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Thanks for sharing your piece, Paul. It definitely needs a better title (although "long piece" is an apt description  :)).  I enjoyed listening to your work, which felt like it was taking me on a long journey through a moody, gloomy landscape. There was enough variety in your orchestration and harmonic techniques to maintain interest.

Nearing the end, the music took on an optimistic tone, like a ray of sunshine breaking through the clouds, but clashing major and minor chords at the end brought things to an uncertain end.

You might consider adding an unaccompanied, extended cadenza for the violins to play toward the end of the piece, as it is concerto-like in a way. And you need to create a good-looking score for others to review (although, as you mentioned, this could be problematic).

Again, nice work!

-Jay



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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Major New Work
« Last post by Ron on Today at 03:00:54 PM »
Just beginning to listen to this work Ron. The mood of the first movement seems to reflect, for me, the anguish of parenting grown children discussed in recent forum posts.  Also, thanks for mentioning the on-line course exploring the Beethoven Sonatas. I am "enrolled" and have found Jonathan Biss a delightful teacher.  best, LA

Thanks for the kind words. After the initial course, Jonathan Biss went on to create two more courses on Beethoven's sonatas, all in Coursera. Well worth the time. I really enjoyed them and appreciate the radical changes that Beethoven brought to music all the more so thanks to Jonathan's detailed knowledge. He's an accomplished pianist as well--and that helps.
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: Major New Work
« Last post by LA Dierker on Today at 12:32:58 PM »
Just beginning to listen to this work Ron. The mood of the first movement seems to reflect, for me, the anguish of parenting grown children discussed in recent forum posts.  Also, thanks for mentioning the on-line course exploring the Beethoven Sonatas. I am "enrolled" and have found Jonathan Biss a delightful teacher.  best, LA
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Chit Chat / Re: Recent absence
« Last post by LA Dierker on Today at 11:46:33 AM »
New to the forum,and am appreciating the openness and honesty about life beyond the professional world. Thank you.
  Totally understand the anguish of parenting. Was also caught in the "sandwich" of caring for elderly parents while raising children.
    Agree with what Ron's and Mark's words, "understood by all who live a full life" and "never give up".  best, LA
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Chit Chat / Re: Recent absence
« Last post by sandalwood on Today at 08:33:58 AM »
Understood by all who live a full life!!!

Mark

Mark said it all!

More power to you Terence and may all things run the way you wish!
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Chit Chat / Re: Recent absence
« Last post by mjf1947 on Today at 04:35:59 AM »
Understood by all who live a full life!!!

Mark
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Chit Chat / Re: Recent absence
« Last post by Ron on Today at 04:04:06 AM »
I hear you Terence. I was virtually paralyzed for many months because of a 34-year-old child of mine who continues to throw temper tantrums daily, alienating everyone who comes near him. It cost me a close friend of more than 40 years. I am gradually overcoming my despair and slowly piecing things together.

Bless you...and never give up.
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Chit Chat / Recent absence
« Last post by tbmartin on Yesterday at 05:40:46 PM »
Life and work have both totally overwhelmed me recently. A noxious stew of colliding project deadlines at work plus my parents' failing health, one kid going off to college, and another proving (almost daily) that "adulting" is beyond his abilities even at age 25, my adorable 4yr old grandson who's awesome but lots of work for grandparents in their upper 50s, and the ongoing drama of a 23 daughter who's still living at home.

My ability to read anything on the forum, let alone listen, comment, or work on my own compositions has been essentially zero.  Never fear: I shall return. (Someday)
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Works in Progress: Junior / Long Piece for Orchestra and Two Violins
« Last post by paulr on September 16, 2018, 06:37:03 AM »
Hello,

I developed /composed this in Sonar.  I offer my apologies in advance because I really tried to create a reasonable score from it but the bizarre quirks of Finale defeated me.  It seemed in the end to be "making things up", i.e. adding notes that were not in the file at all.

In future I will probably start in Finale (or Notion?) and finish in Sonar (or another DAW).

I am linking to a midi file and an MP3.

Please feel free to engage as much or as little as you wish.

If anyone does want to discuss this, my particular question (apart from the usual ones) would be: is it worth making a proper score from this?

regards, Paul.

ps it's just under 20 minutes.

Also I have become much more busy (not with music unfortunately) and have had some family issues and have not really been able to take part here very much for quite some time.  I will do what I can to make amends.

Links rather than uploads:

Audio: https://www.dropbox.com/s/az3hcxl39jb4kiw/two%20violins%20and%20orchestra.mp3?dl=0

Midi: https://www.dropbox.com/s/54pre9nc30tby3l/two%20violins%20and%20orchestra.mid?dl=0
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Works in Progress: Senior / Re: Essay_06
« Last post by RJB54 on September 14, 2018, 11:24:46 AM »
LA, thank you very much.
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