Your piano in the beginning makes this piece start off almost weary, like it’s traveled a long distance to reach our ears. And well it should, as your mixing says you devoted a lot of time to the piece; as usual, your instrument quality is wonderful.
I don’t find anything particularly memorable about the piece as a whole, unfortunately. Even though it’s beautiful, passionate, and well-mixed, there’s nothing about it that stands out to me or that I find myself humming later. I thought for a bit that the French horns might be taking care of that, but the horns just kind of serve as a way to hurry the song up to the piano again.
I also find that it ends abruptly and I wasn’t sure why. I listened to it without seeing the time marker and found myself waiting for the next part of the song. The piano sits down on a final note and that’s that. A fade-out possibly, with strings, might have contributed to the overall excitement of the piece, instead of the punctuation of one instrument. I almost expected a huge brass noise, a la Inception, immediately following that final note. (In that regard, your composition style definitely reminds me of Zimmer’s work!)
However - even though there’s not too much of a melody, this would work excellently as a background piece, for a war that’s just started to steadily build, or a child that has trained long hours to seek revenge for her family; your talent shines in accenting a character like this and it’s truly a cinematic piece, in every definition.
You have wonderful staccato working tirelessly in the background that really gives the piece an air of tension, which is occasionally marked by the muted piano that tells us another chapter is in the making for our adventure. I also adore the percussion + French horns (even though I just said the horns needed a theme), because they truly sound like real horns and war drums, and fit right into the song nicely.
Save for the sudden ending and lack of theme, this is a wonderfully executed piece!
NGADM Round One Score: 8.4