The first Improvisation is fast and extremely powerful, taking the listener on an intensely emotional ride. The second Improvisation is much slower, more lyrical, building to a more powerful, intense ending.
This set of Improvisations is divided into 5 sections of 3 Improvisations each: 1. Clear Perception, 2. Illuminating Perception, 3. Profound Perception, 4. Refined Perception & 5. Perceptive Insight.
With the exception of “Clear Perception”, each section starts with a short introductory Improvisation (Though in “Perceptive Insight”, this introductory Improvisation is much longer) followed by 2 Improvisations. “Clear Perception” has a set of 3 Improvisations.
Improvisations 2 & 8 are in the key of G-
2 emotionally moving improvisations encompassing both soft and powerful moments of great depth.
With Reflections, Julius Schmidt’s style has slowly evolved into a much more rhapsodic, yet deeply moving mode, while continuing in his more modern, emotionally moving style.
Two short, exciting and powerfully moving improvisations.
Serenity continues in the new, more modern style he achieved in “Intensity”, but less intense, more serene. It culminated in the unique Serenity 11 which travels constantly through a true kaleidoscope of keys.
Enthuse 1 is a small, yet exciting improvisation, recorded in mono. Enthuse 2 is a small, interesting improvisation, recorded in stereo.
With this Set, Julius Schmidt has reached a new high, having achieved a radically tonally modern, intense sound, with a moving, powerful drive and deeper emotional angst. It ends in the extremely slow, emotionally charged, and beautifully haunting Intensity 12.
Continuing in the new direction he began in “Yearning,” he adds even more emotional depth and modern feeling.
With the Set, Julius Schmidt again begins moving off in a new direction, with a more emotional, deeper modern sound.
Continuing in the vein he achieved with “Enlighten,” he produces a more emotionally powerful and exciting ride, before ending on the beautifully haunting Wandering 9.
1 Improvisation recorded in March 2012
This set contains a long, yet dark and brewing improvisation in G minor.
With this set, Julius Schmidt reached a new high in his stylistic growth. It was noted that these Improvisations were indeed something very special, in a truly new, unique style.
With this set, Julius Schmidt continued his stylistic growth with music that is more mature, exciting, and emotionally deep. Aspiring 2 and 3 are particularly powerful and emotionally charged, and Aspiring 1 and 5 achieve a new sense of breadth.
7 Improvisations recorded in April -
With this set, Julius Schmidt continued his stylistic growth with music that is more mature, exciting, and emotionally deep.
With this Set, Julius Schmidt’s style began to go though a change, becoming more mature and increasing in depth. They are relaxing pieces of music, bringing to mind comfortably relaxing at home in the evening.
Formerly “Set 7”, this set consists of four very long improvisations, very close in form to a “sonata”. It achieves a depth of emotion that was not present in his earlier improvisations.
The Improvisations in this set are not intended to combine as a single “set” (except for Improvs 4-
6 Improvisations recorded in December 2009
7 Improvisations recorded in June 2009
A large set (over 4 1/2 hours long), slowly becoming more complex as the set moves along.
The set is divided into 4 subsets. The first subset consists of Improvs 1-
7 Improvisations recorded in June -
Even though Julius Schmidt has been improvising since he was very young, however, the first recordings of his improvising were not until the summer of 2006. They are mono recordings, but are extremely relaxing, even being used in hospital reflexology departments to help relax their patients.
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