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General Messages / Re: Members Participation
« Last post by mjf1947 on Today at 11:17:03 AM »
Hi all .... everyday I look at the numbers viewing the board.

So many "viewers" .... in comparison to ....."posters".

Once again I encourage all to participate.

If there are any reasons/concerns that inhibit your participation - please let us know!

All comments respectfully shared are most welcome. 

Works in Progress: Junior / Clarinet Cello - The Home Coming
« Last post by mjf1947 on Today at 10:46:15 AM »
Okay ..... Here's the beginning of my new project which I began this morning. the title suggests - it's another theme based idea.

So I have 2 themes to get me started.

What do you think?  Encouragement always welcome as well as those helpful suggestions.

It's in it's infancy ...... looking forward to developing it (I think it might make a nice piece for full orchestration?) if it works out well..


Works in Progress: Senior / Re: Symphony #3 - WIP
« Last post by Michel.R.E on Today at 01:01:54 AM »
what is the size of the orchestra?

I do love it, musically, but as a symphony movement I can't say I'm convinced. It lacks, at least to my idea of what a symphony represents, the heft/weight required.

however, that said, I could see this as an inner movement of a symphony.
but this is just my own preconceptions of what a symphony represents structurally.

one of the reasons I am not convinced it works as a symphony movement, least of all as a 1st movement, is the harmonic zone it covers. it's your usual brilliant orchestration and pointilistic self, immediately recognizable and enjoyable. I don't know that it really ranges far enough in any direction, however.

still, I very very much enjoyed it, as usual with your works.
it does have a bit of a Sharks vs Jets "Cool" vibe to it.
This is why I've always made a specific playback file and another print file.

For myself, I use three files, a playback file, what I call the figured bass file (although it doesn't actually contain figured bass), and the print file.

I compose into the play file. The way I work (with the tone rows and related pitch collections) I embed a lot of text throughout the play file indentifying every pitch in the composition as to which row or interpolation the pitch belongs. When I'm done composing the piece, I copy the play file into the figured bass file (which includes all of the pitch identification info which is why I call it the figured bass file). I do the engraving in the figured bass file. When that's completed the figured bass file gets copied into the score file and I remove all of the pitch identification text which makes the score file ready for printing.
Chit Chat / Re: Zoom Conference
« Last post by mjf1947 on Yesterday at 10:37:08 AM »
Well, if the time of the Zoom conference was Noon E.S.T. in Europe it would be 5 or 6 and on the west coast 9 AM.  In Thailand Midnight etc.

I think we could find a common time for most forum users.

The trick is to find a discussion topic that is accessible/interesting for all.

Suggestions?  It should be light and friendly.

Chit Chat / Re: Zoom Conference
« Last post by RJB54 on Yesterday at 09:49:19 AM »
This could be an interesting new feature of the site, but since we're all over the world, in many time zones, getting a time to do it that works.
Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Overture to "The Misanthrope"
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on Yesterday at 07:13:07 AM »
A million thanks.

I always appreciate your detailed listening and your germane comments.
I'm going to take out the trills and see how that works.
The solo instruments in NP3 don't always measure up, especially with ornaments. And the winds are not created from samples, but are synthesized, which explains some of the lack of character in clarinets and oboes.
I may even try the whole thing with GPO5, which I used in the original version.
Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Overture to "The Misanthrope"
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on Yesterday at 07:07:44 AM »
I like the mood you create with the piece, and the instrumentation choice is a clever one. I enjoyed listening to it :)
Thank you, francoisf.
That's very kind of you.
Works in Progress: Senior / Re: Symphony #3 - WIP
« Last post by jamie kowalski on March 27, 2020, 11:58:55 PM »
Note: I just uploaded a brand new version after a large overhaul, adding better transitions and some much tighter orchestration. If you gave this a listen prior to 3/28, I think this is big improvement. I think the writing is now complete. I may go ahead and engrave this for sharing before I get too deep in the other movements.

I love your ideas.... each little motif is very clever. I love the rhythms, the emptiness at times... and your use of instruments.

Hi Sally! Sorry I missed this comment, and thank you so much for your kind words.

I'd love to know more about how you work. Using the words of others ... I find your work very quirky and intriguing... And strangely accessible.

Without getting too wordy, my process is pretty messy. I typically sketch quickly, then refine over and over, until nothing of the original idea remains. I write using a sequencer and a "piano roll" view, which I find quite natural. It makes me think about harmony and orchestration in a very different way.

Are you dead set on this being a symphony?

That's the current plan, but I go where my music leads me, so you never know.

These are only my musings and I don't mind if you totally disagree with me!

Thank you so much for your musings! I am grateful for feedback of any kind.
Chit Chat / Re: Zoom Conference
« Last post by AO on March 27, 2020, 10:52:14 PM »
Yes, we could set-up listening parties. give a toast, and discuss.
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