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Adieu mon frère


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« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2014, 09:20:06 pm »

Unfortunately, the recording emphasises the piano part. I was at the recording and the balance was great. It was recorded on one track therefore it is difficult to re-adjust the balance. Sorry.

But it's not the balance. It's the relative dynamics within the piano part. pp is supposed to be quieter than p. f  should be louder than mf. But none of these carefully-notated markings are observed in the performance, which is played at a continuous mf.  It all conspires to denude the music of its characteristics and effect Sad

This kind of happy-go-lucky approach to dynamic markings comes out of the "Tune-A-Day" approach - that dynamics are the icing on the cake, that "we might get round to once we've actually sorted out notes, and their durations". Yet a dynamic marking is just as much a part of the composition as the pitch-notations, and ignoring the dynamics is just as much as a mistake as playing F# instead of Ab.

I hope you don't perceive this as being negative. Ignoring the dynamic markings has reduced the effect your piece could make. It's a bit like showing a colour film in black-and-white.
I think that you make excellent sense here over all of these issues.
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