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Exercises / Re: Artificial Scales
« Last post by Tritonus on Yesterday at 11:31:27 AM »
Create a scale and not lose sight of the tonic.  ???

Octatonic Scales -
There are only two of them.  Either Half-Whole-Half-Whole...... or Whole-Half-Whole-Half.

The scale I choose was C D Eb F F# G# A Bb C

The chords chosen were either minor or Fully diminished.

i fully dim7 - ii - bvi - vii fully dim 7.

I post this on my site as well.
http://supertonictriad.com/

After I saved the recording to a wav file.
Finale decided to take a dump and I have lost the score.  It only comes up empty.

Here is the mp3.

http://supertonictriad.com/sites/default/files/2017-06/624Assignment.mp3





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Exercises / Re: Artificial Scales
« Last post by Ron on Yesterday at 04:53:20 AM »
Delighted to see the creativity these exercises are encouraging. I think it is safe to say that it is impossible to create an entirely new scale. There are limitations within which every combination has been tried at one time or another.

My wife and I will be away for 8 days, partaking in a Duplicate Bridge tournament in Moncton, New Brunswick (she likes to attend one major tournament a year that is outside of our local region). However, before we leave Monday I hope to post one more "scalular" exercise, then start some harmonic progression ones when we return.

Cheers!
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: "A War Symphony" (Symphony no.3) complete
« Last post by Michel.R.E on June 23, 2017, 07:33:10 AM »
well truthfully, they HAD clarinets in A.. they just weren't using them.
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: "A War Symphony" (Symphony no.3) complete
« Last post by Jamie Kowalski on June 23, 2017, 06:33:29 AM »
I once asked the clarinetists in an orchestra at a first read "Do you have the correct instruments? The parts are for clarinet in A," only to be answered "Yes."  :-[
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Lux aeterna for solo violin, string orchestra
« Last post by Ron on June 22, 2017, 08:48:50 PM »
Thanks, Jamie. I always appreciate your comments. I wish I had seen them earlier, as the score and parts are in the hands of the performers.
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: "A War Symphony" (Symphony no.3) complete
« Last post by Michel.R.E on June 22, 2017, 10:35:10 AM »
HAHAHAHA Patrick, good one.
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Hi Ron,

Great to hear you're getting a performance on this. Good luck, and let us know how it goes! I'm a little late to the party, but I'll offer a couple of thoughts.

The music is touching, and I think the tonal shifts work well. I especially like the final page of the score. Putting the violins and violas above the solo line can be a very nice effect.

My main concern is that there are no real points of repose. The individual musical phrases feel a bit like a run-on sentence, and the music seems like it isn't being allowed to breathe. A little more rhythmic variety might help in this regard as well.

Something that really stuck out to my ear is the parallel fifths melody in bar 32. Don't get me wrong, I love a good parallel fifth, but in the context of the whole piece, it comes across as very out of place.
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: "A War Symphony" (Symphony no.3) complete
« Last post by Patrick O'Keefe on June 22, 2017, 09:00:19 AM »
I recently had a piece performed by a sax quartet where I could hear very little relationship between what was performed and what was written.  Luckily it was performed in front of a bunch of composers rather than the "general public".  And I will probably have a chance to present it again.  However, some of the composers will probably be disappointed to discover it was an aleatoric performance rather than an aleatoric composition. :)
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: "A War Symphony" (Symphony no.3) complete
« Last post by Jamie Kowalski on June 22, 2017, 07:47:08 AM »
This is my justification for telling myself it's a blessing to not be getting performances lately.
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: "A War Symphony" (Symphony no.3) complete
« Last post by Michel.R.E on June 22, 2017, 06:39:51 AM »
exactly, Jamie!
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