for the performer page.

And who do you mean "a composer here who only plays their own works?" I am glad for Bach, Chopin, Schumann, Strauss, Granados, Poulenc, Liadov to name a few, if it weren't for their music I might buy into the delusion that I was/am the best composer that ever lived. And if I thought that I might be considered by others as delusional :? 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Composer Audition - Three Preludes
PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:24 am 
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I have never heard of the Pythagorean Comma, and this distance of tones, though scientifically I don't think there is a difference between and Eb and a D#, as based on this page http://www.phy.mtu.edu/~suits/notefreqs.html they list the notes in hertz and do not differentiate the spellings of the notes. Maybe the chart is wrong, but I think the difference in a tonal articulation comes from how each instrument is setup. But I better not hold forth as you have taught much longer than I have about theory-- (no time at all)


Riley, That chart, "Frequencies for equal-tempered scale", is not wrong, nor is Eddy. There is an important qualifier at the top of it "equal-tempered". Equal-temperment is a means to tune keyboard instruments (as well as fretted stringed instruments such as guitar or lute) so that each black key can act as both the the sharp and the flat. All intervals, except the octave, is adjusted to be slightly out of tune for this to happen. Instruments like the violin and the voice are not limited to equal-temperment and in fact can and do recognize the differences between the sharp and flat represented by the same black key on a piano. Even wind instruments can make some adjustments in pitch with changes in emboucher.

Before the equal-tempered (and its forerunner, the various forms of "well-temperment" which also allowed the use of all 12 keys, but different keys had different characters and some were a little rougher than others) there were systems of tuning, particularly the mean-tone temperments, which allowed only a limited number of keys. In some instances, particularly on organs, some of the black keys would be split so that the performer could choose between, say, D# and Eb so that more keys are usable.

Although the keyboard has been equal-tempered since the end of the 18th century, keyboard performers do recognize the difference in tonal relationships between one note and a sharp or that same note and the flat represented by the same key. Even though an equal-tempered D# and Eb represent the same pitch, they have different tonal meanings and chosing the wrong one is tantamount to chosing the wrong spelling of "two/to/too". They also sound the same but have very different meanings.

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 Post subject: Re: Composer Audition - Three Preludes
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I have listened to these and I think they are fun: the first one with its dance-like rhythm (my daughter was performing her little ballet to it 5 seconds after I turned it on). I like the "old style" of the second one, thought it is by no ways imitative barroque ways. The third one looks on paper as if does not finish, but the way you play it, with no ritardando, ritenuto, pause or anything, I feel it finishes, albeit not in the way one might expect, and surprise is a very useful tool.

I hope you continue in this vein.

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 Post subject: Re: Composer Audition - Three Preludes
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And who do you mean "a composer here who only plays their own works?" I am glad for Bach, Chopin, Schumann, Strauss, Granados, Poulenc, Liadov to name a few, if it weren't for their music I might buy into the delusion that I was/am the best composer that ever lived.

I meant to imply, people who only record their own work for PS.

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 Post subject: Re: Composer Audition - Three Preludes
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@ Scott I think I understand what you and Eddy mean now

@ Richard Thanks for your input, it helps a lot

@ Chris

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I meant to imply, people who only record their own work for PS.


I see.

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I had some time today for a recording session and recorded a reconfigured alternative to the 3rd prelude. I am attaching it to this post. I also have made some changes to the 1st and 2nd prelude scores, among the changes are some alternative spellings of notes, slur lines as well as dynamic and tempo markings. So I have made all of the changes to the complete score and am attaching that to this post.

During the session I recorded some Bartok (nice to see him on the site banner :) ), the 1st and 4th of his set "For Children," so I am attaching these to this post for recordings by other composers.

I am also attaching a piece I recorded by Richard Strauss, his "Traumerei" Op.9 no. 4. Hopefully you will not find too much fault in the recording. The piece calls for the soft pedal all the way through so if it sounds dull and dampened, it is :) !

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Tucker - Three Preludes - 1: F-sharp minor (0:57)
Tucker - Three Preludes - 2: E minor (1:09)
Tucker - Three Preludes - 3: E minor (0:49)


Bartók - Sz.42, For Children, Book I - 1: Children at play (0:21)
Bartók - Sz.42, For Children, Book I - 4: Pillow Dance (0:41)

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