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I'm just going to comment on the piano part, for now.

Consider moving some of the material up an octave or two. Right now the piano part's range is extremely limited, all within the space of the grand staff.

How about moving both hands up into treble clef?  for example measures 25 and 27 could have both hands up (the left hand up two octaves, the right hand up one octave)
That sort of thing. just to break from the "right hand in this range, left hand in that range" pattern.

I see a bunch of spots that could benefit from some range changes, or removal of octave doubling, or both.
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Chit Chat / Re: Michel Edward: Elegie for Violin and Orchestra
« Last post by RJB54 on Yesterday at 11:24:42 AM »
That's good to hear. :D
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Chit Chat / Re: Michel Edward: Elegie for Violin and Orchestra
« Last post by Michel.R.E on Yesterday at 07:56:23 AM »
I just got to listen to the recording of the Elegy. There are a few intonation difficulties, mostly in the 1st part (attributable to nerves, perhaps) but after the cadenza, the orchestra sounded pretty good!
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Completed Works: Senior / Re: New Finale to Violin Concerto
« Last post by Michel.R.E on May 20, 2019, 11:29:15 PM »
I've temporarily removed the finale of the violin concerto from the forum. I've now rewritten a large swath of it, and need to let it rest a short while before I decide if this will be the final version or not.

There are ALWAYS things to change. But if I can be satisfied that those changes will only be minor, then all will be good and I will repost the movement with score.
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Chit Chat / Re: Sunday's Pops Concert
« Last post by sandalwood on May 20, 2019, 05:51:52 PM »
Thanks for the nice video Mark! Also, for sharing the interesting discussion with the arranger. I'm gradually coming to understand arranging and orchestrating is a vast world in itself and a viable business for the talented few.
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Chit Chat / Re: Sunday's Pops Concert
« Last post by mjf1947 on May 20, 2019, 05:08:03 PM »
That was a good arrangement of Begin the Beguine.  Indeed the recording was not that great - I wonder how it could be improved?

Yes ... the arranger is very good.  He has graciously done many arrangements for the orchestra.

I shared some of my work with him.  As I said is an excellent arranger (for band too), however;

he shared he doesn't have an original musical thought!

The video .... is from a camcorder about 50 feet away.

Mark
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Brass Quintet Variations
« Last post by whitebark on May 20, 2019, 03:03:02 PM »
Ah, I stand corrected - it's not a Christmas tune. But nice all the same.  You might lengthen the breaks between some of the varations to mark their starts better. And certainly add more of them to make a five minute piece or longer. Get a bit more wild, too.  Try a minor key variation, a fugue, etc. Consider the variety achieved in say, Elgar's Enigma Variations.

J
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Chit Chat / Re: Sunday's Pops Concert
« Last post by whitebark on May 20, 2019, 02:50:32 PM »
That was a good arrangement of Begin the Beguine.  Indeed the recording was not that great - I wonder how it could be improved?
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Chit Chat / Re: Michel Edward: Elegie for Violin and Orchestra
« Last post by whitebark on May 20, 2019, 02:32:52 PM »
The Poulenc was indeed difficult, and the orchestra mostly survived intact. Mistakes occurred here and there but the performance was musical and enjoyable all the same. What an entertaining romp that piece was - the absurd ending gave me a chuckle. The fast runs in the 4th movement certainly pushed the violins to the limit.

Perhaps the only problem with the Elegie was that the orchestra seemed a bit loud relative to the violin solo.  That hall seems to really amplify the sound of the orchestra.

Jay
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Chit Chat / Re: Sunday's Pops Concert
« Last post by Michel.R.E on May 20, 2019, 02:17:56 PM »
not bad at all!
it's a shame the recording isn't better.
as usual, the horns have trouble.. it's such a fickle instrument. it so easily turns on you and betrays hours of work.
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