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OXYMORA (four little pieces)

Luis Hernández

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Sometimes I also write very very short pieces just to try new sound comination, serial rows, etc...

I like the word oxymoron and its meaning:

made up of two or more words that seem to be opposite to each other, or actually are opposite.

For example, the words "Wise fool", "Warm freezer", "Legal murder"

In English the plural is oxymora (as other Greek words). But in Spanish the plural is not clear: oxímorones, oxímorons,  ??

Well, these are serial mini pieces: I keep them as ideas for other things, or who knows, to make a set by themselves.

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The transpositions you mark on your clarinet are incorrect. Everything is in concert key. 
I think the idea is clever, but the writing is much too safe, in terms of the rows. Orchestration-wise, some fast jumps would be a little bit maddening, but possible...
Klangfarbenmelodie is a technique Webern used a lot and I think a piece with that sort of theme in mind would really benefit from that. Combine that with "musical autonomy", where the first six notes of a row are transpositionally and inversionally equivalent, you would get a really self-referential and backwards sounding piece which could be cool. 
It does sound good, but it felt like very clear, safe, Scelsi or Webern or something. From here, I think you can branch out more.

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19 minutes ago, Monarcheon said:

I think the idea is clever, but the writing is much too safe, in terms of the rows.


I understand what you say, but I think these contemporary techniques are just tools at hand, and I can use it freely. I didn't want (in fact I don't like it very much) to sound "aggresive" or similar. So, I wrote that way.

I know about transposition of instruments, but for writing, it's clearer (for me) in concert pitch.

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I'm not sure if it would be justified to review these as if they were pieces meant to stand on their own. My understanding is that their just little experimental sketches of ideas. I think they're interesting ideas that could be used for something else. Even if they aren't used again, I think it's often good to play with small ideas, to stimulate creativity.

The second was my favorite, I think. I enjoyed the first one, but because it was basically canonic I found it a little less interesting. The third and fourth didn't really leave much of a strong impression on me. 

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