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Apr 30, 2014 | 9:20 PM EDT
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8.3 MB
3 min 38 sec
4.49 / 5.00

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Rated 4.49 / 5 stars
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This piece managed to get first place in the Bagaduce Music Lending Library Young Composers contest. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a real piano to play it. :(

You can, fortunately, still hear the dynamics and composition. There's also some sheet music which you can download here:

Credit to camoshark for putting the midi into sheet music.

Be aware that in the sheet music, you'll need to use the sostenuto pedal liberally, and some chords may need to be broken up for playability reasons. The piece is very advanced as well - you may see what I mean in some of the arpeggios and left-hand runs played with the sostenuto pedal.




Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I uh...

*looks around nervously*


*shuffles feet*


OH blah I may as well just get it out. I actually don't like the main theme in this piece very much. *ducks* To me, it definitely sounds like misery, but misery over something really trivial, like the guy is in absolute misery about getting chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla. I feel like the composition of the piece is technically very well done - the constant reiteration of the theme is great, the transitions are on point, the runs - THE RUNS - but I'll get to those in a second - but every time you bring us back to that main theme I'm like "oh who cares about your ice cream". I don't really know what to say, the rest of the song is friggin great but it NEEDS a better theme.

It's not like you always have bad melodies or something (cough Fog Between cough awesome cough - also, Float was good too) but yeah I dunno. A different one could be better.

I don't really have any other complaints, except I guess the tendency towards more atonal harmonies nearly throughout the piece. I don't listen to very much classical and this feels very much like a classical idiom of sorts, but I do know what my ears tell me, and they're a little ticked that you don't have a little more harmony in this piece. Take that for what you will if you want to be a classical purist ;-)

Anyway, moving on to good stuff. I really like your runs! Yes, you saw this coming, mainly because I made allusion to it up there. Anyway, they are all delightful, with the one at (1:40) being the obvious highlight of the piece. I like how it leads into a slight variation of the theme, that was a nice idea - and then you keep making gradual modifications to the further reiterations of the theme. Like I said, execution gets an A+.

I also really like the segue and the concept of the section at 2:20. It's a total switchup, but it fits perfectly with the dark feel of the piece. Nice work. But of course you can't let me totally enjoy anything because it also feels oddly atonal, like things are just missing where they should be harmonically.

The ending, being the only time you actually do a full resolve to Gm (at least it feels that way, I didn't bother analyzing the whole song haha), was nice too. Finally some release!

SkyeWint responds:

Hahahahaha, I love the introduction to your review.

I LOVE jazz harmonies. :< They're one of my favorite things. You need to learn the beauty of dissonance. There's nothing atonal in this btw, it's just dissonance.

I get that about the melody, kinda. It depends on how it's played.

RUNS ARE FUN. Also extremely difficult. The theme and variation on the theme are the main feature, it's the overall composition of the piece.

Ironically, your fixation on the dissonant harmony and the feeling of things missing fits perfectly with the full title of the piece: Misery - Fading Memory.

The ending is just a G. It's literally just a G, with nothing else.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very nice composition - those runs were quite something!

SkyeWint responds:

Hey there! The runs were actually inspired a lot by Chopin's Scherzo in B flat minor. Actually, a lot of it was. If you haven't heard that piano piece, I highly recommend looking it up.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Pianos are always awesome, great composition man

SkyeWint responds:

Thanks, glad you like it!