For those of you who've followed my piece for clarinet and piano - I'm trying to make a start on a slow movement. I produced just a few seconds, so far. And I know that's not a lot to post for comment, but I'm trying to decide whether to continue or try something else. Here's the opening:-
The idea is a movement based on textures from a Gamelan ensemble, with layers moving at different speeds. I've taken my harmonic language of 4ths and augmented 4ths from the other 2 movements, and composed 4 layers for piano, representing the gong, the kempul and the bonang - then I've jerked around with the rhythm of each layer. The clarinet then plays the role of the suhling, using slowed down versions of melodies from the fugal movement.
My problem is that the result sounds to me a lot like Messiaen - maybe his Vision de l'amen, or the 1st mvt of the Quartet for the End of Time. It's been arrived at in a totally different way, (there's none of his Tals or modes in play), and my material will develop differently (I'm thinking of a process where the layers cross over, till the bottom end is really thunderously violent), but I can't get past the superficial similarity. Since I think I've found quite a unique voice in my other two movements I don't want to start doing pastiche.
How worried would the rest of you be?