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Thanksgiving Intermezzo

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    I've created a little miniature piece for the Thanksgiving holiday. Practiced this again and again and still not perfect, but I hope you like it anyways. I was going to record it last week but the church organist was practicing then and so the recording would have been a mess.

    Here's the video:

    http://youtu.be/cweOx_9b-y0
     
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    Very nice, Riley! It sounds very intermezzo-ee (I just made up that word. :) ). Interesting camera angle too!
    I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!! :D
     
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    It seems like you start with conventional chorale-like harmonies, then branch out to less conventional language, and return. Interesting!
     
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    A sweet little piece ! It has a kind of grateful and referential spirit that is very fitting for the occasion. You seem to have a natural flair for catchy melodies.
    Nice work. Next time you should try opening the lid and let the sound get out. You always sound a bit too modest IMO.
     
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    Hi Monica, Andrew and Chris,

    Thanks your feedback. Monica, that's great it sounds like an Intermezzo, and I think I will use that made-up word from now on! I think you meant Intermezzo-y, with "y" at the end of words meaning whatever the adjective is is being manifested... but of course that wouldn't sound right, "zoy" :lol:

    I used a music stand for the camera angle. Had to move the piano because it was right up against the wall and I wouldn't have been able to get space to put the stand.

    Andrew, I must confess I do like to try that compositional strategy of

    conventional | unconventional | conventional

    I don't think I really explored the unconventional section (that starts with a D chord), but wanted to make this short and sweet. I hope I don't get too too stuck to writing pieces that are too short.

    Chris, thanks for the review. I've heard some great music and it's a very interesting science, what makes a catchy melody. Not sure it's an exact science, more theory, really.

    I actually had the lid all the way up. But the mic placement, that was unconventional. I put the DR-07 directly under the piano, on the chapel floor. It's not as intimate, I think, but an interesting sound angle nonetheless. Would be interested to know how you recorded your Peter Grimes fantasy. I didn't see the mic on the video :?:

    In regards to it sounding too modest, I played this about 20 times before I got this take, so I suppose after so many takes, it just feels hammered out, not much freedom in phrasing :| Perhaps I should really do what you do and record in sections, of course this piece is so short it doesn't seem to need to be recorded like that.
     
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    Oh, my mistake.

    This generally does not seem to be the sweet spot. Best to put the mics where the sound can reach it directly.

    Nope, you can't see it. It was about 2 metres to the right of the grand, facing the open lid, just above the rim. Had I had a standard I would have put it a feet higher.

    I primarily meant the modest sound volume, which I thought was because of a closed lid. But, you could generally try and play a bit more assertively, perhaps by staying not so close to the keys.
     

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