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    Senior Member rwayland's Avatar
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    Thaumaturgic Bezoars in Artificial Billabongs

    Well, now, isn't that a silly title for a piano solo! Rendered with Sonoar & GPO Steinway. Length, 4 1/2 minutes. Not likely that you have heard such a thing before.


    Thaumaturgic Bezoars in an Artificial Billabong

    Richard

    Edit, 9 Sep 07, 8:18 pm. The link now leads to a revised mp3.

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    Re: Thuamaturtic Bezoars in an Artificial Billabong

    Richard,

    Cool stuff. Interesting rhyhtms and textures--but not ridiculously complex--sort of like Nancarrow for non-academics (I never could quite get 31 Vs. 15 vs. 6)

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    Richard, you are definately in the statosphere for my tastes, but I can certainly appreciate your personal expression.
    -Jay

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    Richard -

    Very nice. I liked that (and I've heard plenty of 'such things' before).

    I would like to make two simple suggestions though: More dynamic
    contrast and tempo changes. Especially when there's an obvious sectional
    change.

    For example, what if the opening section was slightly faster and very
    much louder (and staccato?). Then, about a 1/4 in, where it switches to
    2-part counterpoint, have it slightly slower and 'pp' (and legato?). When that
    octaves motive starts, make it faster and louder. Then, maybe, when the
    opening material returns, make it louder, faster, and do an Accell... to the end?

    Keep in mind, I don't want to change a single note or rhythm. I'd just like
    to hear your sections more clearly defined.

    - k
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    Re: Thuamaturtic Bezoars in an Artificial Billabong

    Quote Originally Posted by klassical
    Richard -

    Very nice. I liked that (and I've heard plenty of 'such things' before).

    I would like to make two simple suggestions though: More dynamic
    contrast and tempo changes. Especially when there's an obvious sectional
    change.

    For example, what if the opening section was slightly faster and very
    much louder (and staccato?). Then, about a 1/4 in, where it switches to
    2-part counterpoint, have it slightly slower and 'pp' (and legato?). When that
    octaves motive starts, make it faster and louder. Then, maybe, when the
    opening material returns, make it louder, faster, and do an Accell... to the end?

    Keep in mind, I don't want to change a single note or rhythm. I'd just like
    to hear your sections more clearly defined.

    - k
    Good points. There is a tempo and dynamic change at the point you mentioned, but it is very slight. The tempo should be varied a bit more. There are a few changes, all of them slight. I was concerned that anything faster might make it unplayable, and anything slower would be boring. But after that pianist I heard last night, those concerns have vanished. I have come to the conclusion that however difficult I may write a piece, there will be a pianist who can play it. A year or two ago, a pianist in London played about 10 of my pieces, all difficult, but he played them well. So tempo and dynamic changes are likely to be done soon. I am not so sure about the staccato.

    I am embarrassed that the title appears incorrectly in the header. I edited and corrected it, but it still shows the mis-spelling. In the text box, it is correct.

    Frequently I blur the section boundaries. I never make them as clear and distinct as Mozart (for 1 example) did with the final bar lines at section ends. Perhaps the dynamic and tempo changes might have the effect that you would like to see.

    Thanks for your ideas.

    Richard

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    Re: Thuamaturtic Bezoars in an Artificial Billabong

    This reminds me of my works on the piano. You have a bit more structure than I do and are a little more tonal in some spots but the overall idea is close to my improv pieces. I like it.

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    Richard,

    this is very cool!

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    Re: Thuamaturtic Bezoars in an Artificial Billabong

    My first thought, before I read any comments was the similarity to Nancarrow - although yours make my head spin less! There is a playfulness here, and perhaps some more changes in dynamics and durations (staccato, etc.) could bring that to the fore. The same for the places where the harmony veers towards the more strictly diatonic. Small suggestions - but this is a piece I enjoyed a lot!
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    Re: Thuamaturtic Bezoars in an Artificial Billabong

    Rofl! What a wonderful title! And here, I thought I'd had
    the patent on such things.

    As ever, your music doesn't lend itself to verbal description,
    my friend -- though the by-now familiar Wayland idioms are all
    fully in evidence in this.

    An enjoyably cyclic and recursionary traverse of the Outback!
    Interesting to hear in this a re-emergence of the water
    influences that had pervaded your work so strongly some
    time back.

    My best,



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    Re: Thuamaturtic Bezoars in an Artificial Billabong

    Hmmm, I’m still trying to figure out the title….

    The music, on the other hand, was great. I always find your work very interesting. I agree with a couple of the others about a little more dynamics, though there are some pretty big changes on occasion.
    Trent P. McDonald

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