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Jerry Engelbach

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The Misanthrope Overture
« on: October 12, 2017, 11:13:00 AM »
  I wrote this overture some years ago as part of incidental music for a New York production by the Classic Stage Company of Molière's play The Misanthrope.

With no budget for live music, I relied on volunteer musicians to perform live throughout the play. I attracted a motley group of flute, violin, viola, cello, and two French horns — which explains the ensemble.

However, the director changed his mind about using live music, so it was never performed, and I never knew what it would sound like until computer digitized music became cheaply available.

Recently I revised it and added about 30% more to its length.

Comments, suggestions, and criticisms are most welcome.

Audio:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/qutthtfyc4b6c0o/Misanthrope%20Garritan%205.mp3?dl=0


Score:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/9obe1nwtpk4bydp/Misanthrope%20Garritan%205.pdf?dl=0

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Jer
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Re: The Misanthrope Overture
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2017, 01:18:39 PM »
A pleasant "romp" to say the least~!  ;D

Question: why 2 horns?  Oh .... I see ...

However, Would a 3rd woodwind(s) add a bit more color/balance?  Maybe an English Horn and/or Clarinet for a future performance?

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Re: The Misanthrope Overture
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2017, 01:53:59 PM »
Your overture is very enjoyable, despite the limited instruments.

Jay

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Re: The Misanthrope Overture
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2017, 02:20:55 PM »
Thank you, Mark and Jay.


Mark, yeah, it's a "historical document," representing limitations that no longer exist. So, good suggestion. The flute does kind of hang up there all by itself, doesn't it? Clarinet would be an interesting new timbre in that mix, filling in between the flute and horns. 


If I work on it again perhaps I'll add something.


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Re: The Misanthrope Overture
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2017, 02:49:36 PM »
working with really heteroclite ensembles really helps one to develop a sense of how to deal with specific instrumentation issues.
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Re: The Misanthrope Overture
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2017, 02:53:20 PM »
I appreciate the craftmanship in making this unlikely ensemble sound so good! I imagine better sounding instruments (strings,at least) would make this sound way better, overall.

The outer sections themes admittedly do not particularly relate to me, however I think the piece is remarkably well-crafted and I guess it would work well for the intended purpose.

Thanks for posting  :)

Reha

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Re: The Misanthrope Overture
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2017, 09:00:50 AM »
working with really heteroclite ensembles really helps one to develop a sense of how to deal with specific instrumentation issues.
Indeed it does, however unintentional and ruled by necessity.


It also enables one to learn new words, like "heteroclite."


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Re: The Misanthrope Overture
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2017, 09:06:01 AM »

Reha,


Your words about craftsmanship mean a lot. Learning to understand better how instruments sound together is one reason I'm here.


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Re: The Misanthrope Overture
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2017, 11:40:31 AM »
... The flute does kind of hang up there all by itself, doesn't it? Clarinet would be an interesting new timbre in that mix, filling in between the flute and horns. 

As it is, though, the strings fill in well between the flute and horns.  I think you've done a good job of balancing the 4 sets of timbre (counting bowed and pizz strings separately).  With it's timber and range the the flute will almost inevitably stand out in this ensemble and you've used that to your advantage.

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Re: The Misanthrope Overture
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2017, 02:09:44 PM »
Thanks, Patrick.
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