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Works in Progress: Senior / Re: Fragment
« Last post by gogreen on Today at 08:58:19 AM »
Very nice, Jamie. It'll be interesting to hear how you progress with this piece!

Art
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Works in Progress: Senior / Re: Fragment
« Last post by Michel.R.E on Today at 08:53:22 AM »
I like it very much.
I know a great pianist, Philippe Prud'homme, who would probably be interested in it. He does LOTS of new music, and likes stuff that remains rooted in tonality.
If Philippe decides to start playing your music, he will be pushing it massively. He's a very tenacious champion of composers.
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Works in Progress: Senior / Fragment
« Last post by Jamie Kowalski on Today at 07:08:55 AM »
Spider (Working title)

I've been putting off sharing this piano fragment for awhile. It's just a minute's worth of music, and it's taken me six months to write. That's sort of how things are going with me these days.

I've done some work on a contrasting section, but it's not ready to show yet.
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Chit Chat / Re: Hi everyone
« Last post by perpetuo studens on Yesterday at 11:33:22 AM »
You’re not alone in being distressed by the events of 2016. Glad you’re working your way out of it though. It’s an ongoing struggle for me. But anyway, welcome back.

(other) Jamie

Edit: changed “allowed” to “alone” I hate autocorrect.
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Chit Chat / Re: Hi everyone
« Last post by Jamie Kowalski on Yesterday at 10:35:14 AM »
Thanks, guys!

Not sure if I'm actually coming out of my funk yet, but at least I can bear to sit in my studio for longer than five minutes lately.

I'm still not too interested in Facebook for the time being. I glance at it for a minute or two in the mornings, just to see what folks are up to. If I'm feeling especially energetic, I might even like a post.
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Chit Chat / Re: Hi everyone
« Last post by Michel.R.E on Yesterday at 09:43:39 AM »
Yes, welcome back Jamie, we did miss your contributions very much (and on Facebook too).
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Chit Chat / Re: Hi everyone
« Last post by sandalwood on Yesterday at 09:40:18 AM »
Welcome back Kowalski :) You've been missed!
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Chit Chat / Re: Hi everyone
« Last post by Ron on Yesterday at 08:47:56 AM »
Hi Jamie,

Good to hear from you and glad you appear to be coming out of your funk period.

All my best wishes,
R.
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Basic Harmony and Counterpoint / Re: Parallel octaves vs doubling
« Last post by Jamie Kowalski on Yesterday at 07:09:47 AM »
Instead of thinking of whether a given rule is right or wrong, try to think of the principle intent of the rule. What specifically is the rule there to prevent?

The rule against parallel octaves and fifths is only important in the domain of voice independence. We learn the rule when we learn counterpoint because voice independence is the whole idea. When an otherwise well-written harmony suddenly inserts a parallel octave, the ear catches it because one of the voices seems to almost disappear, breaking its own melodic line. It becomes a perceived hole within the rich texture. A doubling doesn't cause this problem because the two voices were already acting as one.

Just be aware of what effect the doubling is having in your piece. By your description, it doesn't sound like it would be a problem at all. You are intentionally moving between voice independence and voice reinforcement.

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Chit Chat / Hi everyone
« Last post by Jamie Kowalski on Yesterday at 06:54:13 AM »
Hi all,

I'm just popping in to say hi. I miss everyone.

I've been out of it (life, music, etc.) for a couple of years -- in a funk, unproductive, and anti-social. I think it may be connected to disheartening events that started about this time in 2016 (yeah, that). Hopefully, we can start to turn that around next month.

Anyway, I'm not here to bum you out. Just wanted to touch base. I hope you are all doing well. I've only barely started to write a little bit again. I have a little sketch for a new piano piece I may share today or tomorrow. I've been working on it a tiny bit at a time for the past six months, and it's only a minute or two long, but I miss sharing.
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