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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6420 on: January 10, 2017, 04:56:51 PM »
. . . a bit
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6421 on: January 11, 2017, 04:37:16 AM »
. . . a bit

I may refine, reconsider, or reconsider those last eight measures.  (Or, what I compose immediately following will simply redeem them.  It happens.)
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6422 on: January 11, 2017, 08:01:11 AM »
Who knew?—Mellophonia
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6423 on: January 11, 2017, 10:25:11 AM »
Blame it on Stan Kenton if you like—but there will be lip trills.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6424 on: January 11, 2017, 03:59:57 PM »
I may refine, reconsider, or reconsider those last eight measures.  (Or, what I compose immediately following will simply redeem them.  It happens.)

Well, I did not refine, reconsider, or reconsider . . . though whether the continuation is redemption, remains to be mulled  8)

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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6425 on: January 12, 2017, 04:22:09 AM »
My one nagging thought yesterday was that, in my outline (—and yes, “the outline be damned” is a not inconsiderable possibility—) I had the remark lyrical brass for this section;  and I have in mind a more lyrical idea, which I did not “get to” here, in comparison to which this homophonic chorale does not feel lyrical.

This morning, though:

(1) I think I like the chorale right there, just fine.
(2) The other idea can probably fit in, better still, later on.
(3) Belay that outline . . . .
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6426 on: January 12, 2017, 10:50:03 AM »
(Well, and if I had only paid heed to my outline . . .)

I planned on more for the brass . . . so, here we are going to find out if I can make the outline work, musically, or if I need to smack the outline around.

Choir rehearsal tonight, so the jury will not return a verdict until tomorrow night.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6427 on: January 14, 2017, 11:24:19 AM »
Well, for good or ill, I have (a) written out the brass chorale to the extent that my outline indicated and (b) pursued the more properly lyrical (I believe) material which I had in mind.  I do think I like it, and I am probably taking a short break before picking up where this leaves off.

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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6428 on: January 15, 2017, 04:30:21 AM »
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6429 on: January 15, 2017, 06:16:40 AM »
The Young Lady Holding a Phone in Her Teeth, in Bedford, Mass.


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Hey, you never know. They specifically say "MIDI recordings strongly discouraged," so having a recording of Real Musicians may be an especial asset.

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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6430 on: January 15, 2017, 09:21:40 AM »
Well, for good or ill, I have (a) written out the brass chorale to the extent that my outline indicated and (b) pursued the more properly lyrical (I believe) material which I had in mind.  I do think I like it, and I am probably taking a short break before picking up where this leaves off.

I did make further progress yesterday, but some of that work needs some cleaning up.  More after lunch . . . .
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6431 on: January 15, 2017, 03:03:17 PM »
Okay, this looks like enormous progress, but some of it was work from yesterday afternoon which I need to "repair" today (the original version of the string accompaniment (fifth m. of [ I ]) was too abrupt at first, and the wind stuff at [ J ] didn't work where I first placed it . . . I like it where it is, though, so I'm glad I did not just toss it out.

So I may putter more tonight, or I may rest and just plunge back in first thing in the morning.

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Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6432 on: January 15, 2017, 07:08:27 PM »
I did, I did putter more, and the next maybe 20 measures are very close to what they need to be. Which practically brings the movement to 3:30 plus, roughly 70% done.

I'll work more in the morning, then take most of tomorrow off. Not planning (realistically) to finish tomorrow--that would be an exhausting day, and then go in to the office Tuesday, oof. But I can get the movement to within sight of the end, so that I can chip away at it each day, and aim for completion next weekend. It all feels right & good.

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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6433 on: January 16, 2017, 06:08:22 AM »
This is basically my work from last night, polished this morning.  I approve it entirely.

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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6434 on: January 16, 2017, 08:33:13 AM »
I did, actually, rather more work this morning than I had anticipated.  (Part of the work was acting on a suggestion of Cato's—he wanted to have the rich brass chords sound a bit longer, for aural savoring . . . and while I did not want to alter the passage which had provoked the suggestion, it was certainly a good suggestion . . . and I felt that just the right place for it was ahead of the retransition

I can indeed just about see my path to the final double-bar, but I also feel that if I push myself to it, today, it will be rushed, and will just want repair, anyway;  where, if I let my musical mind rest, the natural and "perfect" solution will appear to mine ears over the course of tomorrow.

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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6435 on: January 16, 2017, 08:46:03 AM »
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6436 on: January 17, 2017, 10:28:47 AM »
Holmboe
Symphony № 5, Op.35/M.145 (1944)
Aarhus Symphony
Owain Arwel Hughes




Thoughts, in approximate order of thinkage:

  • It is an age since I first listened to this.
  • I owe it to Jeffrey’s Fifth Symphonies thread for the occasion to revisit this
  • It is a bit of a shock (but only a bit) to consider that today may be only the second time I have listened to it.
  • Excellent, quasi-folksy music.
  • The folksy element should not have surprised me so much;  I think that was just an accident of (a) knowing how much I enjoy Holmboe’s music whenever I listen to it, and (b) my recent preoccupation with my own symphony.
  • I am delighted to find that, regarding content, my own piece is not much like the Holmboe.
  • I am tickled, though, at the surface similarities:
    • Both symphonies are 25 minutes in duration.
    • Both symphonies are in three movements.
    • The shortest movement for both symphonies is a lively finale.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6437 on: January 17, 2017, 10:57:50 AM »
Marvelous handling of the orchestra: bars 137-158 and their cousins at bars 173-188 are delightfully mysterious, like playing hide-and-seek in a candy store inside a castle of unknown intent.
"Now who taught ye t' be playin' patty fingers in the holy water?"

- Barry Fitzgerald to John Wayne in  The Quiet Man.

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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6438 on: January 17, 2017, 11:17:25 AM »
Thanks!

I've taken some mental stock of the final stretch of the movement today, will perhaps set to some work this evening.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #6439 on: January 17, 2017, 03:44:25 PM »
And so, with (so to say) 45 seconds remaining of my outline to be composed through, I have become intrigued with the idea of sculpting the ending of the movement, 18 bars per day.  Allowing for my day off for HTUMC choir rehearsal on Thursday, that projects a finish to the movement (and the symphony) on Friday.  (Or, a kind of finish, subject to refinement, of course, of course.)  And this afternoon, I drew up both verbal plans, and some notes . . . so we shall see.
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