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Jul 29, 2016 | 4:59 PM EDT
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Song
5.3 MB
2 min 20 sec
Score
4.52 / 5.00

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Score:
Rated 4.52 / 5 stars
Plays & Downloads:
402 Plays | 10 Downloads
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Genres:
Easy Listening - Solo Instrument
Tags:
piano
original
waltz
ngauc2016

Author Comments

Hello newgrounders!

Here is a waltz I've made for the NGAUC's knock out round on the "pro amateur" panel.

A little bit of romantic inspiration went into it. There are two 4/4 bars somewhere. Let's find'em! :)

I used my Yamaha PSR S-500 to play the song, and I used reason 5 to record and edit the result. Hope you enjoy!

Reviews


LucidShadowDreamerLucidShadowDreamer

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Sorry it took a while, but I'm finally here to leave a review!

This is such a beautiful little piece. I love the chord progressions in this <3
The dynamics at play here are quite incredible too. Really nice playing, you've really mastered the use of the grace note ;)

I honestly have nothing bad to say about the piece. Great job, all around :D


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sebastien01 responds:

Thanks a lot!! Your reviews are always heartwarming. Your opinion is always considered because I know you are a really talented musician. You give me this little confidence boost I'm lacking sometimes. I'm glad you enjoyed the dynamics and chord progression.
I tried a chromatic chord progression in the end, and finished this E minor song in E major. I never did it before, it's always cool to explore new territories. But well, I know that you know it too. Your music always has a unique touch to it.
Thanks again for this lovely review ;)


1f1n1ty1f1n1ty

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

R4R, but this isn't going to be any normal R4R, no no no; since this is also an NGAUC entry, I'll need to give it a proper review :)

You seem to be pretty good at piano! Better than me, at least, as you can actually pull off rolls and trills and octave runs :/ Was this a freestyle or did you write it first and then go off the music?

The rubato sounds very natural as well! Although there are a couple spots where I get a bit disoriented by the tempo (ex 1:07 and 1:22), in general the accels and ritards are very clear and definitely enhance the piece! Of course, all part of your ability to play piano, right? Oh, and by the way, the 4/4 bars are at 1:19 :)

I'm no expert in waltzes or any of that stuff so I'll just refrain from commenting there

Do I have any criticism for you? I guess maybe... more interesting harmonies? I felt like some of the notes you played were a bit harmonically dull, if you know what I mean :/ Try harmonizing the melody in the right hand or using more major and minor 7ths every now and then. I don't know :/

Overall, very nicely written and played piece! I've written solo piano before, so I'm not exactly new to the sound - but I have never written or really listened to waltzes before, so that's definitely new territory! 9/10, 5/5, good luck!


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sebastien01 responds:

Thank you very much for this review and your appreciation!

I've been playing piano for 10 years, it's my favorite instrument too :3
This song is the result of 3 freestyle recordings of around 30 minutes each, always keeping the wanted style and theme in mind. I chopped what I think were the best 2:20 of it, then I worked on resulting midi file. This song is around 90% original from the recording. I enhanced some ritard, rubatos, crescendo and decrescendo, corrected some flaws, but it kept 90% of its original essence.

You got disoriented by the tempo right there (1:07-1:10 and 1:19-1:22), where the 4/4 bars are + it slows down. Because the rest of the song is in 3/4, this bar seems to have a very long and slow 3rd beat instead of a 4th beat. I was minding about how people would feel about these bars :)

Harmonies, that's a good point. There are some brieve sus2, sus4, and 7ths, but it's overall mainly on the natural notes. I love this sound, I personally think it makes a classical song sound more like it's coming from the romantic era. But I'm far away from a Chopin level of skills, so I'll work on harmonization for sure! Thanks for the tip! ;)

Welcome in the waltz world, and thanks for this lighting review! Take a look to chopin's waltz if you want to go further in this territory, and good luck in the contest you too!