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    Senior Member rwayland's Avatar
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    Wasada

    A friend described this as Prokofiev in Africa. Well, perhaps it fits, but I had no specific location in mind, or specific people, just something mildly savage and barbaric. This is movement 1 of 3.

    Wasada 1
    http://www.sibeliusmusic.com/cgi-bin...?scoreid=80533

    The link will lead to three choices.

    At the top, you will see a blue button to play the mp3. (GPO Steinway)

    Just below that, you will see the score, if you have the Scorch plugin. Otherwise, a blank where the score ought to be. Here you can view the score and listen to the Scorch playback (GM), not a good sound, usually.

    Below this, under the heading of details, you will see a choice to download the mp3 file, which is the best choice if you want to hear, and don't have broadband. .

    Richard

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    This is certainly a rhythmic aggressive piece. I listened to both the on site version (through my old soundblaster card synth) and the mp3. What a difference. The expressiveness you get out of the GPO piano is fantastic. I really like the ebb and flow of this piece. Barbaric...I wouldn't go that far but, it certainly has a drive to it. I know from reading some of your posts here that you have had quite a bit of rain and bad weather out your way. I'm sure I heard the pitter patter of rain and the driving push of a wind storm in this piece.

    I can't wait to hear the other two movements.
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
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    Rich

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    Richard,

    This is incredible. I have an image of a sidereal dance.
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    Re: Wasada

    Richard,
    Excellent piece. I do see the barbarism in this. Not a violent barbarism but a primative tribe on the prowl. Great job.

    Bill
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    Urbanely barbaric, Richard.

    Like the way this is put together, and the growling low writing in sections.

    The one technical comment I might make is about the clarity of those lower register areas... I wonder if you can tweak the articulation a bit to get it somewhat cleaner. I have quite a bit of trouble getting things like that to work well (at least via Finale) myself, so I'd be interested if you find any notational approach to that that works a bit better...

    Listened through this several times. Richard, I don't know if I'm just growing more comfortable with your style or what, but this is starting to sound very tonal... lol. Good job on this, I enjoyed the piece.

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    Re: Wasada

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    Urbanely barbaric, Richard.

    Like the way this is put together, and the growling low writing in sections.

    The one technical comment I might make is about the clarity of those lower register areas... I wonder if you can tweak the articulation a bit to get it somewhat cleaner. I have quite a bit of trouble getting things like that to work well (at least via Finale) myself, so I'd be interested if you find any notational approach to that that works a bit better...

    Listened through this several times. Richard, I don't know if I'm just growing more comfortable with your style or what, but this is starting to sound very tonal... lol. Good job on this, I enjoyed the piece.

    Best,

    David
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    David, I may alter some of the chords, as they could sound muddy on many instruments. They sound more clear on the wav file. I did not try them all on my Baldin grand.

    These last two works of mine are surprisingly tonal. Actually, most of my works are tonal, but of a somewhat unconventional tonality, sometimes bitonal at least, and very often, quite difficult to define the tonality, although it is present. This can make it quite difficult to assign a key signature. So I often settle for assigning a key signature that makes the reading easier, even though it may not describe the tonal base.


    Jun Yamamoto: Very interesting observation. Perhaps my interest in astronomy is leaking out.

    Bill, you got it right, just some barbarism, not violent, I am not a violent person, even thought I spent more than 22 years in the army.

    Richard R: the waters have receded, and I was able to get to town without putting in a call for Noah. Second movement is begun, but could be totally scrapped and started fresh tonight!

    Richard

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    Wow! My head is spinning on this one! First, I love the chord voicing at the beginning and each time you come back to it. Totally tickles my ear! And very surprising use of the Dmaj chord. Weaving it in and out is quite brilliant! The ear wants to pull to it, but it is gone before it can zero in. Very bold piece!
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