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Title: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on April 07, 2007, 11:21:26 AM
A thread to celebrate Henningmusick!  Karl's blog can be found  HERE.  8)  (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/)

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on April 07, 2007, 11:23:29 AM
Excellent.  Would there happen to be a photograph of the actual headquarters D?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on April 07, 2007, 11:40:44 AM
Excellent.  Would there happen to be a photograph of the actual headquarters D?

I just happen to have a picture:

(http://cse.unl.edu/~bkell/st-petersburg.jpg)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: knight66 on April 07, 2007, 11:48:51 AM
I take it that is somewhere in St Petersburg?

Mike
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on April 07, 2007, 11:53:41 AM
I take it that is somewhere in St Petersburg?

Mike

Yessir . . . . . .  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 09, 2007, 03:47:25 AM
I take it that is somewhere in St Petersburg?

Mike

Yes, the Cathedral of the Savior on the Spilt Blood, on the Griboyedova Canal.

Thanks for inaugurating the thread, lads!

Nothing of great moment to report, what with all the choirly activity of Holy Week. Worked a bit on White Nights on this morning's bus ride.  Tomorrow I get the music over to the organist for the 22 May recital (on which I'll take Irreplaceable Doodles out for a fresh spin, too).  It will be a week before I can sound Ed out as to when/if either Nuhro or the Magnificat is happening this side of summer.

Longer-term (i.e., after the ballet is done) . . . the combination of a fellow chorister (from Calgary) who has occasionally beat the Pärt drum, and the recent experience of a (not-quite-up-to-past-levels) performance of a plainchant setting of the Passion according to St John, has gotten me thinking of writing a setting myself.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on April 09, 2007, 01:16:24 PM
I just happen to have a picture:

(http://cse.unl.edu/~bkell/st-petersburg.jpg)

And if one looks very carefully in the background, one can see the bus that Karl rode in as he composed the majority of Out in the Sun (http://www.good-music-guide.com/forum/index.php/topic,764.1230.html) .  This bus was taken apart piece by piece and shipped to "The Pulse" where it was reconstructed and now serves as Karl's St. Petersburg connection. :)  He would of taken the cathedral, but Harry needed it to store his new shipment of cds. ;D

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on April 09, 2007, 02:06:44 PM
Some behind the scenes shots, an a GMG exclusive granted by Karl:

Shot of the inside of Karl's bus:

(http://media.jlsc.com/schedule/2005/foto2005/01/fRearStudio.jpg)

(http://media.jlsc.com/schedule/2005/foto2005/01/cFrontStudiohigh.jpg)

Shot of the outside:

(http://www.used-buses.net/publ/bw419.jpg)

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 09, 2007, 02:10:55 PM
(I hope Andy doesn't mind that I borrowed his guitar for this tour . . . .)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 11, 2007, 11:00:24 AM
After the ballet is done, Ed Broms will have me compose a setting of the St John Passion for Good Friday next year.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on April 12, 2007, 08:52:39 AM
After the ballet is done, Ed Broms will have me compose a setting of the St John Passion for Good Friday next year.

Yay Team!   (HEY! What happened to the Angel emoticon???  And the Policeman?)

Which language?  The highly theological languages of Latin, German, or even Ancient Greek (!?) or something from Petrograd?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on April 13, 2007, 05:48:11 AM
I just happen to have a picture:

(http://cse.unl.edu/~bkell/st-petersburg.jpg)
sweeeeeeet!!!
i knew all along that was his secret hideout
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on April 13, 2007, 05:52:11 AM
Yay Team!   (HEY! What happened to the Angel emoticon???  And the Policeman?)

Which language?  The highly theological languages of Latin, German, or even Ancient Greek (!?) or something from Petrograd?

And if you are thinking of English, which translation?

Decisions, decisions!   :o
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 13, 2007, 05:52:38 AM
Yay Team!   (HEY! What happened to the Angel emoticon???  And the Policeman?)

Which language?  The highly theological languages of Latin, German, or even Ancient Greek (!?) or something from Petrograd?

No, it will serve as the Gospel reading, and so really ought to be in Ingrish.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 13, 2007, 05:54:24 AM
And if you are thinking of English, which translation?

Decisions, decisions!   :o

Zowie!  how we crossed just then.

We have been singing an edition of a plainchant delivery of the Passion.  I will probably use that as a base, and may make informed adjustment.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on April 13, 2007, 06:39:32 AM
Zowie!  how we crossed just then.

We have been singing an edition of a plainchant delivery of the Passion.  I will probably use that as a base, and may make informed adjustment.

Of course, you could be multi-cultural and use all of them!     8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Don Giovanni on April 13, 2007, 10:13:39 AM
Is there anywhere where I can listen to some of your music, karl. I'm intrigued.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 13, 2007, 10:30:10 AM
Thank you for your kind interest, Don!  I will have a couple of links for you tomorrow . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Don Giovanni on April 13, 2007, 11:22:31 AM
Much appreciated.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Maciek on April 13, 2007, 02:56:02 PM
No, it will serve as the Gospel reading, and so really ought to be in Ingrish.

You seriously mean Ingrish? If that's the same as Engrish (http://www.engrish.com/), then that doesn't sound good... :o
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 13, 2007, 03:51:15 PM
No, Maciek, I was mashing English . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Maciek on April 13, 2007, 04:02:50 PM
Too bad. On second thought - the effect could have been interesting. ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on April 14, 2007, 05:14:49 AM
You seriously mean Ingrish? If that's the same as Engrish (http://www.engrish.com/), then that doesn't sound good... :o
i still remember that time in Japanese class when my teacher had that site on the overhead projector- my favorite one was Tickle Me Elmo. Instead of reading "Clap Your Hands", it said "Crap Your Hands."
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on April 25, 2007, 09:24:00 AM
Hi Karl!

Your fans want an update!

And so does your air conditioner: summer's coming!   >:D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 25, 2007, 09:38:51 AM
Practicing for the 22 May recital.  Will play the unaccompanied Irreplaceable Doodles again (whatever my faults, I do not lack for nerve) and three pieces with Heinrich Christensen, music director of King's Chapel, at the console:  Prelude on « Kremser » (actually a piece for trumpet and organ, but no matter), Handeliana and the Canzona & Gigue.

Still trying to get firm commitments from a pair of stringists for the June recital.  No, rather:  I already have a firm commitment from the violist, and I want to know from the cellist if she is game to put Terpsichore in Marble together.  The violist and his wife will sing my old three-part Song of Mary together, too.

Two of the sopranos in the St Paul's Choir want to do Shepherd on the Rock.  As long as one of them turns up a part for me to play from (— I must have one somewhere in the apartment, but I'll never find it, not at a time when I need it —) that will be fun;  haven't played it since the dark days of Buffalo.

Choir rehearsal tonight!  Which means that I may learn from Ed when he may be thinking of doing Nuhro, or the Magnificat (again), or (as the composer should prefer) both.

A very interesting project has arisen, a commission (prospect of performance and recording) for a Christmas piece for three voices and percussion.  Texts in Portuguese have been furnished, and they are beauties.  I need to ask a discreet question or two so that I know what limitations the percussionist may have, and then I think this piece will write quite quickly.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on April 25, 2007, 09:58:11 AM

Choir rehearsal tonight!  Which means that I may learn from Ed when he may be thinking of doing Nuhro, or the Magnificat (again), or (as the composer should prefer) both.

Both!  That's the kind of thinking we like to see!   0:)

Thanks for the update!  The piece with Portuguese texts sounds intriguing!  3 voices and percussion: I assume you will ask if the latter means things like vibraphone, tubular bells, celesta, etc.  Or just a few snare drums?!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 25, 2007, 10:14:42 AM
That's why I need to ask.  If I have complete freedom, I'd probably include a marimba.  But this is a group which tours a lot, so the percussionist may only use small, easily portable noisemakers.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on April 26, 2007, 05:01:14 AM
Both!  That's the kind of thinking we like to see!   0:)

Thanks for the update!  The piece with Portuguese texts sounds intriguing!  3 voices and percussion: I assume you will ask if the latter means things like vibraphone, tubular bells, celesta, etc.  Or just a few snare drums?!
Actually, he should have all 3 of them sing in a different language.
How about Portuguese, Thai, and Turkmen?  :o
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 26, 2007, 07:03:16 AM
Ed wants to do both Nuhro and the Magnificat for an evening service on the Feast of the Ascension (Thursday, 17 May).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on April 26, 2007, 08:58:30 AM
Ed wants to do both Nuhro and the Magnificat for an evening service on the Feast of the Ascension (Thursday, 17 May).

Great!  Sounds like your bank account just keeps on rockin' !
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Mark G. Simon on May 08, 2007, 03:46:44 AM
I had a great time listening to Karl's Out in the Sun, which naturally sounds much better played by real instruments than by the MIDI version which I heard earlier.

There's a lot of bustling activity, though not much harmonic motion. It reminds me of Torke (which is a compliment in my book). The first and third sections are devoted to various permutations of B flat major. Eventually the E flats fall away, and there's a short period of mixolydian-ness before the contrasting 2nd section, which has a passage for contrabass clarinet (or bass clarinet in its extended low register) and bari sax which reminds me of the saxophone break in Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke". A slow coda brings things to a restful close.

It's an enjoyable piece.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Maciek on May 08, 2007, 12:41:23 PM
For the past 2 days I've been listening to my latest acquisition - a wonderful disc of Karl Henning's music recently released by the "Henning's Classics" label (in the "Charles Disques" series). And what a pleasant addition to my collection it is! Some truly remarkable music. I was expecting some strong Shostakovitch influences but to my surprise found none to speak of (if there is anything noticeable of that sort, then it is a faint Stravinskyan streak ;)). I'm especially fond of Hodie Christus natus est, where the sound of the clarinet beautifully blends with the sound of the choir, I Sang to the Sky, and Day Broke with some great interplay between percussion and wind ensemble, and also Murmur of Many Waters with a very colorful percussion. The opening of Nuhro is also quite striking and very beautiful, as is the whole piece, and in fact every piece on the CD I'm speaking of.

My wife was mightily impressed too. As for my daughter, many of you may already know that she has very discerning tastes. She will only dance to the music of Xenakis and Norgard, and so far was not given to the absent minded art of humming. However, this all changed the minute the afore mentioned CD started playing. For some unfathomable reason, Rose wanted to sing along with the choir the moment she heard it (and for the first time too!), and kept this up for quite a while. So I am pleased to report that she adores the music as well.

Listening to all these wonderful pieces I became curious of the composer himself and so conducted a google search, hoping for a decent image. The following 2 came up quite high in the results (check for yourselves!), so I gather they're a good likeness (presumably the first shows him with a member of his family):

(http://www.dvdenlared.com/data/docs/20041130104133/phantom_opera%201925.jpg) (http://www.ballade.no/nmi.nsf/pic/nosferatus/$file/nosferatus.jpg)

Cheers,
Maciek
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on May 09, 2007, 03:09:38 AM
Those are pictures of Karl before he got married!  Thanks to marital bliss, he now resembles Charlton Heston.

(http://www.celebopedia.com/heston/images/charlton_heston.jpg)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 09, 2007, 03:25:59 AM
Many thanks, Mark & Maciek!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 09, 2007, 03:26:11 AM
Those are pictures of Karl before he got married!  Thanks to marital bliss, he now resembles Charlton Heston.

If I may quote Karl Friedrich Hieronymous Baron von Munchausen: Beautiful ladies! But other than that, it's all wrong!

Separately, and truly:

My name in pixels once again. (http://www.kings-chapel.org/music2.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 17, 2007, 04:41:37 AM
Music of Karl Henning

Terpsichore in Marble, Op. 9 (clarinet and cello)
Canzona & Gigue, Op. 77a (clarinet, viola and cello)
Three Things that Begin with ‘C’, Op. 65a (clarinet and viola)
Song of Mary, Op. 29 (three mixed voices)
Mirage, Op. 79a (clarinet, viola and piano)

Karl Henning, clarinet (& bass)

Assisted by:
Rachel Cama-Lekx, alto
Sara Richardson, cello
Peter Cama-Lekx, viola & tenor
Ed Broms, piano

Wednesday, 20 June
12:15pm

Cathedral Church of St Paul
138 Tremont St, Boston
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 17, 2007, 04:50:17 AM
Music of Karl Henning

Terpsichore in Marble, Op. 9 (clarinet and cello)
Canzona & Gigue, Op. 77a (clarinet, viola and cello)
Three Things that Begin with ‘C’, Op. 65a (clarinet and viola)
Song of Mary, Op. 29 (three mixed voices)
Mirage, Op. 79a (clarinet, viola and piano)

Karl Henning, clarinet (& bass)

Assisted by:
Rachel Cama-Lekx, alto
Sara Richardson, cello
Peter Cama-Lekx, viola & tenor
Ed Broms, piano

Wednesday, 20 June
12:15pm

Cathedral Church of St Paul
138 Tremont St, Boston
wow, you're going all the way back to op.9? is that a type (90) or not?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 17, 2007, 05:02:00 AM
No, that isn't a typo.  It's a piece I wrote back while doing my Master's in Charlottesville.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: toledobass on May 17, 2007, 09:29:55 AM
Good luck maestro!!!!!!!!!

Out of curiousity where all did you study?  I've heard Buffalo mentioned as well as Wooster. 


Allan
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 17, 2007, 10:33:09 AM
Thanks, Allan!

B.Mus. in composition & clarinet performance, College of Wooster
M.A. in composition, University of Virginia
Ph.D. in composition, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Maciek on May 17, 2007, 01:41:58 PM
Looks like a nice concert! Wish I could be there. Good luck, Karl!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 18, 2007, 04:36:07 AM
Thanks, Maciek!  That Song of Mary, BTW, is an earlier setting than you have on the disc I sent . . . in fact, this will at last be this canticle's premiere . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 18, 2007, 04:42:44 AM
And, more immediately, of course:

Music of Karl Henning

Prelude on « Kremser », Op. 66 (clarinet and organ)
Canzona & Gigue, Op. 77 (clarinet and organ)
Irreplaceable Doodles, Op. 89 (clarinet unaccompanied)
Handeliana, Op. 83 (clarinet and organ)

Karl Henning, clarinet
Heinrich Christensen, organ

Tuesday, 22 May
12:15pm

King's Chapel
Tremont and School Streets, Boston
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on May 18, 2007, 05:48:05 AM
I have just spent some time with a new CD with music by Prof. Karl Henning!

Irreplaceable Doodles and Out in the Sun are what I listened to this morning: I had seen the opening page of the first work, for solo clarinet, and so had some idea of the opening, which is fun and spritely and matches the title.

What I was not prepared for were the fascinating monologues or soliloquies in the heart of the piece.  I fear to present my personal program, lest other potential listeners be biased, but I imagined the melancholy clown as a symbol for the work.  While zipping around to entertain you, the clown has a serious story inside for you to hear, and he stops, in between his leaping dancing moments, to tell you this story.  If it is not quite melancholy, it is at least serious, and its expressivity of various emotions allows you to understand his light-heartedness even better. I listened to Irreplaceable Doodles 3 times in a row, and was ever more charmed by those mysterious monologues.  The composer is the performer, and the echoing effect of where it was performed helped maintain this arcane atmosphere.

If transcribed for violin, I can see where world-class violinists would want to play it, perhaps as an encore.

Out in the Sun is for a wind orchestra, including saxophones, and partially shows the composer's version of a kind of pointillistic minimalism.  Chattering, hectic and insectic, the work intersperses calmer, lazier moments "out in the sun" for contemplation, sometimes with the same kind of marvelous monologues mentioned above, but also of course multi-voiced conversation.  The funky saxophone dialogue sticks in my mind, and of course there are clarinet sections of great beauty.  The composer also gives the tuba a good work-out toward the end!  And then apparently the sun sets unwillingly on this illuminated and illuminating scene. 

There were war whoops of approval from the audience!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 18, 2007, 05:52:23 AM
Yes, and the whoops did not originate from my own guests in the hall!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 22, 2007, 02:53:54 AM
T minus four hours 22 minutes.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on May 22, 2007, 03:30:07 AM
T minus four hours 22 minutes.

Yay Team!   Go Go Go!    8)

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on May 22, 2007, 04:34:19 AM
I have listened to Sonatina Sopra ("Veni Emmanuel") and to Studies in Impermanence twice: both are for solo clarinet.

Both works have a wonderfully mysterious vox clamans in deserto atmosphere.  The Sonatina uses hints of the Christmas hymn throughout, and represents a kind of meditation on the theme, rather than a specific theme and variations style.

Studies in Impermanence is the longer work, at first full of long, longing phrases which are occasionally punctuated by little figurations, triplets or melismata.  These latter figures turn out to be a major voice as the work progresses, and one hears that there is a gentle struggle between the slow, wandering lines and the faster, happier figures (triplets grow to quintuplets and so on), and the tension builds as one wonders which voice will dominate, or if some sort of compromise or equilibrium will be reached.  Occasionally one hears the slightest scent of Russia or "the East" in it, coming mainly from the little triplets now and then.  ("Vox clamans in Siberia" might be more appropriate occasionally!) Toward the end there is also a jazzy flavor, but it is fleeting...impermanent.

Certainly the work remains fascinating throughout: composing with just one line might seem easy, but try keeping the ear entertained with it for more than a few minutes!

There is no doubt that Karl deserves a contract with a CD company!  And I don't mean Burpee!   :o

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 22, 2007, 05:21:36 AM
T minus one hour 55 minutes.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 22, 2007, 05:22:15 AM
(Just got the Burpee reference! Color me slow today! Concentrating on The Music!)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on May 22, 2007, 05:41:36 AM
(Just got the Burpee reference! Color me slow today! Concentrating on The Music!)

Here in Hotlanta we are concentrating on breathing: southern breezes have brought up smoke from swamp wildfires from Georgia and Florida, where people are usually concentrating oranges instead of music.

And somewhere in there you can find a joke about an orangutan!   8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 22, 2007, 08:45:31 AM
Recital went very well, and we had 48 out in the audience (which is excellent turnout for this sort of thing).

And of course, now I can play even better for next month's recital.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 22, 2007, 08:58:26 AM
Yay!
Maybe next time you can get 50 in there!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 22, 2007, 08:59:35 AM
You could have been 49, and then maybe Harry could have been 50!  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 22, 2007, 09:00:47 AM
You know, I think the last time I played at King's Chapel, The Bend of Time was on the program  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 22, 2007, 09:18:29 AM
You know, I think the last time I played at King's Chapel, The Bend of Time was on the program  :)
wow, it's been over a year, hasn't it?
i still have those programs you sent me  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Maciek on May 22, 2007, 09:36:42 AM
Recital went very well, and we had 48 out in the audience (which is excellent turnout for this sort of thing).

And of course, now I can play even better for next month's recital.

Great! :D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 22, 2007, 09:37:24 AM
Well, Maciek, and (for good or ill) tape wil be running at next month's recital.

(Is Rose ready?)  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Maciek on May 22, 2007, 10:16:22 AM
Oh, yes she is - she absolutely loves your clarinet playing! :D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on May 22, 2007, 11:58:45 AM
Oh, yes she is - she absolutely loves your clarinet playing! :D

Great picture of the baby, "Mr. Osa."  (Which makes me think of Mr. Moto, the Japanese detective, played by German actor Peter Lorre: how politically incorrect was that?!) 

Anyway, great to hear about the turnout!

Did they pass the hat and dig so deep it hurt?   $:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 22, 2007, 12:04:53 PM
The hat was my biggest "haul" to date.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on May 22, 2007, 04:23:03 PM
Well, if the hat fits, wear it!   $:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 25, 2007, 03:36:42 AM
No "hot" news by me.

Very pleased with how this week's recital went at King's Chapel.

Getting music rehearsed for a 20 June recital at St Paul's;  still waiting for word on the new and well-reputedly excellent cellist's availability.

May at long last have found a brass quintet to play Moonrise.

And I am cooking up a piece for three soli voices and light percussion, for a Cambridge-based ensemble;  they provided the texts, exquisite old Portuguese Christmas ballads.

— Cambridge, Massachusetts, Guido & Luke  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on May 26, 2007, 03:53:53 PM
No "hot" news by me.

Very pleased with how this week's recital went at King's Chapel.
...
And I am cooking up a piece for three soli voices and light percussion, for a Cambridge-based ensemble;  they provided the texts, exquisite old Portuguese Christmas ballads.

— Cambridge, Massachusetts, Guido & Luke  8)

Don't worry; I've long ago gathered that your 'King's Chapel' isn't our real one as well.... ;) :-*
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 29, 2007, 05:26:08 AM
Don't worry; I've long ago gathered that your 'King's Chapel' isn't our real one as well.... ;) :-*

I guess, had I thought about it, I should have known there was a King's Chapel otherwheres than on Tremont Street!  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 30, 2007, 02:58:37 AM
More work done on Castelo dos anjos for three soli voices and percussion, on antique Christmas texts (three in Portuguese, one in Spanish).

All the texts are so lovely, I didn't have the heart to reject any of them, so I figured I'd make a 'mini cantata' of it.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 30, 2007, 03:03:01 AM
Also, in timing of rightness on a cosmic scale, the three of us are going to visit a Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts for a private tour led by the museum's founder this afternoon.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Guido on May 30, 2007, 03:59:53 AM
What's the cellists' name?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 30, 2007, 04:07:06 AM
Rachel.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 30, 2007, 04:13:52 AM
(Not being coy; that's all I know so far!)  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Maciek on May 30, 2007, 04:39:21 AM
More work done on Castelo dos anjos for three soli voices and percussion, on antique Christmas texts (three in Portuguese, one in Spanish).

All the texts are so lovely, I didn't have the heart to reject any of them, so I figured I'd make a 'mini cantata' of it.

Sounds very exciting, Karl! :D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 05, 2007, 07:16:20 AM
Peculiarly, wound up with an unexpected day off, so I'm keen at work on Castelo dos Anjos.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on June 05, 2007, 10:23:58 AM
Karl,
Not to get too sidetracked, but was just wondering what classical category you would place your music in, or a better question, if someone else were to categorize your classical music, what heading might they use that you would give at least an affirmative nod to.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on June 05, 2007, 10:26:37 AM
just wondering what classical category you would place your music in,

Breakbeat hardcore
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 05, 2007, 12:11:18 PM
Well, right now, Bill, this piece . . . Maria has described as "African or Middle Eastern."  (This is essentially for this first of four texts, and the character will change imminently.)

The performers for whom I'm writing have asked for something with 'a Sephardic flair' . . . I'm just hoping this flair may serve :-)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Steve on June 05, 2007, 03:50:26 PM
Henning's Headquarters...

The composer's batcave, perhaps.  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 06, 2007, 02:45:24 AM
Only it's never quite the same bat-time-signature . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 06, 2007, 02:52:08 AM
Very pleased with progress on Castelo dos Anjos.

Worked some more on the bus this morning, too.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: PSmith08 on June 06, 2007, 01:32:14 PM
I must say, I've been into Karl's Evening Service lately, particularly the Magnificat. For all the world, and I pray (insofar as I can) that Karl won't take offense, but this is the only way I can phrase this: It reminds me of De Staat. But, you know, joyful and convivial (as opposed to grinding and oppressive). The whole Evening Service is really nice, but the Magnificat is the one piece that sticks with me.

Just my two cents.

Edit: Blasted italics.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 06, 2007, 01:33:58 PM
Thank you, indeed, Patrick!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on June 06, 2007, 01:46:14 PM
Well, right now, Bill, this piece . . . Maria has described as "African or Middle Eastern."  (This is essentially for this first of four texts, and the character will change imminently.)

The performers for whom I'm writing have asked for something with 'a Sephardic flair' . . . I'm just hoping this flair may serve :-)

Throw down all other projects, ban yourself from this forum, and work by candlelight if need be.....(drat, if I only had the funds and pull to be Prince Nikolaus Esterházy for a month or two.)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: PSmith08 on June 06, 2007, 01:50:08 PM
Thank you, indeed, Patrick!

You're welcome, Karl.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 10, 2007, 05:16:45 AM
I had a dream . . . no, it was a patch of clear waking in the middle of the night, and I know now what I want to do about the 20 June recital.

More later.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 11, 2007, 03:19:38 AM
Clarity has been achieved, as mentioned.  The violist and his wife are both involved in the now-in-progress BEMF (and I've been on a sixty-hour weekly schedule), so we haven't been in touch to arrange things with The New Cellist, among other occasions we might have to be in contact.  Yet, the recital is in ten days.

So I am dropping pieces which require cello, dropping too the vocal trio (didn't sightread as easily as I'd hoped when we were last all together, gosh, three Wednesdays ago, maybe?).

More anon.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 14, 2007, 03:14:51 AM
Gosh, this has so been The Week That Harry Goes to the Opera, I've all but forgot . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 14, 2007, 03:15:21 AM
Wednesdays in the Cathedral, Lunchtime Concerts, 12:15-12:45 pm.

20 June 2007:

Music of Karl Henning

Mirage, Opus 79, clarinet, viola & piano (2004)
Blue Shamrock, Opus 63, clarinet solo (2002)
The Mousetrap, Opus 91, clarinet & viola (2007, premiere)
Three Things that Begin with 'C', Opus 65, clarinet & viola (2002)

Karl Henning, clarinet
Peter Cama-Lekx, viola
Ed Broms, piano

Cathedral Church of St Paul
138 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on June 14, 2007, 03:52:57 AM
You should be getting some press with these concerts!  But since in Boston most of the reporters are down at Duffy's, well...

Does The Mousetrap have anything to do with the mystery play?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 14, 2007, 03:57:55 AM
'Tis a knavish piece of work: but what o' that? Your majesty and we that have free souls, it touches us not . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 14, 2007, 04:10:40 AM
Had to drop two pieces involving cello, long story.

An especially nervy touch, I think, rescheduling Blue Shamrock  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on June 14, 2007, 04:12:22 AM
Blue Shamrock  8)

Does the title Blue Shamrock bear any relationship whatsoever to the music ?......... ?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 14, 2007, 04:14:31 AM
Does the title Blue Shamrock bear any relationship whatsoever to the music ?......... ?

But of course!  I assure you, mon vieux, none of my titles is gratuitous . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 14, 2007, 04:19:03 AM
Though the piece is too busy to allow the clarinetist to vegetate, to be sure . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 20, 2007, 04:28:15 AM
Change in plan . . . .

Wednesdays in the Cathedral, Lunchtime Concerts, 12:15-12:45 pm.

20 June 2007:

Music of Karl Henning

Mirage, Opus 79a, clarinet, viola & piano (2004)
Lutosławski’s Lullaby, Opus 25, piano solo (1994)
Petersburg Nocturne, Opus 11 No. 5, piano solo (1994)
Three Things that Begin with 'C', Opus 65a, clarinet & viola (2002)

Karl Henning, clarinet & piano
Peter Cama-Lekx, viola
Ed Broms, piano

Cathedral Church of St Paul
138 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts

Timing (as much a matter of rehearsal with Pete as of composition) suggested holding off on The Mousetrap until the autumn.  I quickly decided on these early piano pieces as a substitution, and decided to postpone Blue Shamrock as well, lest my plate overflow.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 20, 2007, 04:32:45 AM
And, Maciek, I hear that a Polish citizen will be in attendance :-)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 20, 2007, 09:18:21 AM
At eleven this morning, the three of us sat down to read through Mirage, just to hear how it sounds in the space, and to spot-rehearse. Before we started, though, Ed (who generally plays jazz evenings) goes, "I don't remember the last time I played chamber music without drums." So I said, I could write in a vibraslap part.

The recital went reasonably well. It started pouring just before the recital began, though, so turnout was light, but appreciative.

And, Maciek, a significant portion of the audience was in fact Polish  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Maciek on June 21, 2007, 03:11:11 PM
The janitorial staff had a day off, eh? But being musicians and all, they decided to spend their free time at work anyway...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on June 22, 2007, 03:33:57 AM
 Speaking of which...ticks all the right stereotypes, I think. (http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23401116-details/Polish%20pianist%20working%20as%20a%20cleaner%20gets%20chance%20to%20shine/article.do)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Maciek on June 22, 2007, 04:00:27 AM
That's exactly what I had in mind (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,1647.0.html), Luke! 8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on June 22, 2007, 04:17:16 AM
That's exactly what I had in mind (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,1647.0.html), Luke! 8)

I must try to keep up... :-[
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 05, 2007, 02:58:20 AM
Back to work on Castelo dos Anjos (thank heavens for Independence Day!)  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 05, 2007, 04:01:25 AM
Revisiting Lost Waters just for fun.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 05, 2007, 04:10:32 AM
Well, and now Radiant Maples.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 10, 2007, 04:30:00 AM
Just heard from the group for whom I'm (in the midst of) writing Castelo dos Anjos.  They like it a lot so far.

Now, to finish it . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on July 10, 2007, 04:44:51 AM
are you gonna put more music up for us to listen to, Karl?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 10, 2007, 05:09:16 AM
Hmm . . . not this morning;  the file I've got is too big.  I'll export a more-compressed file this evening.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on July 10, 2007, 05:12:14 AM
cool......

i was about to hold you up for all of your music.

"This is a stick up! Gimme all your music!"  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 10, 2007, 06:18:52 PM
As a bonus (if you like), Greg, I've gotten a good lick of work in on the piece, and this sound-file is substantially more of the music than I had this morning.

This chunk of Castelo dos Anjos sounds like it ends completely.  But it doesn't yet, really.  There'll be another six minutes to it.

(The clarinet, oboe and English horn sounds are actually three soli voices.)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 11, 2007, 02:39:01 AM
One notable loss in this zealously compressed file (the things we do to keep it under half a meg) is, in the Vivo section (beginning at 1:47), the (rather engaging, I hope) tambourine seems to be completely gone . . . ah, well.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 12, 2007, 05:03:34 AM
The ensemble for whom I am writing Castelo dos Anjos furnished four texts (three in Portuguese, one in Spanish) and a number of snippets of folksong, a few of which pertained to one of the Portuguese texts.  The texts and music were offered freely as a point d’appui, and I was invited to make of them what I would.

I found that liked all four of the texts so well, I didn’t want to be parted from any of them;  so I decided to compose a sort of seamless suite.  Two of the texts are Christmas narratives, and I decided they would occupy the interior of the suite.  As ‘bookends’ to frame these, I arranged the two texts which describe a marvelous castle, attended by angels singing God’s praises.

(A kindly friend furnished the translations.)

[1.] No céu está um castelo

No céu está um castelo lavrado de mil maravilhas;
Jacob apanhava a pedra, Abraão a componia.
Entre as árvores e o castela doze mil anjos havia,
Dando graças e louvores, e o Senhor ainda mais queria.

Glórias ao Senhor no céu,
paz entre nós na terra
para sempre, sem fim.
Amén, Senhor.  Ao céu vá.

[In heaven there is a castle built of a thousand wonders
Jacob bore the stone, Abraham the mortar.
Through the trees and in the castle there were twelve thousand angels
Giving thanks and praises, and the Lord deserved even more.

Glory to our Lord in heaven,
Peace among us on earth
Forever, without end
Amen, Lord. To heaven you go.]

[2.] Noite de Natal (a)

Pela noite de Natal, noite de tanta alegria,
caminhando vai José, caminhando vai Maria.
Ambos os dois p’ra Belém, mais de noite que de dia,
e chegaram a Belém, já toda a gente dormia.
—Abri a porta, o porteiro, porteiro de portaria!
Não deu resposta o porteiro porque também já dormia.

Só encontraram pousada dentro duma estrebaria;
ali ficaram os dois até ao romper do dia.
Buscou lume São José porque a noite estava fria;
lá ficou ao desamparo, sozinha, a Virgem Maria.
Quando voltou São José, já viu a Virgem Maria
c’o Deus Menino nos braços que todo o mundo alumia.

E veio um anjo do céu cantando: —Ave Maria!
Agora mesmo em Belém nasceu Jesus de Maria.
Veo ao mundo esta noite dentro duma estrebaria,
entre um boi e uma mula e sem outra companhia.
Demos graças a Deus Padre e a Jesus Cristo também.
Que sejam ambos louvados para todo o sempre, amén.

[Through Christmas night, night of such joy,
Joseph walks along, Mary walks along.
Both of them to Bethlehem, already all the people slept.
“Open the door, doorman, doorman of this entryway!”
No answer gave the doorman because he also slept.

Rest they found within a stable;
There the two remained until the break of day.
Joseph sought a flame because the night was cold;
There remained, helpless and alone, the Virgin Mary.
When Saint Joseph returned, he found the Virgin Mary
Holding in her arms the heavenly Child that lights the whole world.

And from heaven there came an angel singing: Ave Maria!
Just now in Bethlehem was Jesus born of Mary.
He came to this world this night in the stable,
Between a cow and a mule and without other company.
We give thanks to our Lord the Father and also to Jesus Christ,
That both be praised forever, amen.]

[3.] Noite de Natal (b)

Caminando iba la Virgen, con los rigores del invierno,
con la barriga a la boca, preñada del Padre Eterno.
—Se vas cansada, Señora, ya vamos llegando al pueblo.
¿Se das posada, señores, para un reina del cielo?
—En mi casa no hay aposento para tan alta señora;
allá arriba hay un corral batido de l’aire certo,
onde durmen las ovejas por el rigor del invierno.
Al cantar el gallo tinto, al cantar el gallo negro,
y al cantar los pajaritos, ha nacido el rey del cielo.
No ha nacido en vama de rosas, ni tampoco de romero;
nació en un percebito, entre la paja y el heno.
La mula l’atiró coces, la vaca l’echó el aliento.
—Bendita seas tú, vaca, de ti salga buen ternero,
para labrar buenas tierras del buen trigo y del buen centeno.
Maldita seas tú, mula, de ti no salga provecho,
para andares en la estrada entre dos varas y un freno.

[Along the path went the Virgin, in the rigor of winter,
With the stomach and mouth, silvered by the Eternal Lord.
Do you feel tired, Lady, we are coming to the town.
“Is there a place to rest, gentlemen, for the queen of heaven?”
“In my house there is no bed for so heavenly a lady;
Out there, yonder is a beaten stable with the right airs,
Where the sheep sleep through the rigors of winter.
At the crow of the red rooster, at the crow of the black rooster,
With the song of all the birds, there is born the King of heaven.
He was not born in a bed of roses, neither of rosemary
Born in a manger, between the straw and the hay
The mule kicks, the cow breathes loudly
Blessed you are, cow, from you comes a healthy calf,
To work in the good earth for good wheat and good rye.
Damnation to you, mule, for you there comes no pleasure,
But to walk between two sticks and a brake.]

[4.] Rosaflorida

Lá no céu está um castilho
pintado à maravilha;
lá mandaram fazer um mosteiro
todo de pedra ladrilha.
O ferrolho era d’ouro,
a armela de prata fina;
entre o ferrolho e a armela
doze mil anjos havia.

Lá no meio do castilho
está uma rosa florida,
e no meio dessa rosa,
está a Virgem Maria.

[In heaven there is a castle
painted in a marvelous way
There they ordered a monastery
all of stone tile worked.
The bolts made of gold,
latches of finest silver;
between the bolt and the latches,
there were twelve thousand angels.

There in the middle of the castle
there is a rose in bloom,
and in the middle of this rose,
is the Virgin Mary.]
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 17, 2007, 03:46:04 AM
Over the years (gosh, what a fogey I'm sounding) I've wondered if I should re-score Radiant Maples, to try to get it performed. I wrote the piece for a service at the Jefferson Ave Presbyterian Church in Detroit, where the music director had arranged to use some three or four pieces of mine. He was going to have the harpist there anyway, and his organist was also a crack pianist; so, watch my smoke, I wrote a piece which demanded a fine pianist.

By the time I landed in Detroit, though, the pianist had fallen ill; and at any event, the piece would have defeated the harpist. In a way characteristic of my work, Maples requires counting and agility which are something of a stretch for your average harpist.

And otherwise, the unusual scoring meant that this piece has been even harder than most of my music to find a group of players for.

I've recently made the virtual acquaintance of a sextet, so . . . as long as their percussionist doesn't mind breaking out a marimba, this combination falls within their toolbox.

Last night I also got the "finishing" done on the score of Irreplaceable Doodles. The composition itself has long been finished (after all, I've performed it in public three times already) . . . but a lot of expression detail (a forte or pianissimo here, a diminuendo there) was still in my head and not yet on the page. But if I wanted other clarinetists to play it, of course, I had to get all that other stuff on the page to be read.

That also means, to be sure, that the piece is that much further along the Lux Nova Press pipeline . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: The Emperor on July 21, 2007, 10:47:40 AM
Nice to read Portuguese in here. ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 25, 2007, 08:39:08 AM
Nice to read Portuguese in here. ;D

O prazer foi meu.

Separately:

No One Sets Out to Be a Smooth Jazz Musician (http://www.theonion.com/content/opinion/no_one_sets_out_to_be_a_smooth)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 28, 2007, 04:23:01 PM
More work, thank goodness, on Castelo dos Anjos this evening.  All it took was 14 hours of sleep.

I had an idea for the third text, but I suppose it wasn't quite the right idea, because with steady consistency nothing was coming of it.  Today, I discovered what the text wants, and I think it's the best part of the piece so far.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 30, 2007, 06:08:34 AM
Twittery rhythms on the bus-ride this morning, befitting the text:

Al cantar el gallo tinto, al cantar el gallo negro,
y al cantar los pajaritos, ha nacido el rey del cielo.
No ha nacido en vama de rosas, ni tampoco de romero;
nació en un percebito, entre la paja y el heno.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 06, 2007, 03:22:58 AM
Closing in on Castelo.  This afternoon on the bus I need to draw up what in Boston we should call a "wicked exciting" bongo accompaniment to the A' recap of Text III;  this morning I worked on adapting the two-voice-&-bongo ostinato accompanying Text I, for Text IV;  and either tonight or tomorrow morning I will see to the florid solo line for Text IV.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 06, 2007, 03:24:07 AM
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Al cantar el gallo tinto, al cantar el gallo negro,
y al cantar los pajaritos, ha nacido el rey del cielo.
No ha nacido en vama de rosas, ni tampoco de romero;
nació en un percebito, entre la paja y el heno.


This sorted out very nicely, at last, on Saturday morning.  Our parakeets helped a great deal, naturally.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 06, 2007, 09:02:29 AM
Just back from a "composing lunch break" at the Borders Café. Wrote up a wicked bongo accompaniment for the two last strophes of Text III. And since I don't really want simply to copy the alto-duo ostinato from Text I, for use in accompanying Text IV, I worked on adapting the ostinato a bit. I will, though, make the bongo pattern for Text I serve for Text IV, as well; and the slight adjustment to the two-voice ostinato, plus the identical bongo rhythm, will be something largely-familiar-but-partly-new.

Should be able to finish that 'accompaniment layer' before I reach home on the bus; in which case all that remains is plugging the new material into Finale, and then composing the florid solo for the first part of Text IV.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on August 06, 2007, 09:16:04 AM
Yay!

As you know, a good number of people want to hear the performance! 

Who will handle this "wicked" percussion?  Is that already arranged?

If not, I know somewhat soiled Beatnik with a gray goatee who has some bongos...    8)     :o
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on August 06, 2007, 09:18:48 AM
I will, though, make the bongo pattern for Text I serve for Text IV,

That would have been my suggestion as well .........
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 06, 2007, 09:29:16 AM
That would have been my suggestion as well .........

Yes, your memo arrived, thanks!

Who will handle this "wicked" percussion?  Is that already arranged?

Oh, that's already arranged.

And will he ever be sorry he didn't take my calls!  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 07, 2007, 05:44:26 AM
(1) Okay, the bongos were probably a bit too wicked for the first strophe (one singer); had to pare them back.

(1a) I pared the bongos back for both strophes, but this morning I think that I do, after all, need the bongos wickeder for the second strophe (two singers).

(2) No trouble with the bongo work for the first two-thirds of Rosaflorida.

(3) After finding (see 1. above) that I needed to radically adjust the bongos, I started second- and third-guessing myself last night; I added my MS. sketch of the two-voice ostinato last night, but then wasn't sure I liked it.

(3a) After a night's rest, and going back to the tape this morning, I think the ostinato is probably fine, it certainly isn't the disaster I was afraid (at eleven of last night's clock) it might be.  I'll go cautiously beyond that:  I think I actually do like the ostinato as it stands.  I might drop the percussion for the first two measures of the voice-ostinato.

(4) Today's work, then, is the last of the composing proper, the florid solo 'delivering' the actual text of the first two-thirds of Rosaflorida, a variation of the first text. Also, 'fixing' the bongos in mm. 273-286, which I can probably make a relatively easy matter of salvaging 'the wicked stuff' from yesterday which I had to scrap for mm. 260-272.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 08, 2007, 02:32:45 AM
Finished Castelo dos Anjos last night.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 08, 2007, 08:36:37 AM
Yesterday, happily, I was able to make fairly quick work of 'repairing' all the bits of which I entertained second thoughts from Monday evening's labors.

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I pared the bongos back for both strophes, but this morning I think that I do, after all, need the bongos wickeder for the second strophe (two singers).

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Also, 'fixing' the bongos in mm. 273-286, which I can probably make a relatively easy matter of salvaging 'the wicked stuff' from yesterday which I had to scrap for mm. 260-272.

The increased activity in the bongos seemed even to demand a 'bongo break-out' before starting Rosaflorida proper.  Don't know just where my head was at 11:30pm Monday . . . the ostinato-canon between the mezzo and the alto works very nicely indeed, I find.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 08, 2007, 08:43:29 AM
[1.] “Lá no céu está um castelo — The accompaniment is a kind of rhythm game of interlocking patterns;  the percussion and the voices cycle at different rates.  Additionally, there are some ‘breathing’ departures from the mechanical repetition in the percussion;  and though the canonical relation of the two lower voices is fairly strict, the pattern which begins by fairly regular repetition gradually ‘blossoms’ a bit in counterpoint to the solo.  The florid writing for the soprano here is not literal folk music, but (I hope) something of a ‘musical lens’ upon folk music.  I wanted to take musical advantage of the fact that the texts of both [1.] and [2.] closed with doxologies;  so for the Glórias here I changed musical gears, not only in the ‘Picardy third’ shift to the major from the Phrygian mode, but in something of a sonic homage to the ritornello-like Lyke-Wake Dirge of Stravinsky’s Cantata.  The doxologies also serve as a break for the percussionist to change instruments.

[2.] “Noite de Natal (a)” — As [1.] started out as a kind of ‘dancing ritual’, with this setting I wanted something brilliant and lively.  The combination of the rapid tempo and the nimble meter changes make this a practicing challenge (I have a knack, it seems, for writing music which resists sight-reading), but I hope there is a musical reward which compensates the labor.  The doxology is a loose inversion of that from [1.] It ends on a half-cadence in a new key, which waits until m. 188 to take tonal effect.

[3.] Intermezzo — I wrote this so that the percussionist has the responsibility of setting the new tempi at mm. 148, 167 & 188.  The overall effect of the changing tempi is a kind of accelerando, and yet (paradoxically, because of the reorientation of the pulse) to set up [4.] which is the slowest tempo of the piece.

[4.] “Noite de Natal (b)” — Overall an A-B-A' shape;  the A material is a strophic ballad with gradual variation (mostly in the accompaniment).  The opening A consists of three strophes;  the accompaniment at first continues the clapping from the Intermezzo, then the two accompanying voices join essentially as sustaining tones with momentary ornament . . . loosely in rhythmical canon, and with a gradual ‘accelerando’ suggested by gradually briefer note durations.  One of the first ideas I had for the overall piece was tied to the lines where the gallos and pajaritos are singing;  I’ve always known that I should want twittery music for those lines.  On the surface it feels like a change to a quicker tempo, but of course the 16th-note pulse is constant.  Since so much of the piece heretofore has centered on the same pitch as a home, the birds here also serve as a kind of pivot, in inviting us to different keys.  With the return to the A ballad, the bongos return as well;  one strophe is a solo, the next a duet, and the bongos increase in rhythmic intensity.  To contrast with the doxologies which served as tempo transitions and ‘breaths’ after [1.] and [2.], tempo remains constant between [4.] and [5.], though the impassioned bongo solo ‘masks’ that continuity somewhat.

[5.] “Rosaflorida — To reflect the similarity of the texts, I wanted “Rosaflorida” to be both a clear echo of Lá no céu está um castelo,” and yet, to make itself distinct, too.  The bongo pattern is a literal return (in fact, if anything more relentlessly exact in its repetition than the bongos of [1.]).  Generally, where Lá no céu está um castelo carries itself as tightly regulated ostinati contrasting with quasi-improvisatory solo, Rosaflorida instead creates an impression of a denser mesh of more communal improvisation among the three voices (notwithstanding that the mezzo and alto are again in relatively strict canon).  In the soprano line, the literal gestural borrowings from Lá no céu está um castelo sneak in with (I think) a little subtlety, and the ‘chemistry’ between the solo and the accompaniment is a bit like a new creation with similar elements.  The contrapuntal coda, I hope, appears as a logical ‘destination’ plotted from the doxologies which close [1.] and [2.]

In a kind of ‘global reflection’ of the Phrygian mode which dominates [1.] and [5.], the general progression of keys in the piece – A in [1.], G in [2.], F at the start of [4.] but moving to E (which then sets up a return to A for [5.]) – is a descending tetrachord suggesting the Phrygian mode.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on August 08, 2007, 08:45:40 AM
Finished Castelo dos Anjos last night.

Congrats!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 08, 2007, 08:52:17 AM
:-)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on August 08, 2007, 09:50:54 AM
I have quickly imagined the opening page of Castelo and will comment that Karl Henning fulfills Schoenberg's famous comment that there is still a good deal of great music to be written (for this work) in minor modes (Phun with Phrygian), not just C major.

Yay team!   0:)

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 12, 2007, 07:03:00 AM
Summer and all, so communication has been slow with folks out of town, and then catching up on all the accumulation on returning to town.  But I have now spoken to two of the singers, and response to Castelo dos Anjos is gratifyingly enthusiastic.
Title: White Nights
Post by: karlhenning on August 12, 2007, 09:37:21 AM
In shuffling things around to open up space on the home PC, at random I revisited the MIDI of Intermezzo II from the ballet.  Back when I had been working on it, I wondered if I needed to re-work some of it;  but now, with the musical palate cleared by the flame of Castelo dos Anjos, it just sounds good to me.

So, once I get all the i's dotted and the T's crossed in the score for Tapestry, the iron is probably hot for the remainder of White Nights.
Title: Re: White Nights
Post by: greg on August 12, 2007, 10:03:09 AM
In shuffling things around to open up space on the home PC, at random I revisited the MIDI of Intermezzo II from the ballet.  Back when I had been working on it, I wondered if I needed to re-work some of it;  but now, with the musical palate cleared by the flame of Castelo dos Anjos, it just sounds good to me.

So, once I get all the i's dotted and the T's crossed in the score for Tapestry, the iron is probably hot for the remainder of White Nights.
so you think you'll get it done by the end of the year?
and........ will you have it all in MIDI for us?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 13, 2007, 02:34:15 PM
Completely finishing with the proofing of Castelo dos Anjos.

Tomorrow, I'll prepare the percussionist's part.
Title: Re: White Nights
Post by: karlhenning on August 13, 2007, 02:39:58 PM
so you think you'll get it done by the end of the year?
and........ will you have it all in MIDI for us?

We shall see.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on August 13, 2007, 08:55:15 PM
Well, right now, Bill, this piece . . . Maria has described as "African or Middle Eastern."  (This is essentially for this first of four texts, and the character will change imminently.)

The performers for whom I'm writing have asked for something with 'a Sephardic flair' . . . I'm just hoping this flair may serve :-)

Is this Castelo dos Anjos Karl?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 14, 2007, 01:02:14 AM
It is, indeed, Bill.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 14, 2007, 02:54:50 AM
My Muse sounds ready to work up the Passion setting.

I didn't plan it, but then, you may plan, and your Muse does just as she lists.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on August 14, 2007, 03:25:03 AM
It is, indeed, Bill.

Then there is much to celebrate....well done!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 14, 2007, 03:58:56 PM
Percussion part for Castelo dos Anjos is done.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 14, 2007, 03:59:52 PM
And I've started the sketches for the next piece.  Watch This Space
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: vandermolen on August 16, 2007, 01:17:17 AM
I have followed your contributions to this Forum with interest and I'd be interested to hear your music. I found your informative website but how does one get to hear your music?

Apologies if you're bored with answering this question.

Kind regards

Jeffrey
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on August 16, 2007, 02:09:30 AM
And I've started the sketches for the next piece.  Watch This Space

I've been watching for 2 hours ........... still nothing ..........
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 16, 2007, 02:33:59 AM
I've been watching for 2 hours ........... still nothing ..........

Well, I was just sketching some more on the bus this morning, you know . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 16, 2007, 06:08:01 AM
My Muse bids me work up the Passion setting.

I didn't plan it, but then, you may plan, and your Muse does just as she lists.

Having got the proofing of the Castelo dos Anjos score, and the percussion part, entirely in the can, there is the elation of the Job Done at last.

And the arrival of the Stravinsky box has maddened my ears like wine; these recordings are sounding so good, my enthusiasm for Igor Fyodorovich (which has never been inactive, mind you) has been restored to a pitch I have not experienced since my heady student days when each new Stravinsky score was a delightful discovery.

Of course, my Passion will not be especially Stravinskyan . . . but, howsoever that might be . . . .

As I laid my head on the pillow, musical ideas for the Passion setting came to me. And my sleep last night was unusually restful, so that I was awake at around 4:30, and couldn't go back to sleep (didn't feel in great need to, either) for all the musical thoughts of the Passion.

Ed Broms sent a "pre-season" message out to the St Paul's choir this past weekend, and among the highlights he alerted the choir to, he mentioned my Passion setting (yes, if anyone asks you if it is nice to have a music director who has such respect for your compositional work, you tell him that the adjective “nice” doesn’t begin to cover it).  When Ed mentioned that I would be writing this, at one of the last choir rehearsals last season, the choir responded very warmly.

Anyway, this message of Ed's this past weekend 'remindered' me;  and, I don't know, the combination of having wrapped up Castelo, of having my musical mind open to the next fit of inspiration, and not least the earnest welcome from Ed and the choir – I'm just ready to write it.

Since composers such as Arvo Pärt and Ivan Moody have already creatively addressed a "back to the pristine beauty of traditional Orthodox chant" sensibility in their lovely Passion settings, I feel I want to do something a bit otherwise (not otherwise than lovely, I don’t mean).  On the opposite end of the spectrum (maybe), the Bach Passions feel from our perspective (perhaps) a bit less like liturgical devotion and a bit more like concert monument (I do not mean by this simplification to cast aspersion on Bach, who was certainly devout, and who wrote the music as devotional).  So my feeling is (and I think this is conditioned not only by the need to suit the St Paul's performing forces, but musically) to use a discreet instrumental accompaniment;  this is also probably something of a seed planted by Liszt's Via Crucis.  There will be plenty of unaccompanied singing, and probably the instruments will never all play at the same time, but I am using viola, Baroque cello, organ and drum;  possibly also some medieval harp;  this will make use of instrumentalists of the choir, and yet will leave a manageable mixed choir to sing.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 16, 2007, 06:12:13 AM
On consulting with the instrumentalists/fellow choristers, the scoring of the (sparse, discreet, mysterious) accompaniment will be:

Baroque viola
bass viol
harp
organ
djembe
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on August 16, 2007, 08:28:51 AM
On consulting with the instrumentalists/fellow choristers, the scoring of the (sparse, discreet, mysterious) accompaniment will be:

Baroque viola
bass viol
harp
organ
djembe
wow
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 21, 2007, 05:36:11 AM
I wrote Castelo dos Anjos for the group Tapestry (http://www.tapestryboston05.com/).

An example of their music-making (with sound samples) is here: The Fourth River (http://www.amazon.com/Tapestry-Fourth-River-Millennium-Revealed/dp/B000035X5C/ref=sr_1_1/002-4800350-8486427?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1187203966&sr=1-1).

I had e-mail from Tapestry this morning, and have just spoken with one of the singers to sort out some details;  and I am very pleased to say that the group like the piece, and will include it in a program they are singing in Denver on 1 Dec 07.  I will post details as I learn them!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 21, 2007, 05:55:27 AM
The Passion setting has gotten off to a good start, too.  With a little luck, this should go quite smoothly.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Maciek on August 21, 2007, 02:55:39 PM
I wrote Castelo dos Anjos for the group Tapestry (http://www.tapestryboston05.com/).

An example of their music-making (with sound samples) is here: The Fourth River (http://www.amazon.com/Tapestry-Fourth-River-Millennium-Revealed/dp/B000035X5C/ref=sr_1_1/002-4800350-8486427?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1187203966&sr=1-1).

I had e-mail from Tapestry this morning, and have just spoken with one of the singers to sort out some details;  and I am very pleased to say that the group like the piece, and will include it in a program they are singing in Denver on 1 Dec 07.  I will post details as I learn them!

Great news! 8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 22, 2007, 09:38:47 AM
Thanks, Maciek!

Some more work on the Passion on the morning bus ride, and during my lunch break today.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 23, 2007, 03:48:00 AM
And a bit more work again last night and on the bus this morning.  In general, I am looking for a quiet, 'non-dramatic' declamation of the text (leaving, you might say, the drama in the text).  I've composed a plainchant psalm-tone which I am both employing, and varying, so that it is not simply a matter of "pointing" the text.  Also making use of different styles of four-part writing to highlight different passages (though without 'getting loud' . . . almost I could imagine the entire performance residing at around mezzo-piano).  And lightly punctuating the 'seams' between episodes of the narrative with spare instrumental statements;  as I think of the use of instruments here, I imagine them used so lightly, as almost not to be a presence, serving more to emphasize that it is a choral work.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 27, 2007, 04:28:57 AM
More work, both on the Passion, and on the clarinet/viola duet I started back in June, The Mousetrap, this weekend.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on August 28, 2007, 02:51:01 AM
More work, both on the Passion, and on the clarinet/viola duet I started back in June, The Mousetrap, this weekend.

I missed that last one because of everything happening this summer!

Is Agatha Christie somehow involved?    $:)

Or Tom and Jerry?    0:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 28, 2007, 03:05:50 AM
Is Agatha Christie somehow involved?    $:)

Or Tom and Jerry?    0:)

Nay. 'Tis a knavish piece of work: but what o' that? your majesty and we that have free souls, it touches us not . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 29, 2007, 04:11:07 PM
Further progress on the Passion in the morning, and on the knavish piece o' work this eventide.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 30, 2007, 04:16:56 AM
The compositional weave of The Mousetrap is snaring the odd fragment of classics . . . the Royal Theme from the Musical Offering, the accompaniment triplets from the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata, the opening of the Brahms E-flat Major Clarinet (or Viola) Sonata, and other things more recent.

About the first five minutes of the piece are in (what I consider, anyway) very good shape.  My violist is preparing for qualifying exams anyway, so it isn't as though he needs the music to practice just yet.  This and the Passion are pacing very nicely.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Maciek on August 30, 2007, 06:45:55 AM
Nay. 'Tis a knavish piece of work: but what o' that? your majesty and we that have free souls, it touches us not . . . .

That explains one of the rare film threads you've started, Karl. ;D

Is the piece to be performed in some sort of enacted version then?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 30, 2007, 07:49:58 AM
Is the piece to be performed in some sort of enacted version then?

No, it's just a plain piece of musick :-{)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Maciek on August 30, 2007, 09:11:59 AM
:-{)
That's a great piece of smiley art.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on August 30, 2007, 09:41:40 AM
That's a great piece of smiley art.

Almost Hitchcockian! 
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 30, 2007, 10:24:59 AM
I cannot take credit for it.  While I don't have any source that I took it directly from today, I feel sure I've seen it around somewhere.

Pretty much unlike The Mousetrap, the sources of whose quirky borrowings are a matter of public musical record  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 03, 2007, 09:38:17 AM
A violinist in town has kindly expressed interest in a violin version of Irreplaceable Doodles, which involves among other things a judicious transposition.  I've finished the initial draught of this adaptation today.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 03, 2007, 04:58:50 PM
A violinist in town has kindly expressed interest in a violin version of Irreplaceable Doodles, which involves among other things a judicious transposition.  I've finished the initial draught of this adaptation today.

Karl you know what you need?  A blog. :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on September 04, 2007, 04:52:18 AM
hm...... have you written anything for acoustic or electric guitar, Karl?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 04, 2007, 01:19:56 PM
No, although Andy has shredded his way into the Doodles, I understand :-)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 06, 2007, 09:55:57 AM
Last night was the first choir rehearsal of the new season. We’re some 17 strong, of whom we had five new singers last night; so there is good ‘institutional continuity’ (where so much of the choir was brand-new last year, we were two or three months basically learning to sing together). The new bass seems a good addition to the section.

First off, and quite flattering, one of the pieces we are singing this coming Sunday, the first of the choir’s return, is my Alleluia in D. Also in this initial sheaf of music for the choir’s folders are Nuhro and Bless the Lord, O My Soul. Not sure when Ed is planning to do the latter, but he mentioned All Saints as the occasion for the Nuhro (and since the Cathedral will not have a full service on Thursday, 1 November, we will observe the Feast of All Saints on Sunday, 4 November).

Violist Peter Cama-Lekx (http://www.cama-lekx.com/peter.html) (who has now been officially ‘migrated’ from the bass to the tenor section) and I will play a lunchtime recital on Wednesday, 5 December. In the tradition of presenting All Henning, All the Time, Whenever the Traffic Will Bear It, the program will be:

Sonatina sopra Veni, Emmanuel, viola sola
Blue Shamrock, clarinet solo
The Mousetrap, clarinet & viola

(Blue Shamrock was approvingly labeled "funky jungle music" by one listener at the piece's premiere.)

We'll also play The Mousetrap as the Prelude for the 9 December service; for that auspicious occasion, I have already devised a theological alternate title: Meister Eckhardt, or, The Cheese Which Baits the Divine Mousetrap.

So far, The Mousetrap contains (apart from genuinely original material) allusions to the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms & Shostakovich (you know: all the religious composers). Aye, 'Tis a knavish piece of work, but what o' that? your majesty and we that have free souls, it touches us not . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on September 07, 2007, 02:35:40 AM


We'll also play The Mousetrap as the Prelude for the 9 December service; for that auspicious occasion, I have already devised a theological alternate title: Meister Eckhardt, or, The Cheese Which Baits the Divine Mousetrap.


Eckhardt!  (With a T!)  Verrrry interesting!    8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 08, 2007, 05:03:47 AM
Recital: John Rasmussen
Saturday, 15 September 2007, 7:30pm

Program:

Karl Henning: Studies in Impermanence for English horn solo
Richard Rodney Bennett: Sonata for oboe and piano
Eugene Hartzell: Workpoints 4 for flute and oboe
Francis Poulenc: Sonata for oboe and piano
John Rasmussen: Dissolution (for soprano and piano)
Antal Doráti: Cinq pièces pour le hautbois (unaccompanied)


St Barnabas Episcopal Church
1280 Vine Street
Denver CO 80206
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on September 08, 2007, 05:07:52 AM
Recital: John Rasmussen
Saturday, 15 September 2007, 7:30pm

Program:

Karl Henning: Studies in Impermanence for English horn solo
Richard Rodney Bennett: Sonata for oboe and piano
Eugene Hartzell: Workpoints 4 for flute and oboe
Francis Poulenc: Sonata for oboe and piano
John Rasmussen: Dissolution (for soprano and piano)
Antal Doráti: Cinq pièces pour le hautbois (unaccompanied)


St Barnabas Episcopal Church
1280 Vine Street
Denver CO 80206

Looking very forward to the concert Karl.  I will post here upon my return from it. 
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 09, 2007, 03:42:12 PM
Splendid, Bill!

And this morning the St Paul's choir did a creditable job with the Alleluia in D.  I hope to learn that it will be used for next week's broadcast. So Watch This Space.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 13, 2007, 10:01:40 AM
Choir rehearsal again last night.  We had a no-frills read-through of Bless the Lord, O My Soul (which I think we may be singing on 7 October).  We also had a good twenty minutes of solid rehearsal on Nuhro, culminating in an read-through, with no train-wrecks of note;  the piece is slated for 4 November.  I was really pleased with how good it sounded, even last night . . . it sounds more like a piece we worked on a lot last year, and not so much like a piece we haven’t sung together for several months.

Composition has taken a smaller slice of the time-pie lately;  but I am still making progress on The Mousetrap . . . got a good jump on a passage described in my notes simply as “unison dance”;  and I have been crunching pre-compositional notions for an abstract arabesque section of some three minutes.  Formally (in abstract terms) it is not at any great remove from the Studies in Impermanence, a fanciful composition-qua-stage-improv.  I suppose that what these pieces are for me, is something like this:  with a number of other pieces I’ve written, I have often had a very clear ‘global’ design of the piece, and in a number of these cases, one of the first sections (or at any not, not the last section) of the piece that I’ve composed, was the end, so that I knew ‘where to go’.  So in The Mousetrap, as in the Studies in Impermanence, instead I am engaging in a ‘working from inside the narrative’ perspective, playing with the relation of the parts, keeping a not-entirely-drooping eye on the whole, but largely trusting the ‘formative’ powers of the parts and of the narration.

And, of course, the English horn version of the Studies in Impermanance is on John's program this Saturday evening. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,3289.0.html)

This past Sunday's performance of the Alleluia in D, although Ed approves and will use it for the radio, will not go on this week!  Stand By . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on September 13, 2007, 05:23:18 PM
Yay team!   

You have some good company in that recital, Poulenc, et al.!

Let the Gospel of Karl   0:)   spread across the land!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 15, 2007, 11:16:42 AM
Working on The Mousetrap today;  I've got the "unison dance" section wrapped up to my satisfaction.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on September 15, 2007, 11:51:36 AM
Working on The Mousetrap today;  I've got the "unison dance" section wrapped up to my satisfaction.

Well it is no Castelo dos Anjos , but all composers heve their Rodeo to deal with on a daily basis.  ;D  But in all seriousness Karl, I quite enjoyed this.  The one thing that I am always amazed at when it comes to the compositions I have heard of yours is their freshness....there I believe lies your true connection with the likes of Copland.

And speaking of Castelo dos Anjos, has that hit the stores yet?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Brewski on September 15, 2007, 11:55:29 AM
Working on The Mousetrap today;  I've got the "unison dance" section wrapped up to my satisfaction.

Delightful, Karl!   :D

--Bruce
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 15, 2007, 11:55:38 AM
Daily rodeo! No wonder I'm so sore!  ;D

Castelo hitting the stores has some timeframe to step through erewhile;  but as soon as I know anything, Bill!  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Kullervo on September 15, 2007, 02:58:30 PM
Good job, Dr. K!  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Daidalos on September 15, 2007, 11:31:50 PM
Working on The Mousetrap today;  I've got the "unison dance" section wrapped up to my satisfaction.

Very nice!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on September 16, 2007, 04:17:02 AM
Excellent Karl!

I can't help but remember the movie "Mouse Trap" (love it)!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lethevich on September 16, 2007, 07:45:03 AM
Well, this certainly ranks as the first piece I've heard for solo clarinet and viola :P :P :P

It was worth listening to several times over, and will be cool to hear it in context eventually - I assume that each movement will be a sort of character piece, to contrast with each other?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 16, 2007, 09:48:25 AM
Thank you, all!

Yes, Lethe, the piece unfolds as a series of passages of contrasting character, with some 'material references' to other sections.  When it winds towards the end, it will return to some of the "unison dance" material;  but I've got more to compose before I quite get there :-)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on September 16, 2007, 12:40:09 PM
Working on The Mousetrap today;  I've got the "unison dance" section wrapped up to my satisfaction.

More!  More!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on September 16, 2007, 12:43:48 PM
More!  More!

More! More!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on September 16, 2007, 01:04:39 PM
More! More!

More! More!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on September 16, 2007, 01:05:53 PM
More!  More!
More! More!
More! More!

More! More!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Szykneij on September 16, 2007, 01:49:08 PM
Working on The Mousetrap today;  I've got the "unison dance" section wrapped up to my satisfaction.

Bravo, Karl! I just got a chance to listen today.

(http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:f-YiyPaAXxL3vM:http://www.dotolearn.com/picturecards/images/imageschedule/thumbsup_l.gif)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 20, 2007, 04:09:37 AM
Thank you all! Still laying in some work on The Mousetrap every day, planning on reaching the Big Double-Bar this Saturday.

In other news . . . .

There is now a chance for even those beyond the Boston pale to listen to some Henningmusick.

The 9 September performance at St Paul's of my Alleluia in D for mixed choir unaccompanied will be part of this week's radio broadcast.  Granted, it is but a four-minute piece and I don't know just where in the half-hour program it will be fitted, but such details as I can furnish, do here follow:

Sunday, 23 September
7:30am (Chowder Time)
WCRB, 99.5 FM Boston
Streaming live on the web at: http://wcrb.com/


Please send them an e-mail message complaining that the composer Henning is not represented in their "Boston's Top 100 Classical Pieces of All Time"!!  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on September 20, 2007, 05:24:51 AM
WCRB: the playlist also serves as a way to have you buy the CD from the station!

Does that mean they might want to sponsor a recording of Henningmusik? Maybe you can make them a deal! 

Especially after all the e-mails come in on Sunday demanding more playtime for K.H!     8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on September 20, 2007, 05:32:53 AM

Please send them an e-mail message complaining that the composer Henning is not represented in their "Boston's Top 100 Classical Pieces of All Time"!!  8)
i'm assuming we should do that after the program?
and which piece, specifically- you mean, say that "Allelulia in D" is not in one of Boston's top 100 classical pieces of all time?" i'd be happy to send an e-mail to them.

i'm not sure if i'll get to listen, maybe.... i'd have to get up early and hope my mom gets up in time to turn on the internet, we'll see
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 20, 2007, 05:38:23 AM
i'm assuming we should do that after the program?

Oh, I don't think you need wait that long :-)

Quote
and which piece, specifically- you mean, say that "Allelulia in D" is not in one of Boston's top 100 classical pieces of all time?

No, no, I must admit that this would be overselling the merits of this admittedly modest piece, Greg  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 23, 2007, 03:07:31 PM
All right, well . . . I made my way to the final double-bar of The Mousetrap yesterday.  It is such a wayward work (and a "tale that grew in the telling"), that I wanted to 'live with it' a bit, but I think it really is where I want it, and I feel good about the line, the parts, and the sum of the parts.  I will take a couple of days to do some finishing, and then prepare the clarinet and viola parts.  The violist has now heard the 'unison dance' snippet, and his response was very encouraging.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Kullervo on September 23, 2007, 04:45:54 PM
Of course the MIDI file is to the finished piece as the plaster mould is to the marble statue. Looking forward to hearing it, Karl.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 02, 2007, 03:57:50 AM
Working on that, Corey!  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 04, 2007, 06:15:55 AM
Bless the Lord, O My Soul is on for this Sunday, 7 October.

Nuhro has been bumped week, from 4 November to 11 November

If Pete takes to the piece, we may add Steve Hicken's The Rings of Saturn to our 5 December recital program.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 11, 2007, 11:36:44 AM
The choir sang Bless the Lord, O My Soul very well, indeed, this Sunday past.  But the mics and/or levels were snafued, so while the choir's performance sounds most agreeably sumptuous, it competes (often at a disadvantage) with background noise which recalls "America Drinks and Goes Home" from Absolutely Free.

The good news is, though, that we sang through the piece twice at last night's rehearsal with tape running, and Ed has approved that recording for the airwaves.  The production lag means, though, that we are looking at the broadcast for Sunday the 21st.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 13, 2007, 09:30:15 AM
It took me a bit more than two hours, and it invoklved 'cheats' on a couple of the bottom right corners, but I've got the clarinet part for The Mousetrap more or less done.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 18, 2007, 08:14:20 AM
The St Paul's Choir singing my Bless the Lord, O My Soul (informally known within the choir as Bless the Lord, O Henning) for mixed choir unaccompanied will be part of this week's radio broadcast.

Sunday, 21 October
7:30am (Chowder Time)
WCRB, 99.5 FM Boston
Streaming live on the web at: http://wcrb.com/

I spoke with violist Peter Cama-Lekx at choir rehearsal last night, and he does not find anything to object to in The Mousetrap (apart from the piece being neither easy nor brief).  So that's a go.

Last night after choir, I attended a wonderful organ recital at First Lutheran Church in Boston, played by Sietze de Vries (http://www.sietzedevries.nl/).  The bulk of the program was all Baroque, which while it suited the instrument very well, was just a little too monochrome for me.  But the finale to the concert was an improvisation on a given tune, and the tune Sietze was given was Ein' feste Burg.  This was pure delight to witness;  his immersion in the style was manifest in the seamless fluidity of a series of variations, the larger number of them contrapuntal, in contrasting character;  and for someone who only started to work with that instrument the day before, his voicing was expert and varied in a most ear-friendly fashion.  Harry (if you're there), this is a performer you want to make sure to hear when he heads back home!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Harry on October 19, 2007, 07:46:30 AM
Even better my friend I know well his skills, and you are most fortunate to hear him.
 :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 23, 2007, 03:45:12 PM
Quote
The St Paul's Choir singing my Bless the Lord, O My Soul (informally known within the choir as Bless the Lord, O Henning) for mixed choir unaccompanied will be part of this week's radio broadcast.

Sunday, 21 October . . . .

Listening to the radio myself was the first I heard the recording of this reading (from the rehearsal two weeks ago?).  Turned out splendidly;  it is the best document I have heard yet of the piece.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 23, 2007, 03:50:06 PM
I should resume work on the Passion, I should.  Yet my Muse somehow has tickled my ear with a new other piece, and the thought of getting it down rapidly.  We shall see.  I made sketches on yesterday's and today's bus-rides;  I've settled on a text.  Three soli voices, viola, cello & piano, something quick and bubbly.

Also, the choir may possibly read my unaccompanied setting of the Advent Responsory I Look from Afar at tomorrow night's choir rehearsal.  When I talked with Ed this Sunday past, I sounded him out delicately, and he seems actually to want to put it on;  so I asked if he would mind just having a read of it tomorrow, so it will have been under everyone's eyes at an early stage.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 30, 2007, 04:25:35 AM
Did no actual composing on the bus this morning, but I revisited at last the substantial chunk of the Passion composed so far.  I've needed this distance from it, and now that I return to it, I'm a little less harsh of it.  I'm going to take a week off in December, and will use that time to finish up the Passion.

For now, it will be enough to find the time to draw the viola part from The Mousetrap, and decide what I want to make of O Rex Gentium.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 30, 2007, 02:46:32 PM
Tapestry will perform Castelo dos Anjos as part of their "In the Company of Angels" program at 7:30pm, December 1st at Denver's Newman Center for the Performing Arts (http://www.du.edu/newmancenter/newmanCenterPresents.html).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on October 30, 2007, 02:49:06 PM
Tapestry will perform Castelo dos Anjos as part of their "In the Company of Angels" program at 7:30pm, December 1st at Denver's Newman Center for the Performing Arts (http://www.du.edu/newmancenter/newmanCenterPresents.html).

Where is the Newman Center for the Performing Arts in relation to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church (1280 Vine)?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 30, 2007, 02:54:04 PM
For that information, we must apply to our esteemed jochanaan or Bill.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on October 31, 2007, 03:33:25 AM


Also, the choir may possibly read my unaccompanied setting of the Advent Responsory I Look from Afar at tomorrow night's choir rehearsal.  When I talked with Ed this Sunday past, I sounded him out delicately, and he seems actually to want to put it on;  so I asked if he would mind just having a read of it tomorrow, so it will have been under everyone's eyes at an early stage.

(My emphasis above)

 8)   I have known far too many such musicians!   :o   Especially connected to churches!   0:)

I hope he turns out to be reliable!  Otherwise, call the Music Police for fraud!   $:)

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 31, 2007, 04:04:45 AM
This is Ed's second year at St Paul's, Cato, and he is still somewhat 'out of his element' with such a choir, in such repertory.  Part of his ‘scheduling-chaos’ and base-level-frazzle issues are a matter of his not having a grasp of (a) his own learning-curve with some of the pieces he schedules, but plans to learn on the fly, (b) what the choir is capable of, and (c) what he needs to do to guide the choir into a state of finished preparation.  An apt (though perforce overemphasised) analogy that one chorister proposed is:  when you hire a blindman as a traffic cop, it isn’t the blindman’s fault that he underperforms at the job.

Now, since the Dean (there is no point in saying “the Cathedral,” it was all the Dean’s decision, and all the apprearances of communal input were just that: appearances) turned me down for the job of choir director, it just is not my part on a volunteer to train Ed to the job I know much better how to do.  But also, since Ed seems genuinely to like my work, he deserves some support from my quarter (and again, my ‘quarrel’ is with the Dean, not with Ed).  I am walking a peculiar balance of being as helpful as I believe is right, in an odd tangle of circumstances.  By and large, I don’t mind.

Tying in with your thread on the challenges of being a composer:  if my own situation is imperfect, nonetheless I have a sense of gratitude for much positive reinforcement that even my imperfect situation yields me, for I know there are many composers who get less blood from their respective stones.  In a broad sense, I wonder if your own situation is not a little like Schoenberg’s, Cato, in that what your musical impulses drive you to create finds no resonance (and some hostility) in your environment.

In comparison to Schoenberg, Stravinsky’s situation seems perfect (premieres in Paris, a composer in Dyagilev’s ‘stable’);  yet the lesson from reading Stephen Walsh’s excellent account of Stravinsky’s career, is that even in that celebrated hey-day, Stravinsky’s situation had its share of imperfections.  Even the greatest of us, it seems, doesn’t really have it ‘made in the shade’ to the degree that it may appear to our removed optics.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on October 31, 2007, 05:54:34 AM
Yes, a delicate situation, when the person whose help you need is not on the same level of competence!

It sounds like most of the school administrators I have dealt with in my career, where the general rule is that they are mainly failed teachers who could not pass the grocery-bagging test down at Kroger's!

And at least gaining renown in Boston is a start for greater things!   0:)  Let's hope Denver will be added soon!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 05, 2007, 12:24:03 PM
And this week, the question is: Will Nuhro, or will it not?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 08, 2007, 10:46:57 AM
It seems that Nuhro will.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 08, 2007, 12:56:14 PM
Why compose? Well, sometimes, your fellow musicians might like what you write.

The President of the New England chapter of the American Composers Forum just called to say that the chamber ensemble Brave New Works (http://www.bravenewworks.org/) has accepted my quartet (fl/cl/hp/pf) Radiant Maples for their reading on the 15th.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on November 08, 2007, 02:50:06 PM
that's cool, how'd you get that arranged?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: locrian on November 08, 2007, 02:52:04 PM
Why compose? Well, sometimes, your fellow musicians might like what you write.

The President of the New England chapter of the American Composers Forum just called to say that the chamber ensemble Brave New Works (http://www.bravenewworks.org/) has accepted my quartet (fl/cl/hp/pf) Radiant Maples for their reading on the 15th.

Congratulations!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on November 08, 2007, 04:57:12 PM
Yay Team!

When the band breaks,
The crescendo will rock!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on November 08, 2007, 08:48:37 PM
that's cool, how'd you get that arranged?

His agent hired an arranger .........
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 09, 2007, 05:22:03 AM
that's cool, how'd you get that arranged?

I submitted a blind score, and other people did the rest.

(a) There was a call for scores (http://www.acfnewengland.org/BraveNewWorks.html);  (b) I saw right away that Radiant Maples, a piece for whose premiere I have always been keen to find some occasion, fit within the instrumentation;  (c) I sent the score;  (d) they liked it.

(a) and (d) were dumb-luck breaks which happened to fall my way;  (b) and (c) were readiness on my part.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on November 09, 2007, 07:39:02 AM
I submitted a blind score, and other people did the rest.

(a) There was a call for scores (http://www.acfnewengland.org/BraveNewWorks.html);  (b) I saw right away that Radiant Maples, a piece for whose premiere I have always been keen to find some occasion, fit within the instrumentation;  (c) I sent the score;  (d) they liked it.

(a) and (d) were dumb-luck breaks which happened to fall my way;  (b) and (c) were readiness on my part.

(e) they notified you of their fondness for and acceptance of the score .........
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 09, 2007, 07:51:32 AM
(f) Now I've got to think details for the harp pedaling, and page-turns for the harpist . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 09, 2007, 11:55:23 AM
This week's Cathedral newsletter includes the following advisory (not composed by, erm, the composer, nota bene):

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Karl Henning’s Nuhro (Hymn of Light) will open the 10 am service early. Come ten minutes before the hour to enjoy this sacred offering. Listen, reflect—hear the glory!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 10, 2007, 10:03:02 AM
All right, now to extract and spiff up some parts . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on November 10, 2007, 10:06:23 AM
All right, now to extract and spiff up some parts . . . .

(g) Extracting and spiffing up ........
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 11, 2007, 01:22:36 PM
Nuhro went very well indeed this morning;  the choir did me proud.

The bad news is, Ed did not restore the mics in the loft;  so my strong suspicion is that the document will not meet QC standards.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on November 11, 2007, 04:20:06 PM
Tapestry will perform Castelo dos Anjos as part of their "In the Company of Angels" program at 7:30pm, December 1st at Denver's Newman Center for the Performing Arts (http://www.du.edu/newmancenter/newmanCenterPresents.html).

Just caught this Karl....I will see if I can make it.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 11, 2007, 04:27:27 PM
Wonderful, Bill!  The group will impress mightily, I fully expect.

(g) Extracting and spiffing up ........

Spiffing is now complete.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on November 11, 2007, 04:31:20 PM
Where is the Newman Center for the Performing Arts in relation to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church (1280 Vine)?

About a 15 minute (4.5 miles) drive from the church....I am guessing a lot of traffic lights along the way.  (From the Star to No. 1) 


(http://map.web.mapquest.com/?e=9&GetMapDataDirect=Gme5diw%2cr%3a9u12%3b%40%24xh%2dt5uu2l%26%3d22q%2d1gqr80%264%402u672u%40b%26qzal10%24aqf1w%26u2gu%2cb%3a9672%3bu%24xuzz%3a%26%40%24%3alf%4000wy2u%40%5fnuw%40wdf8nu%40%24%3a9672%3b0%24xuzz%3a%26%40%24%3alf%40w5azwh%40%5fnuw%40ahf1xq%40%24%3a9672%3b%40b20w%24%3a%26%40%24xh%2dt5uu2l%26%3d22q%2d1gqr80%26%40%24ngy7%7ctpf3fjq%3a%26u859%2c7%3a1xz3%26u859%2c25%26ry29utal%40awlatldr%24w0z125y%24xd0750u%24nd6r504%24auuagh%40blqzza%26u85h47%3a0w1wh%40b0u67%3a9r72u%4012u6%245067%3a1472%26ubwu%2da%7c%26%4022q6%40n%3b6%24%3a%26ur2u%2da%7c%26yt29%40%24&rand=7028.391743625131)


From my house, about 30 minutes.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 12, 2007, 03:49:09 PM
(h) New & improved harp part with ergonomic page-turns (ultra-spiffed)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on November 12, 2007, 04:04:36 PM
Harpists will love you ....... and flock to your composition in droves ........
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 12, 2007, 04:45:42 PM
Luckily, we are prepared for droves of harpists . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 12, 2007, 04:48:01 PM
Well, I've got (at a rough guess) 40-ish % of the viola part laid out (with cues).  I'll do the remainder tomorrow;  and then Pete and I will start hashing it all out on Wednesday . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 13, 2007, 05:56:29 PM
The viola part to The Mousetrap is now done;  both parts run to 16pp., liberally larded with rhythmic cues.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 19, 2007, 04:39:00 PM
The choir of First Lutheran Church in Boston (Bálint Karosi, organist & director) will sing Hodie Christus natus est in Boston for the first Sunday of Advent (2 Dec 07).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on November 19, 2007, 05:58:11 PM
Bálint Karosi, organist & director

(http://www.kremnickyhradnyorgan.sk/kho06/images/gallery/19.jpg)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 20, 2007, 04:21:50 AM
Oh, and he's a clarinetist, too.

This morning, look across the Charles at Cambridge:

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on November 20, 2007, 04:29:30 AM
Oh, and he's a clarinetist, too.

But can he compose?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 20, 2007, 04:38:40 AM
But can he compose?

I will have occasion to find out;  in a few weeks I will play clarinet for an anthem he has written for choir, clarinet & organ.  I will report.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 20, 2007, 01:16:20 PM
[ maybe no one will notice the double-post . . . . ]

Levine conducts Carter premiere, Haydn & Mahler (http://www.berkshirelinks.com/berkshires-news/bso-haydn-carter-mahler/)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on November 20, 2007, 02:31:07 PM
[ maybe no one will notice the double-post . . . . ]

Levine conducts Carter premiere, Haydn & Mahler (http://www.berkshirelinks.com/berkshires-news/bso-haydn-carter-mahler/)

What a wonderful and rare occasion!

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 20, 2007, 06:27:35 PM
Tapestry rehearsed Castelo dos anjos at noon today, and I visited further with them much of this evening over tea.

Bill, I think you will be pleased with the performance in Denver!

What a wonderful and rare occasion!

The composer really did autograph my program, God bless him.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on November 20, 2007, 09:22:16 PM
Tapestry rehearsed Castelo dos anjos at noon today, and I visited further with them much of this evening over tea.

Bill, I think you will be pleased with the performance in Denver!

The composer really did autograph my program, God bless him.

Are you in Denver Karl!?  Or was it a virtual conference?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 21, 2007, 04:48:27 AM
I assure you, Bill, if ever I am in Denver, I will not keep you in the dark about it!  ;D

Yesterday's rehearsal was here in Boston (in Cambridge, actually).  The group will be flying to Denver Friday a week from today.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 30, 2007, 05:07:07 AM
Harpists will love you ....... and flock to your composition in droves ........

The droves! Where are they!?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on December 01, 2007, 11:39:13 PM
Tapestry rehearsed Castelo dos anjos at noon today, and I visited further with them much of this evening over tea.

Bill, I think you will be pleased with the performance in Denver!

Let's get to the review:

Tapestry's "In the Company of Angels" program was nothing short of wondrous.  Starting out with Rachmaninoff's Tebye Poyem took me totally by surprise and I was locked in from the first note.  The performance was at a level where half way through I started to look around the hall praying to spot some sort of recording equipment in the hopes that what I was hearing was being captured.  Before the show started I thought that I would be  witness to performers that could be easily compared to the likes of The Anonymous 4.  However, as they continued, it became clear that I had yet to hear anyone comparable to them.  These talented ladies each have a uniqueness about them that truly separates each of their performances, yet together these unique qualities work beautifully.  We are talking "rare air" here folks.   One could have easily spent hours listening to these ladies sing without accompaniment.  However, another highlight of the show for me were talents Shira Kammen (harp and vielle) and Takkaki Masuko (percussion) who added layers to the music that in short were pure joy to be witness to.  It is one thing to play an instrument well and with passion.  It is another, in my opinion, to play at a level where one compliments the human voice and brings the performance to a height rarely witnessed.  These two folks accomplished both.  This level of performance was maintained throughout, and prior to intermission the performances of Catalata ala Spagnola (Dalza) and Chacona (Arañés) made me feel as though my applause was below standard for recognition of what I just witnessed.

Upon returning to my seat after intermission, my thoughts were focused on one point.  What would they do with your Castelo dos Anjos Karl, that was slated for the later part of the show?  I had only heard little snippits of it, but remembering telling you based on these samples to throw down all other projects, ban yourself from this forum, and work by candlelight if need be...., so my hopes were high when they began the piece.  I was not let down.  Their performance of your composition Karl alone was well worth my ticket price and for that matter, all those who attended the concert.  Though you did compose this piece Karl, you may want to consider sending flowers, gift cards, new automobiles, etc. for their effort here.  I only wish you could of been in the audience.  You would have been most proud of their performance and the crowd's reaction to it. 

The show ended with a piece by James Falzone who also did a short lecture before the show that set up the music nicely.  This last composition ended the show not only on reverent note (folks you really need to see these ladies perform....their stage presence is simply awesome), but one of just plain fun.  I hope he enjoyed seeing his piece performed as much as I did. 

After the show the ladies took time to sign cds and programs.  I was able at this time to let them know that I knew you Karl and the conversation went something like this, and I paraphrase:

Bill: Hello.  Just wanted to say hello from my friend Karl Henning.
Ladies: Is Karl a friend of yours?
Bill: Yes.
Ladies: Are you a composer also?
Bill: Oh, no....not even close.
Laurie (one of the performers): You know, I thought you might be his brother when I saw you sitting in the front row (That's right folks, front row, dead center  ;D).  You two look a lot alike.
Bill: Hmmm, I am not sure who the unfortunate one is here.  8)
Etc....

They were very kind and gracious Karl and really took time to visit with people that stayed after to meet them.  I mean took the time.

Here is the bottom line where I come from.  For me to take a Saturday evening and to head out on my own and miss time with my wife and two little ones when they are at home so I can enjoy something solo, it had better be damn good and worth while.  Karl, this concert was just that.  I cannot wait for the family to get up tomorrow morning and tell them all about the wonderful time I had.  I also bought one of their cds and I am sure all here will enjoy listening to it tomorrow.  Thanks again for the heads up and I can only imagine what it must feel like to write music, have it performed half way across this continent, and know that all enjoyed your creation and the performance of it.  Well done my friend. 
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on December 02, 2007, 04:53:43 AM
The droves! Where are they!?

Be careful what you wish for .......

(http://fatpenguinblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/stampede.jpg)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 02, 2007, 04:52:51 PM
Very pleased that you enjoyed the concert, Bill; but then, knowing their work, I knew well that as long as you arrived at the concert, you would enjoy Tapestry's performance!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on December 05, 2007, 07:12:31 PM
Very pleased that you enjoyed the concert, Bill; but then, knowing their work, I knew well that as long as you arrived at the concert, you would enjoy Tapestry's performance!

Any chance that your commissioned piece will end up on their next cd Karl.  They seem to record recent compositions, no?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 08, 2007, 04:50:43 PM
Any chance that your commissioned piece will end up on their next cd Karl.  They seem to record recent compositions, no?

I think it's a good chance, Bill, though I don't know when such a disc will actually materialize.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on December 08, 2007, 05:50:53 PM
i've forgotten to check up on this thread for a while!  :P

I submitted a blind score, and other people did the rest.

(a) There was a call for scores (http://www.acfnewengland.org/BraveNewWorks.html);  (b) I saw right away that Radiant Maples, a piece for whose premiere I have always been keen to find some occasion, fit within the instrumentation;  (c) I sent the score;  (d) they liked it.

(a) and (d) were dumb-luck breaks which happened to fall my way;  (b) and (c) were readiness on my part.
excellent.
Is this how you get all of your music performed? Would there be a similar "call for scores" for orchestras? Is this something this group does regularly, so would you advise me to write a work with the following instrumentation to submit to them so they can play it if they like? that was a long sentence.


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Performers:
Steven Miahky, Violin
Maria Sampen, Violin
Tim Christie, Viola
Norbert Lewandowski, Cello
Sarah Brady, Flute
Kevin Schempf, Clarinet
Amy Ley, Harp
Winston Choi, Piano
Chris Kim, Conductor
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 09, 2007, 10:52:59 AM
i've forgotten to check up on this thread for a while!  :P
excellent.
Is this how you get all of your music performed?

No, thankfully :-)

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Would there be a similar "call for scores" for orchestras?

ASCAP has an annual call for orchestral scores, for instance;  I think it's called the Nissim Prize.

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Is this something this group does regularly, so would you advise me to write a work with the following instrumentation to submit to them so they can play it if they like? that was a long sentence.

Although this specific occasion was a one-off deal co-sponsored with the American Composers Forum, the group does have an annual call for scores (whose deadline for this year, I think, may recently have passed).  But I'd certainly encourage you to compose something for their instrumentation, and send it in for next year.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on December 12, 2007, 04:52:12 PM
No, thankfully :-)

ASCAP has an annual call for orchestral scores, for instance;  I think it's called the Nissim Prize.

Although this specific occasion was a one-off deal co-sponsored with the American Composers Forum, the group does have an annual call for scores (whose deadline for this year, I think, may recently have passed).  But I'd certainly encourage you to compose something for their instrumentation, and send it in for next year.
sweeeeeeet
ok, just bookmarked ascap.com

i'm assuming a call for scores would be in the "news" section when it comes up, right?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 13, 2007, 07:29:39 AM
The music director at First Lutheran Church in Boston’s Back Bay, Bálint Karosi, asked me to play in a piece he’s written for his choir, a benediction for three-part choir, clarinet and organ, for this coming Sunday.  So after rehearsal at St Paul’s last night, I went to an ‘extra’ choir rehearsal, clarinet in hand.  The choir is quite cosy (perhaps shorter-handed than normal – most of them seem to be students, and so there may be choristers who have already begun vacating for the Christmas holiday), 3-3-3, and a young organist named Andreas.  Bálint’s setting of the classic Old Testament benediction, “The Lord bless you,” is perhaps a four-minute piece, much of the choral writing is the sort of color-play of the voices using the same group of pitches, though in different rhythmic values, of a sort which I put to different effective use in Nuhro, for instance.  The clarinet part has an agile, quasi-improvisatory character, floating rapidly between widely separated registers, which often ‘shines through’ the choral texture.  Bálint’s piece is very well done, and is a pleasure both to play, and to sing (he rehearsed the choral lines separately at first, so I sang along with the men, for fun).  Hopefully, I’ll be able to snag a copy of the tape which will be running on Sunday.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 02, 2008, 07:49:07 AM
I am just keeping fingers crossed for an eventual Denver premiere!

It is a piece which has waited a few years for completion, so I cannot at all begrudge Allan his mirth.

But this is the compositional plan for 2008:

a.)  Finish the St John's Passion for St Paul's
b.)  A little wedding music for July
c.)  Complete White Nights

I will not even look at anything else compositionally.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on January 02, 2008, 07:58:59 AM
And for Castelo dos Anjos to be recorded by Tapestry?  You never know Karl.  Like I pointed out, with their past repertoire on their cds this could very well happen if they should record this year.  Speaking of which.....
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 02, 2008, 08:00:32 AM
And for Castelo dos Anjos to be recorded by Tapestry?  You never know Karl.

True, that could possibly happen this year.

But from a compositional standpoint, my work is already done on Castelo dos anjos!  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 02, 2008, 08:02:29 AM
Well, and since Castelo dos anjos was one of the occasional projects which have "interrupted" completion of the ballet, it's a good example of a piece which it was right to drop other things, and compose.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on January 03, 2008, 11:45:39 AM
And for Castelo dos Anjos to be recorded by Tapestry?  You never know Karl.  Like I pointed out, with their past repertoire on their cds this could very well happen if they should record this year.  Speaking of which.....

...whom do we need to "influence" to make this happen?   8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 04, 2008, 01:01:38 PM
St Jude, perhaps :-)

I am out a-vacationing starting tomorrow (Saturday), and will be pretty much unplugged for a week (and they said it couldn't be done! Tchah!)

Listen, play and write beautifully!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on January 04, 2008, 03:33:12 PM
I am out a-vacationing starting tomorrow (Saturday), and will be pretty much unplugged for a week

Cool ....... Now that Karl's away, let's trash the place ........
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 04, 2008, 03:49:25 PM
Uh.

-Oh.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on January 04, 2008, 03:57:30 PM
Alright if a few of my old friends drop by while you are gone Karl?

(http://www.whatdvd.net/WhatDVD-Graphics/main/155.jpg)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 08, 2008, 08:15:40 AM
Making great progress on the St John's Passion setting for St Paul's. Posting from an undisclosed roadside location, waiting for my bicycle to emerge from under the knife (or the wrench and sprockets, as it may be . . . .)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 10, 2008, 04:00:10 PM
Hmm . . . Edmund Hillary was a beekeeper . . . so, If Bach Had Climbed Everest?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on January 10, 2008, 05:07:27 PM
Bees generate awesome vibrational fields .......
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 11, 2008, 01:30:54 PM
Within forty measures of the close of this Passion setting!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 12, 2008, 03:48:11 PM
Thanks to the especially awesome vibrational fields generated by Florida bees, anoles & box turtles, I finished the St John Passion setting for St Paul's, late this morning.  It's the largest-scale choral music I've written to date, and although I originally thought of making (some, spare) use of instruments, I wound up concentrating on writing it purely as an unaccompanied delivery of the text.  Which means that, for this inaugural performance at least, I'm scrapping some curious noodly writing which, actually, I rather like.  The ink on the final double-bar is still fresh, so I will see what my thoughts are like in a couple of days . . . for this Good Friday, maybe I will leave it as a purely choral piece . . . or maybe just have some brief harp bits as a kind of understated punctuation.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on January 12, 2008, 05:34:18 PM
Thanks to the especially awesome vibrational fields generated by Florida bees,
you're in Florida?.... looks like you must've found out my favorite beehive to go to for absorbing great vibrational fields....

just try to be careful for the wild Pikachus
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on January 12, 2008, 06:11:17 PM
you're in Florida?.... looks like you must've found out my favorite beehive to go to for absorbing great vibrational fields....

We will be expecting a bevy of beehive pix to incorporate into Sean's special beehive thread .......... to further heighten the vibrational fields generated therefrom ........
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on January 13, 2008, 04:15:47 AM
purely as an unaccompanied delivery of the text. 

Congrats, Karl ........ even sans instrumental accompaniment  .......
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 13, 2008, 06:22:31 AM
you're in Florida?.... looks like you must've found out my favorite beehive to go to for absorbing great vibrational fields....

just try to be careful for the wild Pikachus

Had an interesting conversation with a Gopher Tortoise yesterday . . . .

(At first I thought he was a very large Box Turtle; he took no apparent offense.)

Congrats, Karl ........ even sans instrumental accompaniment  .......

Merci, mon vieux! I sang through the piece quietly, start to finish, earlier this morning to get a notion of overall duration.  Thinking right now that instruments would only be interference, in the case of this setting.

I will find another use for the noodling . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 15, 2008, 06:41:18 PM
All right, I've plunged into the Finalification of the new 32 pp. of MS.

And have discovered (what I had somehow forgot) that I still need to import most of the text, with hyphenated syllable-breaks, into Finale.

Not a serious setback, since I have already worked on this more than I was planning to, for this evening.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 16, 2008, 06:44:49 PM
Up to p. 14 of the draught finished score.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on January 16, 2008, 09:12:22 PM
Up to p. 14 .....

Our dear Karl. without any reference point, that statement has limited meaning for us .........
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 17, 2008, 04:57:07 AM
It seems to mean significant progress from p. 1.

How much progress to the end, neither of us knows.  The final score will run to at least 40 pages, I should think.

So, at all events, much work yet to do.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 17, 2008, 09:37:36 AM
MS. baking in the Florida sun:

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2358/2199289961_648972bd73_m.jpg)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on January 18, 2008, 04:35:10 AM
I don't know, it's hard to tell, but have you "used too many notes" ???   8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 18, 2008, 04:58:19 AM
Any extraneous notage, I relied upon the Florida sun to bake off . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 23, 2008, 11:56:49 AM
Our dear Karl. without any reference point, that statement has limited meaning for us .........

It runs to 50 pages, total, mon vieux.

I don't know, it's hard to tell, but have you "used too many notes" ???   8)

I wound up needing to add notes (the text which I've been carrying in my notebook for months, was missing six verses, the Burial).  Mostly composed this Real Ending last night.

And, BTW, YHM, Cato!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: toledobass on January 23, 2008, 12:34:09 PM
Any extraneous notage, I relied upon the Florida sun to bake off . . . .

mmmmmm.....yummy.......sun dried notes.


Allan
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 23, 2008, 12:35:45 PM
Sweeter, more concentrated.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 29, 2008, 05:20:54 AM
Got a very nice message from Paul Cienniwa (http://paulcienniwa.blogspot.com/), director of First Church in the Back Bay. The ladies of his choir sang the SSA version of the Alleluia in D this Sunday past, and Paul said that, "not surprisingly, it was a big hit."
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Harry on January 29, 2008, 09:38:46 AM
Reading the fine score of the St John passion written by our own Karl Henning, and send to me out of his kindness.
I am playing it on the piano, and singing along.
I had not so much pleasure reading a modern score since ages.
Well done Karl.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 29, 2008, 09:54:00 AM
Many thanks, Harry!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on January 29, 2008, 10:16:24 AM
Yes, I was also kindly sent a copy of the score - I've told Karl how impressed I was with it in private, but I should also put my praise out here too! I haven't had a chance to play through it yet, but I am really looking forward to it, as the piece looks elegantly conceived and beautifully executed.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Harry on January 29, 2008, 10:35:13 AM
Yes, I was also kindly sent a copy of the score - I've told Karl how impressed I was with it in private, but I should also put my praise out here too! I haven't had a chance to play through it yet, but I am really looking forward to it, as the piece looks elegantly conceived and beautifully executed.

It is, it is! :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on January 29, 2008, 10:46:37 AM
Add another emphatic and enthusiastic vote for Karl's St. John's Passion .

I have still not been able to perform the score mentally in one sitting, and have not really looked at the middle or end unfortunately, (that will happen tonight for sure!)but the first part contains some marvelous moments: (those of you with the score can chime in here, if you wish) e.g. the E major chord for Peter's denial (bar 139) I find highly ironic with Jesus' E major chord on the word "voice" in the line "Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." (bar 226)

Pilate's music for "truth" consists, however, of the chord E/A/Bb. (bar 231)  

Also, I can imagine the open fifth of bar 253 on the word "man" ("Here is the man!") echoing medievally throughout the church: no dynamics are given in my copy, but I would think this would be forte with a long pause afterward.

See?!  I am already interpreting the work   :o    as if I am the conductor!   0:)

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 29, 2008, 12:26:39 PM
Thank you, all, gents!

. . . no dynamics are given in my copy . . . .

Oh, we've got to get you an up-to-date score :-)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on February 01, 2008, 11:38:53 AM
Thank you, all, gents!

Oh, we've got to get you an up-to-date score :-)

Many thanks!  I was able to download it today, thanks to a snow day, where everything melted by 9:00 A.M!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 04, 2008, 06:38:52 AM
The Alleluia in D was part of yesterday's broadcast; and if Ed hews to his stated intention, we will sing May God Be Merciful to Us on Ash Wednesday, and my Nunc dimittis from the Evening Service in D this coming Sunday. So all in all, an unusual (but agreeable) density of Henning performances at the Cathedral this week  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 04, 2008, 06:41:04 AM
Many thanks!  I was able to download it today, thanks to a snow day, where everything melted by 9:00 A.M!

I've still found some four-five little graphic 'nudges' which want making, but once I etch those in, I am done, I tell you . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 06, 2008, 05:33:19 AM
Today is Ash Wednesday;  I have an idea that we may be singing one of my anthems at the noon service, May God Be Merciful to Us.

At tonight's rehearsal, I am told, we will begin reading my setting of the Passion.

And in yesterday's mail, there came a demo of Tapestry's (http://www.shuppartists.com/Shupp/Artists/Tapestry.htm) Denver performance of Castelo dos anjos, to which I will try to listen this afternoon.

Or, if time allows, this morning . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: toledobass on February 06, 2008, 06:11:48 AM
Today is Ash Wednesday;  I have an idea that we may be singing one of my anthems at the noon service, May God Be Merciful to Us.

At tonight's rehearsal, I am told, we will begin reading my setting of the Passion.

And in yesterday's mail, there came a demo of Tapestry's (http://www.shuppartists.com/Shupp/Artists/Tapestry.htm) Denver performance of Castelo dos anjos, to which I will try to listen this afternoon.

Or, if time allows, this morning . . . .

Nice about the recording showing up.  Lately, I've been wondering how composers deal with the discrepancy between the minds ear and a live performance.  When do you know it's your writing that may be a problem vs some thing else like the performers' unfamiliarity with where the piece is going etc.  Just curious about any part of this process of your craft.

Allan
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 06, 2008, 06:27:37 AM
With Castelo, the singers 'plugged into' most of the piece readily.  Even when they invited me to their rehearsal before the Cambridge 'preview' in November, the only comment I had to make, which at all bordered on significance, was that they were still cautiously under tempo for the Vivo section.  Happily for me, in this case no question of faults in my writing arose, as they all agreed that my preferred tempo was achievable, and simply a matter of their own increased familiarity and comfort with (e.g.) all the meter changes, and the 'interlocking parts' texture.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 06, 2008, 11:56:48 AM
Well, among other things, at this afternoon's Ash Wednesday service we sang a de Victoria anthem, Nobis datus, the lovely Sing, My Soul by Ned Rorem, and my own, very easy May God Be Merciful to Us.

One might almost say, mercifully easy.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on February 06, 2008, 06:42:54 PM
Today is Ash Wednesday;  I have an idea that we may be singing one of my anthems at the noon service, May God Be Merciful to Us.

At tonight's rehearsal, I am told, we will begin reading my setting of the Passion.

And in yesterday's mail, there came a demo of Tapestry's (http://www.shuppartists.com/Shupp/Artists/Tapestry.htm) Denver performance of Castelo dos anjos, to which I will try to listen this afternoon.

Or, if time allows, this morning . . . .

Excellent that it was recorded Karl.  Did the rest of the show get recorded as well?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 07, 2008, 04:53:37 AM
I should guess so, Bill; I've only got Part II here, though.  Haven't listened yet;  I'll wait until I'm at home, no distractions!

Last night at choir, we read the Nunc dimittis (which we're going to sing on Sunday);  went much better than when we gave it a go last season (fall of '06, somehow I am thinking).

And we read the Passion.  A group of singers sight-reading a piece running somewhere in the 30- to 40-minute range . . . the first pass is certainly a great deal shy of perfection;  and (regrettably) this 'mush' of the piece is the first impression for most of the singers, who don't yet see the piece in the finished, attractive state in which the composer envisions it.  Still, some very positive reaction.

The Very Good News is, that we have read every note of all 50 pages, and if the choir did not execute the piece last night with all their musical in tell y-gence, they've now got an idea of the piece's measure;  and we've got six weeks to pull it into graceful and grand shape.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on February 08, 2008, 03:49:15 PM
 ???
what's up with the name?

played through some of the St.John's Passion. I see now, it's more like a chant-type thing, Gregorian chant or something? But really, the way you wrote it, all the notes seem to fit in place- in fact, everything does. I even like how the score looks.  ;D


and we've got six weeks to pull it into graceful and grand shape.
good luck, i hope they can do it justice.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 10, 2008, 02:49:29 PM
Glad you like it, Greg;  more positive feedback has been filing in from sundrie choristers :-)  A bunch of people look like they will be gone missing this next rehearsal, so progress may not be what I might hope;  will report.

And the St Paul's Choir did a fine job with my Nunc dimittis this morning.  May be on the broadcast next Sunday; will advise.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on February 10, 2008, 04:53:34 PM
Glad you like it, Greg;  more positive feedback has been filing in from sundrie choristers :-)  A bunch of people look like they will be gone missing this next rehearsal, so progress may not be what I might hope;  will report.
yes, please do keep us informed.....

one of these days i'm going to have to see an actual Henning performance in Boston, i swear i will!  $:) ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 14, 2008, 01:39:15 PM
WCRB Alert!


Ed has had a full plate, and he hasn't gotten around to The Latest Sunday. So the Nunc dimittis must needs wait. However, there will be Henningmusick on this coming Sunday (17 Feb), Bless the Lord, O My Soul. The Cathedral's half-hour program begins at 7:30am (Eastern), and at some point within that half hour, you may hear the choir singing my music.

http://wcrb.com/
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 17, 2008, 05:34:54 AM
Bless the Lord, O My Soul began ca. 07:36 Chowder Time.  Choir sounded good, the composer is well content.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: toledobass on February 17, 2008, 06:52:55 AM
That's great Karl! When are you gonna put your CD together?

Allan
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on February 17, 2008, 07:15:57 AM
That's great Karl! When are you gonna put your CD together?

Allan

And will there be liner notes?  (Do not even think about a rebuttal here Allan  :D)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 22, 2008, 08:07:09 PM
Allan, have I not yet sent you aught of my music?

. . . separately, I am quickly, oh so quickly, adapting the brass compliment of my roof-raising Easter anthem, Pascha nostrum, to a tp(2)/tn(2) quartet.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on February 22, 2008, 08:18:56 PM
Allan, have I not yet sent you aught of my music?

. . . separately, I am quickly, oh so quickly, adapting the brass compliment of my roof-raising Easter anthem, Pascha nostrum, to a tp(2)/tn(2) quartet.
Why isn't "nostrum" capitalized?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 22, 2008, 08:22:47 PM
I had been writing quite a few pieces for the choir of the First Congregational Church in Woburn, Massachusetts, of generally modest dimensions.  Pascha nostrum was the first piece I wrote which sort of 'tested' the outer limits of duration for use in the service.  In those days, organist Bill Goodwin would engage a brass quintet for Easter Sunday, and the Sunday before Christmas (or, the Sunday on which Christmas should fall).  I did actually write Pascha nostrum in 'layers';  I began with writing the choral passages (and already aimed for a choir larger and more capable than at First Congo, which even at that time could not really sustain full four-part writing), knowing where I wanted instrumental 'punctuation';  and then I added the brass quintet and organ.  At which point I thought of the piece in this tout ensemble fashion.

A few years later, when I was serving as the Interim Choir Director at the Cathedral Church of St Paul, I thought it a shame that the piece should not be sung in Boston, simply because of the impracticality of hiring a quintet (Easter Sunday, of course, brass quintets command enormous fees, demand and supply, and all that, and good on 'em, says I).  So I 'rediscovered' how I had originally composed the piece, and realized that it would fly perfectly well as an unaccompanied anthem.  We sang it back then (Easter of 2003), and actually, time enough has passed that I believe we will sing it in Easter season at St Paul's again this year.

The original brass scoring is for quintet, but I now need to accomodate a tp(2)/tn(2) quartet.  Losing the tuba is no great problem, as the organ can speak the bottom of the chords;  and the gist of the brass is the brilliant fanfares, which just see the tuba puffing a bit on the side.  So I just need to convert the horn part to trombone;  may possibly need to make just a few minor adjustments in making the original trombone part into Trombone II.
 
If it all works out, I believe this will be the first my music will be played within the five boroughs of New York City.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 22, 2008, 08:25:36 PM
Why isn't "nostrum" capitalized?

In Latin sacred music titles, normally only the first word and names are capitalized.

Hence, e.g.:

Benedicta et venerabilis
Christe, qui lux es et dies
Missa O magnum mysterium
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 22, 2008, 08:26:41 PM
Hodie Christus natus est
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: toledobass on February 22, 2008, 09:40:27 PM
Allan, have I not yet sent you aught of my music?


no scores,  no performances,  no midi, none, zip, zero, zilch. I keep thinking a DVD of White Nights will just arrive to surprise me one day and that could be 1) my introduction to Henning and, maybe better for you, 2) the end of any ammunition I have against you. :P

Allan 
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 23, 2008, 09:48:51 AM
Well, I am in disgrace by you, Allan.  I must do something about that . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 23, 2008, 09:58:03 AM
Hm. Didn't complete a thought . . . .

I had been writing quite a few pieces for the choir of the First Congregational Church in Woburn, Massachusetts, of generally modest dimensions.  Pascha nostrum was the first piece I wrote which sort of 'tested' the outer limits of duration for use in the service . . .

With the instrumental accompaniment, the piece clocks at about eight and a half minutes.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on February 23, 2008, 10:35:46 AM
no scores,  no performances,  no midi, none, zip, zero, zilch. I keep thinking a DVD of White Nights will just arrive to surprise me one day and that could be 1) my introduction to Henning and, maybe better for you, 2) the end of any ammunition I have against you. :P

Allan 

With Karl's music Allan, this quote came to mind:

Willy Wonka: But Charlie, don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he he always wanted.
Charlie Bucket: What happened?
Willy Wonka: He lived happily ever after.  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 23, 2008, 12:19:38 PM
Thank you indeed, Bill, for a most kind and gracious thought!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 23, 2008, 12:57:44 PM
All right, the reconfigured brass parts for Pascha nostrum are now ready.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on February 24, 2008, 07:49:48 AM
With Karl's music Allan, this quote came to mind:

Willy Wonka: But Charlie, don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he he always wanted.
Charlie Bucket: What happened?
Willy Wonka: He lived happily ever after.  ;)

lol, that's more or less a point i made on another thread.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 03, 2008, 10:18:46 AM
Review of Boston Symphony Orchestra performance of The Dream of Gerontius, conducted by Sir Colin Davis (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/BerkshiresCultureAndEntertainment/~3/242408708/)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 03, 2008, 10:20:31 AM
Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit, performs works by Martin, Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/BerkshiresCultureAndEntertainment/~3/242418456/)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 03, 2008, 10:21:20 AM
Review of Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Elder, performing works by Sibelius and Shostakovich (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/BerkshiresCultureAndEntertainment/~3/242418455/)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 04, 2008, 09:00:38 AM
Quote from: Bogey
just wondering what classical category you would place your music in

Breakbeat hardcore

Proof! The breakbeat hardcore sensation, Out in the Sun

[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/Instrumental/09%20-%20Track%20%209.mp3[/mp3]
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Guido on March 04, 2008, 09:52:55 AM
I like it Karl!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 04, 2008, 09:58:25 AM
Many thanks, Guido!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on March 04, 2008, 10:46:20 AM
Breakbeat hardcore


Proof! The breakbeat hardcore sensation, Out in the Sun

[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/Instrumental/09%20-%20Track%20%209.mp3[/mp3]
wow, i love it!  :D
such a refreshing work...... to me, very original sounding- i can hardly think of any music that sounds like it at all.

I also liked the review of Shosty's 4th, too.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 04, 2008, 11:43:01 AM
Thanks, Greg!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 04, 2008, 11:45:10 AM
Quote
20 June 2007:

Three Things that Begin with 'C', Opus 65, clarinet & viola (2002)

Karl Henning, clarinet
Peter Cama-Lekx, viola

Cathedral Church of St Paul
138 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts

[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/Instrumental/07%20-%20Track%20%207.mp3[/mp3]
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on March 04, 2008, 12:00:14 PM
[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/Instrumental/07%20-%20Track%20%207.mp3[/mp3]
thanks for posting audio files of your works!

that one sounds like it has more of a detectable influence of Stravinsky and Shostakovich in some parts.... though Out in the Sun (later work, right?) sounds basically, your own.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 04, 2008, 12:11:23 PM
that one sounds like it has more of a detectable influence of Stravinsky and Shostakovich in some parts....

The Cats and the Clouds had as (none the closest) models Bartók and Debussy, respectively.  For the Canaries I just wanted to write something of an Italianate tarantella.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 04, 2008, 12:12:41 PM
Though, of course, Stravinsky is no great distance from the Cats, I suppose.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 05, 2008, 06:20:48 AM
Music of Karl Henning

Canzona & Gigue, Op. 77 (clarinet and organ)

[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/Instrumental/03%20-%20Track%20%203.mp3[/mp3]
[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/Instrumental/04%20-%20Track%20%204.mp3[/mp3]

Karl Henning, clarinet
Mark Engelhardt, organ


Irreplaceable Doodles, Op. 89 (clarinet unaccompanied)

Karl Henning, clarinet

[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/Instrumental/08%20-%20Track%20%208.mp3[/mp3]
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on March 05, 2008, 08:09:41 AM
Music of Karl Henning

Canzona & Gigue, Op. 77 (clarinet and organ)

A brilliant performance of a brilliant composition! ........ 0:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on March 05, 2008, 08:15:37 AM
Breakbeat hardcore


Proof! The breakbeat hardcore sensation, Out in the Sun

[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/Instrumental/09%20-%20Track%20%209.mp3[/mp3]

Awesome!  Thanks for posting, Karl ........  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 05, 2008, 08:24:03 AM
An even more impressive aspect of the performance by the NEC winds is, that the last section actually should be a bit slower 'recap' . . . and I varied the recap with busier note-age, figuring on a slower tempo.  In the event, they didn't slow it down 'enough', but they're still all negotiating those notes.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on March 05, 2008, 08:30:09 AM
wow, i love it!  :D
such a refreshing work...... to me, very original sounding- i can hardly think of any music that sounds like it at all.

As to Out in the Sun:

If I were to pinpoint one possible influence ........... perhaps John Adams ..........
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on March 05, 2008, 08:42:20 PM
As to Out in the Sun:

If I were to pinpoint one possible influence ........... perhaps John Adams ..........
ok, i was thinking Adams...... still, i don't think Adams could've written it.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on March 05, 2008, 09:10:12 PM
ok, i was thinking Adams...... still, i don't think Adams could've written it.

Whether composer X "could have written" composer Y's piece isn't the question ...... The issue is detecting possible  upstream compositional influences..

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on March 05, 2008, 09:17:32 PM
Whether composer X "could have written" composer Y's piece isn't the question ...... The issue is detecting possible  upstream compositional influences..


hmmmmmm what do you think, Karl?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 06, 2008, 04:52:36 AM
That no particular minimalist was any specific influence;  but yes, generally, the idea of the piece was, to take elements from minimalism, and to fashion a composition as I think of composition.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 06, 2008, 05:19:28 AM
I think I've brought this forward before (maybe more than once), but this is a good time to recall it:

Quote from: Lukas Foss
The musicologists are so happy, in a self-indulgent way, when they can point out the influences. But that’s not what’s important. What’s important is that the composer transforms those influences, and makes them his own. Which reminds me of a wonderful Stravinsky statement. He once said, “You must always steal, but never from yourself.” What he meant by that is quite obvious. When you steal from yourself you learn nothing. When you steal from others, you enrich your vocabulary.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Ephemerid on March 06, 2008, 07:14:51 AM
Wow, Karl!  Is this the first time you've posted audio files here before, because I couldn't find any before?  (I noramlly use Firefox, maybe something wasn't installed? I dunno...)

Anyway, I'll stick to just to comment on for now, with Out in the Sun.  How big of a wind ensemble is that anyway? 

I love how it starts off all "chattery" over that drone-- it makes me think of chattering birds and humans and general morning busy-ness.  I know you may not have had any very specific imagery in mind, but that's what I'm getting out of it.  :)

I love how it strats off rather upbeat, but gets very contemplative halfway through... I love those rich kind of low chords.  It just occurred to me, there's no flute!  I could just listen to those rich chords all day long. 

I really love the sound of the piece, Karl-- I defintely want to listen to it again!  :)  Thanks for putting that up!

~~~

I suppose the reason Stravinsky comes to mind is the wind instruments and the type of sonorities you're getting in some places brings his Symphonies of Wind Instruments.  And there's lots of neat shiffting little melodic fragments floating around, but beyond that, the comparison easily stops I think.  There's a certain kind of humour and a "sunniness"  ;) that is not in Stravinsky's work.

As far as the minimalist element, it is an *element* in the piece, but it isn't WHAT the piece is about, if that makes any sense.  What I mean is, minimalist music seems to me to be very self-referential, whereas in this piece it is used as a textural element, rather than actually determining the actual course the music should take (don't get me wrong, I love Steve Reich and other minimalists, but because the means and the ends are identical, there's only so much you can do with it-- then again, I suppose that's the point LOL).  John Adams isn't really a strict minimalist either, but again, I think that Adams' utilisation of minimalistic *elements* (rather than hardcore minimalism ala Reich, Glass, Palestine, et al) is about as far as that comparison goes.

p.s. excellent and appropriate quote from Foss!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 06, 2008, 07:27:21 AM
Anyway, I'll stick to just to comment on for now, with Out in the Sun.  How big of a wind ensemble is that anyway?

Ten pieces: 2 cl (2nd = b cl), 4 sx (s/a/t/bar), 2 tn, b tn, ta

Thanks, Josh!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on March 06, 2008, 07:32:46 AM
Ten pieces:

Dectet?

Double quintet?

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 06, 2008, 07:37:17 AM
Dixtuor  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Ephemerid on March 06, 2008, 08:34:55 AM
Anyway, I'll stick to just to comment on for now, with Out in the Sun

Jeez, I was in a rush typing that nonsensical statement (though I know you know what I meant LOL):

"Anyway, I'll just stick to one comment for now..."

Interesting that its all lower-end wind instruments. 

I'll take a listen to more later on today & I want to hear Out in the Sun more loudly on better speakers tonight.  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 07, 2008, 05:26:11 AM
A brilliant performance of a brilliant composition! ........ 0:)

I hoped you would like that, especially with the D minor passage in the middle of the Gigue!  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on March 07, 2008, 05:29:02 AM
(http://www.thirstforknowledge.ca/images/Cheers.jpg)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Greta on March 07, 2008, 02:23:23 PM
Lovely to see all discovering the sunny joy!  :D

I love the instrumentation (great use of saxophones), and waxed lyrical to Karl about this piece before...I would love to perform it if we had the players at our school...

I wouldn't say John Adams comes to mind, more Reich or to me Michael Torke, there was a piece I was looking at for our quartet that I remembered that it reminds me of, it's called "July".

Here is a clip.

[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://www.fileden.com/files/2007/4/13/981279/torke-julyclip.mp3[/mp3]

I like Karl's piece better though, because I love the chorales, and the way the brass trio plays off the woodwinds (and it is less repetitive)!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Catison on March 07, 2008, 02:51:43 PM
I've been away from the forum too long.  I'm listening to the music you uploaded Karl.  This is great stuff!  You have really made my Friday!

I would agree with Greta, that the composer that most immediately came to mind was Torke in Out in the Sun.  I must get the fiancee to listen to this.  She'll love it!  You're clarinet playing is wonderful, btw.

I will keep you posted about the Sinfionetta.  My quintet isn't as good as I would like it to be, and we have some problems counting the time changes.  I have assured them that if we practice, these will come very naturally.  I still really want to play your music.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Szykneij on March 08, 2008, 05:30:24 AM
In New Hampshire, of course, E-flat is the key of the Piscataqua.
 
Then why didn't Walton write Portsmouth Point in that key?   ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Ephemerid on March 08, 2008, 06:22:03 AM
Karl, the Canzona & Gigue is my favourite so far-- something I wasn't expecting really because I'm not much a fan of the organ-- a lovely piece (I'm going to have to listen to it again after posting this).

I love the contemplative moments in Irreplaceable Doodles

Each of these pieces you've posted are really wonderful, refreshing and new.  Please post more!   :)

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on March 08, 2008, 06:28:58 AM
Lovely to see all discovering the sunny joy!  :D

I love the instrumentation (great use of saxophones), and waxed lyrical to Karl about this piece before...I would love to perform it if we had the players at our school...

I wouldn't say John Adams comes to mind, more Reich or to me Michael Torke, there was a piece I was looking at for our quartet that I remembered that it reminds me of, it's called "July".

Here is a clip.

[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://www.fileden.com/files/2007/4/13/981279/torke-julyclip.mp3[/mp3]

I like Karl's piece better though, because I love the chorales, and the way the brass trio plays off the woodwinds (and it is less repetitive)!
July...... the month or the name?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 10, 2008, 04:59:59 AM
Thanks again, Greta, Brett & Josh.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: springrite on March 10, 2008, 05:23:56 AM
Gave your work a first run though while intermittently doing some chores such as cooking, so the concentration is on and off. The first impressions:

Choral works are wonderful. I like the use of the trombones in those works.

My favorites so far are the works with clarinets in them. It is only after I finished listening that I realised that you play the clarinet! Wonderful playing! And it showed, obviously, that the composer know this instrument the best and really brings out the best in this wonderful but much under-utilized instrument!

I will listen again this week, and will give Kimi his first taste of your music.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Catison on March 10, 2008, 07:12:44 AM
Choral works are wonderful. I like the use of the trombones in those works.

I absolutely agree.  I immediately thought of Wuorinen's Mass.  You should have seen how excited I was to click through those links of music, and after searching through Karl's list of works, I followed along with op. 87.  The Magnificant is quite amazing, and the trombone writing is very well done.  Good service music has a quality of being a little bit extraterrestrial, as if listening to the Trinity converse amoung itself.  The trombones in Wuorinen's Mass have always sounded that way to me, and I have to say, I enjoyed Karl's music just as much.

Now I am cut off and can't access the music anymore.  I must have cause too much trouble by downloading a lot!

It makes a difference that the music being played by very skilled players.  It was hard for me to fully grasp Karl's music as my brass quintet struggles through the Sinfonietta, the amateurs that we are.

So Karl, you have to keep us updated with more recordings.  Not all of us can make it to Boston.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Saul on March 10, 2008, 07:53:58 AM
Music of Karl Henning

Canzona & Gigue, Op. 77 (clarinet and organ)

[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/Instrumental/03%20-%20Track%20%203.mp3[/mp3]
[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/Instrumental/04%20-%20Track%20%204.mp3[/mp3]

Karl Henning, clarinet
Mark Engelhardt, organ


Irreplaceable Doodles, Op. 89 (clarinet unaccompanied)

Karl Henning, clarinet

[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/Instrumental/08%20-%20Track%20%208.mp3[/mp3]

I imagine this scene when I listen to this music, Karl...

(http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2007/images/usns-capable2.jpg)

Some kind of a sailors song.

Its not beautiful or sad or happy, its just music that evokes certain images.

Nice work.

Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 12, 2008, 03:52:13 AM
Easter is a-coming (early this year).  Ed sent me the sound-file for a Georgian (i.e., the country in the Caucasus) Alleluia, with the request that I transcribe it so that we can sing it for Easter.  It is a lovely little piece, and will go well with a transcription I made much earlier of a Russian Liturgical Easter Stikheron.

Apart from those 'slight distractions' I've been working on the Prelude for some wedding music, organ, brass quintet, and we'll see :-)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on March 12, 2008, 04:22:18 AM
Easter is a-coming (early this year).  Ed sent me the sound-file for a Georgian (i.e., the country in the Caucasus) Alleluia, with the request that I transcribe it so that we can sing it for Easter.  It is a lovely little piece, and will go well with a transcription I made much earlier of a Russian Liturgical Easter Stikheron.

Apart from those 'slight distractions' I've been working on the Prelude for some wedding music, organ, brass quintet, and we'll see :-)

We've always harbored a certain fondness for Russian Liturgical Easter Stikhera ........... so it's nice of you to resurrect this (pun intended) .........

EDIT: amended stikherons to stikhera ......
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 12, 2008, 04:31:04 AM
Tasos, what is the proper plural for stikheron?

Paging Tasos . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on March 12, 2008, 04:33:17 AM
Tasos, what is the proper plural for stikheron?

stikheroni?
stikheron?
stikherons?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 12, 2008, 04:36:28 AM
For some reason I'm thinking stikhera, but my awareness of Greek is most distant . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on March 12, 2008, 05:51:29 AM
My money is on stikhera ........ and I amend my post accordingly ........
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 12, 2008, 05:52:15 AM
Let the post be amended!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Szykneij on March 12, 2008, 06:14:54 AM
stikheroni?

I thought that was something Michel was going to to when he got old ...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on March 12, 2008, 06:38:08 AM
I thought that was something Michel was going to to when he got old ...
only if he's smart enough to figure it out, maybe.....
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on March 12, 2008, 08:46:11 AM
stikheroni?

I thought that was something Michel was going to to when he got old ...

I thought Michel was debating between smokeheroni and IVheroni .......
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 19, 2008, 09:33:00 AM
Just learnt that, in fact, Pascha nostrum will be sung as part of the service Sunday morning at St Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Brooklyn (http://www.sgec-brooklyn.org/index.php?pr=Home_Page).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 20, 2008, 03:53:33 AM
Rehearsal of the Passion last night was not bad.  We've officially risen to the condition of serious, but not hopeless.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 22, 2008, 10:24:57 AM
On the whole, yesterday's premiere of the Passion went well.  Of course, I could readily draw up a list of 50 items which want improvement, or modification, or just plain wanted happening, and I wish there had been the opportunity to address these (in many cases, preventively) in rehearsal -- and the opportunity simply was not made available to me. But nothing that went amiss was 'fatal'.  And considering it was the first public performance of a 40-minute piece for unaccompanied choir, and that it did not get started until the choir had already been singing off-&-on for 3 hours (the call was 11, and the Good Friday service started as 12), and that it was scheduled in Holy Week when there's a lot else on the choir's plate . . . truly, the composer is well content to say, "on the whole, good."

One added bonus is, that a friend of mine kindly agreed to operate a video camera, so that in addition to the audio recording, there is a visual document of the event.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on March 22, 2008, 10:29:48 AM
That's wonderful Karl! Must have been a tense time for you. I look forward to hearing or seeing something soon.  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on March 22, 2008, 01:58:42 PM
Glad it went well Karl.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on March 22, 2008, 02:08:06 PM
so that in addition to the audio recording, there is a visual document of the event.

You know where to post the audio/video ..........
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 22, 2008, 04:46:14 PM
Luke & Bill, thanks!

You know where to post the audio/video ..........

I do; what I do not know, is when either will be in my possession, mon vieux  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on March 22, 2008, 05:28:22 PM
I do; what I do not know, is when either will be in my possession, mon vieux  8)

Karl, if you need instructions on how to post audio or video clips, GMG's best authority on that subject is Jochanaan! (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,3289.msg105258.html#msg105258)  :D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 01, 2008, 03:27:02 PM
I stopped in at the Cathedral today. No idea yet when a recording of the Passion will be had; Ed looked pretty wiped out, and his wife was just appointed a vice president of some board or other, very exciting but it's also a big drain on her time and attention. Anyway, Ethel the Cathedral administrator is having a most productive week, since the clergy are away this week, and therefore do not badger her.   She reports that the Dean liked the Passion a great deal, doubly surprising, as he appears generally not to care for sung settings of the Passion Gospel. The Dean had not given me quite that strong an impression of liking, but then, it wasn't quite the time for exchanging that sort of chat, at the end of the Good Friday Liturgy. The longer-term effect is, we have the go-ahead to sing 'er again next Holy Week. So this seems, at least, not to be the last we've heard of the Henning Opus 92.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 01, 2008, 03:40:03 PM
Alas, I learn that no recording was made of Pascha nostrum on Easter.  Wish I had known earlier;  you never know, arrangements might have been made.

Ah, well.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lilas Pastia on April 01, 2008, 05:54:39 PM
First time I notice this thread  ::) :-[. I posted yesteday about some Henning works I've listened to recently. So, for the benefit of Mr Kite, here is a copy and paste:
Quote
More Karl Henning works (sacred vocal and instrumental-clarinetal). A collection of short vocal works is absolutely enchanting. The more festive and 'pastoral' events seem to elicit from Dr. Henning some particularly felicitous vocal writing. Everything I hear here is worth singling out, but the last items on the disc (as per Henning's own ordering) are particularly beautiful, life affirming pieces: Mary's Song, Simeon's Song and the concluding Nativity work, (Hodie), where ethereal voices chant high above a solo clarinet intoning the Christmas story in its baritone register. Magical!.

The other collection of instrumental works features the clarinet in various combinations (including a cl quartet!). Although I'd be hard put to call them memorable, each has a distinct character that quietly grabs the attention. IOW these are quality  musical moments that don't need any throat clearing to make themselves noticed and invite repeated exposure - which they're getting as my 'in car listening' program of the week  ;D.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 02, 2008, 03:18:29 AM
Cruising music! Je suis arrivé!  ;D

Delighted that you are enjoying the music, André, thank you.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lilas Pastia on April 02, 2008, 05:20:06 PM
My pleasure, Karl. One feature of your music that I find constant - and constantly satisfying - is your refusal to dawdle. You get to the point and when it's made, it's over. This helps give a clear shape and character to your works. Modern composers have a tendency to get lost in the proceedings and as a consequence shape and structure are compromised, and listener interest is lost. 
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 04, 2008, 03:38:06 AM
Well, as sometimes it will happen this way . . .

Yesterday I received word from Brett that he and his affianced have decided on the Psalm for the wedding.  And, after sleeping on it, this morning I composed the Antiphon and Psalm-tone, and also set down at last an Alleluia which was one of the first things I thought up, back when we were first discussing the music.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on April 05, 2008, 06:15:12 PM
Alas, I learn that no recording was made of Pascha nostrum on Easter.  Wish I had known earlier;  you never know, arrangements might have been made.

Ah, well.

That is too bad Karl.  Will it get another run in the near future?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on April 05, 2008, 06:22:24 PM
Alas, I learn that no recording was made of Pascha nostrum on Easter.  Wish I had known earlier;  you never know, arrangements might have been made.

Ah, well.

 :'(  :'(
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on April 05, 2008, 07:23:52 PM
Technology is to blame here gentlemen.  Whatever happened to the good ol' days when some punk would sit in the front row and tape the show with his taperecorder under his winter jacket and then make poor quality copies for all his friends....and then ten years later, these recordings are selling for a mint.   What we need is more Henning boot-legs! 8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on April 06, 2008, 04:41:05 AM
Technology is to blame here gentlemen.  Whatever happened to the good ol' days when some punk would sit in the front row and tape the show with his taperecorder under his winter jacket and then make poor quality copies for all his friends....and then ten years later, these recordings are selling for a mint.   What we need is more Henning boot-legs! 8)

That punk is called sidoze. ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 06, 2008, 02:34:00 PM
Tchah, why's David 'gone guest'?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on April 06, 2008, 05:23:54 PM
Tchah, why's David 'gone guest'?

He waited all morning and afternoon for you to respond to his witty post ........ but alas ..........
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 07, 2008, 02:27:12 AM
Oh, go on, make a chap feel awful . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Catison on April 07, 2008, 03:32:17 AM
Tchah, why's David 'gone guest'?

Patience and calmness are not of his virtues.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lilas Pastia on April 09, 2008, 04:25:03 PM
I'm sure he has others. We all do ;).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on April 14, 2008, 07:26:17 AM
Breakbeat hardcore


Proof! The breakbeat hardcore sensation, Out in the Sun

[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/Instrumental/09%20-%20Track%20%209.mp3[/mp3]


This is really interesting. The score must be fascinating.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 14, 2008, 07:34:49 AM

This is really interesting. The score must be fascinating.

You are kind, Andy.  I shall send a score.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 15, 2008, 04:55:32 AM
Working on a passage along a sort of "construction' methodology which I sometimes find both useful and instructive.  I'm about four minutes into a piece which has already established the Lydian mode as one of its tonal ambits.  I decided I wanted to putter with some block chords, so I started with a pentachord which is a subset of the Lydian mode, and a chord with which I've worked more than once in the past: D, E, G#, B, F#

Perhaps as I putter this may change downstream, but to start I want to see what I can do with a series of pentachords which are all either transpositions of this, or inversion.  And I want the chord sequence to hinge on a bass line.  I wrote a bass line, fairly wilfully chromatic . . . and indeed (as it befell) eleven of the twelve pitch-classes turn up: D, E-flat, F, F#, A, B-flat, C, C#, E, G, A-flat . . . not octatonic, of course (since we've got eleven pitches represented) but 'locally octatonic,' we might say.

Then, I made a game of 'building' a series of pentachords which include the bass notes.

Now (or rather, on the bus this morning) I took back up the matter of rhythm . . . and work goes on . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on April 15, 2008, 02:11:25 PM
Working on a passage along a sort of "construction' methodology which I sometimes find both useful and instructive.  I'm about four minutes into a piece which has already established the Lydian mode as one of its tonal ambits.  I decided I wanted to putter with some block chords, so I started with a pentachord which is a subset of the Lydian mode, and a chord with which I've worked more than once in the past: D, E, G#, B, F#

Perhaps as I putter this may change downstream, but to start I want to see what I can do with a series of pentachords which are all either transpositions of this, or inversion.  And I want the chord sequence to hinge on a bass line.  I wrote a bass line, fairly wilfully chromatic . . . and indeed (as it befell) eleven of the twelve pitch-classes turn up: D, E-flat, F, F#, A, B-flat, C, C#, E, G, A-flat . . . not octatonic, of course (since we've got eleven pitches represented) but 'locally octatonic,' we might say.

Then, I made a game of 'building' a series of pentachords which include the bass notes.

Now (or rather, on the bus this morning) I took back up the matter of rhythm . . . and work goes on . . . .
Which piece is this for?


"Locally octatonic"... interesting. Is this somewhat similar or the opposite?


My idea:


(ascending) A C - D F - G Bb - C Eb etc.   

it's sort of like an infinite scale, the closest thing I can think of are certain uses of Xenakis' scale. It's something I've thought of (maybe you remember?) from playing the same two notes on the guitar and going up the next string in a pattern- the unique thing is that it doesn't connect at the octave.

Someone pointed out it's actually the circle of 4ths or 5ths with an added note (or two).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on April 15, 2008, 02:48:26 PM
Could you explain certain techniques that you have used for Out in the Sun? (or refer to previous posts)?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 15, 2008, 04:53:46 PM
"Locally octatonic"... interesting. Is this somewhat similar or the opposite?

Well, what I mean is that the tetrachord D, E-flat, F, F# [0,1,3,4] is characteristic of the octatonic scale;  to finish it (as an octatonic scale), you would compliment it with a transposition of the same [0,1,3,4] tetrachord, in this case at the tritone: G#, A, B, C . . . but I transpose it "wrong" (wrong for the octatonic scale, I mean), to A, B-flat, C, C# . . . then the line continues E, G, A-flat which is a transposition of a subset of the same tetrachord.

Quote from: Greg
My idea:

(ascending) A C - D F - G Bb - C Eb etc.   

it's sort of like an infinite scale, the closest thing I can think of are certain uses of Xenakis' scale. It's something I've thought of (maybe you remember?) from playing the same two notes on the guitar and going up the next string in a pattern- the unique thing is that it doesn't connect at the octave.

Someone pointed out it's actually the circle of 4ths or 5ths with an added note (or two).

Or, even more accurately, two interlocking circles of fifths:  [ A - D - G - C - F ... ] + [ C - F - B-flat - E-flat - A-flat ... ]
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 15, 2008, 05:00:04 PM
Could you explain certain techniques that you have used for Out in the Sun? (or refer to previous posts)?

Did you have any specific questions?  Otherwise, I'm apt to just gab about the piece, of course.  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 16, 2008, 02:51:38 AM
Quote from: karl
Working on a passage along a sort of "construction' methodology which I sometimes find both useful and instructive.  I'm about four minutes into a piece which has already established the Lydian mode as one of its tonal ambits.  I decided I wanted to putter with some block chords, so I started with a pentachord which is a subset of the Lydian mode, and a chord with which I've worked more than once in the past: D, E, G#, B, F#

Perhaps as I putter this may change downstream, but to start I want to see what I can do with a series of pentachords which are all either transpositions of this, or inversion.  And I want the chord sequence to hinge on a bass line.  I wrote a bass line, fairly wilfully chromatic . . . and indeed (as it befell) eleven of the twelve pitch-classes turn up: D, E-flat, F, F#, A, B-flat, C, C#, E, G, A-flat . . . not octatonic, of course (since we've got eleven pitches represented) but 'locally octatonic,' we might say.

Then, I made a game of 'building' a series of pentachords which include the bass notes.

Which piece is this for?

Prelude for Brett's wedding;  this section is organ and brass quintet.  I worked some more on the rhythm of this section, on the bus ride this morning.  In general what happens (in this section) is, the organ and brass start out together, both rhythmically and in terms of harmonic content; then the two elements split apart, and are in a kind of counterpoint.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on April 16, 2008, 09:46:26 AM
Well, what I mean is that the tetrachord D, E-flat, F, F# [0,1,3,4] is characteristic of the octatonic scale;  to finish it (as an octatonic scale), you would compliment it with a transposition of the same [0,1,3,4] tetrachord, in this case at the tritone: G#, A, B, C . . . but I transpose it "wrong" (wrong for the octatonic scale, I mean), to A, B-flat, C, C# . . . then the line continues E, G, A-flat which is a transposition of a subset of the same tetrachord.

Or, even more accurately, two interlocking circles of fifths:  [ A - D - G - C - F ... ] + [ C - F - B-flat - E-flat - A-flat ... ]
This sounds similar to Xenakis' sieve technique, although I can't remember the details about how he constructs it.


Which piece is this for?


Prelude for Brett's wedding;  this section is organ and brass quintet.  I worked some more on the rhythm of this section, on the bus ride this morning.  In general what happens (in this section) is, the organ and brass start out together, both rhythmically and in terms of harmonic content; then the two elements split apart, and are in a kind of counterpoint.
Hmmmmmm i think i can imagine it, vaguely



Did you have any specific questions?  Otherwise, I'm apt to just gab about the piece, of course.  8)
I see that it's heavily contrapuntal, especially in the beginning. Are there other really important subjects besides the first (which the alto sax begins with) that aren't quite as easily seen?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 24, 2008, 02:46:17 AM
Rehearsal last night at St Paul's was pretty good. Ideally (and, mind you, not at all the impossible sort of ideally, for the record) I should have liked for us to read Nuhro from start to finish, at some point last night. We did not do that, but instead took various challenging sections of the piece in turn, not quite looking at all the piece, even piecemeal. As it turned out, there was enough 'institutional memory' of the piece among the choir, that as we focused on the more rhythmically challenging passages, they fell into place quite readily. (Hey! Seems I don't write such impossible music, after all!)

I mean, I knew that the piece would be much easier to put together (put back together) now, with a choir who have sung the piece before (even so long ago, at this point) than teaching it to a choir new to the piece, and ‘cold’; but actually experiencing this ‘enhanced aptitude’ for the piece, and the ease of re-acquisition, was very stimulating. The choir, too, got a charge out of this; one of the sopranos right away chimed in, “It is so nice coming back to this.” And perhaps two of the choristers were completely new to the piece (and its counting demands) last night, but within the fold of a choir who pretty much knew it, they in turn were acquiring the piece rapidly . . . and after all, the piece is (I may say without immodesty, I think) an attractive bit of choral writing, and everyone at last night’s rehearsal were immediately ‘into’ it.

I am still going to want to run it from start to finish at next Wednesday’s rehearsal; which (come to think of it) I will discreetly mention to Ed . . .

We also made fairly quick (if, as yet, still unpolished) work of Pascha nostrum last night; that will fall into place much more readily, of course, than the subtle intricacies of Nuhro.

All in all, the composer is pleased.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 02, 2008, 09:24:48 AM
It seems that a quintet in LA may read my Moonrise tomorrow.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 02, 2008, 10:16:41 AM
hopefully they play it, too  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 02, 2008, 10:26:56 AM
Well, I think that will happen, if they take a liking to it in the reading.  The trombonist of the quintet seemed enthusiastic about the piece from the look of the score.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lilas Pastia on May 04, 2008, 04:44:28 AM
Hopefully a tape will be made  :D.

In the mood for Henning's Hodie, my favourite piece so far 0:).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Catison on May 04, 2008, 05:12:58 AM
Well, I think that will happen, if they take a liking to it in the reading.  The trombonist of the quintet seemed enthusiastic about the piece from the look of the score.

That's good news.  My quintet has put the Sinfonietta on the back burner for now.  I hope we can pick it back up for our Fall concert.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Harry on May 04, 2008, 06:20:30 AM
Dear friends and Karl, let it be known that through some small effort on my side, Karl's Magnificat will be performed in Holland on the 24 and 31 of May 2008, by a very good Choir.
I have played many times through the score of this piece, and my admiration is growing every time. A fine and well written choir work, of great dimensions, so congratulations Karl, well done.
It will be recorded and possibly filmed, and I am sure copies will be available either through Karl, or me. :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lilas Pastia on May 04, 2008, 05:59:58 PM
Bravo! I'm impressed... :o
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 05, 2008, 02:29:48 AM
With characteristic modesty, Harry has understated his considerable and vital efforts.  André, too, knows how easy a piece the Magnificat is not  8)

Dank u wel, mijn vriend!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on May 05, 2008, 03:23:20 AM
Hi!  Cato's back in action!

Karl: After quickly skimming the last pages, I wonder if you had Rimsky-Korsakov's use of the octatonic scale in your corpus callosum.

Also, the discussion reminded me of Avenir de Monfred's ideas in his book The New Diatonic Modal Principle of Relative Music.

Yay team!  Performances from California    8)     to Holland!    0:)

(To be sure, some people would put   :o     after California, but...)   ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 05, 2008, 03:27:31 AM
In the mood for Henning's Hodie, my favourite piece so far 0:).

And you know, curiously, that recording is (IIRC) of a Mother's Day performance . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 05, 2008, 03:44:13 AM
At yesterday’s service at the Cathedral, the St Paul’s choir sang Nuhro as an extended choral prelude, and Pascha nostrum at the communion. Overall they went very well. The ‘perfect’ performance of Nuhro continues to elude us; still, yesterday’s performance made some gains on earlier performances. This makes the fourth public performance of the piece; and given the difficulties of the piece, and the length (which together have been at odds with rehearsal logistics/conditions), the composer must be grateful that such a ‘bar’ of a piece has been given so many chances. Tape was running, though I do not know yet how it’s come out. I am curious to hear how Pascha nostrum came across . . . I made a decision earlier that I would leave interpretation to Ed. On one hand, I was largely satisfied with the choir’s performance of this two Easters past; on the other, I’ve wanted to resist the idea that specifics of that outing should be lastingly (or, better said, restrictively) normative. Thus Ed’s general tempo was a shade slower than I paced the choir through two years ago, for instance; but I think it was still musical and apt.

In the case of Pascha nostrum, too, this was the fourth performance.  It has been sung twice each as an unaccompanied anthem, and with the organ-&-brass accompaniment;  and in contrast to Nuhro, which has yet to find another choir to give it a shot, Pascha nostrum has been sung now in Woburn, in Boston, and in Brooklyn.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on May 05, 2008, 04:46:40 AM
At yesterday’s service at the Cathedral, the St Paul’s choir sang Nuhro as an extended choral prelude, and Pascha nostrum at the communion. Overall they went very well. The ‘perfect’ performance of Nuhro continues to elude us;

So the choir has the talent to attain that perfect performance, and it's just a matter of more practice, or...?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 05, 2008, 04:57:27 AM
Well, mind you, 'perfection' here is a modest enough goal.  There are things which did not go quite right (though none fatal), which this choir are capable of doing right.  Ed kept bumping rehearsal of this piece later;  and while he agreed to my request of having (at least) one run-through before the performance, (a) we were missing many people at that run-through rehearsal, and (b) we did not have the run-through in the Cathedral space.  So there was a tricky passage which we sang fine up in the rehearsal room, which went funky yesterday;  and a couple of the people who had not been there Wednesday made slight errors (easily recoverable) in rhythm/counting yesterday.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 06, 2008, 02:17:03 AM
Spent downtime yester even by revisiting music already wrapped up for White Nights.

I still find it musically agreeable, and am confirmed in wishfully desiring to complete it  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on May 06, 2008, 02:39:17 AM
Dear friends and Karl, let it be known that through some small effort on my side, Karl's Magnificat will be performed in Holland on the 24 and 31 of May 2008, by a very good Choir.
I have played many times through the score of this piece, and my admiration is growing every time. A fine and well written choir work, of great dimensions, so congratulations Karl, well done.
It will be recorded and possibly filmed, and I am sure copies will be available either through Karl, or me. :)

It's a pity the concert venues are not within easy reach (I live in the southwest of the country, and the performances are in the northeast), otherwise I would have attended. But I'll certainly buy a CD through Harry.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 06, 2008, 03:12:13 AM
Here in New England, Johan, there is a traditional caution: You can't get there from here  :(
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on May 06, 2008, 05:03:06 AM
Here in New England, Johan, there is a traditional caution: You can't get there from here  :(

After our year in Atlanta, we discovered that this statement is literally true too often down there!

Thanks for the update on White Nights!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 06, 2008, 05:04:51 AM
Thanks, Cato! Not really an update, as resumption of work on the ballet awaits the completion of some wedding music!  But all of it (wedding music, and the conclusion of the ballet) is a contrast in affect from the Passion  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 07, 2008, 02:24:46 AM
Worked on recessional music this morning on the bus. Fun, really  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 08, 2008, 03:26:33 AM
All right, just to get this out of my system.

There was a guest ensemble who played a concert at the Cathedral Saturday night.  They tampered with the sound system, made sure they got their own precious recording, didn't bother restoring the Cathedral sound system after they were done.  Didn't bother to inform anyone, either.

The result?

Ed thought he was recording my two pieces in Sunday morning's performance, but thanks to our selfish, piggish "guests" of Saturday night, the "recording" is blank. Dead silence. No record of the choir's performance.

Damned asses.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on May 08, 2008, 03:33:17 AM
Ed thought he was recording my two pieces in Sunday morning's performance, but thanks to our selfish, piggish "guests" of Saturday night, the "recording" is blank. Dead silence. No record of the choir's performance.

Perhaps, unbeknownst to you, Ed was recording a performance of 4'33" instead ...........
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 08, 2008, 03:44:16 AM
Ed was himself unaware of the iron hand that Fate was slipping into the velvet catcher's mitt . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 08, 2008, 03:50:32 AM
On the brighter side, continued work on a bride's entrance, on the bus-ride this morning.

Perhaps the bride should be brought down the aisle on wheels? (Note to self . . . .)

[ I first wrote: On the brighter side, continued work on a bride's entrance on the bus-ride this morning . . . but felt that a judicious comma might be in order. ]
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Catison on May 08, 2008, 03:54:12 AM
On the brighter side, continued work on a bride's entrance, on the bus-ride this morning.

Perhaps the bride should be brought down the aisle on wheels? (Note to self . . . .)

[ I first wrote: On the brighter side, continued work on a bride's entrance on the bus-ride this morning . . . but felt that a judicious comma might be in order. ]

I will make the suggestion, but if I get in trouble, I'm going to blame you!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 08, 2008, 03:58:14 AM

[ I first wrote: On the brighter side, continued work on a bride's entrance on the bus-ride this morning . . . but felt that a judicious comma might be in order. ]
i don't think i'd wanna go to THAT wedding :D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 08, 2008, 04:08:19 AM
I will make the suggestion, but if I get in trouble, I'm going to blame you!

You might wait until after the knot is tied, then!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on May 08, 2008, 04:58:03 AM
[ I first wrote: On the brighter side, continued work on a bride's entrance on the bus-ride this morning . . . but felt that a judicious comma might be in order. ]

Commas are a force for good.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 08, 2008, 05:07:58 AM
That's just what the chap on the MBTA said, Johan!  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on May 08, 2008, 05:17:25 AM
That's just what the chap on the MBTA said, Johan!  ;)

A very literate bunch, those public transport guys in Boston!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 13, 2008, 03:37:04 PM
Turns out that Ed was responsible for the breakdown of the soundboard.  No comment.

Ed also gave away my 21 May recital date;  he simply promised it to another group without checking the calendar.  Hoping that the violist can find a Wednesday clear to reschedule.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 14, 2008, 06:28:02 AM
Turns out that Ed was responsible for the breakdown of the soundboard.  No comment.

:D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 14, 2008, 06:31:02 AM
No, no. I still forbear to comment.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: BachQ on May 14, 2008, 06:32:19 AM
Turns out that Ed was responsible for the breakdown of the soundboard.  No comment.

No, no. I still forbear to comment.

Karl, while it may be true that you have "no comment," we know what you're thinking: (http://www.training.sfahq.com/images_train/sere_machinegun_fire.jpg)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 14, 2008, 06:34:21 AM
(http://www.sfgate.com/c/pictures/2002/06/09/csp_hydrogen-bomb.jpg)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 15, 2008, 04:33:05 AM
Violist Peter Cama-Lekx (http://cama-lekx.com/), who has just completed a Master's in viola performance at Boston University, and whose steady-state for as long as I've known him as been about two or three orders too busy (for he is trying to accomplish much) . . . Pete and I have rescheduled our duo recital for Wednesday, 18 June. Not only is it that this gives us ample calendar space for rehearsal, Pete's life over the next few weeks allows him to rehearse a lot. And, as I'm taking next week off from the various jobs, I will be able both to get the wedding music wrapped up, and get the clarinet into fighting trim.

The program:

Obsession & Digression || Duologue & Monologue
[ Listening to the Early 21st Century ]


Steve Hicken, The Rings of Saturn (2005) (cl/va duet; premiere)
Joshua Sellers, Dithyramb (1992, rev. 2008) (cl solo; premiere)
Karl Henning, Irreplaceable Doodles (2007) (cl solo)
Henning, Blue Shamrock (2002) (cl solo)
Henning, The Mousetrap (2007) (cl/va duet; premiere)

Karl Henning, clarinet
Peter Cama-Lekx, viola

Wednesday, 18 June 2008
12:15pm
The Cathedral Church of St Paul
138 Tremont Street, Boston


Blue Shamrock and the Irreplaceable Doodles are intense technical challenges, the kind of music which forces me to practice, rather than coast into a performance. The new duet, The Mousetrap, has difficulties of a similar order; knowing Pete for a crack violist, I wrote a part that he can really dig into . . . and sure enough, he has muttered things like, "Evil!," "You're crazy, you know," &c. as we've worked on the piece.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 15, 2008, 12:51:53 PM
and sure enough, he has muttered things like, "Evil!," "You're crazy, you know," &c. as we've worked on the piece.
oh, we all knew that......
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 20, 2008, 06:16:27 AM
And now, per Brett's suggestion, some noodly organ toccata-ish bits  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 20, 2008, 12:08:59 PM
Weird, but entirely good, news: there is a CD with the 4 May performances of Pascha nostrum & Nuhro.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 20, 2008, 12:10:47 PM
Quote
And now, per Brett's suggestion, some noodly organ toccata-ish bits  ;)

And a kind of staggering brass chorale which practically wrote itself.  Weird.  But nice.

"Staggering" as in gradual entrances;  I wasn't being self-congratulatory  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Harry on May 23, 2008, 01:46:31 AM
The piece you send me, Prelude for Organ is quite a fascinating work, that kept me listening. :)
I will have to listen much more to it, and somehow relate the sounds to a real organ, but its certainly spellbounding.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 23, 2008, 09:13:42 AM
Thanks, Harry; and I hope that all is going well in preparation for tomorrow's performance!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Harry on May 23, 2008, 02:37:33 PM
Thanks, Harry; and I hope that all is going well in preparation for tomorrow's performance!

Yes, all is going well!
It will be a success. :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 23, 2008, 03:34:41 PM
Just as I knew to expect: splendid!

I do have a special fondness for that Magnificat, you know!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 24, 2008, 03:38:33 PM
There's a lot that is 'untrue' to the piece in this MIDI . . . the organ patch is weird;  and because I'm not really happy with the solo string patches, I've here used a 'String Ensemble' patch for the string quartet, so that the quartet, too, sound much bigger in the mix than they ought.  Oh, and did I mention that the organ patch is weird? -- the final A in the organ is actually notated an octave lower than it sounds.  All the same, the surging energy of the piece comes across.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 24, 2008, 04:55:54 PM
There's a lot that is 'untrue' to the piece in this MIDI . . . the organ patch is weird;  and because I'm not really happy with the solo string patches, I've here used a 'String Ensemble' patch for the string quartet, so that the quartet, too, sound much bigger in the mix than they ought.  Oh, and did I mention that the organ patch is weird? -- the final A in the organ is actually notated an octave lower than it sounds.  All the same, the surging energy of the piece comes across.
wait....... now which one is op.93?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 24, 2008, 05:19:46 PM
Karl, my 4000th post is coming up..... any ideas?

and when your 10,000th post comes up.... we'll have to make a thread for that!  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on May 25, 2008, 12:45:05 AM
Karl, my 4000th post is coming up..... any ideas?

and when your 10,000th post comes up.... we'll have to make a thread for that!  :)

Harry will be there first...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 25, 2008, 02:49:39 AM
Harry will be there first...
ok, then we should maybe start a single thread for everyone who reaches 10,000 maybe?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 25, 2008, 03:43:45 AM
wait....... now which one is op.93?

The Wedding Music
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 25, 2008, 03:48:01 AM
The Wedding Music
wow, you're actually playing that at a wedding?!
ok, how much for a plane ticket to?......
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 25, 2008, 04:07:29 AM
In this case, I am writing, not playing  :)

(But, I don't write clarinet parts which I cannot play.)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 25, 2008, 04:12:18 AM
ok, how much for a plane ticket to?......

Now, if you were thinking of coming to the recital in Boston, though . . . JetBlue flies direct to Boston from Ft Myers and Jacksonville.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 25, 2008, 04:41:22 AM
Now, if you were thinking of coming to the recital in Boston, though . . . JetBlue flies direct to Boston from Ft Myers and Jacksonville.
If I could afford the plane tickets, stay, and actually get days off......
well, one day i should :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Harry on May 25, 2008, 06:18:52 AM
Just as I knew to expect: splendid!

I do have a special fondness for that Magnificat, you know!

Nana brought me up to date, concerning the first performance of your Magnificat. It was a resounding success. The concert started with it, and was again performed at the end of the concert, lots of applause, lots of compliments.
It will again be performed coming Saturday in Groningen, and I will take pictures, and a video recording will be made.
Henning's name is resounding through our parts of the Netherlands. :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on May 25, 2008, 06:22:04 AM
I had been wondering how it went. Good for Karl (and for you, Harry!)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Harry on May 25, 2008, 06:24:56 AM
I had been wondering how it went. Good for Karl (and for you, Harry!)

Thanks, but I did little enough, its Karl's writing, and Nana's choir. :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 25, 2008, 06:26:57 AM
Thank you most kindly, Harry; it is a very great pleasure when one's work is so generously received.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Harry on May 25, 2008, 06:30:12 AM
Thank you most kindly, Harry; it is a very great pleasure when one's work is so generously received.

They demanded a second hearing of your work, so yes it was received with great enthusiasm!  :)
Nana wrote a Stabat Mater, and a Ave Maria for this concert, haven't seen the score, but Nana is lyrical about them, obviously! :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 26, 2008, 01:04:08 PM
Done composing the last of the wedding music!

(No, not quite; there's a hymn-setting yet to write.  But that is for another day.)

Now to get the parts prepared over the coming week . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 28, 2008, 08:55:57 AM
The entire compliment of instruments for the July Wedding Music is:  organ, clarinet quintet (i.e., clarinet and string quartet) and brass quintet.  Brett very helpfully furnished details of the course of the service/ceremony, especially where music was wanted, rough duration of music required, and even a few remarks on character or instrumentation.  At first the organist was apparently a bit nervous, and quite understandably.  Responsibility for a wedding’s music normally rests squarely on the organist’s shoulder;  then too, so much of the music prepared for most weddings comes from the same folder of a relatively small sampling of music . . . any organist worth his salt masters all this repertory in a couple of years’ time . . . and the idea of having to prepare, from scratch, a substantial amount of music newly written for the occasion (and the composer an unknown to the organist), and that smoldering pile over there in the corner is all that remains of the organist’s Comfort Zone : - )  But the restoration of the organist’s equanimity was, for me, the work of but a moment . . . .

Apart from, say, an organist’s paradigm-shift from “I’ve already got most of whatever music may be required in my fingers already” to “I’ve got to learn new music, and I don’t have the music yet, nor do I even know yet just how much music I have to learn,” such a project is a classic instance of the practical need to harmonize the composer’s artistic freedom, with the perfectly natural expectations of music which is suited to the occasion.  What we don’t want (neither the composer, nor the bride or groom) is anything on the order of the Pope demanding that Michelangelo explain his decision to include three Christs, a kangaroo and a mariachi band on the canvas of The Last Supper.

Thus, (and even though I didn’t compose the numbers in order, see below) I thought of the music’s unfolding in roughly these terms:  the music’s character starting out in something of a stylistically ‘free’ vein, reflecting the gradual gathering of the guests from ‘the world without’;  and gradually adopting a more solemn (though not sombre) tone befitting the beautiful and elevated purpose of the Sacrament of Matrimony;  and at the last a cheerful (though still ‘formal’) Recessional to send everyone forth into the world in joy over the happy occasion.

Although I did not write the music in ‘service order’ (apart from getting an early start on the Prelude), it turned out (without having drawn up any ‘instrumentation scheme’ beforehand) that I composed for different combinations of the instruments (loosely speaking, on the model of, say, Pierrot lunaire and the Quatuor pour la fin du temps) number by number, so there is over the course of the service a built-in timbral variety.

№ 1 :: Prelude (clarinet in A, string quartet, brass quintet, organ)
Written as a kind of gradual crescendo, introducing the instrumental compliment choir by choir, so to speak.  It begins with organ solo, then the brass join.  In a generally minimalist vein, it begins with simple ostinato, the two hands in a kind of canon whose rhythmic patterns are a counterpoint to the metrical framework of 3/2.  There’ll be a key change, and a modification of the canonic imitation, so that there is registral and character variety as the piece slowly unfolds.  First the string quartet, and later the clarinet, are introduced very simply, a chord (or in the case of the clarinet, a sustained tone) which adds a layer to a brief moment of the organ-VS.-brass game.  Then, per a suggestion from Brett, there is a passage of energetic organ doodling which then yields to a jaunty clarinet quintet.  This yields in turn to a long-breathed brass chorale, a series of transpositions all of the same pentad (a ‘chord progression’ which is in fact borrowed from one of the earlier brass-&-organ passages).  At length there is a (transposed and re-scored) return to earlier material which, I think, manages to feel like a new arrival.  The number ends quietly and unassumingly.

№ 2 :: Seating of the Parents (clarinet in A, string quartet, organ)
Rather than thinking in terms of ceremonially finding the parents their seats, I wrote this as at once a sort of ‘extension’ of the Prelude (tempo and meter are the same;  and the musical materials come in part straight from the Prelude), and yet as a stylistic variation, a playful scherzo perhaps reminiscent of Prokofiev’s toccata mode . . . in which, as well as in its instrumentation, it forms a ready contrast to –

№ 3 :: Introitus (brass quintet)
[Brett: The audience should know something is beginning]  Thus, some big, austere brass, which will sound all the more striking as they’ve sat silent for the past two minutes.  Since there are more-nearly-traditional fanfarish elements in Nos. 4 & 5, I went Stark Modern with this.  Actually, one of those sketches I drew up for the Prelude, but which didn’t make it in, was a patch of bustling Hindemithian two-part counterpoint;  I drew this out rhythmically, and (since registrally, it was more a string-or-clarinet thing, originally) split each line between a pair of instruments.  Musically (not thematically) I was thinking on the lines of some trumpet sennets in Shostakovich’s music for the Kozintsev King Lear.  At all events, I think it reasonably effective as an attention-getter.

№ 4 :: Processional:  The Bridal Party (string quartet, brass quintet, organ)
A brief fanfare figure, then directly into straightforward (thought, I believe, not banal) procession music.  Eight years ago, I had fun drawing up an original harmonization for the hymn-tune Danby;  this mini-project briefly became almost an idée-fixe of mine, different instrumentations, expanding the solo voice part to a four-part choir arrangement, &c.  Anyway, in poking through old Finale files, I found a different accompaniment I drew up, some forgotten time ago, without making finalized use of it in anything, then;  and, in fact, it was perfectly suited to this new purpose, with the tune adapted to duple meter.

№ 5 :: Processional:  Entrance of the Bride (clarinet in B-flat, string quartet, brass quintet, organ)
This is set off from the Bridal Party Processional by a brief, wispy clarinet solo introduction which echoes one of the melodic notions in № 2 (which, actually, is something of a touching idea, perhaps).  Fanfarish bits here are more elaborate than in № 4;  I composed the processional melody proper, a double-period with phrases of six, five, five and five measures, respectively.  As with № 4, I vary the scoring as the tune returns.

№ 6a :: Psalm
№ 6b :: Alleluia

(Both in unison and unaccompanied.)
Apart from the Prelude, which was a work-in-progress for rather a while, this is the first music composed for the wedding.  I’d actually had the basic idea for the Alleluia at about the time when Brett first ‘taped out’ the service for me;  not all that surprising, perhaps, since I have had occasion to set the text Alleluia several times in the past, and I like to do something new with it each time.  For the Psalm, I composed a Psalm-tone (probably on the bus ride in to Boston one morning), and then merged text and music.  It is a flexible method of traditional sacred text-setting which I find very apt;  it never stales for me, never deteriorates into mere ‘formula’.

№ 7 :: Unity Candle (clarinet in B-flat, string quartet, brass quintet)
Probably for no more cosmic reason than that it followed the Psalm and Alleluia on the page of the outline of the Service from which I was working, this was the second number completed.  I wonder if I omitted the organ from the scoring simply because I was thinking ‘no organ’ from the unaccompanied service-music of № 6;  as it turned out, though, I think that reserving the organ’s return for the Recessional works very nicely.  Here, I just turned my hand to trying to write a sweetly gracious melody and bass-line;  and when I had these shaped to my liking, adding an inner voice or two, one of them at times gently florid.  The writing is thus quite simple, with lots of doublings;  and the contrasting middle section began as a clarinet-&-trumpets trio, for the simple reason that timbrally I had decided to leave them out from the A section.

[ When I was playing back the music (via MIDI, of course) to my wife and mom-in-law, they liked everything, to my great pleasure;  it was the Entrance of the Bride and the Unity Candle which they especially liked, though.  What above all was gratifying, was to hear my wife say, “Too bad we couldn’t have you write music for our wedding” . . . because part of my preparing to write the several numbers of this piece, was reflecting on the hypothetical question, If this were my wedding, what music would I write, to touch my bride at this uniquely solemn moment? ]

№ 8 :: Recessional (clarinet in B-flat, string quartet, brass quintet, organ)
Here I wanted cheerful and lively music, with sprightly antiphonal call-&-answer of phrases, and with some fluidity of phrase-length as part of the rhythmic liveliness of the piece.

Actually, there does remain one bit of service-music yet to write, a strophic hymn-setting.  The groom is necessarily busy with many tasks preparing for the Big Day, but sometime soon he is to advise me of the text . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 28, 2008, 08:57:43 AM
To recapitulate:  I set out this year with three compositional goals: 1.  To complete the St John’s Passion (which I had begun writing last summer, and for which there was the performance opportunity in March);  2.  To complete the music for Brett’s wedding (complete rather than start; Brett and I had gotten the conversation going on this back in September);  3.  To complete, at last, White Nights.

So, with 1. and 2. accomplished before the end of 1H08 (and clocking in together at a bit more than 70 minutes of music), it does not seem at all unreasonable to manage the 20-25 minutes of music yet to compose, so that the ballet will at last see completion by the end of 2008.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on May 28, 2008, 09:42:16 AM
What we don’t want (neither the composer, nor the bride or groom) is anything on the order of the Pope demanding that Michelangelo explain his decision to include three Christs, a kangaroo and a mariachi band on the canvas of The Last Supper.

 ;D

Will someone record your Wedding Music?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Harry on May 28, 2008, 12:50:04 PM
To recapitulate:  I set out this year with three compositional goals: 1.  To complete the St John’s Passion (which I had begun writing last summer, and for which there was the performance opportunity in March);  2.  To complete the music for Brett’s wedding (complete rather than start; Brett and I had gotten the conversation going on this back in September);  3.  To complete, at last, White Nights.

So, with 1. and 2. accomplished before the end of 1H08 (and clocking in together at a bit more than 70 minutes of music), it does not seem at all unreasonable to manage the 20-25 minutes of music yet to compose, so that the ballet will at last see completion by the end of 2008.

Send me the St John passion, and I will try to program it with a choir as soon as I can.
Just send it.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Catison on May 30, 2008, 08:20:40 PM
;D

Will someone record your Wedding Music?

I would definitely like to, but I have to clear it with the musicians, who will be professional, and the church and organist.  And if I can, I will definitely put the event on YouTube.

Its going to be awesome.

Now to that hymn...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Catison on May 30, 2008, 08:27:00 PM
And let me add that I had been taking a small break from the forum to concentrate on work.  What a pleasant surprise to find your post here.  I really enjoyed reading your notes Karl.  If it would be possible, I would like to include something in the program about your thoughts on the music.  I am sure there will be many people who would love to read about the music, and then there will be others who will need some help figuring out what we are doing.

Listening to the Prelude now.  Your music keeps growing on me.  I have to admit that at first I didn't know exactly what to think, but now I am quite sure it is exactly what the bride and I want, and that is all that should matter.  If anything, we are having a live blue grass band during the reception, so if they don't like the music, it's their fault!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on May 30, 2008, 10:11:35 PM
I would definitely like to, but I have to clear it with the musicians, who will be professional, and the church and organist.  And if I can, I will definitely put the event on YouTube.

Its going to be awesome.

Now to that hymn...

I hadn't realized it was your wedding, Catison... So, a bit belatedly - Congratulations! I hope you and your bride-to-be will have a day to remember.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 31, 2008, 05:33:44 AM
I hadn't realized it was your wedding, Catison... So, a bit belatedly - Congratulations! I hope you and your bride-to-be will have a day to remember.
Same here.... didn't realize it was Catison's wedding (and Congratulations!)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Catison on May 31, 2008, 08:20:04 AM
I hadn't realized it was your wedding, Catison... So, a bit belatedly - Congratulations! I hope you and your bride-to-be will have a day to remember.

Thanks for the good wishes.  We are at the tail end of wedding planning, and everything is coming together.  Working with Karl has been awesome.  Honestly, the idea of him composing music for our wedding was one of my first thoughts I had when I decided I was going to propose.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 01, 2008, 04:24:45 AM
Nana brought me up to date, concerning the first performance of your Magnificat. It was a resounding success. The concert started with it, and was again performed at the end of the concert, lots of applause, lots of compliments.
It will again be performed coming Saturday in Groningen, and I will take pictures, and a video recording will be made.
Henning's name is resounding through our parts of the Netherlands. :)


How did the choir do last night, Harry?  Was the program well received?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Harry on June 01, 2008, 04:45:34 AM
How did the choir do last night, Harry?  Was the program well received?

Even better my friend, your work was a complete success, and well received, and the choir performed excellently. Voices blend well, and your music fits the voices. There was a video made, and a recording, but the video is pal of course, so I hope you have a way to switch that back to NTSC, it is possible!
This Magnificat of yours is really something very special Karl.
No doubt Nana will send you her comments, and both audio/video registrations.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 02, 2008, 11:52:29 AM
Thank you very kindly, Harry.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 04, 2008, 10:44:58 AM
My name in pixels (http://www.stpaulboston.org/CalendarDetail.asp?id=7340)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: mn dave on June 04, 2008, 11:05:54 AM
Is it going to be on Youtube?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 04, 2008, 11:12:32 AM
Is it going to be on Youtube?

If I can find someone to man the video camera, maybe.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: mn dave on June 04, 2008, 11:27:38 AM
If I can find someone to man the video camera, maybe.

I'd do it, but...you know...  :-\
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 04, 2008, 01:22:23 PM
Come on over, Boston is lovely in June!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: mn dave on June 04, 2008, 01:23:47 PM
Come on over, Boston is lovely in June!

I've never been out East.

Though I did stop in Miami 20 years ago on my way to the Virgin Islands and my honeymoon.  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 04, 2008, 03:47:43 PM
Yee-haw! The score for the Opus 93 is all laid out!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on June 04, 2008, 05:29:44 PM
Yee-haw! The score for the Opus 93 is all laid out!
is it a bluegrass score?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 15, 2008, 05:55:31 PM
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Obsession & Digression || Duologue & Monologue
[ Listening to the Early 21st Century ]


Steve Hicken, The Rings of Saturn (2005) (cl/va duet; premiere)
Joshua Sellers, Dithyramb (1992, rev. 2008) (cl solo; premiere)
Karl Henning, Irreplaceable Doodles (2007) (cl solo)
Henning, Blue Shamrock (2002) (cl solo)
Henning, The Mousetrap (2007) (cl/va duet; premiere)

Karl Henning, clarinet
Peter Cama-Lekx, viola

Wednesday, 18 June 2008
12:15pm
The Cathedral Church of St Paul
138 Tremont Street, Boston


Rehearsal tonight with Peter
went very well; The Mousetrap will go very well indeed.

Now, if only I had time to practice my clarinet solo numbers  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 17, 2008, 02:11:16 AM
Just for the record, Pete is still calling me "evil."

Few enough have earned the right to sling that adjective at me . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 18, 2008, 02:27:11 AM
Well, today is the day.

Here goes . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 18, 2008, 02:32:45 AM
In rehearsing The Mousetrap, Pete and I have found that it runs a bit longer than I'd expected earlier on. And it's a lunchtime recital, and quite a few fellow workers here at the office will turn out . . . so we can't have the concert running long. Regrettably, then, I'll strike Blue Shamrock from today's program, and figure on including it in a program later in the year.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on June 18, 2008, 03:01:47 AM
Good luck, Karl!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidRoss on June 18, 2008, 03:06:01 AM
Wish I were there.  This reminds me that I've not listened to any Henning for awhile!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 18, 2008, 03:19:51 AM
Thanks, lads!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 20, 2008, 08:13:47 AM
Now it can be told:  I had a blast on Wednesday.  Pete is such a damned good player!  The performance of The Mousetrap, nothwithstanding its distance from Strict Perfection, amply justified my speculation in writing such a behemoth of a chamber work.

I hadn't thought about it in a while;  yet when I was asked the inevitable question, yesterday, about what tie-in the title has with the piece, my former thoughts had settled into something approaching coherence.

The title comes from Hamlet.  The play-within-the-play is The Murder of Gonzago, and yet when Claudius asks, Hamlet tells him the name is The Mousetrap.  Generally, in the background of the composition, were thoughts of how Shakespeare on one level, drew frankly from existing dramatic sources, but created something of excellence which is all his own;  and on another level, has a distinct dramatic event which is an organic piece of the whole.  Part of my thinking in the piece was, a new (for myself) approach to including 'found objects', and also variation in representing the object.

Now, I started writing a piece for Pete and me to play together almost exactly a year ago.  Originally it was going to be a relatively brief piece . . . and sparse and atmospheric.  But there wasn't the time to wrap up composition and get even an easy piece rehearsed in time for the recital, so I set the MS. down.

By the time I took it back up, I had decided on a somewhat grander plan.  Part of this may simply have been, that in my mind, it was a slow-sustained piece for a long time now, and compositionally I wanted to write a burst of activity to contrast.  Even in the early stages of the composition, I had included an 'organic quotation', though something pretty obscure and with sentimental value here at home, to make Maria and Irina smile . . . an allusion (though not, in The Mousetrap, in waltz-time) to a waltz used in the Gary Cooper / Audrey Hepburn movie Love in the Afternoon, called "Fascination."  Soon I was not only broadening the compositional scope, but making a game of composing an environment whose 'orbit' might capture various bits from the literature.  Part of what was going on, too, was likely the fact that in writing for viola, I had in mind Shostakovich's references elsewhere in both the Viola Sonata and the Fifteenth Symphony.  And my own fascination with enlarging the piece was partly a matter of building on the Studies in Impermanence . . . thinking that, having managed a block of 20 minutes with a solo wind instrument, it must after all be an even easier accomplishment with two instruments.

Imperfections of execution notwithstanding, response was warm, from listeners with a variety of musical background.

A friend of mine has served as a recording engineer intern at Symphony Hall this past season (and she is going to go back to school for more studies this fall).  She very graciously fetched in her gear and recorded the recital;  she sounds confident in the quality of the resulting production.  Before I actually get my own hands on the recording, she is going to clean up such things as, the rumble of the Red Line trains regularly passing underneath the Cathedral . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 20, 2008, 08:17:15 AM
Oh! And on a separate matter, while she cannot guarantee anything until she has the disc before her, there is the possibility that the recording of the premiere of the Passion that Ed gave me, might conceivably be cleaned up a bit.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 27, 2008, 06:04:56 AM
Artist at play:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3043/2616174528_15d9ae45a7_m.jpg)

Artist at work:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3188/2616175836_4477f87715_m.jpg)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on June 27, 2008, 10:40:38 AM
Sorry, posted in wrong thread...  :-[
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on June 27, 2008, 12:52:57 PM
Artist at play:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3043/2616174528_15d9ae45a7_m.jpg)

wait, what is she playing? Hide and go seek? Who's better, you or her?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on June 27, 2008, 01:00:25 PM
Evidently he is - that's him, disguised as a bush; she walked straight past him.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on June 27, 2008, 01:01:46 PM
Evidently he is - that's him, disguised as a bush; she walked straight past him.
"Oh, I'm not really married to her, this is just the lady I spy on and take pictures of from time to time".
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 27, 2008, 01:46:10 PM
I was a teenage shrubbery
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 28, 2008, 08:26:47 AM
Although timing and the graphic result all worked out, preparation of the parts for Brett's wedding music surprised me by how much time the end-game consumed . . . far 'hairier' an experience than the prep of the parts for (say) Out in the Sun.  And, as I am gearing up now to wrap up the ballet (I think I hear Allan chuckling, but then, one is pleased to incite some mirth in so fine a chap), the experience with the parts for the Opus 93 indicates that post-production of White Nights will be sixfold hairier.

This sober consideration has prompted me to take seriously, for the first time, a switch from Finale to Sibelius.

And what the demo for Sibelius shows me about the interface between parts and scores, looks very good indeed.  Honestly, it makes me wish I'd switched before work on the Opus 93.

For this weekend, though, it is still 'pre-compositional' refamiliarization with the project, and allowing the intuitive musical notions accumulate.

Well, and finding the sketches for Scene viii, which it will be about time soon to write out in proper scoring.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on June 29, 2008, 05:26:19 AM
So, you already have both Finale and Sibelius?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 29, 2008, 10:34:20 AM
I'm awaiting delivery of Sibelius . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on June 29, 2008, 05:50:07 PM
I'm awaiting delivery of Sibelius . . . .
wow, seriously?
you'll have to specifically tell me what the advantage is- what is it about the interface between the parts and scores? Is it just a much better, quicker, more efficient system?

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 30, 2008, 12:46:30 AM
Rest assured, I shall report.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 30, 2008, 04:37:55 PM
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Well, and finding the sketches for Scene viii, which it will be about time soon to write out in proper scoring.

Found 'em! Full speed ahead!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 05, 2008, 04:15:45 AM
Today is The Day, you know  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on July 05, 2008, 04:25:47 AM
Today is The Day, you know  :)

Really?! I hope all things matrimonial and musical are perfect today.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Harry on July 05, 2008, 04:28:32 AM
Think of four marriages and one, well what was it......
Fun film, fun complications. ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 05, 2008, 04:29:16 AM
Really?! I hope all things matrimonial and musical are perfect today.

A beautiful, neighborly thought, Johan!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 05, 2008, 04:30:21 AM
Harry! Any word on video or other recording of Magnificat? I'm in the dark, here  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Harry on July 05, 2008, 04:33:38 AM
Harry! Any word on video or other recording of Magnificat? I'm in the dark, here  ;D

Not yet, Nana has gone on vacation to Georgia, but she said it was done, but it needs to get from PAL to NTCS, and that will pose problems.
Pictures are also made, but as yet nothing came my way. Nana is simply to busy I guess.
But it will go your way, I promise.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 05, 2008, 04:39:13 AM
No worries; I figured that it was a matter of Nana being busy. Dank je wel!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Harry on July 05, 2008, 04:41:45 AM
No worries; I figured that it was a matter of Nana being busy. Dank je wel!

Geen probleem Karl, het komt wel goed! ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 07, 2008, 06:32:56 AM
wow, seriously?
you'll have to specifically tell me what the advantage is- what is it about the interface between the parts and scores? Is it just a much better, quicker, more efficient system?

I'm still learning.  Good news is that a chum at the MFA has an extra copy he was sent of the big Sibelius manual.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 08, 2008, 03:19:26 AM
Word from Brett on the ceremony is all most gratifying.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 08, 2008, 10:06:19 AM
And, coincidentally, the Wedding Palace on the banks of the River Neva in St Petersburg where Maria and I were joined in holy matrimony:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3008/2649854735_dfc02532ea.jpg?v=0)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on July 08, 2008, 10:51:54 AM
Beautiful, Karl! (And it's good to know everything went well at the other wedding.)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on July 15, 2008, 07:42:53 AM
So what is the status of White Nights, probably the only Dostoyevsky ballet in existence, or at least one composed by an American, albeit a Russophile in more ways than one!   ;)

There is also that highly curious story about the non-Russian Moscow!   :o
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 15, 2008, 07:46:57 AM
In a holding pattern while I learn Sibelius.

Good news is, a chum at the Museum who recently bought Sibelius was sent an extra copy of the Comprehensive Guide to Sibelius . . . he graciously made me welcome to this, and I started reading it on the train this morning.

I realized at an early stage that I was not simply going to learn what is different in Sibelius by keeping at work on the ballet;  I've got to make my way along the learning curve, first.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on July 15, 2008, 08:03:19 AM
In a holding pattern while I learn Sibelius.

Good news is, a chum at the Museum who recently bought Sibelius was sent an extra copy of the Comprehensive Guide to Sibelius . . . he graciously made me welcome to this, and I started reading it on the train this morning.

I realized at an early stage that I was not simply going to learn what is different in Sibelius by keeping at work on the ballet;  I've got to make my way along the learning curve, first.

Frustrating to some extent: you want to spend time directly on the composition rather than the mechanical tool to write it down.  But I suppose all composers had to spend time buying ink and nibs and paper, and occasionally it took months to do all that: ask Liadov!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on July 15, 2008, 10:57:25 AM
ask Liadov!
well, he could, but i don't think he'd answer back  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 18, 2008, 06:27:43 AM
Not really news, but I was reading through the scores of the Sinfonietta and of Moonrise for brass quintet this morning.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on July 18, 2008, 10:51:45 AM
Not really news, but I was reading through the scores of the Sinfonietta and of Moonrise for brass quintet this morning.

Any second thoughts, or third thoughts, or even bird thoughts...for flights of fancy...or fancy flights?!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 18, 2008, 10:57:10 AM
The Sinfonietta I hadn't looked at in . . . a long time.  One group, outside the Commonwealth, once performed it and made cuts which they only informed me of after the fact;  they wanted to excise some of the 'repetition'.  Though it is an "old" piece of mine, I don't seem to find any faulty repetition in it.

Anyway, the new thoughts are all pleasant;  I still like both scores, and gladly own them.  I am sorry that Moonrise is still waiting for performance;  parts of it ring with especial sweetness.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Szykneij on August 02, 2008, 05:39:44 PM
In a holding pattern while I learn Sibelius.

Karl, the BSO gives workshops every year on Sibelius that you might want to look into. They're usually held at Berklee's midi-lab and are relatively inexpensive. I've taken a couple, but unfortunately I didn't retain much because I didn't have an immediate need to use what was covered. Here is a link to last season's offerings. They should be posting workshops for the 2008-9 school year soon.

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Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 03, 2008, 05:15:29 AM
Thanks, Tony! Will investigate.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 16, 2008, 06:02:46 AM
I was searching for something else, but stayed to re-read this:

Quote from: 22 March 08
On the whole, yesterday's premiere of the Passion went well.  Of course, I could readily draw up a list of 50 items which want improvement, or modification, or just plain wanted happening, and I wish there had been the opportunity to address these (in many cases, preventively) in rehearsal -- and the opportunity simply was not made available to me. But nothing that went amiss was 'fatal'.  And considering it was the first public performance of a 40-minute piece for unaccompanied choir, and that it did not get started until the choir had already been singing off-&-on for 3 hours (the call was 11, and the Good Friday service started as 12), and that it was scheduled in Holy Week when there's a lot else on the choir's plate . . . truly, the composer is well content to say, "on the whole, good."

One added bonus is, that a friend of mine kindly agreed to operate a video camera, so that in addition to the audio recording, there is a visual document of the event.

Unfortunately, I doubt that the video record will ever be made available to me.  No further comment.

Except that in no case would the sound on the video have been as good as the audio recording (with its particular shortcomings), anyway.

If anyone would like a copy of the Passion, send word.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 16, 2008, 06:04:29 AM
A fellow former chorister at St Paul's (indeed, a fellow bass) is heading up to Ithaca next week where he will be doing his doctoral work (musicology). Yesterday after work we took dinner (and curiously light Thai beer) to catch up and compare notes. He will be visiting Boston again from time to time; for one thing, he's been part of an editorial team in Cambridge working on a C.P.E. Bach edition. Intelligent and affable fellow; he has a future.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 18, 2008, 05:50:35 PM
There's a Russian saying, If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.

I was hoping to spend this evening burning discs, but for 4-1/2 hours now (and counting) my computer has been taken up with security and systems updates.  I got two discs burnt in that time, but they're both just four of the five tracks.  What a discomfiture in the botty.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on August 19, 2008, 12:33:44 AM
There's a Russian saying, If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.

I was hoping to spend this evening burning discs, but for 4-1/2 hours now (and counting) my computer has been taken up with security and systems updates.  I got two discs burnt in that time, but they're both just four of the five tracks.  What a discomfiture in the botty.

You seem to be the first mortal, Karl, whose posterior needs regular security and systems updates.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 19, 2008, 03:41:13 AM
( Oh my . . . . )
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 19, 2008, 03:46:34 AM
I elected to be more pig-headed than usual yester night, and I was determined to wait out the various (or, serial, rather) modifications/updates which were commandeering my PC, and burn the number of discs which I had planned.  Normally I am abed between 9 and 10 in order to be well rested for the next day's work;  I did at last get the work done at the computer, which I wished to have done, but it was almost two in the morning by the time I hit the hay.  Sort of running on fumes this morning, but it's going to be all right.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 21, 2008, 07:30:30 AM
(http://engrishfunny.wordpress.com/files/2008/08/confusedchanting-copy1.jpg)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on August 22, 2008, 06:10:24 AM
(http://engrishfunny.wordpress.com/files/2008/08/confusedchanting-copy1.jpg)
Ha, you need to show that to all of your singers!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Szykneij on August 22, 2008, 10:42:26 AM
(http://engrishfunny.wordpress.com/files/2008/08/confusedchanting-copy1.jpg)


"For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire."

... although Im sure that isn't what the sign is referencing.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: M forever on August 22, 2008, 03:06:31 PM
And, coincidentally, the Wedding Palace on the banks of the River Neva in St Petersburg where Maria and I were joined in holy matrimony:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3008/2649854735_dfc02532ea.jpg?v=0)

Are you sure that was in St.Petersburg? Looks more like Las Vegas to me  $:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 26, 2008, 04:43:54 AM
Just this morning heard from Steve Hicken, who has received the disc.  He seems pleased with the performance.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on August 26, 2008, 01:43:05 PM
I've just had the immense pleasure of listening to Karl's Passion and I'm simply staggered by it. I've just overloaded Karl's PM box with a series of missives as I ponder on just some of the many and various striking qualities of the  piece, but essentially I think it is a consummately realised, perfectly paced, and above all hauntingly beautiful piece which Karl must be immensely proud of. The large-scale structure is underpinned with the most wonderful sense of harmony and harmonic type, and an ability to slip between these types completely naturally. The spellbinding chorus during the crucifixion is almost unbearable, with its aching augmented intervals, its melismas, its softly droning lower voices - I expected it would be when I first saw the score a few months ago. The restrained and sonorous beauty of the closing pages, though, really only comes home listening to a recording, and again it's bursting with subtle touches - like the soprano/alto doubling on the last page - which passed me by when I read the score but which seem inspired now I hear the music in the flesh. Which puts me to shame somewhat, I feel.

Thanks for sharing this piece, Karl - it's one of the very very few 'pieces-by-a-bloke-I-know-off-the-internet' that I've acquired which is worthy of a much, much greater hearing. Most of the others are by Henning too, FWIW.....  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Guido on August 26, 2008, 02:57:06 PM
And where or how might we share in this pleasure?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 26, 2008, 03:04:04 PM
Check PM, Guido
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on August 26, 2008, 03:04:45 PM
The Passion is a beautiful piece. Wringing harmonies. The last section is hypnotic in a Pärt-like way (Fratres sprang to mind). I think you have created a very effective and affecting piece of music.

(Looking at your list of works, Karl, I was fascinated by one work-in-progress for large orchestra, opus 75 - White Nights. Ballet in Four Nights & a Morning. I wonder whether your Wagnerian interest has anything to do with it...)

And now I'm off to bed!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 26, 2008, 03:07:31 PM
Oh, but the ballet is to be performed in a single evening, Johan, not over five days  ;)

Many thanks, gents!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lilas Pastia on August 26, 2008, 05:06:27 PM
Sunday should be ok for me to listen to it. Karl, what structure did you adopt? Can you describe how you have allotted the roles / voices ?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on August 27, 2008, 06:54:52 AM
A few statistics:

Henning, Irreplaceable Doodles, downloaded 20 times

Henning, The Mousetrap, downloaded 23 times

Henning, The Passion according to St John, downloaded 36 times
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 27, 2008, 07:31:59 AM
Sunday should be ok for me to listen to it. Karl, what structure did you adopt? Can you describe how you have allotted the roles / voices ?

I owe you an answer, André, only I need a day which is a bit less of a blur than today.  I crave your patience.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lilas Pastia on August 27, 2008, 04:55:13 PM
Your cravings are mine, Karl!

As you have surmised, I want to listen with a modicum of preparation, since there are no proper notes to accompany a download!  :D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters (Passion, Opus 92)
Post by: karlhenning on August 28, 2008, 05:34:36 AM
For several years, the Good Friday tradition at St Paul’s (the Episcopal Cathedral in Boston) has included the choir’s singing of an edition (prepared by the prior music director) of a plainchant setting of the St John Passion.  It’s nice enough, and was an appropriately solemn musical reflection for that annual occasion.  Apart from the crowd bits (parallel organum with full choir), we always sang it with individual voices for the personages, and of course far the greatest burden rested on the Narrator, a former alto unusually comfortable in the top of her range.  In truth, the whole “lie” of the setting was high-ish (the role of Pilate especially came off as rather a squealey tenor) . . . but, as I say, musically satisfactory.

Without going into the details of the nearly-unqualified disaster which was the performance of this Passion setting the first year of the new music director’s tenure — nothing went wrong with it which could not have been avoided by (a) proper rehearsal and (b) assigning the roles to voices suited to the tessitura — this new m.d. took an irrational and irreversible dislike to this lovely traditional Passion setting.  (It apparently has never occurred to that new m.d. that there are things — indeed, that there is much — which he, personally, ought to have done musically otherwise in that experience.)

Anyway, as quondam Interim Choir Director, I did not see any good outcome to a hypothetical attempt to restore that traditional plainchant Passion to the new m.d.’s graces.  So, as then Composer-in-Residence, I essentially seized the opportunity, and suggested to the new m.d. that I compose a new setting, tailored to our choir.

Originally, I had the idea of spare use of some instruments, though mostly for interludes, hardly at all for accompaniment, strictly speaking.  And in fact, I began by composing an instrumental introduction.  But even so, my early thoughts were to basically compose the choral setting, and fit in interludes after;  but before long, I decided on a purely unaccompanied piece.

Another early decision (especially considering how ill-suited the solo voices which the new m.d. had employed in the ‘old Passion’ were for this musical environment) was that there would be no solo voices;  the whole choir would (for the most part) sing through the whole thing.

At the start, I knew that for the Crucifixion I wanted to write something in the harmonically rich, rhythmically supple vein of my anthem Nuhro;  that much of the text before would be delivered in a plainchant Psalm-tone (something not all that technically removed from the ‘old Passion’ we had used);  and that I wanted polyphonic-ish passages to break things up from time to time (‘wrong-note Monteverdi’, if you like).

With that much pre-compositional notion settled, I started by writing an original plainchant Psalm-tone one morning while riding the bus into Boston.  And for probably almost a month, I would chip away at the task of setting the text on the morning commute (including the imitative material for the sections, “I told you that I am he …” and “Now Simon Peter was standing …”).  When I had gotten a good start on the piece (perhaps a quarter of the text taken care of), I set the piece down to see to other pieces (the Nativity mini-cantata Castelo dos anjos for Tapestry, and the completion of the clarinet/viola duet, The Mousetrap).  This was perhaps late May of 2007

Time and events interposed, and it wound up being some while before I could take up composition again.  My weekly schedule got rather too hectic for me to find musical purchase in order to resume the task;  and a friend (and the unfailing patience and support of my family) made it possible for me to spend a week down in Florida, when I should be at complete liberty to compose, and do nothing else (nothing else obligatory, at any rate).

Honestly, then, I don’t really have a clear, conscious bead on how I got from that one-quarter ‘torso’ of the piece, and the final result.  I flew to Florida, had dinner with my friends, went to bed, woke up the next morning, and got back to work.  There was a lot of work yet to do, and I was not conscious of any ‘this is what I’ll do at this point in the text . . . and this is what I’ll do at this other point . . . .’  Enough time had passed that I simply had to get the piece finished;  I had ‘lived with’ the text and project long enough that I just felt that I could write it, if I had time to dedicate to the work.  And I wrote;  I just kept writing until I got to the end of the text.  One of my own favorite passages, the Descent from the Cross, I started writing one morning;  but the musical idea for that bit of the text only came to me the evening before.

One amusing post-script to that is:  once I got to the end of the text as my friend at the Cathedral had sent it to me, I realized that the end was missing a few verses.  I had written the double-bar (p. 45 of the score), and I was elated at having finished at last!  And I went for a swim.  But through that blur of delight in the accomplishment, there gradually came the (obvious, it ought to have been, really, as I’ve sung it God knows how many times) realization that we’re supposed to sing a bit more.  I didn’t do anything about it right away, since my stay in Florida was about drawn to an end, anyway.  It was a Sunday night when I returned to Boston;  Monday morning I got up, went in to the office, searched the on-line Lectionary, and found my “missing” text.  On the train-ride home that night, I composed the melody to set the text, and over that evening and the next, composed the accompaniment ‘underneath’ the text.

One thing I should add, especially since I’ve stated that I composed this setting not for solo voice(s):  in this first performance, we do hear solo voices for most of the rhythmically demanding soprano and alto lines.  It’s not what I wanted;  but the music director had not rehearsed this music properly, and then time was running short.  So his “solution” was to let soloists sing.

Ah, well.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on August 28, 2008, 06:36:52 AM
Current statistics:

Henning, Irreplaceable Doodles, downloaded 25 times

Henning, The Mousetrap, downloaded 29 times

Henning, The Passion according to St John, downloaded 44 times
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 28, 2008, 07:48:56 AM
And Steve Hicken logs a note of thanks on his blog. (http://listen101.blogspot.com/2008/08/workshop-x.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: SonicMan46 on August 28, 2008, 10:36:32 AM
Karl - thanks for alerting me to the downloads of your pieces that Johan has been tracking in recent posts in this thread!  :)

So far, Irreplaceable Doodles, Op. 89 - mesmerizing w/ the clarinet just floating & caressing the notes - great playing on your part!  Listening via Windows Media Player - the 'visualization' that I was using seem just a perfect combination -  :)

The Mousetrap, Op. 91 - enjoy the clarinet & viola together; a much longer work - loved the interaction of the two instruments; again, congrats on both of these compositions - my first listenings of Henning's music -  :D

Passion According to St. John, Op. 92 - coming up next - thanks again for providing these experiences - Dave  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Wanderer on August 28, 2008, 11:54:46 PM
I must have missed the announcement or something.
Karl, where can I find the new pieces?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on August 29, 2008, 12:16:44 AM
Tasos, YHM.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 29, 2008, 03:37:50 AM
Tasos, I was sure I'd sent you a PM!  Deep apologies for my befuddlement!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: mn dave on August 29, 2008, 08:59:39 AM
Please, sir. May I have some more?  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 29, 2008, 11:11:05 AM
Breaking news . . . Watch This Space.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on August 29, 2008, 11:20:59 AM
What? This one?  ???
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: mn dave on August 29, 2008, 11:22:13 AM
A Naxos contract?  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 29, 2008, 11:27:58 AM
Luke!  :D

A Naxos contract?  ;)

Oh, not that I've heard . . . .

Brett advises me that mp3's are uploaded for the Grand Festival Suite, Opus 93 (https://mywebspace.wisc.edu/btstewart/Music/Henning/)

I know the composer can hardly wait to listen (but he's at the MFA tonight . . . .)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: mn dave on August 29, 2008, 11:30:24 AM
Luke!  :D

Oh, not that I've heard . . . .

Brett advises me that mp3's are uploaded for the Grand Festival Suite, Opus 93 (https://mywebspace.wisc.edu/btstewart/Music/Henning/)

I know the composer can hardly wait to listen (but he's at the MFA tonight . . . .)

Ooo. I think that's in my inbox already. Eager to hear later.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 29, 2008, 11:33:49 AM
Ooo. I think that's in my inbox already. Eager to hear later.

Splendid, splendid!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 29, 2008, 11:41:01 AM
(I just hope that Luke has watched The Right Space . . . .)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on August 29, 2008, 11:44:45 AM
I think I have, yes....
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 29, 2008, 11:47:13 AM
Is any space The Right Space? That could be a question, of course.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on August 29, 2008, 11:48:15 AM
The question mark implies that it is, certainly.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 29, 2008, 11:49:46 AM
Hmm. I don't remember ever furnishing you the score for the wedding music, Luke . . . apart from your guessing the brass quintet number (Introitus).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on August 29, 2008, 11:58:23 AM
Update:

Henning, Irreplaceable Doodles, downloaded 28 times

Henning, The Mousetrap, downloaded 34 times

Henning, The Passion according to St John, downloaded 52 times
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on August 29, 2008, 12:11:38 PM
Hmm. I don't remember ever furnishing you the score for the wedding music, Luke . . . apart from your guessing the brass quintet number (Introitus).

No, I haven't seen it - would be very interested to do so, of course.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on August 29, 2008, 12:57:36 PM
Hey, Karl, I just got your e-mail today and have finished listening to all that you've sent me/what Jezetha uploaded. Very glad to get the link.

My favorite out all of those is either Irreplaceable Doodles or Mousetrap, though i can't decide. One is jumpy and rhythmic while the other is very mellow and meditational (yeah, i made up that word). Very good to listen to side by side!  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: M forever on August 29, 2008, 01:00:30 PM
Update:

Henning, Irreplaceable Doodles, downloaded 28 times

Henning, The Mousetrap, downloaded 34 times

Henning, The Passion according to St John, downloaded 52 times

Where are the links for these downloads?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 29, 2008, 03:02:35 PM
Where are the links for these downloads?

M, check PM
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 29, 2008, 03:05:50 PM
No, I haven't seen it - would be very interested to do so, of course.

You are most kind;  it will likely be Saturday evening (Chowder Time) before I can mash the links you kindly furnished, and I can also e-mail you a pdf file . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: M forever on August 29, 2008, 03:16:44 PM
meditational (yeah, i made up that word)

No, I think that's an actual word.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on August 29, 2008, 10:28:01 PM
You are most kind;  it will likely be Saturday evening (Chowder Time) before I can mash the links you kindly furnished, and I can also e-mail you a pdf file . . . .

That would be great, thank you!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Wanderer on August 29, 2008, 11:56:51 PM
Johan and Karl:
Thank you both. I downloaded the pieces and will be listening to them during the weekend.  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on August 30, 2008, 06:41:27 AM
No, I think that's an actual word.
interesting....... i guess it would be the adjective form, but i can't remember the last time seeing it, so writing it felt like i was just making it up.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on August 30, 2008, 06:44:06 AM
Hey, did anyone catch the theme from Petrushka at the end of Mousetrap? It hard to miss......

btw, is that from a Russian folksong?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 30, 2008, 08:28:56 AM
A waltz by Lanner . . . so a quotation of a quotation.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on August 31, 2008, 02:02:40 PM
A waltz by Lanner . . . so a quotation of a quotation.
i bet you wouldn't have used it if it weren't in Petrushka  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 31, 2008, 03:14:40 PM
Well . . . I used other things that aren't in Petrushka . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on August 31, 2008, 09:49:38 PM
Current statistics:

Henning, Irreplaceable Doodles, downloaded 30 times

Henning, The Mousetrap, downloaded 37 times

Henning, The Passion according to St John, downloaded 55 times
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 03, 2008, 02:55:25 PM
Thank you, everyone, for taking the time to listen.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 03, 2008, 03:06:39 PM
Latest statistics:

Henning, Irreplaceable Doodles, downloaded 31 times

Henning, The Mousetrap, downloaded 41 times

Henning, The Passion according to St John, downloaded 58 times
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 03, 2008, 03:13:14 PM
It's between the 49th and 55th second... DSCH is also present at one point, as another poster already remarked. I like the sonority of viola plus clarinet.

(The same Tristan allusion returns between 18:51-18:58)

I'll check into that, Johan.  Your question takes me aback, a little, for I did make something of a compositional game (though the piece is not all gaming) of including references to several composers . . . only Wagner wasn't really one of them.

The Royal Theme from the Musical Offering assumes fairly regular importance in The Mousetrap, it crops up in a variety of guises and textures.  At one point, its inversion flirts with becoming almost a Debussy allusion.  One section is a game on the triplet ostinato from the Moonlight Sonata, which winds up stubbornly hewing to the Bach/Frederick motive.  There's a lilting idea which actually refers to what Gary Cooper's character calls "a sentimental Viennese schmaltz" in Love in the Afternoon, "Fascination";  although I borrow its characteristic gesture, I don't allow it to be itself, a waltz . . . so in a way, the citation of the Lanner waltz later, ties in with that (in my curious thinking).  There's a fleeting Brahms reference, which is a pun on the scoring, from the E-flat clarinet sonata (which violists also play).  And references to two Shostakovich symphonies, the first movement of the Tenth, and the last movement of the Fifteenth (itself a return to the opening theme of the first movement).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 03, 2008, 03:25:59 PM
Now, the fact is that I don't yet know Tristan particularly well.  And, ironically, in Love in the Afternoon, when Audrey Hepburn hums the tune "Fascination," and her father asks her what that is . . . and she had told her father that she was going to the opera . . . she fibs, and replies, "Tristan and Isolde, Papa."

"Funny, I have a feeling I've heard it before," responds Maurice Chevalier, "and it wasn't at the Opera."
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Michael on September 04, 2008, 08:28:44 AM
Latest statistics:

Henning, Irreplaceable Doodles, downloaded 31 times

Henning, The Mousetrap, downloaded 41 times

Henning, The Passion according to St John, downloaded 58 times

May I ask where it is possible to download this music?(Maybe there is a problem with my eyes  ;D ) I am very curious about it.  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 04, 2008, 08:33:22 AM
May I ask where it is possible to download this music?(Maybe there is a problem with my eyes  ;D ) I am very curious about it.  ;)

I think the composer himself will help you out. And no, there is nothing wrong with your eyes....
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on September 04, 2008, 08:34:40 AM
Be careful, though, Michael. This thread is evidently its very own mousetrap, baited with fresh Henning compositions. There's a few of us ensnared at the moment...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 04, 2008, 08:36:09 AM
(Uh-oh.)

Check PM, Michael!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lethevich on September 05, 2008, 05:42:07 AM
Is it ok to share these files outside of GMG (publically, rather than friend to friend), or are they being kept under wraps for now?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 05, 2008, 05:44:14 AM
Is it ok to share these files outside of GMG (publically, rather than friend to friend), or are they being kept under wraps for now?

None of the pieces are contracted to a publisher, so for my part, that's all right.  It's Johan's "space," so meseems his permission is needed, too.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 05, 2008, 05:58:06 AM
None of the pieces are contracted to a publisher, so for my part, that's all right.  It's Johan's "space," so meseems his permission is needed, too.

I am only hosting the pieces, so - permission granted, of course.

By the way - the downloading has been so tremendous, the more than 4 GB of 'direct downloads' I still had is now gone. It will take a few seconds more, I think, to download. I am thinking of opening a new account - then I'll start with 10 GB of 'direct downloads' again! If I do, I'll re-upload the pieces.

Latest statistics:

Irreplaceable Doodles, downloaded 32 times

The Mousetrap, downloaded 42 times

The Passion according to St John, downloaded 59 times
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lethevich on September 05, 2008, 05:59:37 AM
Oh, I'll rehost it so it doesn't leech direct dl bandwidth from GMG users - the strangers will have to put up with the countdowns ;D

Danke, Karl.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 05, 2008, 06:03:00 AM
Many thanks, Sara & Johan!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 05, 2008, 06:10:10 AM
Oh, I'll rehost it so it doesn't leech direct dl bandwidth from GMG users - the strangers will have to put up with the countdowns ;D

Okay. But it was a pleasure to help and to host...  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 05, 2008, 07:03:47 AM
I've just had the immense pleasure of listening to Karl's Passion and I'm simply staggered by it. I've just overloaded Karl's PM box with a series of missives as I ponder on just some of the many and various striking qualities of the  piece, but essentially I think it is a consummately realised, perfectly paced, and above all hauntingly beautiful piece which Karl must be immensely proud of. The large-scale structure is underpinned with the most wonderful sense of harmony and harmonic type, and an ability to slip between these types completely naturally. The spellbinding chorus during the crucifixion is almost unbearable, with its aching augmented intervals, its melismas, its softly droning lower voices - I expected it would be when I first saw the score a few months ago. The restrained and sonorous beauty of the closing pages, though, really only comes home listening to a recording, and again it's bursting with subtle touches - like the soprano/alto doubling on the last page - which passed me by when I read the score but which seem inspired now I hear the music in the flesh. Which puts me to shame somewhat, I feel.

Thanks for sharing this piece, Karl - it's one of the very very few 'pieces-by-a-bloke-I-know-off-the-internet' that I've acquired which is worthy of a much, much greater hearing. Most of the others are by Henning too, FWIW.....  ;D

After listening to the piece a second time with the score I cannot but agree with your excellent 'review', Luke. What a wonderful piece. Can't get it out of my head... A good performance = not a dry eye in the house.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lilas Pastia on September 05, 2008, 05:10:46 PM
I listened to the Henning works once and wanted to share my views with Karl privately, but his PM box is full. So, for the benefit of ell, here's the message he'll never get:

I'll listen a second time this weekend. I have very litlle listening time, there always seems to be some errand to do, most of them for others, but I'll sit down and concentrate. First impression is :

Doodles sounds both sophisticated and saucy, with a "messiaenesque influence" which I like). I also like its length.

Mousetrap
surprised me. I didn't hear most of the quotations (the Lanner-Petrushka pretty much leaps out though, with spendid effect).  But its length is one of its most intriguing aspects. I never for a moment felt any fuzziness of structure, no aimless rambling. I really liked the piece.

The Passion proved tougher, at least for the first 20 minutes. I was puzzled by all the seemingly identical 'secco' repetitions of the same short quasi-gregorian phrase. It creates an impression of monotony and gradually instils a sense of pain and resignation. Then with the crucifixion, there's a subtle change of atmosphere. The men's droning tones create a 'heaviness' that carries resignation and pain to much deeper levels. But I don't want to say more at this point because these are just first impressions.

Be patient with me my friend, I don't laud or criticize lightly. I have to live with the works some more to get at the 'communication', or 'reviewing' stage.  ;)

Edit to correct typos and the spellin in Karl's name, which I had written without its proper capital H :D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 06, 2008, 11:13:41 AM
No worries, André, take your time (and thank you, for taking the time!)

I am delighted that The Mousetrap has found such a simpatico audience!  A number of occasions, I've listened to it several times in a row, at first to sort of pick the performance apart, so that I know what to repair for next time (if I can find another violist bold enough to undertake the work, or, perhaps more likely, to play again with Pete when he visits Boston).  So it started as intensive diagnostics . . . but I do keep listening to the piece.  I do think that the music works, and that I am not merely indulging in a proprietary fondness for the piece.

(That's my hope, anyway!)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Wanderer on September 08, 2008, 11:25:59 AM
Karl, I haven't listened to your new pieces with the concentration I'd like, but, even so, my first impressions are very positive. I reserve further comments for later on. Thanks again for making these available to us.  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 08, 2008, 04:02:43 PM
Thanks, Tasos!

Separately . . . tonight I found a MS. piano piece which I have been missing . . . for years, really.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 08, 2008, 09:40:18 PM
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Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 09, 2008, 03:28:16 AM
A few listeners have asked after the version of the text used in the Passion;  it was a 'given', and not the version I should have selected on my own.  (One old friend responded, "Do I hear you singing police? Puh-leeeeze.")

Barbarisms and all, here is the text which was given me to set. (http://divinity.library.vanderbilt.edu/lectionary/AHolyWeek/aGoodFriday.htm#john)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 09, 2008, 03:31:03 AM
Thanks to a friend's kind inquiry, I rooted through papers last night and at last scared up a piano solo MS. which I'd been missing for years.  It's an easy-ish piece, and I wanted (actually) to play it, when there was a need for Plan B for a recital in the spring of last year.  (Couldn't find it at the time, and thus was born Plan C  ;))
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on September 09, 2008, 03:44:57 AM
Thanks to a friend's kind inquiry, I rooted through papers last night and at last scared up a piano solo MS. which I'd been missing for years.  It's an easy-ish piece, and I wanted (actually) to play it, when there was a need for Plan B for a recital in the spring of last year.  (Couldn't find it at the time, and thus was born Plan C  ;))

Interesting...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lilas Pastia on September 09, 2008, 04:45:16 PM
I found that listening with the text enhanced my response to the music. The verse by verse chanted narrative, seemingly simple and predictable during the first few minutes becomes poignant as the story progresses and prepares the ground for a crucifixion/entombment that is almost wrenching. The tessitura widens markedly, modulations and vocal effects (droning voices ) are introduced for the first time to quite dramatic effect. All the while keeping an almost distantiated stance. Very moving. I certainly wish it will be taken up by professional ensembles.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 10, 2008, 02:45:18 AM
Thank you indeed, André.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 10, 2008, 03:47:37 AM
Quite an old piano piece in MS:

The Sleep-Pavane at the Foot of Frozen Niagara, Opus 11/4
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Catison on September 10, 2008, 04:04:55 AM
Quite an old piano piece in MS:

The Sleep-Pavane at the Foot of Frozen Niagara, Opus 11/4

You should add, "To be played 897 times".
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 10, 2008, 04:24:27 AM
Oh, that would be vexatious, wouldn't it?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 10, 2008, 04:35:48 AM
Hmm, revisiting old piano pieces . . . Sitting down to the task of scanning these pages, is the first I've sat still in the company of these pieces for, well, some years.  I'm relieved to say that it got me to thinking.  The distance in time from the actual creation of the pieces may help me see some things more clearly, or it may indulge me in some fictionilization.  Whichever the case, this is what I've been thinking . . . .

When I went first to Tallinn (and thence to St Petersburg), I had finished my coursework and my doctoral qualification exams at Buffalo.  To wrap up the doctorate, the only task remaining was to finish composing my dissertation (a large piece for three soli voices and symphonic band, some 40 minutes of music, on five texts of my own writing, some of them even presentable to some degree).  Before going abroad, I had finished composing two of the middle movements, setting the briefest of the five texts.  I had a start on the actual work, I had a plan for the entire piece, I was confident, I was not in any worry or urgency;  and I had the confidence of a very patient and 'hands-off' dissertation advisor, who was content to let me write what I pleased, how I pleased.

There I found myself, suddenly in an invigoratingly different day-to-day culture (and in St Petersburg, in one of the artistic and cultural marvels of the world).  I gradually realized (what my head knew to some degree as I physically left Buffalo) that my days in composition studios were done;  that I no longer needed to write at all under the consideration of how this or that instructor wished me to write (though that was never an entirely bad thing, to be sure), but that I now suddenly had the freedom to write however and whatever I liked, for whatever reasons I found personally plausible and applicable.

Now, it is possible that the practically negligible volume of composing I did during my first year in Tallinn was a matter of laziness;  or a matter of just sitting, absorbing and observing the foreign environment in which I was delighted to have found myself.  Both these must be true to a degree.

But another dynamic at work was:  all through my higher schooling, there was in my composition tutelage some degree of tension (seldom a "negative" sort of tension, just what it was) between the instructor's encouragement that I write more quickly, and write more;  and my own desire, not simply to absorb indiscriminately the various bits of musical information, but to work a little deliberately, and to find out what I wanted to do with it all (or even, to decide if with some of it I did not want to have much to do).  I don't have any quarrel with that tension;  I learnt a lot through those years.

But now I was discovering that I was in a changed state;  that there was not this tension referring to anyone outside;  and musically I felt I was 'settling' a bit.

In general, then . . . I was writing these piano pieces (and the "Barbara Allen" variations, Gaze Transfixt) at a time when I ought to have been finishing my dissertation;  and eventually I reached a point where I set aside some incomplete piano sketches, when I understood that it had stopped being an 'orientation exercise', and had perhaps become a 'distraction'.  (And apart from it being the first large piece I had attempted, and therefore my 'workday' was a little tentative, I think I remember the continuing work on the dissertation going at a reasonable speed, and with reasonable efficiency . . . I don't remember tossing out many sketches.)

I continue to be musically fond of these pieces.  It was a time when I wrote most of them to fall more or less under my own fingers (limited though my piano technique has always been . . . and "limited" may well be putting it charitably).  Most of these pieces I have never managed to interest a proper pianist in;  perhaps for the very reason that they must offer scarcely any technical challenge.  One exception is Lutosławski's Lullaby, which was once played in San Diego, though before I knew anyone there (I think).  And that is partly why I wound up undertaking composition of the "Barbara Allen" variations . . . and yet, not all that unlike my much later organ Toccata, I seem to have overshot technically, and written a piece — not at all impossible, of course — but requiring enough application and practice, that no proper pianist has embraced it, either.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 10, 2008, 04:59:36 AM
You should add, "To be played 897 times".

Here's another aspect of that time in my musical life which I haven't thought about for years . . . but I had to teach myself how to use repeat signs.  I don't mean notationally, but compositionally.  Much though I learnt in my years in the composition studio, I do not remember being encouraged to use repeat-signs  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 17, 2008, 04:43:50 AM
Okay, the dead past is dead.  At last I feel I am over the mourning period for St Paul's having slapped me silly.  I can get back to work.

I'm starting to sketch music to get to finishing the ballet.  And a trumpeter has re-established contact, and asked me for an unaccompanied piece.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 17, 2008, 05:10:55 AM
Latest statistics:

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Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 17, 2008, 05:12:55 AM
mahler10 has likely tried a second time on the Passion;  it seems that his earlier download cut the file off before the end.

I wonder if anyone else had trouble?

And Sara seemed to have some click issues (did I send you a bad disc, Johan?)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 17, 2008, 05:23:00 AM
mahler10 has likely tried a second time on the Passion;  it seems that his earlier download cut the file off before the end.

I wonder if anyone else had trouble?

And Sara seemed to have some click issues (did I send you a bad disc, Johan?)

No, the disc is fine, I haven't had any 'click issues'... Which piece(s)?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 18, 2008, 04:09:51 AM
No, the disc is fine, I haven't had any 'click issues'... Which piece(s)?

Sara? . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 18, 2008, 04:12:45 AM
Started composing a new piece on the train out of Boston last night, and on the bus ride back into town this morning.  Trumpet solo.  Probably as a result of the new Assyrian exhibit about to open at the MFA, my working title is The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 18, 2008, 04:21:58 AM
Sara? . . .

To be more precise - I ripped the CD immediately and have listened only to the mp3s. Those haven't given me any trouble. The disc is now with Harry...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 18, 2008, 04:28:55 AM
I do remember, mijn vriend.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: mn dave on September 18, 2008, 05:18:40 AM
I'm writing a piece of fiction in which the building the town orchestra plays at is called "Henning Hall."

:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 18, 2008, 05:25:21 AM
 :D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lethevich on September 18, 2008, 07:01:13 AM
Sara? . . .

Oopsie haha, I keep forgetting this section :) Danke!

I don't think it's a digital audio glitch from the mp3ing process, it's just the ambient sounds in the passion - for example one is at 14:44. another at 21:51 - it is totally lame to even care, but my brain would not let it go :P
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 18, 2008, 07:05:56 AM
Oopsie haha, I keep forgetting this section :) Danke!

I don't think it's a digital audio glitch from the mp3ing process, it's just the ambient sounds in the passion - for example one is at 14:44. another at 21:51 - it is totally lame to even care, but my brain would not let it go :P

No, not lame to care . . . there's a lot of background noise especially from 13:30 to 14:30, lots of indeterminate clacking, page shuffling.  The composer cares, too;  would love for there to be another and a better performance and recording  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: mn dave on September 18, 2008, 07:11:50 AM
Yes, we need fine studio versions. Digital recorders are pretty cheap.

Set it up. ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 18, 2008, 07:11:52 AM
Oopsie haha, I keep forgetting this section :) Danke!

I don't think it's a digital audio glitch from the mp3ing process, it's just the ambient sounds in the passion

That's a relief... more or less.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Est.1965 on September 18, 2008, 01:53:59 PM
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mahler10 has likely tried a second time on the Passion;  it seems that his earlier download cut the file off before the end.

I wonder if anyone else had trouble?

And Sara seemed to have some click issues (did I send you a bad disc, Johan?)

I downloaded it again and to my fury it was cut even earlier...so balls, I'm downloading it again as soon as I finish this post and will get back to you, obvioulsy something to do with my connection!  I have the libretto from an earlier link in here, which is fabulous, will aid in the listening of the full thing (!), and in fact I'm VERY MUCH looking forward to appreciating it in it's entireity.  I'm away now to give the download another bash.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Est.1965 on September 18, 2008, 02:09:37 PM
I got it in full! ;D ;D
Now to print the libretto and follow it through... ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 18, 2008, 02:11:26 PM
I got it in full! ;D ;D
Now to print the libretto and follow it through... ;D

Excellent. I saw that you had downloaded it at 00:58:35 (CEST)...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Est.1965 on September 18, 2008, 04:20:45 PM
The Passion according to St John
by Karl Henning, Ph.D
The text of this Anthem comprises of the verses John 18:1 – 19:42


After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.
Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples.
So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons.
Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, "Whom are you looking for?"
They answered, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus replied, "I am he." Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.
When Jesus said to them, "I am he," they stepped back and fell to the ground.
Again he asked them, "Whom are you looking for?" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth."
Jesus answered, "I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these men go."
This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken, "I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me."
Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus.
Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?"
So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him.
First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year.
Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people.
Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest,  but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in.
The woman said to Peter, "You are not also one of this man's disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not."
Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself.
Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching.
Jesus answered, "I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret.
Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said."
When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, "Is that how you answer the high priest?"
Jesus answered, "If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?"
Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, "You are not also one of his disciples, are you?" He denied it and said, "I am not."
One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, "Did I not see you in the garden with him?"
Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.
Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate's headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover.
So Pilate went out to them and said, "What accusation do you bring against this man?"
They answered, "If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you."
Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law." The Jews replied, "We are not permitted to put anyone to death."
(This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.)
Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?"
Jesus answered, "Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?"
Pilate replied, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?"
Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here."
Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."
Pilate asked him, "What is truth?" After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, "I find no case against him.
But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?"
They shouted in reply, "Not this man, but Barabbas!" Now Barabbas was a bandit.
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.
And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe.
They kept coming up to him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and striking him on the face.
Pilate went out again and said to them, "Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him."
So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!"
When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him."
The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God."
Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever.
He entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus gave him no answer.
Pilate therefore said to him, "Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?"
Jesus answered him, "You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin."
From then on Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out, "If you release this man, you are no friend of the emperor. Everyone who claims to be a king sets himself against the emperor."
When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat on the judge's bench at a place called The Stone Pavement, or in Hebrew Gabbatha.
Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, "Here is your King!"
They cried out, "Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!" Pilate asked them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but the emperor."
Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha.
There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them.
Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews."
Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.
Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, "Do not write, 'The King of the Jews,' but, 'This man said, I am King of the Jews.'"
Pilate answered, "What I have written I have written."
When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. 
So they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it." This was to fulfill what the scripture says, "They divided my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots."
And that is what the soldiers did. Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, "Woman, here is your son."
Then he said to the disciple, "Here is your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), "I am thirsty."
A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth.
When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished." Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed.
Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out.
(He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.)
These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, "None of his bones shall be broken."
And again another passage of scripture says, "They will look on the one whom they have pierced."
After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body.
Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds.
They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews.
Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid.
And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

THE END

Johns Notes:  This is an outstanding piece of work, in itself a musical manifestation of Corpus Christi, being full and melodic in the Western Christian tradition and quoting directly from the gospel of St. John.  It can be heard in two parts.  The denial of Peter and Jesus's trial are contained in the first part of this sacred anthem which lasts for 20 minuites, and gives the listener a deep religious understanding of events through beautifully structured vocal harmonics.  The second part opens with deep and resonant male voices overlayed by a clear, lower register female voice announcing:  "There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them."  The harmonics throughout this part are considerably different from what went before, and we come to appreciate the gravity and horror of what is happening unto the end of St. Johns gospel.

To paraphrase a decree on Litany by The Council of Vaison in 529;  "Let that beautiful custom of all the provinces of the East and of Italy be kept up, viz., that of singing with great effect and compunction the 'Kyrie Eleison' Hennings St. Johns Passion at Mass, Matins, and Vespers, because so sweet and pleasing a chant, even though continued day and night without interruption, could never produce disgust or weariness". 

Christian music performers and publishers out there should do more than take note with this one.  It should be pressed to CD immediately and both released and performed in time for Lent so practicing Christians can listen and come to understand with every fibre of their being the holiness and reverence Paschal Time demands.


Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 18, 2008, 04:56:47 PM
Thank you so very much for your kind reception of my work, John.

I do hope we may hear it sung better still.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lilas Pastia on September 18, 2008, 07:31:58 PM
What I crave most about you Passion, Karl, its its closeness with Johns' unique writing style. He, alone among the Evangelists, wrote in a repetitive-accretive idiom. And that's where that Firste Parte really hits it : the increasingly hypnotic manner in which John brings us into the Passion narrative. And then that break of emotional/writing style for a more emotional, broken, "quavering" response to the Crucifixion and Entombment. And how the initial "archaic" musical style comes back in places in that last third of the work. Mixing the old with the new is particularly relevant here.

I've always preferred Bach's St-John Passion to his St-Matthew one - even though the latter has a more 'spiritual' bent. No wonder he was called St-John The Divine. Karl has grasped this essential - unique - character about John's writing. I'm not comparing Henning to Bach, but the artist's response to his subject. And it's fully worthy of It.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 19, 2008, 07:48:29 PM
I have been editing, at long last, a piano piece I wrote long since in St Petersburg. An improbably easy piece, which probably means it will never be professionally performed . . . easy enough even for me to have the cheek to play it on my recital of 18 months ago.

I no longer have regular access to a piano; should even strike the adjective regular, there. I've really needed to add all sorts of local detail, so that the score should reflect a fair degree of the nuances I've always played into the piece. And so my work now has been all a matter of reading the pages, and memory.

And it is a strikingly vivid memory-engendering piece for me. Maria and I have been married now for fourteen years, a lot has happened (and a lot has not happened) over that time, and things are very different in some ways. Yet, concentrating on how I remember this piece 'feels' in my hands and arms (without actually playing it now, mind you), I am brought back, and I almost believe I am sitting at the upright piano in our apartment in Petersburg, and it is our first year of wedded life. It is fresher than looking at a snapshot, nor have I ever known such a sensation in my life ever before. It's very nearly like a youth elixir.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 20, 2008, 02:06:40 PM
Here's something a bit odd. I've found the MS. of a (piano) Toccata which, somehow, I've thought for years that I still needed to finish.  I find, though, that it is an almost entirely fair draught, and I've clearly reached the final double-bar.

? ? ?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 20, 2008, 03:59:30 PM
Further blastness-from-the-past . . . ran across the piano jury sheets for Luk Vaes, who played the premiere of a set of three pieces called Little Towns, Low Countries, and who later played the third of the pieces for the jury.

And, a pencil sketch Maria did of me way back then in Petersburg.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: zamyrabyrd on September 21, 2008, 07:11:33 AM
Nice drawing but were you a teenager 14 years ago?

ZB
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 21, 2008, 01:44:58 PM
No, no.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on September 21, 2008, 03:22:15 PM
Two incredible artists under one roof.  I know some have appeared, but would love to see other works by her when possible Karl.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 21, 2008, 03:50:50 PM
Thanks much, Bill!  And I am delighted that you are enjoying Doodles & The Mousetrap.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 22, 2008, 03:17:09 AM
Just found this on a friend's blog:

Quote from: Russell Shaw
Beware of people who say that they know nothing about opera — or poetry or painting or whatever other form of artistic expression is in question — but they do know what they like. No doubt they do. But ignorance of the genre itself makes it all too probable that what they happen to like isn't terribly good.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on September 22, 2008, 03:18:52 AM
Karl, I may not know much about blogging, but I know I like that!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 22, 2008, 03:19:30 AM
 ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 22, 2008, 03:27:49 AM
It looks like I got to the end, and not under any duress . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 22, 2008, 03:55:20 AM
Since only a select fraction even of the membership of GMG visit here, I shall post something without fearing for it being terribly immodest.

A Belgian (IIRC) pianist named Luk Vaes came to Buffalo to study with Yvar Mikhashoff (and how many Europeans came to Buffalo for that purpose, thinking, How bad could Buffalo be? and . . . finding themselves surprised one way or another, I don't like to think).  Luk very gamely permitted me to write him a set of three pieces, Little Towns, Low Countries, which he played very nicely on a recital.  I felt further honored when he also selected one of my pieces to play on his piano jury.

Anyway, in my latest scanning-fest, I ran into the copies of Luk's jury-sheets which he passed on to me, and these were Yvar's comments:
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on September 22, 2008, 04:29:34 AM
That's cool. I hope he actually kept it in his repertoire.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on September 22, 2008, 04:38:25 AM
Hi Karl!

I just quickly skimmed through the past days, since the Internet is FINALLY working here at school!

Is the Toccata a cousin to the piano piece you showed me?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 22, 2008, 04:43:04 AM
Yes, composed at roughly the same time, and like it, originally intended for a greatly expanded Little Towns, Low Countries suite.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 22, 2008, 05:51:38 AM
Since only a select fraction even of the membership of GMG visit here, I shall post something without fearing for it being terribly immodest.

Your fearlessness is warranted. Nice commentary!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: M forever on September 22, 2008, 07:16:43 AM
to study with Yvar Mikhashoff

Did you tell Yvar that his name should really be spelled Mikhashov?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on September 22, 2008, 07:17:43 AM
 >:D 0:)  What on earth could you be referring to?  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 22, 2008, 12:29:36 PM
I should add that I've heard the Tenth live at least twice that I can recall, by two conductors who make a very good case for it: Chailly and Rattle.  The latter, especially, makes it sound incredibly modern, really emphasizing its weird sonorities and structure. 

Just saw Karl's post... ;D

--Bruce

I didn't want to derail the Mahler Mania thread (further) with a tangent . . . but this reminded me of a Montreal Thing which a fellow I knew in Buffalo (playing whose music was the only occasion I have had to use sponge baffles in my ears while performing on clarinet) was always raving about, called PoMo CoMo.  From time to time, I try to search it up on the Interweb, but I wonder if (in a curious irony which some might consider delicious) it's already a thing of the past . . . ?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 23, 2008, 02:26:02 AM
A kind of milestone today.  I must have composed the earliest in the day I have ever composed on a moving vehicle.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on September 23, 2008, 02:42:41 AM
Congratulations, Karl! Details, please...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 23, 2008, 02:57:06 AM
Well, not the most exciting of details, I'm sure, though it is kind of you to enquire, Luke.

A trumpeter friend I hadn't heard from in a couple of years is now back in Boston, and no longer part of a quintet;  he asked if I had anything for trumpet solo, but I don't have much.  So he's agreed to have a look if I punch out an unaccompanied trumpet piece.  I probably started this last Wednesday, and I'm doing most of the work on the bus or train either into or out of Boston.  This morning, I was on an unusually early bus (the first on the schedule, actually) . . . so there it is.

There was a fellow chatting a couple of seats behind me, and at first I wondered if that might prove a distraction.  But I got focused surprisingly quickly, reaching that 'state' in which I 'hear' only the piece I'm working on, and not 'outward sounds'.

Wrote up some eleven and two-thirds measures . . . not an enormous patch of music, to be sure.  But, making some slight gains twice a day each day, it is not only that the piece itself makes some definite progress, but my 'grasp' of the piece gets firmer, and the drive to the end actually picks up excellent energy.

Plucked out of the air, really, my working title for the piece is The Angel Who Bears the Flaming Sword.  That would be the angel who bars humanity's return to Eden, and this was a thought at the end of a chain inspired by a documentary on ancient Mesopotamia which is available at the Exhibition Shop at the MFA, now that the Assyrian exhibit has opened.

Just another little illustration of how inspiration can come from anywhere; the trick is being attuned to it, and having one's hands at the ready.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on September 23, 2008, 03:05:12 AM
Well, not the most exciting of details, I'm sure, though it is kind of you to enquire, Luke.

A trumpeter friend I hadn't heard from in a couple of years is now back in Boston, and no longer part of a quintet;  he asked if I had anything for trumpet solo, but I don't have much.  So he's agreed to have a look if I punch out an unaccompanied trumpet piece.  I probably started this last Wednesday, and I'm doing most of the work on the bus or train either into or out of Boston.  This morning, I was on an unusually early bus (the first on the schedule, actually) . . . so there it is.

There was a fellow chatting a couple of seats behind me, and at first I wondered if that might prove a distraction.  But I got focused surprisingly quickly, reaching that 'state' in which I 'hear' only the piece I'm working on, and not 'outward sounds'.

Wrote up some eleven and two-thirds measures . . . not an enormous patch of music, to be sure.  But, making some slight gains twice a day each day, it is not only that the piece itself makes some definite progress, but my 'grasp' of the piece gets firmer, and the drive to the end actually picks up excellent energy.

[wistful sigh]

Plucked out of the air, really, my working title for the piece is The Angel Who Bears the Flaming Sword.  That would be the angel who bars humanity's return to Eden, and this was a thought at the end of a chain inspired by a documentary on ancient Mesopotamia which is available at the Exhibition Shop at the MFA, now that the Assyrian exhibit has opened.

Just another little illustration of how inspiration can come from anywhere; the trick is being attuned to it, and having one's hands at the ready.

A great title! I've noticed that you have quite a way with titles in general, though...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 23, 2008, 03:08:56 AM
Thank you indeed!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 23, 2008, 03:45:57 AM
Well, and I've just had e-mail from Chris (the trumpeter), and he remains eager to see some of the music.

After I get more work done on this draught, I may just draw up fair MS. in ink, rather than risk slowing things down with needing to master Sibelius.

(OTOH, mastering Sibelius is what I'll need to get done, at some point, all the same.)

Also had a very nice e-mail from another colleague (a conductor) who responded warmly to Doodles, The Mousetrap & the Passion.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lilas Pastia on September 23, 2008, 04:09:43 AM
Quote
No, no.

Karl, that's a bit short. Here's a proper reply:

Quand'ero paggio Ero un miraggio
          Vago,leggero, gentile, gentile.
          Quello era il tempo
          Del mio verde Aprile,
          Quello era il tempo
          Del mio lieto Maggio,
          Tant'ero smilzo, flessibile e snello
          Che avrei guizzato attraverso un anello.

Falstaff, Act II, Second Part. ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 23, 2008, 04:15:43 AM
Karl, that's a bit short. Here's a proper reply:

Quand'ero paggio Ero un miraggio
          Vago,leggero, gentile, gentile.
          Quello era il tempo
          Del mio verde Aprile,
          Quello era il tempo
          Del mio lieto Maggio,
          Tant'ero smilzo, flessibile e snello
          Che avrei guizzato attraverso un anello.

Falstaff, Act II, Second Part. ;)

 ;D

Thanks, I think . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Catison on September 23, 2008, 06:02:17 AM
After I get more work done on this draught,

Drinking on the job?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 23, 2008, 06:25:15 AM
Guess I picked the wrong week to give up 7AM Turbo-Happy Hour
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 24, 2008, 02:42:15 AM
Guess I picked the wrong week to give up 7AM Turbo-Happy Hour

And as if to illustrate the point . . . .

This was doggerel I drew up some four years ago, and had clean forgot about:

When Elvis slept, the angels sang,
“How Great Thou Art” in churches rang,
And lesser session-men cried “Dang!”.

When Elvis woke he oped his lids,
He feasted with his neighbors’ kids
On prawns and cuttlefish and squids.

When Elvis’ stomach breakfast bore,
He saw that he could eat no more,
And entered a convenience store.

And customers the whole store through
Beheld the Elvis whom they knew,
And loved him tender, loved him true.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 24, 2008, 02:42:37 AM
So, yes, there's probably a reason I had clean forgot about it  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Ugh! on September 24, 2008, 04:14:57 AM
Well, and I've just had e-mail from Chris (the trumpeter), and he remains eager to see some of the music.

After I get more work done on this draught, I may just draw up fair MS. in ink, rather than risk slowing things down with needing to master Sibelius.

(OTOH, mastering Sibelius is what I'll need to get done, at some point, all the same.)


Am I to understand you ink all your scores? You sent me a score some years back that was printed - how do you transfer them to print eventually (i.e. do you do it yourself or deliver them to some other agency?)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 24, 2008, 04:31:09 AM
Gosh, Eugene, I had forgotten sending you (Nuhro, was it?) when you were thinking about choral music.  How did that go?  Do we get to see a score?

Nuhro is a Lux Nova imprint, which the press modified from a Finale file I had sent.  I've been using Finale for ten years and more, but decided this summer to switch to Sibelius.  I haven't given anyone a hand-drawn MS. in all that time;  but I may in the case of this trumpet piece, since I doubt I'll learn Sibelius so rapidly as I wish.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Ugh! on September 25, 2008, 02:14:18 AM
Gosh, Eugene, I had forgotten sending you (Nuhro, was it?) when you were thinking about choral music.  How did that go?  Do we get to see a score?

Nuhro is a Lux Nova imprint, which the press modified from a Finale file I had sent.  I've been using Finale for ten years and more, but decided this summer to switch to Sibelius.  I haven't given anyone a hand-drawn MS. in all that time;  but I may in the case of this trumpet piece, since I doubt I'll learn Sibelius so rapidly as I wish.

Ah, thanks for clearing that up. I understand that both have their pros and cons, although I've only fiddled around with Finale Notepad myself, which did not serve me much.

Yes, that's right it was the choral score. In the end I decided not to go for the choral score for that film. It was a funny process actually, because I composed some music before seeing any actual footage of the film, just imagining scenes of war. I was listening quite a lot to Shostakovich at the time, you know the Execution of Stepan Razin, violent snare drums, etc. But when I eventually was shown footage, it was all old people sitting quitely in a living room reminiscing about their experiences during the war :D  :'( So as you might imagine, neither violent snare drums or pompous choral passages served the film much. In the end the director seemed to want me to become Glass ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 25, 2008, 02:20:55 AM
And you said (and rightly, too), I've gotta be me . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 25, 2008, 02:57:19 PM
I hopped on the Red Line to Harvard Square for a rendezvous with the wife of my bosom.  While standing around Harvard Square waiting, I brought out my notepad, and penned another couple of measures of the trumpet solo.

The geographical extent of work on this piece is expanding significantly.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on September 25, 2008, 04:19:14 PM
I hopped on the Red Line to Harvard Square for a rendezvous with the wife of my bosom.  While standing around Harvard Square waiting, I brought out my notepad, and penned another couple of measures of the trumpet solo.

The geographical extent of work on this piece is expanding significantly.

Moondog lives again, evidently.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 25, 2008, 09:38:01 PM
And as if to illustrate the point . . . .

This was doggerel I drew up some four years ago, and had clean forgot about:

When Elvis slept, the angels sang,
“How Great Thou Art” in churches rang,
And lesser session-men cried “Dang!”.

When Elvis woke he oped his lids,
He feasted with his neighbors’ kids
On prawns and cuttlefish and squids.

When Elvis’ stomach breakfast bore,
He saw that he could eat no more,
And entered a convenience store.

And customers the whole store through
Beheld the Elvis whom they knew,
And loved him tender, loved him true.


This is appreciated in Delft.  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 26, 2008, 04:13:35 AM
Moondog lives again, evidently.

He taught me everything I know about Urban Composition.

This is appreciated in Delft.  ;D

Here in Boston, I am delighted to know it!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on September 26, 2008, 03:12:37 PM
Gosh, Eugene, I had forgotten sending you (Nuhro, was it?) when you were thinking about choral music.  How did that go?  Do we get to see a score?

Nuhro is a Lux Nova imprint, which the press modified from a Finale file I had sent.  I've been using Finale for ten years and more, but decided this summer to switch to Sibelius.  I haven't given anyone a hand-drawn MS. in all that time;  but I may in the case of this trumpet piece, since I doubt I'll learn Sibelius so rapidly as I wish.

See PM Karl.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Szykneij on September 27, 2008, 01:42:30 PM
I hopped on the Red Line to Harvard Square for a rendezvous with the wife of my bosom.  While standing around Harvard Square waiting, I brought out my notepad, and penned another couple of measures of the trumpet solo.

The geographical extent of work on this piece is expanding significantly.

Karl, I would expect the Red Line to have a much more legato influence on your writing as compared to the Green?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 27, 2008, 03:05:23 PM
For practically the first time since I first installed it, I'm trying to create a score in Sibelius.  It's painfully frustrating, to be this incompetent in a program, when I used to be very nicely functional in Finale.  It's vexatious, even that I don't know where to turn immediately when I have a question, and even, trying to figure out how to form the question, so I can find the answer in the on-line manual, for instance.

It's fortunate that the piece I'm working on is rather an optional piece, and there's no deadline.

OTOH, it does mean that, production-wise, I feel like my feet are in concrete.

There; just had to get it off my chest.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Szykneij on September 27, 2008, 05:46:12 PM
For practically the first time since I first installed it, I'm trying to create a score in Sibelius.  It's painfully frustrating, to be this incompetent in a program, when I used to be very nicely functional in Finale.  It's vexatious, even that I don't know where to turn immediately when I have a question, and even, trying to figure out how to form the question, so I can find the answer in the on-line manual, for instance.

It's fortunate that the piece I'm working on is rather an optional piece, and there's no deadline.

OTOH, it does mean that, production-wise, I feel like my feet are in concrete.

There; just had to get it off my chest.


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Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 27, 2008, 05:52:27 PM
Thanks, Tony! I do remember you mentioning such a thing.  I'll see how much I can 'teach myself' meanwhile.

("Teach myself" includes pinging better-experienced Sibelius users . . . I've already reduced the questions I posted over by Luke . . . .)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 27, 2008, 06:39:35 PM
A few hours of work, actually largely presentable . . . .

[ old version of score 'detached' to save forum space ]
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 29, 2008, 03:51:01 AM
More work on the bus this morning;  the piece is taking some turns I hadn't strictly foreseen, but then, there is room in the 'plan' for such things.

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Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 29, 2008, 05:37:41 AM
Johan, the opening of The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword is a fleeting allusion to Tristan, if you like  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 29, 2008, 05:40:08 AM
Johan, the opening of The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword is a fleeting allusion to Tristan, if you like  ;)

I already noticed it when I saw the earlier version, but didn't want to ask...  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 29, 2008, 05:40:53 AM
I already noticed it when I saw the earlier version, but didn't want to ask...  ;)


It hadn't occurred to me earlier  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 29, 2008, 05:43:10 AM
It hadn't occurred to me earlier  ;D

 ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 29, 2008, 05:47:14 AM
I was really thinking the two trumpet (fanfare-ish) gestures, here slowed down:  ascending major sixth;  ascending perfect fifth.  And 'joining' the two non-tonally (i.e., not in any accord with Common Practice) via a minor second.

Somehow this morning, as I was listening to the sound-file, I heard the 'connection' with bars 3-5 of the famous Prelude (and although the cellos keep descending to an F#, there is a D in oboe II & bassoon I, of course).  Although, I probably had Shostakovich's many allusions more immediately in my ear  :D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 29, 2008, 06:26:44 AM
Well, either I'm on the right tack, or I am hopelessly out of it.  I've listened some four times in immediate succession to the sound-file of piannerfied trumpet, and I do like it.

Must be the Wagner reference  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on September 29, 2008, 07:16:02 AM
Well, either I'm on the right tack, or I am hopelessly out of it.  I've listened some four times in immediate succession to the sound-file of piannerfied trumpet, and I do like it.

Must be the Wagner reference  8)

Some Bayreuth magic always comes in handy.  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 29, 2008, 09:22:56 AM
A friend in No Carolina asked to see some of the MS., so why not tack it on here, too?

The bottom three staves are what I wrote this morning on the bus.

Viz. the crossed-out, incompletely-notated final bar of the fourth staff from the bottom: the crossings-out were actually my first task this morning. The half-note C and the six unstemmed noteheads following it, I had actually scribbled while standing at Harvard Square on Friday, waiting for Maria to finish waiting on her customer at the boutique. The pitches of those six noteheads are faithfully preserved in this morning's first bar of proper work (start of third staff from the bottom), but then, that D# which begins the second bar? I had no idea on Friday, that that was where I was going with that.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 29, 2008, 10:08:12 AM
It's got, I think, a sort of Erik Satie sipping Cointreau at the Apocalypse vibe.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on September 29, 2008, 10:56:49 AM
I take it you know Satie's Sonnerie pour reveiller le bon gros Roi des Singes (lequel ne dort toujours que d'un oeil), for two trumpets  8) 8) 8) 8) :

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 29, 2008, 11:05:06 AM
I did not know it, but am delighted to make its acquaintance, and I thank you, Luke!

Août has always been my favorite French month-name.  I wonder if the air was especially close that August?  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 29, 2008, 04:27:04 PM
Must be making progress with Sibelius;  to most of my questions, answers have been found (many thanks to Luke), and the Sibelius file has 'caught up' with my MS.

Not that the piece is done yet, no . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 29, 2008, 04:42:59 PM
Word has come from the trumpeter (who has seen the first two pages now):

Quote
I'm liking what I am seeing so far! The random pianissimo high Cs are a bitch, but overall, good stuff!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: M forever on September 29, 2008, 04:47:46 PM
"Random" high Cs? What an insult. Does he not see the genius logic at work behind the notes?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 29, 2008, 04:49:18 PM
If that's the harshest insult tossed at me, I'll consider myself well ahead of the game  8)

I think, M, you're reading overmuch in that adjective;  but I appreciate your swift defense of my pitch-world probity!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on September 29, 2008, 06:40:48 PM
If that's the harshest insult tossed at me, I'll consider myself well ahead of the game  8)

I think, M, you're reading overmuch in that adjective;  but I appreciate your swift defense of my pitch-world probity!
What a graceful post!

I just finished reading through it from beginning to end with guitar......... I'm often surprised at the choice of notes you have. Very distant-sounding strings of notes are pulled together with such little spacing..... you go from a line that sounds almost Mixolydian to another line that's purely atonal..... but you keep on mixing it up. Even at the end, you have a sus2 chord outline, which i don't recall playing much (if at al throuhg the piece). It seems like you have "everything" in there, in terms of harmony. And I've seen this before with your scores. Is this just how you work sometimes?

As for the high Cs, they're almost like a motif themselves, since they seem to come from nowhere and just hang on, but they're kinda "developed", because each time I played those Cs, they sounded complete different because of context!  :o ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: M forever on September 29, 2008, 07:00:07 PM
I'm often surprised at the choice of notes you have. Very distant-sounding strings of notes are pulled together with such little spacing..... you go from a line that sounds almost Mixolydian to another line that's purely atonal..... but you keep on mixing it up. Even at the end, you have a sus2 chord outline, which i don't recall playing much (if at al throuhg the piece). It seems like you have "everything" in there, in terms of harmony. And I've seen this before with your scores. Is this just how you work sometimes?

Yes, it is. It is all just totally random.


each time I played those Cs, they sounded complete different because of context

Or maybe your cheapo guitar simply doesn't hold its tuning? Real men don't play the guitar anyway. Real men play the bass.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 30, 2008, 03:51:38 AM
I just finished reading through it from beginning to end with guitar......... I'm often surprised at the choice of notes you have. Very distant-sounding strings of notes are pulled together with such little spacing..... you go from a line that sounds almost Mixolydian to another line that's purely atonal..... but you keep on mixing it up. Even at the end, you have a sus2 chord outline, which i don't recall playing much (if at al throuhg the piece). It seems like you have "everything" in there, in terms of harmony. And I've seen this before with your scores. Is this just how you work sometimes?

I do like 'blurring categories' harmonically;  it's perhaps a sort of concrete application of the questions we've raised various times in the past:  'atonal' obviously means "other than Common Practice";  but is there really such a thing as "atonal"?  Is it a question of 'sonic gravity/attraction', and therefore is the composer at liberty to 'manage' varying degrees of that 'gravitation'?  Are the question and nature of the importance of that 'gravitation' creatively negotiable?

Quote from: Greg
As for the high Cs, they're almost like a motif themselves, since they seem to come from nowhere and just hang on, but they're kinda "developed", because each time I played those Cs, they sounded complete different because of context!  :o ;D

It's a simple device, but it surprises you with how different the same musical "fact" can sound.  I became a bit more compositionally 'alive' to this partly by listening to (say) Feldman, and partly by thinking of painting, how the same article from our daily experience (an apple, a watermelon, a crystal goblet) can look, not merely similar to the object in my hand because it is obviously a representation of it, but can "appear" different.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 30, 2008, 03:52:01 AM
Or, I can just be bonkers.

I don't overlook that possibility.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 30, 2008, 04:02:47 AM
A tragi-comic MIDI to go with this (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,92.msg232480.html#msg232480).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 30, 2008, 04:57:52 AM
Got more pen-work on The Angel done on this morning's bus ride.  And, from last night's session with Sibelius, I am enjoying a feeling of greater confidence in the new software environment.  Of course, I am going to find yet other questions when I get to work on an orchestral score (thinking ahead to resumption of work on White Nights), questions which would not arise when working on a piece for solo wind instrument.  We'll see, but I'm inclined (when I've finished The Angel) to make an orchestral-score-in-Sibelius exercise of the Overture to White Nights.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 30, 2008, 11:06:42 AM
Okay . . . the first two measures were where I had left off yesterday (and the pdf file uploaded last night reflects the fact that the Sibelius file 'caught up' with the MS.)

So, from the third bar at the top (the measure beginning with a quarter-rest) down to the sixth line, the fourth bar of 6/8, was the work I got done on the bus ride into Boston this morning.  All the music from the 32nd-notes starting the fifth bar of 6/8, I wrote with the assistance of the Boston Common squirrels, at around two of this afternoon's clock, which probably accounts for the skittish rhythmic activity.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on September 30, 2008, 12:09:04 PM

Or maybe your cheapo guitar simply doesn't hold its tuning? Real men don't play the guitar anyway. Real men play the bass.
Yeah, I know, and everyone who has ever gotten into music has gotten into it because of all the famous bassists. Geddy Lee and Billy Sheehan, now THEY'RE the ones who inspired me to pick up bass, but I decided I didn't have the skills to play repeated note bass lines, so I took up the less challenging instrument, learning how to play lead guitar. But oh well, maybe one day I'll figure out how to play bass and become a real man  ;).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on September 30, 2008, 12:42:15 PM
I do like 'blurring categories' harmonically;  it's perhaps a sort of concrete application of the questions we've raised various times in the past:  'atonal' obviously means "other than Common Practice";  but is there really such a thing as "atonal"?  Is it a question of 'sonic gravity/attraction', and therefore is the composer at liberty to 'manage' varying degrees of that 'gravitation'?  Are the question and nature of the importance of that 'gravitation' creatively negotiable?

Cool. I don't think there really is a true "atonality", but if you play a series of even rhythmed chromatic notes, like A A# B C C# etc., which note will have the most gravitational force? To me, first place is C# while second place is A. This is a good test for that, being lined up that way, because in "atonal" music, there's always going to be a push or a pull, with occasional 3rds and 5ths- if you've got just semitones w/out repeating notes, i don't see how it can get closer to true "atonality", if there is one......

I think this also could relate to memory- if I say 5 completely random words, what will stick in your mind when I'm done? The last one, maybe? I don't know, what do you think?

btw, Thanks for the posting the sound file. The beginning reminds me of The Bend of Time...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 30, 2008, 03:00:48 PM
Folded in some detail, which I notated to the printout on the bus ride home, into the Sibelius file.

Now for the rest of the MS.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 30, 2008, 04:48:01 PM
Close. Very close.

But not there just yet.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 01, 2008, 03:09:03 AM
As I review the work-in-progress this morning, I find it even closer to finished than I'd allowed myself to think last night (end of a long day, and all that).

1.  On the bus ride this morning, I drew up an 'insert' to improve one particular seam.

2.  I want to think the whole thing over a bit, because in the back of my mind, I've wanted to throw in some flutter-tongue.  Won't need much.  And I need to check with Chris to see about flutter-tongue while using a certain mute.

3.  Off the cuff, I had told Chris (the piece as yet not even started, let alone written) the piece would run 12 minutes.  While in the process of composition, I didn't insist to myself on that;  but was content if I should find the piece running 9-10 minutes.  In the event, though, allowing for 'breathing' (and breathing), phrasing, relaxations of tempo in live performance which will not actually seem like 'slowing' the music . . . I think it is probably a 12-minute piece.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on October 01, 2008, 03:51:34 AM
Good news, Karl.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 01, 2008, 05:38:56 AM
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Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 02, 2008, 09:31:33 AM
Just back from a walk on the Common. Had a nice soft-spoken chat with my buddy, Vasya:
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: M forever on October 02, 2008, 07:50:48 PM
That's a squirrel, Karl. Have you been drinking?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 03, 2008, 04:01:25 AM
That's a squirrel, Karl.

Good!

Quote
Have you been drinking?

Darjeeling tea.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on October 03, 2008, 02:24:20 PM
Just back from a walk on the Common. Had a nice soft-spoken chat with my buddy, Vasya:
He looks yummy. I wonder what he tastes like.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 03, 2008, 02:35:40 PM
He looks yummy. I wonder what he tastes like.

Odd. He said just the same about you.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on October 03, 2008, 02:41:18 PM
Odd. He said just the same about you.
Probably average. I mean, the humans I've tried can vary from being nasty to not bad.......

(oh, i've already leaked that secret, btw, not just on my signature, so I'm comfortable talking about it. )  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 03, 2008, 05:53:08 PM
At this point, just adding finishing detail to The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on October 04, 2008, 03:10:44 AM
...The Squirrel who Bares his Flaming Nuts......
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on October 04, 2008, 03:13:32 AM
...The Squirrel who Bares his Flaming Nuts......

hehe
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 04, 2008, 03:36:35 AM
Oof! Visions of outraged homeless persons wielding matchbooks . . . .

Freunde! Nicht diese what-have-you!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 04, 2008, 03:39:12 AM
Luke, thanks largely to your great help, and even just your willingness to rally 'round with help, at this point in the end-game I have hardly any question.

One thing, though, is . . . how do I alter the length of the final staff?  Is it possible to do that, so that the note spacing there at the end is not so improbably, well, spacious?  Thanks!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on October 04, 2008, 03:51:36 AM
Easiest and quickest would be to select a fuller line earlier on and force its final bar[ s] onto a lower line, thus filling up all lower lines (do this by selecting the barline you wish to force and pressing enter). You could also change the stave size or margins (Layout -> Document Settings) or any combination of the above.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on October 04, 2008, 03:52:40 AM
....for instance, try forcing the final bars on the fourth and/or fifth lines from the end...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 04, 2008, 04:08:47 AM
Very good; thanks!

Done with bringing the parts (mostly the clarinet part, which mysteriously was missing a lot of the dynamics . . . I even found that I had missed hand-writing many of them into my ad hoc corrected part for playing the piece with Pete) into compliance.

Looking at the difference between the score and the clarinet part that I played from . . . I marvel that Pete had patience with my apparent failure to adhere to my own dynamic markings . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 04, 2008, 04:30:52 PM
And now done with the score for The Mousetrap.  Too big a file to attach here.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 05, 2008, 12:52:38 PM
I have so many good & deserving flute-playing friends, that it does not much surprise me that as I was putting the finishing touches to The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword, it occurred to me that it would sound quite handsome on the flute, as well.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 05, 2008, 12:55:03 PM
Just revisited a high-octane arrangement I did up for brass quintet and organ to accompany an old favorite among Christmas carols, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: M forever on October 05, 2008, 02:14:59 PM
What's the point of the comma there?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Szykneij on October 05, 2008, 02:28:13 PM
What's the point of the comma there?

It's used because the gentlemen aren't merry. The title means "may God rest ye (you) merry (merrily), gentlemen."
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: M forever on October 05, 2008, 02:29:08 PM
Ah!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 05, 2008, 05:10:04 PM
"Gentlemen" is vocative; they're being addressed.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 05, 2008, 05:10:33 PM
(Is vocative the right word for that case? . . .)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 06, 2008, 05:28:35 AM
Harry! How did the MonumentenDag go?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Harry on October 06, 2008, 05:32:19 AM
Harry! How did the MonumentenDag go?

Very well, Karl, I wonder about it you know that festivity. Our church was open also, a great manifestation of all the beautiful monuments and churches in Holland. And music from the Choir of Nana of course............................with your music performed........... :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 06, 2008, 05:38:34 AM
Very well, Karl, I wonder about it you know that festivity. Our church was open also, a great manifestation of all the beautiful monuments and churches in Holland. And music from the Choir of Nana of course............................with your music performed........... :)

I must confess, I never knew of the festivity, until I got a message from Nana  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Joe_Campbell on October 06, 2008, 04:35:18 PM
Happy Birthday, sir! Compose a birthday Theme & Variations set for us! :) ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 08, 2008, 09:33:40 AM
My composition teacher from undergrad days has a new web-site running:

http://www.jackgallaghermusic.com/
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 08, 2008, 09:46:22 AM
I admit that, of the tantalizingly toothsome sound-file excerpts on Jack's site, I especially enjoy the Symphony in One Movement, and Proteus Rising from the Sea.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 09, 2008, 06:47:37 AM
Started sketching a fresh number of White Nights on the bus this morning.

And I got a call to sub in a goodly choir on Sunday the 19th. It will be my first Sunday of singing since . . . May somethingth.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lethevich on October 10, 2008, 11:47:43 AM
After some covert sneaking, I stumbled across this page:

http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/

Which I am gonna leech, but could you give track names to replace the default ones with?  0:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 10, 2008, 11:55:21 AM
After some covert sneaking, I stumbled across this page:

http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/

Which I am gonna leech, but could you give track names to replace the default ones with?  0:)

Could, can, and will  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 13, 2008, 02:59:11 PM
Today was more work on creating a Sibelius file for the White Nights Overture from scratch.  Between ease of use of (and learning) the program, the excitement of learning it so that my fluency is increasing, and excitement at getting back into the 'sneaky inner workings' of the Overture, I am just having a ton of fun.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 14, 2008, 04:03:32 PM
I've gotten pages and pages done, and in excellent time!  I'm on p. 17 now.

. . . I don't think I quite understand notating different 'voices' on the same staff in Sibelius.  (In general, of course, I am trying to run run, and finding the odd instance where I don't even know how to walk.)  Need to sort it out before I can move on!

No more tonight, anyway . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on October 14, 2008, 04:10:31 PM
I've gotten pages and pages done, and in excellent time!  I'm on p. 17 now.

. . . I don't think I quite understand notating different 'voices' on the same staff in Sibelius.  (In general, of course, I am trying to run run, and finding the odd instance where I don't even know how to walk.)  Need to sort it out before I can move on!

No more tonight, anyway . . . .

Tell me the specific problem.

The basic idea, though, is to select your voice from the keypad - they are colour-coded. I assume you'd got that far. You can then write in them in the usual way. You can also swap them around if necessary, after you've written them.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 14, 2008, 04:13:49 PM
Basically, I've got that.  But a rest dropped.  I shall explain . . .

I have a bar of 3/4, the first clarinet has two quarter-rests and plays two eighth-notes on the third quarter-value.  Second clarinet has quarter-rest, two two eighth-notes, and quarter-rest.  Everything 'entered' as I was expecting, only there is no quarter-rest in the upper part of the staff for cl. 1.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Guido on October 14, 2008, 04:15:33 PM
The voices thing on Sibelius is my least favourite feature of the program (which I otherwise enjoy using) - it's generally a pain to get right. Basically you select which voice you want (each one is represented by a different colour which is displayed when a note is selected) on the note in put pad then write the notes you want. I haven't found a way of:
1. deleting just one voice's notes without selecting each single note of that voice individually.
2. pasting stuff onto only one voice, whilst leaving the other voice intact
3. completely getting rid of a voice if a note is put there accidentally in that voice, without deleting the whole contents of the bar. Even if you delete the rests in the unused voice, their ghosts are still there.

There are other more subtle frustrations too. But maybe Luke knows a way round these things...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 14, 2008, 04:22:03 PM
Voices took some 'managing' in Finale, too;  this clarinet measure is comparatively simple . . . I've got some horn and bassoon measures in which the rest-&-note dance is more involved, so I'd like to get it right the first time  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on October 14, 2008, 04:23:17 PM
I don't understand how that problem could have arisen. How (what order etc.) did you input the notes?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 14, 2008, 04:24:50 PM
I don't understand how that problem could have arisen. How (what order etc.) did you input the notes?

I put in cl 2 first; the three quarter-rests, the two-eighth-notes on beat 2 (in voice 2).  Then cl 1.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Szykneij on October 14, 2008, 05:07:30 PM
I had a lot of music I needed to rearrange for my orchestra (treble clef/c parts transposed to bass clef for celli or  viola clef, up an octave for flute, up a whole step for B-flat instruments, etc.) . I gave up on Sibelius and went back to an old program I bought for my IBM 486! For simple things, I find it so much easier. At the moment, I can't figure out why my Sibelius plays back what I input as random unpitched percussion sounds or how to fix it  :(  .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 14, 2008, 05:14:16 PM
I put in cl 2 first; the three quarter-rests, the two-eighth-notes on beat 2 (in voice 2).  Then cl 1.

Well, I managed to 'fix' it, and at last figured out how I should do this properly.

Where I went wrong is:

I have gotten used to a shortcut to start a measure off with the right rest-value (then to be converted, if needed, to a note), by selecting the whole measure, and then (e.g.) tapping 4 on the number pad, which fills the measure with quarter rests.

So, where went wrong was:  I was entering voice 2, and then selecting the whole measure, and clicking the '1' on the keypad module on-screen, thinking then that I was 'moving' to voice 1, but it seems I was shifting (some of) what I had entered as v. 2 TO v. 1, and then the program was creating incomplete rests for the actual v. 1, and the result was a mess.

I figured out the right way;  everything seems to be healing nicely  8)

I did at last get that page done, properly . . . another hurdle overcome.  Thanks, Luke & Guido!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 14, 2008, 05:15:26 PM
I had a lot of music I needed to rearrange for my orchestra (treble clef/c parts transposed to bass clef for celli or  viola clef, up an octave for flute, up a whole step for B-flat instruments, etc.) . I gave up on Sibelius and went back to an old program I bought for my IBM 486! For simple things, I find it so much easier. At the moment, I can't figure out why my Sibelius plays back what I input as random unpitched percussion sounds or how to fix it  :(  .

Hmm.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 17, 2008, 06:56:06 PM
Well, here's the state of the Sibelius file thus far.  Thanks again to Luke for all sorts of ready advice!

Probably the five things I wish I knew before printing out this torso of the Sibelius-file-in-progress:

1.  I added a trumpet III staff, and I don't know why the program didn't brace the two trumpet staves together, nor do I know how to do that 'manually'.  (Of course, I should probably look ahead through the rest of the Overture . . . possibly I could as well put the three trumpets on a single staff all together . . . not much independence of writing in this number.)

2.  I think I specified legal size (8-12 x 14 inches) for the document, but Sibelius didn't communicate that to the pdf writer (likely User Error rather than any flaw in Sibelius, I am guessing).

3.  Bottom system of p. 14, m. 145 cl 2 begins clearly underneath cl 1, but I should have rests for cl 1 in mm. 146ff., and stems directed downward for cl 2 in those measure.

4.  Trivial playback thing . . . but on the first page I have a measure's rest held for five measures' duration;  I haven't figured out how I can have the playback (which in any case remains flawed in other respects) reflect that.

5.  Of course there are a couple of scrunched pages there (10, 12) which have to be fixed.

6.  Gosh, I seem to have dropped the "Triangle" indication for Percussion I on the first page, don't I have?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: mn dave on October 17, 2008, 07:05:38 PM
Don't forget the cowbell.  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 17, 2008, 07:07:55 PM
Cowbell's later; first there must be sorrow . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on October 18, 2008, 09:24:29 AM
Well, here's the state of the Sibelius file thus far.  Thanks again to Luke for all sorts of ready advice!

Probably the five things I wish I knew before printing out this torso of the Sibelius-file-in-progress:

1.  I added a trumpet III staff, and I don't know why the program didn't brace the two trumpet staves together, nor do I know how to do that 'manually'.  (Of course, I should probably look ahead through the rest of the Overture . . . possibly I could as well put the three trumpets on a single staff all together . . . not much independence of writing in this number.)

2.  I think I specified legal size (8-12 x 14 inches) for the document, but Sibelius didn't communicate that to the pdf writer (likely User Error rather than any flaw in Sibelius, I am guessing).

3.  Bottom system of p. 14, m. 145 cl 2 begins clearly underneath cl 1, but I should have rests for cl 1 in mm. 146ff., and stems directed downward for cl 2 in those measure.

4.  Trivial playback thing . . . but on the first page I have a measure's rest held for five measures' duration;  I haven't figured out how I can have the playback (which in any case remains flawed in other respects) reflect that.

5.  Of course there are a couple of scrunched pages there (10, 12) which have to be fixed.

6.  Gosh, I seem to have dropped the "Triangle" indication for Percussion I on the first page, don't I have?


Are any of these problems that you aren't sure how to fix (other than the five-bars pause one which I hope has been solved), or are they just oversights?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 18, 2008, 10:04:14 AM
5. & 6. are oversights; the rest, I need to learn how to mend.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on October 18, 2008, 10:23:57 AM
Just to deal with number 3:

1) delete the clarinet part you have here, to leave a normal empty bar.

2) select voice 2

3) enter the notes again. A rest for voice 1 will automatically be inserted above the notes, whose stems will be downwards. (And if at any time you want to flip the stems on a note, press X)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 18, 2008, 04:02:30 PM
Just to deal with number 3:

1) delete the clarinet part you have here, to leave a normal empty bar.

2) select voice 2

3) enter the notes again. A rest for voice 1 will automatically be inserted above the notes, whose stems will be downwards. (And if at any time you want to flip the stems on a note, press X)

Again, hearty thanks!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on October 22, 2008, 03:56:20 AM
All of these things mentioned above make me wonder: did the programmers consult composers while designing the program?    :o

Or, dudes, did they just consult the local garage band down the street?   8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 22, 2008, 04:44:35 AM
Actually, the work is going much, much smoother with Sibelius than it went back when I was using Finale (when I first composed the Overture).  Especially with the benefit of Luke's experience, which is a great help in my conquering the learning curve.

I may just wind up re-doing the entirety of what I've already composed of the ballet, in Sibelius.  But, after finishing the Overture as an étude, of course;  my task is to compose to the end of the ballet, first.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: lukeottevanger on October 22, 2008, 05:35:48 AM
All of these things mentioned above make me wonder: did the programmers consult composers while designing the program?    :o

Or, dudes, did they just consult the local garage band down the street?   8)

No, Sibelius is a fine tool - but notating music properly, is a complex business, and so that tool has to be pretty powerful and flexible to cope with it all. Once one is used to it, there's not much it can't do. Though they refuse to consider making irrational time signatures possible, apparently. It seems they don't believe such things exist, even though zillions of examples are out there in print!

However, even something like this can be got-around, once one knows how.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 25, 2008, 09:28:53 AM
Just heard from Paul Cienniwa (http://paulcienniwa.blogspot.com/) that he intends to play my Three Short Pieces, Opus 34 (Canzona Semplice, O Beauteous Heavenly Light, Fancy on Psalm 80 from the Scottish Psalter) for the Prelude to the 11/9 service.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on October 26, 2008, 06:37:19 PM
Just heard from Paul Cienniwa (http://paulcienniwa.blogspot.com/) that he intends to play my Three Short Pieces, Opus 34 (Canzona Semplice, O Beauteous Heavenly Light, Fancy on Psalm 80 from the Scottish Psalter) for the Prelude to the 11/9 service.
Just make sure he does it on prepared piano.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Ugh! on October 28, 2008, 03:55:13 AM
Just became aware of your signature, Karl

"I wanna be different, like everybody else I wanna be like"
John S. Hall, King Missile

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 28, 2008, 04:04:07 AM
 ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 01, 2008, 06:09:38 PM
After some covert sneaking, I stumbled across this page:

http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/

Which I am gonna leech, but could you give track names to replace the default ones with?  0:)

Sorry I took so long with this, Sara!

In the Instrumental folder:

01 - Track  1.mp3 :: Square Dance, Opus 72 for clarinet quartet, Ezra Clarinet Quartet, Mark Simon director & bass clarinet

02 - Track  2.mp3 :: Murmur of Many Waters, Opus 57 for percussion ensemble. [will check performance info Monday, IIRC it's the Ithaca Percussion Ensemble]

03 - Track  3.mp3
04 - Track  4.mp3 :: Canzona & Gigue, Opus 77;  Karl Henning, clarinet;   Mark Engelhardt, organ

05 - Track  5.mp3 :: Fragments of "Morning Has Broken", Opus 64;  Karl Henning, clarinet;   Stephen Symchych, violin;  Mark Engelhardt, piano

06 - Track  6.mp3 :: I Sang to the Sky, and Day Broke, Opus 55;  New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Charles Peltz director

07 - Track  7.mp3 :: Three Things that Begin with 'C', Opus 65;  Karl Henning, clarinet;   Peter Cama-Lekx, viola

08 - Track  8.mp3 :: Irreplaceable Doodles, Opus 89;  Karl Henning, clarinet

09 - Track  9.mp3 :: Out in the Sun., Opus 88;  New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Charles Peltz director
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 01, 2008, 06:35:21 PM
In the Sacred folder:

Evening Service in D, Opus 87
Choir of the Cathedral Church of St Paul, Boston, MA
Karl Henning, director

01 Track 01.mp3 :: Prelude (two trombones)
02 Track 02.mp3 :: Preces (officiant & choir)
03 Track 03.mp3 :: Preface to O Gracious Light (two trombones)
04 Track 04.mp3 :: O Gracious Light (choir)
05 Track 05.mp3 :: Preface to the Magnificat (two trombones)
06 Track 06.mp3 :: Magnificat (choir)
07 Track 07.mp3 :: Preface to the Nunc dimittis (two trombones)
08 Track 08.mp3 :: Nunc dimittis (choir)
09 Track 09.mp3 :: Suffrages (officiant & choir)
11 Track 11.mp3 :: Benedicamus (officiant & choir)
12 Track 12.mp3 :: Postlude (two trombones)

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13 Track 13.mp3 :: Bless the Lord, O My Soul, Opus 32a (Karl Henning, director)

15 Track 15.mp3 :: Nuhro (Hymn of Light), Opus 74 (Mark Engelhardt, director)

16 - Track 16.mp3 :: Psalm 150, Psalm-tone composed for the 2003 Evensong at St Paul's (Mark Engelhardt, director)

17 - Track 17.mp3 :: Song of Mary, Opus 39b (Mark Engelhardt, director)

18 - Track 18.mp3 :: Song of Simeon, Opus 71 (Mark Engelhardt, director)

19 - Track 19.mp3 :: Alleluia in A-flat, Opus 33 (Mark Engelhardt, director)

20 - Track 20.mp3 :: Hodie Christus natus est, Opus 76 (Mark Engelhardt, director; Karl Henning, clarinet)

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21 - Track 21.mp3 :: I Sang to the Sky, and Day Broke, Opus 55 (duplicate of track 09 from Instrumental folder)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 01, 2008, 06:49:51 PM
Bit of nostalgia, the first piece of mine which then-director at St Paul's, Mark Engelhardt, had the choir sing, an Alleluia in A-flat which I wrote in dedication to my wonderful mom-in-law, Irina Pisarenko:

[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/Sacred/19%20-%20Track%2019.mp3[/mp3]
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lethevich on November 01, 2008, 11:22:17 PM
Sorry I took so long with this, Sara!

Yay :D Thank you very much!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 07, 2008, 04:23:12 AM
Organist Paul Cienniwa will play Three Short Pieces at First Church in Boston this Sunday. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/11/three-short-pieces.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on November 07, 2008, 04:36:35 AM
I like your blog, Karl, an essential companion to this thread. I have added the RSS feed to Bloglines.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 07, 2008, 04:38:28 AM
I am grateful for your kindness, Johan.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 08, 2008, 08:06:53 AM
Alternate version of a trumpet piece. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/11/alternate-angel.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 08, 2008, 07:53:20 PM
Tomorrow is a special day for me . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on November 09, 2008, 01:17:36 AM
Tomorrow is a special day for me . . . .

Phone call from the White House to become Obama's National Music Advisor?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 09, 2008, 05:55:44 AM
Phone call from the White House to become Obama's National Music Advisor?

Even better: Two years of the sun. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/11/solar-anniversary.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on November 09, 2008, 06:14:57 AM
Even better: Two years of the sun. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/11/solar-anniversary.html)

I am going to listen to Out in the Sun again later today in celebration.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 10, 2008, 03:22:06 PM
I stole the title from a Lukas Foss quote . . . . (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/11/never-steal-from-yourself.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: toledobass on November 11, 2008, 08:56:14 AM
I like your blog, Karl, an essential companion to this thread. I have added the RSS feed to Bloglines.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
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Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on November 11, 2008, 02:02:12 PM
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Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 11, 2008, 02:04:36 PM
I think this a very fitting tribute to Luke whose company we no longer enjoy . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 12, 2008, 06:33:03 PM
Today is The Day, you know  :)

This evening I revisited the score & MIDI (as I happened to be at the computer) of the Prelude and the Parental Seating Music . . . it's always good, when revisiting a piece which has had time to 'cool off', to feel that one still likes one's work  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 13, 2008, 07:07:14 AM
And, with thanks to Harry! (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/11/peering-past-premiere.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 15, 2008, 09:28:53 AM
Word from Paul is good, more anon.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 16, 2008, 05:05:45 PM
Another anniversary: Nuhro (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/11/five-light-years.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 18, 2008, 06:04:08 PM
Three Short Pieces for organ, Opus 34 (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/11/opus-34.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 21, 2008, 05:40:26 AM
Quote
Three Short Pieces for organ, Opus 34 (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/11/opus-34.html)

The composer & the organist:
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 21, 2008, 05:54:04 AM
A friend in Missouri informs me that alpacas hum:

http://www.youtube.com/v/iV7gwExQH40
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on November 21, 2008, 06:37:53 AM
The composer & the organist:

The personal relationship between composer and organist looks great, but that between composition and organist - I still have to find out (downloaded the Three Short Pieces for organ for a listen later today)...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 21, 2008, 06:40:05 AM
Those pieces predate our acquaintance[, though].
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 01, 2008, 12:25:17 PM
A thread to celebrate Henningmusick!  Karl's blog can be found  HERE.  8)  (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/)

Thanks for adding the link to the blog, mon vieux!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 01, 2008, 12:26:08 PM
Just back from singing the Vivaldi Gloria. I was impersonating a tenor.  Good time.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: c#minor on December 07, 2008, 09:19:37 AM
I think this a very fitting tribute to Luke whose company we no longer enjoy . . . .

Okay i know that i am way out of the loop. But what happened to Luke?? Is he not on the board anymore? Or am i even thinking of the same Luke? Or am i even making a relevant post?  ???  ;D

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on December 07, 2008, 02:55:27 PM
Okay i know that i am way out of the loop. But what happened to Luke?? Is he not on the board anymore? Or am i even thinking of the same Luke? Or am i even making a relevant post?  ???  ;D

Look here:

http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,220.msg241416.html#msg241416

Luke is still sorely missed.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: c#minor on December 07, 2008, 04:51:22 PM
Look here:

http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,220.msg241416.html#msg241416

Luke is still sorely missed.


wow... that is really unfortunate. I always enjoyed hearing Luke's input and he always had valuable things to say. I am sorry to here of these recent events.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 08, 2008, 04:39:20 AM
Quote
250000 Posts in 5249 Topics by 894 Members.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 10, 2008, 08:43:29 AM
And now, a bit of fun. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/12/pythonic-bayreuth.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Brewski on December 10, 2008, 08:48:23 AM
That is pretty hilarious, Karl...

Meanwhile, you are taking to the blogosphere like the proverbial fish!  I know a number of people who have "tried out" blogging but you are one of the most successful to date.

--Bruce
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 10, 2008, 08:49:05 AM
Grazie tante, Bruce!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on December 10, 2008, 02:02:58 PM
That is pretty hilarious, Karl...

Meanwhile, you are taking to the blogosphere like the proverbial fish!  I know a number of people who have "tried out" blogging but you are one of the most successful to date.

--Bruce

In agreement there.

(Suggestion, Karl - make it Fischedämmerung, and it's immaculate German - Gott-Götter, Fisch-Fische..)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 11, 2008, 07:24:31 AM
Done, and thanks for the erratum!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 18, 2008, 01:37:49 PM
(Anyone notice that this (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,10253.msg255889/topicseen.html#msg255889) does not include C.D., or Sir E.E.?)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 19, 2008, 05:01:45 AM
(Partly seen to here (http://=http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/12/on-twelfth-day-of-christmas.html).)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 22, 2008, 04:59:31 PM
Admittedly, a little nostalgic. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/12/from-archives-8xii06.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 26, 2008, 08:47:25 AM
Rather a roundabout answer to Johan's question. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/12/reflections-on-matisse.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 26, 2008, 03:45:41 PM
For all interested parties (and You Know Who You Are), I heard from Luke just before Christmas hit.  With which fact I am all the better pleased, knowing what a vigorous time of year this is for him.  He has written another piece for the girls at his school to sing at their Nine Lessons and Carols service, and which they sang again a week later, too. Once the Christmas turkey is digested, he will be preparing parts for Elegy & Ascent for rehearsals in January.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on December 29, 2008, 07:05:31 AM
Quote
Once the Christmas turkey is digested, he will be preparing parts for Elegy & Ascent for rehearsals in January.
Good to hear...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on December 30, 2008, 02:01:19 AM
Good to hear...

Indeed!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 30, 2008, 10:05:30 AM
If I got anyone's name wrong, please advise (I will mend), and pray accept my abjectest appy polly loggies. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/12/words-of-passion-after.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 30, 2008, 11:05:10 AM
(Thanks, Johan!)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: SonicMan46 on December 30, 2008, 06:30:47 PM
If I got anyone's name wrong, please advise (I will mend), and pray accept my abjectest appy polly loggies. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/12/words-of-passion-after.html)


Karl, no problem here - good luck - would love to see this recorded for you - Dave  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on January 01, 2009, 01:45:18 PM
To Whom It May Concern -

Irreplaceable Doodles, downloaded 39 times

The Mousetrap, downloaded 51 times

The Passion according to St John, downloaded 83 times
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 02, 2009, 08:40:05 AM
To Whom It May Concern -

Irreplaceable Doodles, downloaded 39 times

The Mousetrap, downloaded 51 times

The Passion according to St John, downloaded 83 times


Some of that traffic must be the Board of Sine Nomine;  Paul wrote yesterday, "Your Passion is 80% approved . . . ."

Edit :: typo
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 03, 2009, 01:35:14 PM
In a most curious turn of Fate, some music of mine is to feature in a state funeral.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: PSmith08 on January 03, 2009, 01:51:39 PM
In a most curious turn of Fate, some music of mine is to feature in a state funeral.

That's a high compliment. Where, if I may be so bold?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 03, 2009, 02:03:44 PM
The Prelude to the funeral service for former Senator Claiborne Pell in Newport, Rhode Island this Monday.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: PSmith08 on January 03, 2009, 02:06:13 PM
The Prelude to the funeral service for former Senator Claiborne Pell in Newport, Rhode Island this Monday.

That is quite a compliment indeed.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 04, 2009, 05:51:42 PM
Former Pres Clinton, Vice Pres-elect Biden and Sen Ted Kennedy to deliver eulogies at the service tomorrow. (http://www.projo.com/news/content/pell_01-04-09_6LCRER8_v3.1bdae8e.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 05, 2009, 08:30:14 AM
Paul's playing the Widor Toccata now: http://cspan.org/Watch/C-SPAN2_wm.aspx
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 05, 2009, 08:37:31 AM
People still exiting from the balcony, so he's playing further Exit Musick.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 05, 2009, 08:42:14 AM
C-Span has at last faded out to other programming . . . pity they didn't include (* ahem *) any of the Prelude, though.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on January 05, 2009, 01:25:12 PM
C-Span has at last faded out to other programming . . . pity they didn't include (* ahem *) any of the Prelude, though.

Well, those dignitaries present have heard you, Karl. But the whole wide world would have been nicer, of course...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: (: premont :) on January 05, 2009, 04:26:04 PM
To Whom It May Concern -

Irreplaceable Doodles, downloaded 39 times

The Mousetrap, downloaded 51 times

The Passion according to St John, downloaded 83 times


If only I knew where you can download these, the number of downloads would be one higher for each of them.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on January 05, 2009, 04:39:25 PM
If only I knew where you can download these, the number of downloads would be one higher for each of them.

http://rapidshare.com/files/140041368/3_Karl_Henning_-_Irreplaceable_Doodles__Opus_89.mp3

http://rapidshare.com/files/140041369/4_Karl_Henning_-_The_Mousetrap__Opus_91.mp3

http://rapidshare.com/files/140041370/5_Karl_Henning_-_The_Passion_According_to_St_John__Opus_92.mp3

I don't think Karl will mind...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 05, 2009, 04:41:15 PM
Thank you, gentlemen both!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Dr. Dread on January 05, 2009, 08:01:09 PM
Good to see this thread still getting a thorough workout.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: (: premont :) on January 06, 2009, 09:59:54 AM
Well, thanks to Karl as well as to Jezetha. :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 06, 2009, 10:03:36 AM
Well, thanks to Karl as well as to Jezetha. :)

I apologize that we inadvertently left you out of the loop the first go!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: (: premont :) on January 06, 2009, 11:55:04 AM
I apologize that we inadvertently left you out of the loop the first go!

My own fault, since I should have cried out earlier. :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 06, 2009, 02:04:25 PM
I can furnish scores, if you wish.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: (: premont :) on January 06, 2009, 04:17:30 PM
I can furnish scores, if you wish.

Many thanks, Karl, I would certainly be very interested. :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 06, 2009, 04:42:23 PM
Hmm;  performance could be improved upon, of course . . . but this has been an interesting piece to revisit after . . . five years: Timbrel & Dance, choir SATB & percussion

[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://members.tripod.com/~Karl_P_Henning/timbrel.mp3[/mp3]
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Daidalos on January 08, 2009, 01:57:57 PM
By the way Karl, I just began reading your blog. Extremely interesting, I've already added it to my favourites.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 09, 2009, 05:56:52 AM
Thank you, indeed, Bjorn.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 13, 2009, 03:15:03 PM
Quote
Former Pres Clinton, Vice Pres-elect Biden and Sen Ted Kennedy to deliver eulogies at the service tomorrow. (http://www.projo.com/news/content/pell_01-04-09_6LCRER8_v3.1bdae8e.html)

Partial Order of Service (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/01/music-in-state.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 14, 2009, 11:36:07 AM
Back-story. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/01/over-beer-in-bar-in-dedham.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 27, 2009, 05:34:51 AM
’Cellos-in-progress. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/01/pushing-lullaby-along.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 27, 2009, 05:45:19 PM
Hushed trumpet in the night. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/01/stanza-meanwhile.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 04, 2009, 06:03:02 AM
Met with a flautist last night to talk about the alto flute version of The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword.  Well, we talked about it, in the midst of his reading through it.  Even while he has yet to learn the notes and the rhythms, I recognize the piece, and am pleased to have composed it.  He likes it, too, and seems to think we should take steps to publish the piece among the flute community (The National Flute Association, e.g.).  Sign me up;  at worst, it will be the 50th time that something which seemed a reasonable hope fizzled out over time.

On the bus this morning, did some work on the new piece (or, one of two new pieces, perhaps) for cello ensemble.  The basic ideas for this passage, I threw down on a page some time ago, so they’ve been percolating a bit.  So these 25-ish bars this morning, are a mixture of spontaneous reflection, and a stretch of music I first ‘envisioned’ maybe a month or so ago.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on February 04, 2009, 06:06:33 AM
’Cellos-in-progress. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/01/pushing-lullaby-along.html)


This is a really interesting blog, especially considering that the distorted electric guitar is closest related to the cello in terms of "classical" instuments. My only problem is that I'm having alot of trouble reading the music. It's a fascinating look into the mechanics of composition, so I'm very very interested.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on February 05, 2009, 04:57:22 AM
  Sign me up;  at worst, it will be the 50th time that something which seemed a reasonable hope fizzled out over time.


Hey Karl!  That means you're in the club!!!  8)

I once composed a sonata for a complete choir of recorders, including a contrabass recorder   :o   which resembled a pedal pipe for a church organ.  It was for a German group in Bavaria, or should I say, a Bavarian group in Bavaria.  They had made a tape or two, and seemed legitimate enough.  This was way back when communication was by mail only.  The director gave me enthusiasm and lots of blah-blah, but nothing ever happened.

But we will stay optimistic for you!   0:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 05, 2009, 06:07:34 AM
We're keepin' hope alive!

Except that Allan has given up hope on White Nights  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on February 05, 2009, 12:14:37 PM
I think I have, too. Maybe you could get bits from it and turn into into Henning's 1st Symphony.  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 05, 2009, 01:50:56 PM
No, the first symphony is musically distinct from the ballet.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on February 06, 2009, 07:58:01 PM
is? Are you saying you're working on one now?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 07, 2009, 06:22:01 AM
is? Are you saying you're working on one now?

Not actively at work on it;  I have some ten pp. of sketches for a symphony.  I shall finish the ballet before resuming work on the symphony.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on February 07, 2009, 06:23:11 AM
Not actively at work on it;  I have some ten pp. of sketches for a symphony.  I shall finish the ballet before resuming work on the symphony.



But..a SYMPHONY, Karl. YES!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on February 07, 2009, 06:28:33 AM


But..a SYMPHONY, Karl. YES!!!!!!!!
Same feelings here. But just try not to pull a Brahms on us.... (unless you have to)  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 07, 2009, 09:08:45 AM
Happily, in my case, the problem is just time.  When I have time to write, I have music ready to write.

And in a year or so, my weekly schedule will open up a bit.  And in all events, even in my present, rather busy schedule, I am getting music written.  Thus, even though in absolute terms I am not writing as much as I should like, I feel pretty good about it all.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on February 07, 2009, 09:22:09 AM
You know, Karl, I could understand what appealed to you in Pettersson's Ninth - it has the sort of elastic movement and spaciousness I know from your own work. I really can imagine a Henning symphony...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on February 07, 2009, 10:25:52 AM
Happily, in my case, the problem is just time.  When I have time to write, I have music ready to write.

And in a year or so, my weekly schedule will open up a bit.  And in all events, even in my present, rather busy schedule, I am getting music written.  Thus, even though in absolute terms I am not writing as much as I should like, I feel pretty good about it all.


One thing I've noticed, is that composition takes ALOT of time. I get into writing, then I look at the clock and see it's almost time for bed (and my girl upset).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on February 07, 2009, 08:42:09 PM

One thing I've noticed, is that composition takes ALOT of time. I get into writing, then I look at the clock and see it's almost time for bed (and my girl upset).
Oh yeah, that's the bad part. I have to schedule a half an hour each day just for composing (well, at least I try at that, but usually fail  ::)).
For me, it requires intense concentration- much more than when just a few years ago, when it was so much easier to "discover" things. Half the time I can't even concentrate enough to really get into it, though what helps the most is to warm up to it all day long by playing around with ideas and then writing in the evening. Then, when I'm finally able to concentrate, I play all those awesome ideas on the keyboard, but then it ends up being too spontaneous to be able to write down, or even fit anywhere in a piece, so I'm usually able to get a good 8 bars in, then get bored with it and stuck in 2 days. Happens every time.  :P
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 08, 2009, 06:35:55 AM
The trick is forming (and getting into the reliable habit of forming) composed environments wherein spontaneous ideas retain their spontaneity.

And believe me, if it were as easy as a few bullet-points, I should share them immediately  8)

Since Maria and Irina are both artists, and have their own creative work that they are often about, I get plenty of 'space' when I am doing work.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on February 08, 2009, 08:00:35 AM
The trick is forming (and getting into the reliable habit of forming) composed environments wherein spontaneous ideas retain their spontaneity.

And believe me, if it were as easy as a few bullet-points, I should share them immediately  8)

Since Maria and Irina are both artists, and have their own creative work that they are often about, I get plenty of 'space' when I am doing work.


My girl and I have a similar relationship. Plus, it's always nice when one's mate knows exactly when to leave the composer alone for a little while. Still, I can't blame her for wanting more time with me, I obsess over music way to much.

I noticed also that I'll have plenty of "inspired" music coming to me, but I (think) Schubert is the one whom said that there's a big difference between getting inspired and getting to work on it.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on February 08, 2009, 08:01:49 AM
Oh yeah, that's the bad part. I have to schedule a half an hour each day just for composing (well, at least I try at that, but usually fail  ::)).
For me, it requires intense concentration- much more than when just a few years ago, when it was so much easier to "discover" things. Half the time I can't even concentrate enough to really get into it, though what helps the most is to warm up to it all day long by playing around with ideas and then writing in the evening. Then, when I'm finally able to concentrate, I play all those awesome ideas on the keyboard, but then it ends up being too spontaneous to be able to write down, or even fit anywhere in a piece, so I'm usually able to get a good 8 bars in, then get bored with it and stuck in 2 days. Happens every time.  :P


This sounds like a very well thought out and practical time schedule.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on February 08, 2009, 08:03:04 AM

I noticed also that I'll have plenty of "inspired" music coming to me, but I (think) Schubert is the one whom said that there's a big difference between getting inspired and getting to work on it.

Line of the day year.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on February 08, 2009, 08:06:06 AM
Line of the day year.

(laughing) My girl told me once that she has had ideas for all kinds of creative outlets, too many to count. But so many ideas just fall by the wayside when one is trying to get just that one idea worked through.

Edison paraphrase: "10% INspiration, 90% PERSpiration"!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 08, 2009, 08:10:15 AM
We've been meaning to talk to you about all that perspiration . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on February 08, 2009, 10:30:33 AM
We've been meaning to talk to you about all that perspiration . . . .


 ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on February 08, 2009, 06:27:39 PM
One way to lose your inspiration is to hear your wife/girlfriend crying in the other room and wondering what they are supposed to do, while you create your next masterpiece for the ages!   :o
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 08, 2009, 06:37:44 PM
Yes, many things to balance!

One of life's mysteries (separately):  Just got a message from a trumpeter friend hinting at demand for a piece for flugelhorn and high-school level band, a message including the tantalizing phrase commission fee.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 08, 2009, 06:38:57 PM
Andy, remember the rule: one's sweat is one's own affair;  don't let 'em see you sweat!

(Probably, the rule is a little different on Planet Death Metal . . . .)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on February 08, 2009, 07:07:13 PM
The trick is forming (and getting into the reliable habit of forming) composed environments wherein spontaneous ideas retain their spontaneity.

And believe me, if it were as easy as a few bullet-points, I should share them immediately  8)

Since Maria and Irina are both artists, and have their own creative work that they are often about, I get plenty of 'space' when I am doing work.
I think you're better at concentrating in general, too- i mean, you said you compose on the bus sometimes!  :o



This sounds like a very well thought out and practical time schedule.
If you don't organize anything,  you'll have a hard time finding anything.  8)

One way to lose your inspiration is to hear your wife/girlfriend crying in the other room and wondering what they are supposed to do, while you create your next masterpiece for the ages!   :o
;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 09, 2009, 07:18:26 AM
It’s time I organized another recital, and the fact that Peter H. Bloom is game to put together the alto flute version of The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword is a big incentive.  My friend Shauna, who did such a fantastic job with recording the June ’08 recital, will be back in Boston in May, and has generously agreed to twiddle knobs again.  I just had a lovely chat with Bill Goodwin, organist at the First Congregational Church in Woburn (a beautiful space to play in), and he is enthusiastic about hosting an all-Henningmusick concert at that time.

I am still waiting to hear from Peter Cama-Lekx, who has moved to Cleveland but whom I expect to visit Boston at least once in the May-June stretch of the calendar.  It would be great to have another swing at The Mousetrap, and there are two or three other pieces for which his services could be enlisted, too.

This would be the time, also, to get Blue Shamrock in good trim. The readiness is all.

Peter Bloom regularly concertizes with a harpist-&-pianist, Mary Jane Rupert.  I should be keen to get Radiant Maples together at last, though Mary Jane could not play both harp and piano for that . . . need to collar a (second) pianist if that is to work.

Here's something of a wishful-tentative program:

I.

The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword (a fl solo)
Fragments of “Morning Has Broken” (cl/va/pf)
The Mousetrap (cl/va)

(intermission)

II.

Terpsichore in Marble (cl/vc)
Blue Shamrock (cl solo)
Night of the Weeping Crocodiles (cl/va/pf)
Radiant Maples (fl/cl/hp/pf) or Canzona & Gigue (fl/cl/va/vc)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 09, 2009, 09:15:50 AM
You know, Karl, I could understand what appealed to you in Pettersson's Ninth - it has the sort of elastic movement and spaciousness I know from your own work. I really can imagine a Henning symphony...

Thanks, Johan! I didn't mean to leave your kind remark unacknowledged so long!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 10, 2009, 07:10:53 AM
http://rapidshare.com/files/140041368/3_Karl_Henning_-_Irreplaceable_Doodles__Opus_89.mp3

http://rapidshare.com/files/140041369/4_Karl_Henning_-_The_Mousetrap__Opus_91.mp3

http://rapidshare.com/files/140041370/5_Karl_Henning_-_The_Passion_According_to_St_John__Opus_92.mp3

I don't think Karl will mind...

Thank you again for all your kind assistance, Johan!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on February 10, 2009, 07:31:39 AM
Thank you again for all your kind assistance, Johan!

Glad to be of assistance! Btw, the current tally is:

Irreplaceable Doodles                    44
The Mousetrap                            56
The Passion According to St. John  89

The latest downloads were all on 30.01.2009.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 10, 2009, 12:53:48 PM
Anyone going to be in Boston in July?  I'll play a recital at King's Chapel on the 28th.

.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Guido on February 14, 2009, 12:47:27 PM
Karl: You will recall that I expressed reservations bout the quality of the scores produced by Finale, preferring the ones produced in Sibelius. I know why now. It's because the PDFs created by Finale do not have consisten line thickness unless one zooms in very close - this is extremely jarring on the eye and just looks horrible. The printed parts look great! So it's a psychological one on computer screens only, but an important thing I think - I wonder if this has been fixed?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 14, 2009, 01:46:58 PM
Don't know if Finale have fixed that, Guido. And I've since switched over to Sibelius, though I'm still learning.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on February 14, 2009, 03:01:58 PM
Don't know if Finale have fixed that, Guido. And I've since switched over to Sibelius, though I'm still learning.


I'm still using my Finale 2007c. I'm curious as to the plug-ins in Sibelius. Anything sound better than the Garritan? Or do you use the East West Quantum Leap, Karl?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 24, 2009, 05:48:07 AM
Baby steps . . . but at long last, I've found a harpist who is game to sit down and read Lost Waters with me.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 24, 2009, 05:48:54 AM

I'm still using my Finale 2007c. I'm curious as to the plug-ins in Sibelius. Anything sound better than the Garritan? Or do you use the East West Quantum Leap, Karl?

You're using a later Finale than I ever have, Andy, so I canna answer!  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Est.1965 on February 24, 2009, 06:08:04 AM
I'm still using my Finale 2007c. I'm curious as to the plug-ins in Sibelius. Anything sound better than the Garritan? Or do you use the East West Quantum Leap, Karl?

 ;D
I am interetsed in this stuff.
Which one is best value for money, Garritan or East West?  And are they as good as they say on the tin?  Do you really get full orchestral sound and colour from your compositions using one of these titles?  How difficult is it to map midi channels to instruments - is Sibelius or is Finale a greater portal for these Orchestral Soundbanks.  I'm very interested to find out stuff like this because I have some little melodies and movements I want to translate into something that sounds like music.
 ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: sul G on February 24, 2009, 06:26:35 AM
Which one is best value for money, Garritan or East West?  And are they as good as they say on the tin?  Do you really get full orchestral sound and colour from your compositions using one of these titles? 

Judging by my own recent experience (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,44.msg278791.html#msg278791), sometimes even a real orchestra doesn't sound much like a real orchestra  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 24, 2009, 06:36:56 AM
Oh, I can laugh about it, now . . . .

 ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Est.1965 on February 24, 2009, 06:51:20 AM
Judging by my own recent experience (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,44.msg278791.html#msg278791), sometimes even a real orchestra doesn't sound much like a real orchestra  ;D

LOL  Been reading through some of that. ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 24, 2009, 05:55:23 PM
Quote
Peter Bloom regularly concertizes with a harpist-&-pianist, Mary Jane Rupert.  I should be keen to get Radiant Maples together at last, though Mary Jane could not play both harp and piano for that . . . need to collar a (second) pianist if that is to work.

More on that piece here (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/02/unfinished-tale-of-radiant-maples.html).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 25, 2009, 05:49:49 AM
Regaining some musical optimism. (Momentum as augury.)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 27, 2009, 05:40:57 AM
Getting started on stars & guitars (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/02/making-start.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Dr. Dread on February 27, 2009, 05:44:02 AM
Any new downloads I should know about?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 27, 2009, 05:45:10 AM
Not just at present, Dave, but thanks for enquiring!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Dr. Dread on February 27, 2009, 05:46:04 AM
I'm waiting for your prog rock album.  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Est.1965 on February 27, 2009, 06:48:45 AM
I'm waiting on Karls Clarinet Concerto with Woodwind and Bass.
Might be a long wait...Opus.987 perhaps.. ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Dr. Dread on February 27, 2009, 06:49:30 AM
Not just at present, Dave, but thanks for enquiring!

What was the last download available?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 27, 2009, 07:00:46 AM
These, courtesy of Johan:

http://rapidshare.com/files/140041368/3_Karl_Henning_-_Irreplaceable_Doodles__Opus_89.mp3

http://rapidshare.com/files/140041369/4_Karl_Henning_-_The_Mousetrap__Opus_91.mp3

http://rapidshare.com/files/140041370/5_Karl_Henning_-_The_Passion_According_to_St_John__Opus_92.mp3

I don't think Karl will mind...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Dr. Dread on February 27, 2009, 07:02:05 AM
I have those. Thanks.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 27, 2009, 07:03:41 AM
Earlier, there were these (http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/), courtesy of a chap named Henry.

Track explication here (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,92.msg242908.html#msg242908) and here (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,92.msg242911.html#msg242911).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Est.1965 on February 27, 2009, 07:31:03 AM
Earlier, there were these (http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/), courtesy of a chap named Henry.

Track explication here (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,92.msg242908.html#msg242908) and here (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,92.msg242911.html#msg242911).

 ;D
Lordy!!  More Henning!  Downloading it now.  Thanks a lot.  That'll be another Henning CD put to press.  8)

Curses!  I want it NOW...slow server...still getting it though.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Dr. Dread on February 27, 2009, 07:33:33 AM
;D
Lordy!!  More Henning!  Downloading it now.  Thanks a lot.  That'll be another Henning CD put to press.  8)

Curses!  I want it NOW...slow server...still getting it though.

Yeah. I'll be getting that as well.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 27, 2009, 07:48:32 AM
Thanks, gents!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 05, 2009, 05:49:30 PM
Indecent haste, sorry. (http://"http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/03/just-quick-note.html")
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 08, 2009, 11:17:28 AM
Cannot help feeling that this is over-selling Billings:
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on March 08, 2009, 02:47:12 PM
Cannot help feeling that this is over-selling Billings:


Who ::)?


I wonder how far off I'd be if I asserted that Aaron Copland was America's first great composer.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: sul G on March 08, 2009, 02:48:04 PM
Ives a feelin' that some would disagree with you....
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on March 08, 2009, 02:50:35 PM
Ives a feelin' that some would disagree with you....


I was asserting. I really don't listen to many American composers.

Ives doesn't particularly move me. But that's just me.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 10, 2009, 08:54:49 AM
Most improbably, Henning appears on BSO website! (Details to follow . . . .)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on March 10, 2009, 10:31:54 AM
Most improbably, Henning appears on BSO website! (Details to follow . . . .)



Hey! Coooool!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Lilas Pastia on March 12, 2009, 05:50:23 PM
;D
Lordy!!  More Henning!  Downloading it now.  Thanks a lot.  That'll be another Henning CD put to press.  8)

Curses!  I want it NOW...slow server...still getting it though.

Burning Henning CDs is a very welcome  :D rarity  :-[. Many happy returns, Karl !!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 12, 2009, 06:26:37 PM
Merci, mon ami!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: sul G on March 13, 2009, 12:54:28 AM
Is it really? Many happy returns from me too, then. Or am I a day late....  :-\
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Guido on March 13, 2009, 04:54:33 AM
Ives doesn't particularly move me. But that's just me.

 :'( This is sad to read.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 13, 2009, 04:55:58 AM
(Maybe a nice flame-war would pick this thread up . . . .)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Dr. Dread on March 13, 2009, 05:01:08 AM
Flame on!

(http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/402/77849-3430-human-torch_super.jpg)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 13, 2009, 05:08:47 AM
Your grandmother listens to Pierrot lunaire!

And dances to it.

In a muu-muu.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on March 13, 2009, 01:41:45 PM
Your grandmother listens to Pierrot lunaire!

And dances to it.

In a muu-muu.


Actually, that's kind of cool.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 13, 2009, 01:57:28 PM
Aye, but it sent Dave into shock.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Dr. Dread on March 13, 2009, 02:01:46 PM
Poor grandma.  :'(




 ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on March 14, 2009, 03:38:13 AM
(http://zippythepinhead.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/other/images/ziporig2big.jpg)

Speaking of someone who wears a muu-muu, the best comic-strip character anywhere!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 14, 2009, 04:23:00 AM
(In the spirit of the flame-war)

So that's your grandma, Dave!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 14, 2009, 05:16:46 AM
</ flame mode>

Keepin’ on truckin’ (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/03/bass-flute-ruminations.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Est.1965 on March 14, 2009, 03:00:21 PM
In the not too distant future...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on March 14, 2009, 05:42:18 PM
In the not too distant future...

How did you do that?!  :o

Zippy would rock with Karl!

Here is how Zippy helped the career of somebody who is famous now:


(http://www.otal.umd.edu/~mgk/courses/spring2004/668/zippy022804.gif)

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Est.1965 on March 15, 2009, 02:35:36 AM
How did you do that?!  :o
Zippy would rock with Karl!
Here is how Zippy helped the career of somebody who is famous now:
(http://www.otal.umd.edu/~mgk/courses/spring2004/668/zippy022804.gif)

I don't know anything about Zippy.  It's just that there was an empty speech balloon - in the same way a sign that says keep off the grass makes some of us want to stomp all over it instead, I wanted to fill that empty balloon!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 15, 2009, 03:48:47 AM
Let the Zipster speak!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on March 15, 2009, 06:25:51 PM
"Sergei Ozawa"

That must be the coolest name I've ever heard in my life. I might have to legally change my name to that one day.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 16, 2009, 04:22:04 AM
"Over-googling" . . . I done a few . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: sul G on March 16, 2009, 04:55:48 AM
...but then again, too few to mention. You did what you had to do etc. etc.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Est.1965 on March 16, 2009, 03:09:43 PM
Well, for Mr. Henning I have created an MP3 album under my classical label 'Athena Classics'.  I'm only posting the front cover (had to reduce quality to post it, so it looks much better than it does here), and each MP3 has been carefully tagged (with cover picture too.)  It also has a back cover, etc. :o

Karl will have to view it before it's released here - I just think the downloading of his files deserve a little more pizazz and loving than simple downloadables. ;D

Athena Classics, of course, does not exist, but it might very soon! ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 16, 2009, 03:15:27 PM
Wow! Do I dream?

Wonderful, John, many thanks!  Looks sharp.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: sul G on March 16, 2009, 03:23:33 PM
Surely something on these lines, complete with ambiguous apostrophe, would be simpler:

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Dr. Dread on March 16, 2009, 03:31:47 PM
Maybe something like this...

(http://penguindevil.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/bloom.jpg)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 16, 2009, 06:19:26 PM
Surely something on these lines, complete with ambiguous apostrophe, would be simpler:

Too Blond-on-Blond-ish, perhaps . . . .

Separately:

Some mischievous scribbling in the margins, maybe. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/03/on-naming-of-stars.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on March 16, 2009, 06:30:28 PM
(http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=92.0;attach=16445;image)

Kind of a Mark Cohn look to it:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/312P0juCplL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

By the way, great album by Cohn.  Believe he took a Grammy for best new artist that year.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Est.1965 on March 17, 2009, 12:48:24 AM
Here is the full Henning cover...I forgot to put timings in it, but if Karl likes it, the timings will be there.

For the Jpg file, fonts did not transfel well, so it looks a bit ragged.  The .pdf is the master.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 17, 2009, 02:39:20 AM
Looks very nice, John. (Elegy? . . . o’course it’s just ha’ past six and my brain hasn’t fully waked yet . . . .)

And:

Quote
If I got anyone's name wrong, please advise (I will mend), and pray accept my abjectest appy polly loggies. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2008/12/words-of-passion-after.html)

Low-impact update:  A new spring ’10 ‘production’ of the Passion looks to have a 96% likelihood.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on March 17, 2009, 03:47:17 AM
Well, for Mr. Henning I have created an MP3 album under my classical label 'Athena Classics'.  I'm only posting the front cover (had to reduce quality to post it, so it looks much better than it does here), and each MP3 has been carefully tagged (with cover picture too.)  It also has a back cover, etc. :o

Karl will have to view it before it's released here - I just think the downloading of his files deserve a little more pizazz and loving than simple downloadables. ;D

Athena Classics, of course, does not exist, but it might very soon! ;)

Where do I buy stock?!   8) 

And how much does it cost?  Better than CitiBank?   0:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 17, 2009, 04:10:05 AM
I think it will trade on the GMG 400  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 18, 2009, 03:11:28 AM
Blomstedt will be 82 in July, you know. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/03/athens-in-boston.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 20, 2009, 07:51:24 PM
Yet more quiet progress, in a noisy space. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/03/stars-in-transit.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 21, 2009, 04:31:07 PM
And there was evening, and there was morning . . . . (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/03/more-of-just-usual-really.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 22, 2009, 04:40:22 PM
Day 2 of the reconquista . . . just the beginning (and still very draught-ly, of course)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 23, 2009, 09:24:19 AM
(and still very draught-ly, of course)

I mean (and just for starters): Instruments? Hello? Which instruments, Karl?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 23, 2009, 03:36:18 PM
Reconquista, Day 3
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 24, 2009, 03:56:22 AM
The cross-staff notes (and consequent beam adjustments) in the harp were delightfully easy and intuitive in Sibelius . . . would have required more 'micro-managing' in Finale.  I am very happy with Sibelius.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 25, 2009, 07:41:43 PM
End of long day, sober reflection. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/03/yes-its-such-ballad-at-this-tempo.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on March 25, 2009, 07:48:13 PM
And never stop, Karl.  My son came downstairs right about the time you got off your last stop.  He composed his first piece of music on our piano (which none of us can play).  He has had not had lessons, but is not intimidated by its presence and experiments away from time to time.  He had two four note pieces and was very proud of his accomplishment.  I listened to the composition and then told him that next time that he should be the one to talk to you.

Have a restful evening.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 26, 2009, 04:43:24 AM
It can start that way, you know: four notes, and not being particularly afraid of the piano, and thinking (at some level), “You know, I think I like these four notes . . . .”
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 26, 2009, 03:00:39 PM
Not really a rant, though there's material for a rant in there. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/03/diallers-for-truth.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on March 26, 2009, 03:04:20 PM
Paragraph 5 is key....
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 27, 2009, 09:03:32 AM
And . . . after Day 4 of the Reconquista:
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on March 27, 2009, 01:11:52 PM
It can start that way, you know: four notes



The "Jupiter".
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 28, 2009, 10:45:58 AM
When a project such as this (stars & guitars) stretches further and further across the calendar, and I make slow progress, as much (or even more, it seems) by dogged persistence as by inspiration . . . at times I reach point where I'm not sure I know what my own piece is about, or what it is like.  And then . . . today in continuing to putter in Sibelius, I reset the playback to the start (and because of playback issues I probbaly mentioned, I have to sing the lower octave of the bass flute myself).

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. . . “You know, I think I like these four notes . . . .”

The piece is really surprising me on the upside (as my office-mates would put it).  This score won't embarrass me, I don't think.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 28, 2009, 01:03:20 PM
Reconquista, Day 5 (and with special thanks to Luke):
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 30, 2009, 10:34:26 AM
The M.D. of a Congregational Church just west of Boston heard the St Paul's broadcast of the choir singing Bless the Lord, O My Soul . . . and asks for the score.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on March 30, 2009, 04:08:59 PM
The M.D. of a Congregational Church just west of Boston heard the St Paul's broadcast of the choir singing Bless the Lord, O My Soul . . . and asks for the score.

Yay team!  "Baby steps," to quote Bill Murray.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 30, 2009, 05:43:17 PM
He inquired of a publisher/distributor first, but nobody carries it yet. Just one of those things. Of course, I sent the pdf file. It isn't as though giving this one away free will impact revenues  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 31, 2009, 06:26:26 AM
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Reconquista, Day 5 (and with special thanks to Luke)

There is much detail to be added, of course;  but for the raw material (notes, e.g.) the Sibelius file has caught up to vertically-finished MS.  So, what next?

The harp accompaniment which will run through the alborada is thrumming . . . I've plotted it all, but need for the MS. to catch up with that schema.

I could just input that straight into Sibelius, and that would be arguably an economizing of effort.  But I want to compose the flute ‘monologue’ on paper, with the harp there.

I could still economize the effort, input the harp accompaniment directly into Sibelius, and print it out with blank staves for the flute, and compose it that way.

There is still something ineffable I derive from the process of manually scrawling the harp, which will inform (and, I think, benefit) my composition of the flute ‘monologue’.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on March 31, 2009, 06:49:16 PM
Thrum-tee tum-tee thrum
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: sul G on April 01, 2009, 01:17:02 AM
Aha! I see chords split across staves! - did you follow my method or did you manage to find a better one?

This all looks wonderful Karl - thanks for the day-by-day insight into your creative process. So much more ordered than mine!! The whole thing looks like typical Henning - finding highly inventive, expressive ways to use simple building blocks (I'm thinking of the harp accompaniment to 'love awakes', for instance - it looks so simple and yet so expressively appropriate; the name Britten springs to mind here). It will be a real winner, by the look of it.  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 01, 2009, 02:49:28 AM
I followed your method, thanks!  Why re-invent the wheel?  ;D  I haven't determined the rhyme or reason to it, but sometimes when I copy a split-staff chord elsewhere, the elongated stem makes it as pert of the copy, sometimes I need tomake the adjustement afresh.  But that is only an observation, not any complaint!  I love Sibelius to pieces . . . I did this whole section (the harp thrumming) in perhaps a third of the time it would have taken me in Finale (and, again, it already looks passably good on the page, where that alone would be another evening's work in Finale).

Many thanks for your kind remarks!

And now, the Day of the April Fool: no more approprite day, methinks, for sketching a bass flute alborada del gracioso . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 01, 2009, 06:28:39 AM
Ha! I've got a dumb mistake right at the start:  the harp pedal diagram indicates an E-flat, and yet the very first note the harp plays is an E-natural.  I thank my good angels that I haven't sent this to Mary Jane, yet!

What happened is, the harp note in m.4 was originally a D# in MS.  A week or two later, when I actually thought about how the pedaling should work, I decided (rightly or wrongly, who knows) that I wanted the D strings to start out natural, and I enharmonically changed the m.4 pitch to E-flat . . . but there's less time to change the E-natural to E-flat (two measures) than to change the D# to D-natural (three). (Of course, at this tempo, and with this relaxed rate of activity, there's just ample time all over.)

So . . . five minor clean-up adjustments to make in the first two systems alone  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 01, 2009, 06:46:25 AM
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Danish Cheese is Bleu | Even Finns Grill Asiago
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 02, 2009, 11:51:50 AM
As mentioned here (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,44.msg294165.html#msg294165), I have splurged my way to a kind of final double-bar.  I’ll be a day or four taking stock, and making certain that everything is quite as I want it.  And in all events, today is a long day . . . and it won’t be until Friday evening that I can fold the new material into the Sibelius file.  All the same, the heavy construction is done, and it’s just a matter of (relative) tinkering.

One oddity (and I admit that I find it more amusing than aught otherwise):  as indicated on the second system of p.10, I’ve changed the A strings to A# before the end of the [F] section (vi. a dream of antique navigation).

Yet, when I composed the chords for the harp thrumming of [G], I used A-natural.

(a) I like both notions → (b) I don’t wish to ‘deselect’ either, entirely → (c) there are plenty of pauses composed into the pacing of the thrumming harp → (d) perhaps I may make a major/minor game out of the course of the harp accompaniment of the alborada.

pp. 10 & 11
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 02, 2009, 11:59:06 AM
pp. 14 & 17

Two trivial documentary details . . . I started to scribble in the harp accompaniment on the bottom of p. 10 on the bus, and I miscounted.  So I cannabilized paper from the bottom of p. 17 (which I had all ruled out, but yet blank). [That's why the bar-lines don't align properly on the bottom system of p. 10. As if anyone cares . . . . ]

On p. 17, third system there is a correction, because I had miscounted and drawn in the final double-bar too early (that's why I have the word single hastily scribbled above the blacked-in double-bar before m. 445).  However, the bottom system still had the measure remaining from my p. 10 -oplasty, which I needed to correct my final double-bar error.

So, it all worked out.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: sul G on April 02, 2009, 12:22:45 PM
This is all fascinating stuff - thanks for all these insights!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 04, 2009, 11:51:18 AM
Okay . . . the Sibelius file has now 'caught up' with the MS., although not yet with all the notation 'fixes' I have scrawled onto hard copy of pdf files past.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 04, 2009, 03:53:36 PM
Sundry news-lets. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/04/divers-items-4-apr-09.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 05, 2009, 05:43:07 AM
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Okay . . . the Sibelius file has now 'caught up' with the MS. . . .

Although I had always intended rather a busy bass flute 'driving' the overall section, while working on the harp 'thrumming' for the last section, I 'thought' a tempo only related to the harp.  So, now that I've composed the flute 'monologue', the tempo is too fast . . . an easy adjustment, really.

Another adjustment required by everything now being 'in place' was, the ending needed a bit more 'relaxing/expansion', I thought.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 06, 2009, 09:06:55 AM
In the inaugural post of the latest anti-modernist thread, there is the following citaton:

Quote from: Kyle Gann
It's not that the late 20th century didn't produce great music. Any era that can boast Nancarrow, Feldman, Ashley and Scelsi can hold its head up with the best. But while bad 17th century music is merely dull, and bad 19th century music is tediously grandiose, the late 20th century's bad music was pervasively ugly, pretentious, and meaningless, yet backed up by a technic apparatus that justified it and even earned it prestigious awards. Twelve-tone technique -- the South Sea Bubble of music history, to which hundreds and perhaps thousands of well-intended composers sacrificed their careers like lemmings, and all for nothing -- brought music to the lowest point in the history of mankind. Twelve-tone music is now dead, everyone grudgingly admits, yet its pitch-set manipulating habits survive in far-flung corners of musical technique like residual viruses.

Gosh.  I probably tinkered with pitch-sets a fair deal in stars & guitars . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: toledobass on April 06, 2009, 10:10:22 AM
I think you should write an encore piece called Blues Harp....

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 06, 2009, 10:12:02 AM
I think you should write an encore piece called Blues Harp....

For double-bass and vibraphone, I think, Allan. You game?  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 06, 2009, 02:52:34 PM
(Dropped the last edition of s&g, may get a fresher one back up tonight.)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 06, 2009, 04:03:10 PM
And here goes.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: sul G on April 06, 2009, 11:11:53 PM
Well, as I said before, this looks fantastic - it has all the makings of another Henning Hit. And seeing the whole thing confirms this feeling in me. Such a glorious, and gloriously simple, combination of instruments, and, as I said before, the musical imagery looks perfectly judged. [continuing to be jealous at your ability to speak with both clarity and sanity in your music!  :) ]

One small question? Why have you chosen individual bar lines for the two staves of the harp part, rather than the usual single continuous line spanning both?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 07, 2009, 02:31:34 AM
Thank you for your kindness!  And for your (not at all unkind ; ) question!  I didn't choose . . . at least, when I set the document up, I chose the two instruments, but I didn't do anything specific viz. barlines in the harp grand staff . . . how may I amend that?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: sul G on April 07, 2009, 02:35:58 AM
Odd that they came out like that! The default ought to be the normal 'across two staves' line (it always has been for me!). Anyway, if you click at the bottom end of any barline in the upper of the two staves, you ought to be able to drag it down to meet the one directly underneath; at which point all its fellows should follow suit. Which last feature makes things like this nice and easy, but it's a little annoying when for some reason was does want only barlines of choice to be joined
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 07, 2009, 03:23:59 AM
Sounds an easy fix, and I shall eagerly put it in place when I get home this evening!

Had a quietly wonderful experience last night.  Maria and Irina came upstairs to hear [what the PC can make of] the piece.  There have been many times when the ‘playback’ has been such a poor ‘portrait’ of the piece, that when the girls have made the occasional objection to a bit of music about which I was not (actually) suffering any particular doubt, I have been in the delicate situation of hearing perfectly reasonable, intelligent, and artistic objections, yet seeming rather obdurate and unyielding, as I claimed that, really, I think the piece is all right, but there are some ‘wrong impressions’ given out by the playback.  And then subsequently, the girls would hear the piece played by actual musicians, and they conceded that I hadn’t been merely pig-headed, but that the pieces were fine.  (This was the case with ‘pre-performance playback’ of both Out in the Sun, and The Mousetrap . . . the latter especially suffering from mechanized ‘realization’.)

So when the artists in my life took the time last night to come up and listen, again, to a 20-minute ‘noise’ out of the PC, it was impressed upon me anew how patient they are with this sort of experience.  We talked about a few things, all three of us, and they wanted to go back and listen to a couple of passages with a slight modification . . . and the two of them together agreed on a couple of minor changes.

Force of habit inclined me to dig heels in, but I stopped and waited.  It’s only happened perhaps a dozen times that someone has commissioned music from me, in the sense of offering money in exchange for a piece of certain specs.  And I thought, in those cases, I’ve given people a degree of ‘say’ in my music in exchange for something material (and nothing untoward in any of that, from either side of the transaction);  in all cases, the result has been music which is in all essentials just as I wished to write it.

Well, here I have two fine, accomplished and experienced artists who uncomplainingly give me their time to listen to imperfect pinball-machine ‘snapshots’ of sometimes quite long stretches of music.  Am I going to shut them down, brush aside their request, where I should pretty much say “Sure” to [a reasonable suggestion from] a fellow who has offered me $250 for a short choral anthem?

The process of being sought out for feedback is no ‘fun’ for them, if they’re always wrong, and if Karl is just going to keep everything the way he’s first jotted it down anyway.  But from my perspective, more importantly, what’s the harm in entertaining a reasonable (and artistic) suggestion?  I’ve been writing enough, that I hardly have the need to bolster my ego with any requirement to preserve all particulars of a score as “mine, all mine.”

Besides, I am really enjoying the greater flexibility of, and overall the reduced ‘flight-time’ required by Sibelius.  (One diary-ish aspect of my blog which I am taking both instruction and enjoyment from is, the beginning of this piece is fixed in the calendar . . . and I am both pleased and astonished that I have gotten to this point – the point of Practically Done – in such a short span.)  Incorporating the suggestions will not involve anything approaching the name of labor.

So:  Maria and Irina have doubts about the broad pace of the very first section.  And they may be right.  My own sense of it is, fine, fine . . . but then, I’ve also been listening to Feldman a fair amount (and that first section in particular is a nod to Why Patterns?)  Since the rest of the piece, after all, does Very Different Things . . . perhaps that degree of breadth in the beginning needs consideration.  In all events, I entertain the idea that this section can withstand either tempo.

They also wish ‘an event’ at the start.  Now, this is something which superficially looks like Red Pen, change this bit utterly.  And I might smile, and bid them patience at the beginning (though such a long piece is already a bid for patience, one may say).  But when they made this request, I realized that a lot of my chamber works in the past several years start out quietly.  A rut?  A rut!  Maybe.  Far from Red Pen, I actually took that suggestion as a comradely slap on the cheek.

Anyway, I’m very happy with the suggestions, and (along with taking care of the harp barlines) I shall see to those tonight.

Largely, I hope to make good progress on the all-new Sibelius file of Bless the Lord, O My Soul tonight.  Importing the XML file from Finale made for an apparent mess . . . .

Going to St Paul’s at lunchtime, as word on the street is that they’re singing my Nunc dimittis for a Blessing of the Oils service.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Maciek on April 07, 2009, 04:06:16 AM
Not that these threads are not interesting in themselves. But watching the exchanges between you, Karl and Luke, makes the experience even more fascinating...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 07, 2009, 08:56:54 AM
This composer is laughing . . . a task at the office kept me from leaving early, so I got to the service about 15 minutes after the start. I check the bulletin, and my piece is still a good deal further along. Discreetly, I do manage to figure out how to operate the digital camera to record video. The service follows the bulletin line by line — until they reach my Nunc dimittis . . . they don't sing my piece, some fellow sings a soulful solo instead, very nice, of course . . . the choir file past me downstairs, and a soprano who knew me says, “Oh, did you know your piece was in the service today? I hope you didn't come here just to hear your music. I think Ed just chose too much music.”
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on April 07, 2009, 09:42:41 AM
Apparently Divine Forces wanted you in that church for a good laugh!   0:)

Concerning the opening of Stars and Guitars: I have also wondered about how those long notes for the harp might resonate with an audience, but given the meditative nature of the piece (Stars: long and faraway and moving slowly) I think - if given a chance - everything will come together (in the way my mental ear has put the score together).



Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 07, 2009, 09:57:21 AM
That laugh was indeed good for the soul!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 07, 2009, 03:38:37 PM
Odd that they came out like that! The default ought to be the normal 'across two staves' line (it always has been for me!). Anyway, if you click at the bottom end of any barline in the upper of the two staves, you ought to be able to drag it down to meet the one directly underneath; at which point all its fellows should follow suit. . . .

And bingo!  Just as easy as suggested. Yow!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 07, 2009, 05:22:29 PM
More detail, more (nearly) finished.  I think I can show it like this to the players.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 08, 2009, 06:32:31 AM
Now we expect some Satie-esque composition titles out of you.  ;D

The title that came to me last night (before my Satie binge) was Scholar Glare.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on April 08, 2009, 11:14:22 AM
The title that came to me last night (before my Satie binge) was Scholar Glare.

Sounds like my main teaching technique!   $:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 09, 2009, 02:57:38 AM
Pixie Dust on Huntington Avenue. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/04/fairy-stories-castanets-puppetry.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on April 10, 2009, 04:05:19 AM
Pixie Dust on Huntington Avenue. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/04/fairy-stories-castanets-puppetry.html)
I'm assuming Dutoit is a guest conductor...  ???
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 10, 2009, 04:09:17 AM
I'm assuming Dutoit is a guest conductor...  ???

Correct;  we have him here at Symphony about once per year.  Hope he may still have time to do that with the new appointment in Phila.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on April 10, 2009, 02:52:53 PM
Awesome!
I like the review, btw- especially the last line.  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 10, 2009, 06:21:26 PM
Just one of those sudden inspirations . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on April 11, 2009, 10:19:52 PM
Pixie Dust on Huntington Avenue. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/04/fairy-stories-castanets-puppetry.html)

Excellent!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 13, 2009, 10:18:34 AM
Earlier today I spoke with the flutist, who is keen to progress to Stage II:  the three of us (flutist, harpist, composer) meeting to play/chat stars & guitars.  He sounds enthusiastic (practically the first thing he said when he answered the phone and learnt that I was the caller, was "the piece looks fantastic").
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on April 13, 2009, 10:39:51 AM
Earlier today I spoke with the flutist, who is keen to progress to Stage II:  the three of us (flutist, harpist, composer) meeting to play/chat stars & guitars.  He sounds enthusiastic (practically the first thing he said when he answered the phone and learnt that I was the caller, was "the piece looks fantastic").

Why, yes it is, looks and sounds fantastic, if my mental ears have not lost their acuity!   :o

Stars and Guitars is no Augenmusik, boys and girls!   0:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 13, 2009, 10:46:53 AM
(* blush *)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 18, 2009, 04:38:48 AM
Mark, Moondi & I heard some Schoenberg & Wuorinen last night.  Moondi is holding up very well after an unusual concentration of dissonant music!  No sissy ears, his!  8)

Flutist, harpist & composer will meet to read and chat over stars & guitars this coming Thursday.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 18, 2009, 08:03:25 AM
Crunchy cello counterpoint. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/04/marginalia.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 23, 2009, 04:20:16 PM
Step 2: further success (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/04/say-see-bone.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 24, 2009, 03:51:32 PM
That stray quintuplet may seem gratuitous, but I assure you, it was what I felt at the time . . . .

Made in Maryland. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/04/on-task.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 26, 2009, 04:47:28 PM
Audrey is rushing the Marginalia onto her students' stands. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/04/hot-off-press.html)

Tomorrow is another long day (the last day of the annual Art in Bloom at the MFA, good time).  Tuesday, hopefully, (a) I'll get the alto flute Angel properly paginated for Peter, and (b) I'll make a few minor tweaks to Lost Waters for Mary Jane.

Paul is still thinking of a Sunday suitable for the Exaltabo te, Deus.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 28, 2009, 03:15:51 AM
Most interesting, Sarge.

Once on a time, I owned the Norrington. (I mean that purely informationally, not as comment.  Used to own his Symphonie fantastique, which was one of his first recordings, I think . . . and hearing that one over the radio illumined the piece for me.)

Rather than derail Gurn's perfectly fine thread, I took this here . . . .

The Norrington is in fact the first recording of the Beethoven Ninth that I remember owning . . . so there is some other recording which I owned, but don't remember owning, at the time when I first studied the symphony thoroughly . . . I still have visual memory of scanning the score page by page, my first semester at UVa . . . but I did not own the Norrington until two-ish years later . . . I still have auditory memory of being transfixed at home one Saturday morning listening to Norrington's Berlioz recording over WXXI FM in Rochester.

No way now of knowing which Ninth I was listening to at UVa.  Much as I was inclined to like the Norrington, not long after drinking in his Berlioz disc, I remember wishing the Adagio molto e cantabile didn't rush so.

Or, maybe that's revisionist, a trick of memory. Cannot tell at this point.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 29, 2009, 07:34:17 AM
Bullish Upticks (I)

The Irrationally Exuberant Music of Karl Henning

Blue Shamrock, Opus 63 (2002) clarinet solo
Lost Waters, Opus 27 (1994-95) harp solo – Premiere
stars & guitars, Opus 95 (2009) bass flute & harp – Premiere

The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword, Opus 94a (2008) alto flute solo – Premiere
Fragments of  « Morning Has Broken », Opus 64a (2002) flute, clarinet & piano
Radiant Maples, Opus 59 (2001) flute, clarinet, harp & piano – Premiere

Peter H. Bloom (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/nm/bio.html), flutes of divers varieties
Paul Cienniwa (http://paulcienniwa.blogspot.com/), piano
Mary Jane Rupert (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/rupert2bio.html), harp
Karl Henning (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/), clarinet

Wednesday, 24 June 2009
7:30pm
First Congregational Church in Woburn
322 Main Street
Freewill donation;  all proceeds to benefit Organ Restoration Fund.


When the going gets tough, the tough get composing.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on April 29, 2009, 09:41:14 AM
And, the following month . . . .

Bullish Upticks (II)

The Irrationally Exuberant Music of Karl Henning

The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword, Opus 94a (2008) alto flute solo – Premiere
Irreplaceable Doodles, Opus 89 (2007) clarinet solo
stars & guitars, Opus 95 (2009) bass flute & harp – Premiere

Peter H. Bloom (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/nm/bio.html), grand flutes
Mary Jane Rupert (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/rupert2bio.html), harp
Karl Henning (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/), clarinet

Tuesday, 28 July 2009
12:15pm
King’s Chapel
Corner of School & Tremont Streets, Boston
Freewill donation.


When the going gets tough, the tough get composing.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 01, 2009, 04:01:26 PM
Here's a nifty Adventure in Sibelius.

The fl/cl/pf trio, Fragments of « Morning Has Broken » was a 17-page score in Finale.  It was something of a tricky matter to transfer the Finale file into Sibelius (largely because of peculiarities required in laying out the Finale score) . . . but it didn't take all that long, and the visual result speaks for itself, I think.

Here is the Finale score:
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 01, 2009, 04:03:19 PM
And the Sibelius, below.

A very minor matter, but Sibelius seems to justify right down to the bottom of the page, so that I cannot fit the date and place of completion of composition, at the very end of the score.

I mean, there must be some fix, but I haven't lit on it yet.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 03, 2009, 04:55:17 AM
Swapping Dmitri for Igor. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/05/shining-sub.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on May 03, 2009, 04:58:58 AM
Swapping Dmitri for Igor. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/05/shining-sub.html)

Your reviews are a joy to read, Karl.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 03, 2009, 05:21:03 AM
Many thanks, Johan!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 04, 2009, 01:17:14 PM
Puttering on: When softwares collide. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/05/funny-feeling.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 05, 2009, 01:54:24 PM
And Berlioz closes out the season at Symphony! (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/05/te-deum-vitae.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 20, 2009, 06:06:16 AM
Just received outstanding service at the post office. I needed to mail off Mamochka's application, and I was prepared to go Priority Mail™ so as to get Delivery Confirmation™ . . . but the clerk says to me, "Just send it first class and certified; that way, you've got the paper trail you want, and you save $2."

(Not exactly composing, was it?)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on May 20, 2009, 06:08:43 AM
(Not exactly composing, was it?)

No. Only when you set the whole dialogue to music.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 20, 2009, 06:19:36 AM
No. Only when you set the whole dialogue to music.

Hold that thought . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 20, 2009, 06:20:08 AM
Could be a topical interlude in The Magician of Moscow . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on May 20, 2009, 06:50:36 AM
Could be a topical interlude in The Magician of Moscow . . . .

As they say down south, "Ah'll hafta study on that!"   0:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 21, 2009, 04:59:42 PM
As they say down south, "Ah'll hafta study on that!"   0:)

Do, I pray  8)

And . . . Rare opportunity to hear Henningmusick in real time. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/05/to-be-sung-in-back-bay.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 21, 2009, 05:52:27 PM
Do, I pray  8)

And . . . Rare opportunity to hear Henningmusick in real time. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/05/to-be-sung-in-back-bay.html)
Now, does this start right at 11:00?- because I have to leave the house at 11:30 pretty much every Sunday. :-\
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 21, 2009, 05:56:20 PM
Now, does this start right at 11:00?- because I have to leave the house at 11:30 pretty much every Sunday. :-\

The service itself starts right at 11:00.  I'll try to get a sense this Sunday, of where in the hour my piece will fall the following Sunday.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 21, 2009, 05:58:06 PM
Cool.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 24, 2009, 02:04:08 PM
I have been a little careful to go posting this around, because I never got Karl's permission, but here is a link to the recording of the wedding music.  And just to forewarn you, the organist was sweating bullets about playing it, so take that into consideration before judging Dr. Henning himself.

https://mywebspace.wisc.edu/btstewart/Music/Henning/

And I assure you Karl was very reasonable with the commission.  It was a true wedding gift!

It was a great pleasure, Brett; mamny thanks for the invitation to be a musical part of so special an occasion!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 24, 2009, 02:07:39 PM
Now, does this start right at 11:00?- because I have to leave the house at 11:30 pretty much every Sunday. :-\

It's a tight fit, but I was told today that my piece will be the Anthem (earlier in the service than the Offertory, and these two are the special musical contributions by the choir at First Church Boston).  We will be singing Bless the Lord, O My Soul somewhere between 11:10 and 11:25.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 24, 2009, 07:37:52 PM
It's a tight fit, but I was told today that my piece will be the Anthem (earlier in the service than the Offertory, and these two are the special musical contributions by the choir at First Church Boston).  We will be singing Bless the Lord, O My Soul somewhere between 11:10 and 11:25.
Excellent! 
I'll make sure to listen, even if I have to remind myself a thousand times this week.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 29, 2009, 04:08:14 AM
Quote
Rare opportunity to hear Henningmusick in real time. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/05/to-be-sung-in-back-bay.html)

Quote
. . . my piece will be the Anthem (earlier in the service than the Offertory, and these two are the special musical contributions by the choir at First Church Boston).  We will be singing Bless the Lord, O My Soul somewhere between 11:10 and 11:25.

(Just a reminder to any what may desire such a reminder.)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidRoss on May 29, 2009, 04:48:42 AM
Any idea when we might be able to hear Stars & Guitars?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 29, 2009, 04:57:12 AM
The players will perform it in June and July;  just received confirmation yesterday that my friend Shauna will be in town to record the June recital.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidRoss on May 29, 2009, 05:07:03 AM
The players will perform it in June and July;  just received confirmation yesterday that my friend Shauna will be in town to record the June recital.
Terrific!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on May 29, 2009, 03:12:30 PM
The players will perform it in June and July;  just received confirmation yesterday that my friend Shauna will be in town to record the June recital.

Yay team!  'Tis high time for a Henningmusick compilation!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on May 31, 2009, 01:01:14 PM
Just heard from my good friend Michiel Schuijer, professor of music theory at the Conservatory of Amsterdam - a female student of his, Uzbek composer Polina Medyulyanova (http://www.composers21.com/compdocs/medyulyp.htm), seems to be preparing her Ph.D. ('seems', because things might still change). The subject: contemporary settings of St. John's Passion. Michiel has suggested she should also take into account Karl's setting and has given her his email address.

I hope she'll be in touch, Karl!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on May 31, 2009, 01:25:07 PM
Thanks, Cato & Johan!

My small piece this morning went quite well; the performance was an impressive gain on the rehearsal earlier today.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on May 31, 2009, 06:24:59 PM
Ah, man, I completely forgot...... :'(
thanks for figuring out the timing for me, though, Karl.

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 01, 2009, 12:54:14 AM
Excellent! 
I'll make sure to listen, even if I have to remind myself a thousand times this week.  ;D ;D

Must have needed two or three thousand, eh?  ;) 8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 02, 2009, 01:39:44 PM
Quote
My small piece this morning went quite well; the performance was an impressive gain on the rehearsal earlier today.

Order of service from Sunday the 31st (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/order-of-service-31v09.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on June 02, 2009, 06:19:07 PM
Must have needed two or three thousand, eh?  ;) 8)
yeah  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Catison on June 04, 2009, 12:34:39 PM
Order of service from Sunday the 31st (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/order-of-service-31v09.html)

Congratulations on your upcoming 4th birthday!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 04, 2009, 03:56:26 PM
Mozart ain't got nothin' on me!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 05, 2009, 02:12:13 AM
My own private antiquities. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/revisiting-old-work.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on June 05, 2009, 03:03:41 AM
My own private antiquities. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/revisiting-old-work.html)

1997?!

Oy!   ;D

Wait until the work has aged another 30 years!   :o

A melancholy experience, visiting early works!  In one sense an artist's output is all connected: the earliest, most immature, most incompetent works are linked genetically to the masterpieces of today and the future.  So this work with its curious title (and those have continued!) is being played through today's echoes.

Or one could say that an artist has only one work to produce, which can never be actually be experienced except through its multi-varied manifestations.  Just as one cannot actually show anybody a "tree," since only specific trees (maple, oak, cherry, etc) are manifested in nature, so the artist has within himself a "work" and all of his paintings, poems, compositions, etc. are variations on that one ultimately mysterious and inaudible Grundton .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 08, 2009, 03:36:23 AM
1997?!

Oy!   ;D

Wait until the work has aged another 30 years!   :o

A melancholy experience, visiting early works!  . . . .

Not too bad, really, in this case;  but then, my backlog of other old (but newer than the dissertation, of course) works still waiting for performance (some of which we shall see to later this very month) helps to dispel any cumulative melancholia.

Separately, Paul Cienniwa (http://paulcienniwa.blogspot.com/) gave me a disc with last week's performance of Bless the Lord, O My Soul (a good thing), but, it's a single hour-long track with the entire service on it, and the freeware audio editor I have on the home PC seems unequal to the task for editing this down (an annoyance, but hopefully temporary).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on June 08, 2009, 05:12:03 AM
Not too bad, really, in this case;  but then, my backlog of other old (but newer than the dissertation, of course) works still waiting for performance (some of which we shall see to later this very month) helps to dispel any cumulative melancholia.

Separately, Paul Cienniwa (http://paulcienniwa.blogspot.com/) gave me a disc with last week's performance of Bless the Lord, O My Soul (a good thing), but, it's a single hour-long track with the entire service on it, and the freeware audio editor I have on the home PC seems unequal to the task for editing this down (an annoyance, but hopefully temporary).

"Delays! Delays!" says the Vincent Price-ish Evil Scientist in the Bugs Bunny cartoon ("Water, Water, Every Hare").

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3232/2872954301_eb1404361f.jpg?v=0)

It is the curse of genius to be sabotaged by delays!  But an axe can cut through them!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 08, 2009, 05:19:42 AM
Delays; in my experience, it's normal  ;D 0:) 8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 10, 2009, 08:32:14 AM
Coming up in two weeks:

Bullish Upticks (I)

The Irrationally Exuberant Music of Karl Henning

Blue Shamrock, Opus 63 (2002) clarinet solo
Lost Waters, Opus 27 (1994-95) harp solo – Premiere
stars & guitars, Opus 95 (2009) bass flute & harp – Premiere

The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword, Opus 94a (2008) alto flute solo – Premiere
Fragments of  « Morning Has Broken », Opus 64a (2002) flute, clarinet & piano
Radiant Maples, Opus 59 (2001) flute, clarinet, harp & piano – Premiere

Peter H. Bloom (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/nm/bio.html), flutes of divers varieties
Paul Cienniwa (http://paulcienniwa.blogspot.com/), piano
Mary Jane Rupert (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/rupert2bio.html), harp
Karl Henning (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/), clarinet

Wednesday, 24 June 2009
7:30pm
First Congregational Church in Woburn
322 Main Street
Freewill donation;  all proceeds to benefit Organ Restoration Fund.


When the going gets tough, the tough get composing.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Catison on June 10, 2009, 09:05:33 AM
Wish I could be there...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 10, 2009, 09:08:29 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on June 10, 2009, 03:59:24 PM
Yay Team!

If anyone here on GMG has connections to an impresario/agent/producer/conductor/etc., get them to this concert!!!   $:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on June 10, 2009, 11:53:06 PM
Coming up in two weeks:

The Irrationally Exuberant Music of Karl Henning

Great news! This is the sort of 'irrational exuberance' I like: the sort that doesn't lead you into a crisis, but improved mental sanity.  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 15, 2009, 04:49:37 AM
(Flyer)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on June 15, 2009, 11:18:23 AM
4 Premieres in one night!  :o
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 15, 2009, 03:51:21 PM
Well, quite a backlog has accumulated . . . and then, I both prepared the alto flute edition, and composed stars & guitars, specifically for these players.

I think that this is likely the premiere of the fl/cl/pf version of Fragments, too;  but didn't want to belabor the point . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 15, 2009, 05:07:28 PM
About one tough piece. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/five-little-pages.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on June 15, 2009, 05:30:12 PM
About one tough piece. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/five-little-pages.html)
Ouch!  Looks like the worst possible combination of brutal finger exercises and impossible articulation etudes!  Sorry I won't be able to hear it this week.  Why don't you come to DC to play it next time?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 16, 2009, 03:39:51 AM
All right!  Have a venue in mind?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on June 16, 2009, 07:22:19 AM
I was just thinking anything in driving distance for me!  I can check out some venues that sponsor concert series and send you contact info.  It probably will come down to how much money you are willing to lose to play here. . . There should be a composer exchange program to pick up expenses for you guys to take your show on the road! 
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 16, 2009, 08:01:05 AM
I was just thinking anything in driving distance for me!  I can check out some venues that sponsor concert series and send you contact info.  It probably will come down to how much money you are willing to lose to play here. . . .

Well, if the space is available gratis, we can take it from there.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 17, 2009, 02:41:08 AM
Rehearsal tonight with Peter, Paul & Mary Jane.  I am pumped!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on June 17, 2009, 04:20:09 AM
Rehearsal tonight with Peter, Paul & Mary Jane.  I am pumped!

I think I've heard of them!   8)   "Beatniks" of some sort? 
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 17, 2009, 04:22:45 AM
Quote from: Nick Danger
Far out, Catherwood. Just roll a couple of bombers and leave them on the side-table.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 17, 2009, 06:22:57 AM
Small fires to be put out:  harpist just rang to say, yes, she would like a harp part, please (wish I had known last night!)  Also, she cannot seem to locate the Lost Waters suite.

Happily, I can dash home at lunch and see to these matters, and be back in fair time for all the rest of the day.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 18, 2009, 03:44:31 AM
Terrific rehearsal last night. Going back for more tonight.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Catison on June 18, 2009, 08:44:34 AM
Terrific rehearsal last night. Going back for more tonight.

I have a comment about your notation I would like to share with you.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 18, 2009, 08:56:05 AM
I have a comment about your notation I would like to share with you.

Please.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Catison on June 18, 2009, 09:00:29 AM
Please.

Needs more wind machine.

I've got a fever.  And the ONLY prescription.  IS MORE WIND MACHINE!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 18, 2009, 09:19:50 AM
Well, just lay off my harmonics notation, bud!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on June 18, 2009, 12:31:13 PM
I like the new name and avatar.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on June 18, 2009, 01:04:10 PM
Karl, you've. . .you've. . .changed?  Gee, you think you're getting to know someone, then suddenly. . .  ???
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Scarpia on June 18, 2009, 01:31:03 PM
Karl, you've. . .you've. . .changed?  Gee, you think you're getting to know someone, then suddenly. . .  ???

Yes, he started getting the night-sweats after the idea occurred to him that some of us haven't noticed that he knows the Cyrillic alphabet.   ::)

-Скарпя
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on June 18, 2009, 02:34:37 PM
He knows a bit more than just the alphabet, Скарпя.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 19, 2009, 02:11:35 AM
Put the appliance down and use your ears. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/bang-on-tweet.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Catison on June 19, 2009, 04:38:23 AM
I am now listening to Canticum Sacrum (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,9.msg322538.html#msg322538).  Wow?!  And if I may say so, I finally see Stravinsky's influence on Charles Wuorinen, especially in the Mass.

And, from my own experience with Henning, Op. 93, I sense some influence here as well.  But this is probably more evident in Opp. 87 & 92, which I have come to enjoy quite a lot.

Once I get to Requiem Canticles, I am sure there will be a little bit more to write.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 19, 2009, 04:48:53 AM
Yes, I freely own that I learnt much from Igor Fyodorovich!

Meanwhile, back in Cambridge . . . .

I’ve now enjoyed two rehearsal hearings of stars & guitars complete.  It is one wild ride.  I feel a bit about it, as Maria (http://www.geocities.com/maria_bablyak/) at times seems to feel, fresh from finishing a canvas:  not completely sure what I think of it, but at this point, I cannot (nor would) change a note of it.  Overall, I think I like it a good deal.  What is gratifying (setting aside my own je ne sais quoi) is how enthusiastic the flautist is for the piece, and his infectious excitement for performing it next week.  The harpist is (simply by temperament, I think) more reserved.  Before they started to play it last night, Mary Jane asked me if she was playing her solo cadenza all right (and sure she is).  I returned that it was entire cheek on my own part, as someone who doesn’t play the harp, to compose such a cadenza.  But then, Peter and I immediately followed with the observation that many composers must have written harp cadenzas, who were not themselves harpists.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 20, 2009, 06:49:18 AM
Of trios, a quartet & a sextet. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/fresh-scent-of-maybe.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 22, 2009, 04:14:10 PM
Program notes. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/program-notes.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on June 22, 2009, 04:22:18 PM
Nice notes.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 22, 2009, 04:23:48 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 23, 2009, 04:08:21 AM
TOMORROW!!

Bullish Upticks (I)

The Irrationally Exuberant Music of Karl Henning

Blue Shamrock, Opus 63 (2002) clarinet solo
Lost Waters, Opus 27 (1994-95) harp solo – Premiere
stars & guitars, Opus 95 (2009) bass flute & harp – Premiere

The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword, Opus 94a (2008) alto flute solo – Premiere
Fragments of  « Morning Has Broken », Opus 64a (2002) flute, clarinet & piano
Radiant Maples, Opus 59 (2001) flute, clarinet, harp & piano – Premiere

Peter H. Bloom (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/nm/bio.html), flutes of divers varieties
Paul Cienniwa (http://paulcienniwa.blogspot.com/), piano
Mary Jane Rupert (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/rupert2bio.html), harp
Karl Henning (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/), clarinet

Wednesday, 24 June 2009
7:30pm
First Congregational Church in Woburn
322 Main Street
Freewill donation;  all proceeds to benefit Organ Restoration Fund.


When the going gets tough, the tough get composing.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 23, 2009, 04:44:34 AM
How about those little spidery automata on the InterWeb?

Last night in my blog post, one of the 1,961 words was Estonia, and today we find:
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on June 23, 2009, 07:04:24 AM
TOMORROW!!

Bullish Upticks (I)

The Irrationally Exuberant Music of Karl Henning

Blue Shamrock, Opus 63 (2002) clarinet solo
Lost Waters, Opus 27 (1994-95) harp solo – Premiere
stars & guitars, Opus 95 (2009) bass flute & harp – Premiere

The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword, Opus 94a (2008) alto flute solo – Premiere
Fragments of  « Morning Has Broken », Opus 64a (2002) flute, clarinet & piano
Radiant Maples, Opus 59 (2001) flute, clarinet, harp & piano – Premiere

Peter H. Bloom (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/nm/bio.html), flutes of divers varieties
Paul Cienniwa (http://paulcienniwa.blogspot.com/), piano
Mary Jane Rupert (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/rupert2bio.html), harp
Karl Henning (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/), clarinet

Wednesday, 24 June 2009
7:30pm
First Congregational Church in Woburn
322 Main Street
Freewill donation;  all proceeds to benefit Organ Restoration Fund.


When the going gets tough, the tough get composing.
Here's wishing you all success, a good reed, and a large and appreciative audience.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 24, 2009, 02:30:56 AM
Thanks!

It's tonight!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on June 24, 2009, 02:34:26 AM
Karl!  Make sure those recorders and back-up recorders and back-back-up recorders are running!

Too bad the local classical station(s) (?) in Boston have not seen fit to broadcast such concerts!  Might help their audience ratings!  Light-years better than another aural bon-bon like Afternoon of a Faun, or Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 24, 2009, 02:42:34 AM
Karl!  Make sure those recorders and back-up recorders and back-back-up recorders are running!

Shauna . . . courtesy white telephone, please . . . .  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 24, 2009, 05:24:38 AM
Some playing yesternight. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/penultimate-rehearsal.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on June 24, 2009, 05:56:58 AM
Thanks!

It's tonight!

Good luck, Karl! Break a leg...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: owlice on June 24, 2009, 05:57:52 AM
Karl, break a reed tonight!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Brewski on June 24, 2009, 06:12:17 AM
Yes, please add my good wishes for all the irrational exuberance one can handle tonight.  Hope it goes very well!

--Bruce
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on June 24, 2009, 06:20:20 AM
Yes, please add my good wishes for all the irrational exuberance one can handle tonight.  Hope it goes very well!

--Bruce

And don't forget the exuberant irrationality, not to mention the irruberant exactionality, and especially the exüberalles!   $:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Brewski on June 24, 2009, 06:27:46 AM
...not to mention the irruberant exactionality...

I especially vote for this one.  ;D

--Bruce
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 24, 2009, 08:12:11 AM
Just heard from Shauna. I'm off now to fetch a recording engineer . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on June 25, 2009, 02:15:21 AM
SOOOO.... tell us about last night's concert!  


(http://www.simswyeth.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/ears.jpg)

Everybody wants to ear about it!   :o
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on June 25, 2009, 02:20:09 AM
SOOOO.... tell us about last night's concert!  


(http://www.simswyeth.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/ears.jpg)

Everybody wants to ear about it!   :o


That's right!  At times Cato has no qualms or shame about anything!   0:)

SOOO...Karl, give us that report!  I gave away all my qualms to the poor, so I have nothing to lose!   $:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidRoss on June 25, 2009, 02:31:30 AM
Yep. First place I turned this am.  Wuz duh buzz, cuz?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 25, 2009, 02:33:40 AM
In brief, went very well.  More later;  going back for some more sleep  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on June 25, 2009, 03:01:50 AM
In brief, went very well.  More later;  going back for some more sleep  8)

We are panting in anticipation...
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on June 25, 2009, 07:02:27 AM
Karl, Karl, WAKE UP!  How'd it go?  Inquiring minds want to know! :D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 25, 2009, 08:44:59 AM
You are all kind, and I warmly thank you!

Here goes. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/upticks-i-recap.html)

I don't mind knowing such a large percentage of the audience, when (a) so many of them do come, and (b) there are several people I don't know (yet).  Five people from the office came (one of them bringing his two children, who are both studying music) . . . which, even if not everyone came who said that he would try to make it, is a pleasingly strong showing, since the venue is a bit off the beaten track from Boston.

The organist at a church where I was almost hired as a choir director came, which was a delightful surprise, too.  Between this organist, and the visiting clarinetist mention above, my performance may just have drummed up some sales at my publisher.

Although I do not have my hands yet on either, there will be both an audio recording and a videotape of the event.  Shauna advised me right away at the end that her computer 'hiccoughed' during Blue Shamrock, so that we lost "a couple of seconds."  I should feel worse about that (not at all directed at Shauna, of course) if I had played the piece better  0:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 25, 2009, 08:50:37 AM
There also came a chap I know, who frequently comes to the MFA shop, is very friendly and chatty, and who occasionally schedules concerts at his home.  He was one of the first to arrive at the concert, and he apologetically cautioned me that he would probably need to leave a little early . . . so I have not had the chance to speak with him to see if I "passed"  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on June 25, 2009, 08:58:02 AM
Congratulations!  It sounds like a great success all around!  It is good that you are not overly concerned by minor imperfections in your performance.  For one thing, you were probably the only person in the room who heard them!  And new music, performed live by the composer, is sufficiently compelling to outweigh a few blips, in my book at least.  I hope there will be a way for you to share the audio. . . (hint, hint) 0:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Brewski on June 25, 2009, 09:05:02 AM
Yes, congratulations!  And I add my opinion that you were no doubt the most aware of any imperfections than anyone else.  Also, one nice advantage of hearing something new for the first time: the audience doesn't know any better!

But the reactions sound genuine, and how nice that you got a response from your mom.

--Bruce
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Dr. Dread on June 25, 2009, 09:07:30 AM
Congratulations from me too.  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 25, 2009, 09:10:06 AM
Thank you all!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidRoss on June 25, 2009, 09:15:10 AM
That's great, Karl, that it went so well and that you were pleased, despite the inevitable glitch or two.  Drop us a note when Shauna's recording is available, svp.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: owlice on June 25, 2009, 09:17:05 AM
Karl, congratulations!!!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on June 25, 2009, 09:45:36 AM
There also came a chap I know, who frequently comes to the MFA shop, is very friendly and chatty, and who occasionally schedules concerts at his home.  He was one of the first to arrive at the concert, and he apologetically cautioned me that he would probably need to leave a little early . . . so I have not had the chance to speak with him to see if I "passed"  8)

Yay Team!

How large must his place be to hold even a Kammerkonzert?   :o

It sounds like we have a Patron of the Arts here!  Is his name von Meck?   0:)

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 25, 2009, 10:40:52 AM
Thank you, lady & gentlemen!

Separately: Opinions solicited. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/ticklish-uptick-timing-issues.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidRoss on June 25, 2009, 12:16:46 PM
Drop angel, give Peter a rest by telling a funny story or two between pieces  >:D  Better yet, make it a stand up routine with Peter:

Peter:  So, Karl, I understand you've written a string quartet.
Karl: That's right, Peter.
And you have a quartet that's going to premiere it soon.
That's right.
And you already know the members of the quartet.
Right again, Peter.
So who's the first violin?
That's right.
No, what I mean to say is who is the guy playing first violin?
Yes.
I mean the fellow's name.
Who.
The guy on first.
Who.
The first violinist.
Who.
The guy playing...
Who is on first violin!
(Peter makes as if to break something.)
Peter: I'm asking YOU who's on first.
That's the man's name.
That's who's name?
Yes.
Well go ahead and tell me.
That's it.
That's who?
Yes.

Pause while Peter gathers himself.

Peter: Look, you gotta first violin?
Certainly.
Who's playing first?
That's right.
When the first violin gets paid, who gets the money?
Every dollar of it.
All I'm trying to find out is the fellow's name on first violin!
Who.
The guy that gets...
That's it.
Who gets the money...
He does, every dollar. Sometimes his wife collects it.
Whose wife?
Yes.

PAUSE

Peter: Look, I just wanna know what's the guy's name on first violin.
No. What is on second violin.
I'm not asking you who's on second.
Who's on first.
One fiddle at a time!
Well, don't change the players around.
I'm not changing nobody! I'm just asking who's the guy on first violin?
That's right.
I mean what's his name?
Who's his name.  What's the name of the second violin.   

And so on.
 ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on June 25, 2009, 01:26:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch/v/BlXjIg4fH74
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: SonicMan46 on June 25, 2009, 01:44:51 PM
Karl - great news & glad that all went well!  Dave  :)

(http://www.myspacechamp.com/graphics/congratulations/congratulations_myspace_graphics_02.gif)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on June 25, 2009, 02:30:00 PM
I am glad all went well for you, Karl. Congrats!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 25, 2009, 06:28:45 PM
Muchas gracias, amigos!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 26, 2009, 06:42:33 PM
Revising Bullish Upticks II to IIb. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/forestalling-gong.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 27, 2009, 04:49:09 AM
Plan B in formation. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/back-of-envelope.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 27, 2009, 09:39:46 AM
Official word on revival of the St John Passion. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/resurrection-of-passion-so-to-speak.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 29, 2009, 02:17:43 AM
Very peculiar dream last night.

Dreamt I was visiting a friend in New York; or, more accurately, that I was playing part of a brief recital of my own music in New York, and my friend was at hand to assist.

I started to play Blue Shamrock.  It's a piece (a) which yields no time to turn pages, so you spread the music out on two or three stands, and you go; and (b) whose music goes by so quickly, that you practice it so that you've nearly memorized it, and the pages (which pass by mickle quickly) are more a visual 'place-keeper' than anything you are reading in real-time.  That said (and this being a dream) I am playing the Shamrock, and I see the first two pages before me.  An unseen hand removes those two pages for me;  but now, instead of seeing the next two pages of the piece, they're missing, and I see two pages of random newsprint.  Of course, I just keep playing.  (That has the look of a dream of anxiety, perhaps;  but in fact, I rejoiced to react so quickly and smoothly to the surprise.)

I finish playing, and a 'virtual acquaintance' (who in real life is actually a pianist) is about to play a piece of mine, running twenty minutes, for unaccompanied English horn.  My New York friend shepherds me away to a Green Room while the recital proceeds;  and thence directly to an empty hall, where I suppose there is going to be an informal reception at the recital's conclusion.  I ask if anyone is there to review the event, and my cell phone jingles (I never, never dream of my cell phone) to indicate that a text message has arrived . . . and of course my first thought is, if they've reviewed it this quickly, they must have been "typing" during the performance. Bad form  8)

Anyway, daftest dream I've had in an age.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on June 29, 2009, 01:28:35 PM
Launch of a new duet. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/one-reckless-berry.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on June 30, 2009, 06:13:58 PM
Maybe it was really you writing the review while you're listening to the English Horn solo, then you sent it to yourself, and repressed the fact that you wrote it from your mind.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 01, 2009, 10:22:28 AM
Do you have recordings lying around?  If they're studio recordings you should totally sell them! :)

I have nine discs, nine against the rings for mortal men doomed to die, sitting here in the cubicle.  Most of them are promised out already.

My engineer has some space she can upload these to, but it's much easier for her to see to when she returns to school next week.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 03, 2009, 09:42:42 AM
Quote
Launch of a new duet. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/06/one-reckless-berry.html)

This is cooking along very nicely.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Est.1965 on July 03, 2009, 10:16:19 AM
Blue Shamrock?  Sounds very interesting indeed, the title has so many celtic connotations and even conflicts that somewhere along the line I've got to hear it!  :D

Karl, I also want to know what Mung beans are.   ???
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 03, 2009, 10:33:06 AM
Behold, the bean itself! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mung_bean)  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 05, 2009, 04:39:32 AM
Just heard from my good friend Michiel Schuijer, professor of music theory at the Conservatory of Amsterdam - a female student of his, Uzbek composer Polina Medyulyanova (http://www.composers21.com/compdocs/medyulyp.htm), seems to be preparing her Ph.D. ('seems', because things might still change). The subject: contemporary settings of St. John's Passion. Michiel has suggested she should also take into account Karl's setting and has given her his email address.

I hope she'll be in touch, Karl!

Yes, she has (in sporadic touch);  but I have now sent her the score (which should arrive soon.  [And Johan has kindly interrupted his packing-&-moving in order to send our doctoral candidate a CD of the premiere!]
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 05, 2009, 04:45:48 AM
Happy anniversary, Brett!

Grand Festival Suite: Music for the Wedding of Heather & Brett Stewart. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/07/anniversary.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 05, 2009, 04:24:43 PM
More progress on the Watermelon.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 05, 2009, 04:48:04 PM
The clavecinist and the composer.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on July 05, 2009, 07:03:50 PM
That is a very cool shot, Karl!  Make a great page in a liner note section.  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 06, 2009, 02:24:11 AM
Thanks, Bill! Shot was taken by a cellist  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 06, 2009, 02:32:46 AM
And what is more important: les très jolies femmes
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on July 06, 2009, 05:09:02 AM
The clavecinist and the composer.

In that picture there is an angelic  0:)  glow around you, Karl

But the beatific visions of that feminine trinity in the next picture explain why!   8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 06, 2009, 05:09:55 AM
Yes, I am in a state of near-constant transport  0:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 06, 2009, 01:23:13 PM
Upticks are nearing final revision, and they remain bullish!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 06, 2009, 04:36:46 PM
Progress, you know. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/07/still-no-heed.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 07, 2009, 07:12:02 AM
NEW!! IMPROVED!!

Bullish Upticks (IIa)

The Irrationally Exuberant Music of Karl Henning

Irreplaceable Doodles, Opus 89 (2007) clarinet solo
stars & guitars, Opus 95 (2009) bass flute & harp – Premiere
Tropes on Parasha’s Aria, from White Nights, Opus 75 (2006?) flute, clarinet & harp

Peter H. Bloom (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/nm/bio.html), flutes
Mary Jane Rupert (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/rupert2bio.html), harp
Karl Henning (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/), clarinet

Tuesday, 28 July 2009
12:15pm
King's Chapel
Corner of School & Tremont Streets, Boston
Freewill donation.


When the going gets tough, the tough get composing.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 07, 2009, 07:17:39 AM
ADDITIONAL ENGAGEMENT!! CAVING IN TO POPULAR DEMAND!!

Bullish Upticks (IIb)

The Irrationally Exuberant Music of Karl Henning

Blue Shamrock, Opus 63 (2002) clarinet solo
The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword, Opus 94a (2008) alto flute – Premiere
Irreplaceable Doodles, Opus 89 (2007) clarinet solo
Heedless Watermelon, Opus 97 (2009) flute & clarinet – Premiere

Peter H. Bloom (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/nm/bio.html), flutes
Karl Henning (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/), clarinet

Wednesday, 29 July 2009
12:15pm
West End Branch, Boston Public Library
151 Cambridge Street, Boston
Free & Open to the Public.


When the going gets tough, the tough get composing.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on July 07, 2009, 11:46:36 AM
Looks as though Mr. Bloom has a busy tour schedule as well.  Do you ever sit in to play someone's music besides your own like he does, Karl?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 07, 2009, 11:48:26 AM
Looks as though Mr. Bloom has a busy tour schedule as well.  Do you ever sit in to play someone's music besides your own like he does, Karl?

Played a couple of premieres (Hicken, Sellers) last June, Bill.  Last month was my first public performance since.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on July 07, 2009, 05:24:09 PM
Not to mention he premiered a piece of mine once...
if you ever had the urge to write something for guitar, Karl, remember me. Can't say I'm a performer yet, though... :P
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: SonicMan46 on July 08, 2009, 02:10:03 PM
Looks as though Mr. Bloom has a busy tour schedule as well.  Do you ever sit in to play someone's music besides your own like he does, Karl?

Bill - great avatar!  :D  If you have a larger pic & some information, please put a post in my 'old instruments' thread - needs to be brought back TTT!  Dave  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 08, 2009, 06:16:13 PM
Welcome, Dave!  :D ;) 0:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 09, 2009, 03:18:11 AM
Cari amici,

My excellent friend Shauna has uploaded the recording (http://www.music.mcgill.ca/~sbarra/Karl%20Henning/) from the 24 June event.  Notwithstanding the fact that the composer wishes that all might have been better still, it is my great pleasure to make this available to you.  I place only the following conditions (which I have no way of enforcing, and regarding which I therefore rely completely on your discretion):

a.  I earnestly hope that you may enjoy listening.
b.  Whether you enjoy the listening or (heaven forfend) not, the composer appreciates any feedback the listener may offer.
c.  If you have enjoyed listening, I hope you may consider supporting the musicians in any way you find appropriate and feasible.
d.  If you have any comments on the technical aspects of the recording, good or bad, Shauna welcomes any and all feedback.  Contact me if you wish her e-mail address.
e.  If you enjoy the music, please send Shauna an e-mail message thanking her for her generosity of spirit (and time, and labor) to the composer.
f.  Of the following pieces, only Blue Shamrock is under contract to a publisher, Lux Nova Press.  Technically, I probably do not have the right to distribute the recording of this piece freely;  realistically, I do not think that this gesture will run afoul of Lux Nova.  All that said, I encourage you (if you like the piece) to let Lux Nova know (http://www.luxnova.com/).
g.  If you feel inclined (and if any of the pieces on the program so inspire you), encourage Lux Nova to carry and promote more Henningmusick (http://www.luxnova.com/).
h.  Track list:

1. Blue Shamrock, Opus 63 — clarinet solo

Lost Waters, Opus 27 — harp solo
2. Irving's Hudson
3. Thoreau's Walden
4. Whitman's Ontario
5. Carlos Williams's Passaic

6. stars & guitars, Opus 95 — bass flute & harp
7. The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword, Opus 94a — alto flute solo
8. Fragments of « Morning Has Broken », Opus 64a — flute, clarinet & piano
9. Radiant Maples, Opus 59 — flute, clarinet harp & piano

========

10. Fragments of « Morning Has Broken », Opus 64a — rehearsal
11. Radiant Maples, Opus 59 — rehearsal excerpt

========

I wish you all good listening, and I thank you for all your kind support.

Cheers,
~Karl
Title: Henning's a fraud?
Post by: karlhenning on July 09, 2009, 05:53:40 AM
(* whistles in the corner *) (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,92.msg330575.html#msg330575)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Est.1965 on July 09, 2009, 08:25:58 AM
Downloading "Blue Shamrock" which I'm keen to listen to first beause of its title...   ;D
Karl, In some ways the pic of you sitting with the clavecinist reminds me of a liesurely Sinopoli!  
I will certainly let Lux Nova know what I think - there are other works which many of us have of yours which should have been pressed to CD so we could buy them instead.  :-[
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 09, 2009, 08:32:10 AM
I await, with some trepidation, John, the new av: My features on hearing Blue Shamrock

 8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 09, 2009, 10:04:05 AM
We are now on the West End branch BPL website calendar (http://bpl.org/branches/we_calendar.htm).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Est.1965 on July 09, 2009, 10:28:55 AM
On Listening to BLUE SHAMROCK by Karl Henning

This is marked 'Clarinet Solo.'
But there is a two-way dialogue going on here.  The Clarinet is talking to itself, asking questions, finding answers.  
Blue Shamrock sounds to me to be in three seamless parts, the first taking us to around 01:20, up to which we are introduced to a quick internal Q&A session, like a child clarinet asking questions and the parent clarinet providing patient replies.  
At around 1:20 (second part) the questions become one word and one answer exchanges.  Its [the parent voice] responses are sometimes tempramental and often quick to pick up.
At 02:30 the third part begins.  Here I think the parental Clarinet gets tired of the small talk and launches into painting a picture of itself and just how great it is to be a Clarinet.  At the end, it warns it's younger self of imroprieties on it's journey.  :D

This is of course complete corned beef  :o, not at all what you intended I expect, but thats how this short piece comes to me after a couple of listens.  Without the technical jargon, it's like hearing a Clarinet 'coming of age' piece, a clarinet coming to a greater understanding of itself by questioning, answering and expressing.

Well, it occured to me also that it may be the Clarinet dialogue is an expression of the clash between 'Blue' and'Shamrock', two words which when put togeher in some parts of the World represent a severe conflict.

There is something to be learned from this piece, but it is not in its title.  

Fabulous Karl, thanks for making this available to us.   ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 09, 2009, 10:32:05 AM
Thanks, John! And I am glad that your av is related to another matter entirely  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 10, 2009, 06:20:42 AM
To repeat, in case some missed it (who prefer not to miss it).

Cari amici,

My excellent friend Shauna has uploaded the recording (http://www.music.mcgill.ca/~sbarra/Karl%20Henning/) from the 24 June event.  Notwithstanding the fact that the composer wishes that all might have been better still, it is my great pleasure to make this available to you.  I place only the following conditions (which I have no way of enforcing, and regarding which I therefore rely completely on your discretion):

a.  I earnestly hope that you may enjoy listening.
b.  Whether you enjoy the listening or (heaven forfend) not, the composer appreciates any feedback the listener may offer.
c.  If you have enjoyed listening, I hope you may consider supporting the musicians in any way you find appropriate and feasible.
d.  If you have any comments on the technical aspects of the recording, good or bad, Shauna welcomes any and all feedback.  Contact me if you wish her e-mail address.
e.  If you enjoy the music, please send Shauna an e-mail message thanking her for her generosity of spirit (and time, and labor) to the composer.
f.  Of the following pieces, only Blue Shamrock is under contract to a publisher, Lux Nova Press.  Technically, I probably do not have the right to distribute the recording of this piece freely;  realistically, I do not think that this gesture will run afoul of Lux Nova.  All that said, I encourage you (if you like the piece) to let Lux Nova know (http://www.luxnova.com/).
g.  If you feel inclined (and if any of the pieces on the program so inspire you), encourage Lux Nova to carry and promote more Henningmusick (http://www.luxnova.com/).
h.  Track list:

1. Blue Shamrock, Opus 63 — clarinet solo

Lost Waters, Opus 27 — harp solo
2. Irving's Hudson
3. Thoreau's Walden
4. Whitman's Ontario
5. Carlos Williams's Passaic

6. stars & guitars, Opus 95 — bass flute & harp
7. The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword, Opus 94a — alto flute solo
8. Fragments of « Morning Has Broken », Opus 64a — flute, clarinet & piano
9. Radiant Maples, Opus 59 — flute, clarinet harp & piano

========

10. Fragments of « Morning Has Broken », Opus 64a — rehearsal
11. Radiant Maples, Opus 59 — rehearsal excerpt

========

I wish you all good listening, and I thank you for all your kind support.

Cheers,
~Karl
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 11, 2009, 08:45:46 AM
Karl, congratulations!!!

Thanks, owlice!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 11, 2009, 02:50:18 PM
Canonic transformation of a Maternal theme. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/07/subject-operation.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 11, 2009, 06:07:28 PM
Another shot of Drs C & H
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on July 11, 2009, 06:11:23 PM
Another shot of Drs C & H
Heeeeeelllllllllllll yeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously, one day I gotta visit you, Karl- and it'd be one of the happiest days of my life when I do! (and then we gotta do a picture in a similar style).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 11, 2009, 06:17:35 PM
You are kind, Greg!

Do you feel like writing a short duet for flute and clarinet? (Or even, alto flute and clarinet?)

Absolutely. Do it!

What approx. duration (or range of duration) would be of interest to you, Howard?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on July 11, 2009, 06:37:38 PM
You are kind, Greg!
And I'm dead serious!  :)
We have to do that sometime in the future- just spend a day chilling out... You can show me the highlights of Boston, go to a concert, the museum, go to your church, play clarinet for me, show your wife's paintings, throw rocks at people in the park, etc.
Really, that'd be an awesome day, wouldn't it?  ;D 



Do you feel like writing a short duet for flute and clarinet? (Or even, alto flute and clarinet?)
Maybe. Why do you ask?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 12, 2009, 03:56:57 AM
Peter Bloom & I have another recital date in September.  If you want to draw up something (and if Peter gives it the go-ahead), we can play it then.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on July 12, 2009, 05:27:27 PM
Peter Bloom & I have another recital date in September.  If you want to draw up something (and if Peter gives it the go-ahead), we can play it then.
Cool! I'll go ahead and write something short and fun, then.  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Joe_Campbell on July 12, 2009, 06:36:27 PM
Another shot of Drs C & H
When I lived with my parents, we had the EXACT SAME chairs! Funny!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 13, 2009, 03:45:08 AM
When I lived with my parents, we had the EXACT SAME chairs! Funny!

Uh-oh. I shall ask Paul discreetly where he found the chairs . . . .

Cool! I'll go ahead and write something short and fun, then.  8)

Do, please!  If we can have it sometime mid-next-month, 'twould be lovely.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 13, 2009, 07:11:05 AM
Maria in "the cello shed"

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3612/3694022426_8334662da2.jpg)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on July 13, 2009, 07:26:09 AM
Karl, that is the cleanest shed I have ever seen! :o
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 13, 2009, 07:28:20 AM
That's why we were speculating that Audrey must practice the cello in that shed!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Père Malfait on July 13, 2009, 08:13:41 AM
I just had the opportunity to listen to a sampling of HenningsMusik (Blue Shamrock, Lost Waters, Stars & Guitars, The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword, Morning Has Broken, Radiant Maples) and I am VERY impressed! I especially enjoyed Stars & Guitars - haunting and evocative. Jolly good show, Karl! Continuer comme ça!  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 13, 2009, 08:14:32 AM
Merci beaucoups!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Père Malfait on July 13, 2009, 08:15:11 AM
You're most welcome, sir! Have you ever written anything for harpsichord or organ?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 13, 2009, 08:17:25 AM
You're most welcome, sir! Have you ever written anything for harpsichord or organ?

Nothing directly for harpsichord, though my friend Paul is working with me to adapt Lost Waters for harpsichord.

Quite a bit for organ, including a daunting Toccata.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Père Malfait on July 13, 2009, 10:59:28 AM
I'm sure Lost Waters will be very interesting on harpsichord!

I'd love to check out your Toccata - is it available on your blog, or has it been published? 
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 13, 2009, 02:36:31 PM
I'm sure Lost Waters will be very interesting on harpsichord!

I'd love to check out your Toccata - is it available on your blog, or has it been published? 

Thank you!  The Toccata is in production at Lux Nova Press;  your kind query reminds me that I should ask if there is a roll-out date!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: SonicMan46 on July 13, 2009, 03:46:16 PM

Lost Waters, Opus 27 — harp solo
2. Irving's Hudson
3. Thoreau's Walden
4. Whitman's Ontario
5. Carlos Williams's Passaic


Hello Karl - listened to the work above in my office today - wonderful playing on the harp and quite 'atmospheric' compositions - enjoyed much!  Thanks for giving us this opportunity -  :D

Dave  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on July 13, 2009, 05:40:01 PM
To repeat, in case some missed it (who prefer not to miss it).

Cari amici,

My excellent friend Shauna has uploaded the recording (http://www.music.mcgill.ca/~sbarra/Karl%20Henning/) from the 24 June event.  Notwithstanding the fact that the composer wishes that all might have been better still, it is my great pleasure to make this available to you.  I place only the following conditions (which I have no way of enforcing, and regarding which I therefore rely completely on your discretion):

a.  I earnestly hope that you may enjoy listening.

h.  Track list:

1. Blue Shamrock, Opus 63 — clarinet solo

Lost Waters, Opus 27 — harp solo
2. Irving's Hudson
3. Thoreau's Walden
4. Whitman's Ontario
5. Carlos Williams's Passaic

6. stars & guitars, Opus 95 — bass flute & harp
7. The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword, Opus 94a — alto flute solo
8. Fragments of « Morning Has Broken », Opus 64a — flute, clarinet & piano
9. Radiant Maples, Opus 59 — flute, clarinet harp & piano

========

10. Fragments of « Morning Has Broken », Opus 64a — rehearsal
11. Radiant Maples, Opus 59 — rehearsal excerpt

========

I wish you all good listening, and I thank you for all your kind support.

Cheers,
~Karl
I've been enjoying listening to these, bit by bit, getting my first taste of Henningmusik. (Perhaps it is my antiquated computer system at fault, but it takes an inordinate amount of time for the music to transfer to my computer so I can listen to it!  Nevertheless, I persevere.)  What a varied feast so far!  I have very much enjoyed The Angel--the alto flute has a very cool sound, and this is a lovely performance.  The harp pieces, Lost Waters, were lovely and intriguing.  And I liked the playfulness and inventiveness of Blue Shamrock.  I see that Stars and  Guitars is quite a large file, so it will have to wait for another day.  Bravo! :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 13, 2009, 05:44:01 PM
Thank you, indeed!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on July 14, 2009, 09:30:35 AM
I thought of a title for the clarinet/alto flute duet- "op.13 Prelude to Everything and Nothing." Now I just gotta write it.  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 14, 2009, 09:33:20 AM
I like the title.

Now, get writing  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on July 14, 2009, 09:54:57 AM
Aye aye, Kaptain!
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Post by: karlhenning on July 15, 2009, 10:53:51 AM
What overall duration are you aiming for?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on July 15, 2009, 11:26:44 AM
At first, I had in mind something short and playful, maybe only 2 minutes long.
Yesterday, I wrote the first 30 seconds, which is the alto flute solo at extremely slow tempo. It's beautiful. I'm looking to include some good counterpoint, maybe a canon, if it comes to mind.
So, I really don't know... maybe 5 minutes at least?  ??? (if it continues with this tempo)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 15, 2009, 11:33:07 AM
5 minutes is good.

Keep up the work!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 16, 2009, 12:50:55 AM
A surfeit of seeming good tidings. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/07/blur.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidRoss on July 16, 2009, 12:09:24 PM
BTW, Karl, I succeeded in getting adequate streaming performance to listen to the QuickTime files Shauna posted.  In general I liked them, some quite a bit--particularly Radiant Maples and Lost Waters.  My wife in the next room overheard several of the pieces and kept asking me who the composer was, because she liked them all very much.  She wondered if you might consider a transcription of Lost Waters for guitar.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 17, 2009, 03:00:37 AM
BTW, Karl, I succeeded in getting adequate streaming performance to listen to the QuickTime files Shauna posted.  In general I liked them, some quite a bit--particularly Radiant Maples and Lost Waters.  My wife in the next room overheard several of the pieces and kept asking me who the composer was, because she liked them all very much.  She wondered if you might consider a transcription of Lost Waters for guitar.

Delighted that you & Mrs Dave are enjoying the music!  Over the years, I've actually gone back and forth on the question of a guitar transcription . . . early on I had just the same idea (Irving's Hudson should work practically unchanged, for instance) . . . but the other three would need some re-thinking, and I need a bit of guitar-education, so that I can re-think smarter rather than more.  It was an idea I left un-acted-upon for long enough, that my volition abandoned it.  Now with the alternative re-thinking (relatively minor) involved in a harpsichord adaptation for Paul Cienniwa, probably I should consider again a guitar adaptation.

Separately . . . anyone else know what "purposeful incoherence" means? (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/07/limits-and-all.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on July 17, 2009, 03:09:56 AM
Separately . . . anyone else know what "purposeful incoherence" means? (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/07/limits-and-all.html)
It's pretty hard to give a definition, but I'm sure that, to paraphrase a Supreme Court opinion on another hard-to-define concept, we'd all know it when we see/hear it! ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 17, 2009, 03:11:25 AM
No doubt; hah!  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 17, 2009, 04:06:45 AM
Rhapsody in Carotene (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/07/finer-more-creative-vegetables.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 17, 2009, 09:21:41 AM
Going to play Irreplaceable Doodles on Sunday.

For this occasion, I think: not the carrot.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 17, 2009, 09:57:36 AM
Quartal harmonies, &c. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/07/fourths-mr-jefferson-irony-of-opening.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 19, 2009, 06:17:47 AM
A couple of acquaintances (one of them, from way back), who are fervent champions of new music, have been out of contact for a spell.  What to do?  (I had not much been thinking about it, either . . . busy with my own affairs.)

Inspiration came out of the blue to take the new fl/cl duet, Heedless Watermelon, and adapt it for va/vc.  And yes, that's a better idea than writing for the third or fourth time, Have you possibly, maybe, please, had a chance to look at a score I sent you, gosh, eighteen months ago?

Of course, nothing may come of it — or, more accurately, nothing may continue to come of it.  But at least, now I have a fresh item in the catalogue.

Playing Irreplaceable Doodles later today.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 20, 2009, 07:28:50 AM
Quote
Playing Irreplaceable Doodles later today.

Had great fun with this.  The music program was actually a pianist and mezzo (Ishmael Wallace and Hayden DeWitt), Vienna circa 1911: Ecstatic Vision, Intimations of Dissolution (Ishmael opened with the Berg Sonata, Opus 1).  The host had come to the June recital in Woburn, where Blue Shamrock had made such an impression, he extended a very warm invitation to come play at yesterday’s event.  Huge house, and I counted eight pianos (one of them an upright) . . . so the two halves of the Viennese program were split between the two floors.  I was told I would play at the end of the first half (it was all very casual).  I was made welcome to play the Shamrock;  but the casual semi-organization of the affair left me doubtful that there would be stands available (for one needs to spread the music for Blue Shamrock over two or three stands) . . . I brought my own stand “in case,” though I fully expected it to be the only stand available.  For this reason (and also as rehearsal for 29 July), I elected to play Irreplaceable Doodles instead, which I can play from a binder and pretty much manage page-turns myself.  Went very well. 
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 20, 2009, 04:22:04 PM
At the scene. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/07/unused-organ-pipes-in-background.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Haffner on July 21, 2009, 04:35:42 AM
At the scene. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/07/unused-organ-pipes-in-background.html)



I was messing around with your adagietto on the guitar this morning, Karl. Really cool stuff.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 21, 2009, 04:36:13 AM
Many thanks, Andy!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 21, 2009, 04:45:58 PM
The ’melon is a hit with my fellow performer. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/07/first-steps-towards-premiere.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on July 21, 2009, 06:11:32 PM
yo, Karl, check pm.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 22, 2009, 03:48:57 AM
Yo, sorry for the delay, lad, yo.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 25, 2009, 04:59:18 PM
Out in the Sun (for ten lively winds) is out on the market. (http://redirectingat.com/?id=593X1004&url=http%3A//www.luxnova.com/lnpwebstore/pi/lnp/0210.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on July 25, 2009, 05:04:26 PM
congrats! :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 27, 2009, 03:28:51 AM
Thanks!

In a bit of a press, as production for the Lux Nova imprint of the Opus 88 has mutated insanely  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 27, 2009, 04:03:07 PM
Substitutions for Phase II Upticks. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/07/program-notes-supplementary-for-iia-iib.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 28, 2009, 01:17:28 AM
Recital today:

NEW!! IMPROVED!!

Bullish Upticks (IIa)

The Irrationally Exuberant Music of Karl Henning

Heedless Watermelon, Opus 97 (2009) flute & clarinet – Premiere
stars & guitars, Opus 95 (2009) bass flute & harp
Tropes on Parasha’s Aria, from White Nights, Opus 75 (2006?) flute, clarinet & harp

Peter H. Bloom (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/nm/bio.html), flutes
Mary Jane Rupert (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/rupert2bio.html), harp
Karl Henning (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/), clarinet

Tuesday, 28 July 2009
12:15pm
King's Chapel
Corner of School & Tremont Streets, Boston
Freewill donation.


When the going gets tough, the tough get composing.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on July 28, 2009, 01:56:02 AM
Have fun!  I'm looking forward to an eventual recorded version of Seedless...oops, HEEDLESS, Watermelon.  (So much neater, without all those heeds.)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 28, 2009, 02:55:53 AM
Thanks! Fun is exactly what I expect to have ; )
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 28, 2009, 08:49:30 AM
Good crowd, some 53 people out in the audience.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 28, 2009, 10:32:51 AM
Well, I still need to try to burn the sound files to a disc, and see how the recording sounds at home . . . but it seems to have come out.  Or, there is some sort of document, anyway  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on July 28, 2009, 11:21:45 AM
Good crowd, some 53 people out in the audience.

Congrats, Karl.  We need another Denver Henning event!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 28, 2009, 11:34:20 AM
That would be lovely!  jo and I can play the Heedless Watermelon  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 28, 2009, 02:05:54 PM
In the kitchen. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/07/weekend-fix-it-list.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 28, 2009, 04:30:39 PM
Sneak mp3 listen to the (a bit rougher than might have been) premiere of Heedless Watermelon earlier this very day:

[mp3=200,20,0,center]http://members.tripod.com/~Karl_P_Henning/opus9728july09.mp3[/mp3]
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on July 28, 2009, 04:39:48 PM
That was quite charming Karl. 8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 28, 2009, 04:41:29 PM
Thanks, Davey!  We'll play it better tomorrow (and I'll figure out how to raise the input levels on this nifty device that Bill Goodwin lent me . . . .)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on July 28, 2009, 04:50:00 PM
Good crowd, some 53 people out in the audience.
But did you have FUN, man? I just listened to Heedless Watermelon, and I had fun! (Spits watermelon heeds across the cyberspace.) ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 28, 2009, 04:59:21 PM
We all had fun, but I must have had the most!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: ChamberNut on July 28, 2009, 05:52:41 PM
That is fun piece Karl!  J'aime bien le melon d'eau.  0:)

*Hucks heeds
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on July 28, 2009, 06:04:51 PM
I think the most striking section in it was around the middle, with the repeated two-note staccato flute and the clarinet playing a quiet, smooth, Lydian-ish melody, mostly "under" it. That one made my eyes wide.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 29, 2009, 01:18:26 AM
Merci, lads!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 29, 2009, 04:03:04 AM
Recital today, too:

ADDITIONAL ENGAGEMENT!! CAVING IN TO POPULAR DEMAND!!

Bullish Upticks (IIb)

The Irrationally Exuberant Music of Karl Henning

Blue Shamrock, Opus 63 (2002) clarinet solo
The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword, Opus 94a (2008) alto flute – Premiere
Irreplaceable Doodles, Opus 89 (2007) clarinet solo
Heedless Watermelon, Opus 97 (2009) flute & clarinet – Premiere

Peter H. Bloom (http://phbloom.home.comcast.net/~phbloom/nm/bio.html), flutes
Karl Henning (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/), clarinet

Wednesday, 29 July 2009
12:15pm
West End Branch, Boston Public Library
151 Cambridge Street, Boston
Free & Open to the Public.


When the going gets tough, the tough get composing.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on July 29, 2009, 04:46:30 AM
Playing at a library eh?  Won't they ask to quiet down? ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 29, 2009, 04:47:30 AM
 :D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: zamyrabyrd on July 29, 2009, 05:37:03 AM
Just stumbled on HH...what a delightful sounding program!!
Have a nice time, y'all!!
ZB
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 29, 2009, 05:38:33 AM
Thanks, ZB!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Brian on July 29, 2009, 11:07:22 AM
Karl, I listened to the Watermelon Sans Heed last night during a baseball game ( :P ) and then afterwards to give it a fairer chance ... maybe, just maybe, my favorite Henning so far; I actually could hear a full symphony orchestra in my head asking if they could please play the first minute or so - although the rest of the work might not work so well arranged for the "big band"...

Wonderful and hope you had a marvelous time at the library!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on July 29, 2009, 11:31:04 AM
Any chance you could upload the score?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on July 31, 2009, 03:25:14 AM
With pleasure (and thanks to Davey & Brian for taking so affectionately to the piece, too!)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: ChamberNut on July 31, 2009, 03:39:50 AM
With pleasure (and thanks to Davey & Brian for taking so affectionately to the piece, too!)

Man, I really need to take a full music theory course, so I understand scores better!  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 03, 2009, 05:16:22 PM
May wind up tossing it all out, but it is still progress upon the circularity of 'considering notes'. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/08/passion-lullaby.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Dr. Dread on August 04, 2009, 08:11:55 AM
Hundreds of highways head to Henning Hall.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 04, 2009, 08:21:44 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 04, 2009, 05:16:25 PM
One of the highways, was the thought of Lutosławski, on a train out of St Petersburg. (Cello ensemble version, now finished.) (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/08/and-now-to-bed-end-of-lullaby.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 05, 2009, 03:23:37 AM
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One of the highways, was the thought of Lutosławski, on a train out of St Petersburg. (Cello ensemble version, now finished.)

May need some fine-tuning . . . I have to double-check to see if I missed any expression-mark 'transfers' from the Ur-text; and in all events, I breathlessly await word from Audrey. The Marginalia (back in April) she immediately confirmed as perfectly suitable. One of the doubts I entertained in proposing an ensemble arrangement of Lutosławski’s Lullaby, was the metrical agility (for a student ensemble), but Audrey reassured me on that point. I think the unanimity of gesture through the group for most of the piece will largely assist them in learning to feel the various subdivisions . . . 7/8 not simply as [ 4/8 + 3/8 ], but as [ 7/16 + 7/16 ] . . . and then, where it begins by establishing:

[ [ 4/16 + 3/16 ] + [ 4/16 + 3/16 ] ]

. . . this gives way at times both to a 7/8 which is [ 4/16 + 6/16 + 4/16 ], and to 11/16 = [ 4/16 + 4/16 + 3/16 ].

The long and the short of it, I think, is that they won't be able to sight-read it, but with a little rehearsal, they'll all get the knack of it, and it will all lock into place.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 08, 2009, 06:09:33 PM
Rolling with Wolferl, Carl & Kurt. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/08/company-for-sun-in-november.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 10, 2009, 05:11:31 AM

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng
The seven composers who have been my strongest overall influences, from the days I was studying the craft of composition, have been:  Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Chopin, Sibelius, Hindemith & Stravinsky.  Three pop artists whose influence upon my musical outlook is at times nearly as pervasive are:  Genesis, King Crimson & Zappa.

(Not to derail the thread too much, but I cannot resist...)

What elements of these 7 composers that you have listed do you you think influence you the most? (For example, the orchestration of Berlioz? The rhythms of Stravinsky?) And why these 7 in particular, do you think?

For the most part, I don't have a tidy, helpful answer to the "what elements" query.  One general thing I particular get from Chopin, is the simultaneous presence of classical nerve/infrastructure, and Romantic "apparent impetuosity."  On the whole, same idea (although his era and overall sensibilty are entirely different) with Hindemith.

Contrariwise, the "why these 7 in particular" is an easy question to answer:  they were part of my curriculum.  Several works of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin & Stravinsky were the subject of extended, in-depth analysis in the composition studio — and it was work which withstood the sustained scrutiny.  I always liked a good deal of Berlioz, Sibelius & Hindemith, and although their works were not assigned to me, I applied the same scrutiny on my own initiative.

To those seven composers & three pop artists, I should add Five Works:

Debussy, Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe
Nielsen, Clarinet Concerto
Messiaen, Quatuor pour le fin du temps
Shostakovich, Tenth Symphony
Reich, The Desert Music
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Tapkaara on August 10, 2009, 09:48:34 AM
(Not to derail the thread too much, but I cannot resist...)

What elements of these 7 composers that you have listed do you you think influence you the most? (For example, the orchestration of Berlioz? The rhythms of Stravinsky?) And why these 7 in particular, do you think?

For the most part, I don't have a tidy, helpful answer to the "what elements" query.  One general thing I particular get from Chopin, is the simultaneous presence of classical nerve/infrastructure, and Romantic "apparent impetuosity."  On the whole, same idea (although his era and overall sensibilty are entirely different) with Hindemith.

Contrariwise, the "why these 7 in particular" is an easy question to answer:  they were part of my curriculum.  Several works of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin & Stravinsky were the subject of extended, in-depth analysis in the composition studio — and it was work which withstood the sustained scrutiny.  I always liked a good deal of Berlioz, Sibelius & Hindemith, and although their works were not assigned to me, I applied the same scrutiny on my own initiative.

To those seven composers & three pop artists, I should add Five Works:

Debussy, Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe
Nielsen, Clarinet Concerto
Messiaen, Quatuor pour le fin du temps
Shostakovich, Tenth Symphony
Reich, The Desert Music


Thank you very much for your answer.

As you know, I am a big-time Sibeliophile, so, I am curious what elements of his idiom you admire and that you have tried to incorporate in to your own works. Do you believe his music also "withstands sustained scrutiny?"
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 10, 2009, 09:52:18 AM
I don't think I've deliberately incorporated specific Sibelian elements into my work;  which maybe sounds as though there's no influence.  There is, really, but it's tough to pin down.

Yes, I certainly find that his music holds up under the limelight  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 13, 2009, 08:45:45 AM
The Opus 32a is now available at Lux Nova Press. (http://www.luxnova.com/lnpwebstore/pi/lnp/0211.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 14, 2009, 08:01:39 PM
Repeated thanks to Mark, Stephen, Mike, Davey & Pepper! (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/08/tree-no-one-heard-fall-in-forest.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on August 15, 2009, 04:38:47 AM
Congrats dude! :)

Well I mean on the warm reception, not on the critic not even mentioning you in the article. ::)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 15, 2009, 01:56:28 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 15, 2009, 04:38:09 PM
A view upon the kitchen. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/08/messy-pages.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 18, 2009, 04:18:18 PM
Evolution of a short anthem. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/08/bless-lord-o-my-soul.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 27, 2009, 04:00:50 PM
Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on August 27, 2009, 06:14:57 PM
Fingers crossed.
Because. . . ? ???  Sorry, what am I missing?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 28, 2009, 03:12:23 AM
Oh, I was perfectly elliptical.  I promise later enlargement.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 28, 2009, 08:39:41 AM
Separately, earlier this summer I had e-mail out of the blue from an organist in the Pacific Northwest;  we exchanged a few messages, and then he was off for vacation.  I am glad he's having a good stretch of vay-cay . . . though I'm a bit on tenterhooks w/r/t ma musique.

C'est la vie.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 28, 2009, 08:40:07 AM
So fingers are crossed for those purposes, too.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on August 28, 2009, 10:46:56 AM
Have you written organ music?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 28, 2009, 10:51:53 AM
Well, including that toccata (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,92.msg345486.html#msg345486)  8)

Chap was actually asking mostly after choral music, including Pascha nostrum with brass.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on August 28, 2009, 10:54:13 AM
Oh sorry I didn't remember.  Giving Bach and Messiaen a run for their money eh? :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 28, 2009, 11:01:23 AM
 ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 31, 2009, 04:30:02 AM
No reason to have taken so awfully long about it . . . but yes, I have finally decided on the program for 17 Sept.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on August 31, 2009, 02:36:02 PM
What to play at the library? (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/08/memo-and-envelope-verso.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 01, 2009, 04:33:28 AM
On the library calendar. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/09/on-library-calendar.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 01, 2009, 05:52:53 AM
Flyer
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 02, 2009, 03:38:29 AM
Have I offended the librarians among us?  8) 0:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 02, 2009, 04:21:36 AM
Have I offended the librarians among us?  8) 0:)

I'm afraid that the lions at the library might eat the performers. :'(
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 02, 2009, 04:49:11 AM
I get on very well with lions. Maria's a Leo, you know  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 02, 2009, 05:08:26 AM
I get on very well with lions. Maria's a Leo, you know  8)

She who must be obeyed... ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 02, 2009, 05:11:18 AM
She is most reasonable, and disarmingly charmante.  So that at the last, you want to obey  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 02, 2009, 05:23:25 AM
She is most reasonable, and disarmingly charmante.  So that at the last, you want to obey  8)

Ah one of those clever, charming, persuasive types.  I bet she even made you think that it was your decision to shave your beard. ;D jeje
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 02, 2009, 05:27:21 AM
I bet she even made you think that it was your decision to shave your beard. ;D jeje

And that it was my idea to grow it back in  8)

I cherish her!  Like Mrs Rock, she likes a beautiful timepiece.
Title: weirdears Report
Post by: karlhenning on September 02, 2009, 08:19:58 AM
Just had a very nice chat with Chris (weirdears) . . . hadn't succeeded in reaching him for the longest time.  He's doing well, keeps busy at his day-job . . . as a result of the latter, he's needed to be selective with his non-work-hours energy expenditure.  He hasn't been composing, but as been concentrating on his jazz, with which he is well content;  in a nutshell, he fells that his musical life is right where it ought to be.

(This isn't really the right thread . . . but it didn't seem appropriate for a "blast" to the larger readership of the more general threads.  And I think that the thread devoted to his music was probably on the old GMG.)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 02, 2009, 11:18:59 AM
I owe some of you (using owe in a broad sense) a disc.  Production should resume later this month.

Thank you for your patience, and for your support.
Title: Re: weirdears Report
Post by: SonicMan46 on September 02, 2009, 12:53:30 PM
Just had a very nice chat with Chris (weirdears) . . . hadn't succeeded in reaching him for the longest time.  He's doing well, keeps busy at his day-job . . . as a result of the latter, he's needed to be selective with his non-work-hours energy expenditure................

Karl - thanks for the update on Chris; I use to enjoy him on the old forum, and we exchanged a number of posts - glad that he's doing well and liking his musical choices.  I still come across some of his reviews on Amazon, but doubt that he's doing that much any more - Dave  :)
Title: Re: weirdears Report
Post by: karlhenning on September 02, 2009, 03:09:01 PM
Karl - thanks for the update on Chris; I use to enjoy him on the old forum, and we exchanged a number of posts - glad that he's doing well and liking his musical choices.  I still come across some of his reviews on Amazon, but doubt that he's doing that much any more - Dave  :)

Overall, Chris has been a bit Internet-challenged (access, not savvy) . . . he's on sketchy dial-up at home, &c.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 02, 2009, 03:09:38 PM
Well, I've gone and got my feet wet here. (http://www.reverbnation.com/karlhenning)

I know: gotta throw some music up there.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 02, 2009, 03:14:32 PM
Well, I've gone and got my feet wet here. (http://www.reverbnation.com/karlhenning)

I know: gotta throw some music up there.

A message has been sent to Karl to upload some music. ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 02, 2009, 03:21:31 PM
Hah! Thanks!

Gotta practice first; recital coming up, and all.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 02, 2009, 03:24:16 PM
Good luck man! :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 02, 2009, 04:36:56 PM
Thanks!  Just had a good clarinet workout, exactly per plan.

And . . . now working on loading up some music there on ReverbNation.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 02, 2009, 05:19:32 PM
Got some numbers up there.

Now, to bed . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 03, 2009, 04:29:09 AM
Quote
Well, I've gone and got my feet wet here. (http://www.reverbnation.com/karlhenning)

After I Add Band Members, I shall be 47% complete!

Pity there are no Band Members to Add . . . .

I need Fans:  THEY WILL COMPLETE ME!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on September 03, 2009, 05:38:13 AM
I owe some of you (using owe in a broad sense) a disc.  Production should resume later this month.

Thank you for your patience, and for your support.

I hope I am still on that list!

I am on several other lists, but you really do not want to know about them!   $:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 03, 2009, 06:25:00 AM
I hope I am still on that list!

Mais oui!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 06, 2009, 01:23:49 PM
Reflections on an apparent waste of time. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/09/nod-to-sisyphus.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 06, 2009, 02:31:56 PM
Reflections on an apparent waste of time. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/09/nod-to-sisyphus.html)

So many churches want to get hip and have rock bands play, and shun more refined music.  And the ones that are steeped in tradition, you would expect them to stick to the oldies.  Well heck I don't know, maybe you need a different way to get your music out there. :-\
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 06, 2009, 07:01:21 PM
And even choral groups who concertize independent of actual church services . . . similarly, far the greater part either do new music which is a lot 'sexier' than mine, or they're devoted to musical curatorship.  Not much of a slice for me to target . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 07, 2009, 04:56:54 AM
And even choral groups who concertize independent of actual church services . . . similarly, far the greater part either do new music which is a lot 'sexier' than mine, or they're devoted to musical curatorship.  Not much of a slice for me to target . . . .

Well even Bach found it difficult to compete with the sexier Telemann, but we know the winner was there in the long run. 8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 08, 2009, 05:18:00 AM
Just sent a disc with the NEC recording of Out in the Sun to the gent in Ann Arbor who will be conducting the piece this November.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 08, 2009, 10:33:20 AM
Anyone in or near Atlanta, game for some mid-November Henningmusick?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on September 10, 2009, 08:05:15 AM
Anyone in or near Atlanta, game for some mid-November Henningmusick?

Well, we moved a few years ago from there, back to Ohio!  You could have stayed with us, across from Oglethorpe University!

And we could have driven with you down all of the 317 streets with "Peachtree" in the name!   :o
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 13, 2009, 02:25:52 PM
Well, we moved a few years ago from there, back to Ohio!  You could have stayed with us, across from Oglethorpe University!

And we could have driven with you down all of the 317 streets with "Peachtree" in the name!   :o

Timing!  :D

Wish I had more energy this evening;  it would be well to practice . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 14, 2009, 03:45:03 AM
I did practice last night, you know.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 14, 2009, 05:21:38 AM
Why the old avatar Karl, did your beard return to you after it's brave voyage around the world? :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 14, 2009, 05:26:44 AM
I had to lose Danger Mouse, and this was an av I had right to hand  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 14, 2009, 05:30:55 AM
I had to lose Danger Mouse, and this was an av I had right to hand  8)

I like the avatar of you sans beard more. ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 14, 2009, 05:44:44 AM
It's not accurate anymore, though . . . the facial hair has been coming back in.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 14, 2009, 07:11:55 AM
It's not accurate anymore, though . . . the facial hair has been coming back in.

Yeah you see you kind of have to shave daily to keep it smooth. ;D ;D jeje
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 14, 2009, 07:17:26 AM
Shave?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 15, 2009, 03:55:53 AM
Notes on Heedless Watermelon, to a flautist new to the piece

1.   At the Lo stesso tempo (m. 21ff.) Peter ‘conducts’ the beats . . . with the switch from unison to the ‘freely’ different rhythms between the two parts that starts at m.21, having the beat marked helps keep things in order.
2.   m.50ff. takes a lot of ironing;  the combination of 1. the flute being rhythmically all over the place, 2. the clarinet providing nearly a moto perpetuo backdrop, and 3. the rapid tempo, has meant that we worked that section out many times, in hopes of ensuring that we reach the unison at the double-bar at m.63 together.
3.   After so much unison writing, the close canon beginning with the final eighth-note of m.81 requires a little extra ‘awareness’.
4.   For the most part, the section beginning at m.86 falls readily into place;  the 11/8 of m.88 is a little tricky.
5.   Same note as note (3.), viz. m.124ff.
6.   Material from note (2.) returns at m.194
7.   The last bar should last the equivalent of about five measures ‘in time’ . . . Peter & I have been holding the forte steady for three bars’ worth, and then decrescendo-ing (which must be a duplicate present participle) for two bars’ worth.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 15, 2009, 03:38:51 PM
Very good Watermelon rehearsal tonight.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 16, 2009, 10:45:32 AM
Re-charging the Microtrack II, which will likely be the instrument recording the proceedings tomorrow.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 17, 2009, 04:08:00 AM
A little, just a little nervous about tonight.  Feeling good.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 17, 2009, 04:09:05 AM
Yeesh, I've got to throw a program together.  They won't have anything at the library.  Won't need many . . . if I do up 40 of 'em, we'll have ample left over.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: ChamberNut on September 17, 2009, 04:25:42 AM
Best of luck this evening, mon ami!  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 17, 2009, 04:28:09 AM
Where's Karl's lucky beard when he needs it? :)

Play that watermelon heedlessly Karl!!! ;D  Oh wait on second thought, perhaps not altogether heedlessly... :-\

 :D

 :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on September 17, 2009, 05:47:16 AM
Where's Karl's lucky beard when he needs it? :)

Play that watermelon heedlessly Karl!!! ;D  Oh wait on second thought, perhaps not altogether heedlessly... :-\

 :D

 :)

That beard was lucky?   ???

Grow beard, grow!  Last night my wife and I strolled through The Asian Supermarket, where we saw tea "guaranteed hair to grow!"

Since it did not tell exactly where the hair would grow, maybe Karl can chug-a-lug some this afternoon.  I think it had ginger in it.

Of course, if Ginger from Gilligan's Island came with it, well...

 0:)  The joke stops here!   $:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 17, 2009, 05:57:13 AM
Thanks, lads!

Program came out very nicely.  I'll mail one to anyone who asks  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 17, 2009, 05:58:03 AM
Where's Karl's lucky beard when he needs it? :)

It's a-growing in very nicely, thank 'ee!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 17, 2009, 06:27:23 AM
It's a-growing in very nicely, thank 'ee!

Do you need any help from that tea Cato mentioned?  Probably made from tiger claws. ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 17, 2009, 06:28:32 AM
Never met a tea I didn't like . . . .

Hmm, ginger, eh?  Yes, I've got some lemon & ginger tea here!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 17, 2009, 06:35:58 AM
Never met a tea I didn't like . . . .

Hmm, ginger, eh?  Yes, I've got some lemon & ginger tea here!

You know lemon & ginger tea is not exactly what I think of when I think "puts hair on your chest". ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 17, 2009, 06:41:48 AM
Well, that can only be because you have not yet had some nice hot ginger tea  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Franco on September 17, 2009, 06:43:46 AM
Thanks, lads!

Program came out very nicely.  I'll mail one to anyone who asks  ;)

Glad to hear things went well. 
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 17, 2009, 06:45:12 AM
Oh, that was just the print run.  The event is this evening.  Thank you for your good wishes!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Franco on September 17, 2009, 07:04:06 AM
Oh, that was just the print run.  The event is this evening.  Thank you for your good wishes!

Oops, I read "program" less literally ...

Well, split a reed or something.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 17, 2009, 07:04:40 AM
Well, that can only be because you have not yet had some nice hot ginger tea  8)

Oh no I haven't. :'(  But I have had ginger beer before, and that's wicked good, a favorite of mine. :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on September 17, 2009, 10:07:14 AM
Thanks, lads!

Program came out very nicely.  I'll mail one to anyone who asks  ;)
Here's hoping that you have a full house and no programs left to mail!  I hope all goes well.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 17, 2009, 10:16:11 AM
Thanks!  And I can always print up a fresh one for mailing.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 18, 2009, 03:16:41 AM
Enormously pleased at last night's concert.

Long version to follow.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Franco on September 18, 2009, 03:32:30 AM
Enormously pleased at last night's concert.

Long version to follow.

Yay!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: ChamberNut on September 18, 2009, 03:33:55 AM
Enormously pleased at last night's concert.

Long version to follow.

Excellent news, look forward to hearing about it!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 18, 2009, 07:17:05 PM
Of a library, and of the controlled noise therein. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/09/library-echo-noise-that-was.html)

(Psst! There's a link to photos.)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on September 18, 2009, 08:03:21 PM
Congratulations! ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 19, 2009, 02:05:54 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 19, 2009, 02:46:33 AM
Because. . . ? ???  Sorry, what am I missing?

It's been confirmed; we're going to Symphony for 20 concerts this season.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 20, 2009, 04:19:50 PM
I've taken a dialectical liberty with this (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,4934.msg357060.html#msg357060), and am spelling the possessive pronoun yore (http://members.tripod.com/~Karl_P_Henning/op100.html).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 22, 2009, 01:47:36 AM
Hey! I was in The Boston Phoenix, I learn after the fact ; ) (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/09/some-erstwhile-publicity.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 22, 2009, 04:00:04 AM
Oh wait I thought you played in the main library, you played in the west branch (never been)?  There are no lions there, are there? :'(
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 22, 2009, 05:20:29 AM
No, no lions there.

But my music is unafraid of the lions, if I were to play at Copley Square!  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on September 22, 2009, 05:28:41 AM
No, no lions there.

But my music is unafraid of the lions, if I were to play at Copley Square!  8)

Sounds like a great title for a new work:

UNAFRAID OF LIONS!   :o
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 22, 2009, 05:52:48 AM
Hah!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 22, 2009, 11:14:14 AM
One or two borderline quackly moments in the performance of the Studies . . . but overall, I am very pleasantly surprised at how well I managed to play the piece. (Yes, that means that I shall need to try again to better it, but still . . . .)

One thing is, I didn't feel that I was 'lagging' at all through the course of the piece; nor that any pause was 'trending pregnant'.  Pace felt good, and I felt that the audience was 'with' me.  Bottom line, though, is that the performance ran just over 24 minutes.

The Tropes on Parasha's Aria from White Nights, though, got to a strangely deliberate start.  It works, but it feels a little dirge-ey.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 24, 2009, 01:18:10 AM
When the artist's work inspires this degree of enthusiasm, it is a light which must not be kept under a bushel. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/09/first-returns.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 26, 2009, 03:40:23 AM
Though, in fact, all the Birds are in by now. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/09/ink-barely-dry.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on September 26, 2009, 03:49:06 AM
Sounds like a great title for a new work:

UNAFRAID OF LIONS!   :o

For 9 Trombones    :o   and English Horn   0:)  .

There!  Now it is public!   8)

So how many birds are in your new aviary?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 26, 2009, 04:04:10 AM
I haven't decided if each instrument is a bird, or each interval . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 26, 2009, 04:06:37 AM
Not sure how long the mails will take, Cato;  hoping a disc may land by you today.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 26, 2009, 04:26:50 AM
Got the corrected proof of the Hodie Christus natus est from Lux Nova;  that shoud be available soon . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 28, 2009, 04:31:03 PM
Waves of the Waters. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/09/jeu-deaux.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on September 28, 2009, 04:35:24 PM
Waves of the Waters. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/09/jeu-deaux.html)

You might as well cut out the first seven minutes, nothing loud going on. >:D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on September 29, 2009, 01:07:33 AM
sssshhhhh!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 01, 2009, 01:52:17 PM
sssshhhhh!

Speaking of which . . . crickets are quite serenely undisturbed in these parts of late  8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 04, 2009, 06:05:27 AM
I did ask Kathy (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/in-afternoon.html) how much rehearsal she thought the Carter would require.  She said she's still learning her part, and (what is not a surprise) it's hard.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on October 04, 2009, 03:41:10 PM
Where were you playing, Karl?  It sounds like a house concert?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 04, 2009, 04:14:34 PM
Yes, a fellow who has 15 pianos in his house.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on October 04, 2009, 05:52:30 PM
15 pianos.  I have to take that in.  It took a lot of figuring and rearranging to fit our one Steinway Model M into our house.  A house with 15 pianos. . . .   Was the host of the party Jay Gatsby, by any chance?  Did you see a green light at the end of the pier across the water?  Be careful about these parties, Karl, a nice boy like you could get hurt/disillusioned/disenchanted. . . I'd hate to see that happen!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 04, 2009, 07:30:34 PM
Meh;  if I'm not resilient to some of life's buffeting now, . . .

Separately . . . Angelic alterations. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/angelic-alterations.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 05, 2009, 03:38:45 PM
And here is The Angel with the ossia passages for the easement of nervous trumpeters . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 05, 2009, 03:39:34 PM
And, while I need yet to add some detail, the composition per se of the last of the Opus 96 set for cello ensemble is done:
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 05, 2009, 03:40:21 PM
(Not bad for the first day of vacation, I think.)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on October 05, 2009, 03:40:27 PM
How do the names for your compositions evolve or come to be, Karl?  Maybe a few examples if they differ form one to another.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 05, 2009, 03:42:24 PM
Many of them are just a happy discovery, Bill.  Sometimes if I have to think too hard about a title, it never really takes off.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 05, 2009, 08:14:04 PM
And, while I need yet to add some detail, the composition per se of the last of the Opus 96 set for cello ensemble is done:

More on that. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/done.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 07, 2009, 06:16:35 AM
An invitation to listen on-line this Sunday. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/advisory-and-instructions-for-use.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 09, 2009, 07:31:32 AM
Mondrian & music. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/for-birds.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 11, 2009, 05:59:42 PM
This morning in Boston. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/ths-mornings-sing.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 12, 2009, 06:54:22 AM
Paul Cienniwa will play it again, in November. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/opus-34-go-to-mit.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 14, 2009, 03:27:28 AM
Two recent nights at Symphony. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/two-hot-nights-early-in-season.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 14, 2009, 06:17:41 AM
State of the Desk. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/muttering.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on October 14, 2009, 06:24:41 PM
Well even Bach found it difficult to compete with the sexier Telemann, but we know the winner was there in the long run. 8)

Formula for comparing other composers to Bach:
[Name of composer]...he's better than you are.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: DavidW on October 14, 2009, 06:30:55 PM
Formula for comparing other composers to Bach:
[Name of composer]...he's better than you are.

jejeje ;D  Yeah my mind kinda runs that way.  But since he did not write operas... there is always Handel... 0:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 16, 2009, 04:25:52 AM
Quote
Two recent nights at Symphony. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/two-hot-nights-early-in-season.html)

I sent in that review of the 10 Oct concert, really before the dust of my composing it had fair settled, and I wondered if it might be a horrific mess.

I think it may be all right, after all.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters: Cato's Little Review of "Noise in the Library"
Post by: Cato on October 19, 2009, 10:47:21 AM
Allow me to share my thoughts on some of Karl's works which were performed in Boston at the library a few weeks ago.

GMG members have read my comments in the past years about how chamber music is not my favorite thing, in general, although there are exceptions: Borodin’s and Ravel's quartets, the Bartok Sixth,  the frustrated symphony in the Bruckner Quintet, and Bernard Herrmann's Echoes are the main ones.  

Karl's works join this august group with no problem!

Heedless Watermelon shows an abundance of imagination: one measure of a work’s worth for me is how much did it surprise me, e.g.  could I guess the next note(s)?  Heedless Watermelon was a fun maze to hear, always intriguing and expressive. Irreplaceable Doodles (solo clarinet) strikes me as being more meditative and serious than its title, and therefore on the CD led nicely into  The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword (solo flute).  Since a flute always has a certain slight melancholy in its timbre, I wonder if the instrument does not express the idea behind the work even better than a trumpet.  Studies in Impermanence must by definition show a meditative nature: mysterious, ebullient, sad, and almost every other mood appears.  I find the work a Gregorian Chant summary of life.  Lost Waters is a perfect work for solo harp: the music contains an Americana flavor and provides the image from and for its inspiration without clichés.  (Passaic was particularly dramatic in a subtle way.)

And the Tropes on Pasha’s Aria from White Nights – although under 3 minutes long – must enthuse every listener to want the completed ballet performed!  

To paraphrase Rex Harrison’s Pope Julius to Charlton Heston’s Michelangelo: “When will you make an end of it, Karl?”   0:)

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 19, 2009, 10:54:35 AM
Many thanks, from my heart.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 19, 2009, 11:00:26 AM
There's certainly some more chamber music in my immediate future:  now that I have met a cellist (and one whose husband, most conveniently, plays keyboard) my dear Maria is pressing for action on a promise I made her long since to write a cl/vc/pf trio . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters: Cato's Little Review of "Noise in the Library"
Post by: greg on October 19, 2009, 03:08:11 PM
To paraphrase Rex Harrison’s Pope Julius to Charlton Heston’s Michelangelo: “When will you make an end of it, Karl?”   0:)


Probably 3-5 years from now.  :-\
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 19, 2009, 05:34:41 PM
I'll accept the short end of that range. That is, if I haven't finished it in three years (by the end of 2012, say) I'll officially consider the project jettisoned.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 20, 2009, 04:09:53 PM
Got a little warm in Symphony Saturday night. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/frescoes-caprice-dancing-in-sun-hell.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 22, 2009, 04:46:16 AM
As to this (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,8955.msg364778.html#msg364778) (thanks, Luke & Guido!) . . .

It'll be Saturday before I have time to work in the Sibelius environment again, to incorporate that improvement in the score.  By which time, there will also be more MS. to be folded into the Sibelius score.

Maybe I'll throw it all out later;  but I'm having fun with it now!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 23, 2009, 10:25:19 AM
To build a sort-of-chorale. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/sheet-upon-sheet.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on October 23, 2009, 11:00:45 AM
To build a sort-of-chorale. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/sheet-upon-sheet.html)

But where are the quarter-tones?  8)

Having perused what I could of the sketch here at school, I was reminded of a type of "double-minor" effect a la quarter-tones by the 8-tone scale sketched in the middle on B and containing F minor: using parallel fifths in the bass  :o   you can create a kind of quarter-tonal "double-minor" effect, e.g. Eb-Bb  to Ab-Eb droning in the bass with trills on B/C  or C/D or Db/D or a melodic figure of some sort using C and F.

I know: write yer own work!   0:)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 23, 2009, 11:14:43 AM
But where are the quarter-tones?  8)

Hah!  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on October 23, 2009, 03:08:44 PM
Hah!  :)

Well, if not quarter tones, then I hope you use some quarter notes!   8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on October 23, 2009, 04:20:23 PM
Karl doesn't write quarter notes- he only writes hundred dollar notes.  ;)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 23, 2009, 05:56:40 PM
Well, if not quarter tones, then I hope you use some quarter notes!   8)

There's one right there in the banner of the blog  8)

Of course, that is an old MS., though  $:)

I'm sure I notated a quarter-note today . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 24, 2009, 06:03:59 PM
Pleased with the progress, though it does seem slow (piece not quite at the two-minute mark).

I need to clean up some of the spacing -- again, since I was at p. 15 when I realized that, yes, I should set up separate staves for all the woodwinds at need, and so that created staves back where I had already tidied up the format (Luke and Guido must know this drill already).

The question now, see, is:  don't I want separate staves for all the horns and trumpets, too?  (I have a couple of passages like that in White Nights, e.g.)  Suppose I should do that now, and then go back and tidy the layout of pp. 2-14.

Does make the as-yet-unwritten pages impossibly crowded, since some few of the staves will necessarily be unwanted on every page.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 24, 2009, 06:05:42 PM
That octave jump in sixteenth-notes in the bassoons in m. 17 (which was a whimsical modification) may well be impossible.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on October 24, 2009, 06:21:27 PM
Without permission, eh?
You got Wuorinen's cell phone number? Give him a call and ask!  :D

That's a pretty complex-looking score you got there... i'll be looking forward to hearing it.  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 24, 2009, 06:45:36 PM
He's gotta be busy on his opry . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on October 25, 2009, 04:23:19 PM
But where are the quarter-tones?  8)


Of course, Karl would like the work to be performed with an audience that stays in the concert hall!   8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: MN Dave on October 25, 2009, 04:28:23 PM
I'm listening to atonal squonking.  ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 26, 2009, 05:44:04 AM
I'm listening to atonal squonking.  ;D

Nice break from Chopin (whose music I love, too, of course) . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: MN Dave on October 26, 2009, 05:48:42 AM
Unfortunately, I was interrupted.  :-\
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 26, 2009, 06:05:27 AM
That's a pretty complex-looking score you got there...

I'm trying to keep 'er clear, actually . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 26, 2009, 06:06:05 AM
Unfortunately, I was interrupted.  :-\

Well, and I do hope your own work goes well, mon ami!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: MN Dave on October 26, 2009, 06:08:51 AM
Thanks.

There will be further listening to Henning this evening!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 26, 2009, 09:33:09 AM
. . .

I think that there Ayatollah just called me a drug trafficker.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 27, 2009, 04:27:36 AM
Out in the Sun comes to Ann Arbor. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/5-november-in-ann-arbor.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on October 27, 2009, 07:31:26 PM
A Henning-Mozart tandem.  Very nice, Karl!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: MN Dave on October 29, 2009, 05:04:31 AM
There has been much squonking in the vehicle.  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 29, 2009, 05:17:07 AM
Splendid!

Anyone going to be in Atlanta on 17 Nov?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: MN Dave on October 29, 2009, 05:17:40 AM
Who are the performers on that disc?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 29, 2009, 05:20:12 AM
Peter H. Bloom, flutes
Mary Jane Rupert, harp
and myself
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on October 29, 2009, 06:15:44 AM
Peter H. Bloom, flutes
Mary Jane Rupert, harp
and myself

Is this the "library crew", Karl?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 29, 2009, 06:16:25 AM
Aye, Bill.  Hope you are enjoying the disc!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on October 29, 2009, 06:38:01 AM
Out in the Sun comes to Ann Arbor. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/5-november-in-ann-arbor.html)

Karl: the Imperial High Command (aka Mrs. Cato    :o  ) has approved our presence at the Ann Arbor concert next week! 

I just wish I had some stereo recording equipment!  At the least I will take some pictures of everything for you!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 29, 2009, 06:53:49 AM
Karl: the Imperial High Command (aka Mrs. Cato    :o  ) has approved our presence at the Ann Arbor concert next week!

That is wonderful!

Quote from: Cato
I just wish I had some stereo recording equipment!  At the least I will take some pictures of everything for you!

That will be wonderful!  :)

(As for recording, I am sure they'll record at the house.)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 29, 2009, 07:46:57 PM
Perfecting the Shamrock . . . . (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/blue-shamrock-emendations.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on October 31, 2009, 09:31:36 AM
Tidier than the draught, really. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/10/canonical-rhythms.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 01, 2009, 05:58:48 PM
A birthday of a sort. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/11/bloggiversary.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 03, 2009, 06:57:44 AM
An early foray into dance. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/11/son-of-ambiguous-strategies.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 05, 2009, 08:14:40 PM
I do hope that Cato made it to the performance . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters: Review of "Out In The Sun" by Karl Henning
Post by: Cato on November 06, 2009, 05:28:43 AM
I do hope that Cato made it to the performance . . . .

Yes, we made it!

Out In The Sun is one of Karl's best works: trombones and a tuba provide a kind of slow, "warm and glowing" basso continuo, (although the tuba does get a moderate workout), while sparks of driving energy are provided by a quartet of saxophones and two clarinets (one alternating on a bass clarinet).

The "sparks" are intriguing melodic fragments passed around by the clarinets and saxophones, and they build to various climaxes: for an image, you could envision a partly sunny day, when clouds at times "tame" the rays and at other times release them to flash around.  (This is not to imply that Karl had such a tone-poetic idea in mind, but given the title he chose, it would seem appropriate.)

Eventually the work slows down to emphasize those "warm" and, to my ear, rather mysterious, meditations in the brass, whose music has maintained a detached, almost Olympian tone, although for a few moments the tuba does attempt to dance with the winds.

The student orchestra gave a nice reading, and the players were obviously very engaged and enthusiastic about the work.  The conductor (Rodney Dorsey) kept everything in balance, and the lines were usually clear.  A few errors here and there (e.g. the one clarinetist working on the bass clarinet was having trouble with the mouthpiece at the beginning) ultimately did not detract from the performance.  The response from the audience, numbering around 75 to 100, was equally enthusiastic: a very mixed group consisting of parents, elderly college-town types, and of course assorted students, including the curious 21st-century types, who feel they must be seen sporting scarves (even though the weather was not cold (40's)) to proclaim sort of personal statement.

I will comment later on the other works on the program!  And I hope the recording turns out well!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 06, 2009, 06:08:17 AM
Delighted to hear so, many thanks, Cato!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 06, 2009, 08:41:19 PM
Finished the impromptu choral piece for Paul.  I had essentially finished it Tuesday, but needed to "fix" three or four places;  so in an hour, got it locked up.  As it was, the piece sounded a bit of a hash because of the flawed passages. Now . . . well, I don't think it's one of my twenty personal best pieces, but I own it entirely.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters: Review of "Out In The Sun" by Karl Henning
Post by: Cato on November 07, 2009, 03:51:15 AM
Yes, we made it!

Out In The Sun is one of Karl's best works: trombones and a tuba provide a kind of slow, "warm and glowing" basso continuo, (although the tuba does get a moderate workout), while sparks of driving energy are provided by a quartet of saxophones and two clarinets (one alternating on a bass clarinet).

The "sparks" are intriguing melodic fragments passed around by the clarinets and saxophones, and they build to various climaxes: for an image, you could envision a partly sunny day, when clouds at times "tame" the rays and at other times release them to flash around.  (This is not to imply that Karl had such a tone-poetic idea in mind, but given the title he chose, it would seem appropriate.)

Eventually the work slows down to emphasize those "warm" and, to my ear, rather mysterious, meditations in the brass, whose music has maintained a detached, almost Olympian tone, although for a few moments the tuba does attempt to dance with the winds.

The student orchestra gave a nice reading, and the players were obviously very engaged and enthusiastic about the work.  The conductor (Rodney Dorsey) kept everything in balance, and the lines were usually clear.  A few errors here and there (e.g. the one clarinetist working on the bass clarinet was having trouble with the mouthpiece at the beginning) ultimately did not detract from the performance.  The response from the audience, numbering around 75 to 100, was equally enthusiastic: a very mixed group consisting of parents, elderly college-town types, and of course assorted students, including the curious 21st-century types, who feel they must be seen sporting scarves (even though the weather was not cold (40's)) to proclaim sort of personal statement.

I will comment later on the other works on the program!  And I hope the recording turns out well!

Here is the University of Michigan building, the Walgreen Center, where the concert with Out In The Sun took place.

(http://uuis.umich.edu/ts-uploads/buildingSearch-uploads/Walgreen%20Drama%20Center.JPG)

Conductor Rodney Dorsey

(http://www.music.umich.edu/faculty_staff/pictures/Dorsey.Rodney.jpg)

From the University of Michigan website:

"Rodney Dorsey is currently the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Michigan where he conducts the Concert Band, teaches undergraduate conducting, and conducts the Michigan Youth Band.  Prior to this appointment, Dorsey served on the faculties of DePaul and Northwestern Universities.  He received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Florida State University and the Masters and Doctor of Music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University.  He studied conducting with Dr. James Croft, Mr. John P. Paynter, and Dr. Mallory Thompson.  He was a clarinet student of Mr. Fred Ormand and Dr. Frank Kowalsky.  Dorsey gained extensive experience teaching in the public schools of Florida and Georgia.  Ensembles under Dr. Dorsey's direction have performed at several state and national events including the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival.  He is active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in the United States and Hungary."


Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 07, 2009, 09:27:17 AM
Now I feel I was almost there  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on November 08, 2009, 05:42:53 AM
For some impressions of the other works on the program of the Ann Arbor concert, see:

http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,429.msg368810.html#msg368810 (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,429.msg368810.html#msg368810)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 08, 2009, 05:18:44 PM
Paul wants a melismatic Amen. And why not?, says I.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 09, 2009, 04:29:47 PM
Amen served right up . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 10, 2009, 05:07:09 AM
Parellel fifths between the S and T I in m. 25, which I think should be an easy fix.

Between mm. 52 & 53, some parallel fifths crept in at some point of revision;  which I am nearly inclined not to worry about with the five-part texture.  But I may just tweak the bass line.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 10, 2009, 02:28:56 PM
Fixed the parallelisms, made 4-5 minor tweaks besides, ranging from one typographical fix, to a few elisions further smoothed out.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 12, 2009, 12:05:54 PM
Paul Cienniwa plays a little Henningmusick at M.I.T.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on November 13, 2009, 08:19:41 AM
Nice picture, but awfully quiet. . . And btw I'm checking my mailbox daily for a certain cd. . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 13, 2009, 09:05:53 AM
Aiyee! CD production ground to a halt while (among other things) I gear up for the Atlanta trip.  Soon!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: springrite on November 13, 2009, 09:09:38 AM
Southern Greeting (Chinese style)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on November 13, 2009, 09:26:51 AM
Aiyee! CD production ground to a halt while (among other things) I gear up for the Atlanta trip.  Soon!
Have fun in Atlanta.  I'll be patient.  Good things are worth waiting for.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 13, 2009, 09:44:06 AM
Thank you for your kind interest!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 13, 2009, 09:44:59 AM
And thanks, Paul!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on November 14, 2009, 07:11:46 PM
Parellel fifths between the S and T I in m. 25, which I think should be an easy fix.

Between mm. 52 & 53, some parallel fifths crept in at some point of revision;  which I am nearly inclined not to worry about with the five-part texture.  But I may just tweak the bass line.

From the Braveheart Fair Play for Parallel Fifths Society: "Freeedommm!!!"    $:)

Messiaen and Scriabin did not discriminate against Parallel Fifths!   8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 14, 2009, 07:50:17 PM
In principle, I was prepared to leave 'em be.  Only I found an easy way to fix them.

In other pieces, I exult in the parellelisms, of course . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 15, 2009, 03:05:24 PM
And, about to head off to rehearse, actually. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/11/arrival.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 16, 2009, 08:52:21 AM
Rehearsing Heedless Watermelon with Nicole. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/11/heedless-rehearsal.html)

Nicole prepared fabulously well, and our initial rehearsal was already a matter of finishing.  And, we've got another rehearsal this afternoon.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 17, 2009, 07:53:21 AM
(* kicks the tumbleweeds around a bit *)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 17, 2009, 08:42:58 AM
Remembering, a bit. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/11/shamrock-antiquities.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on November 17, 2009, 10:55:35 AM
Have fun tonight! :D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on November 17, 2009, 12:25:06 PM
Remembering, a bit. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/11/shamrock-antiquities.html)

Best Wishes on the concert, and maybe the Rota Fortunae will turn in your favor!   8)

CD's?  CD's?  CD's?   :o
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: SonicMan46 on November 17, 2009, 07:03:13 PM
Karl - good luck on the concert in Atlanta!  :D  Susan & I wish you the best - Dave  :)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 18, 2009, 10:30:26 AM
Have fun tonight! :D

Oh, we did, great fun, thanks!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 18, 2009, 10:32:21 AM
Best Wishes on the concert, and maybe the Rota Fortunae will turn in your favor!   8)

CD's?  CD's?  CD's?   :o

There's talk of having the concert available on Instant Encore.

Nor does it just seem Crazee Talk™
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 20, 2009, 05:51:51 AM
Last week at Symphony. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/11/lise-de-la-salle-fabio-luisi-in-boston.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 20, 2009, 07:21:54 AM
For those of you who have patiently waited for the capacity to download the program of Noise in the Library . . .
 
Now available. (http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/NITL/)
 
I hope you may enjoy!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Sergeant Rock on November 23, 2009, 05:49:38 AM
For those of you who have patiently waited for the capacity to download the program of Noise in the Library . . .
 
Now available. (http://www.gesprek.net/hendrik/Henning/NITL/)
 
I hope you may enjoy!

Downloading now. Thanks for making this available, Karl.

Sarge
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 23, 2009, 06:00:52 AM
My pleasure, Sarge!
 
Separately . . . per the choir's official site (http://sinenominechoir.org/sinenominechoir/calendar_Sine_Nomine.html), the dates and locations for the spring performances of the Henning Opus 92 are:
 
Quote

Friday Night, March 19, 2010
Saint Mary's Church, 327 Second Street, Fall River, MA
 
Sunday Afternoon, March 21, 2010
Good Shepherd Parish, 1598 S Main Street, Fall River, MA
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on November 23, 2009, 06:17:18 AM
Always hoping for another Colorado spill-over, Karl.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 23, 2009, 06:23:32 AM
Depending upon A Doughty Denver Flautist's availability, Bill . . . in principle, we could transport the Irreplaceable Doodles program which Nicole and I just played in Atlanta to a venue or two in your area.  This is a notion to pursue, methinks . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Brahmsian on November 23, 2009, 06:28:35 AM
*Ahem*

I am curious and interested in the status of Opus 75?   8)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on November 23, 2009, 06:30:29 AM
: )
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 06, 2009, 05:49:40 AM
The choir at First Church Boston will sing the premiere of a five-part unaccompanied choral piece of mine at an ordination this afternoon.  As it is not part of the morning service, it will not be broadcast;  but it seems likely that they will sing the piece again at a morning service sometime.

And Sine Nomine (http://sinenominechoir.org/sinenominechoir/about_Sine_Nomine.html) begin rehearsing the Passion tomorrow evening.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 17, 2009, 06:37:16 AM
Oh, it's been a while, I see. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/12/sputter-and-lurch.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: MN Dave on December 17, 2009, 06:38:10 AM
I've been out a'henning...
Title: Save the Passion!
Post by: karlhenning on December 17, 2009, 08:20:34 AM
All right, the headline is de trop . . . but here's the dish:
 
The text of the Passion I was given to set was that approved for use at the Cathedral &c., but of course it is not a PD text:
 
Scripture texts are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. All rights reserved.
 
Not yet sure if getting permission for this text will be either easy or free;  so I am morally prepared to 'swap in' a PD text.
 
Who here might point me to a handsome PD English version of John 18:1 - 19:42 . . . ?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 17, 2009, 11:35:44 AM
May make slight modifications to this (http://www.sacredbible.org/catholic/NT-04_John.htm#18) 'un.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 21, 2009, 08:49:09 AM
Probably the last Henningmusick of the year. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/12/seasonal-cheer.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 22, 2009, 06:16:22 AM
A loved teacher passes. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/12/so-hallowd-and-so-gracious-is-time.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 25, 2009, 01:24:30 PM
Merry Christmas!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 30, 2009, 04:57:29 AM
Audio for the 17 Nov 09 concert is on line. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/12/look-back-look-ahead.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on December 30, 2009, 08:27:54 AM
Audio for the 17 Nov 09 concert is on line. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2009/12/look-back-look-ahead.html)

When I have a prolonged time near my computer area, Karl, I will take it in.  Thanks for the link.  Was there an intermission and is the order the same as you played them?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on December 30, 2009, 08:32:29 AM
We played without intermission, Bill;  and that menu is indeed concert order.
 
Just heard from Nicole yesterday, and she will be coming to Boston in June.  So we are plotting a couple of performances to coincide with her visit . . . and I should write the last movement of the suite I started out with Heedless Watermelon.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 09, 2010, 04:43:12 PM
Brett has most bravely had his quintet do some reading of Moonrise (with cornets rather than flugelhorns).
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 12, 2010, 02:40:08 PM
An appearance of being back to work. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2010/01/slouching-towards-work.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Bogey on January 15, 2010, 05:26:04 PM
Have not looked through all the threads, Karl as I have cropped my time here and replaced it with family time (been schooling my kiddos in the art of Battleship ;)).  I only visit on Friday's as of now and caught your bit about being under the weather.  Hope all is well my friend.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 16, 2010, 09:05:51 AM
Many thanks, Bill!  Things are improving, thanks to a little device.  Miraculous little contraption, really.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 26, 2010, 12:28:16 PM
Progress on Lunar Glare is simply smokin'.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 27, 2010, 01:31:37 PM
A classmate from Wooster and I have recently gotten into a state of re-confirmed contact.  Back when I was in Buffalo, Jeff came to UB to do an interpretive dance to a performance of Ambiguous Strategies by The Fires of Tonawanda (six of us graduate composers who also – and in spite of official discouragement from the head of the composition faculty – continued to play).  That was long ago, of course, but Jeff still does dance;  in fact, he recently went on something of a mini-tour of Ireland, an experience he found both enjoyable and encouraging.

So, in a recent phone chat, Jeff and I agreed that we should try to combine some dance event with live Henningmusick.  Status quo is, I’ve sent him two discs of a variety of stuff, and his wife Sally (the choreographer between them) already wants to try to use some ten numbers.  This could well happen.

In attempts to pull out of a mentality of inertia (still a good couple of weeks of healing to go with the wound), I started drawing up Lunar Glare, clarinet and harpsichord.  Paul is very taken with the idea in general, and particularly because it seemed to him that the piece could work either with modern tuning, or with the Baroque tuning which he is apt to use most often – thanks to the very easy swap between B-flat (which will work with modern tuning) and A clarinets.

I just started flinging notes onto the page, morally prepared to throw any and all of it out, but in hopes that some of it, at least, might stick.  Perhaps I am susceptible because I haven’t been quite myself medically for a while – but I’m actually pretty much liking all of it, and it’s reached a point where it feels to me that it is writing itself (one of my favorite experiences).  I told Paul the piece was likely to run to 16 minutes, and he responded very favorably to that.

Paul has also been rehearsing the Passion with Sine Nomine, and after their latest rehearsal (this Monday evening past), he reports that enthusiasm for the piece is running very high.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on January 28, 2010, 11:56:19 AM
It seems I freaked out my Sibelius playback with recently added tuplets . . . .
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 01, 2010, 06:56:17 AM
My ears have been hungrily listening to both Messiaen and Britten this morning . . . which must in some mysterious way(s) be related to my musical occupations in Lunar Glare . . . .
 
I sent the current state of the draught score to the harpsichordist, Paul, who will read it this week.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 01, 2010, 03:17:03 PM
The news is . . . harpsichordist Paul has read the 16-page draught I sent him of [the current state of] Lunar Glare.  His response has been most gratifyingly enthusiastic.  Musically, he likes it, likes the range of 'stuff' from dry to 'juicy';  technically, it all lies well in the hands.  Quotha: "There isn't anything terribly difficult technically, but it's counting.  Which is fun."
 
If I finish the piece completely sometime this week, it will be plenty of time.
 
The Lux Nova Press website (http://www.luxnova.com/ (http://www.luxnova.com/)) has seen some serious overhaul recently.  And (as a result partly of the November recital, and its audio being listenable on-line at Instant Encore) LNP are keen to get the various versions of The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword, Heedless Watermelon & All the Birds in Mondrian's Cage in the pipeline.  So part of my afternoon was spent 'back-saving' those Sibelius files to a version in use by the Press.
 
Also had a very nice catch-up chat with Cato.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 06, 2010, 06:30:32 AM
First post in a while. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2010/02/ice-breaker.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on February 06, 2010, 08:13:35 AM
"a long, slow recovery" . . .

What have I missed?  Sorry to have been oblivious or to seem unconcerned, I just obviously missed something.  Are you okay?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 06, 2010, 01:30:44 PM
You are not oblivious, nor do you seem unconcerned.  Nothing serious, but a post-surgery wound which has been a slow time a-healing.  More weeks of waiting ahead.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 06, 2010, 01:31:37 PM
Largely finished; may need to add some little detail.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: secondwind on February 06, 2010, 02:26:59 PM
You are not oblivious, nor do you seem unconcerned.  Nothing serious, but a post-surgery wound which has been a slow time a-healing.  More weeks of waiting ahead.
Best wishes for full recovery as soon as realistically possible.  Glad to hear it is not more serious.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 06, 2010, 04:39:19 PM
Thank you, indeed!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 07, 2010, 05:42:54 AM
Having finished, I walk around the pond. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2010/02/glare-in-rear-view.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Luke on February 08, 2010, 04:35:52 AM
Karl, Lunar Glare looks wonderful! I can't wait to hear it! It seems to be vintage Henning - your usual rhythmic playfulness, your usual way with a sequence of well-imagined and memorable textural ideas. A juicy treat indeed! I was intruiged by the page for solo harpsichord  (bottom of page 4 and most of page 5) where - or am I imagining this - you seem to be playing with various 'shapes' of baroque improvisation, appogiature, turns, mordents inverted and otherwise all abounding here...delightful. And further on, those pages in furious rhythmic unison (from page 11) - did I read somewhere that you'd been listening to Messiaen and had been wondering if any of it had leaked into your piece? In which case, I can't be alone in seeing shades of the 'Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes' from the Quartet for the End of Time here, can I? Though rather than Messiaen's octaves/unisons, your line looks like it is fourths throughout - what a marvellous sound that will make, like the some of the synthesizer patches in Adams' Chamber Symphony, I imagine, which thicken up the keyboard's funky lines into giddy parallel triads....I'm rambling. Anyway, it looks just great!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 08, 2010, 07:10:45 AM
Many, many thanks!

Although most of my Messiaen listening lately has been Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum . . . the Quartet made an early and seminal impact, and the Danse de la fureur . . . in particular (there's a 'unison dance' section of The Mousetrap which is a similar nod). I had a lot of fun with the mensural canon in inversion game (it is probably too fudged to be 'strictly accurate', but . . . it's come out the way I like it).

 
Got to get back to the salt mines, but I wanted to thank you;  I greatly appreciate having so sharp-eyed and sympathetic a reader/listener!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 09, 2010, 07:33:01 AM
With Lunar Glare pretty much off my desk now . . . yesterday & today I've been puttering at a new passage for Discreet Erasures . . . a section which is at once a partial follow-through on my initial "mission statement" to nod towards Martinů, and yet is more immediately a response to the disc I've been listening to of Scelsi string ensemble music.  I am taken a bit with how similarly the two composers' music is striking my ear, all their differences (some quite fundamental) notwithstanding.

Of course, I had really wanted to get Discreet Erasures wrapped up by year-end 2009, but Other Things happened (as they are apt to).  My pleasure at how Lunar Glare has turned out is driving enthusiasm to burn through Discreet Erasures to its thrilling conclusion.

The piece itself is something of a funny feeling . . . no orchestra is anywhere near in line to play, nor even to consider, the Erasures . . . I'm just writing it to get a short orchestral piece stamped out and in the portfolio (partially an exorcism, to pave the way for eventual completion of White Nights).  In a Cageian way, it is liberating to write such a piece without feeling heavily 'invested' in it.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters: G#-A-Bb
Post by: Cato on February 09, 2010, 04:47:01 PM
Karl!

How fascinating that I saw the notes G#-A-Bb in the opening of your work: in the 1970's I had a piano work which, in the Adagio, used them as a cluster (resolving to the A in the middle): the theme was a series of similar 3-note clusters, always resolving to the middle note.

But G#-A-Bb were the centerpiece.

Tomorrow I will listen to your work: I only was able to skim through the opening pages today.

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 09, 2010, 08:36:26 PM
!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters: G#-A-Bb
Post by: Cato on February 11, 2010, 02:18:20 PM
Karl!

How fascinating that I saw the notes G#-A-Bb in the opening of your work: in the 1970's I had a piano work which, in the Adagio, used them as a cluster (resolving to the A in the middle): the theme was a series of similar 3-note clusters, always resolving to the middle note.

But G#-A-Bb were the centerpiece.

Tomorrow I will listen to your work: I only was able to skim through the opening pages today.

I have been able to listen to your work today, but only down to the clarinet cadenza at Bar 83.

"Piquant" is the word which kept coming to mind to describe what I was hearing, not to mention mysterious and occasionally melancholy.

Besides the dialogue between clarinet and harpsichord, of great interest was the Piu Mosso section at Bar 59.  It contained a triplet figure, where the triplet leads to a longer note on the middle tone of the triplet, used subtly here and there, and - for me at least - an echo of Mahler's opening movement for his Seventh Symphony and of various sections of Wagner.   :o

I was interrupted, twice, so I hope to start over and listen later to the entire work!
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 14, 2010, 06:28:06 AM
Thanks, Cato!

Incidentally, the disc arrived at last, yesterday, of the Michigan performance of Out in the Sun.  Haven't listened just yet.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 15, 2010, 12:47:02 PM
On with the Erasures. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2010/02/discreet-update.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 17, 2010, 03:20:30 AM
Rehearsal and growing pains. (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2010/02/snow-for-composition.html)
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 17, 2010, 03:52:10 AM
Johan, there may be a fresh ping on the Passion sound-file;  an acquaintance in nearby Rhode Island expressed interest in hearing the piece.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on February 17, 2010, 06:02:15 AM
Johan, there may be a fresh ping on the Passion sound-file;  an acquaintance in nearby Rhode Island expressed interest in hearing the piece.


Excellent! The score at the moment:


The Passion According to St. John, Opus 92 - 111 downloads


The Mousetrap, Opus 91 - 87 downloads


Irreplaceable Doodles, Opus 89 - 60 downloads
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters: G#-A-Bb and LUNAR GLARE!
Post by: Cato on February 19, 2010, 12:59:56 PM
I have been able to listen to your work today, but only down to the clarinet cadenza at Bar 83.

"Piquant" is the word which kept coming to mind to describe what I was hearing, not to mention mysterious and occasionally melancholy.

Besides the dialogue between clarinet and harpsichord, of great interest was the Piu Mosso section at Bar 59.  It contained a triplet figure, where the triplet leads to a longer note on the middle tone of the triplet, used subtly here and there, and - for me at least - an echo of Mahler's opening movement for his Seventh Symphony and of various sections of Wagner.   :o

I was interrupted, twice, so I hope to start over and listen later to the entire work!

Okay class, get out your copies of the score and pay attention!   :o
More remarks about Karl Henning's latest home run, Lunar Glare for clarinet and harpsichord.

And yes, a quiz is always possible...even with no warning!!!   0:)

In addition to what I wrote earlier about the nature of the piece seeming piquant, I do like how the fast semitone triplets turn into elongated 7th and 9th lines for the clarinet (bars 107, 113) or elongated triplets (bar 147) or both (162-165).  Bar 208 is a shocker!  And then using the cluster notes spread out into chords (bar 230 ff. Grazioso section) adds to the connectivity in the subconscious of the work, so to speak. Using the lower register of the clarinet at the end seems enigmatic, "dark side of the moon" conclusion!

Karl: have you considered a version for bass or alto flute?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters: G#-A-Bb and LUNAR GLARE!
Post by: Cato on February 21, 2010, 04:42:03 AM

Karl: have you considered a version for bass or alto flute?

While running your work through my head and working in the kitchen, I began changing the harpsichord to a celesta.  That might be interesting also, given the longer duration of the instrument's notes!

I know!  "Write your own piece!"   ;D
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 22, 2010, 05:11:33 AM
Hah!  Timbrally interesting suggestions, to be sure . . . since I had not long before written a piece for bass flute and harp, when I set to work on Lunar Glare, I kept all thoughts of bass flutes off my desk . . . and perfectly effortlessly . . . just wanted to give the Glare its own musical space.
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: Cato on February 22, 2010, 08:02:46 AM
Hah!  Timbrally interesting suggestions, to be sure . . . since I had not long before written a piece for bass flute and harp, when I set to work on Lunar Glare, I kept all thoughts of bass flutes off my desk . . . and perfectly effortlessly . . . just wanted to give the Glare its own musical space.

I wondered about whether BASS flutes (Homer Simpson moment: "MMMM, Baaaass....fluuuutes!")  had perhaps tempted you over to the DARK SIDE!   :o

Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: greg on February 22, 2010, 07:09:48 PM
You have my deepest symphony, Karl.  :D

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The Lux Nova Press website (http://www.luxnova.com/ (http://www.luxnova.com/)) has seen some serious overhaul recently.
"Your web browser type is Firefox 3.5. "
Looks like a Javascript exercise... lol


Anyways, Lunar Glare is a really cool-sounding title... any way I can listen?
Title: Re: Henning's Headquarters
Post by: karlhenning on February 23, 2010, 05:24:50 AM