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Re: Ottevanger's Omphaloskeptic Outpost
« Reply #2240 on: January 07, 2016, 07:01:09 AM »
Re The Lamb - feel free to pass it on, I'm glad you think it suitable. I wrote it for children, however, so it's a very simple, naive and cossettingly-harmonised sort of thing, not very rigorous at all in any respect. And re your email - as I wrote it for 'private' performance by the children to their parents it's probably simply the case that I forgot to add a metronome mark, knowing that I'd be playing the piano myself. However, being by me, it is of course fairly slow and not at all bound to the metronome. Lyrical, intimate... see what sounds right. One more thing - my fault in score layout but I intended it for three single voices, with the two lower ones supporting the solo one on top. But I am sure a well-balanced choral reading would work just as well, or more so. You could even put more voices on the top line, too, except perhaps where it seems best to retain its solo character.

Re the other... you are a brave man...

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Re: Ottevanger's Omphaloskeptic Outpost
« Reply #2241 on: January 07, 2016, 07:26:26 AM »
The "mission" of Triad is primarily to present the music of living composers, music written in the past 25 years;  secondarily to bring new music into the community.  Along those lines, we like not only to sing challenging music which requires dandy singers  ;)  but also music which may be suited to groups of younger voices, to break down any age barrier to new music.  Another aspect is . . . one of the "problems" which the Rep Committee faces is how to craft a program with flow and variety, and we wind up reading a great many scores which, good though they may be, trend to slow, sustained, sweet choral sound.  Now, on the one hand, those descriptors are no great distance from The Lamb  8) . . . but on the other, there is the characteristic fluid Ottevanger piano accompaniment which is distinct from anything else we've read; and too, we like to find a couple of pieces for either women only or men.

I'm not saying this is the most representative Ottevanger score to float by the Rep Committee, but I think it lovely, and I think that others on the Committee will take a liking to it (and at the least, it will get the name Ottevanger before their eyes, and lodged in their musical consciousness).

I still encourage you to cook up something new!  And knowing your Bartok & Chisholm affinities, I'd especially invite something lively and rhythmic, which (per the Committee's perennial challenge, as detailed above) the group would be especially likely to seize upon.  Witness our recent concert opener:

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Re: Ottevanger's Omphaloskeptic Outpost
« Reply #2242 on: January 07, 2016, 07:32:40 AM »
Hooray for a new Ottevanger work!  The Lamb will undoubtedly be an all-around fave.   8)

That it was intended for children can only be to its credit!  At such moments I am always reminded of the ending of Magister Ludi (Das Glasperlenspiel) by Hermann Hesse, where at the end the main character, the greatest intellectual of his era, decides to tutor a small child as his vocation.
COWBOY (sitting down to a poker game for the first time): "Is this a game of chance?!"

- W. C. FIELDS  (as Cuthbert Twillie): "Uhh, not the way I play it, no." in  My Little Chickadee.

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Re: Ottevanger's Omphaloskeptic Outpost
« Reply #2243 on: January 07, 2016, 07:47:29 AM »
And I apologize if I have made myself tedious with sharing the Pseudo Yoik video!  It's just that it was such great fun to sing . . . .
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« Reply #2244 on: January 07, 2016, 09:40:33 AM »
And I apologize if I have made myself tedious with sharing the Pseudo Yoik video!  It's just that it was such great fun to sing . . . .

Speaking of "Yoik!"

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Re: Ottevanger's Omphaloskeptic Outpost
« Reply #2245 on: January 07, 2016, 11:21:34 AM »
Speaking of "Yoik!"

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« Reply #2246 on: January 08, 2016, 08:57:57 PM »
As with our Cato's MSS., the content is both rich and agile enough (only part of why I find the reading readily engaging) that, given my less-than-ideal practice of fleetingly episodic dips into the (virtual) pages, I often doubt my grasp of certain mechanical detail ... but is the first item of classical music mentioned--lingered over in detail, I had better say--in pianissimo the Mendelssohn? A wonderful combination of geographically apt (of course) and, because of my present Sonata-dom, an incidental chuckle thinking of Saul ....

Oh!--and let me ask afresh for an Authorized Version of the  Canticle Sonata! For there will be more than one pianist I can play together with, and I am keen to present your piece, and fold it into my repertory.
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Re: Ottevanger's Omphaloskeptic Outpost
« Reply #2247 on: January 09, 2016, 09:48:50 AM »
...but is the first item of classical music mentioned--lingered over in detail, I had better say--in pianissimo the Mendelssohn? A wonderful combination of geographically apt (of course) and, because of my present Sonata-dom, an incidental chuckle thinking of Saul ....

On page 65 or thereabouts? Yes, it is. It's not a piece with any more significance than that it begins to open Vicky's eyes a little, as later in the paragraph. And yes, as I wrote it I was aware of the spirit of Saul watching, misunderstanding, and nodding in approval.

That sonata - yes, it will be done, I find it tricky to pin down the last few bars, that's all!

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« Reply #2248 on: January 09, 2016, 09:50:12 AM »
On page 65 or thereabouts? Yes, it is.

Whew!

And thank you, viz. the Canticle Sonata!
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Re: Ottevanger's Omphaloskeptic Outpost
« Reply #2249 on: January 09, 2016, 09:55:23 AM »
Whew!


Was it not clear? I can rewrite...

And re the sonata - no, thank you!

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Re: Ottevanger's Omphaloskeptic Outpost
« Reply #2250 on: January 09, 2016, 09:58:45 AM »
Was it not clear? I can rewrite...

Perfectly clear, fret not!
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« Reply #2251 on: March 09, 2016, 03:12:53 AM »
Now on p.437 ... will Finn make one trip to the well too many?...  8)
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Re: Ottevanger's Omphaloskeptic Outpost
« Reply #2252 on: March 17, 2016, 09:25:24 AM »
“I’ve just come down from the Isle of Skye . . . .”

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Re: Ottevanger's Omphaloskeptic Outpost
« Reply #2253 on: August 09, 2018, 12:04:38 AM »
Just had a nice chat with Luke (yesterday), all is well, just on the busy side.
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