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Completed Works: Junior / Re: Under Tides
« Last post by Lee Merrill on Today at 05:49:45 PM »
Sounds like Arabic Baroque! An interesting combination.

And I would like to have heard more polyphony, especially in the middle.

Regards,
Lee
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I like it! Very inventive...
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Completed Works: Junior / Re: Old Song - Oboe Cello
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on Today at 04:37:39 PM »
Oh, yes, I do like it at that speed.
 
Off the cuff ideas:
 
I'm not crazy about so much staccato in the oboe, such as in the first arpeggio up. Later you play something similar but legato, which I like better.
 
On the other hand, I wonder if the two against triplet section might be clearer if the oboe were staccato there.
 
Cheers,
Jer
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Completed Works: Junior / Re: Old Song - Oboe Cello
« Last post by mjf1947 on Today at 12:02:07 PM »
Mark,
 
It's an intriguing combination.
 
I wonder if you've considered a faster tempo. I played it through Amadeus at 20% and 30% faster and thought it worked rather well.
 
Cheers,
Jer

Jerry,

Here's the work at a faster tempo and few tweaks.

I still plan to work  it into a woodwind ensemble.  I'll be able to play with the different textures.  Maybe I'll keep the cello?  :o

Thanks for taking time for a listen.  ;D

Mark
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Completed Works: Junior / Re: Old Song - Oboe Cello
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on Today at 10:21:25 AM »
Mark,
 
It's an intriguing combination.
 
I wonder if you've considered a faster tempo. I played it through Amadeus at 20% and 30% faster and thought it worked rather well.
 
Cheers,
Jer
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Delightful, as always.
 
I always enjoy romping with you through your witty melodies and experiments in harmony.
 
The tune sounds vaguely familiar ...
 
Cheers,
Jer
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Completed Works: Junior / Quartal Bells for Wind Quintet - finished version
« Last post by whitebark on December 12, 2018, 02:20:23 PM »
Just in time for the holidays, here is the finished version of my Quartal Bells for Wind Quintet.  With the overwhelming storm of Christmas music on the airwaves and everywhere else, it was inevitable that it would seep into my brain and affect my composing.  This is the the slightly non-traditional result:

Score:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/grhvl5hssu87nhi/Quartal%20Bells%20v2.pdf?dl=0

Recording:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sfcid8iov99qx9i/Quartal%20Bells%20v2.mp3?dl=0

Happy holidays!

Jay
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Completed Works: Junior / Re: Old Song - Oboe Cello
« Last post by mjf1947 on December 12, 2018, 11:37:25 AM »
Hey thanks for the suggestions.

I like the modal mood/feel.....and possibilities.

Probably should have posted it in the work in progress section.

Mark
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Completed Works: Junior / Re: Old Song - Oboe Cello
« Last post by whitebark on December 11, 2018, 04:13:06 PM »
Mark, your duet has a nice modal, folk-music sound with a nostalgic feel. The harmony is very static, of course. That will make it hard to sustain listener interest for long.  To avoid a rambling effect, perhaps shape the melody a bit more and identify climax points?  Alan Belkin emphasizes the importance of melodic arc in music. A good melody has a climatic point, usually the highest note.  The rest of the melody works up to it, and away from it.  Also it might be good to use more imitation between your two voices (you do that some already, I see).   If nothing else, that forces the two voices to be equally interesting.

Jay
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