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Discussion in 'Composing' started by alex oliver cawley, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. alex oliver cawley

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    Hello everyone

    Hello

    My names Alex Oliver Cawley, i've just joined, I'm a pianist and composer based in London

    I am in the process of recording some of my own piano pieces and I would welcome any comments/critiques.

    First up is a piece entitled Zoetrope named after the early animation process. The piece is in C major and it's meant as a sort of an introduction. Please enjoy!

     
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    Hi Alex, I listened to your composition and I think it is well made. You're also an excellent piano player. This piece consists of broken chords and I wondered if it's just this one or a style thing, so I listened to several compositions on YouTube. That was a pleasant surprise. How long have you been at it, composing music? You look quite young, but that's perhaps because I myself am not that young any more ;)
     
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    Many thanks for your comments. I'm pleased you enjoyed the piece and if I understand correctly you also listened to some of my other pieces? What are your thoughts?

    My musical background is basically: Started at 13/14 learnt to play the piano from a a couple of books one of which was How to improvise blues piano, I think this is one of the main influences for the idea of writing music and so I wrote a few blues jams back in the day but they were pretty unremarkable.
    A year later I was compelled to learn the guitar by my father so I did, learnt to play blues on that as well and played in a few bands again writing music but again nothing great just bits and pieces.
    I then sort of gave up on music for a long time as I left school and got into work but when I was 22 I realised I wanted to get more serious with music so took lessons and then went to university a year or so later.
    During my 3rd year I started getting into composing more and more, took composition lessons and got on well with several teacher and students who were also composers and performed a bunch of there work.
    I've been out of university some three years now and I'm 30 now so I'm not that young but I'll take it as a compliment of course.
    This is the first time I've really started working on my pieces and performing them as I mostly have dealt with established works and teaching/accompanying. I'm concentrating on piano music at the moment as I can play them and so don't have to pay people which is useful, but I'm going to try start working on more ensemble music next year.
     
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    Thank you for sharing your personal information with me. What my thoughts are?

    Well, I studied music composition at a conservatory of music long, long time ago. I have some experience teaching music theory and composition and I must have seen dozens of scores written by beginning composers. Scores I wished I haven't seen, because some of them made me even feel depressed. Well, to most people it's just a hobby and you don't need to be good at it, I guess. In your case however, it would be a bloody shame if you won't become a full-blown composer. The talent is there, no doubt about it. You're not even a beginner. The guidance of a trained and experienced composer for some time, as a kind of "masterclass", won't do you any harm though. Most young composers enjoy this kind of attention.

    By the way, 30 is young for a composer. I am more than twice your age, so I'm in my prime, although my children disagree :rolleyes: About your pieces on YouTube, I can't find a weaker piece. Perhaps, if I'd make an effort, I might find a note, perhaps a chord, or a phrase that could be slightly improved, but the same goes for most classical and neoclassical music.

    If you want to know anything specific about a certain piece or phrase, I would like to see a score, but you're surrounded by musicians, so you don't need my help.
     
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    Hello Alex! I want to admit that I'm not playing professionally on the piano, but as an amateur. But I really like to listen to this music, because it is very different from others in the variety of art techniques and the depth of the transmitted experiences. Alex, I was very impressed with your composition, you make good musical transitions, which makes it special! I'm a paper writer also, now I am writing a dissertation on the topic "The Five Cello Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven and the Striving Towards Instrumental Equality". Very interesting topic, since classical music is checked by centuries and time! I want to wish you a success in your work that you would continue to please us with your compositions! ;)
     
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    Hi Daniel

    Many thanks for your kind words, I'm very pleased to hear you enjoyed the composition. I will be uploading some more of my pieces on these forums so please look out for them.
    Good luck with your dissertation!

    All the best

    Alex Oliver Cawley
     
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    I'll be interested to listen to them! Thank you
     
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    I listened to your compositions. So about the first one Zoetrope and the last one Windmills , I really like them and you also very well picked up the animations. The second one (The Puppet ) is good, it would have sounded better if it had been accompanied by a play since at moments it is a little harsh for listening... Special Bicycles and Lady of the Lake are are amazing. I was very impressed. I also listened to FUGLAFRÆÐI - Live Performance, it is great!
     

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