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Sleepy Peace

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Another sonata style piece.

It isn't one with a major back story, and at the moment I believe it's a piece describing my dreams. I didn't think about it much while composing, I just did it.


Unfortunately, I do not have any technical feedback. I am very limited in my understanding about the classical sonata. I do have a technical question, however. Could this be considered Baroque basso continuo in the harmony?

I'm sure I'm letting my ignorance show related to technical aspects here but any help would be appreciated. Aside from that, the only feedback that I can give is that it is very enjoyable. It has an exciting peacefulness, that kind of calm energy. I could definitely see this alongside a dreamscape. Great piece.

FooRight responds:

Basso continuo is just a method of dictation and not as much a specific style of harmonic accompaniment. Basso continuo is just the bass written out with a figured bass under the note indicating the chord type (so there is just one note in the bass, and numbers under it to indicate the quality/color of the chord).

The primary reasons it is not Basso Continuo is because there is no figured bass on the score, and instead of asking the player to improvise the bass I've written specifically what is to be played.

B.C. is the bare bones of the bass for two reasons, mainly so the composer doesn't have to write out a hundred extra notes (just the one), and so the performer reading the music would just improvise the chord while playing.

The rhythm here is a contemporary twist on both the flowing broken (arpeggiated) chords of the Romantic era, and I suppose the Alberti bass of the Classical era (it's touched up upon a little in one area).

I'm glad you liked it! I'll be pumping out as many sonata style pieces as much as possible over the course of the next few weeks.

I think you have a very nuanced and gentle stroke to your playing. The gradual change in dynamic around 1:10 was exactly what the piece needed to keep your attention and give it that little push into greatness. This really is a nice composition, my only criticism from viewing all the work you have uploaded is that I would like to hear a little more variety. You are clearly very talented, both as a player and as a composer- and I think it could be an interesting exercise for you to attempt something stylistically that you have never tried before- just pick an idea in unfamiliar terrain and run with it. That of course, is just my two cents. This song, and your work as a whole though is great overall- I really enjoy your style and look forward to hearing future compositions.

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FooRight responds:

As much as I wish I could say that I played this, alas, it is a composition in a software called Sibelius, which has a playback feature that can also export the audio.

Variety is something I've definitely been attempting. So I agree wholeheartedly about expanding my style to encompass a greater range of feeling!

Thank you!

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4.27 / 5.00

Jan 30, 2013
4:21 PM EST
File Info
1.9 MB
1 min 55 sec

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