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#2246769 - 03/14/14 10:24 PM My latest work: "Side Effects" for piano and strings
Thomas Nielsen Offline
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Registered: 02/05/14
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Inspired primarily by two musical styles I have explored while composing -- post-minimalism and post-romanticism (with small doses of dissonance), Side Effects is a large (15') composition for piano and strings (2 violins, viola, cello, and double bass/alternatively, string orchestra) that, while played as one continuous movement, has several parts.The first part introduces the main theme and elaborates on it. The second part introduces the secondary theme and intertwines it with the first theme. The third part is an optimistic, joyfully emotional climax, the first of two in the piece. The fourth part contains a long climactic development to a different, second climax of the piece - one rooted in despair and sadness, where the tension of both themes is ramped up to the maximum.The final portion is a recapitulation of the first theme with little snippets of the second theme struggling to shine through.To me, this piece is very literary, much like Chopin's Ballades, with conflicting and battling emotions, passion, and of course, romance.

I. The Church Basement
II. The Playground
III. Amsterdam
IV. The Hospital
V. The Memory

Enjoy, guys! Your comments would be much appreciated.
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Currently working on:
Beethoven Op. 26, Brahms Op. 79/2, various Preludes and Fugues from Bach's WTC I

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#2246832 - 03/15/14 05:00 AM Re: My latest work: "Side Effects" for piano and strings [Re: Thomas Nielsen]
Dara Offline
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Thomas, this a beautiful composition !
Thank you.

There is the possibility of lots of critiquing ....
Though just enjoying listening your piece again.

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#2247930 - 03/17/14 02:16 PM Re: My latest work: "Side Effects" for piano and strings [Re: Dara]
Thomas Nielsen Offline
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Thank you for your kind words smile
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Currently working on:
Beethoven Op. 26, Brahms Op. 79/2, various Preludes and Fugues from Bach's WTC I

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