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A performance and commentary on a work for solo viola
« on: November 10, 2017, 04:24:24 AM »
Course work with Thomas Goss. Mine's first on the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz1BwUMNvT0&feature=youtu.be


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Re: A performance and commentary on a work for solo viola
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2017, 07:24:25 AM »
Nice!

I found some of the comments (I actually watched all three pieces) a tiny bit wishy-washy.
To say the piece is simple, but then bring up that your last piece was too challenging, sort of makes me want to say "make up your mind". It's incredibly difficult to write a piece with "sight-reading" in mind, and without making it "simple".

Regarding your piece: I'm wondering if it was a subconscious influence of sorts, or a conscious decision to include that "echo", but the opening of your theme brings to mind "Amazing Grace".
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Re: A performance and commentary on a work for solo viola
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2017, 07:54:57 AM »
Nice!

Regarding your piece: I'm wondering if it was a subconscious influence of sorts, or a conscious decision to include that "echo", but the opening of your theme brings to mind "Amazing Grace".

It must have been subconscious because I never heard that echo until now. "Amazing Grace" is a lament of sorts in my memory, as I have heard it so often at funerals, including my mother's where it was played on bagpipes (in a tiny chapel, I might add--I think that some of my cells are still vibrating from that experience).  Still, odd to think of it as a lament, considering the lyrics: "I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see."
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Re: A performance and commentary on a work for solo viola
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2017, 12:52:07 PM »
Ron,
 
Lovely piece. It's so good to have someone to perform your work live.
 
Is Goss still offering that course? I don't see any mention of it on his website.
 
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Re: A performance and commentary on a work for solo viola
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2017, 01:37:18 PM »
I believe the course on strings is completed. But Thomas is always offering free tutorials and min-lessons. Check it out here: http://orchestrationonline.com/
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2017, 03:14:10 PM »
I didn't understand the comment about the clef change being too early.  If there is going to be a clef change anyway and changing it early keeps the notes within the staff, why is that not a good thing?

I've always thought it a bit odd that Amazing Grace had been turning into a lament.  Your piece shows how using thematic material akin to Amazing Grace can actually be a lament.  Very nice piece.

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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2017, 06:22:02 AM »
I believe the course on strings is completed. But Thomas is always offering free tutorials and min-lessons. Check it out here: http://orchestrationonline.com/
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Re: A performance and commentary on a work for solo viola
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2017, 08:00:35 PM »
Nice piece, quite moving.
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