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Hedda Gabler

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I was reading the plays of Henrik Ibsen, the most famous of which are "Peer Gynt" and "A Doll's House." Hedda Gabler, the title character of one play, is an archetypical bad girl who amuses herself by ruining people's lives. Being a bad girl, she likes to play with guns, and in the end she gets what's coming to her -- a bullet. (Yes, sex and violence were entertaining even then.) I had thought that Ibsen's plays would make great operas, but that's a little too ambitious for my modest talent, so instead I just wrote this short piece for piano and flute.

Still, I think the 19th-century melodramatic music compliments Ibsen's 19th-century melodrama. You can add to the effect as you listen by holding the back of one hand to your forehead and reciting, I am in your power, all the same. Subject to your commands and wishes. No longer free -- not free! Alas!

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Uploaded: Jul 21, 2006 - 03:02:10 PM
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Andronis said 4712 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
I wish the classical category had more music like this. Then again, most everyone who can write music like this is probably realizing that it's not going to win them any popularity contests in the category. Apparently anything with an instrument that is traditionally used in classical music can get you into the classical category.

Anyway, I'm really glad you posted this, which is a very richly immersive piece, which I thoroughly enjoyed and will no doubt enjoy again in the very near future.

I don't know what the voters before me were thinking. Production was okay since you generally refuse to use software instruments or record live ones. But I don't see how on earth they could find the songwriting or creativity "average" here. This is excellent work, Keith. :)
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datafunk said 4712 days ago (July 22nd, 2006)
totally agree with everything Andronis said. This classical piece is amazing, very entertaining too. for sure this genre is not popular but I really wish people to stop here and listen to your composition. you are a real talented author. chapeau bas monsieur.
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RickW said 4710 days ago (July 24th, 2006)
Keith, I thoroughly enjoyed this piece. Amazing composition! I cannot
understand the low marks. Perhaps some people didn't appreciate what it
took to write something this brilliant.

God bless,


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Feter said 4669 days ago (September 3rd, 2006)
Moving !
such Brilliant moving theme ..... one of the best pieces I ever heard here ... love how you move the themes from
tame to harder ... just show alot of full imagenry ...
well done ...!! this would sound gorgious with real insteruments ...!!
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Enrique Gil said 4616 days ago (October 26th, 2006)
this one is for a download
nice rapid and melodic sound, just the way I like it. Thanks.
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