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Jared Steven Destro

Symbols, Op. 22 - I. Sculpture (A Study in Shapes)

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Here I have one of my composition assignments. The task was to use a famous musical quotation; here, I use it rather transparently, but if unfamiliar it is Erik Satie. Moreover, it had to be about two minutes long. I plan on writing multiple miniatures: this, the first. Much of the inspiration for the name -- sculpture -- is in my own paradigm toward composition; I think of it as like the act of sculpting and in very visual fashion, associating music with color. Enjoy!

(I left it in concert pitch for ease of reading)

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Firstly, thanks for keeping it in concert pitch! Your typesetting is gorgeous by the way. I always enjoy seeing your scores. I'd be curious to see your sketches and notes on this to get a better idea of the shapes and such you were conveying, as the way I'm hearing and interpreting is probably very different than the way you intended it. This was an enjoyable piece of music to listen to! 

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3 hours ago, JordanRoberts said:

Firstly, thanks for keeping it in concert pitch! Your typesetting is gorgeous by the way. I always enjoy seeing your scores. I'd be curious to see your sketches and notes on this to get a better idea of the shapes and such you were conveying, as the way I'm hearing and interpreting is probably very different than the way you intended it. This was an enjoyable piece of music to listen to! 

 

Thanks for the feedback! My ideas for the piece are very abstract, and one could say that the "shapes" are like the different figurations of the given melody, which remain steady and always building. Thanks for sharing 😀

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@CalibriStandard Thank you kindly for your feedback! This was built on Satie's Gymnopédie No. 1, and the theme is most apparent in the central section at bar 57. The piece needs a bit more work, but I hope to do a whole set of these compositions.

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4 hours ago, Jared Steven Destro said:

@CalibriStandard Thank you kindly for your feedback! This was built on Satie's Gymnopédie No. 1, and the theme is most apparent in the central section at bar 57. The piece needs a bit more work, but I hope to do a whole set of these compositions.

 

Thanks!

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I'm honestly not sure which I like better—the score or the music—and that's saying something, because the music has more architecture than a Frank Lloyd Wright structure! It was visually as well as musically appealing. Your use of tone color is unique, refreshing, and easy to listen to. Sound work!

Also, kudos for choosing one of Satie's pieces... if for no other reason than because I like him! 😉

(Seriously, I have know what engraving program you use for your scores. I could read them all day and never get tired.)

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@Tónskáld Thank you very much for your comment. Ironically enough, Frank Lloyd Wright is very familiar to me and he is my favorite architect (I was actually just at his Martin House Complex here in Buffalo, where his designs were inspirational). Your comment humbles me, and I am very grateful!

As for the score, I work in three stages: first, I compose the piece with or without a plan ahead of time; second, I make revisions on it (usually rewriting the piece from scratch, adding details or changing the structure); and then, I tidy it visually, creating a cover template in Word and combining it with the score. I love typefaces and fonts, so I spend a lot of time researching them!

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I was fortunate enough to see his Bachman-Wilson house while visiting NW Arkansas, where I had to fight back tears the whole time. It was so... right. Although I'm sure the tour guides thought I was mental. Glad to know you're a fan, as well!

5 hours ago, Jared Steven Destro said:

As for the score, I work in three stages: first, I compose the piece with or without a plan ahead of time; second, I make revisions on it (usually rewriting the piece from scratch, adding details or changing the structure); and then, I tidy it visually, creating a cover template in Word and combining it with the score. I love typefaces and fonts, so I spend a lot of time researching them!

Oddly enough, I compose in much the same way you described. I have two computers with Sibelius installed on them. I compose the piece on my laptop first ('cause I can sit at the piano), and then re-compose it on the desktop that has my VSL and DAW. Folks may think I'm crazy, but the method works for me! I think my favorite part, though, is what comes afterward: getting to engrave the score. Like you, I also love typefaces and fonts—I have probably thousands installed—and I could (and have!) sit for literal days trying out combinations and layouts. It's pure bliss, I tell you! 😂

Musically, I love what you do with your works; your themes are embedded throughout, and every note seems to count. If I may be so bold as to compare myself to you, I'd say my own style is rather similiar, although I tend to be a bit more lyrical. So I guess I'm trying to say that your works "jive" with me.

At any rate, thank you so much for sharing your thoughtful musical expressions with us; I am definitely a fan! Keep up the inspiring work!

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