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Completed Works: Junior / Re: Capricious Waltz - finished version
« Last post by gogreen on Yesterday at 11:36:19 AM »
Very impressive, Jay. Nice! All the notes sit it great ranges for the instruments, especially the solo passages, and I liked the orchestration. I, too, like the interplay among the instruments. After about measure 100, the piece meandered a little for me, but it recovered quickly with the return at 135 for the main motif. Did I hear some Hindemith in there (Symphonic Metamorphosis)? Very, very nice, Jay!
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Suite for Small Chamber Orchestra
« Last post by RJB54 on Yesterday at 10:01:28 AM »
Ron,

I like this a great deal.

I particularly liked the sinous cello line in movement 2.

I think the sprightly motives in movement 3 might have a better feel if the tempo was raised a smidge.

I liked the feel of movement 4 but I agree that the way it is notated will lead to performance problems. As I've said elsewhere, for various reasons I don't think any of my music will ever get played by actual musicians but, I personally think its still worth the effort to have the notation be done is a manner which will aid in performance.

I liked the way you're never quite sure where the beat is in movement 5.

Like movement 3, I think the motives in movement 6 would be served a bit better with a slight increase in tempo. Also, I could stand to have the movement be a little longer playing a bit more with the color contrasts or something.

I think movement 7 is a good finish which I would have liked to last a little longer.

All in all a good piece of work. Congratulations.
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Completed Works: Junior / Re: Capricious Waltz - finished version
« Last post by RJB54 on Yesterday at 08:34:38 AM »
As Jay and Mark said this is a nice waltz with the polytonality handled well.

Some minor engraving issues. The staff labels for the trumpets does not indicate 1st or 2nd trumpet as the horn staves do (for example). Also, you have the staff labels for the string as plural (Vlas., etc) which is not how they are normally indicated (Vla.).
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Completed Works: Junior / Re: Capricious Waltz - finished version
« Last post by mjf1947 on October 20, 2018, 11:01:03 AM »
Lovely interplay among the instruments and sections ............................sure keeps your interest.

It has a nostalgic quality to it ....... I hear a bit of Prokofiev et al.

Mark

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Completed Works: Junior / Re: Capricious Waltz - finished version
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on October 20, 2018, 09:47:40 AM »
Jay,
 
You sure seem to have mastered the polytonality.
 
What a wonderful piece. Clever theme, witty use of pairs of instruments, beautiful sonorities, dramatic changes in tempo and dynamics.
 
Cheers,
Jer
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Suite for Small Chamber Orchestra
« Last post by Michel.R.E on October 20, 2018, 09:02:41 AM »
Ron,
effort and time invested in something like this is NEVER wasted.
Whether "real" musicians play it or not, it is still worth your time to write the very best music you can.
Never give up, no matter how frustratingly slim chances of performance can be.
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Suite for Small Chamber Orchestra
« Last post by Ron on October 20, 2018, 08:34:25 AM »
Thanks Michel.
You are probably right about all those added 1/16ths. I wanted a jarring effect. I will  rework it if anyone ever wants to perform the suite. These days I feel I am wasting my time by writing for real performers and just writing the music I want to listen to.
Cheers!
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Suite for Small Chamber Orchestra
« Last post by Michel.R.E on October 20, 2018, 08:10:45 AM »
I finally got to sit and listen to the whole suite.
I gotta say, I love it!
My favourite movements are the last two. There's a light "neo" quality to them, with the 6th being almost like a Renaissance dance, and the 7th having a slightly more pungent neo-baroque feeling.

I like the doublebass solo in the 4th movement, however, I really question the wisdom of putting all those "+1/16" in all the measures. I'm wondering if there isn't some way of conveying the same feel of extending that last note fractionally without giving the musicians and the conductor so much trouble.
Maybe writing it in straight 3/4 and 4/4 then marking the first 3 measures with "poco rit" then "a tempo" followed by "simile sempre"?
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Works in Progress: Senior / Re: Fragment
« Last post by RJB54 on October 20, 2018, 07:37:29 AM »
Excellent start at something which could grow into a very interesting piece.

To me it would work well as a sort of scherzo with jazzy inflections.

Looking forward to more.
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Suite for Small Chamber Orchestra
« Last post by Ron on October 19, 2018, 08:13:29 PM »
I enjoyed listening to your suite, Ron.  Being a bass player, I appreciated that you gave the bass player a solo moment in #4. Are there any recurring motives or themes that tie the suite together? 

You might create an single mp3 of the whole suite so that one can listen to it uninterrupted.

Jay

Thanks Jay,
I had considered doing a simple mp3 but figured it would be too large for easy uploading and downloading. No, no single theme ties everything together. For the record my favorite in #3--light and humorous. Coming after a few years of nothing but a couple of very serious pieces, it is a welcome relief (to me).
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