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Jared Steven Destro

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About Jared Steven Destro

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    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 08/19/1998

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    Twitter: @jsdestro

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    Buffalo, New York
  • Interests
    Music, Poetry, Sports, and Cooking
  • Favorite Composers
    Joachim Raff, Carl Nielsen, Frederick Delius, Claude Debussy, Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • My Compositional Styles
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    Finale; Garritan
  • Instruments Played
    Piano & Organ

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  1. Aquarelle for Flute & Piano - "Sky Study"

    Thanks a lot; I'm getting more and more comfortable with my individual writing style!
  2. Fantasy for English Horn & Piano - "The Grove"

  3. Fantasy for English Horn & Piano - "The Grove"

    Thank you very much! Hopefully, I'll be able to get you guys an actual recording of this piece (and my other chamber pieces) soon.
  4. Aquarelle for Flute & Piano - "Sky Study"

    Interesting. Well, thanks for letting me know, and I'll have to see if my flautist has any problems!
  5. Aquarelle for Flute & Piano - "Sky Study"

    Thanks for the feedback! What is it that makes it particularly difficult (the leap in range?)?
  6. Aquarelle for Flute & Piano - "Sky Study"

    Thank you so much! I use Garritan (4.0, I think, which came with Finale 2014). I always use the "solo" instruments -- e.g. "flute solo," as opposed to "flute player 1" -- as I found the sound is significantly more realistic. I also keep the reverberation from medium-to-low -- as it really muddies the sound under most, if not all, circumstances -- and I increase the "quality" setting of the ARIA player to max (though, to be honest, I'm not sure what difference this makes). Anyway, it is my plan to get real players performing this, but Garritan offers a realistic enough start!
  7. Aquarelle for Flute & Piano - "Sky Study"

    Thank you very much, I appreciate it once again!
  8. Aquarelle for Flute & Piano - "Sky Study"

    Here is a short piece for flute and piano entitled “aquarelle,” a French term used for watercolor paintings. The inspiration for the term came from Frederick Delius (a favorite composer of mine), who used it for two of his chamber pieces. For me, the term helped me better envision what I intended to depict – a study of the sky (which itself was derived by the watercolor that I paired with the music by J. M. W. Turner). The piece is divided into three clear sections – the first and last being very similar – depicting the passage from open sky to clouds back to the open sky above the clouds. In the first section, the piano has a brief introduction, which is meant to flow like a gentle breeze, before the flute sets a gentle melody on top of it. The second section is a view of the clouds, which come and go like giants, flowing from one to the other; at the end of this section, grace-note figures in the flute part are introduced to resemble the flapping of a birds’ wings fighting through the clouds. The final section is back to the soaring melodies from the first section, now with the grace-note figures as a constant image. The piece ends abruptly with the flute, just how gust of wind might blow at full force only to die away suddenly. Like all my recent chamber works, I am going to try to obtain a recording of this work. Wish me luck, and I appreciate any comments, just as usual!
  9. Emotude

    Very soothing, and I think it's a good start. I think it will be rather interesting to see how you plan on developing this, especially into something as long as you say (do you mean one, continuous piece of music?). I think it would be nice to hear some textural and harmonic shifts, especially after an introduction as you have just constructed; great job, though!
  10. In our nature

    I loved it! I thought you made great use of each instrument, and that you really invoked the image of 'nature' in your music. Good job!
  11. Fantasy for English Horn & Piano - "The Grove"

    Thanks! That would be a very interesting project (something I didn't originally consider); and, if I am able to get it performed as is, I could look into that.
  12. Fantasy for English Horn & Piano - "The Grove"

    Hello, everyone! Here is a short piece I wrote this week for English horn and piano based on a poem of mine; the poem is simple, and motivated by image (a writing style of which I am very fond). I have termed the piece as a “fantasy,” mostly due to its free-flowing form and structure; if I were to expand on that, it very much conforms to an introduction—caprice format. The piece coincides with the poem, wherein a young boy is wandering about a savanna plain, playing, and comes to a rest in a dense, gum-tree grove. Here, he begins to fall asleep next to a cool brook – which was hidden by the trees – and he begins to imagine capricious pixies and fairies dancing around. Section I – the introduction – is serious and flowing, shifting from 4/4 to 6/8, and it depicts the oppressive summer heat and the haziness of the powerful sun; section II – the caprice/dance – is playful, light, and in 7/8, introducing intrigue, enigma, and a break from the heat. Overall, it is a relatively short and simple piece, and I will hopefully work on a recording of it, along with my clarinet sonata (after I ruminate all your comments, of course). The English horn is one of my favorite instruments (in part due to its warm and low register), and I really wanted to work on a piece for it. I have attached a watercolor by one of favorite painters, J. M. W. Turner – “On the Washburn,” that I feel pairs with the set well. I’d love to hear your critiques, and thanks for listening!
  13. Sonata in B-flat major, for Clarinet & Piano - "Winter"

    Thanks a lot! I appreciate it!
  14. Liebesfreud for piano trio

    I thought this was a nice piece! The harmonies in the beginning made me think of Fauré's In Paradisum, though this is not a bad thing at all -- just something that stood out to me. I didn't particularly mind the form you laid out either. I can definitely see the piano being a little 'static' at times, and I agree with the comment on bar 64 -- it seems to slow things down a bit. I am a very meticulous writer, re-composing pieces from scratch several times, and I think experimenting with that opens up some cool ideas sometimes. Overall, I enjoyed the piece!
  15. Dinosaur Sonata for Saxophone & Piano

    A very cool piece! I was especially a fan of the variety of textures you crafted throughout the piece -- none of them seemed out of place -- and I felt the piece flowed quite well. Very nice, and I hope to hear a real recording of this piece.