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    A New Prelude (E Major) and Other Additions

    With this post I am departing Romantic Prelude Land. The whole idea of these are to be a little composition lab were I can work on ideas and techniques without worrying about large-scale form.

    Here is the new prelude
    Prelude 5 in E Major
    I was improvising on a few ideas I was thinking about and came up with this. I liked my original improvisation but wasn’t able to capture it – this is as close as I got. After writing down as much of the improv as possible I cleaned it up a bit and filled it out a little.

    One idea behind it is what Rosen might call a Romantic fragment – although complete in itself, I wanted this to sound a little like it starts mid-thought and ends with a little more left to be said and yet not unfinished. Well it is unfinished – you are supposed to listen to the next prelude – all preludes should be fragments.

    Here are the preludes so far. (A little note – remember that I am doing a circle like this (cap=major, lower=minor) – C-a-D-b-E-c#-F#-eb(d#)-Ab-f-Bb-g - Eb-c-F-d-G-e-A-f#-B-g#-Db-bb )

    1 – Prelude in C
    2 - Prelude in a minor
    3 – Prelude in D
    4 – Prelude in b minor
    5 – Prelude in E

    13 – Prelude in Eb
    14 – Prelude in c minor

    People paying close attention may remember prelude 13 in Eb as the piano version of my Challenge 13 entry. Shortly after writing it I was listening to Debussy’s Preludes and was struck be how much my piece seemed to fit in, especially with Book 2 of his Preludes. This prelude also seems to start in (which is the expected key in my circle) yet ends in Eb – I think it makes a good transition between the 2 halfs of this. Also, the c minor prelude (actually the first written) flows smoothly out of the Eb one. I might loose the banging chords at the end of the Eb Prelude, but, at least for now, it is going to stay in its spot in this series.

    I also put the c minor prelude (my favorite) back into the sequence this time.

    Any comments, good bad or ugly, are much appreciated.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    As with the others preludes I will add this one to the list of beautiful compositions. These are like a string of pearls. Brovo.
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    What a great use of the piano this is.

    I really like the way you have managed to put what appears to be two themes together with a lovely bridge between to repetitions, or so it seems.

    String of Pearls - I like that analogy.

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    Re: A New Prelude (E Major) and Other Additions

    Quote Originally Posted by Samantha Penigar
    As with the others preludes I will add this one to the list of beautiful compositions. These are like a string of pearls. Brovo.
    Hi Samantha,

    "...string of pearls." - I like that.. Thanks for listening to my preludes and for your kind comments.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: A New Prelude (E Major) and Other Additions

    Quote Originally Posted by AlanPerkins
    What a great use of the piano this is.

    I really like the way you have managed to put what appears to be two themes together with a lovely bridge between to repetitions, or so it seems.

    String of Pearls - I like that analogy.
    Thanks Alan,

    When I said I was improvising on a few ideas, the main one was going between the unrealted keys of E major and F minor using enharmonic notes that are in both keys, that is I was playing around withg#/ab, c#/db and d#/eb. So that little part in the middle was kind of what created the whole thing.

    Thanks for your comments.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Hi Trent,

    I like the ringing quality of the dissonant intervals in this one, and the way they "grow" during the introduction to the piece... Of course I always have adored dissonance!
    Rendalli

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    Re: A New Prelude (E Major) and Other Additions

    Quote Originally Posted by rendalli
    Hi Trent,

    I like the ringing quality of the dissonant intervals in this one, and the way they "grow" during the introduction to the piece... Of course I always have adored dissonance!
    Hi Rendalli,

    Thanks for listening. Most of the dissonances came from my original improvisation, but I went back in and added a few more, particularly in the second half – I wanted a denser sound and so added a few notes. In most places (not everywhere) I resolved the dissonances, but I usually tried to bring new ones in – it’s part of the character of this piece.

    Thanks for your comments.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Oh my, Trent - I just listened to your newest, Prelude 5, and found it absolutely magical. --Get me, I'm taking a break from a dinner party at a friend's home, had to get my Garritan Forum hit, and this is what I was greeted with. Could not have been a better choice of things for me to click on. ---Dinner's ready, must go--Had to let you know how much I love your new piece. Applause to you.

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    Re: A New Prelude (E Major) and Other Additions

    Trent,

    Really liked this! There is a Keith Jarrette-like element to the opening idea. While it seems more modern than romantic, it is a really nice piece; we can quibble about terms, but agree that the substance is well worth listening to.

    Hope this gets a lot visits/listens.
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    Re: A New Prelude (E Major) and Other Additions

    For sure, to have the chance to work on little ideas, without worrying to develop them in more articulated themes, it's great and has to give a larger sense of freedom.

    In this prelude, there's a nice use of the dissonances and the way it grows, in the two repetitions, it's beautiful!
    Harmonically, in its structure and in each little detail I find it very focused... I'm impressed by its depth!

    I'll have to dig in your series of preludes, Trent!

    Thank you for sharing!
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