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Completed Works: Junior / Re: Capricious Waltz - finished version
« Last post by mjf1947 on Today at 11:01:03 AM »
Lovely interplay among the instruments and sections ............................sure keeps your interest.

It has a nostalgic quality to it ....... I hear a bit of Prokofiev et al.

Mark

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Jay,
 
You sure seem to have mastered the polytonality.
 
What a wonderful piece. Clever theme, witty use of pairs of instruments, beautiful sonorities, dramatic changes in tempo and dynamics.
 
Cheers,
Jer
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Suite for Small Chamber Orchestra
« Last post by Michel.R.E on Today at 09:02:41 AM »
Ron,
effort and time invested in something like this is NEVER wasted.
Whether "real" musicians play it or not, it is still worth your time to write the very best music you can.
Never give up, no matter how frustratingly slim chances of performance can be.
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Suite for Small Chamber Orchestra
« Last post by Ron on Today at 08:34:25 AM »
Thanks Michel.
You are probably right about all those added 1/16ths. I wanted a jarring effect. I will  rework it if anyone ever wants to perform the suite. These days I feel I am wasting my time by writing for real performers and just writing the music I want to listen to.
Cheers!
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Suite for Small Chamber Orchestra
« Last post by Michel.R.E on Today at 08:10:45 AM »
I finally got to sit and listen to the whole suite.
I gotta say, I love it!
My favourite movements are the last two. There's a light "neo" quality to them, with the 6th being almost like a Renaissance dance, and the 7th having a slightly more pungent neo-baroque feeling.

I like the doublebass solo in the 4th movement, however, I really question the wisdom of putting all those "+1/16" in all the measures. I'm wondering if there isn't some way of conveying the same feel of extending that last note fractionally without giving the musicians and the conductor so much trouble.
Maybe writing it in straight 3/4 and 4/4 then marking the first 3 measures with "poco rit" then "a tempo" followed by "simile sempre"?
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Works in Progress: Senior / Re: Fragment
« Last post by RJB54 on Today at 07:37:29 AM »
Excellent start at something which could grow into a very interesting piece.

To me it would work well as a sort of scherzo with jazzy inflections.

Looking forward to more.
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Suite for Small Chamber Orchestra
« Last post by Ron on Yesterday at 08:13:29 PM »
I enjoyed listening to your suite, Ron.  Being a bass player, I appreciated that you gave the bass player a solo moment in #4. Are there any recurring motives or themes that tie the suite together? 

You might create an single mp3 of the whole suite so that one can listen to it uninterrupted.

Jay

Thanks Jay,
I had considered doing a simple mp3 but figured it would be too large for easy uploading and downloading. No, no single theme ties everything together. For the record my favorite in #3--light and humorous. Coming after a few years of nothing but a couple of very serious pieces, it is a welcome relief (to me).
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Completed Works: Junior / Capricious Waltz - finished version
« Last post by whitebark on Yesterday at 06:10:56 PM »
Move over, Strauss!  This waltz is the same piece I introduced in the "in progress" section. After a few changes (including a second trumpet),  I'm moving this piece into the "Completed" section.

Following Michel's suggestion, I composed a piece for classical orchestra using a standard musical form but incorporating polytonality -- although the second section of trio uses a plain harmony and sounds a bit more like Palestrina then Prokofiev.The first part of the trio features a touch of quartal harmony.

My polytonal scheme usually uses keys separated by a major second. One reason this works well is because polychords formed from two triads a whole step are relatively gentle and harmonious.

Whoops!  I see that I've used the obsolete double dot notation again. The alternatives seem clumsy, and I haven't felt like removing the double dots yet.

Here is the mp3, rendered with NP3:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1wvvm9gq5aoy9hd/Capricious%20Waltz%20v3.mp3?dl=0

Score PDF:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sp029bwap42mkqs/Capricious%20Waltz%20v3.pdf?dl=0

Cheers,
Jay

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Works in Progress: Senior / Re: Fragment
« Last post by whitebark on Yesterday at 04:44:42 PM »
What an intriguing little fragment of music just begging to be extended and developed.  Left me wanting to hear more ..

Jay
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Suite for Small Chamber Orchestra
« Last post by whitebark on Yesterday at 04:40:40 PM »
I enjoyed listening to your suite, Ron.  Being a bass player, I appreciated that you gave the bass player a solo moment in #4. Are there any recurring motives or themes that tie the suite together? 

You might create an single mp3 of the whole suite so that one can listen to it uninterrupted.

Jay
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