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Old 03-31-2017, 08:25 AM
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This work was essentially composed around 2001-2004 and revised somewhat around 2009. I'm happy to be able to present it, finally sounding close to my intentions, in this virtual performance by the wonderful Hollywood Orchestra (gold), with a few guest artists. Comments most welcome. Hope you enjoy.

Joe


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Old 04-15-2017, 07:19 PM
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I haven't been to this site for a while but I checked in and was glad to hear something from you. My first impression was that the opening killed. You had this prismatic shifting of harmonies going on and I couldn't wait to hear what was next. But as the piece progressed you never returned to these ideas, except maybe in disguised ways that I could not hear (?) I am not well versed in the subtleties of deconstructive tonalities, but I enjoyed listening to it very much.

You are working well with the Hollywood orchestra, achieving subtleties that still elude me to this day with that library!

You might consider posting this work on youngcomposers.com. I think you would find a welcoming audience there, though you would need to post the score as well. Something to consider, Josef. I'm sure they would benefit from your thoughts and techniques.
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Old 04-17-2017, 04:45 PM
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Hi Ken - Good to hear from you - thanks for listening to my TFO - glad you enjoyed it.

From my perspective this piece is pretty tightly constructed, with the first couple minutes providing the music - ideas, motifs - from which the rest of the work is built - the opening fanfare for example is repeated 4x, the 4th time very close to the original, though in a different key and with fuller orchestration, the 2nd and 3rd times in varied forms - and there are many more correspondences/returning of themes in varied forms, developing of ideas, and motifs, sometimes, true, where the original version is not apparent and may be more sensed than seen - repeated listenings would probably reveal much more of the interconnectedness of the piece.

Anyway, maybe you'll get a chance to listen again.

I appreciate your kind words about the orchestration - knowing your excellent work your approval of mine is very satisfying. I'm curious to know what subtleties you feel are eluding you with HO.

Thanks for the suggestion about young composers ( i'm not too young though! )i'll check it out and maybe post something - most of my scores are pretty much ready to go.

I remember you were working on a symphony - i will visit your youtube page - look forward to hearing your latest work.

Joe
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Old 04-18-2017, 09:36 PM
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Basically I think that my full orchestral mixes are two dimensional and muddy, not as much realistic and transparent as yours. It kind of forces me to work in more primary colors..

Here's what's happening with my symphony: Two movements done so far out of three or four, but there is a snag. It's an oddball symphony, not united by style or instrumentation. Just the programmatic concept, which I won't get into now. For example, the second movement is a mini opera in itself which I wrote specifically for a singer who apparently lost interest or over extended himself. Now I have to find another tenor to get it done. And it will be done! In the meantime, I'm doing a long overdue percussion ensemble suite.

Re: Young Composers, I realize you may not want to comment on your own work. I respect that. But the site is filled with students who are stuck in 19th century concepts, and they are learned and follow the chronology well - up until Berg and Webern. And it would be helpful for them to hear a contemporary composer in that realm present his work and talk about it a little.

BTW, check out Spitfire Audio's Chamber Strings library...
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