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Sempiternal Rhapsody

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2016 has been an interesting year, and much unfortunately, not always in a good way. But regardless, now it seems to be coming to an end. To celebrate it, I'm posting my most complex, and imo, also my best piano composition of the year. I've been working on this song on and off for a bit more than two months, which is longer than it usually takes. But I've also been more busy with studies than I usually am!

Either way, now the piece is finished, and this is my way of wrapping up the year. For once, I think I'll let you enjoy the music, instead of reading a long description here. If you want some additional information, you can read my longer description, on youtube.
Speaking of, you can watch me play instead of just listening, in case you feel like it:


That's all from me this year! Thank you for listening, and Happy New Year!

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Really liking it! Any sheet music or synthesia video? I would love to try it

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thanks a lot! There is no sheet music or video, I'm afraid. Why don't you send me an email at lucidshadowdreamer@gmail.com, and remind me about it. If you do, I'll dig up the MIDI file (I should still have it somewhere on a harddrive or something). Synthesia costs money nowadays, but there are free MIDI players in which you can put the MIDI, and see all the keys :)

Well, first of all, if do you note an mispelling on my review, my english isnt good...
Your work its great, i listened it every second, the end its a bit weird, but good. Dont worry about that.
I detected some emotions mixed on this song with an touch of jazz, thats nice. i like that type of songs, because its easy for listen and relaxing :) A nice song for make an retrospective of the year before the new year. Maybe thats your inspiration at the beggining of the song ^^

Anyway, its a very (very) nice work, regards. -P7532

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you very much!
I agree that this piece can be pretty weird at points, but I don't mind that :D
I suppose there might be a few jazzy parts in the piece. Mainly though, I tried to go for a somewhat classic style :)

I had several inspirations for the piece, but indeed one of the intentions was to allow it to mark the end of the year.

Thanks again for the nice words! :D

I love this piano work. Evokes that romantic era faithfully. About halfway through I started feeling a little light jazz vibe with those chord progressions. Very inventive. It's not often I listen to a piano composition that makes me say that given how many centuries that instrument has had to evolve but I felt like this evoked a little inspiration from all over the time line.

It's a relatively short piece for piano but you took it to a lot of different places in that eight minutes. It kept my attention easily. I'm glad your happy about it. I'm also happy about it. Cheers LSD :D

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

I'm glad you like the piece!
I do tend to vary my pieces a fair amount, which is something I sometimes get complaints about. But on the other hand, it's nice whenever people appreciate that fact, like you are doing now :)
I get what you mean with the slight jazz feel! I'm actually working on a way more jazzy piece atm, which is quite rare for me.

I wonder if entirely new ways of playing the piano will come up in the future! I find that surprisingly, there are always new elements to be found with just these 88 keys, some of them more noticable than others. Ofc, there's a physical limit to what can be done, and another limit to what generally sounds good. But I think the instrument is far from dead, or even belonging to the past.

Thank you for your review! Always a pleasure to read them ^ ^

I like the slow pace at the beginning. It definitely seems like a complex mixture of emotions - at times, bright, melancholy, anticipatory, and even danceable (Pride-and-Prejudice style, if you will). It has a consistent flow throughout, though. I love the transition at 2:20. There are some really interesting chord progressions in there too, like at 2:30. The riff at 2:57 with the high-pitched pitter-pattering arpeggios is highly amusing. Reminds me of rain that's making fun of me as it falls: "HA! You thought you'd spend the day outside, didn't you? Nice try, fool!" Same thing at 4:06. But what I really admire about this piece (and your work in general) is that you then rapidly transition into the section at 4:12, at which you also have a lot of rapid, high-pitched notes, yet the mood has completely changed into a majestic, gentle tone. That majestic tone finally gets broken by the chord at 6:13 - back to melancholy. I think you also added just the right amount of reverb to this piece. The atmosphere feels spacious enough, yet doesn't detract from the distinctness of the notes at the busier sections. Excellent piece, Ale! I'd agree that it's probably your best piano composition of 2016. Onwards and upwards, my friend! Happy new year, and let's Skype sometime, yes?

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

From the start, I knew I wanted to have a fairly slow pace at the start, along with the end. I ended up not having many slower middle sections, but it all kinda worked out like it is :)

I think that regrettably, I haven't seen Pride and Prejudice yet! I'm glad that the different emotions and atmospheres are noticable though! Especially in a Rhapsody, it'd be a shame if it came across as stale.

I think that the parts between 2:20 and 4:10 are possibly my favorite section, aside from the main theme which started it all, and repeats here and there (mostly in the beginning and the ending).
I'm glad you like the thingy at 2:57! That's quite an amusing mental image you're drawing there xD
4:12 is probably my least favorite section, but that's because I knew I needed to have something like that there, but I didn't know exactly where to go. So it's atually one of the very last parts I completed, after having played around with like 50 different ideas. So at this point, I honestly can't tell if the section sounds good, bad, jarring or not xD

I actually think I didn't add any reverb! Not even the internal one, within the vst. I think I just managed to use a fairly apt amount of the sustain pedal, while playing. The good thing about pianos, is that a lot of the reverb is kind of controlled "LIVE". You can still hear a couple of places where I messe up a bit, like the note at 1:46, which almost breaks off slightly.
Ther VST, ofc, accounts for the pedal as well (it's one of the MIDI values one can adjust). For a farily fast paced piano piece like this, with a lot of highs and lows, I wanted to be careful with reverb, and decided not to add any. I also went for a fairly generic Concert Grand piano sound, as opposed to some other uploads, where I've used different piano sounds. It's a safer route for complex and varied pieces. I'm glad the end result sounds good though!

Thank you for your long and fun-to-read review! We should Skype indeed. I've been thinking of messaging you a couple of times, but you've happened to be offline! Different time zones and all :p
It's a bit late, but Happy New Year, and may 2017 be a good one ;)

Wait until Phono listen to this one. I like this version better. Much better played and full of emotions. The piano sound is truly ear-candy. Excellent piece.

Happy New Year. Wish the best to you.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

I hope he will listen to this one! I'd love to hear his comments :)
I'm glad that you've had yourself a listen though! Thank you for the lovely words, and for the best wishes!

I'm a bit late, but Happy New Year to you as well :D

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4.75 / 5.00

Dec 31, 2016
11:24 AM EST
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18.2 MB
7 min 59 sec

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