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Works in Progress: Senior / Re: humoresques
« Last post by flint on February 19, 2018, 09:00:46 PM »
Added the fourth movement, a reprise of portions of the first waltz.
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Chit Chat / Re: The "What are you working on?" thread
« Last post by sandalwood on February 19, 2018, 09:55:30 AM »
I am tempted to steal the musical line ... I really like it.  ;)

Consider it yours, Mark!

...and thanks for the ideas and suggestions. :)
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Chit Chat / Re: The "What are you working on?" thread
« Last post by mjf1947 on February 19, 2018, 07:56:53 AM »
A snippet from a not-too-recent addition to the ever-getting-larger dump of abandoned ideas :)

This is a very interesting/mysterious opening .... I would suggest to add some "Renaissance type percussion" to the musical line.

I would definitely continuance to develop it. 

I would also add additional instruments to create a period style piece.  Maybe a lute, guitar, lyre, tambourine etc.

Have fun~!  ;D

Mark

PS: I am tempted to steal the musical line ... I really like it.  ;)
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Chit Chat / Re: The "What are you working on?" thread
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on February 19, 2018, 06:19:41 AM »

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I am currently trying to walk in almost total darkness and with some courage that the ignorant tend to have.

That's an eloquent phrase!

And it presciently captures the way I've approached learning music all my life.

Cheers,
Jer
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Canyon Vista - .....
« Last post by sandalwood on February 18, 2018, 08:30:22 PM »
Very nice, Mark! This sounds gracefully balanced and well-polished. I sensed some bottom-heaviness around 1:00-1:10, but changed my mind in the second listening. Some "Elgar"ian tranquility (to my ears) in the strings in the opening; very nice indeed! Good luck with performance opportunities!
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Chit Chat / Re: The "What are you working on?" thread
« Last post by sandalwood on February 18, 2018, 07:44:45 PM »
Thank you Jer!  I did eventually wake up to that similarity/association but (curiously) regarded it as harmless although I  tend to get nervous even over such partial associations. Actually it is a rather simple "melodi"c idea that I think any song writer can bump into, so I was anxious to know if it was, for instance, a childhood reminiscence from a then well-known piece. It has been sitting in storage for years, thinking I might some day do something with its "latin-sounding" ways.

[Edit:...and when I started tinkering a few days ago, I had to slightly change the melody so that it fits a traditional mother rhythm (clave)]

The funny side of all this endeavor is that, though very fond of many "Latin" pieces since childhood, I am totally ignorant on its innerworkings and the (presumed) vast world of its technicalities, intricacies, etc. So, I am currently trying to walk in almost total darkness and with some courage that the ignorant tend to have. Much fun! :)

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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Canyon Vista - .....
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on February 18, 2018, 05:22:50 PM »
Mark,
 
What a beautiful, interesting piece.
 
The contrasting sections, the builds to climaxes and releases, the subtle rhythmic nuances, the sublime ending.
 
I'm not experienced enough to comment on the technicalities of your orchestration, but I love the sounds you achieved in the solos and combinations, the overall mood you commanded.
 
I have no problem with the overall harmony sounding vaguely like Copland. It has figures in it that to me don't sound characteristic of his lexicon.
 
Is there anything about it that you think needs reworking?
 
Cheers,
Jer
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Canyon Vista - .....
« Last post by mjf1947 on February 18, 2018, 03:49:27 PM »
Hi it's been almost a year since I reviewed this work.  So I listened and heard little errors here and there ...nothing major and mostly in the lower brass - although I did alter a few woodwind measures and added a bit more piccolo. 

The blend is a bit better in places now.  Interestingly, composing in the interim helped me "fix" things I didn't notice before or didn't know to notice before!  :P

So if you have a few minutes and would like to listen to the work again ...please do.

I asked my Music Director to give it another look.  It's been more almost 2 years since he reviewed the composition.

I now play in two orchestras ... hope springs eternal; maybe I'll invite the New Music Director of the other to give a listen too.

All comments appreciative ... if your ear picks up something "squirmy"  :o please let me know.

Mark

SCORE in Concert Pitch.
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Tribute to Joe Ford: Final Version
« Last post by Ron on February 18, 2018, 03:25:53 PM »
Oh dear. I had originally divided the 2nd violins and violas there, but decided as the orchestra was so small, (only 3 violas, I believe) to rework those sections. I just checked and the copy I sent for the conductor (and the player parts) had those expressions removed.

I reposted above using the final copy. (Good eye, Jer.)
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Luke,
 
That is just extraordinary. Great skill in the complex writing.
 
But wow, what a challenge to play it.
 
The improved balance brings the whole thing out much more clearly.
 
Cheers,
Jer
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