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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: My first time.....
« Last post by smartysocks on April 09, 2019, 08:47:10 AM »
Hi RJ,

I totally agree ! I think I could have written both the harpsichord and harp parts on a stave each. My level of knowledge on both instuments and how to notate for them is limited. The same could be said for many of the instruments. Ranges for instruments are easily found, but information like how long can a flute player hold a note, or how quickly can a violinist change from pizz. to using a bow, is a little more tricky to find. Sometimes I email the part to a woodwind or violinist friend and simply ask if it is playable.

Right now I am more interested in simply creating a piece that is too my liking and challenges my abilities, and in doing so, helps me learn more so I can apply the knowledge to the next project.

I certainly appreciate the feedback. If you can think of any good reading material I would appreciate that too !

Thanks Mark
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Triology for English Horn and Strings
« Last post by mjf1947 on April 09, 2019, 07:45:56 AM »
A very pleasant, enjoyable, piece.

I did think it tended to be a little samey though. Some contrasting material along the way would be good. Maybe not even new material, perhaps some relatively quick modulatory digressions would do the trick.

You have a lot of engraving issues at the moment. There are collisions, errant slurs, and crescendos and diminuendos with no dynamics indicating how much louder or softer the player should go.

I would definately continue work on this polishing it further and making it even better.

Thanks for the review.

I agree some new material definitely would enhance the piece.  I'll attend to the engraving issues.

And Yes .... Pleasant is a good description of the work.  The work is meant to be a pleasant walk down the street on a sunny day while thinking lovely thoughts.

Mark

PS: I already started to enhance the second section .... looking forward to meeting with my mentor in 2 weeks.  :angel:
      This surely is a great forum...it keeps me going.  8)




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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: My first time.....
« Last post by RJB54 on April 09, 2019, 06:39:47 AM »
For its stated goal as a piece for children this works very well.

As Jerry said if this is to be a pre-recorded piece the orchestration is fine. But I think it would be quite difficult to get this performed live. An ensemble for a piece requiring two harpsichords and two harps would be difficult to find.
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: Triology for English Horn and Strings
« Last post by RJB54 on April 09, 2019, 06:34:50 AM »
A very pleasant, enjoyable, piece.

I did think it tended to be a little samey though. Some contrasting material along the way would be good. Maybe not even new material, perhaps some relatively quick modulatory digressions would do the trick.

You have a lot of engraving issues at the moment. There are collisions, errant slurs, and crescendos and diminuendos with no dynamics indicating how much louder or softer the player should go.

I would definately continue work on this polishing it further and making it even better.
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Works in Progress: Senior / Re: Septet
« Last post by Patrick O'Keefe on April 08, 2019, 11:51:14 AM »
I've removed the repeat of the "A" section.  The pseudo-exposition is now an ABA for rather than AABA.  I'm not sure this is a good idea since the B section is so much longer than the A section.  I may undo this change.

I've tried giving the winds a bit more prominence in several places:
  • In the B section - where the winds were already important - the stings eventually drop out leaving just the winds.   When this section reappears later on, the string accompaniment disappears but the 1st violin remains as a 4th member of the "melodic" ensemble.
  • The fugato now starts with a 3-voice exposition -  winds.  After a 4 bar non-fuguey bit (taking the place of an episode), the original 4 voice string entry appears, but since there are now 3 or 4 voices spread across all 7 instruments, the string-heavy effect is lessened (to my ears).
 
I have not yet changed the courtesy accidentals.

Update:
I made some minor changes to the fugato and very minor tweaks the coda. 

Update #2.
I meant to mention that the tweak to the coda was a disaster, but I probably won't have time to try again for a couple days.
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: My first time.....
« Last post by smartysocks on April 08, 2019, 11:04:44 AM »
HI Mark and Jer ! Thanks for your input.

It is a quirky kind of piece ! In consultation with the choreographer, she wanted me to reflect how kids can be doing one thing and then from out of nowhere spontaneously skip or play a different game. My goal here is to serve the needs of the choreographer.

Jer, I would to hear more of the technical issues. I have some ideas but I would love to know more.

Thank you both.

Thanks
Mark
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: My first time.....
« Last post by mjf1947 on April 08, 2019, 07:44:15 AM »
Mark,

A very different work indeed.  I enjoyed the initial thematic material and development and orchestration.

I found myself a bit lost when you then entered the subsequent  themes - to my ear - they didn't further the style or intent of the opening.

The contrast seemed an uneasy match.

Overall the beginning is quite enjoyable.

Mark

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Works in Progress: Junior / Triology for English Horn and Strings
« Last post by mjf1947 on April 08, 2019, 07:24:54 AM »
I decided to work on the composition once more.

I did some judicial editing - key changes to enhance play ability  etc ... and of course tweaks in phrases and notes.

I have a fond place for this piece.

The work is in three stories (sections) ..... a young man on the way to meet his gal.

Wondering About You

Your Presence within

Arms About You


The last section a simple waltz and embrace.

All comments welcome.  I haven't shared this one with my mentor as yet.

It is a composition I would like to continue to work on.

Mark
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: My first time.....
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on April 08, 2019, 07:01:54 AM »
Mark,
 
I assume from what you said that you aren't looking for a live performance.
 
As a prerecorded dance piece for kids I think it's delightful. They should enjoy performing to it. Your colorful orchestration and the varied themes, rhythms, and tempos are all fun.
 
There might be some technical issues were it to be played by actual musicians, but I suppose they're irrelevant to your purpose.
 
Cheers,
Jer
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Works in Progress: Junior / Re: My first time.....
« Last post by smartysocks on April 07, 2019, 06:39:52 PM »
Hi Michel,

Both the "flute section" and "clarinet section" staves are basically Flute II and Clarinet II . I am using sounds from different Vsti's in NOTION 5 and forgot not only to change the labels but also where they appear in the score.

Thanks Mark
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