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    24 Preludes Finally Completed

    I have been away from the forum for quite a while – well over a year. A lot has happened and, unfortunately, little of that has to do with writing music.

    Recently I finally finished my series of Preludes. This project has spanned over 4 years….

    I was taking composition lessons back in 2006 and did 3 preludes for the instructor. I then decided to try for a full set of 24 – one in each major and minor key. Often these preludes were used as a kind of writing lab, letting me experiment on a small scale some idea or other before I tried the idea on a larger scale.

    Another thing I tried with these preludes was making each prelude act as both the piece alluded to by the previous prelude and act as a prelude to the next prelude. For instance a prelude may end in dissonance which is resolved at the beginning of the next. Or the first motif of one may be a variation of the last motif of the previous.

    Anyway, the first 19 have previously been posted, the last 5 are new. All of them, old and new, are posted below. Hope you enjoy.


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

    1 – Prelude in C Major
    2 - Prelude in a minor
    3 – Prelude in D Major
    4 – Prelude in b minor
    5 – Prelude in E Major
    6 - Prelude in c# minor
    7 – Prelude in Gb Major
    8 – Prelude in eb minor
    9 - Prelude in Ab Major
    10 - Prelude in f minor
    11 - Prelude in Bb Major
    12 - Prelude in g minor
    13 – Prelude in Eb Major
    14 – Prelude in c minor
    15 – Prelude in F Major
    16 – Prelude in d minor
    17 – Prelude in G Major
    18 – Prelude in e minor
    19 – Prelude in A Major
    20 – Prelude in f# minor
    21 – Prelude in B Major
    22 – Prelude in g# minor
    23 – Prelude in Db Major
    24 – Prelude in Bb minor


    Note - #s 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 are rendered with the Authorized Steinway. All others are rendered with the GPO Steinway.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: 24 Preludes Finally Completed

    Hey Trent, Great to see you back around!!
    I was missing these preludes of yours, now you've finished a set of 24! Of the new ones, #23 really stands out for me and also #24. However, I enjoyed them all in one way or another.
    Since last year, I upgraded to the Garritan Authorized Basic and I bought a Studio Logic weighted 88 keys to play it on.
    Thank you for posting and re-posting, I think this "cumulative" listing is great, perhaps I should try it, like you had suggested for Kabul Suite.

    Welcome back!

    Best regards,
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    Re: 24 Preludes Finally Completed

    Thanks sd. Kind of funny, I just received a note you sent me over a year ago about Canada and Cape Cod. I guess I haven't been reading my messages...

    The GA Steinway is great. I need a good keyboard to input my music.

    All along I posted the whole series to that point at the bottom while featuring the new piece(s) but with it being finish, I think featuring the whole thing was needed.

    I do remember hearing one or two parts of your Kabul Suite. I think with multi-movement pieces it makes it easier to post all of them with each new installment.

    Thanks again.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Listening to the one in C. It sounds like Chopin to me! The rendering is a bit mechanical at points, but the whole piece is very Romantic, and very enjoyable. Then I picked d. A wonderful miniature, in a much more modern style. And the A is more substantial, and a bit in between both styles.

    I'd say this is quite an accomplishment. I'll be listening to a few more of your Preludes in the future. Thanks for sharing.
    Theo

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    Thanks Theo! The prelude in C was the first one I did. I was studying Chopin at the time and was looking for that style, so thanks your great complement. I may someday re-render this with the GAS and try to get a more natural feel.

    Stylistically from almost neo-Baroque to pretty modern, verging on atonal. With all of that I think (hope) they all fit together as a unit.

    Thanks again for listening and commenting. Hope you enjoy any of the others you may listen to.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    trentpmcd,

    I have only listened to a couple of these, but the writing sounds solid. I like what I hear. It is contemporary sounding without being alien and non-melodic. Those are my terms for compositions that refuse to let the ear be part of the listening experience. You have crafted a nice set of preludes. Now I just have to find the time in this busy season to listen to them all.

    Thanks for the listen.
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
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    Rich

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    Re: 24 Preludes Finally Completed

    Thanks, Rich, for listening and commenting. Although I enjoy music that isn't all that accessible I usually write from a very melodic point of view. I guess it's just part of my nature...

    I'm glad you've liked what you've heard so far. I can't expect anybody to listen to more than a couple or a few. Except for the last 5 all of these have been posted before, some on many occasions so some people may remember one or two of them.

    Thanks again for your comments.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Trent,

    I listened to a few of your preludes this morning, and I just finished with all of them a few minutes ago. Really imaginative piano writing, and the ones that stick out in my mind are #s 2, 11, 12, 16-20, and 23. (I found #s 2, 12, 19, and 20 to be downright haunting.) I think my favorites are #s 2 and 23 -- I've listened to them about 5 times, but I'll definitely be listening again to the others I've mentioned as well!

    Steve
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    Re: 24 Preludes Finally Completed

    Thanks Steve. I'm flattered that you worked your way through all of them in a day. Thanks for pointing out your favorites - I went back and listened through these ones again.

    Thanks again for listening and for your comments.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: 24 Preludes Finally Completed

    I'll add a few more observations. Nr. 22 strongly reminded me of Shostakovich' preludes: a fugue-like theme, with a few subtle harmonic shifts, set against a dark background. Nr. 2 has similar qualities, but is more like French impressionism, and is wonderfully played, with a few pauses and breaks in the dynamics. Nr. 11 was a bit less in my ears, more capricious, but nr. 20 had great subtlety. Ranging from searching, wandering to downright fierce, and back to doubting. Very worthwhile.
    Theo

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