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Chit Chat / Re: Octava Chamber Orchestra - Jan 28
« Last post by tbmartin on Today at 11:03:44 AM »
... And since we in the audience will not be listening with the composer's ears it will probably sound better to us than it would to you.

Ain't that the truth!
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Chit Chat / Re: Octava Chamber Orchestra - Jan 28
« Last post by Patrick O'Keefe on Today at 09:25:06 AM »
Octava performances are variable.  Sometimes they are very good; sometimes not so much.  I hope they've rehearsed enough to do your work justice.  And since we in the audience will not be listening with the composer's ears it will probably sound better to us than it would to you.
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Chit Chat / Re: Octava Chamber Orchestra - Jan 28
« Last post by Michel.R.E on Today at 05:18:59 AM »
I apologize for my recent absence from the forum. Both work-related and personal issues have left me with little to no time nor energy to participate in a really meaningful way.

I hope to be able to resume serious participation within the next month or so.

And yes, Patrick, that is my piece "Les Sons et les parfums..."
The title they used on the poster is also one of the official titles for the work... it's basically "les Sons et les parfms (etc...)", number 1 from the 1st book of Impressions for orchestra.

I do hope you're not disappointed by the performance. I hear the musicians enjoyed the work very much, but apparently not enough to put in serious rehearsal time. We'll have to see if that changes this week.
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Tiny piece, "O Canada"
« Last post by tbmartin on Today at 04:43:43 AM »
I'm looking forward (hearing forward?) to hearing it.
Be sure to repost it.

We finally did a read through last night. It was early in the evening, and at least 2 saxes had spent the day in a car so our tuning was approximate at best. Plus, our soprano player has only passing familiarity with the tune, so he took it too slow.  During that read-through, we noticed some dynamics and spacing of breath marks that need adjusting in order to get clear phrasing that fits the lyrics (even though they aren't sung).

We plan to read the adjusted version at our next rehearsal, and I'll make sure it's later in the evening when our tuning has settled, and I'll try to get a recording for you.
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Chit Chat / Octava Chamber Orchestra - Jan 28
« Last post by Patrick O'Keefe on Yesterday at 07:48:18 PM »
I notice that the poster for this coming Sunday's Octava Chamber Orchestra concert contains the terse line "Edward Impressions".  Now, there may be many composers with the last name "Edward" but I know of only one.  And that particular composer recently wrote "a blatantly impressionistic" piece for small orchestra to be performed in the January / February time frame.  Is this just a coincidence?   Admittedly,  "Impressions" is quite a poor translation of "Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir" so I may be way off base.  If so, I'm probably going to be sorely disappointed on Sunday.
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Chit Chat / Re: Breath controller
« Last post by sandalwood on January 17, 2018, 07:53:53 AM »
Not a breath controller but a different type of midi controller/keyboard(fretboard?) I stumbled on on the utube. Listen from 12:00

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UEB3uD-PC8

and here is a happy user

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXstNdIEGPw

and here is a competitor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr87Z7rZiWE

it seems you can also iron your shirts on it.
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Chit Chat / Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Last post by perpetuo studens on January 15, 2018, 12:00:30 PM »
Tatum for sure, but I also heard Keith Jarret and Bill Evans in the sonata.

Jamie
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Chit Chat / Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Last post by luke on January 14, 2018, 06:24:06 PM »
Luka,
 
Thank you. Very exciting. His language is jazz-based.
 
Much of it reminds me of Art Tatum.
 
Did you really sight-read that first piece? I'm impressed.
 
Cheers,
Jer

I can definitely hear Art Tatum in Kapustin's works - his Etude No. 7 sounds much like Tatum's rendition of "Tea for Two."

I didn't sight-read as in play it full tempo while reading it for the first time right off the bat; that would be unreal. I usually just mean reading it and playing it under tempo, which may have hesitations and mistakes. :laugh:

Luke
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Chit Chat / Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on January 14, 2018, 11:15:58 AM »
Luka,
 
Thank you. Very exciting. His language is jazz-based.
 
Much of it reminds me of Art Tatum.
 
Did you really sight-read that first piece? I'm impressed.
 
Cheers,
Jer
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Works in Progress: Senior / Re: humoresques
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on January 14, 2018, 09:52:48 AM »

I'm glad you said that some of this will be reprised, because the way it is now it leaves one wanting more which is a good thing.

Alternatively, it does seem like a piece that could be expanded in a later work. After it ends, I wish I could hear the middle part again.

Cheers,
Jer
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