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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 03:02
Measures 36
Key signature 5 flats
Parts 1
Part names Piano
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Thank you, Steve! One can never be sure how one's work will be appreciated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUTGC5N7hCI ;)
That's funny. There's also a funny scene like that in Mel Brook's "History of the World: Part II." A caveman pees on the work of a cave artist. Everyone's a critic, haha.
A very good suggestion! I should have done it a long time ago.
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 !
Thank you very much! This one really benefits if played on a good acoustic grand piano. Unfortunately, I don't own one, but I've played it at work several times.
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
: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.
Thank you very much! It would be fun to see this arranged for an orchestra so give it a try!
https://musescore.com/user/100120/scores/900236 There it is, if you would like to hear. :)
Thank you very much! It's a wonderful arrangement!
Just beautiful. I believe that to produce such emotion is what every composer strives for.
Thank you very much for your kind words!! I think this is the one of my pieces that really benefits if being played on a good acoustic grand piano. I wish I had one and a place to play it and the means to record and... :D
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.
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.
This is amazing, I will now learn how to play it.
Thank you very much! I'm afraid you'll have to call the piano tuner if you play this piece too much though! :D
It's ok no piano can ever be perfectly in tune anyway, and I love smashing the piano and so do kids!
Haha, I've never thought about it, but I think there's always a bang somewhere in my pieces for children! :D
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).
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!
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?
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
hehe, yeah motivation is key, music should be enjoyable not forced into doing something your not interested in right now
btw I'm far more expert at learning styles than I am at music

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