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"The Forest Primeval," fairly easy concert band piece
« on: February 16, 2019, 09:03:53 AM »
“The Forest Primeval” is a fairly easy change-of-pace piece, mostly in 5/4 time. The piece pays tribute to the old-growth forest stands of the East Coast, the West Coast’s redwood forests, and all of North America’s old-growth forests--precious natural resources.

From my director notes:

“The Forest Primeval” begins with a birdsong-like flute soli as first light spreads over the treetops. Then, among massive tree trunks, the sun’s rays brighten a misty summer morning. In a contrasting lively round-like section, the piece builds to a midday crescendo of sunlight and wildlife activity. The work then quiets and ends serenely as fading light, sunset, and darkness re-engulf the woods.

Comments welcome.

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Re: "The Forest Primeval," fairly easy concert band piece
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2019, 10:55:47 AM »
Amazingly beautiful, Arthur.
 
Your themes are gorgeous and your part-writing and instrumental scoring deep and moving.
 
I did, however, expect to hear some reiteration of the first theme. I think dying out at the end is less effective than it could have been.
 
If I played a horn I'd be thrilled to perform it.
 
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Re: "The Forest Primeval," fairly easy concert band piece
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2019, 01:00:05 PM »
I liked the middle section most. Very well crafted and enjoyable, in my opinion.

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Re: "The Forest Primeval," fairly easy concert band piece
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2019, 03:20:11 PM »
@ Jerry: Thanks, Jerry, for your comments. I'll consider your suggestion. Much appreciated!

@ sandalwood: Thanks!

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Re: "The Forest Primeval," fairly easy concert band piece
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2019, 07:51:00 AM »
Art,

As always with your work a nice piece which I'm sure the students will find fun to play. Plus, as I have repeatedly said, any piece in asymmetrical meters always gets a big thumbs up from me. I think it's a good idea to expose the student player to such meters.

I have a question though. Nowadays, actually for quite some time, it has been standard practice to not use double bar lines when there is a change in meter. The double bar line is a common-practice convention which is no longer followed. Have you used them here for a pedagogical reason?
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Re: "The Forest Primeval," fairly easy concert band piece
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2019, 12:49:53 PM »
I suppose the double barline at the meter change could be a useful signal to young players that the time signature is changing. But just as getting them used to odd meters early is a good idea, so is getting them used to current notation practices. For this reason, I'm removing the double barlines at the meter changes. Thanks for asking--and for this reminder!

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Re: "The Forest Primeval," fairly easy concert band piece
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2019, 01:31:05 PM »

Art, once again a lovely piece.   :)

As always you have a way of writing interesting music. And the use of mixed meters makes it even more interesting.
I found myself wanting the themes to be longer.  Maybe you could expand them a bit more? Just a feeling I had when listening to it.  :)
And I perhaps expected the 1st theme to return.

Thank you for sharing.

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Re: "The Forest Primeval," fairly easy concert band piece
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2019, 05:50:13 AM »
Him Morten. Thanks for your comments.

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Maybe you could expand them a bit more?

Do you mean make them longer in measures, or reiterate them more? Or both?

Thanks again.

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Re: "The Forest Primeval," fairly easy concert band piece
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2019, 05:45:55 AM »

Art.

This is just me trying to convey, in perhaps somewhat limited English vocabulary, what I felt listening to your piece.  :)

What I was trying to say was that I felt the first theme ended to quickly for me. I was really enjoying this but when I got to bar 14, I was expecting perhaps further development before you return to what you have written in bar 14. Perhaps something that leads to a F or FF.

I liked the transition in bar 18 to 22.

I also like the way you use the motif in bar 25-26 several times in different groups. It makes the music flow.  :)

This piece takes me back to when I was conducting a school band. It would have been a fantastic piece to use when introducing different meters.

Hope my comments make any sense to you.  :)

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Re: "The Forest Primeval," fairly easy concert band piece
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2019, 03:30:35 PM »
OK, Morten. Thanks. Yes, your comments make perfect sense to me--and they're much appreciated. When I'm back at my computer I'll give them a thorough look. Thanks again.

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