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Michel.R.E

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just for fun and interest
« on: March 02, 2019, 02:19:22 PM »
Some might be interested in hearing the work from which I drew the material for the finale (Gigue) of my Concerto Grosso.

This was originally intended as "Mouvement Symphonique no2 - Gigue", a stand alone piece for VERY large orchestra.
The recording doesn't quite do it justice (the brass are lacking "punch", and the percussion is rather anaemic).
Obviously, if I were to rework this piece now, after all these years, I would probably change many things.
For example, I FAR prefer what I composed for the ending of the Concerto Grosso version (a large part of that version is new material).
I would probably expand the percussion part as well.

It's written for a very large orchestra:
piccolo
2 flutes
2 oboes
cor anglais
2 Bb clarinets
bass clarinet
2 bassoons
contra-bassoon
4 horns
3 trumpets
3 trombones
tuba
percussion
harp
strings


Anyway, here is the recording of it.
It is in three sections, the fast opening Gigue, then a slow section that re-uses the same material over gently pulsing harmony, then a fugal reprise of the Gigue (which is where most of the material for the Concerto Grosso version comes from).

http://www.dosblanc.ca/music/various_orchestra_works/Mouvement_Symphonique_no2_Gigue.mp3

Unfortunately, I don't really have a score for it (well, I DO but it's a bit of a mess). I'll post it only if there really is interest in seeing it.
« Last Edit: March 04, 2019, 08:45:01 AM by Michel.R.E »
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Re: just for fun and interest
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2019, 06:23:20 PM »
You may have left it behind but it still sounds fun and very enjoyable to my ears. Surely has colorful and crafty orchestration, imo. I would love to see a score (the messier the better :))

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Re: just for fun and interest
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2019, 06:50:00 PM »
hehehe thanks.
I'll see about attaching a score.
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Re: just for fun and interest
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2019, 07:43:07 PM »
I hope this lively and fun score gets performed in the future!

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Re: just for fun and interest
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2019, 08:53:56 PM »
thanks Jay.
It WOULD require a massive rewrite. I'd rather incorporate the ending of the Concerto Grosso into the orchestral Gigue (listening to it I realized that there are actually percussion instruments NOT playing... where's that damned tam-tam?). I really prefer the build-up of the strings version, though I'd have to find an alternative to the reappearance of the 1st theme of the concerto grosso in the coda. It's a completely new theme unrelated to the orchestral Gigue.

Also, I'd seriously consider cutting down the orchestra to a more manageable size.
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Re: just for fun and interest
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2019, 05:53:14 PM »
An interesting and enjoyable piece.  Maybe it's just the name but I think I hear a bit of Debussy's Images in it.   I didn't notice that in the Concerto Grosso.  I think the Gigue of the Concerto Grosso holds together a bit better, but this piece deserves a life of its own.  I hope you can eventually get back to working on it.

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Re: just for fun and interest
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2019, 06:54:35 PM »
thanks Patrick!
it is QUITE possible that I had been on a listening binge of Debussy at the time I wrote it ;)
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Re: just for fun and interest
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2019, 07:55:08 AM »
Very inventive and colorful orchestration. Quite impressionistic to my ear.
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