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original work - modified version of my Piano Variations for Lydia, composed in 2002



Your username sure matches your music. You don't see music that's this daring sounding on NG too often, and it's very good. I couldn't exactly determine the modal center, but did you use the Lydian mode? If so, very clever. I definitely heard some whole tone in there. Very nice with the minor 9ths at 3:40 and 4:06. Are you familiar with Copland's Piano Variations? If not, buy the sheet music. You'd identify with it.

TritoneAngel responds:

Yep - boiled down, it's variations in F lydian and E lydian throughout, sometimes sequentially, and sometimes simultaneously. It's always been my favorite mode, and I think this piece helps accentuate both the pretty and the ugly possibilities with it.

I am very familiar with Copland's Piano Variations - I wrote this shortly after studying them briefly in college. He is cool.

Holy crap..

.. no, I'm serious.. This is a great song. I can't believe a real person actually composed it; it's like it was a gift sent from the heavens or something... I love it insanely. I don't understand how anyone could not give this a high score. You're obviously insanely talented.

TritoneAngel responds:

:) Thanks a lot dude. I know it's not a lot of people's cup of tea, but I really enjoyed it, and I hope others do too.

Cool tune!

Great piano programming! It's very nice to listen to. This tune would be great to hear in a flash. The score this tune has is ridiculous, so I'll definately give it a 5.

TritoneAngel responds:

Thanks a lot buddy! Yeah, I expected to get a really low score on this one, as atonal music (or in this case, I guess you'd call it "poly-tonal" since it's essentially in F-lydian interwoven with E-lydian at different phases) tends to inspire such visceral reactions from people. I don't know whether people thinks it's riddled with mistakes (i.e. that it's "supposed" to be tonal but just not done right) or whether it's just so different from the norm that people rebel against it, but either way, as they say, it is what it is. So I can't complain about the low score. But I appreciate a reviewer/listener like yourself who will appreciate the unfamiliar and appreciate the effort that went into composing something like this. Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks again for the review.


This one sorta scaried the hell out of me and man you play the piano too what other Instruments do you play. I really enjoyed listening to this. I think this is probably your longest submission.

TritoneAngel responds:

Hey man thanks for the review. This actually is my second or third longest I believe, behind the three-part "Class Act" piece, and "End of Time," but I agree that it's definitely up there. Also, I do play the piano somewhat, but not well enough for this -- this is all midi/composed. I also play bass and sing, but I compose for every instrument.

Really nice.

It's very reminiscient of some of the late 12 tone compositions.

Very well done. Not a very popular style but I thought it was really interesting.

Did you play it by hand or was this sequenced? - If you sequenced it then you did an absolutely amazing job and if you played it manually then amazing doesn't even begin to describe the performance.

I wa going to mark 9 for clarity as it does seem to get a little bit muddled here and there but I'm giving you the benefit of doubt as I'm currently listening to it on my secondary system and the speakers are anything but the greatest.

You sir, have more than earned my vote of 5 and most definitely my respect and admiration, which as you stated is, in fact...


TritoneAngel responds:

Thanks a lot for the review buddy!

This is all sequenced -- I wouldn't be able to play this if I were on crack and crystal meth for crying out loud! Though I'd love to meet the piano player who can. Thank you for appreciating the effort (I got an A on the project for the music class I submitted it for a few years ago as well). Though it may surprise some people, an unbelievable amount of work went into this to make it both consistent with its form and pleasing to the ear.

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Credits & Info

4.32 / 5.00

Mar 3, 2006
6:47 PM EST
File Info
3.6 MB
5 min 18 sec

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