Gymnosolitude No.2: Lonely Mammoth in the Plain (Version 9/9/2017)

Uploaded on Nov 28, 2014

Edit 9/9/2017: Changed to Musescore 2; cleared up the score; added dynamics, articulations and performance instructions; slowed down the tempo a bit + other playback changes.

Gymnosolitude: music describing the happiness, melancholy or sadness of walking in solitude.

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Gymnosolitude prehistory prehistoric Satie gymnopedie loneliness mammoth walk wander joy sad nostalgique

Pages 2
Duration 3:02
Measures 36
Key signature 5 flats
Parts 1
Part names Piano
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Wonderful ! You spirited and honestly talented man ! This is my favorite amongst yur several gymno's. Keep going .We must fnd a way to get the voices to simulate sensitivity of fingers here at muse .Those high notes MUST be heard over lower !

Why it has taken me so long to find this gem I will never know, but rest assured I will be listening to this a billion times over in the weeks that are ahead of me!
You have done a beautiful job, and I know it might sound like an exaggeration, but this is one of the few piano solos I find interesting and tolerable to listen to :D Great work

In reply to by Isaac Glover

:D Thank you very much! I'm very happy to hear that! Maybe check out my other Gymnosolitudes as well. They are the rare pieces where I've used the whole keyboard unlike in most of my other pieces which are composed mainly for piano beginners and children and which I've tried to make as easy to play as possible. :)

This has to be one of the greatest piano pieces on MuseScore.

Could I... Try my hand at orchestrating it? I've listened to it a lot over the past couple of weeks and I've imagined what it would sound like if those fantastic notes were played by an orchestra.

The second page blew off my mind! It has such a special and unique sound, making me feel lonely, happy and nostalgique at the same time. In the first page, there are some measures which don't seem to fit 100% properly to me because the flow is a bit interrupted (e.g. m.16), but that's really a minor aspect.

In reply to by cellolin

Thank you very much! The second page is my favorite too; it's propably the best page I've ever written! I'm very happy it made such an impact to you. :) I can see your point on the first page very well. I think it works much better played with a real piano when all the notes don't come off with the same volume; perhaps played a little hesitantly, as if the mammoth is trying to find his place and feet in the surroundings.

I will be honest, when I first heard you pieces, about several months ago, I didn't quite like them. They seemed to odd for me, but now I listen to them regularly and am addicted to the uniqueness you display in you composition. Your titles are humorous and your composition skills are both humorous and passionate! I really don't think I've seen anything like it before: and that's what keeps me coming back and listening to all your compositions!
I really enjoyed this piece and I can't wait to hear what the next Gymnosolitude will sound like!
Maybe one day you could orchestrate all of them out into a suite (Just a suggestion).

In reply to by evilpie3

Thank you very much for your honest and kind comment! I'm very happy you think there is uniqueness in my compositions. That is a huge compliment for a composer! In fact, when I compose, I'm not particularly trying to compose uniquely nor do I care about the musical style in which I compose. I compose for the piano because I play the piano (I teach the piano for living) and it's very important for me to feel the movement of the hands and fingers in my compositions. So the playability (maybe with an unlikely technique) usually comes together with an idea of a story to make my compositions what they are. If that is a recipe for uniqueness, great! :)
I really don't know how to write for an orchestra. It would take lots of work and time for me to study orchestration properly, time which I currently don't have. But it's a very nice idea to orchestrate these pieces. Certainly this mammoth could sound great played by a grand orchestra. I have no idea what the next Gymnosolitude will be but your inspiring comment makes me want to go to my piano to try new ideas so thank you again very much!

In reply to by Rivergrove

You could always do what I do and learn by doing! Although it needs to be supplemented by other learning styles of course, reading about it, listening to what other people are doing and viewing scores and discussion, but for me I'm mainly a "doing" learner. Do you know what your dominant learning style is?

In reply to by donjezza

I learn by doing too! It's just that I find it more motivating to compose pieces which I can play myself rather than to write for an orchestra. Maybe one day I'll start writing for orchestra but right now I like to write for piano with what time I have. By the way, wasn't it John Dewey that invented "learning by doing". I've always wondered how people learned anything before John Dewey! :D