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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Tribute to Joe Ford: Final Version
« Last post by RJB54 on Yesterday at 06:24:16 PM »
I finally had a chance to listen to the final version. Quite moving. Good job.
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Completed Works: Junior / Re: Quintet Plus
« Last post by RJB54 on Yesterday at 10:07:21 AM »
This is a nice start for what could become a chamber symphony. Good handling of the varying colors.

Notation question: Isn't it standard practice to put a double barline when there is a key change as at bars 18-19? Also, There really should be a courtesy key indication at the page break between bars 18 and 19.
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Much to do About Nothing - woodwind quintet
« Last post by RJB54 on Yesterday at 09:55:10 AM »
I liked it. A nice subdued piece in a minimalist vein.
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: On the Wind - Woodwind Quintet Miniature
« Last post by RJB54 on Yesterday at 09:48:55 AM »
Nice little piece.

I don't think that the high F in the bassoon is all that high. I think that any player who is not a beginner student should have no problem.

The high Db in the oboe is a little more problematic. Going above high C is difficult for various reasons and requires a pretty good player.

For myself I think the 6/8 part would be better if it were in 3/4. It would give the music, with very little change, a, to me, more flowing, swingy, feel.
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Chit Chat / Re: The "What are you working on?" thread
« Last post by sandalwood on Yesterday at 08:16:18 AM »
Thanks a lot for the tips and ideas, Art!  As I could learn so far, the genre (afro-cuban) requires the use of at least 3-4 distinct, traditional, continuous rhythms played on bongo/conga drums, cowbells, timbale shells, etc, besides the essential claves. These are in addition to harmony/rhythm/(bass) on the piano, plus any dedicated bass instrument, wind(s) etc. I'll have to take my time to do a good deal of targeted listening etc to shape the remaining plethora of decisions to make. I may choose not to comply with the conventions, though that might be a better idea for the second piece. :)

I have two more themes as sequel to the opening one but I'm somehow more confident as to their originality. I felt I needed to check the (posted) opening theme to avoid toiling in vain.

Thank you Art, much appreciated!
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Chit Chat / Re: The "What are you working on?" thread
« Last post by gogreen on Yesterday at 06:05:51 AM »
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Still, with this very little available, if you have an idea whether this sounds worth devoting time or not, I would appreciate hearing it.

Entirely worth it. First, I'd polish the melody with a bit more variety, syncopation, and an interval leap or two. Then I'd probably pause there and review the melody over and over in my head to see if any kind of ensemble sprang up--it usually does for me. This review sometimes takes minutes, hours, or days. If not, I'm thinking a smaller ensemble--a trio or quartet, perhaps, the instruments of which are yet to be determined.
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Chit Chat / Re: The "What are you working on?" thread
« Last post by sandalwood on Yesterday at 04:20:55 AM »
Lately, I have been listening and reading, looking into salvaging a number of melodies/ideas aging in my hoarder's cache, writing them into a series of (very) short pieces for a duo or for even lesser:) forces.  Then, a couple of days ago, reading a forum post by ttw, who (far too infrequently :()  posts delicious Latin pieces,  I was reminded that I also had some "latin-sounding" material in storage. So I switched, temporarily, to looking into whether I could use some of them to write a close as possible to passable ;D Latin piece. Below, I'm attaching a few moments of the probable opening melody; will you kindly tell me  if you've heard it before?

The sounding instruments in the audio are only place-holders and my, yet, very early listening/reading tells me I have to provide many, many more layers of rhythm, harmony, etc. to the presently sounding texture. Still, with this very little available, if you have an idea whether this sounds worth devoting time or not, I would appreciate hearing it.
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Composition Topic of the Month / Re: December 2017: How do you overcome writer's block?
« Last post by ttw on February 15, 2018, 03:48:37 PM »
One thing I have tried is to copy (using Finale) some music that was interesting. Copying music has generally been considered good training. I want to use some Early Baroque or Late Renaissance harmonic stuff in some Latin or Tango music; thus I need to learn something about these. So I'm taking some pieces that are interesting and copying them. The point is that copying allows (forces?) one to examine a composer's procedures in detail.
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Completed Works: Junior / Re: Quintet Plus
« Last post by mjf1947 on February 15, 2018, 12:57:56 PM »
Mark,
 
I like it a lot.
 
Like many short pieces, I wish for more.
 
The piece gets complicated very quickly, so I wonder how it would be beginning with a simpler statement and then growing into more complexity.
 
Cheers,
Jer


Good suggestion!

Thanks for the review.  8)

I attached an updated mp3 with a better balance and a few note tweaks and minor arrangement changes.


Mark
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Completed Works: Junior / Re: Quintet Plus
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on February 15, 2018, 12:42:54 PM »
Mark,
 
I like it a lot.
 
Like many short pieces, I wish for more.
 
The piece gets complicated very quickly, so I wonder how it would be beginning with a simpler statement and then growing into more complexity.
 
Cheers,
Jer
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