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    Allegro and Rondo

    Well,now, this is an embryonic sonata. The middle movement is stubborn and cantankerous. So I shoved it in the corner till I can find a way to make it behave. Meanwhile, here are movements I and III. I don't really know why I have become, at least temporarily, somewhat conventional in my composing, but it will change again.

    The mp3 uses GPO Steinway and Fatar keyboard.


    Allegro

    Rondo

    Richard

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    Re: Allegro and Rondo

    Hi Richard,

    You did a terrific job with these two movements. I really like them so far. Let's hope the third part comes soon.

    But there are a few minor points in my opinion: the piano lacks some brilliance (it sounds somewhat lustreless). In the Allegro, I would build in a couple of resting points where the performer can take it a bit easier. But also for the listener it is a little tiring to here all these endless (obstinate) rhythmic patterns. In the Rondo, there is more variation but the use of the keyboard range is rather limited (there are a few exceptions). Don't be afraid to explore the whole extent of the piano keyboard (even with doublings).

    Thank you so much for sharing and keep up the good efforts!

    Max

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    Re: Allegro and Rondo

    Well, Max, your comments are perceptive. You are right about the piano tone. I have been experimenting for a long time to find the best settings. My preference is very strongly for Baldwin grands. My own piano is a 6' 3" Baldwin grand, vintage 1928, overhauled and restrung by me as my last job before closing out my piano business.

    I will think about the resting points again -- I considered it briefly as I wrote the music. The obstinate rhythmic patterns, as you call them, were quite intentional, and is a feature that I often use. But a little breathing space might work, if I can find a way to work it in.

    The keyboard range was also very deliberate. I frequently use the entire keyboard range, and this time I compressed the range somewhat to make it a bit easier to play. However, I am thinking that the middle movement will be adagio, with a very wide range.

    The middle movement is started anew nearly every day. I don't seem to be able to create something that fits in properly.

    Like all my works, this will probably be revised forever.

    Richard

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    This kind of perpetual motion seems to be a strong characteristic of your compositional style. I have been listening to your offerings for years and have always enjoyed your fearless exploration of rhythm and tonality.

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    Re: Allegro and Rondo

    Hi Richard,

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    Like all my works, this will probably be revised forever.
    I know the feeling, I can never decide that a piece is complete, done, finished. Sometimes after many years, I pick up a so called finished work to tinker a bit more in it. The result? There's rarely an improvement and still...

    Max

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