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Re: San Antonio Rows
« Reply #40 on: December 16, 2013, 07:26:52 PM »
I have been working on this piece for the last couple of months: english horn | brass | piano + electronics.   It is in three movements, moderate/slow/faster and features four euphoniums.  Images of the prairie were going through my head while writing it and so they became the video.

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Beautiful work, sanantonio. I love that combination of instruments. I also loved the eerie sound-world the music seems to inhabit. Nice job.
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Re: San Antonio Rows
« Reply #41 on: December 16, 2013, 10:49:09 PM »
I have been working on this piece for the last couple of months: english horn | brass | piano + electronics.   It is in three movements, moderate/slow/faster and features four euphoniums.  Images of the prairie were going through my head while writing it and so they became the video.

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Ooooh, lovely!  I too can see the prairie in the music.  (But I grew up there, on a Nebraska ranch.  Not everyone has learned to see the beauty in a nearly flat, grassy land...)
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Re: San Antonio Rows
« Reply #42 on: December 17, 2013, 05:23:04 AM »

Thank you both for listening and commenting!

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Re: San Antonio Rows
« Reply #43 on: December 17, 2013, 06:07:54 AM »
Lovely, good work!
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« Reply #44 on: December 17, 2013, 06:11:16 AM »
Thanks, Karl. 

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Re: San Antonio Rows
« Reply #45 on: December 19, 2013, 05:33:37 AM »
If you have (now or in future) something for clarinet (A preferred) and flute (could be picc, C, alto or bass) and electronics, which it would be practical for us to set up here in Boston, Peter and I should be happy to give it a go.
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« Reply #46 on: December 19, 2013, 05:57:56 AM »
If you have (now or in future) something for clarinet (A preferred) and flute (could be picc, C, alto or bass) and electronics, which it would be practical for us to set up here in Boston, Peter and I should be happy to give it a go.

That would be wonderful, thanks for this opportunity. 

I am presently working on something for bass flute and baritone horn with saxophone 4tet but will immediately start thinking of something for you and Peter; I have been wanting to use Clarinet in A ever since studying the Brahms Quintet last year, and will leap at this chance.

The way the electronics works is based on a bpm; I could send you the files, one with the click (for rehearsal) and one without (for performance). 

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« Reply #47 on: December 19, 2013, 06:12:08 AM »
What gear should we need to playback the bpm for performance?
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« Reply #48 on: December 19, 2013, 06:19:07 AM »
What gear should we need to playback the bpm for performance?

I could send you a stereo track, could be on a CD or if you prefer a WAV file to play from a laptop.  However, if one of you has audio software such as Studio One, Ableton Live, ACID, or Cubase I could send you a compatible file to be played through the computer.  This would allow for the click to be on or off as you chose.

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Re: San Antonio Rows
« Reply #49 on: December 19, 2013, 06:35:14 AM »
Very good; we'll sort it out :)
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Re: San Antonio Rows
« Reply #50 on: December 19, 2013, 08:30:56 PM »
Hmmm...What would it take to get "the prairie piece" arranged for electronics and English horn?  I'd definitely be interested in playing it sometime...
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Re: San Antonio Rows
« Reply #51 on: December 20, 2013, 06:21:14 AM »
Hmmm...What would it take to get "the prairie piece" arranged for electronics and English horn?  I'd definitely be interested in playing it sometime...

Attractive offer, but I don't think I could do without the piano, at least.  But for the thing to come together, the acoustic instruments really need to be playing together as an ensemble.

I love the English horn, so, in the near future, I will certainly plan something for it and electronics and hope that you like it as much.

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Re: San Antonio Rows
« Reply #52 on: January 20, 2014, 06:13:12 AM »
Something a little different for this thread - my friend and former band mate Ed Palermo recorded a jazz tune I wrote back when we used to play together in NYC.  His big band has been together for over 30 years, and plays in and around New York regularly. 



He has made something of a specialty of arranging Zappa songs for jazz big band and the first disk is devoted to Zappa, the second disk has mainly Ed's songs, but mine is the first track, "Moosh".

I haven't thought about this music in 30 years but when Ed called me, I was delighted to hear his arrangement.  He kept to my original harmonies for the first few statements but his arrangements are very creative and he does some wonderful things with the music.

I am very close to finishing the English horn solo piece, and about 75% done on a piece for bassoon, baritone horn and four flutes.  Then on to the piece for clarinet and flute.

More things to come very soon.

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Re: San Antonio Rows
« Reply #53 on: January 20, 2014, 06:20:31 AM »
Cool that you open disc 2! Congratulations!
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« Reply #54 on: January 24, 2014, 08:05:15 AM »
I have gotten my piece for bassoon, baritone horn and flute quartet just about finished, and am extremely happy with the results. 

It began life with different instrumentation: bass flute, baritone horn and saxophone quartet, but the balance of the ensemble did not work to my satisfaction, plus the saxophone quartet was not achieving the kind of texture and effect I was looking for.  When I moved the bass flute into a quartet of flutes along with piccolo, flute, alto flute - those parts became magical, with exactly the kind of sound I imagined.  Also, the balance of bassoon and baritone horn was much better.

The work is in five movements, with the last two movements based on the material from the first two, i.e. iv is based ii and v is based on i with iii structured as the climaxing movement: i & ii build up to it, and iv & v bring us back down after it.

I should have it completed Sunday and will be posting some sort of audio clip.

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Re: San Antonio Rows
« Reply #55 on: January 24, 2014, 08:25:27 AM »
Nice. And good choice: the bass flute could easily get drowned out in that original scoring.
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Re: San Antonio Rows
« Reply #56 on: January 26, 2014, 06:32:55 PM »
I've got the Youtube video up of my new work:

bassoon | baritone horn | flute quartet + electronics (2014)

This links to my blog where I've added a short description.

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Re: San Antonio Rows
« Reply #57 on: January 27, 2014, 05:02:25 AM »
Nice, will check it out soon!
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« Reply #58 on: January 27, 2014, 05:37:40 AM »
Nice, will check it out soon!

Thanks, Karl!

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Re: San Antonio Rows
« Reply #59 on: January 29, 2014, 06:46:21 PM »
english horn + electronics

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