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Ron's Talking's Compositions
« on: June 04, 2017, 01:31:25 PM »
These works are among the first since my student years and I'd be grateful for any comments. See below.
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Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2017, 11:04:31 PM »
Here it is...my Jungle Symphonyfor chamber orchestra. Also some recent piano music (Piano Moods) and a movement for Wintermusic for winds and percussion. The piano works will be performed this fall.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/jungle-symphony-no-13-and-more

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Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2017, 03:03:26 AM »
I’ll check these out when not at the office (tech nannydom blocks SoundCloud).
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Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2017, 10:20:40 PM »
Some interesting harmonies and rhythms. I rather enjoyed the "La La Land" piece in particular, but at a glance there is consistency among your uploaded works. If there is an issue for me, it's that MIDI mock-ups made based on performing scores don't tend to make for convincing accounts. I would consider giving these a little fine detail work, but I don't know how flexible scorewriters are in terms of letting you go beyond the score and into the numbers actually controlling everything (i.e.: into all the decisions which, in a performance, would be made reflexively by the performer). If your software allows you to change note parameters and tempi on a granular level it's definitely worth taking a little time to fine tune the rendering, especially if it will be your main means of representing your work in audio form until recordings are are available. Please do not take this as a criticism of the compositions themselves, it's just something I tend to notice when confronted with this particular application of MIDI, that's all.

Lastly, congratulations on the upcoming performances, and best of luck in your future efforts.

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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2017, 02:11:17 PM »
Thanks for the reply. As far as tempi and dynamics, my choices are limited in playback. But most of my music is not as full of markings as works of  a lot of modern composers. But your point is well-taken, and I'll see what I can add for the playback when I'm back home.

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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2017, 08:27:48 AM »
Wow! I just listened to the piano moods and La-La land piece. Those piano works are great little miniatures; your harmonic shifts and lyrical passages are moving. Are you a jazz player? I didn't have time to listen to the last chamber pieces but look forward to listening to them. I like new music that still has a tonal sound at times. I hope to hear a recording of a good player on the piano work.

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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2017, 09:09:53 AM »
Wow! I just listened to the piano moods and La-La land piece. Those piano works are great little miniatures; your harmonic shifts and lyrical passages are moving. Are you a jazz player? I didn't have time to listen to the last chamber pieces but look forward to listening to them. I like new music that still has a tonal sound at times. I hope to hear a recording of a good player on the piano work.

Thanks 101...I know the fidelity of these recordings is not great but I'm glad you listened.  I hope you get a chance to listen to more :) .

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Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2017, 04:36:23 PM »
These pieces are delightful. I love the contrasts, the fast pace, keeps me on my toes. I feel I can say that for most of the works on the soundcloud page. :)

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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2017, 07:57:12 AM »
I just listened to the Jungle symphony and really liked it (some parts were hard to hear), especially the second half. The mood shifts are so natural and evocative. Did you know Peter Racine Fricker? I saw the dedication.

The 9th Sonata was bad-ass. Really exciting in the outer movements. And the slow movement was lovely--again with the harmonic shifts. Nice work!

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Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2017, 06:50:04 AM »
Here it is...my Jungle Symphony for chamber orchestra.

What is the scoring?
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Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2017, 07:04:36 AM »
What is the scoring?

Flute, Oboe, Clar, B. Clarinet, Bassoon
Timp, Glock, Vibr,
Piano
Strings 2,2,2,2,1

I'm on the road and will post the score upon returning home.
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« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2017, 07:17:48 AM »
I just listened to the Jungle symphony and really liked it (some parts were hard to hear), especially the second half. The mood shifts are so natural and evocative. Did you know Peter Racine Fricker? I saw the dedication.

The 9th Sonata was bad-ass. Really exciting in the outer movements. And the slow movement was lovely--again with the harmonic shifts. Nice work!

To answer your questions: Yes PRF was my first teacher after my Dad who was a jazz musician and composer. I was thinking about PRF when I wrote the ostinato that pop up from time to time. Thanks for the comments...

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Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2017, 04:29:15 PM »
Flute, Oboe, Clar, Bassoon
Timp, Glock, Vibr,
Piano
Strings

I'm on the road and will post the score upon returning home.
I presume there aren't many string players required at all, because of the chamber proportions? Is it solo strings or something like two or three per part?

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Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2017, 07:49:23 AM »
I presume there aren't many string players required at all, because of the chamber proportions? Is it solo strings or something like two or three per part?

2,2,2,1,1 would be satisfactory, though double that would be better. There's a lot of divisi. As I composed this while living on a remote island off the coast of western Canada (with no forthcoming performance plans) I was thinking in terms of "smallish" orchestra rather than chamber size. But that's flexible. ;)  I'm in the process of moving... probably to the Toronto area, and will have real musicians in the region.

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