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#1501463 - 08/23/10 10:09 AM "Etude in C Major (Mother of Nature)"
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The etude is done. Maybe a few small changes in Sibelius would help, but overall I think my composition sounds pretty good.
Here is the download link:

http://www.4shared.com/audio/v84HsmA_/Etude.html




The whole piece lasts about 3 minutes, so I think that is exceptionally long enough.







Edited by Claude56 (08/23/10 10:16 AM)

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#1501474 - 08/23/10 10:30 AM Re: "Etude in C Major (Mother of Nature)" [Re: Claude56]
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It's a very nice little piece, Claude. This may be just me, but I would prefer it just a little slower. To my ear it sounds a little frenetic at that tempo. I think a little less speed, a little more ease, would accentuate its grace and flow.

But- that may just be me. I'm not a young guy, full of beans :^)

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#1501677 - 08/23/10 04:45 PM Re: "Etude in C Major (Mother of Nature)" [Re: gsmonks]
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I think it potentially seems like a good piece, but I find the 100% quantized, flat-velocity midi file very tiring to listen to. Any chance you could put up a recording of it being played by a human?
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#1501745 - 08/23/10 05:54 PM Re: "Etude in C Major (Mother of Nature)" [Re: Ben Crosland]
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Originally Posted By: Ben Crosland
I think it potentially seems like a good piece, but I find the 100% quantized, flat-velocity midi file very tiring to listen to. Any chance you could put up a recording of it being played by a human?


I was thinking about getting someone like Valentina Lisitsa or Lola Astanova to play it(If I can). I betcha they would have a very good interpretation of it!!! They might even make it better!

My piano is all screwed up right now, so I have no chance of recording it on my piano.

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#1501910 - 08/23/10 08:47 PM Re: "Etude in C Major (Mother of Nature)" [Re: Claude56]
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Here is the downloadable sheet music(in pdf format):


http://www.4shared.com/document/AbLd-gsQ/Etude_in_C_Major_Mother_of_Nat.html

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#1501995 - 08/23/10 11:07 PM Re: "Etude in C Major (Mother of Nature)" [Re: Claude56]
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If I were you I'd skip the "in C major" part of the title - as most of it isn't. smile
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#1502080 - 08/24/10 02:58 AM Re: "Etude in C Major (Mother of Nature)" [Re: currawong]
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It's definitely a pretty piece, but generally has no direction smile

Seeing as you're done and it's meant to be an etude, there's no reason for me to critic... unless you want some smile

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#1502099 - 08/24/10 04:58 AM Re: "Etude in C Major (Mother of Nature)" [Re: pianoman6584]
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Originally Posted By: pianoman6584
It's definitely a pretty piece, but generally has no direction smile

Seeing as you're done and it's meant to be an etude, there's no reason for me to critic... unless you want some smile



What would you do to give it more direction? What do you mean by the word direction itself? Do you mean that my piece modulates too much? Do you mean that it confuses you? Do you mean that the piece is without form? Do you mean that the underlying harmony of the sixteenth notes doesn't sound right?

After all, I on purposely did modulate like 8 times ha ha! - E Major, Eb Major, D minor, D Major, E Major, Ab Major, D minor, C Major, and recycling through many keys. That's part of the style anyways. However, there is a specific system I use to modulate. If I didn't modulate that many times, this etude wouldn't sound like Debussy, either that or this piece would sound like Debussy, but wouldn't be as complex as an etude.


Originally Posted By: currawong
If I were you I'd skip the "in C major" part of the title - as most of it isn't. smile


Well, it ends in C Major. What key do you think the piece is in?


Edited by Claude56 (08/24/10 05:25 AM)

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#1502108 - 08/24/10 05:23 AM Re: "Etude in C Major (Mother of Nature)" [Re: Claude56]
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I think you already have an idea of what I mean since you mentioned pretty much everything I was going to say smile

There's nothing wrong with the modulations, they actually added to the dreamy effect but the melody was kind of neglected. It's hard to give suggestions for this kind of piece really. It's like Debussy meets New Age. If it was more on the romantic side, I could throw in my two cents.

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#1502109 - 08/24/10 05:30 AM Re: "Etude in C Major (Mother of Nature)" [Re: pianoman6584]
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Originally Posted By: pianoman6584
I think you already have an idea of what I mean since you mentioned pretty much everything I was going to say smile



lol, actually no i don't know, i just listed what possibly could of been your criticisms, however I don't know exactly which ones your talking about. "Everything I was going to say" could of meant that you had two criticisms and I listed 5 smile


Edited by Claude56 (08/24/10 05:52 AM)

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#1502543 - 08/24/10 06:41 PM Re: "Etude in C Major (Mother of Nature)" [Re: Claude56]
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Originally Posted By: Claude56
Originally Posted By: currawong
If I were you I'd skip the "in C major" part of the title - as most of it isn't. smile

Well, it ends in C Major. What key do you think the piece is in?
I'm not going to do a bar-by-bar analysis - it appears to move through a number of keys, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that! I just think that "in C major" in the title is unnecessary, especially when the opening key signature is 4 sharps! Confusing, too - my first thought when I glanced at the score was that the title was a misprint and you meant C# minor. But it's your piece - do what you like. smile
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#1502550 - 08/24/10 06:51 PM Re: "Etude in C Major (Mother of Nature)" [Re: currawong]
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It is his piece and he should do what he likes! But indeed the pieces goes around and around, and changes key signatures a lot. It starts out with 4 sharps, if I recall, so really the C major is misleading I'm afraid.
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#1502680 - 08/24/10 10:47 PM Re: "Etude in C Major (Mother of Nature)" [Re: Nikolas]
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Do you guys think there could be improvements? After all, even though I said I am done, nothing is definite, so I can always go back and change things.

This was a first time attempt in writing in a style like this, and it was a struggle to even keep everything in time. The smooth modulation techniques I used in this piece almost didn't even work. I was having trouble figuring out the semiquaver patterns for each chord change in the left hand, and when I had a pattern in mind, whenever it was played at a fast tempo, it would sound out of time.

When you guys meant by neglecting the melody, did you mean that the left hand played in the middle range of the keyboard was overpowering the melody?

Maybe next time when I write another piece like this, it will be better. Criticisms of the piece would be really helpful.


Edited by Claude56 (08/24/10 11:01 PM)

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