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    VISAGES I for piano solo

    This is a little old piece I wrote in 2001, which was a starting point of my exploration of relatively modern style of music.

    (VISAGES I by GPO Steinway)
    http://jun.music.coocan.jp/music/visages-gpo.mp3

    (Score)
    http://jun.music.coocan.jp/music/visages.pdf

    The music was written by Finale 2001 and then imported to Finale 2008. Performed with Human Playback then transferred to SONAR as MIDI file then played by GPO Steinway and added some compressor and reverb.

    Any input will be appreciated.

    #BTW, I renewed my web site.
    http://jun.music.coocan.jp/

    Sincerely,
    Jun Yamamoto
    Tokyo, Japan
    http://jun.music.coocan.jp/
    MIDI AND SAMPLING TECHNOLOGY HAS OPENED AN ENTIRE NEW WORLD OF MUSIC!

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    Re: VISAGES I for piano solo

    Hey Jun,

    Wow, such tension, dissonance, and collapsing complexity!
    A very modern work indeed!
    Could you explain what this piece represents or speaks of?
    It may be easier, for me at least, to absorb.

    The thought and work involved to create such a piece is very impressive!

    Michael
    "...Wiktor's a Jekyll-Hyde personality..." - Lycos Music
    http://www.miserymadebeautiful.com

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    Re: VISAGES I for piano solo

    I have listened through this twice, now, Jun,
    with much pleasure -- first without the (very
    beautifully prepared) score to get a general
    sense of the piece; then with score to explore
    in more detail.

    A magnificent piece of modern writing, my
    friend! If I were still playing, I would love
    to tackle this! Demanding in places, but a
    very satisfying piece. While I would surely
    say that a more general audience might find
    this challenging, there is an undeniable sense
    and power to it... a primitive, driving impact
    that surpasses the piece's complexity and
    sophistication and goes straight to one's most
    ancient instincts.

    With admiration,


    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: VISAGES I for piano solo

    Hi Jun,

    A simply brilliant piece. I have to admit that I find it difficult to keep my listening focus through an entire piano solo piece of this genre. Your piece maintained my interest all the way through, however, and I was totally absorbed in its wonderful intricacies all the way to the final strong statement.
    Sophisticated harmonic content, rhythmically powerful. This is great stuff, Jun!

    Danny

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    Re: VISAGES I for piano solo

    Hello, Jun

    --!--Quite a concert. I avidly listened from the front row and let myself be carried away on the unpredictable and unknown winds of your musical imagination. Then I stood up to applaud.

    When you were writing this, how did you know when you were through? It's of longer-than-average length - Was it a matter as it usually is -you just intuitively knew when you had said you wanted?

    It made for the longest download time I've had in quite awhile--5 minutes on my cable hookup! - Probably a very high quality MP3, coupled with the aforementioned length.

    I enjoyed the journey--Thanks for taking me on it!

    Randy B.

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    Re: VISAGES I for piano solo

    Jun,

    What a masterpiece this is. I must say that it is a mystery to me how composers go about composing in the modern genre. Do you have some kind of sonic/rhythmic/melodic framework that you begin with and then improvise around it then go to transcription? A very impressive work.

    Tom

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    Re: VISAGES I for piano solo

    Hi Jun,

    A superb piece of work - and very rewarding to follow with the score (thank you for sharing that with us). This modern idiom may not be appreciated by everyone but those that keep an open mind can be sure of being taken on an exhilarating musical journey with a piece as finely composed as this. I will need to revisit this a few more times - and even then, there will be more left to discover. Captivating and enjoyable throughout.

    Many thanks Jun.

    Regards, Graham

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    Re: VISAGES I for piano solo

    Jun,

    Wow! Incredible writing here. Very successful piece. Though you push the boundaries of tonality something holds this together and makes it much more listenable than much academic music. Reminds me of the description (though not the music) of Elliot Carter's stuff--people always say how much energy it has. I don't really here it in his music but I do in yours.
    Only thing I'd say -- from a notation point of view -- is there are a few passages written out as quick descending chords in the right hand alone -- nothing in left (or vice-versa) Might be more pianistic and easier to play to break the chords up into left and right hand.
    Overall an EXTREMELY strong piece -- one which certainly deserves to be performed and published. Looking forward to VISAGES II -- could imagine it as a slow, static counterpart -- perhaps not unlike Feldman's 'Parais de Mali' think I messed up the title. Sorry!

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    Re: VISAGES I for piano solo

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael A. Wiktor View Post
    Could you explain what this piece represents or speaks of?
    It may be easier, for me at least, to absorb.
    Michael,

    Thank you for your comment. Let me try some explanation about the tune.

    One day in 2001, I suddenly thought I wanted to write something a little modern. I came up with the first 10 bars or so instantly and then I carefully followed my inner musical "stream" little by little, literally bar by bar. The composition went very slow like 1 or 2 bars a day and I spent almost one year to get the thing done.

    The music is all about my musical emotion. I think I fairly succeeded in fixing it into a concrete form of score.

    The composition consists of 8 parts and are continuously performed.

    A Introduction
    B In the Forest 

    C In the Night

    D The Plastics

    E The Industry

    F In the Space

    G On the Move

    H Reminiscences and Coda

    There is no clear motif relations among the parts but they have some common mood in them.

    #the score I first uploaded was wrong (some misplacement of the part names), I have replaced it with a correct one. Sorry for inconvenience.

    Sincerely,
    Jun Yamamoto
    Tokyo, Japan
    http://jun.music.coocan.jp/
    MIDI AND SAMPLING TECHNOLOGY HAS OPENED AN ENTIRE NEW WORLD OF MUSIC!

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    Re: VISAGES I for piano solo

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux View Post
    I have listened through this twice, now, Jun,
    with much pleasure -- first without the (very
    beautifully prepared) score to get a general
    sense of the piece; then with score to explore
    in more detail.
    Thank you, David, for your having spent 20 more minutes for my music.

    A magnificent piece of modern writing, my
    friend! If I were still playing, I would love
    to tackle this!
    I definitely wanted to listen to.

    Demanding in places, but a
    very satisfying piece. While I would surely
    say that a more general audience might find
    this challenging, there is an undeniable sense
    and power to it...
    I am very much pleased that you feel such power from the music. Yes, very much.

    Thank you again.

    Sincerely,
    Jun Yamamoto
    Tokyo, Japan
    http://jun.music.coocan.jp/
    MIDI AND SAMPLING TECHNOLOGY HAS OPENED AN ENTIRE NEW WORLD OF MUSIC!

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