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Re: A Work by CATO, Who Is NOT A Composer! (?)
« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2017, 03:23:21 AM »
A nagging idea...

in 2018 Mrs. Cato and I will have been married 40 years: I composed the Wedding March for our Nuptial Mass.  The organist was no professional, so the march could not be too complicated, and even so, there were various blunders during the actual event.

I have been thinking of revising it slightly, and finding a decent organist to record it and offer it as one of the anniversary presents.  0:)

The manuscript did not survive the famous massacre of 1995, but everything has remained in my head.  $:)
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Re: A Work by CATO, Who Is NOT A Composer! (?)
« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2017, 03:39:49 AM »
I know a couple of organists we can ask to play it!
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Re: A Work by CATO, Who Is NOT A Composer! (?)
« Reply #22 on: August 01, 2017, 04:17:19 AM »
I know a couple of organists we can ask to play it!

Okay!  I will need to re-subscribe to NoteFlight to create the manuscript: to keep it a secret, I will need to buy some sort of gift card to buy the subscription, since Mrs. Cato oversees all of our financial transactions.   0:)
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Re: A Work by CATO, Who Is NOT A Composer! (?)
« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2018, 02:04:01 PM »
A nagging idea...

in 2018 Mrs. Cato and I will have been married 40 years: I composed the Wedding March for our Nuptial Mass.  The organist was no professional, so the march could not be too complicated, and even so, there were various blunders during the actual event.

I have been thinking of revising it slightly, and finding a decent organist to record it and offer it as one of the anniversary presents.  0:)

The manuscript did not survive the famous massacre of 1995, but everything has remained in my head.  $:)

I know a couple of organists we can ask to play it!

Fate so far has been against me: no organist whom I or Karl have contacted in the past months has time or interest.

If you know of anyone who plays the organ fairly competently, and would like to make some extra money by playing and recording my little prelude (circa 3 minutes), please let me know your e-mail address via Personal Message, so that  I can forward the pdf.file and a "MIDI" version.
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Re: A Work by CATO, Who Is NOT A Composer! (?)
« Reply #24 on: September 05, 2018, 09:44:39 AM »
Fate so far has been against me: no organist whom I or Karl have contacted in the past months has time or interest.

If you know of anyone who plays the organ fairly competently, and would like to make some extra money by playing and recording my little prelude (circa 3 minutes), please let me know your e-mail address via Personal Message, so that  I can forward the pdf.file and a "MIDI" version.

I see that a good number of people, including new members, happen to be online now. so please read and pass the request on to any organist you may know.

Today, this polite "No" came from a local organist: Fate seems to be against me right now!  8) ;)

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Thank you for the email.  You’re obviously a man of many talents!  I was not aware of your musical interests and abilities!  I enjoyed seeing/listening to the music file that you sent.  That piece was no small task to compose!   Unfortunately, I’m not sure that I have the time (nor perhaps ability) to learn the piece and to perform it for you.  The music is somewhat challenging, and I am also dealing with some double vision issues, (which makes it seem twice as challenging!).  (I had one eye surgery this summer and likely another one sometime later this autumn.)  If you can find someone else who would be willing to learn/perform the piece, they are certainly welcome to use the organ here to make that a reality.  And I do hope you can find someone who can do that.  I’m sure you would like to hear the piece in its completion, and on a pipe organ as it was intended to be played.  I’m sorry that I won’t be able to assist you in that regard.  Let me know if you find someone who would like to rehearse/play it here for you.  In the meantime, congratulations on your upcoming anniversary.  Best wishes for many more!

One of the nicest rejections I have received!  :D 0:)
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Re: A Work by CATO, Who Is NOT A Composer! (?) + New Year's Resolution
« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2018, 04:00:55 PM »
Fate so far has been against me: no organist whom I or Karl have contacted in the past months has time or interest.


If you know of anyone who plays the organ fairly competently, and would like to make some extra money by playing and recording my little prelude (circa 3 minutes), please let me know your e-mail address via Personal Message, so that  I can forward the pdf.file and a "MIDI" version.


Since we have a few new members who might not have seen this topic about my curious non-composing career, I thought I would again push the message about needing an organist.

Plus, some months ago, in a box of novel and short story manuscripts, there surfaced a few photocopies of some musical works from 50 years ago or so!  They survived the Great Purge of 1992, when I destroyed everything...or at least, I thought I had destroyed everything!

Among the works was one of which I at first literally had no memory!   ???  That was an unusual experience for me, because I usually have - in music! (not in everything, as Mrs. Cato will verify  :D   )  - nearly total recall. 

After mulling and stewing and simmering, I decided the work - despite my inability to remember hardly anything about it (a memory of sorts finally did arrive, that it was composed during a Christmas vacation, and a very snowy one at that) -  had enough merit that I would put it into a computer manuscript via the NoteFlight on-line program.

I have almost finished with the last movement: the work is for 2 violins (which was at first not clear, given that the photocopy had not preserved what the two treble-clef instruments were supposed to be) and a piano, which might make it seem like a trio, but the opus is more like a symphony for the three players.   ???  8)

I have of course revised it as I have entered the notes into the program: the manuscript contained some mistakes, and some impossibilities for the violins.  Here and there I expanded some sections, since it seemed too Webernian and needed elaboration.  Transitions here and there were added, and so on. 

So for the third time in the past few years, I have returned to (sort of) composing music, "sort of," because in this case I already had a complete manuscript, as opposed to the sketch for the Exaudi me.  Whether or not this will stimulate the itch to compose something ex nihilo in the 21st century, and not something based upon works from 50 years ago, who knows?

Probably not!

Certainly nobody is knocking on the door to demand a concerto or symphony!  8)

Anyway, stay tuned!   0:)
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Re: A Work by CATO, Who Is NOT A Composer! (?)
« Reply #26 on: November 16, 2018, 06:48:11 AM »
Very interested in the development of this reconstruction.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot