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Michel.R.E

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Re: A new short orchestral work
« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2017, 10:39:52 PM »
I also like having been forced to find alternatives to the harp.
In a way, I think adding a harp would have made it a bit more "cliché".
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Re: A new short orchestral work
« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2017, 02:07:08 PM »
I also like having been forced to find alternatives to the harp.
In a way, I think adding a harp would have made it a bit more "cliché".

I agree. I hear so many pieces that use the harp and you could almost dictate before hearing the piece how the harp will be used. As I said dropping the harp and coming up with other ways of accomplishing similar things makes a piece more interesting (at least to me).
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Re: A new short orchestral work
« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2017, 09:30:21 PM »
I'm almost in tears. The orchestration was beautiful. The melodies were yearning and nostalgic to me.

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Re: A new short orchestral work
« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2017, 12:51:22 AM »
thank-you very much Luka.
I think this is one of my more accessible and direct pieces, so I'm happy it made you feel something. That was pretty much the goal.
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Re: A new short orchestral work
« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2017, 11:02:25 PM »
At some point you have to stop revising and stop looking for errors.

So tonight I sent off the orchestral score and all the orchestra parts to the printers to be printed, bound, then shipped to the conductor and to the orchestra librarian.

Now I can get back to work revising my song cycle "The Unknown River".. I still feel there are a few spots that need more breath. I have a contralto looking at the score now who is interested in performing the songs.

And I really wish my damned string quartet would come together. The ideas are there, it's just not jelling in my head yet "as a whole".
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Re: A new short orchestral work
« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2017, 06:28:14 AM »
Beautiful work -- impressionism suits you!

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Re: A new short orchestral work
« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2017, 06:37:47 AM »
thank-you Jamie.
In all honesty I was a tiny bit leery of diving into the deep end of the impressionist pond.
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Re: A new short orchestral work
« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2017, 07:31:33 AM »
I think there is plenty of potential impressionistic territory that no one has yet tread. Its sensibilities blend well with just about any style, if you just want to include a touch of it.

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Re: A new short orchestral work
« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2018, 02:07:57 PM »
I don't want to jinx the performance, but it seems last night's rehearsal was fantastic.

I've been away a lot, busy, as in drowning in work.
a few hints: I've already announced the string quartet, but now there's a large commission coming down the  pipeline for a concerto for string quartet and orchestra, as well as a piano concerto. all guaranteed performances, and significant amounts of money.
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Re: A new short orchestral work
« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2018, 04:10:29 PM »
excellent news!  music to ears! :)

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Re: A new short orchestral work
« Reply #25 on: January 27, 2018, 06:35:03 PM »
and music to mine.
the purchase of our company has really drained my personal finances, we are in a very very tight place financially.
so anything that can help to put food on the table, pay our municipal taxes, etc... while we wait for the company to be profitable enough to give ourselves decent salaries.
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Re: A new short orchestral work
« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2018, 08:14:14 AM »
Since you mentioned it, I feel free to ask: What kind of a business is it?
 
That's good news about the rehearsal. No jinx. I was in the theatre long enough to learn that there's no truth to the myth that a successful dress rehearsal means there'll be problems on opening night.
 
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Re: A new short orchestral work
« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2018, 08:44:21 AM »
Good luck  with  today's  concert!

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Re: A new short orchestral work
« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2018, 08:45:58 AM »
we bought the company my spouse has worked at for the last 12 years. It's a commercial photography company, mostly large schools and ID cards for colleges and universities. We have around 15 employees. It's a bit strange for us going from employee to boss. I've invested all of my money (meaning my house) into the company.
The company makes a significant amount of money, but we have 5 years to basically pay off the "loan" that was used to buy it (it's an arrangement we made with the preceding owner).

As for the concert, well, it's tonight, there's nothing I can do but wait, and hopefully the recording will come out successful.
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Re: A new short orchestral work
« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2018, 08:46:22 AM »
Good luck  with  today's  concert!

Thanks, fingers crossed.
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