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 ;)