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    "Three Impressions for Piano" (first use of Garritan Steinway)

    "Three Impressions for Piano"
    Michael John

    My first Garritan Steinway post! What a piano! This is three short, but complex, one-minute works I will be submitting to the KVR October contest:

    "Impression No1- Morning"
    "Impression No2 - Afternoon"
    "Impression No3 - Evening"

    The contest asks for up to three 1 minute works, any genre. So, I decided to write some impressionistic piano. I compose by improvising up to 20-30 takes, and then of course I do a lot of editing after-wards, cutting most out and keep the best parts. No1 & 3 is in Db, No2 in D. Each piece is about 8 hours of work! Comments and critiques welcome.

    Listen at:

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page...?bandID=761165

    Mike

    UDDATE 10.14.09:

    Here are the scores for all three:

    "Morning":
    http://home.comcast.net/~mikef238/pics/MORNING_FULLSIZE.jpg

    "Afternoon":
    http://home.comcast.net/~mikef238/pics/AFTERNOON_FULLSIZE.jpg

    "Evening":
    http://home.comcast.net/~mikef238/pics/EVENING%20_FULLSIZE.jpg

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    Re: "Three Impressions for Piano" (first use of Garritan Steinway)

    Very nice jobs! I especially liked your "Afternoon" with the change of pace about midway.

    About nine times too much reverberation, for my personal taste but the Steinway sounds great!

    Regards,
    Larry G. Alexander
    www.alexandermusic.com

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    Re: "Three Impressions for Piano" (first use of Garritan Steinway)

    Thanks Larry! I turned the wet knob way down on the reverb, but maybe not enough. Will see what others think?

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    Re: "Three Impressions for Piano" (first use of Garritan Steinway)

    Mike - love all 3, not too much reverb for the genre but agree with Larry on the Afternoon, it has such a discreet ending, but the others have a good measure of virtue as well. The piano sounds rich, full and passionate. What keyboard are you playing this on? Whatever, keep on playing. The GS has an inspiring sound, full of promise and able to deliver, as you have demonstrated!
    Best regards,
    sd cisco

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    Re: "Three Impressions for Piano" (first use of Garritan Steinway)

    Very nice Mike.. If I had any complaints, it'd be that there are not enough of them, or that they are too short.

    Like Larry's work, these are the perfect engines to keep the mind working, and thinking.

    Stevemitchell

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    Re: "Three Impressions for Piano" (first use of Garritan Steinway)

    Mike,

    I like all three!

    You have succeeded in 'painting' miniature impressions
    of the different parts of the day.

    Just two comments.

    In Morning, at around 00:23 a bit of pedal is missing.
    In all three, and especially in the first two, the ending is abrupt.
    A bit of slowing down and fading out is what is, in my opinion, missing.

    I really enjoyed listening to them and thanks for posting.

    Good luck with the contest!

    ~Yudit~

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    Re: "Three Impressions for Piano" (first use of Garritan Steinway)

    sd cisco - thanks, playing on motif XS7 which has a synth keyboard, which is not what I would like to create piano works, so I'll be looking for a good midi controller with piano keys sometime soon. Also, yes from your other thread, MikeInFL does mean 'Mike In Florida'. I use Michael John as my music name whenever I can.

    Stevemitchell - thanks, they are short because the contest rules require 1 minute or less! That's a frustrating limitation, but also a challenge (to create a good composition in less then one minute).

    sunbird - hi, thanks I knew that missing pedal in Morning would be too noticable! Also, all three do stop abrubtly and do not fully allow the last chord to fade out because of the strict 01:00 minute time restriction! If it's over 1 minute, its disqualified! So, that's why the last chords do not fully fade out, as I sacraficed a full fade-out which would take 2-4 seconds to sqeeze in more music!

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    Re: "Three Impressions for Piano" (first use of Garritan Steinway)

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeInFL View Post
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    sunbird - hi, thanks I knew that missing pedal in Morning would be too noticable! Also, all three do stop abrubtly and do not fully allow the last chord to fade out because of the strict 01:00 minute time restriction! If it's over 1 minute, its disqualified! So, that's why the last chords do not fully fade out, as I sacraficed a full fade-out which would take 2-4 seconds to sqeeze in more music!
    I don't know which programs you are working with,
    but in Cubase there is the tool of 'time stretch'.
    With it one can squeeze in the length
    to just a tiny bit less than 1 minute and so get
    the extra seconds for a fade out.

    ~Yudit~

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    They sound really good. Good sounding. They remind of the late 50's/early 60's sort of piano sound and playing - you used to get a lot of that stylistic playing.

    Yes - I like your playing and style on a personal basis.

    Good luck with the competition and I hope you do well. What's the prize btw?

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    Mike

    I liked them all and good luck in the competition.

    Ron
    "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein

    http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/RonaldFerguson

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