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Under a Maiden’s Spell
I enjoyed another listen Sean, happy to see this beautiful music on the front page any time.
Sean, your expression is so dramatic. Like from times long gone. An era when hats were high and expectations higher. Like romance which inspired or help to this heartfelt and passionate moment in time. Your ability here is stunning.
Fascinating story behind the composition. Really epic classical track. Piano runs are exquisite - beautifully played. Building up drama around the 5 min mark and i love the tension the tinkling chords produce (sorry i dont know the technical term). Feels almost improvisational at times (but it probably isn't). Such intricacy in the playing - a musician at one with his instrument it seems to me. Lovely melodies forming around the dramatic structure.Beautifully written and executed - technically perfect to my ears. What a wonderful talent you are Sean. Thumbs
I like what I call part 2 (after about 2min20) and how it builds into those flowing parts thru some odd little runs that appear more like jazz than anything else I know of. Well done on pricking me ears up on that and ending on those diminshed arpeggios at about 4min30. Hey still doing the diminshed thing 30 seconds later and this beginning to sound like one of those early cinema accompaniers on piano but then the "dark humour" becomes "very dark" with an unimaginable speed of playing that makes the instrument sound like nothing I've ever heard before (in a good way of course). At 7min30 now. Oh, the lightness at 8min33 reminds me of Rick Wakeman - major to minor and a few nice suspended 2nds/4ths popping up (to my chord decoding ears). I think this section is probably my favourite area now - the way you advance thru the chords/keys is extremely good. Post 11mins and I'm getting a feel of another build coming along but it kind of pleasantly plateaus, fades and then restarts. If you haven't guessed it I don't know the proper terms for hardly any of this so bear this in mind. I sense a finale with the high twinkling notes on E and A and we're done with the final Amaj. Thumzup dude, awesome piece.
no need to apologize for this re-appearing in the recent tracks section (the site seems to offer no provision to not show up if you revised anything, only when you first upload). So, this is just a good reminder of tracks I need to come back to. Incredible composition, and more amazing the notation and rendering to arrive at this place. Thank you for such a commitment to your craft...enjoying the concert ambiance and the details of each finger on the piano :) Happy New Year Sean!
Amazing, soulful, stunning music Sean, this flows and moves, and has me under its musical spell like no other!
Great playing in this romantic piano work. Influences here are mixed but I hear everything from Baroque to early Romantic and everything in between. Excellent technique with lightness of touch paralleled with extraordinary power; those trills executed to perfection! Great work; well done.
You are such a romantic Sean....Girl with a Pearl Earring and Picnic at Hanging rock... we have much in common I see!!! You captured romance in a bottled with this one! That intriguing slow burning tinkle to crescendo in the early part is the sign of a musician with enormous self-confidence ...justly so....you are simply a maestro!
Love the story of how these things come to be. Masterful and with such skill! A Wow!! just for the piano work...heck..where did the time go...ten minutes and counting!! keithmas
You've certainly created magic here Sean. I'm on my second listen now and I'm spellbound. Wonderful to hear a new piece from you. Gibbo
Ah Sean, here you go again - showing how it should be done, so accomplished. I always look forward to hearing your latest, and check every time I come to mp3U. This method of composition is a skill lacking in nearly all modern music. A lost art maybe?. The ability to develop a theme and take the time required to do it. The sequence from 8:41 is remarkable and again from 11:27 - 12:00. The piece never loses it's way, and the flow is captivating. And those trills at 13:45 would guarantee cramps in any pianist :) Credit to you sir. And all for a fleeting glance and a smile that sweeps you away eh, hasn't world always been this way? Wonderful Sean, as ever. Alas I am limited to 1 vote. - Phil
About time we heard from you, Sean, and well worth the wait! How long does it take to score a piece such as this? Loads of passion in the accents and incidentals, crescendos..rit..and ...well the I hope the girl who inspired this has heard it?.If not, a tragedy upon a a tragedy. Grandiose in scope and recording techniques..not to mention length! Whew! Quite a concert! .liked that spell.. echoing coming into 6m...and re-appearing...magic in there ...nice f/x ...sinister vibe for the poor lass...or is that you selling your soul? So many images conjured up throughout...visions of light in here too. Enjoyed the ending...a trilling finish to the ascension..stunning !!
Just finished listening to the whole opus.
Well done Sean.
Always a sense of anticipation when a new Sean Damon track arrives.
Lots of different influences in this melodramatic piece. I'm no expert but i can hear a little JS Bach in places. Don't take this the wrong way but, this reminds me of the accompaniment to an old silent movie.
Born Sean Damon Rohde in 1968, I began my music studies at twelve. Like so many others, I learned my favorite rock songs by ear. But almost immediately I realized an intense desire to create. I was no longer interested in playing the music of others; from then on I have played only my own music.
In 1986, using my name Sean Damon, I began my serious music career. In fact, I have learned music mostly by my own efforts; I have had very little formal training. Since beginning my studies, I have also developed a voracious appetite for high culture in all forms: the fine arts, history, and science.
Above all, though, I hold Mother Nature most dear. In her embrace I find my classroom, my playground, and my church. From her, I have learned to appreciate the beautiful subtleties of existence. With her, I have experienced some of my greatest pleasures. By her, I find the spiritual reassurance to continue through hardship and maintain a productive life.
Amid ugliness of the human world, I find paradise in my thoughts. Whatever becomes of humanity, I shall continue to do my part to promote beauty.
Artists keep the sanity of humankind.
Although I am proficient on the guitar, I, unfortunately, do not play any other instrument. What you are hearing in my recordings is the sound of sampled instruments painstakingly sequenced to sound as close as possible to the level of fidelity that most of you manage through recordings of your own actual performances. I work in seclusion, hence, have not the blessing of external interpretation. By necessity, I must take full responsibly for the conception, production, and performance of my works so that my scores may be heard by others. I am exceedingly thankful for the existence of technology that enables me to bring to life scores that would have lain fallow on my shelf.