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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7100 on: September 13, 2018, 02:46:20 AM »
One of the musically interesting things about Jack, who sang in choirs and choruses from his teen years, is that (when his voice broke, that is) he started out as a bass, but his range migrated up.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7101 on: September 17, 2018, 12:46:00 AM »
Well, Triad are kind of regrouping.  We've lost more members than the normal annual attrition, did not make up those losses in the auditions, we've considered changing rehearsals from weekly on Monday evenings to a series of weekend "rehearsal-retreats," but it looks like we need to reconsider the November program.  Emergency meeting tonight.  Not truly a dire emergency, but a matter of enough importance that I eschewed scare-quotes.  Will report.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7102 on: September 17, 2018, 05:29:30 AM »
Oh, and this is super trippy.  Something which (a) I thought was somehow lost (via various hard drives going phut of the years) forever, and yet (b) which in the back of my mind I thought I would never miss, has resurfaced:  the symphonic band arrangement of the Egyptian Dance from White Nights.  Found it in an obscure directory from some long-ago migration.  And my heart is all a-flutter, because I am planning to go to a rehearsal for the Charles River Wind Ensemble tomorrow night.

This can be no coincidence . . . .
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7103 on: September 17, 2018, 04:35:32 PM »
Oh, and this is super trippy.  Something which (a) I thought was somehow lost (via various hard drives going phut of the years) forever, and yet (b) which in the back of my mind I thought I would never miss, has resurfaced:  the symphonic band arrangement of the Egyptian Dance from White Nights.  Found it in an obscure directory from some long-ago migration.  And my heart is all a-flutter, because I am planning to go to a rehearsal for the Charles River Wind Ensemble tomorrow night.

This can be no coincidence . . . .

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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7104 on: September 23, 2018, 02:18:16 AM »
Randomness is at the heart of the order of the universe!

And now I want to scour through those electronic folders.  Not all of it will be needed, but there is the odd chance I may find one or two items I have missed over the years.

Separately, my publisher has found an apt violist to whom to pitch the Henning Sonata.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7105 on: September 23, 2018, 11:54:38 PM »
So, my old friend (and staunch Henningmusick support) Heinrich Christensen played an organ Prelude concert (half-hour) and then accompanied a choral evensong which was the opening event of the Boston AGO conference, last night.  All the music was by Boston composers, but I do not complain that there was no music of mine.  Louise Mundinger was there, whom Mark Engelhardt first introduced me to, in a previous era, as it seems.  She has just been appointed the new M.D. at the Cathedral Church of St Paul, so I congratulated her;  I want to feel that this betokens a cultural turnaround at the Cathedral.  Louise will be the organist at the special evensong in October honoring Ethel Crawford, a well-loved fellow chorister who is retiring as Cathedral Administrator (Mark is coming back to lead the choir, which will be a particularly sweet surprise for Ethel—nobody here spill the beans, okay?)

So, a suggestion/offer I made on an offline chat thread initiated by Mark among us "Cathedral Choir alumni" has actually channeled through to the right party, and Louise is game to play my new cl/org Voluntary as part of the evensong.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7106 on: September 25, 2018, 06:48:56 AM »
I liked it.  Congrats on the successful performance!

I really like this! Nice performance too!  Do you have a favourite 20th C. passacaglia?

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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7107 on: September 29, 2018, 03:31:21 AM »
I really like this! Nice performance too!  Do you have a favourite 20th C. passacaglia?

I do not . . . my favorite tends to be, the one I've just finished listening to 8)

And:  thank you!
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7108 on: September 29, 2018, 03:34:44 AM »
With a deadline of 1 October (i.e., Monday) there is a call from the Khemia Ensemble, preference given to scores which use he entire ensemble.  So the idea is, taking Lutosławski’s Lullaby and expanding it in scoring, and (since one member of the ensemble is a soprano) adding a text.  I was thinking of finding a short Whitman poem, but actually . . . now I am thinking of finding a passage from Schulte . . . .
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7109 on: September 29, 2018, 03:51:20 AM »
With a deadline of 1 October (i.e., Monday) there is a call from the Khemia Ensemble, preference given to scores which use he entire ensemble.  So the idea is, taking Lutosławski’s Lullaby and expanding it in scoring, and (since one member of the ensemble is a soprano) adding a text.  I was thinking of finding a short Whitman poem, but actually . . . now I am thinking of finding a passage from Schulte . . . .


I stand ready!   8)    Check your e-mail!   0:)
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7110 on: September 29, 2018, 11:57:15 AM »

I stand ready!   8)    Check your e-mail!   0:)

Karl has a poem for his work!

Whether it qualifies as a "Lullaby"...well, that could be a matter of taste, or interpretation.   0:)
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7111 on: September 29, 2018, 12:09:43 PM »
That suits, because . . . one wonders if the source piano-piece is a lullaby!

The accompaniment is now ready.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7112 on: September 30, 2018, 02:36:15 AM »
I began the text setting with the final stanza (rehearsal [ I ]), and then went back to the beginning.  This is this morning's work.

More after I return from church.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7113 on: September 30, 2018, 03:28:38 AM »
I began the text setting with the final stanza (rehearsal [ I ]), and then went back to the beginning.  This is this morning's work.

More after I return from church.

Excellent melodies!  And the music for that repetition of the last line is very effective!
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7114 on: September 30, 2018, 09:16:22 AM »
Well, I think it may be done.  Watch This Space . . . .
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7115 on: September 30, 2018, 10:29:28 AM »
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7116 on: September 30, 2018, 10:35:48 AM »
[ Well, the deadline for submissions is Monday, 1 Oct.  As of 25 Sept, according to their Facebook page, they have already received 300+ submissions. ]
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7117 on: September 30, 2018, 11:40:06 AM »
[ Well, the deadline for submissions is Monday, 1 Oct.  As of 25 Sept, according to their Facebook page, they have already received 300+ submissions. ]

Well, it beats the lottery!   0:)

Again, you have sculpted a glittering gem!   An exquisite marriage of music with text...again!
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7118 on: September 30, 2018, 11:46:37 AM »
I was astonished, how naturally I managed to fit the text to the piece.  There is no sense, I think, of a "forced graft," but it feels as if the music was composed for this text setting.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #7119 on: September 30, 2018, 01:00:33 PM »
Well, it beats the lottery!   0:)

Perhaps I shall take comfort in the wording of the call: preference will be given to scores that make use of most of our instrumentation.  My piece may be on a somewhat shorter list, thanks to this consideration.  I may stand a fair chance, yet.
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