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Piano Sonata in A major: 1. rapide

By sylcmyk on April 24, 2016 8:16 am

I began writing this while also working on my 3rd Quarterly Suite in 2014. I had plans on publishing it last year but quickly realized I was way in over my head; it suffered from having too much melodies and little to no form.

So I spent 2015 (and some months in 2016) organizing this little piece.


Here's the sheet music for those interested in playing or reading along!

A nicer audio file is available on my soundcloud!

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April 25, 2016 2:39 am

April 25, 2016 4:58 am

1: Did you record this in all one take?
2: I know you use MIDI for transcription.  How much do you have to go in and manually correct?
3: Did you memorize this or do did you read it while you recorded it?
4: Do you realize how amazing you are?
5: What words of advice to you have for aspiring musicians/pianists/sheet music readers/music theorists who find themselves intimidated by the steep hill they have to climb before they can do things like this?
6: The thing that happened at 9:49 made my heart explode.  What was that?  A key change?  It happened again at 10:05, 10:17.
7: In terms of your personal skill level, on a scale of 1 to 10, how difficult is this for you to perform?

April 25, 2016 3:48 pm
orangedrink wrote:

1: Did you record this in all one take?
2: I know you use MIDI for transcription.  How much do you have to go in and manually correct?
3: Did you memorize this or do did you read it while you recorded it?
4: Do you realize how amazing you are?
5: What words of advice to you have for aspiring musicians/pianists/sheet music readers/music theorists who find themselves intimidated by the steep hill they have to climb before they can do things like this?
6: The thing that happened at 9:49 made my heart explode.  What was that?  A key change?  It happened again at 10:05, 10:17.
7: In terms of your personal skill level, on a scale of 1 to 10, how difficult is this for you to perform?

Haha.

1. I did! Out of the 20+ recordings I made during the week and week before this way the only one I liked and kept. Except now that I listen to it and I can hear myself getting fatigued at the end. I have a video of myself playing some of the transitions before I expanded the second theme in the exposition from last year; it's nice to see how slowly the piece expanded over time.

2. I transcribe everything within Sibelius using a mouse, keyboard and 61-key MIDI controller. I notated the first 8 bars around the same time I took a video of myself playing the beginning last year. I had Tuesday, Friday and Saturday off from work last week so I spent the entire day notating the movements 19 pages. I was afraid I wouldn't make it in time but I think this draft will suffice until I decide to publish a legitimate book in the future!

(Now that you mention it I can't believe I left out so much expression and dynamic text) sad

3. Just memory. I get queasy when I sight read!

4. Honestly, no! sad

5. The only thing I can really say is that embrace time. I still don't fell musically mature yet and I've been doing this for 2 decades!

6. Ah! Those are definitely key changes from the development section. I started writing this in D major but I didn't like how it sounded and moved everything to A major. During the months of organizing the piece together I had some trouble recapping the theme but after time my hands fell back naturally to D major.

7. A 6.5; while I don't find it technically demanding I still find it a little challenging to play through with a sense of musicality without mushing all the notes together.

April 25, 2016 11:13 pm

Reminds me of Ravel's Toccata, mixed with some Samuel Barber's Excursions. Beautiful piece! I'd pay good money to see this performed live! Keep up the incredible work!

April 26, 2016 11:09 am
sylcmyk wrote:


4. Honestly, no! sad

Man, I'm sorry to differ but you are F***ING AMAZING. I love your music and you surprise us every week

Please keep that beautiful art coming smile

April 26, 2016 5:03 pm

Very impressive. Awesome to hear how deep you were able to go, how long you worked on this. Congratulations on finishing it!

April 26, 2016 6:59 pm

A wonderful piece for the springtime. Bravo!!

April 27, 2016 2:11 pm

Just incredible. Wish I could speak on it in more technical terms, but I don't have much of a musical vocabulary. Beautiful piece from start to finish, thank you for sharing it.

April 27, 2016 2:36 pm

I always wonder how you make these melodies up, I reckon it could help me with my research.

April 28, 2016 5:37 am
Alphaglitch wrote:

Reminds me of Ravel's Toccata, mixed with some Samuel Barber's Excursions. Beautiful piece! I'd pay good money to see this performed live! Keep up the incredible work!


big_smile Thanks for the kind words and making me blush!

laguna wrote:
sylcmyk wrote:


4. Honestly, no! sad

Man, I'm sorry to differ but you are F***ING AMAZING. I love your music and you surprise us every week

Please keep that beautiful art coming smile


Awww, I'll definitely try even harder, even if it's just for you!

Christian Grey wrote:

Very impressive. Awesome to hear how deep you were able to go, how long you worked on this. Congratulations on finishing it!


Brackleforth wrote:

A wonderful piece for the springtime. Bravo!!


Pyure wrote:

Just incredible. Wish I could speak on it in more technical terms, but I don't have much of a musical vocabulary. Beautiful piece from start to finish, thank you for sharing it.


Thanks! I just have two more movements and 8 more months to go until I'm officially done with this sonata.

Devieus wrote:

I always wonder how you make these melodies up, I reckon it could help me with my research.


I literally just sit in front of my piano and play whatever I'm feeling at the moment; I'll rarely think about theory. Ugh, no wonder this movement took me so long to make!

April 28, 2016 5:40 am
Ipaghost wrote:


I bet Yuja can play my sonata better than I!

April 28, 2016 1:05 pm
sylcmyk wrote:


Devieus wrote:

I always wonder how you make these melodies up, I reckon it could help me with my research.


I literally just sit in front of my piano and play whatever I'm feeling at the moment; I'll rarely think about theory. Ugh, no wonder this movement took me so long to make!


Another dead end then, I suppose you might actually learn more from me than I from you. Though by the looks of it, I might have to resurrect my arpeggiator, which I was going to do anyway; there's definitely method to the madness.

April 29, 2016 2:56 pm

Wunderschön

April 29, 2016 9:17 pm

you're amazing, never ever stop heart

May 1, 2016 8:13 am

Impressive, both as composition and performance. A wonderful piece of music!

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