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A symbolist piece, recently finished, now time to see if it needs a few touch ups.

Modern but not atonal. I'm trying to put a suite together of similar styled pieces. This would likely be one of the middle movements.

If you have time to spare please give it a hearing and make any comments or suggestions you like - always gratefully received - including to the score. There's one discrepancy between score and audio: I originally wrote a part for bass flute but transferred it in the score to the bass clarinet. 

 

 

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I really enjoyed this piece! The textures were nice, and the melodic segments were expressive. If I made one note about the score, I think around m. 50 there was flutter tongue in the flute part audio, but not in the score? And something about the orchestration: due to the way the strings were divided into many parts, there was usually a very full string sound, often with four or six part harmony. By the end of the piece, I wondered if the orchestration of some of those parts could be mixed up a little... of course, this is just a personal preference. Also, in the context of a suite of pieces, the consistency of the strings might be a nice contrast to another piece. Thanks for posting!

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There isn't a thing about this I don't like! 

The orchestral colors you employ here are indeed an eponymous warm and flaring. The rhythmic texture is breathtaking: organic and wild, yet with just enough of a foothold exposed that we aren't taken for a tumble down the melodic mountainside. I particularly enjoyed the harmonic language that relied so much on quartal chords. It really flavors the music with a richer, broader, and perhaps sharper contour. Thoroughly modern, as you said.

Fantastic music! I look forward to the prequels and sequels.

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Thank you indeed for your kind comments. It's pleasing that it made some sort of sense.

pijanowski-kangas, I seem to have fallen into a habit of dividing the string section into 9 of late. It probably started here as trying to write divisi parts looked a mess in places (like the opposing glissandi). I'll bear your comments in mind if I do a final revision of it. I'm happier working in 5 and 6 part harmony but accept that it can lead to overthick textures at time. Maybe some thinning out may help with clarity. 

Tónskáld, you are most kind. Thank you. With a piece like this I worry it might be boring if it fails to evoke the mood in question. It isn't everyone's kind of music, obviously, but I can't help feeling pleased that you found it ok.

Cheers!

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For some reason this brought to mind the 1950s Film Noir Era.

Almost like the soundtrack to a Hitchcock thriller!

The score seems to be filled with suspenseful moments, and you created some really interesting soundscapes and tone pictures for me.

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Wow, how did I miss this one!

Wonderful piece, extraordinary color and very idiomatic. I could picture hopelessness in the desert, or perhaps traveling to Europe during it's heat wave right now....bad joke. 

I really enjoyed your modern use of the orchestra. The sparse texture really allowed for you to color this one beautifully. If I had any critique, it would be that I didn't have much to latch on to. Surely that's personal preference, and yes I was aware of your themes that you dispersed throughout, but it was more of a barrage of color rather than a story to follow. Maybe it would depend on your other movements in the suite, but as an abstract portrayal of the fire in the sky, it definitely works. I'm curious, was that your intent?

All in all, I'm glad I stumbled upon this work of yours. You're always someone I look out for for new music. Brilliant work, and thanks for sharing! Keep us updated as you arrange your different pieces for your suite; I'd like to listen to them in the order you intend.

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On 7/20/2022 at 5:21 AM, Thatguy v2.0 said:

Wonderful piece, extraordinary color and very idiomatic. I could picture hopelessness in the desert, or perhaps traveling to Europe during it's heat wave right now....bad joke. 

Thank you for your commentary - you are most kind. I thought I needed to make a couple of changes - prune it down for a start but if it seems ok length-wise it'll just be a few touch-ups to the dynamics and perhaps instrument assignments. 

Like I said it's a symbolist piece that relies on motifs and mood and it's consoling to learn that this once at least it seems to portray the intended mood.

Again, many thanks. Much appreciated.

On 7/19/2022 at 1:39 AM, Alex Weidmann said:

For some reason this brought to mind the 1950s Film Noir Era.

And MFOBOE...

I'm not up on these cinematic styles so I'll have to take your word for it! Thank you for your comments all the same.

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