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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Capricious Minuet
« Last post by whitebark on Yesterday at 06:40:42 PM »

Thanks for the enthusiastic reviews, Reha and Ed :)

-Jay
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Capricious Minuet
« Last post by perpetuo studens on Yesterday at 03:43:52 PM »
But maybe I am being to strict with myself.

I would agree with this. :)
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Capricious Minuet
« Last post by whitebark on Yesterday at 03:37:26 PM »
Jay,

Following Michel's suggestion...

Yes, I have benefitted many times in the past from Michel's insightful comments We're very lucky to have his input.

I think this piece is wonderful. Is this your first attempt at something polytonal? I've made a new year's resolution this year to try to stop writing comments that sound like pretentious critic's reviews, so I'll just say there's nothing not to like about this piece: the handling of the thematic material, the orchestration, everything is just lovely. Also, I agree with Jer's comments on the quality of the "performance"; much better than anything I'm getting out of Finale

Is there some reason you're not posting in the senior section?

Anyway, kudos.

Jamie


Hi Jamie,
Thanks for your kind comment. I've been experimenting with polychords in the last year, but I've been more systematic in the use of polychords and harmony in this piece.

I hope Wallander gets NotePerformer working well with Finale soon - I've been really happy with Noteperformer's performance, especially  with the version 3. It is a great tool for amateur composers who don't want to fuss with expensive sound libraries and DAWs. It is relatively inexpensive, too.  If you don't mind exporting scores to Sibelius (using MusicXML) you can try it out for free using demo versions of NotePerformer and Sibelius.

I set a self-imposed goal of not moving to the Senior section until one of my pieces is performed by a reasonably skilled orchestra. But maybe I am being to strict with myself!

-Jay
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Capricious Minuet
« Last post by sandalwood on Yesterday at 11:23:03 AM »
More on 03:30 :): That sounded to me like an E Morricone moment.

Edit: To avoid misunderstanding: I would expect to hear such a passage in a Morricone score, but I definitely have not heard it yet.
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Capricious Minuet
« Last post by EdSharpe on August 14, 2018, 08:54:27 PM »
There is not much more that I could add that has not already been said, other then I too enjoyed the piece.  I could see being paired with some sort of animation short. 

Ed
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Capricious Minuet
« Last post by sandalwood on August 14, 2018, 04:02:32 PM »
I totally agree with Jamie's positive views, including the remark on the section you are posting in. I'm just amazed by the myriad of inventive orchestral and melodic ideas, big and small, that render the form into a functioning "organic" piece of music. Thanks, particularly, for the pleasant passage from 3:30. Not the names you mention, but it was P Dukas that I was reminded of while listening. :)


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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Capricious Minuet
« Last post by perpetuo studens on August 14, 2018, 02:09:38 PM »
Jay,

Following Michel's suggestion...

Yes, I have benefitted many times in the past from Michel's insightful comments We're very lucky to have his input.

I think this piece is wonderful. Is this your first attempt at something polytonal? I've made a new year's resolution this year to try to stop writing comments that sound like pretentious critic's reviews, so I'll just say there's nothing not to like about this piece: the handling of the thematic material, the orchestration, everything is just lovely. Also, I agree with Jer's comments on the quality of the "performance"; much better than anything I'm getting out of Finale

Is there some reason you're not posting in the senior section?

Anyway, kudos.

Jamie
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Capricious Minuet
« Last post by whitebark on August 14, 2018, 08:38:14 AM »
Hi Jerry,
Thanks for the positive review :). I must have been half asleep when I provided the link to the heel blister discussion*!  The link is fixed now.

-Jay

(*I just got back from an 8 day wilderness backpack trip.  the link must have been lingering in the paste buffer on my computer. My buddy got heel blisters, which are no laughing matter when you get them on a hike. They are hard to resolve - sometimes the best solution is to buy new boots that fit better in the heel)
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Capricious Minuet
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on August 14, 2018, 06:51:17 AM »
Jay,
 
The new piece is, as always, fun and beautiful. Your themes and orchestration are super. Another triumph.
 
However, the link to your score took me to a hiking web site discussing heel blisters. Useful, in its own way, but all on one note.
 
Note Performer sounds so good. Much better, I think, than my Garritan GPO5. Unfortunately, NP is available only in a flawed Beta version for Finale.
 
Cheers,
Jer
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Chit Chat / Re: Finale Question About Percussion Toys
« Last post by gogreen on August 14, 2018, 05:43:23 AM »
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Normally, I set the Aria player banks and the master to 70. But for those soft percussion instruments I use a separate bank and set it to 200.
I set the soft instruments in their own Aria instances at about 140-150. Not only various percussion instruments need to be louder, including crash cymbals, but also flutes, oboes, and clarinets. Oddly, bassoon, bass clarinet, and baritone saxophone are way too loud, so I have to tone them down. In a concert band score, I usually have five or six Aria instances to accommodate all of these adjustments.

To fine-tune balance further, I often place hidden dynamics in my scores, or I redefine dynamics and choose louder or softer ones so that the score presentation remains viable.
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