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  1. Hey! The Kansas City Symphony (the symphony orchestra of the town I am from) just performed this symphony a few weeks ago. The last movement is very cool.
  2. This is going to be a very simplistic post. I just found this guy online. I really like his music. It's not necessarily incredibly innovative or new. Its not the most mind blowing thing you will ever hear. However, I really like the mood and atmosphere of his stuff. I like his melodies and chord progressions. It think it is really sophisticated and beautiful. I thought I would share. He has been around in the music industry one way or another for a long time now. He is mostly known as the lead conductor of the majority of the live recordings of all the scores that get produced in Hollywood. He does write music though however. Just as a side note, he wrote the music that accompanies the fireworks show at Epcot in Florida. Recently he has been on a solo piano composition kick. He has released two albums that I think are great. The first one was in 2016 and is called "Il Falco Bianco" and the second one was released this month called "Woven". The Woven album is decidedly more minimal and modern then the 2016 album. Il Falco Bianco to me plays through like Debussy's book of preludes ... just different ... Greenaway's book of preludes. Just give it a listen. I am sure half of you will like it and the other half with think it is simplistic and not creative enough to be worth it. Some highlights of my favorite tracks to check out: https://youtu.be/ZYp1ma-i3sc https://youtu.be/wL4ofGqALwA https://youtu.be/YsxbXD8nelI https://youtu.be/I2WJsxAM4js https://youtu.be/T7nxKpt5A-4 https://youtu.be/I2MeTudmfqs
  3. I don't care for Berg's violin concerto either. I am not a fan of Mozart in general. I like his Requiem mass. There are a few things here and there in the operas and otherwise that I will admit to finding tolerable, but I really just think he is a devolution of music from what had come before him. He is so much simpler and frankly dumber in comparison to Bach and Handel and even more often I'd rather listen to other people who composed around his time like Schubert, Beethoven, Borodin and Hayden.
  4. Oh My God! Thomas Newman is brilliant. I have always wanted to hear someone talk about Thomas Newman's harmonic language. It is such a unique sound and feeling. I could never pinpoint exactly what was being done to make that atmosphere. I had never heard of this guy before this video either. Thank you for posting this.
  5. Agree. There is more to Sibelius then the general classical world's consensus would have you believe. He ought to be performed more frequently.
  6. I hear the derivation that you speak of ... if I am thinking of the same part of the Stravinsky that you speak of. That is an interesting observation that I had never been aware of.
  7. I am a huge Sondheim fan! My favorite composer of broadway stuff. Everything about this clip says Sondheim. I adore Send In the Clowns, but I love all the regulars like Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anything Can Whistle, Sunday in the Park with George, Follies and Company and all those great musicals. I think he is the greatest that genre has ever seen.
  8. Why are you worried about whether your tastes are good or bad. Your tastes are your tastes. I happen to think they are awesome musicians. I really love the style and the harmonics they have going on. It is groovy and I could listen for a long time before getting tired if ever. That's my opinion.
  9. Ok, you have had me all over Adam Neeley's youtube page all day long. His black midi of jessie j's domino is insane and so much work. I love all of it.
  10. I am a fan of a ton of different styles of music. I have gone through a Zedd phase. The one called Find You is perfect in my opinion. I love it even though it isn't very "sophisticated" or "proper music. I also really love progressive indie jazz. I love the bizarre indie electronic stuff too. So, this being a combination of all of that is pretty cool.
  11. That’s fine. It is a matter of opinion. I love his style of composition. I think it is wonderful that he is composing classical music to be performed in the concert hall venue that is lyrical, tonal, melodic, and beautiful in the traditional understandjng of the word and all at the same time it is contemporary. It isn’t Copland or Rachmaninov. It isn’t film score music. It is a conglomeration of the ideas of Steve Reich, Coldplay, Radiohead, Thomas Newman, Copland, Corigliano, etc. It fits within a new school of composing with other composers like Jennifer Higdon, Michael Gandolfi, Christopher Theofanidis, Johnathan Leshnoff, Michael Daugherty, etc. however it has a very distinctive voice of those people in that group. It happens to be something I really, really like and appreciate.
  12. San Diego Tribune's article on the piece and the composer: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/classical-music/sd-et-classical-adam-20180205-story.html Photo the article references: https://adamlaipson.photoshelter.com/image/I0000B4uLIiKC1Ro
  13. So, you all should know Adam is my favorite living composer. He has written a new violin concerto specifically for Anne Akiko Meyers to premier. It premiered in San Diego early this month. There is a recorded live stream of the entire concert on facebook that I am going to link to. I think it is a next step in his maturing as a composer. He has thrown some new ideas and sounds into this piece that you wouldn't typically hear from him. He still stays true to his style, but he is branching out. I think it is a more free piece with more development. It is gorgeous and lovely and exciting and cool. Take a listen. I think you will love it - I hope you love it as much as I do. The concerto starts around minute 22.
  14. I REALLY like this. Never had a clue about the movie or the scores or anything. Love the open airiness and the old classic sophisticated feel this sound has. It is gorgeous. I do hear the seed of how this is John Williams. However, it is a stretch out somewhere else with Williams to write this way (don't mean it is hard for him rather that it is just a little different and not typical). It is even more beautiful then a lot of his other more commonly known stuff. Very interesting. Thanks for the share.
  15. This score is a classic. Probably my favorite part is the stuff in the last portion of the track called "Barbarian Horde". Hans Zimmer is a master at this. He seriously knows how to create music that moves a visual along and milks out every emotion that is represented, but in doing so he also writes some really legit music that holds its own in a concert setting. His idea for Inception was brilliant. His recent score to Dunkirk is not as well suited for concert as it isn't really music in the sense of melody and development, but man it sure is effective. It is one of the most intensely incredible uses of scoring music I have heard. REALLY glues all the insanity of the switching back and forth of the three different aspects of that storyline together in a way really never done before. Of course, Driving Miss Daisy, Lion King, DaVinci Code, Batman/Dark Knight trilogy, Crimson Tide, Thin Red Line, Black Hawk Down, Interstellar, and you kind of have to also include Pirates, etc. are all classics. Gladiator is close up there to the top.
  16. Obviously not all the instruments heard are actually represented in the video visually. I am assuming this is a mix of live recording and electronic orchestral library patches and such fed through software notation program? I love it. Love the piano part. You aren't finding legit piano writing for this type of incidental music too often. Great job. My sister was huge into this game and she would love this as well.
  17. I put down that i didn't feel qualified. I don't. You all are leagues ahead of me. If, however, I did feel qualified, I would also probably feel that i didn't have enough time to get done what I want to in the allotted timespan. I write slowly. I work constantly. I would only slap something together if I actually had entered.
  18. Very interesting story. I like the story. I particularly like learning about the lesser knowns. I recognize the brilliance and mastery of the greats like Handel and Bach. However, there is so much more that was and is going on. There are little moments and pieces everywhere that don't get the recognition they should have had or deserve. I also like learning about the different, lesser known format of this piece. As for this piece, it sounds of the era. I don't know that I hear anything that is unique to this composer. It is nice, but ultimately like a less inventive and polished piece of music then what the great composers would have produced. However, something that is interesting to me is that I hear the seed of Beethoven's 9th in the choral writing. Now, what immediately plays after this piece on Soundcloud is part of Bach's St. John Passion and that is some brilliant writing! Thanks for sharing!
  19. Awesome! So far I have had the opportunity to listen to City Boy in addition to the original post of Change. I love it. I have always liked rhythmically challenging and interesting music. I like it when meter changes create jaggedness in the rhythm. I love it even more when the melody reflects those meter changes. I love it when measures and beats overstretch themselves and steal from others. I love it when you have a certain boundary for a period of time (whether it be a single measure or a set of measures that equal a phrase) and you can stretch those notes beyond their conventional sound and beyond the conventional beat and still not spill over outside of your boundaries. I love the triplet/duple back and fourth or even laid over and against one another. I just love anything with interesting rhythmic stuff. One of my all time favorite examples of this stretching and freeing of rhythm within a set boundary is towards the end of Rhapsody and Blue. The melody gets super broad and lush in the strings and the accompaniment first in the brass and then with the piano becomes jagged by being stretched and shortened as much as can be allowed within the framework of the melody. Love it! So, I definitely love what this guy has going on. I am really into the meditative quality of the City Boy piece too. And also, his use of the guitar is very serene and not jarring. It blends very lovely with the rest of the piece.
  20. Thank You for posting! This is exactly the type of piece I would like to be discovering in this forum. I definitely like the sound he has going. The instrumentation and orchestration are great. Very different. It is very jazzy. The texture is very full and satisfying. My initial thought was that I was wanting more to happen with the initial pattern and I was wanting it to move on faster. I do like what happened to it around 3 minutes. Overall, I am into this piece big time. I have never heard of this composer which is exactly why I had this section of the forum started. If it turns out that in fact he has a ton of variety and other compositions to offer I may have found a new guy. Discovering new fantastic composition and composers and hearing amazing things and being lead to research and discover is the whole point! Do you suggest anything else my this composer or is this sort of his only one interesting piece?
  21. I think I see now how you have such a high reputation score. Your sense of humor is interesting and fun.
  22. My turn: 1) Get a life 2) Find that life's purpose Well, actually, more realistically 1) Pay off all credit card debt 2) Raise Credit 3) Save money to go back to school for a. degree in pastry b. at least the beginning classes of a composition degree (we will take the entry level classes and see how it goes - I might decide to go all the way with it) 4) Find a career related job in the culinary realm, preferably working as a pastry cook in a restaurant/hotel or at a bakery or a catering location. 5) Then more hobby related goals then the other - Lower bodyfat/Increase strength/Raise new max lifting weights/Participate in an official 5K 6) Learn this damned musical and perform it successfully in the next week (this will be my immediate goal as my first performance date is next Thursday and I have only spent a full day looking at it - not hard, just limited time)
  23. Throw my newly found favorite Intrada 1631 by Stephen Montague on things I would love to conduct.
  24. Your labyrinth series of pieces is brilliant. This is one of the most unique and creative pieces I have heard on this site in a while. As fishyfry pointed out, I love the contrast that the 2nd movement gives to the first. The atmosphere and the color of the second one is very charming and soothing in a strange way. I really like the way you have utilized the prepared piano. You have used it to produce new sounds other then the regular hitting of the key, but it isn't what you usually get out of prepared piano pieces. It still takes a very musical and melodic approach. You have managed to use the new colors you get out of each new string sound to fit a purpose in the overall tone to the piece. It is as if Bach had written his Goldberg Variations for prepared piano - that is what you are accomplishing. I think you should keep going and write many more movements of this.
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