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Etude #1 in B Flat Minor

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1 min 25 sec
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The first of several Études that I'm writing for piano. This one is in B flat minor, and is entitled 'Grave.' It starts off with a Rachmaninoff-like chordal introduction before moving on to quick moving Chopin-like passages.

Depending on the reception this gets, I will either continue to load up my Piano Études as I compose them, or I'll just go back to film and video game music.

Reviews are greatly welcomed, of course.

EDIT: Aaaaaaand sheet music is available upon request.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Good piece! I like the way it sounds - massive and slope.

- Its right that there are elements of chopin within, but also elements of the epoche of the russian romantic / beginning modern.

- A very big difference between this piece and chopins style is, that your left hand is beamy, while chopin would have played it variable - in compact accords and open movements. I think you should try to get more movement to the left hands by breaking up those massive accords (makes a good flow-feeling)

- It would be imporving the piece to insert a fast downwards run in the right hand for 2 or 3 octaves some tacts before the end, which could be in Dur for a little ironic feeling - very chopin - and rachmaninov-like
(just my oppinion as a piano player essentially interpreting chopins and rachmaninovs pieces).

- There is one iteration too much at 1:16 that sould be cut out.

- The iteration of the motive at 0:33 could be even more accellerating and increasing from pianissimo to fortissimo.

In any case an interesting piece with potential to become really good in a revised version - the appendages are really good and i enjoyed listening.

I hope you appreciate constructive criticism as much as i do and find this review useful :D


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Rampant responds:

Hey, I'm always glad to hear constructive constructive. Unfortunately, I've moved away from these piano etudes to focus my attention on larger scale compositions, so it's fairly unlikely that I'll be revisiting this piece any time soon; nevertheless, the feedback is greatly appreciated.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

I very much enjoy your classical music that you post up on NewGrounds. Your songs, especially, seem to calm me down and help me get over my insomnia. Keep up the great work!

Rampant responds:

Very glad to hear my music helps keep you sane!
- James


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


This is good, sounds like pirate music. XD


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Before I even read the description, I thought "Chopin". Listened a few times. It's a nice piece. I would like to hear a long piece like this. This was brilliant, but too short. Still gets 5/5 and 10/10, though.

Rampant responds:

Chopin! (I hope I can eventually match the awesomeness of the "Raindrop" prelude!)

I'm very glad you enjoyed it! My next few (2 through 4) are also less than 2 minutes long, but by #6 I hope to be producing longer and more complex etudes!

Thanks for your feedback, and thanks for listening :)
- James


Rated 5 / 5 stars


I really love the way this is thought-out. I think its length gives it a great character instead of being drawn out endlessly. It teeters back and forth nicely and is interesting to listen to. Great work! You should continue on with making the other etudes as well.

Rampant responds:

Thank you!
Recently I started writing in more of a romantic style - I felt that romanticism allowed me much greater freedom as a composer to write emotionally, rather than adhering to the strict rules of classical style.

I'm glad you like it - I intended the teetering to represent the struggles we all face in life. Without being too drawn out, of course!

- James