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Offline Mahlerian

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Mahlerian's Marquee
« on: December 03, 2016, 11:25:59 AM »
This thread will be a place where my latest compositions are posted, and other such.

A few of you have already heard this, but my main work for this year was Scene from a Drama for flute and piano, a ~17 minute piece in three sections, fast, slow, and moderate.

https://soundcloud.com/mahlerian29/scene-from-a-drama/s-eTlJf

I'm currently working on an expansion of a short piano piece from last year.

(For bonus points, find the direct, note-for-note quotation hidden in the work.)

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2016, 12:45:26 PM »
This thread will be a place where my latest compositions are posted, and other such.

A few of you have already heard this, but my main work for this year was Scene from a Drama for flute and piano, a ~17 minute piece in three sections, fast, slow, and moderate.

https://soundcloud.com/mahlerian29/scene-from-a-drama/s-eTlJf

I'm currently working on an expansion of a short piano piece from last year.

(For bonus points, find the direct, note-for-note quotation hidden in the work.)

I'm on my way out in 20 minutes, but I can't wait to listen to this when I get home. Thanks.

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2016, 11:59:36 PM »
Wow, to be honest I didn't listen to the entire piece, but from what I've heared it's impressive and well thought-out. Love the modern-yet-not-too-atonal-disonant quality it has, not sounding like 19th century music, but not being like random notes all over the place at the same time.

I'm not a real expert on composition or instrumentation so cant offer much constructive criticism there. Other than that I can see it's a private track, so it's probably just a demo version and the sound quality is not your main concern, but at times it sounded too midi-ish if you know what I mean. I would try to work on that if I were you, do a little mixing, some better sound libraries etc. ;)

Bravo!

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2016, 07:03:09 AM »
I like your music quite a bit. I'm now in "Mahlerian Variation."

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2016, 07:45:26 AM »
Wow, to be honest I didn't listen to the entire piece, but from what I've heared it's impressive and well thought-out. Love the modern-yet-not-too-atonal-disonant quality it has, not sounding like 19th century music, but not being like random notes all over the place at the same time.

I'm not a real expert on composition or instrumentation so cant offer much constructive criticism there. Other than that I can see it's a private track, so it's probably just a demo version and the sound quality is not your main concern, but at times it sounded too midi-ish if you know what I mean. I would try to work on that if I were you, do a little mixing, some better sound libraries etc. ;)

Bravo!

Yeah, I'm anticipating a performance at some point to replace the MIDI, which just uses Sibelius's default settings, mostly (though I amplified it a little so that it wasn't extremely quiet).

Many thanks for listening!

I like your music quite a bit. I'm now in "Mahlerian Variation."

Thank you as well.  Composing is a funny thing.  You may be able to judge your own efforts, but don't know if it's going to work for others or not until someone else gets to hear the results.

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2016, 06:59:49 PM »
« Last Edit: December 08, 2016, 07:01:31 PM by Mahlerian »

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2016, 08:03:39 AM »
The work I listened to didn't do much for me, although I recognize the inventiveness of the work that I heard.
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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2016, 12:00:12 PM »
I like these:

Woodwind Canon

At Rest

Mahlerian Variation

Se Il Padre Perdei (I like this one a lot.)

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2016, 08:04:26 AM »
Se Il Padre Perdei (I like this one a lot.)

Well, I can only take partial credit for it, as that one is an arrangement of an aria by Mozart.

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2016, 09:29:17 PM »
Two older pieces of mine that I've created newer renditions of:

Haiku, for piano

Flutter, for alto flute solo

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2016, 10:28:52 PM »
These are cool! Quite dense pieces but satisfying to listen to...actually I haven't heard them all just yet but are there any which are actual recordings of instruments?

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2016, 12:27:37 AM »
The new version of Flutter is engrossing. Well done.

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2016, 12:38:49 AM »
I will have a sit down and concentrated listening tomorrow. I'm very intrigued Mahlerian  ;D

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2016, 09:00:30 AM »
These are cool! Quite dense pieces but satisfying to listen to...

Heh...one composer I showed Flutter to said that I put in too many ideas right at the beginning, and should repeat them more.  My music always seems very transparent to me, but I suppose that's in large part because it's so familiar.

actually I haven't heard them all just yet but are there any which are actual recordings of instruments?

Not yet, but a friend may be taking on Flutter in the spring.
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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2016, 09:27:32 PM »
First impressions:

Hiaku is very beautiful. I really like the tone of the piece, my impression being something between Webern and Feldman almost, yet very different. I like it.

Flutter, very succinct and angelic. With solo flute, there will always be comparisons to those two flute pieces (you know what I'm referring to)  ;)
but I think the structure in this flute piece is very accommodating to it's very exquisite atmosphere.

Well done Mahlerian pal!  ;D
« Last Edit: December 19, 2016, 09:31:43 PM by Thatfabulousalien »

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2016, 01:35:57 PM »
Hi Mahlerian,

I have to tell you that I'm not a lover of a lot of modern music, and when I saw that were 17 mins of your piece, I thought I wouldn't get through it all, but then I did listen to it all and I liked quite a lot.  I suspect that given several listens, it would grow on me even more. 

The only things I didn't like were the flute trills.  I wasn't sure if was meant to be a trill or if you were looking for the exact sound that you present in the piece, but it did (for me at least) spoil the aesthetic a bit.  I use Sibelius too and you can change the length and speed of the trills if you want, or even just write them manually if it doesn't sound as you wanted, it does spoil the look of the score to do it manually, but at least it will sound as you want.  There were also a couple of clashes in the piano that sounded a tad too deconstructed for me, by that I mean that it sounded like a fist just hitting the keyboard, again that probably is exactly what you wanted, but it did jar me a bit from time to time.

Apart from that, I did buy into the mood and the drama of the piece and was held there until the end, which for me with a modern work, is no mean feat.  :)

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2016, 05:25:43 PM »
Hi Mahlerian,

I have to tell you that I'm not a lover of a lot of modern music, and when I saw that were 17 mins of your piece, I thought I wouldn't get through it all, but then I did listen to it all and I liked quite a lot.  I suspect that given several listens, it would grow on me even more. 

Many thanks for listening.

The only things I didn't like were the flute trills.  I wasn't sure if was meant to be a trill or if you were looking for the exact sound that you present in the piece, but it did (for me at least) spoil the aesthetic a bit.  I use Sibelius too and you can change the length and speed of the trills if you want, or even just write them manually if it doesn't sound as you wanted, it does spoil the look of the score to do it manually, but at least it will sound as you want.

There aren't many trills.  Perhaps you meant the fluttertongue?  If so, it is certainly the sound I wanted.

There were also a couple of clashes in the piano that sounded a tad too deconstructed for me, by that I mean that it sounded like a fist just hitting the keyboard, again that probably is exactly what you wanted, but it did jar me a bit from time to time.

Well, none of the harmonies are meant to be heard as pure noise; there is a recurring polychord that is rather dissonant, though.  I hear all of the notes as adding harmonic color, but I can see how the effect might seem rather outre to one who doesn't listen to much modernist music.

Apart from that, I did buy into the mood and the drama of the piece and was held there until the end, which for me with a modern work, is no mean feat.  :)

Much appreciated!

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2017, 10:06:13 AM »
Flutter is to be performed (and a recording produced) this March by a friend at her recital.  Now I just have to write a program note...

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Re: Mahlerian's Marquee
« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2017, 10:16:31 AM »
Cool.  Congratulations!
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