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    @J. Lee Graham - Thanks for listening, and thanks for all your wonderful compliments! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It certainly took me a long enough time to compose, especially the last movement. About the glockenspiel part there -- I see what you mean. I played mallets in my high school concert band, and I think it's doable, but it might require some practice hours on the part of the player to develop the muscle memory. You're right about the lack of articulations, especially slurs. I really will need to go over the whole score and add them as needed once my head clears up a bit. I'm actually not a violinist -- I just dabble in classical guitar and piano. I spend most of my musical time composing, though. 🙂
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    Oh MAN Noah! These are COOL! I looked at the paintings before perusing your scores, and I think you've captured the character of the art in music beautifully. Your thematic material, your orchestral colors, the huge variety of textures - first rate, man! I only wish it were a real orchestra playing these. All in good time! What's your instrument? I suspect you're a fiddle-player, 'cause you've given the concertmaster as well as the principal 'cellist a very nice showpiece here, along with gorgeous solos for several of the principal winds. Dang but you've done a nice job handling your orchestra! I think I'm almost jealous! A word with you about articulations though (or the lack thereof): you said this score was pretty rough, but there are a lot of passages in here that I couldn't help feeling should be slurred more - or something. At first I thought maybe you'd just not put any in anywhere, but then I noticed some used judiciously here and there; but still, are you sure you want all those lovely melodies tongued or bowed on every note? If I were you, I'd keep in mind that just because playback plays every note full value, that doesn't mean live musicians are going to, and I'd be more specific about what I wanted played more smoothly, else you might end up with each note articulated separately, and I don't think that's what you're going for. If you know this is exactly what you want, then great, but I just thought I'd mention it in case it was something you hadn't given much thought. You did a really good job of writing idiomatically for most of the instruments. I loved your harp parts in particular - they're idiomatic and add an ethereal quality like any good harp part. I think you may have asked too much of your poor glockenspiel player in movement 5 though; at that tempo, I'm not at all sure what you've written can be played accurately. I'm not a percussionist though, so I might be wrong; all I know is I probably wouldn't have written it. It sure sounds cool though! 😄 Congratulations on what to my ears and sensibilities is a triumph of programmatic music making! Keep up the good work!
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