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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Sweet Viola- Solo Viola Piece
« Last post by amdg on Yesterday at 07:35:29 PM »
An interesting start.  I think perhaps I hear a little more of the primary thematic material that Mark refers to.  I do agree, though, that for so short a piece as this is, a more concentrated use of the material would be in order.  It is a very brief exercise, so it needs to be -- in my opinion -- heavily reliant on the opening material to sustain it. 

I think also that writing for the viola as solo instrument should exploit more of its very broad range.  There is at least one person on this forum who is proficient on the viola and can tell you more about this.  The higher range of the instrument really only comes forward at the very end of your piece -- and seemingly  out of nowhere.  Those last couple of measures strike me as not being all that much a part of the rest of the piece.

Still, there is interesting music to play with and develop.  Good luck with it.
Brian
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Sweet Viola- Solo Viola Piece
« Last post by mjf1947 on Yesterday at 02:19:01 PM »
Hi the work begins with a nice melody; however the development does not make use of this initial thematic material.  It wanders as does the underlying harmonic movement. 

Try to concentrate of the first measures ...using that material for further construction/variation on your material.  You might also want to try out the chord progression(s) on a piano or keyboard.

Mark
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Works in Progress: Junior / Sweet Viola- Solo Viola Piece
« Last post by Medievalwarfare on Yesterday at 12:34:52 PM »
This piece starts in d dorian and then transitions to d minor. I simply wanted to make a solo viola piece that shows off its beautiful sound. I'd like to hear what the community thinks.

score:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/s8zl1uxu7trsrao/Sweet%20Viola.pdf?dl=0

audio:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/cwhl6wlptgn8f54/Sweet%20Viola.mp3?dl=0
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Brass Quintet
« Last post by mjf1947 on March 23, 2019, 06:23:33 PM »
Jer,

I will be away from my computer for awhile.  I definitely will see how it fits. I've already made challenges to the section with a similar intent; although, I am open to all possibilities.

Thanks .....................

Mark
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Brass Quintet
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on March 23, 2019, 05:56:45 PM »
Mark,
 
I played around with your latest revision in Finale.
 
I like the idea of that fanfare standing more or less alone, without that descending note pattern behind.
 
Here's my dos centavos. A bit too syncopated, perhaps?
 
Cheers,
Jer
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Brass Quintet
« Last post by mjf1947 on March 23, 2019, 12:47:46 PM »
I met with my mentor today.  I made a few tweaks to parts .... however, I  will concentrate on slightly reformulating the ending measures.  I have a few ideas and directions to pursue.  In a few weeks after a final meeting or so on this work I will post it in the completed section of the forums.

Thank you  all for your support and advice.   ;D

Mark

PS: I think I will revisit my Through the Looking Glass composition as my next learning project with my Mentor.
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Brass Quintet
« Last post by mjf1947 on March 22, 2019, 05:41:02 PM »
Mark,
 
That looks like it might work better.
 
I have to say, though, that I really liked the sound before, with the horn doubling the trumpet.
 
It's great that you put yourself out there and are open to suggestions. Agree or disagree, the back and forth is a great pleasure.
 
Cheers,
Jer

What do you think of this?  I like the overall texture now.

I see my mentor tomorrow ... it will be interesting to hear his take on things.

Mark
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Brass Quintet
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on March 22, 2019, 04:54:14 PM »
Mark,
 
That looks like it might work better.
 
I have to say, though, that I really liked the sound before, with the horn doubling the trumpet.
 
It's great that you put yourself out there and are open to suggestions. Agree or disagree, the back and forth is a great pleasure.
 
Cheers,
Jer
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Study in C,
« Last post by AO on March 22, 2019, 03:16:37 PM »
Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to my last months' study, your suggestions are always very helpful. I will reconsider the cymbals and I will rename the piece to "It's Mueller Time" ;)
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Brass Quintet
« Last post by mjf1947 on March 22, 2019, 06:28:38 AM »
Jer,

I adjusted the fanfare at the end.

See attached.

Mark
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