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Michel.R.E

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Re: Night Moods
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2018, 12:28:17 PM »
I only just got a chance to sit and listen to this.
It's quite beautiful (I am VERY partial to those "loud" chords at B... so crunchy, so lovely).
There area  few little notation things here and there that would be easy to correct.

The only issue I see is with some of the strong bowing. It would be worth sitting with a violinist to go over that.

I guess maybe I don't know Delius all that well (I don't), but to me this has a very American sound to it, with subtle hints of Copland here and there.
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Re: Night Moods
« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2018, 02:38:44 PM »
Thank you for looking at this. Michel.  I'll try to find a violinist willing to take some time with the work.  And I'll look for the notational problems.  (I often see what I expect to see and miss what's on the page.)

I'm familiar with only a handful of Delius works.  While I like them, I don't see a strong connection in this work with any of them.  I didn't purposely use any composer as a model but I can see how some of the open chords in the beginning could be reminiscent of Copland.

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Re: Night Moods
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2018, 11:05:42 AM »
I looked at the bowing and discovered I'd fallen back into my very strong tendency to use slurs as phrase markings rather than an indication of bowing.  Of course I slur an anacrusis onto the downbeat of the next measure; that's where the phrase is going.  <sigh>  Next I'd better see if any wind or brass players are going to collapse of asphyxiation because of my phrase markings.  :(


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Re: Night Moods
« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2018, 01:11:36 PM »
I only just got a chance to sit and listen to this.
It's quite beautiful (I am VERY partial to those "loud" chords at B... so crunchy, so lovely).
There area  few little notation things here and there that would be easy to correct.

The only issue I see is with some of the strong bowing. It would be worth sitting with a violinist to go over that.

I guess maybe I don't know Delius all that well (I don't), but to me this has a very American sound to it, with subtle hints of Copland here and there.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrv1C4sRBFg    Delius!

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Re: Night Moods
« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2018, 01:49:45 PM »
YES, such beautiful music, and the title of this composition shows America's influence on Delius. This piece was composed in 1903 when Aaron Copeland was 3 years old, so perhaps Copeland was influenced by Delius?
     I did not know of this particular piece, so thanks so much Mark for the link.  LA
     

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Re: Night Moods
« Reply #20 on: October 02, 2018, 03:17:53 PM »
Delius lived in Florida for a number of years.  I was not familiar with Appalachia but discovered his Florida suite (1887) when I was in high school - 55 years ago or more - and loved it.  Delius certainly was influenced by the music he heard in the American South - using slave songs in some works.   

I've never studied the music of either Delius or Copland, but I think Copland's relation to American music was quite different from that of Delius.  While Copland obviously picked up influences of the American music he heard, but he also created a sound that became American music.

I wasn't consciously aware of the influence of either of these composers while I created Night Moods, but I think the opening may have some of that "American sound" I associate with some of Copland.




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Re: Night Moods
« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2019, 03:01:11 PM »
This piece is going to be performed by the Octava Chamber Orchestra (a community orchestra in the Seattle area) on January 27.  I guess that means it is no longer "in progress".  :)

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Re: Night Moods
« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2019, 03:22:30 PM »
WONDERFUL!!!!!!

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Re: Night Moods
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2019, 03:48:03 PM »
Congratulations Pat! Excellent news!

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Re: Night Moods
« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2019, 04:49:10 PM »
I'm happy to hear this.
I'm looking forward to hearing it, and hearing Johan's feedback on how it went.
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Re: Night Moods
« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2019, 08:04:03 PM »
Good stuff, Pat. For some reason I missed this--I have been out  of touch with forum postings for several months--else I would have been happy to go over the string parts. However, Matt, Octava's concert master, is very experienced. I'm sure they will handle this work very well.
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Re: Night Moods
« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2019, 08:57:02 PM »
Thanks for the kind words. 

The original version of this - part of the tribute to Joe Ford a couple summers ago - didn't work out too well but I think I've removed the stumbling blocks (or Matt and Johan would not have accepted it).    I get to sit in on two rehearsals, but they are just a couple days before the performance.  No time to make changes to bits that don't work.

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Re: Night Moods
« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2019, 09:50:29 PM »
a word of warning for the rehearsal... don't speak unless spoken to.
some conductors don't mind, others do. I believe Johan falls into the latter category.
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Re: Night Moods
« Reply #28 on: January 09, 2019, 07:06:57 AM »
This piece is going to be performed by the Octava Chamber Orchestra (a community orchestra in the Seattle area) on January 27.  I guess that means it is no longer "in progress".  :)
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All best wishes for its triumphant debut.
 
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Re: Night Moods
« Reply #29 on: January 09, 2019, 10:14:40 AM »
Congratulations on getting the performance, Pat!  And a round of applause for  Octava, for daring to perform new compositions.

Jay