Music 371-382: Twelve Preludes in Search of a Key

Hi – you don’t have to like these (you already know I have an inferiority complex when it comes to music) but I like them anyway – and you don’t have to. Probably my favourite thing I’ve created – at least for today.

It all began with Prelude 2, which came to me in a dream and I lay awake for the rest of the night scared I would forget how it went!

In my dream I played it on a piano in a pub, and everyone left! Have a listen to see why!

Prelude 1 (starting on the note C) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 2 (starting on the note Db) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 3 (starting on the note D) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 4 (starting on the note Eb) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 5 (starting on the note E) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 6 (starting on the note F) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 7 (starting on the note Gb) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 8 (starting on the note G) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 9 (starting on the note Ab) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 10 (starting on the note A) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 11 (starting on the note Bb) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 12 (starting on the note B) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

15 thoughts on “Music 371-382: Twelve Preludes in Search of a Key

  1. Vishal D

    This reminded me of Philip Glass. But stripped down and without the atmospheric effects. I liked prelude 4 and 8 the best today, but I’m sure if I revisited it some other day I’ll like the others equally. I was wondering if you play other instruments. Perhaps you can put them altogether and it would sound fantastic. You could use a music software but the professional ones are very expensive.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Yes – Philip Glass fits into the “school” of composers I was talking about. (There is also free music software that’s quite good that can be downloaded – although I have some bought ones. Often the computer updates make these programs less workable…)

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      1. Vishal D

        Yeah that’s the huge problem. Especially when you use a Mac. Even on windows machine, the drivers become outdated with software updates, and one can’t keep buying new software every three years. I think Ableton is a great software but it’s bloody expensive. It comes with hardware called Push which helps one add to the layers of composition. Also if you’re composing using many instruments and software, a blog isn’t a place to give it to the world. You might as well use SoundCloud or BandCamp (if you can’t get a recording deal, which is hard, considering the industry is garbage today) and make some money for the time invested.

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          I’ve given up trying to be famous with any music! The software I use is called “Finale” Also one called “Encore”. I used to have real fancy music software but I somehow lost it in all the house moves I’ve done. New Zealand has promotion sites for composers but to submit a composition it has to have three public performances in the last six months and digital doesn’t count.

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          1. Vishal D

            Losing software sucks. I’d lose my mind if I lost fancy stuff. I get irritable when my books go missing lol. Hell, I whine when I can’t find my glasses in the morning! “I can’t see! I can’t see!” I cry. Yeah I’m a bit of a madman. How can it have three public performances with COVID and all? That sucks. They should relax the rules and allow people to send in their works digitally. You might want to look into this site called Submittable. It’s a site that allows you to submit poetry, music, artwork, prose and photographs to various publishers. The site is free to use, and various magazines use the site including famous ones like The New Yorker and Tin House.

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  2. badfinger20 (Max)

    I like D alot…but Eb has a great feel to it and I like the “riff” (it’s called that on guitar but I don’t know about piano)…it reminds me of soul… I do like G alot. The melody is nice.

    All in all…Eb is really awesome. I like the others but not as good as that one. It may be my favorite of yours period. You have built-in dynamics to it.
    Also, the G is a gorgeous melody!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Well – thanks Max – the Eb riff – it was composed on St Patrick’s Day, so I though a little bit of an Irish jig would be quite fun! The piece is the most traditionally “tonal” OF THE LOT – I.E. IN A DEFINATE KEY – SO i WOULD EXPECT PEOPLE TO WARM TO IT. mY FAVOURITE IS MY DREAM ONE nO. 2 THE Db one! (Sorry about the capitals – I’m not going to type it out again!) I too like the G melody – I nearly renamed it “Perpetual motion”! Thanks for listening Max – you’re more than probably my most valued critic.

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  3. badfinger20 (Max)

    “Perpetual motion” is a good name for a song….or a band for that matter! Bruce and the Perpetual Motion. I do like the movement of it.

    I like how you let the Eb breathe…some times the small pauses make a song.

    Well thank you Bruce but you are head and shoulders over me. I’ve said it before…to make an instrumental listenable is hard work.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max)

        Always great to hear more.
        What we do Bruce is to send some youngsters out to do our songs in public…We would then be music pimps.

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  4. Andrea Stephenson

    I guess Prelude 2 isn’t really sitting in a pub for a quiet pint kind of music….I liked number 4, which reminded me of a sweeping musical, and the rippling effect of number 7. Number 9 was like walking through a fairytale forest.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks for listening, Andrea. I always appreciate the effort you make to look/listen to things. Of course, I had to go and listen again to the music with your comments in mind. I like the fairytale forest idea.

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