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Old 03-29-2011, 04:56 PM   #1
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Piano Music by Shandeh
Last night, I decided to try writing a piece of music. I've been a musician for almost 40 years now, but have only written a few simple songs. But, I've been hearing an orchestra playing beautiful music in my head since I was a little girl.

I've often wondered what would happen if I tried to get some of that music out of my head. So, last night, I sat down at the piano, grabbed a handful of manuscript paper, and just started playing and writing it down. I went through a few sheets of manuscript paper, and finally ended up with one simple piece for piano. I'm calling it "The Wanderer".
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:04 PM   #2
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Sandy! That is beautiful! Because of the name and the music I was picturing a lone man walking down a dusty road in the 30's or 40's maybe and toward the end of the piece he comes to a time worn home and his wife comes running out to meet him as if he'd been gone a long time and found his way home. It sounds like music from a movie.
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Thank you Jan!

I was SO anxious about sharing my music with the world. It's hard to pour out your soul in front of everyone. But, I just had to try....just to see if the music I have inside me will touch someone else.

I love your description of what you imagined as you listened to the music. I can see that too now. Wouldn't it be cool if someone could act out that scene and make a video to go along with my music?
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Just beautiful Shandeh! You are indeed one talented lady. Thanks for sharing this with us. I hope we'll be hearing more of your compositions in the future. Jeanie
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Thank you, Jeanie!

I think I've lit a fire in my soul, because I've been grabbing manuscript paper at least once a day, and writing down simple melodies I hear in my head. I'll let you all know when I make another video.
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Finally had a chance to listen to your music. I hear it like a tone poem with a leaning toward the French like Satie or maybe another member of "Les Six". You have some interesting chordal progressions.

You mentioned having it acted out so why not arrange it as a modern dance or ballet. If you contact a dance teacher I'm sure they'd have fun choreographing it with you.

I hope you're not finished with the piece. Have to tell you how I'd love to hear it; scored for low strings (probably viola and cello) playing the arpegiated bass double timed - a low, cascading waterfall effect - and a nice oboe on the melody alternated with a little flute obligato with those parts switched on the repeat.

I think it would make a cool ballet! So, now you run out and get some orchestra members over to your place get it all down on paper and all get together and wail baby, wail! Then do a demo on YouTube so we can hear it. :<)
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Your haunting, meditative tune reverberated in my head all day. It's very beautiful and you play well. Keep up the good work!
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Thank you both for the input, and encouragement. Jean, I love your ideas about my piece!
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Lovely Sandy! Don't know the reference, but a verse just popped in my head and played right along with you.
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Tell me what it was, Deb! I need a lyricist, because I'm not good with that kind of thing.
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