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A Dance For Frances.


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Fire_Angel

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My friend Frances has something unusual and personal to celebrate right now and this being a cheerful little piece I thought it appropriate to dedicate it for her celebrations.

The photo is my right hand with a frequent visitor, taken in the spring of 2011. Nothing really to do with the tune but it's cheering to have a robin eating out of your hand and that fits the mood the piece is intended to have.

Another C-major exercise in my music theory home studies, though the piece has objectives that aren't part of my "answer". Best listen to it first, then come back and read the rest of the notes if you feel inclined.

It's in 6/8 time instead of 4/4, the first of my piano pieces to venture out from 4/4, though that's not part of the exercise. I was checking my understanding of some interval and chord theory, and in particular how major and minor chords and triads have so much effect upon the mood of a piece. Implied by that is a way to change mood without switching between major and minor modes, so you can keep to one key and mode and still change mood.

This is done here by keeping some passages to the minor chords of C-major and the notes contained in those at a higher octave, then repeating the melodies but switching the repeat passages to the major chords of C-major and the notes contained within those. The result is several changes of mood and yet the whole piece is in C-major. This works because it is enharmonically equivalent to a change from A-Minor to C-major with a restricted note set in each. You get the effect of switching back and forth from a minor to it's relative major key, but without actually switching key. Yeah, I am learning fast (I think).

Of course it's mainly meant to be a fun little dance, so ignore all that theory when listening and just see if you enjoy it.
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Uploaded: Dec 09, 2012 - 01:35:51 PM
Last Updated: Dec 09, 2012 - 03:43:21 PM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 04:07:18 PM
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Philip18 said 1834 days ago (December 9th, 2012)
A dance
Engaging melody - the 6/8 time gives it a courtly feel. I like the complementary lines played by the left and right hands. Very pleasant listening!
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Fire_Angel said 1834 days ago (December 9th, 2012)
Glad you enjoyed it.
Yeah, the time signature was chosen to give it that stately dance feel and no surprise, it worked. This music theory stuff is worth the trouble! The main point of it is to ensure people enjoy the results, so I'm glad when people feel moved to comment that it worked. Thanks for the comment and for listening.
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peacepiano said 1834 days ago (December 9th, 2012)
Etude
Starts out very simply. I like the surprises that come out in the second half, interesting variations. Nice job. Thanks.
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Fire_Angel said 1834 days ago (December 9th, 2012)
Simple starts are a trademark of my work.
that simple start seems to have firmly established itself in my piano compositions so far, so it may end up being a big part of my personal style. I'm glad the variations I tried worked out, so thanks for that detail, it helps.
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davajonah said 1834 days ago (December 9th, 2012)
I
haven't got a clue what you are talking about. Well, maybe a just a little! Music theory, interesting as it must be, is shamefully something I've never bothered to learn. I know what I hear though and you have composed a delightful and elegant piece of piano music. I did enjoy it, yes!
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Fire_Angel said 1834 days ago (December 9th, 2012)
You got the most important point.
You liked it, that's what matters most; listening to music doesn't require the slightest knowledge of theory and some people can even make some decent music without it. However it does improve what you can do, so if you ever decide you want to get involved, message me and I'll send you my reading list (which was assembled by a music teacher). It requires some hard work but it's fun, so I'd recommend it.

However, keep on making music whether you do any studying or not, it's good for the soul to make music as well as to listen. Thanks for listening and for that important bit. letting me know that you enjoyed it!
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davajonah said 1834 days ago (December 9th, 2012)
Music
is music. You either like it or you don't! I think that's the most important thing. However, I might take you up on your reading list suggestion. It's about time I learned some theory about music. Maybe It would make some sense then.
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Fire_Angel said 1831 days ago (December 11th, 2012)
As I said, PM me and the list will be yours.
The great thing about home study is you can set your own pace. The guy who wrote the reading list estimated four years to work through it, but you could take ten years or two, depending upon how much time you have and how hard you want to work.
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alackbass said 1833 days ago (December 9th, 2012)
A Dance For Frances.
Very nice composition and a beautiful piano sound.
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Fire_Angel said 1833 days ago (December 9th, 2012)
Glad you liked it.
Thanks for listening and the comment. The Piano is from the Jam Pack symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Steinway Piano. I always turn off the GarageBand in-built reverb option (which was used on this instrument) then add reverb on the master track using a plug-in.
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paul f. page said 1833 days ago (December 10th, 2012)
Counterpoint...
Wow. What strides you have made here in such a short time! This has the flavor of "For Rose" but it is much more ambitious in its use of counterpoint and the development of a melody. It is so pleasant to hear this kind of number and also to read your personal analysis of it which give the listener some insight into your intentions and how you realized them. Very nice work.
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Fire_Angel said 1833 days ago (December 10th, 2012)
Thanks for the generous comment.
So I was right, I am learning fast. ;-) A part of me wishes I'd started this at the age of ten rather than fifty-one, but hey you have to start from where you are, so here I am. Thanks for listening and the comments!
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gadzooks said 1833 days ago (December 10th, 2012)
A Dance For Frances.
... and a very nice exercise ... I absolutely enjoyed this ... and the robin.
Unfortunately theory is like math ... we never got along. I can only go with my ear and my soul and my ears and my soul says thanks for a nice piece.
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Fire_Angel said 1832 days ago (December 10th, 2012)
Yeah that robin is super-cool.
If you look it's carefully inspecting the bits of food in my palm to ensure it selects the best bit before grabbing it and then flying off to eat. Sometimes it doesn't bother flying away till the food's gone, it perches in my hand and eats there; I think the presence of the photographer prevented that on the occasion when the picture was taken.

Passion and determination are a couple of things I don't lack, so I hope that will combine to make some entertaining music, better and better as time goes on.
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Doug Somers said 1832 days ago (December 10th, 2012)
Courtly indeed
Philip nailed it. I can picture people dancing to this under candlelit chandeliers in fancy halls.

You've achieved an airy effect with your openness in the counterpoint (gotta love that) and by keeping the left and right hand far apart. Very nicely done!

It would be interesting to hear what you could do in the left hand by occasionally using another variation of the chord rhythm such as a quarter note with an eighth note as a passing note to the next chord.

Thanks for posting this to brighten up the night :)

Doug
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Fire_Angel said 1832 days ago (December 11th, 2012)
Fun to write and I hoped it would be fun to hear.
Thanks for listening, thanks for letting me know it works for you too.
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PeterB7858 said 1832 days ago (December 11th, 2012)
A Dance For Frances
It is great that you are learning music theory AND are able to put it into practice with feeling and sensitivity. I wish I had taken it far more seriously when I was younger (much younger) but I went for the easy, play by ear, route. Very engaging piece. Keep going! Regards, Peter.
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Fire_Angel said 1832 days ago (December 11th, 2012)
The feeling is always the most important thing.
With music I don't much like the highly intellectual stuff that some people adore, I want music to make me feel something. With that in mind I will try very hard always to write tunes that invoke some feeling in me; when I succeed it usually turns out that some other people like them too. Thanks for the comment.
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Loob said 1831 days ago (December 12th, 2012)
This is very upgeat and lively Mr. Angel!
Has a light airyness to it. I could picture this with orchestral accompanyment too. Very well done! Bravo!
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Loob said 1831 days ago (December 12th, 2012)
Upbeat. sorry for typo
:-)
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Fire_Angel said 1830 days ago (December 13th, 2012)
Thank you!
A good reaction from folk here helps, it's part of the reason I've lasted a year. Learning a lot, some of it from books, some from my mistakes and some from the MacJams gang. Thanks for being part of it.
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jfisenne said 1821 days ago (December 21st, 2012)
I like this
I laugh as I read the exchange between you and davajonah, because I too don't really understand the intricacies of music theory and time signatures. The question is - does it sound pleasant to the ear? That is my only standard. Indeed this Dance For Frances is pleasing to the ear (and fine piano work too). Thanks for posting.
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Fire_Angel said 1818 days ago (December 25th, 2012)
Thanks for the listen.
And for the comment. I hope I never lose sight of the importance of how the music feels when you listen to it, however much theory I absorb.
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Bowman said 1821 days ago (December 22nd, 2012)
You're right
you have to start somewhere but it helps if you have a love of music and innate talent which you so obviously do Fire_Angel.

A bright and lovely work. On the tech side it felt a bit over quantized to me. You might consider loosing it up a tad. A wonderful start to my day.
Happy Holidays my friend,
Charlie
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Fire_Angel said 1818 days ago (December 25th, 2012)
Thank you.
I will have to look and see if one of the plug-ins I have will add a small random delay to notes, just so tunes assembled in the piano-roll editor are played a little more convincingly. I'm glad you like the tune and thanks again for letting me know.
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