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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Overture to "Einstein Doll"
« Last post by sandalwood on Today at 08:13:47 PM »
I think this is highly imaginative and colorful orchestration. I enjoyed it a lot.
Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Old Lullaby Revisited
« Last post by sandalwood on Today at 08:05:40 PM »
I guess I'm done with the overhaul of the piece. It is four minutes now and I hope  the second half sounds less "spiritual" and it makes some sense as a whole. I'd appreciate any remarks or comments.

I snatched the last three bars, at least the bulk of it, from Rachmaninoff, since I thought it well depicts the angelic moment a cute menace with barely any teeth finally succumbs and slides over to sleep. I don't know if this would entitle the Rachmaninoff estate to a claim on the publishing and performance revenues :) or whether I should seriously see it as a blemish on the originality of the piece,  for involved is the closing cadence of the piece, after all.

Headphones recommended.

Note to Jer: "B" is back in the bass in m. 29.
Chit Chat / Re: submitting one of my works to a competition
« Last post by Michel.R.E on Today at 05:47:46 PM »
thank-you Jer.
I'll see if I finished the English version of the score, I may have. If so, I'll post it in this thread for you.
I had to set the score aside after the premiere because of other more pressing compositions, but I still need three versions of this score: one in French (the original), one in English, and there is a version with no narration at all, which is musically different (some pauses eliminated, no repeated measures, etc...).

The clarinetist played most of it on a clarinet in A, though the score is written for clarinet in Bb. He was very agile at jumping back and forth between one clarinet and the other! (he had copies of his part both for Bb and A clarinets)
Works in Progress: Senior / Re: Chamber_Symphony_02
« Last post by RJB54 on Today at 04:10:04 PM »
Jerry, thanks.

To be honest, I'm not particularly up on the current state of serial theory myself. My views on these things were primarily formed in the 60's and 70's. I can't afford to randomly buy theory books nowadays and I don't seem to find free theory sites on the intertubes. Any sites which look interesting are all behind paywalls.
Chit Chat / Re: submitting one of my works to a competition
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on Today at 03:30:22 PM »
It's delightful, with so much variety out of such a small ensemble. The live sound and musicianship are wonderful. I can't speak French, so I'll have to wait for the English or Spanish translations.

It would be interesting to hear the other entries. I'm curious about what the calibre is in these events.

Works in Progress: Senior / Re: Chamber_Symphony_02
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on Today at 03:07:31 PM »
I'm not conversant with the various currents in serial music, but unlike much of what I've heard I find your musical language compelling.
The changes you made add to what I already thought was an exciting piece.
Works in Progress: Junior / Overture to "Einstein Doll"
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on Today at 02:38:15 PM »
This is short overture to a showcase production of a play called Einstein Doll that I originally wrote and recorded for piano, and that I've used to practice my orchestration. It's a little expanded from the piano version, but nevertheless grandiose for its short length. I consider it just an exercise.

I can't remember at all what the play was about, so it must have been forgettable.

The score is my work version, not finalized for live performance:

MP3 Audio file:

Original piano version, in PDF and MusicXML files:

I'm still working on re-orchestrating the overture to All My Sons per suggestions from Michel. I also received suggestions to post the original piano version in MusicXML format in case anyone was interested in re-working it. These are the links to it:

All My Sons original version:

All My Sons simplified reduction of my orchestration:

Comments and suggestions aways appreciated.

Works in Progress: Senior / Re: Chamber_Symphony_02
« Last post by RJB54 on Today at 12:02:34 PM »
I have revised Mvt I to reflect Michel's input. The errors he pointed out have been addressed. In addition, various tweaks/changes have been made with the biggest two being (1) that near the end of the development section I have changed the meter of several bars so that the bar lines more accurately reflect what is actually going in the music and (2) at the end of the slow portion of the development section I have added a woodwind 'chorale' for Michel.

I think adding this woodwind passage actually serves to address an arguably weak structural point in the development. There is a transition passage between the opening fast part of the development and the slower part, but initially there wasn't a transition between the slow part and the second fast part, it pretty much just jumped from slow to fast. This new woodwind passage provides a transition between the two parts in that the first half is concerned with the motive which had been the primary focus of the preceding slow part then moves to a different motive which will be of primary concern at the start of the upcoming fast part.

Mvt II is a sort-of scherzo in that, while it has the character of a scherzo, it doesn't have the traditional A-B-A1 scherzo layout. Instead it has an arch form, A-B-C-B1-A1.
Works in Progress: Senior / Re: Chamber_Symphony_02
« Last post by RJB54 on Today at 11:10:38 AM »
It is true that Schoenberg would on occasion include a nod to tonal/diatonic practices (especially after he moved to America). I don't remember the exact quote but it was something to the effect that he still felt the pull of tonality and sometimes couldn't stop himself.

But that doesn't obviate the fact that it was Schoenberg who basically set the 'ground rules' which Webern, etc. ran with. One of the most important to this discussion being that tonal/diatonic elements (diatonic chords/progressions and consonant intervals) are to be avoided.
Chit Chat / Re: Birthday Present
« Last post by sandalwood on Today at 06:09:57 AM »

 ...I was enthralled by the story...

May I strongly recommend the Bunuel movie if you have not watched it already?
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