Such drama in your piece! I think it's very successful in fulfilling what you stated on the website as your intention:
"...The piece's two instruments chase each other around tonal areas, competing for temporal and motivic dominance. As one reaches an idea expressed by the other, that other moves on to a different idea. Finally they return to their original perspectives, diminished from their struggle with each other..."
That's some very striking prose, along with equally striking music. The last sentence quoted above is so poignant, and expresses something we can all relate to--We've all had those kinds of moments.
Because it's a duet, and sounds so personal, I kept wanting the instruments to be closer to me--as in less reverb. But the treatment you gave lended a perspective, like I'm watching the argument from a distance--and that's a valid concept also, certainly.
Very glad to hear your music!--You say you've been busy, so perhaps you'll posting more--hint hint--?
Thanks for your support everyone I'm glad you like it.
I looked over the part at 3:27, and I think I know what's going on. The piano is in the key of F#minor at that point while the cello is in C minor, but the piano chord has all the notes of an A Major 7 and C# dominant 7 chord (G#,B,A,C#,E). The cello contains the notes Bb, Ab, G in the first half of that measure. So the Cello Ab (respelled to G#) sounds like a doubling of the A Major 7 chord!! That's why they sound as though they're in the same key. I may try to fix that. I encountered numerous problems like this in writing it.
And since Randy asked to hear more of what I have been working on.... I don't normally like to post non GPO stuff in here, but this is a Live Recording of a solo violin piece called Introspection.
By the way thanks Randy for props on the program notes. I never know what to say in program notes!
And also Ern asked about my software... GPO run through Sibelius is all. I had to turn the C64 slur controllers off because I needed sustain on the piano. Soon as I get software, I'll record them one at a time and really improve it.
"Introspection" is truly a live recording, complete with a silent opening, followed by footsteps that always sound ominous when it's the only thing being heard---I thought--hmm, interesting that all this wasn't edited out.
But then, with the very active emotions in the solo that followed--it seemed like a nice mood setting touch to begin with the silence and footsteps. Intentional or not, I like that opening!
Well deserved applause at the end--A very professional performance of a piece that to me goes beyond "introspection" and touched on palpable angst. I think my heart rate increased as I listened, my mood being swayed so persuasively by the music.
Sometimes random things, mistakes even, can end up being interesting additions to things we plan. And in this case, maybe it's a bit odd for me to like it, but the footsteps preceding the solo add something interesting to the listening experience!
Do you mean that you don't have any kind of audio software at present? If so, you may want to take a look at the shareware program, Reaper--audio/MIDI recording software that you can do a Lot with.
You asked about my music--Perhaps I should gather up the links to what I've posted here in The Listening Room since joining in November of last year, and put them in my signature for handy reference.
Meanwhile, your question made me think of something I haven't updated in some time--my Sound Click page. I used that site all the time when I was more involved at the Cakewalk Forum.
For the first time since I've been a Garritan Forum member, I'm posting the link to my Sound Click page:
I think you accomplished your goals very well here. The two parts are close enough to make this a cohesive composition while being far enough away to keep the tension level up. I listened for the enharmonic common chord (or what ever you want to call it) and don’t think it detracts from the idea. I guess you can think that the two protagonists almost got together, but not quite…
Indeed, quite successfully introverted and introspective. Good
listening for a rainy night... dramatically gloomy and inwardly
focused, as though seeing the world through the film of a deep,
rich, swirlying mist of depression.
Technically, Matthew, a highly adept execution of the concept;
of concurrently writing in two different keys. This hangs together
perfectly, makes sense, remains listenable, throughout -- and if
you hadn't mentioned, I doubt I would have perceived it as an
exercise in bitonality at all!
Excellent job on this; some fine workmanship and thought very