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Theodore Servin

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  1. Thank you very much, @J. Lee Graham! I'm very happy that you enjoyed my piece and playing! I, too, am one of those who think that keys have personalities. I think that each key has its own emotions that are intertwined within its scale, even if all major and minor scales follow the same patterns. And I agree with your sentiments of E-flat minor: your description is apt for that key. At the time of writing this piece, I wanted to try writing in keys that aren't commonly written for, in this case, E-flat minor. Yes, indeed, Rachmaninoff was a major influence on this piece. Rachmaninoff is one of my heroes in music, and this was becoming apparent around the time of composing this piece. Again, thank you for your compliments and appreciation. It means a lot to me. All the best, Theo
  2. Thank you immensely, @Pietro17! I'm very happy that you liked my variations! I'm also really glad you liked the fugue as well, especially because you, in my opinion, write the best fugues on this site! So I really appreciate it! Best Theo 😄
  3. @zhenkang Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked the piece! Unfortunately, though, I'm not ready to show the score for this piece yet, as it's kind of messy, and I want to revise it somewhat in the near future. I will make the score available at some point, but as of now, it just isn't ready. Thanks again for your appreciation, and I'm sorry about the score. Best, Theo
  4. @aMusicComposer @DanJTitchener Thank you both for commenting! I'm glad you like the piece and my playing!
  5. Hello everyone, Here is a little piece I wrote over the holidays. The theme is actually a mix of 2 themes by Rachmaninoff combined into one, from the 2nd movement of his Piano Sonata no. 2 in B-flat minor, and his Prelude in B minor. It is a short piece, only lasting 6 minutes. I might add another piece to the opus number later on, but in the mean time, it will remain as is. Here is my performance on Youtube: I hope you all enjoy. 🙂 Theo
  6. This is really good! I love the power and the vigor in the 1st movement! It kind of reminds me of the string quartets of early Beethoven or Haydn or Late Mozart, in terms of emotions and style. Also, you made excellent use of the unusual arrangement! I would love to hear your other quartets. Best, Theo
  7. @J. Lee Graham I've always considered Sheremetev's "Nine sili nebesniye" to be a masterpiece within the Russian liturgical music repertoire. I mean, those harmonies are just incredible! Of course, the same thing goes for the extreme bass notes, characteristic for Russian liturgical music. Unfortunately, this seems to be the only piece I can find by him, which is a shame, because the piece is so beautiful! Here is another liturgical piece that you may be familiar with similar circumstances surrounding it, called "Ne ridai mene, mati" ("Не рыдай мене, мати"), by a composer named Fyodor Ivanov. There is practically zero information about this composer on the "western" internet (meaning all pages not written in Russian), but I think the piece is heavenly. I have heard of Bortniansky. He is a truly wonderful composer, and I especially love his famous Cherubic Hymn no. 7 in D major. It's like an Orthodox version of Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus, in terms of the heavenly beauty that both pieces are written in. I think it's safe to say that Russian liturgical music is some of the best and most underrated music out there, and deserves to be performed much more often in the west.
  8. @Pietro17 Until now, I have never heard of Mieczysław Karłowicz. Having listened to his Violin Concerto, I can say that I want to know more of his wonderful music! Such fine orchestration and harmonies! He is definitely a composer who deserves more recognition. It's also good to know that someone else likes Vasily Kalinnikov! One of my favorites from Russia. @J. Lee Graham I have heard Rachmaninov's (or Rachmaninoff's) All-Night Vigil. It's definitely one the great works from the catalogue of Russian liturgical music. It seems that Chesnokov is much more well-known in Russia than in the west. He seems to be one of the main liturgical composers in Russia, along with Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. There were many other Russian liturgical composers from around Chesnokov's time, including Alexander Gretchaninov, Alexander Arkhangelsky, Viktor Kalinnikov (brother of Vasily), and even Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, among others. There are a few Youtube channels that are specialized in this type of music, such as "The Oktavism Channel", "VitalyGR", and "Бибилиотека рентгента. Церкного хор" (which means "Library of the Regent (choral conductor). Church Choir").
  9. @HoYin Cheung I love Moszkowksi and Chausson as well! Both pieces that you mentioned are masterworks too! I also love the Piano Concerto no. 2 in E major from Moszkowski and the Piano Quartet in A major from Chausson.
  10. Wow... the harmonies from "Beat Quorum Via" gave me chills! The counterpoint in both the Stanford and Rheinberger pieces is amazing! You might like to listen to some Russian choral music as well, particularly Russian Orthodox Church music. Here is a piece by Russian composer Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944), another underrated master, called "Cherubic Hymn" (Херувимская Песнь, or Kheruvimskaya Pesnya) from the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom: By the way, in case you are interested, here is the 3rd movement to Toivo Kuula's Piano Trio: In case you get to listen to these, let me know what you think of them! Best, Theo
  11. @J. Lee Graham I'm very glad to hear that! Now, I'm also interested in checking out more of Stanford, because I must confess, I have not listened to much of his music. I do like Rheinberger's music very much; very sophisticated and well thought-out music. I enjoy this kind of romantic music. Best, Theo
  12. Thank you responding, @J. Lee Graham! I suppose I should give some introductions to my list, as you have done with yours. Viktor Kosenko (1893-1938) was a Russian-born Ukrainian-Soviet composer and pianist. He wrote for almost every genre of music, including concertos and piano music. He is probably best known for his Passacaglia in G minor for piano, a magnificent work of epic proportions. Even though he was around during the Soviet era, he mostly wrote in a late-romantic manner. It's wonderful stuff to listen to. Toivo Kuula (1883-1918) was a Finnish composer. He wrote mostly songs and chamber music, and has an unfinished Stabat Mater. Personally, I love his massive Piano Trio in A major, particularly the 3rd movement. It's some very emotional and passionate music. Unfortunately, he was killed at age 34 from a scuffle with a drunken soldier at the end of the Finnish Civil War, from a gunshot wound to the head. Wilhelm Reinhard Berger (1861-1911) was a German composer, pianist and conductor. He was a very prolific composer, have completed over 100 opuses, although much of it remains unperformed. I consider his Piano Quintet in F minor to be among the best piano quintets ever written, and, like Kuula's Piano Trio, is a huge work, lasting roughly 50 minutes. A criminally underrated genius, in my opinion. Giuseppe Martucci (1856-1909) was an Italian composer, pianist, and conductor. He was the first Italian composer in decades (if not centuries) to not write an opera. His output includes 2 symphonies and piano concertos, and much chamber and piano music. It's very sophisticated music, and is definitely worth checking out. Vasily Kalinnikov (1866-1901) was a Russian composer. His life was a tragic one, to say the least, having been impoverished most of his life, and dying at aged 34 from tuberculosis. Probably his best known works are his 2 symphonies, both of a fresh and magical quality, with touches of Russian nationalism incorporated in the music. Wladyslaw Zelenski (1837-1921) was a Polish composer, pianist and organist. If at all, he is probably best known for his chamber music, including his Piano Quartet in C minor, an excellent work, that I would highly recommend to any chamber music-lover.
  13. Hello everyone, Quick question: who do you think are some of the most underrated romantic-era composers? I have a whole encyclopedia of names, so I'll name just a few of my preferences: -Viktor Kosenko -Ernst von Dohnanyi -Toivo Kuula -Wilhelm Reinhard Berger (NOT Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, or Wilhelm Georg Berger) -Giuseppe Martucci -Wladyslaw Zelenski -Vasily Kalinnikov Let me know who you think is underrated. I'm interested to hear who you think should be more well-known. Thanks, Theo
  14. Thank you for your kind words, @Josep Montserrat! I really appreciate it! 🙂 Theo
  15. What a lovely piano piece this is! Beautifully romantic, and excellent playing! I am always looking forward to hearing your music. Theo
  16. This is really good! The way you wrote for the strings is really impressive. Also, that was a nice fughetta at the end! This piece deserves to be performed by a profession string quartet ensemble!
  17. Here is an [ongoing] list of classical music professors who compose/improvise tonal music. Some of them are from Europe, but because the percentage of teachers who teach and write tonal music is so small, I'm including anyone who fits the bill, even non-Europeans. -Morten Lauridsen, professor of composition the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music -Michael Gees, professor of improvisation and composition at the Cologne Conservatory -Georgs Pelēcis, professor of counterpoint and theory at the Latvian Academy of Music, also the first president of the Riga Center of Early Music
  18. @SSC, I do agree that it is important for the student to get along with his/her teacher. However, I think what he wants from a teacher is someone who doesn't force atonal music theory down the student's throat, and so one's best chances at getting that would be by studying with somebody who composes tonal music. These days, it's extremely rare for a composition teacher to only teach tonal music, and it's debatable if such a teacher even exists anymore. Also, most of the composition teachers throughout the world who teach standard modern (atonal) composition are atonal composers themselves, and their students mostly end up becoming atonal composers. So, the logical conclusion would be to study with a tonal composer, and hope for the best. @Josep Montserrat, Honestly, I've been wondering about this myself. I don't know if this counts, but I know of an improvisation professor at the Cologne Conservatory, whose improvisations/compositions(?) are tonal. I don't remember his name, but I can find out, if you like. If not, maybe there are some professors elsewhere who compose film music, which is tonal for the most part. Best of luck, Josep, and keep composing! You write amazing music!
  19. Wow, what a beautiful and sophisticated piece this is! You have a great understanding in orchestral writing. I'm looking forward to more music by you! All the best, Theo 😄
  20. I think it sounds great! It doesn't sound awful at all! I would love to hear the rest of it! It kind of reminds me of the opening to Bach's Christmas Oratorio, which, by the way, I think is an awesome piece. It sounds like you are planning out a similar type of piece. Also, you have a great understanding of counterpoint and polyphonic writing. I am speaking very sincerely about this. This is a good start, and I would love to hear more. Best, Theo
  21. Thank you, @OscarDude15! I'm very happy that you liked my piece! Theo 😄
  22. The Serenade in E-flat major was written alongside the Fantasia in F-sharp minor, Op. 7. In fact, this piece was meant to be the original second movement of the Fantasia, but seeing just how long the entire piece would have been, I decided to replace it with a shorter second movement, and make this piece a separate work. The piece lasts roughly 14 minutes in length. Here is my performance of the piece on Youtube: I hope you all enjoy. 🙂 Theo
  23. Hello, everyone. It's been a while since I last posted anything, and I finally have a new piece for you all to listen to: the Fantasia in F-sharp minor. I consider this piece to be my most ambitious work for piano, and also my most personal work. It is also my now-longest composition, lasting roughly 32 minutes in length. The Fantasia is in 3 movements: Movement 1. - Ballade: Moderato serioso (F-sharp minor) Movement 2. - Barcarolle: Andante (F-sharp major) Movement 3. - Finale - Tempest: Moderato - Allegro appassionato - Maestoso (F-sharp minor-major) Here are my performances of the movements on Youtube: I hope you all enjoy. 🙂 Theo
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