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Discussion in 'Submission Room' started by AndreyM, May 26, 2010.

  1. AndreyM

    AndreyM New Member

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    Hello All,

    I found this great site about piano music today and would like to share few piano compositions I wrote on the end of last year.
    1) September 29 (window to the fall)
    2) November 20 (memories)
    3) December 2 ( Intrigue)
    4) December 27 (farewell)

    Greatly appreciate any comments!

    Best Regards,
    Andrey Mischenko
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Hello, Andrey, and welcome to Piano Society. I've listened to your music; the first thing I will say is that even if I did not know you were Russian, I would have guessed these pieces were written by a Russian. They sound so Russian! :) :lol: As far as the quality of the actual music, I think you put a lot of thoughts and energy into your music, however for me the music is too 'busy'. Especially the September and November pieces. There seems to be too much going on - too many notes, arpeggios, runs, etc...At times it sounds blurry and you can't hear really any melody or harmonies. But we all know how musical tastes is very personal. I do admire the passion you put into your music; I guess I just prefer a little more simplicity in my music. Good luck with your composing.
     
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    I found much to enjoy in these pieces. They're convincingly executed and I like the gloomy atmosphere
    and the occasional oriental flourish (what else to expect given that you are so close to North Korea :D ).

    However they sound more like extended, and not wholly satisfactory, improvisations than worked-out
    compositions. Not really our kind of thing here. But they do have their moments and are mostly nice
    to listen to.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    I was just thinking about my earlier comment, and it occurred to me that I do like some 'busy' music - for example Granados. The no. 2 Goyescas piece that I've been practicing for a long time is very busy, yet it's like silk to my ears - very smooth and fluid. Guess it is all in the harmonies - but also Granados doesn't pack in the notes throughout an entire piece. It's more like a page here and a page there.
     
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    Hello Monica and Chris!

    Very nice to meet you. Thank you very much for your great feedback!

    Good to hear, that it sounds Russian ! :D

    Yes, I am from East part of Russia very close to China, Japan and Korea. While I do not listen their music it may still influence me by location or atmosphere. :)

    I think I understand your opinion about my music and hope to improve my composing abilities.

    Thank you again!

    Best Regards,
    Andrey
     
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    'Window to the Fall' was very nice, the climax was great, although I don't like the high notes scattered about it. You really have some moments of genius here, work on your composition ability and having a more organized melody/motif and you will make wonderful music :p
     
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    Thank you for good words and recommendation!
    I hope you are right. While I am 35 years old but newbe in playning/composing - 1.5 years.
    I beleave to improve over the time.

    All of your advices are very valuable for me!


    By the way so far I shared here piano compositions only but I have compositions with other instruments involved as well (while piano still have the major role). Sharing two composition which I like. Old one called "Sometime" and latest one called "Passion".

    Any comment or recommendations are always appreciated !

    Best Regards,
    Andrey
     
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    There is some nice 'orchestral' detail in Sometime. It's quite an appealing theme, and the use of percussion is effective. It would make good film music. Quite a pleasant listen, but it rather drags on - too long and no development.

    The 'Passion' ... sorry, that is just interminable with its 11 minutes. Take heed of Johannes Brahms' words that compositon is all about pruning, about leaving out things. Having said that, this would not be a good piece even if pruned to the bare minimum. There's just not enough substance. If you want to compose long pieces, any pieces at all really, you must have plenty to say, which is not the case here. Best I can say is that there are some interesting sonorities along the way. What irritates me in pieces like this are the frequent ritenutos to almost a stand-still, after which something new will start, or often it's just more of the same. This seems to me the hallmark of compositional uncertainty.

    If all this may sound a bit negative, keep in mind that this is not really our stuff here. You'd be likely to get better (and more positive) feedback in a group dedicated to this type of music.
     
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    Chris,

    Thank you for your comments!

    Even you have negative opinion about "Passion" but I know that negative but constructive comments are more helpfull to improve than positive comments. :)

    I agree it is really long and probably monotonous but it is passion - my passion to this composition. :)

    Good luck and thank you again!

    Best Regards,
    Andrey
     
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    Hello All,

    Enclosed is my piano song "Love is the reason" fully composed and written by me.
    My vocal probably worst part of it :) but it is still interesting to check what does piano society think about such piano music and song.

    Best Regards from Russia,
    Andrey
     
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    Oh Andrey, that was so sweet! Something about hearing a man sing along with his own piano playing is just so endearing to me. You sound like a very nice man. And I like hearing accents in different people's voices - for instance like your Russian accent, or another member's German accent, or yet another member's French accent etc...

    Now about the composition - like I said, it is sweet, but also like I said before, there is again some times when it's too 'busy'. Still - I think you know that your music is not really right for our site, but I did enjoy listening this. It put a smile on my face. :)
     
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    Hi Monica,

    Thank you very much!
    I am glad you like it. :D

    Best Regards,
    Andrey
     
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    Bass notes (those below middle C) tend to sound muddy when they are too dense. He has a nice touch. I would like to hear a little more minimalism (try adding rests) and to be slightly more adventurous with the tonality.
     
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    differencetone, thank you for listening and for recommendations!

    Best Regards,
    Andrey
     

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