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Julia's Prelude


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This one is short and sweet. For Julia, my daughter, who just had a birthday a couple of days ago. It's played here by my friend/colleague Tim Steeves, live, no editing.

It's just something I cooked up after teaching a class one day, kind of in a Schumann style, just for fun. Hope you enjoy it!
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Plays: 515
Downloads: 261
Votes: 21
Uploaded: Jan 15, 2006 - 09:51:33 AM
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2006 - 04:15:11 PM Last Played: Aug 10, 2017 - 05:01:34 PM
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Comments
notsosweet said 4271 days ago (January 15th, 2006)
Lovely
Yes, you've done a wondferful job capturing a Schumannn-esque feel
to this one. And it's simply lovely.
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composerclark said 4271 days ago (January 15th, 2006)
Lovely
Thanks very much, much appreciated! Cheers, Clark

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RickW said 4271 days ago (January 15th, 2006)
Beautiful
Very pretty Clark. Happy birthday Julia!

God bless,

Rick

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composerclark said 4270 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Beautiful
Thanks RickW! I'll forward your birthday greeting to Julia. Take care.

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kristyjo said 4271 days ago (January 15th, 2006)
Lovely piece
Can Julia play it? (Or will you teach her?) It is very peaceful and calming.
You're fortunate that you have a collegue who plays so well. All the
nuances of dynamics, touch and style were just there. Thanks for posting
this.
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composerclark said 4270 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Lovely piece
Hi, Julia can't play it, although she is learning piano so perhaps one day she can
learn it. It's actually a more difficult piece than it sounds like, according to my
friend Tim who played it (Tim has several CDs out, and plays many solo and
concerto gigs a year, so I believe him). Nevertheless, it'd be a real thrill if Julia
could learn it one day. She lives in a different city, about 2,000 km away, so it
probably wouldn't be me who'd teach her, but maybe it could happen during a
visit, I suppose. I've taught her a few Beatles tunes on guitar. Thanks very
much!

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Einarus said 4270 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Pretty
Very pretty, actually.
Excellent playing and composition. What a great birthday present.
Happy birthday Julia.

Very nice work.

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composerclark said 4270 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Pretty
Thanks, Einar. I forwarded all birthday greetings so far to Julia, so hopefully
she'll get a kick out of this!

Cheers,
Clark

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urbnite said 4270 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
wow
i saw the name of this over in the rating picks and it intrigued me. very
glad i caught it over there!

i love the movement in the chords - the dissonance and resolutions.

lovely performance as well - lyrical and flowing. i'd be thrilled if this were
my birthday present!
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composerclark said 4270 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
wow
Thanks, Darren! You're enthusiasm made my day!

All the best,
Clark

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dreadmon said 4270 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
So beautifully done..
...a wonderful performance and a sweet, sweet piece. How lucky is your daughter to receive such a gift from the heart? Another tasty track, sir!
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composerclark said 4270 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
So beautifully done..
Thanks again, man! Your generosity of spirit is wonderful, and much
appreciated by all your fellow MacJammers. I'm glad you like it.

Cheers,
Clark

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Mystified said 4269 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Beautiful!!
Ahhh. This is like a breath of fresh air! Oh, to be able to play like that--
wait. I'd have to practice more! LOTS more!! Nevermind!

I'll happily listen to your musical offerings here at MJs and be content! :)
Thanks for this!! What a wonderful present for your daughter!

And Happy Birthday, Julia! :)
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composerclark said 4269 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
Beautiful!!
Thanks! Yeah, I wouldn't mind being able to play like that too, but there'd be
that little thing called "practicing" that I'd have to find time to do.

When I was in music school, many years ago, I remember a guy saying
"practicing is for loosers!" It was hilariously funny at the time, because most
of us were spending practically all our waking hours practicing, and it kind of
resonated with us in a perverse way. I'm not sure what happened to that guy.
Maybe he's made it big in reality television or something, surely the dream of
every human on this planet? :-)

Thanks again, and I'll forward your birthday wishes to Julia!

Cheers,
Clark

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Cameron said 4269 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
lyrical
This is a lovely little piece, indeed in the style of Schumann.

The repetitive sixteenth-note patterns provide the harmonic and rhythmic underpinning for the quarter-note melody above.

The simplicity of this is engaging, and also enhanced by the relatively limited range; this piece is not about pushing the extremes of the piano keyboard.

The ending measures remind me a little of Bach in its cadential treatment.

This piece also sounds like it could be a movement from a larger "Theme and Variations" suite.

The repetitive nature of this piece is also like an etude study.

Very nice, lyrical playing by Mr Steeves. Every note speaks clearly with a rich, full sound; NOT percussive at all.

I realise that this is a live performance with all the attendant pitfalls -- the piano sounds a little faraway here -- so someday I hope that you record this again with closer mics, and put it on an album.

It's a beautiful little piece, a refreshing moment in my day. Thanks for posting!



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composerclark said 4269 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
lyrical
Well, Cameron, once again you make some very insightful
comments.Regarding your comment that the final cadence sounds Bach-
like, it's true; it is Bach-like; that was what I was going for.In
fact, I originally called it a "Bach/Schumann Study," not only because of the
final cadence, but because the texture was borrowed from Bach's Bb major
Prelude from WTC I.It came about because I had just finished teaching a
second-year theory class on sequences, and we'd analysed the Bb Prelude,
which I absolutely love, and I had some spare time after class (I didn't really; I
had marking I ought to have been doing, and I was procrastinating), and
started fooling around with that texture, seeing where else it might go.As
always, many thanks!

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AEROjet said 4269 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
cool classical
I was once a classical musician, that was before persuing Jazz. This piece
reminds me of the early days. Very chopinesque! (to my ears at least)
Wonderful Job.
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AEROjet said 4269 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
cool classical
huh, I guess people are saying shumann rather that Chopin... oh well.
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composerclark said 4269 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
cool classical
Thanks very much, Joel! I was a jazz musician before I was a classical musician,
and I still play both, badly. BTW, I'm still really enjoying your song a lot too.

Cheers, and thanks for stopping by.

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thetiler said 4269 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
terrific
classy stuff, love the tranquility of it. Flows quite nicely. That ending the
way the some of the notes change is might fine and lovely to hear.

Nice stuff indeed. Not heard alot of this find classical original stuff here
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composerclark said 4269 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
terrific
Thanks very much Bill. I'm a guitarist as well, and I've really been enjoying your
music too. Cheers, Clark.

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rik said 4269 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
Wonderful Albumblatt
A really, really nice Schumann hommage. I've listened to this author more
than to every other romantic artist, and I've lost myself in his imaginary
worlds of musical characters, extravagance and folly, countless times.
Never got to understand what his music is really made of. Well, I'm still
having shivers this piece of yours provoked to me :)
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composerclark said 4269 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
Wonderful Albumblatt
Grazie tanto, Riccardo! Lei รจ molto gentile. All the great composers had their
own unique sound, and Schumann was no exception. He wrote a lot of great
music; the op. 44 piano quintet in Eb is one of my favorites.

Cheers,
Clark

PS I just commented on your Monteverdi homage.

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jakgetar69 said 4269 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
Well done
Beautiful playing.
Classical music isn't usually my cup of tea but this is
an example of a good cross-genre favorite. Keep on keepin' on.
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composerclark said 4269 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
Well done
Thanks for the comment, Jack. Incidentally, you cite Frank Zappa as one of your
musical influences (on your profile page), and he was regarded as a very
substantial and serious classical music (contemporary classical) composer, as
you probably know. He was an amazing musician.

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protart said 4268 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
What a nice and gentle surprise
I was sincerely ___delighted_____ from listening to your "Prelude" . I could image you in a dark - big wooden room nobly chatting with Chopin, Thalberg, Liszt, and..Schumann. Yes, because - even if the style is surely "Schumannesque"..- your invention and composition is your own, with real feeling and really noble style. I surely agree with Rik: music is not a private property, neither the style, in a certain sense. You could find my comment non adequate to my three composition posted on this site but...please, please, do not do that mistake...!

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composerclark said 4268 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
What a nice and gentle surprise
Thanks so much for sharing your enthusiasm; it's a great thing to read to
start my day! I look forward to listening to some of your music.

All the best,

Clark

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screamalexz said 4268 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
nice
that's some pretty good piano playing there. wish i was that good, hope she had a great birthday
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composerclark said 4267 days ago (January 19th, 2006)
nice
Thanks. "Pretty Good?" I thought the piano playing was REALLY good! This was
a recording of a live concert, and he'd only had the piece for a few days before
playing it. Cheers, Clark.

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John Stebbe said 4267 days ago (January 19th, 2006)
nice
Thanks, composerclark, for a beautiful piece of music. I can hear Schumann
very well. I played a couple of his "Scenes From Childhood" many years ago
for "ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest" here in Indiana. My high school choir
director heard me playing "About Strange Lands And People," and he said,
"Why are you playing the piano like a typewriter?" (This was around 1976.)
And he was right. He really got it into my head that I had "permission" to be
expressive in my playing, and make it my own. And that's what I hear in this
wonderful performance, too.

Hmm -- Mosaic -- isn't that an old notation software title by the now-
defunct "Studio Vision?" Or maybe I dreamt that. You only hear about Finale
and Sibelius anymore, we sometimes forget they are not the only game in
town.

Thanks, composerclark, for all your kind comments on many of my tracks
today. I appreciate your generosity.

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composerclark said 4266 days ago (January 20th, 2006)
nice
Thanks for the feedback, John. Very much appreciated!

Re: "Why are you playing the piano like a typewriter?"
Ouch! I'm glad you didn't let this affect you negatively, because you play
beautifully.

Mosaic is/was a Mark of the Unicorn product, a good notation programme, but
they don't support it any more.

All the best, Clark

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Ed Hannifin said 4264 days ago (January 22nd, 2006)
I know very little about classical music...
...but I really feel this piece in every way, from composition to
performance to recording. It is simply lovely, a loving, wise and clear-
sighted gift, and very moving.

Ed
composerclark said 4264 days ago (January 22nd, 2006)
I know very little about classical music...
My theory is you shouldn't need to be an expert in any particular type of music
to appreciate it, because music is a form of communication, so I appreciate your
taking the time to comment and listen.

Cheers, Clark

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angelweave said 4264 days ago (January 22nd, 2006)
Very pretty
Excellent flow. Very professional. If I didn't know where it came from, I'd
believe it was from another era and widely accepted.

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composerclark said 4243 days ago (February 12th, 2006)
Very pretty
Thanks very much! In a sense, it is from another era, since I was using 19th-
century harmony and emulating Schummann. But widely accepted? I wish!

Clark
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millie said 4247 days ago (February 7th, 2006)
wonderful
That was very beautiful, I wish that it had been longer. I might ply it twice. You are very talented.
composerclark said 4243 days ago (February 12th, 2006)
wonderful
Thanks for your kind comment! This piece actually comes from a set called "Ten
Short Piano Pieces," so, while each is relatively short, the whole set is a little
more substantial.

Cheers!
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VicDiesel said 4236 days ago (February 19th, 2006)
Utterly charming
Since this is for your daughter, I guess it's part of your own cycle of
Kinderszenen, nicht wahr?

Great little piece. I'm glad I found it.

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composerclark said 4235 days ago (February 20th, 2006)
Utterly charming
Thanks for stopping by. Yup, as mentioned above, this is from a set of mostly
short pieces for piano, most of which can be played by beginning- to
intermediate-level students. This particular piece is a challenge to play, though;
you have to be pretty good to pull it off.

I just checked out your submission, which made me want to hear a longer, more
developed version, as well as some of your other stuff. Hopefully we'll get a
chance to hear more soon.

Do you play any of the Kinderszenen?
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ktb said 4234 days ago (February 21st, 2006)
so good
This piece evokes a very peaceful and that "warm fuzzy" feeling. I
enjoyed it immensely. Please post many more.

Respectfully
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composerclark said 4234 days ago (February 21st, 2006)
so good
Thanks for the nice comment! I appreciate it. BTW, I just left a comment (and
vote) on your first submission, which I enjoyed.

Cheers,
Clark
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RickB1 said 4232 days ago (February 23rd, 2006)
Beautiful
Gorgeous and loving-tender, like daughters! :-) It's on my favorites!
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composerclark said 4232 days ago (February 23rd, 2006)
Beautiful
Thanks a lot, Rick. You are very kind; much appreciated!
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jefferson987 said 4092 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
WOW
That was an awsome composition! I really liked how the theme just kept going with the same rythmic pattern. It was very peaceful.
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composerclark said 4092 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
WOW
Thanks so much for listening and leaving a comment! It's always particularly
nice to see comments for older pieces, since its a relatively rare occurence. I'm
very pleased you like it. I've just left a comment for your newest piece, which I
also enjoyed. Cheers!

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david.sfinzi said 3666 days ago (September 12th, 2007)
Julia's
Sweet. Lush.
My daughter Julia (a ballerina) would no doubt like this too.
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composerclark said 3666 days ago (September 12th, 2007)
Thanks
Huge thanks for the comment, David! As I have mentioned above, it's always a thrill to get a comment on an older submission.

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said 3454 days ago (April 11th, 2008)
MasterGift!
This is such a great gift for your daughter. Fantastic piece of music, the piano playing is superb and it's a real Happy B-Day tone.

Happy Birthday Julia... All the best wishes. And thank you for sharing this piece Mr. Clark

Take Care
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composerclark said 3454 days ago (April 11th, 2008)
Thanks
Thanks very much, Yeman A. Al-Rawi! I can't believe how generous you are in leaving so many comments for my music; I think this is the 8th piece of mine you've commented on in the last 24 hours... WOW! You are a wonderful person, and a fine musician.
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Char said 3431 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
This leaves me wanting more.
What a loving gift for your daughter. Thank you for sharing.
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composerclark said 3431 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Thanks
Thanks very much for your comment, Char! I really appreciate it. I was hoping to listen to some of your music, but I see you don't have any submissions yet... I hope you will consider making and sharing some music with us at some point. In the mean time, is there a website where one could find some of your poetry or art?
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Char said 3430 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Hi,
Yes, I post poetry and art on my 360 on Yahoo Answers. I will post some things for you to see. :)
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