Frantz wrote: ↑
Sun May 02, 2021 4:07 pm
Quite beautiful stirring up feelings of longing and nostalgia.
* I was a little surprised by the brief pauses which grabbed my attention and also made me a tad uncomfortable.
* I didn't expect it to end where it did. I was expecting a more "conclusive" sounding ending.
Brilliant work as usual!
Thanks Frantz - appreciated as always!
I was a little surprised by the brief pauses which grabbed my attention and also made me a tad uncomfortable.
"In music, silence is more important than sound" - Miles Davis
But seriously...yeah there are a few 'end of phrase' pauses in this one...I do tend to reduce my melodies down as much as possible as I have a natural tendency to over complicate them!
MD does have a strong point that the gaps are important in any successful melody..know what he means! Here - are they slightly overdone? Quite possibly for some (no argument from me as they are meant to be poignant 'what's coming next' thinking moments in this context).
If they surprised you and got your attention then for me they worked...not quite so sure about the 'uncomfortable', but that's way better than 'didn't notice them' ?!
I think the pauses are also emphasised even more by the quite extreme rubato tempo...listening back, it does rise and fall a helluva lot...a different interpretation of the music and they might be less intense?
I didn't expect it to end where it did. I was expecting a more "conclusive" sounding ending.
This was all very quick - starting life as a piano improv that I saved and 'reduced' the next day...cello melody following on in a similar fashion...
I had a few different ideas about how to finish it, including a really stupid slow fade out...
Yeah, what I used is unusual in a couple of ways...
1) It sort of loops back to the beginning again as if it's going to all start again...the never ending lament as such...yeah, I'm soooooooooooooooooo deep, I know!
2) Linked to point one...Doesn't end on the tonic chord as would be much more normal...
Last 3 chords on the piano are:
C minor (tonic)
G minor (1st inversion - before Thomas corrects me)
Ab Major 7th - which desperately wants to resolve to somewhere and I just let it hang and fade away!
Again, if you were expecting a more definitive ending, then that's 'good' for me as that was very much the intention here in this melancholic setting...leave the listener very slightly unsettled at the end and wanting more!
Sorry - rattled on a bit again!!!