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Title: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on June 04, 2017, 12:31:25 PM
Here is a new selection of my compositions (2-13-18) I continue to update them weekly. All have been composed in the past three years; some are lyrical and tonally oriented while others are more challenging.

Revising the interlude for the Sinfonia: https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/epilogue?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-18-for-11-players

Piano-wind quartet 1st piece: https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/apnowins?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/8-works-for-piano-and-4-winds

Finished on 2/4/18: https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/meditations-after-light
This is a work for 4 players that is quiet and calm in the Feldman/Webern sense (mostly ;))


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Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on June 14, 2017, 02:03:26 AM
I’ll check these out when not at the office (tech nannydom blocks SoundCloud).
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Crudblud on June 18, 2017, 09:20:40 PM
Some interesting harmonies and rhythms. I rather enjoyed the "La La Land" piece in particular, but at a glance there is consistency among your uploaded works. If there is an issue for me, it's that MIDI mock-ups made based on performing scores don't tend to make for convincing accounts. I would consider giving these a little fine detail work, but I don't know how flexible scorewriters are in terms of letting you go beyond the score and into the numbers actually controlling everything (i.e.: into all the decisions which, in a performance, would be made reflexively by the performer). If your software allows you to change note parameters and tempi on a granular level it's definitely worth taking a little time to fine tune the rendering, especially if it will be your main means of representing your work in audio form until recordings are are available. Please do not take this as a criticism of the compositions themselves, it's just something I tend to notice when confronted with this particular application of MIDI, that's all.

Lastly, congratulations on the upcoming performances, and best of luck in your future efforts.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on June 19, 2017, 01:11:17 PM
Thanks for the reply. As far as tempi and dynamics, my choices are limited in playback. But most of my music is not as full of markings as works of  a lot of modern composers. But your point is well-taken, and I'll see what I can add for the playback when I'm back home.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Robert101 on June 20, 2017, 07:27:48 AM
Wow! I just listened to the piano moods and La-La land piece. Those piano works are great little miniatures; your harmonic shifts and lyrical passages are moving. Are you a jazz player? I didn't have time to listen to the last chamber pieces but look forward to listening to them. I like new music that still has a tonal sound at times. I hope to hear a recording of a good player on the piano work.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on June 21, 2017, 08:09:53 AM
Wow! I just listened to the piano moods and La-La land piece. Those piano works are great little miniatures; your harmonic shifts and lyrical passages are moving. Are you a jazz player? I didn't have time to listen to the last chamber pieces but look forward to listening to them. I like new music that still has a tonal sound at times. I hope to hear a recording of a good player on the piano work.

Thanks 101...I know the fidelity of these recordings is not great but I'm glad you listened.  I hope you get a chance to listen to more :) .
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: jessop on June 21, 2017, 03:36:23 PM
These pieces are delightful. I love the contrasts, the fast pace, keeps me on my toes. I feel I can say that for most of the works on the soundcloud page. :)
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Robert101 on June 23, 2017, 06:57:12 AM
I just listened to the Jungle symphony and really liked it (some parts were hard to hear), especially the second half. The mood shifts are so natural and evocative. Did you know Peter Racine Fricker? I saw the dedication.

The 9th Sonata was bad-ass. Really exciting in the outer movements. And the slow movement was lovely--again with the harmonic shifts. Nice work!
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on June 24, 2017, 05:50:04 AM
Here it is...my Jungle Symphony for chamber orchestra.

What is the scoring?
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on June 24, 2017, 06:04:36 AM
What is the scoring?

Flute, Oboe, Clar, B. Clarinet, Bassoon
Timp, Glock, Vibr,
Piano
Strings 2,2,2,2,1

I'm on the road and will post the score upon returning home.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on June 24, 2017, 06:17:48 AM
I just listened to the Jungle symphony and really liked it (some parts were hard to hear), especially the second half. The mood shifts are so natural and evocative. Did you know Peter Racine Fricker? I saw the dedication.

The 9th Sonata was bad-ass. Really exciting in the outer movements. And the slow movement was lovely--again with the harmonic shifts. Nice work!

To answer your questions: Yes PRF was my first teacher after my Dad who was a jazz musician and composer. I was thinking about PRF when I wrote the ostinato that pop up from time to time. Thanks for the comments...
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: jessop on June 24, 2017, 03:29:15 PM
Flute, Oboe, Clar, Bassoon
Timp, Glock, Vibr,
Piano
Strings

I'm on the road and will post the score upon returning home.
I presume there aren't many string players required at all, because of the chamber proportions? Is it solo strings or something like two or three per part?
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on June 25, 2017, 06:49:23 AM
I presume there aren't many string players required at all, because of the chamber proportions? Is it solo strings or something like two or three per part?

2,2,2,1,1 would be satisfactory, though double that would be better. There's a lot of divisi. As I composed this while living on a remote island off the coast of western Canada (with no forthcoming performance plans) I was thinking in terms of "smallish" orchestra rather than chamber size. But that's flexible. ;)  I'm in the process of moving... probably to the Toronto area, and will have real musicians in the region.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on June 28, 2017, 05:32:22 AM
I've just updated a list of my piano music.
https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-music

Included are Sonatas 4, 8, 14, and the finale of 5. Plus some preludes, etc.
 S4 is sort of neoclassical, S8 is 1 movment, kinda tonal but jarring as well. S 14 is craggy on the outsides, and S5 3rd is wacky.

I hope you listen and comment...
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on June 28, 2017, 06:00:57 AM
Will do, but it may be the weekend.  Please do not take the delay as any discourtesy.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on June 28, 2017, 06:28:22 AM
Will do, but it may be the weekend.  Please do not take the delay as any discourtesy.

There's no deadline here ;).  No one wants an impatient listener!
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: bwv 1080 on June 29, 2017, 06:45:21 AM
Nice, deserves some live musicians to play it
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Robert101 on July 07, 2017, 02:27:42 PM
I just listened to the Piano Sonata 4, which has some really good stuff in it. The 2nd Movement is spellbinding. I also like the finale. Has this been performed live?
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on July 07, 2017, 02:46:18 PM
Nice, deserves some live musicians to play it

Thanks! I'm not certain which piece you're referring to, but much of the piano music will be premiered this fall. I have only recently returned to an urban area after living on a remote island near the Alaska-Canada border for years...hence the automated performance.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on July 07, 2017, 02:51:03 PM
I just listened to the Piano Sonata 4, which has some really good stuff in it. The 2nd Movement is spellbinding. I also like the finale. Has this been performed live?

Thanks! It should be performed reasonably soon, but I'm changing a few things a bit.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on July 13, 2017, 07:43:28 PM
I've completed a breezy Serenade for Clarinet, Harp and String Octet. Much of my clarinet music is harsh so I made this a tonal chamber piece. I'm trying to post some of the score >:( and am having problems...here goes...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/summer-serenade-opus-102-for
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on July 13, 2017, 08:50:06 PM
Also, on the opposite end of the spectrum...Here are some Woodwind-Piano works.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-quintet-op-94

Sometimes the Soundcloud recording delays playing the music...if you push the cursor near the beginning of the sawtooth "soundwaves" the music will start immediately.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 14, 2017, 03:34:39 AM
I've completed a breezy Serenade for Clarinet, Harp and String Octet. Much of my clarinet music is harsh so I made this a tonal chamber piece. I'm trying to post some of the score >:( and am having problems...here goes...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/summer-serenade-opus-102-for (https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/summer-serenade-opus-102-for)

What clarinet-plus music have you got?  Asking for a friend . . .
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on July 14, 2017, 04:47:31 PM
What clarinet-plus music have you got?  Asking for a friend . . .

Well...above is some small group music with clarinet (I have loads of that). Here are some Piano-Clarinet pieces (I know it's not a real clarinetist :( ).

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/clarinet-music
Title: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 14, 2017, 05:28:57 PM
Say, do you have any choir unaccompanied works?

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Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on July 16, 2017, 08:31:05 AM
Say, do you have any choir unaccompanied works?

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Yes I do, though I'll have to do some digging. What size/ level is the choir? Text preferences?
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 16, 2017, 10:08:38 AM
Yes I do, though I'll have to do some digging. What size/ level is the choir? Text preferences?

I think you should send Triad a score or two for us to consider for our upcoming season.  Count on four singers per section, the singers are professional, so divisi is no problem, and if you have a passage for the occasional soloist that is easy to accommodate, too.  Unaccompanied, or piano accompaniment, is easiest to fold in.  Though if you have something for choir and clarinet, we can do that readily, too. I wouldn't absolutely say that non-sacred text is a preference;  only I know of some sacred works which are already on the slate for next season, so at present, non-sacred text may be preferred for balance.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Ij0wRjmg0LY
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on July 17, 2017, 08:01:37 AM
I think you should send Triad a score or two for us to consider for our upcoming season.  Count on four singers per section, the singers are professional, so divisi is no problem, and if you have a passage for the occasional soloist that is easy to accommodate, too.  Unaccompanied, or piano accompaniment, is easiest to fold in.  Though if you have something for choir and clarinet, we can do that readily, too. I wouldn't absolutely say that non-sacred text is a preference;  only I know of some sacred works which are already on the slate for next season, so at present, non-sacred text may be preferred for balance.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Ij0wRjmg0LY

They're very good. I'll have something ready in the next week. 
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on July 17, 2017, 02:10:13 PM
In the mood for Paris, 1920s? I composed this suite with that in mind.  8)

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/from-parisienne-suite

If the track doesn't start, click to the 0:03 area...for some reason soundcloud stalls on me occasionally. Enjoy!
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Robert101 on July 18, 2017, 03:37:28 PM
In the mood for Paris, 1920s? I composed this suite with that in mind.  8)

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/from-parisienne-suite

If the track doesn't start, click to the 0:03 area...for some reason soundcloud stalls on me occasionally. Enjoy!

I really like both wind/piano works, esp. the first. Cheerful yet bittersweet.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on July 21, 2017, 08:55:45 AM
I really like both wind/piano works, esp. the first. Cheerful yet bittersweet.

Thanks Robert! I like to compose in that vein from time to time. I've listened to so many between the wars works over the years.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on July 21, 2017, 09:04:38 AM
My Three Places in New Mexico" is now on soundcloud. It's for wind quartet,  perc., piano. Why should all of the " Three Pieces" works be on the East? "Alamogordo" is inspired by its old atomic bomb testing site. I'm composing for a friend who directs a new music group.





https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/three-places-in-new-mexico
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on July 23, 2017, 09:50:06 AM
Last month, I composed this work for chamber orchestra "Earth Tones"  (Sinfonia 14). It's in three movements and is comprised of wind quartet, Time, Glock, Vibraphone and Piano as well as 2-2-2-1-1 Strings (or double).  The 1st m. is called "Leaves", the second "Awakening" and the 3rd mov. is "Birds".   It was inspired by my moving from Campbell Island, north of Vancouver Island where my wife and I worked on an aboriginal reserve, to the city of Edmonton...a culture shock, but not in a bad way...Now I can work with live musicians! Here are 3 pages of the score (1st mov. ca. 2:45).

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-14-opus-97
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 23, 2017, 10:31:16 AM
Oh, I'll have a look at this early tomorrow!
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 24, 2017, 05:18:45 AM
Of course, I'm jumping in at the middle with p.20, so I may be missing important cues.  Some initial thoughts:

Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on July 24, 2017, 09:56:21 AM
Of course, I'm jumping in at the middle with p.20, so I may be missing important cues.  Some initial thoughts:

  • At E it looks like the oboe and clarinet jar at an augmented (cl) or diminished (ob) octave, with the bassoon and flute respectively.
  • I don't know what the previous dynamic marking was . . . is the third eighth-note at E really where the timpani should be marked piano?
  • At the end of m.85, that quarter-note in the flute and oboe (oh, and piano) cannot be both tied over the bar, and staccato, right?
  • m.85 cello, should the first two notes also be A-flat?
  • m.86 fl/ob/pf, fourth quaver, E-flat?

Thanks for your time, Karl.  I'm sorry you spent time examining the score...I really included it as an afterthought, having just discovered how to make PDF files on finale. It goes without saying that the score is not performance ready. I'd never show it in this draft-like form given a performance situation. I appreciate the scrutiny, but I'm more interested in the broader musical context.  I'm still working on getting finale to behave. If solicited for a large work I will print out the score, ink it up and edit for performance, but that's not an immediate goal of mine. I'm just enjoying the fact that in short time, I can compose and hear a decent rendering of a larger-forces work. I have more of an eye for performance with my solo and chamber works. Thanks again.
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Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 24, 2017, 10:06:38 AM
No apology needed!  Be at liberty, Ron.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 26, 2017, 02:13:07 AM
And, forgive me my brevity!  I should like a look at the whole from the start (sounds like you're sorting out PDF logistics).
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on July 27, 2017, 08:57:26 AM
And, forgive me my brevity!  I should like a look at the whole from the start (sounds like you're sorting out PDF logistics).

Karl, I'm in the process of moving and will have no access to my work for much of the next month. Yes I'm learning my way around PDF world as well as the new finale. I'll get to the score when possible. I appreciate your insight and interest.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 27, 2017, 08:59:50 AM
Good luck and safe moving!
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on July 27, 2017, 09:05:31 AM
Good luck and safe moving!

Thanks!I hope this will be the last move for a decade!
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on July 27, 2017, 09:17:50 AM
My Summer Vacation:

My summer has been fruitful. I've been able to compose without distraction as my wife and I are living in different provinces for the time being (we're moving from Edmonton to the Toronto area). Anyhow here are two of the works composed this summer.
A rugged on the outsides Piano Sonata (15) and a divertimento for three winds.
On reflection, the Sonata is somewhat aggressive and relentless in the outer movements.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/sonata-15-for-piano-opus-106

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/divertimento-for-wind-trio

Have a good summer!
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on August 01, 2017, 12:20:03 PM
My "Quotidian" Piano Sonata Op. 74  is named after the wacky final movement that some have called "audacious."

Check it out!

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/sonata-5-for-piano-quotidian
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on August 08, 2017, 01:43:28 PM
Here is a new selection of my more melodic, quasi-tonal work. Please listen to as many works as you like and, if you have a favorite, tell me.

They include a movement from a chamber symphony, some sonata slow movements, and two piano shorts, one of which reveals my "prankster" side.

I'd like some friends to listen later on, so PLEASE give me some feedback...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/selections-from-recent

Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 08, 2017, 01:52:12 PM
Say, how has the move gone?
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Robert101 on August 09, 2017, 10:52:22 AM
I like the 14th Symphony movement; it reminds me of Copland, in a good way. The Violin Sonata movement is touching. It needs a real violinist. What do the other movements sound like?
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on September 04, 2017, 07:10:02 PM
I like the 14th Symphony movement; it reminds me of Copland, in a good way. The Violin Sonata movement is touching. It needs a real violinist. What do the other movements sound like?

Thanks for the comments, Robert! I suppose my profile photo reveals the fact that Copland is one of my favourites. I composed the "awakening" movement as a memorial to my mom who passed away right after I completed the 14th. I was envisioning her afterlife; waking up--feeling brand new, then strolling around a carnival-like piece of heaven.
I enjoyed composing the Violin Sonata 2. I can post the outer movements on soundcloud.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on September 04, 2017, 07:17:46 PM

Two years ago, I wrote a work for winds inspired by a wicked tornado-bearing storm I witnessed in Minneapolis. Recent events in Houston have freshened my memory of the anxiety one feels before the chaos of a storm. It is for concert band and gets pretty wild in the center!




https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/storm-season-in-the-heartland
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on September 09, 2017, 10:17:18 AM
Say, how has the move gone?

Oh....it's a long story but I'm still uncertain as to where we are going :( . I've split the summer living in three different residences. It's work-related (for my wife). So I've been frustrated in terms of composing, etc. But I'm at home for the next few weeks :) 
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 09, 2017, 04:00:20 PM
Good luck!
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on September 12, 2017, 02:38:52 PM
I've just completed a new work. It's a chamber symphony of sorts, with a solo cello featured. Like my other sinfonias, it's between 10-12 minutes long. I'd decided last week to compose a concerto-like work in a lyrical, quasi-tonal style, and this is the resulting work. I am certain to make some minor revisions. Here is my latest...



https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/rivers-beyond-sinfonia-16
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Crudblud on September 13, 2017, 06:51:28 AM
Rivers Beyond has some very striking moments, for me particularly in the second and third movements, and a good sense of unity overall. Some of the wilder, denser rhythms and counterpoint get lost in the homogeneous timbres of the string sounds, but my ear being accustomed to these kinds of renderings it's not so difficult to see through to the music itself. I like it.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on September 18, 2017, 01:24:34 PM
This is an Elegy for string (midi) orchestra. As my mom was in hospice care I composed it as a middle movement of a SQ. I finished it it upon her passing on June 1st this year. She always liked the tonal 20th C composers (Barber, Copland, RVW) so I conjured something I think she would have liked; even if I weren't her son.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/string-elegy-for-mary-ann-roumanis
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on September 29, 2017, 01:36:37 PM
I am semi- permanently living in a new location and will be here more often(thank God). Here is a revision of my 10th Sinfonia...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/chamber-symphony-10
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 30, 2017, 05:04:41 AM
The new stability must feel good!

Listening now.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 30, 2017, 05:17:49 AM
I am semi- permanently living in a new location and will be here more often(thank God). Here is a revision of my 10th Sinfonia...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/chamber-symphony-10

This is beautiful, and in its concision has a wonderful focus.  Very well done!
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on October 01, 2017, 05:39:52 PM
This is beautiful, and in its concision has a wonderful focus.  Very well done!

Thanks Karl. It's great to get positive feedback from you. I've been revising some works ( they all need it!) and sometimes arranging for different instruments.

Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 02, 2017, 03:25:29 AM
Here is an arrangement of the slow movement of an old (2014) clarinet/ string quartet for flute and string orchestra. I get flack for having no solo flute in my collection.

Oh, I dunno.  A flutist friend of mine gets (generally, unsolicited) quite a sheaf of flute unaccompanied pieces each year, but he reports that an improbable few repay a second reading.

So, deflect the flack!  Wait until you feel that flute unaccompanied is the only possible means of expressing a certain musical idea.  Stand out from The Pack!  8)
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on October 02, 2017, 06:32:41 AM
Oh, I dunno.  A flutist friend of mine gets (generally, unsolicited) quite a sheaf of flute unaccompanied pieces each year, but he reports that an improbable few repay a second reading.

So, deflect the flack!  Wait until you feel that flute unaccompanied is the only possible means of expressing a certain musical idea.  Stand out from The Pack!  8)

You're right. What was I thinking?I haven't composed for solo flute for a reason...Of course, I use flute very often (and enjoy it!).
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Parsifal on October 02, 2017, 07:10:25 AM
Oh, I dunno.  A flutist friend of mine gets (generally, unsolicited) quite a sheaf of flute unaccompanied pieces each year, but he reports that an improbable few repay a second reading.

Odd. Other than Bach's BWV1013, I don't think I've ever willingly listened to a piece for solo flute.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Parsifal on October 02, 2017, 07:45:49 AM
Why not try Claude Debussy, Syrinx for solo flute

https://www.youtube.com/v/YEyKM13yf_4

Seems promising...
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 02, 2017, 08:33:27 AM
You're right. What was I thinking?I haven't composed for solo flute for a reason...Of course, I use flute very often (and enjoy it!).

But, you never know:  Tomorrow your Muse may insist!
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on October 05, 2017, 02:53:26 PM
This weekend, being that of Canadian Thanksgiving, inspired me to put the finishing touches on my latest piano sketches (Op. 108) which are now named after this all-too-early event. There's no O Canada quotation ( that's in La La Land, but there is "La Cucuracha"!

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-sketches-opus-108



Well, as long as theres conversation on flute, here's the piece I originally posted...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/aria-for-strings-and-flute

Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on October 08, 2017, 12:17:11 AM
I just found my 4th Sinfonia. It was composed three years ago and is my longest work. This is the slow movement (some of the time) inspired by some of George Perle's theoretical musings (though it doesn't sound like it).

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/aasinf-4-opus-62
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on October 14, 2017, 02:36:02 AM
My latest piano sonata (16)...first two movements. All three. Check it out.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/sonata-16-for-piano-opus-113

Also, I just completed these three short pieces for wind quartet...these are a bit different from my recent wind writing.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/expressions-for-woodwinds-opus
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on October 19, 2017, 08:30:47 AM
Hey, I've just revised Sinfonia 16. I changed the concertante part from Cello to Violin to clarify the texture.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-16
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 19, 2017, 08:40:55 AM
Was it a registral matter?  Di you need to soloist to clear away from the accompaniment texture?
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on October 21, 2017, 06:50:26 AM
Was it a registral matter?  Di you need to soloist to clear away from the accompaniment texture?

Exactly. As I thinned out the string section the solo cello needed a higher in tessitura so I made it solo violin. Much cleaner and more lyrical that way. I do enjoy cello and orchestra in modern music but this wasn't the right work for it.
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Post by: Rons_talking on November 03, 2017, 06:33:33 AM
From a set of four works for Violin and Piano here are two short pieces (1 minute each) I just finished up on a few minutes ago. These are for a violinist friend of my father's. Also, a piano romp.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/2-miniatures-for-violin-and piano

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/ainterlude-1
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on November 08, 2017, 09:56:34 AM
I've just modified this movement to heighten the rhythmic playfulness...it's for wind quintet:

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/interlude-4?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/expressions-for-woodwinds-opus
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on November 13, 2017, 05:11:26 AM
Just completed the 2nd movement of my latest piano sonata. If you're wondering why I compose so many of these things, the answer is simple: I can find pianists to perform these, and a good performance is important to me. Larger forms for larger groups too often remain in paper form for years--though with the improved Garriton sounds it is more satisfying to hear a large work electronically-- so no one hears what you're doing. Ironically, I don't compose at the piano (except an occasional sounding of ideas), but I like the idiom. Here are the first two movements of Sonata 17

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/sonata-17-for-piano-opus-118
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 13, 2017, 05:52:05 AM
Good to see the ongoing work!
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Post by: Rons_talking on November 17, 2017, 10:42:35 AM
Good to see the ongoing work!

Thanks, Karl...

I have just completed my 17th Piano Sonata. The 2nd and 3rd mov. are without interruption. It's a rather short work, even for me . It's fast, slow, faster. Much of the harmony is based on a dissonant polychord as well as a maj +5 chord (01358) for those interested. I may post the score later today.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/sonata-17-for-piano-opus-118

score: roumanisland.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/score-for-1st-mov-17-th-sonata/
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on November 18, 2017, 09:10:25 AM
I've updated the 3 Brief Interludes Op. 117.  There is a fourth that I forgot about which is incomplete. It's a jarring, concise set as is, I believe.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/3-brief-interludes
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on November 21, 2017, 05:14:15 AM
I've been touching up my symphonic Ode. . I composed this in 2015 and in it I hear shades of my first teacher (besides my father) Peter Racine Fricker. It never occurred to me while composing but there it is...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/ode-4?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/ode
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 21, 2017, 05:19:34 AM
I've some catching up to do in my Ron's listening, I see!  :)   Keep it up!
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Post by: Rons_talking on November 22, 2017, 02:07:18 AM
I've just finished the 2nd movement of my 17th chamber symphony (for 14 players). It's a pastoral work that's a far cry from the 17th Piano Sonata, which is pretty jarring. I'm sure to be tweeking it for awhile.
PS: I've made a few edits since first posting early this morning...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/bsinf-17?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-17-pastoral-opus-119



Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 22, 2017, 05:07:58 AM
I've just finished the 2nd movement of my 17th chamber symphony (for 14 players). It's a pastoral work that's a far cry from the 17th Piano Sonata, which is pretty jarring. I'm sure to be tweeking it for awhile.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/bsinf-17?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-17-pastoral-opus-119

Charming.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on November 22, 2017, 08:27:49 AM
I've changed several elements of the S 17 2nd mov. I needed to hear it with fresh ears...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/bsinf-21?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-17-pastoral-opus-119
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on December 01, 2017, 01:14:48 PM
Today (12-1) I completed my Pastoral sinfonia (No. 17). It is two movements and around 11 minutes.  12-5-17...I have altered the17th Sinf orchestration to bring out some of the thematic material which, I fear, was too thin.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-17-pastoral-opus-119


Add to that the first two short works (out of 5?) I'm composing for clarinet and piano...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/five-brief-works-for-clarinet
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Mirror Image on December 03, 2017, 10:42:39 AM
Ron, I don’t know much about your music nor your compositional history, but who would you say are some of your main influences?
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on December 05, 2017, 01:48:46 PM
Ron, I don’t know much about your music nor your compositional history, but who would you say are some of your main influences?

Thanks for asking. My father was a jazz musician and later did TV and film composing (1960s-80s) so his was the first direct influence. I studied with Peter Racine Fricker as an undergrad, and did grad work with some talented east-coasters who were serially inclined. To answer you question, I'd say Copland, Sessions, Hindemith and Rautavaara are the first composers that come to mind. Of course there are so many...
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on December 06, 2017, 11:42:58 AM
Today, I composed two more of my short works for clarinet and piano as well as altering the Symphonic Ode. I have enjoyed touching up the Ode because it is inspired by two past teachers; George Tremblay, who taught me how to write a looser form of serialism that pops up in this work, and Peter Racine Fricker, whose "invisible ostinato" technique I make frequent use of.

Here's the latest:
https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/ode


I'll post the five clarinet pieces tonight.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on December 06, 2017, 07:17:58 PM
As promised, here are the 5 short pieces for clar. and pno. They were fun to write (except the 5th).

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/five-brief-works-for-clarinet
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: jessop on December 06, 2017, 09:24:56 PM
I love the quirky nature of this music but my favourite is the slightly more serious fourth piece. They all certainly sound like fun for the clarinet. Are there any performances planned?
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on December 07, 2017, 05:08:31 AM
As promised, here are the 5 short pieces for clar. and pno. They were fun to write (except the 5th).

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/five-brief-works-for-clarinet

It may be Sunday evening before I can give these the attention they deserve  :)
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on December 07, 2017, 05:50:06 AM
Last week, I put the 8th chamber symphony on soundcloud (I'm editing it now) and to my bafflement, the third mov. (7 minutes) was played dozens of times per hour for around 24 hours...then nothing (mostly in China).  I'm a realist, so I feel pretty certain that it became some kind of attachment or was part of some crazy ap. that ran up the total plays. But I'd like to think that some listener heard it and saw the light!, mailing it everywhere music can go ;) and that now I have a Chinese fan club, but nah....not too likely. Anyway, here's the latest version of the 8th; it has a concertante violin and piano and is all strings.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-8-for-strings-and
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Post by: Rons_talking on December 14, 2017, 04:31:02 AM
In the process of composing my 5th string quartet. Here are the first two movements as of now. While wild at times, it is tonally derived. The 2nd movement is lyrical while the 1st is a rapid romp.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/string-quartet-5

Also, here is a revised version of sinfonia 8 (with solo violin and piano).

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/asinfonia-10?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-8-for-strings-and
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on December 14, 2017, 04:36:50 AM
Carry on! After this weekend's concerts, I should be able to catch up . . . .
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Post by: Rons_talking on December 14, 2017, 04:57:17 AM
I love the quirky nature of this music but my favourite is the slightly more serious fourth piece. They all certainly sound like fun for the clarinet. Are there any performances planned?

Good question. Right now, I don't live near any of the performers I know (I'm temporarily living in a remote town in Ontario), but will be settling in Toronto soon and will seek performances then. Thanks for listening ;D.
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Post by: Rons_talking on December 19, 2017, 01:45:37 PM
12-19 I'm wrapping up a string quartet and tightening up my 8th chamber symphony. The symphony is a good combination of my sweet and sour sides converging.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-8-for-strings-and


Also, I've been touching up two works from last year ; they are for wind quartet and piano and are quite ironic in nature: Senior Living, comprised of "The Gaggle" and "Bingo night." Visits to my mom's 55+ (but most are 75+) development inspired the works. I hope you listen...

Add...I just finished the 3rd movement of my 5th SQ...Crazy 3rd.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/string-quartet-5
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Post by: Rons_talking on December 28, 2017, 09:50:56 AM
I have been revising some piano music. Night is a group of four preludes: Sunday Night, Starlight, Midnight Snack, and A Dream.

They were composed the week of Solstice 2016.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/night-four-preludes

New stuff! I'm working on the 18th P Sonata...here's the 1st mov.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-sonata-18-opus-122
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on December 29, 2017, 07:47:33 AM
I have been revising some piano music. Night is a group of four preludes: Sunday Night, Starlight, Midnight Snack, and A Dream.

They were composed the week of Solstice 2016.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/night-four-preludes

Lovely.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on January 08, 2018, 08:23:10 AM
I've completed the first movement of my latest sonata for piano...here's the score as well as the audio.
https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-sonata-18-opus-122

I've also got a draft of the slow movement (2nd) on soundcloud. We'll see if I like it in a day or two...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/bsonata-20?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-sonata-18-opus-122
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on January 12, 2018, 03:14:54 PM
I've completed my 18th piano sonata, which I call the "Cycling" sonata because it has perpetual motion in the third movement as well as ample use of pedal tones (it's not a pun on "pedal", rather the sound is sometimes the kind of hum one hears while riding). Initially I disliked the slow movement and was going to shelve it, but now, 4 days later, I've changed a few things in the theme and find it satisfactory. It's odd; the people I want to hear these works are music lovers but not necessarily composers, but they seldom click on the composer's page. Since I'm temporarily living in a somewhat remote town in Ontario there are few live musicians in the area so all musical correspondences are on line....but this will change. Knowing there is no immanent performance saves me editing time and frees me to compose for any ensemble...of course arranging a performance can be tricky but I'll worry about that once I land somewhere.       Here's the sonata

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-sonata-18-opus-122
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Post by: jessop on January 12, 2018, 09:20:07 PM
I've completed my 18th piano sonata, which I call the "Cycling" sonata because it has perpetual motion in the third movement as well as ample use of pedal tones (it's not a pun on "pedal", rather the sound is sometimes the kind of hum one hears while riding). Initially I disliked the slow movement and was going to shelve it, but now, 4 days later, I've changed a few things in the theme and find it satisfactory. It's odd; the people I want to hear these works are music lovers but not necessarily composers, but they seldom click on the composer's page. Since I'm temporarily living in a somewhat remote town in Ontario there are few live musicians in the area so all musical correspondences are on line....but this will change. Knowing there is no immanent performance saves me editing time and frees me to compose for any ensemble...of course arranging a performance can be tricky but I'll worry about that once I land somewhere.       Here's the sonata

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-sonata-18-opus-122

Well I sure hope more people get the opportunity to hear your music.  I think piano music must be especially difficult to get performances of, considering the amount of time piano students tend to put towards learning 19th century repertoire and some Bach and Mozart. How have you approached this situation in the past?

And BTW, do you know much of Carl Vine's piano music? Just that I think on the surface many of the harmonies sound somewhat similar.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on January 12, 2018, 10:05:35 PM
I've composed very little for  flute alone. When I have, I've made it very robust and jarring. I suppose it's the fear of writing too "feminine" in mood. I've started a set of five. Here's No. 1

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/aflute-op-123?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/5-pieces-for-flute-and-piano
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 13, 2018, 08:04:23 AM
I've composed very little for  flute alone. When I have, I've made it very robust and jarring. I suppose it's the fear of writing too "feminine" in mood.

I think that is entirely the right idea.  Not that there is anything 'wrong' with flute solo "feminine" in mood;  only there is so much of it about already . . . one does want to create a distinct utterance.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on January 13, 2018, 09:10:47 AM
I'm posting the 9th "Primitive" sinfonia for the first time. Not to be mistaken for the Jungle Symphony, this is in three movements. It sounds as it is named (sometimes) and is more dynamic than most of my works.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-9-primitive
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on January 13, 2018, 09:20:13 AM
I think that is entirely the right idea.  Not that there is anything 'wrong' with flute solo "feminine" in mood;  only there is so much of it about already . . . one does want to create a distinct utterance.

So true. The music needs a little hair.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on January 17, 2018, 10:40:08 AM
Well, here are the 5 short flute/piano pieces (1/17) Op. 123. 2,4 are short and fast...3,5 are slower with the last movement being a meditation. I'll try to put up a score  My cousin Terry is always up for a flute piece but, as I've said, the flute isn't a natural mode of expression for me when in solo form.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/bflutework-1?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/5-pieces-for-flute-and-piano
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on January 17, 2018, 11:43:37 AM
Here's an update on the Piano sonata 18

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/asonata-18
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on January 18, 2018, 02:46:53 AM
This work, "At the River" is scored for 11 players. It's the 1st movement of my sinfonia 18.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-18-for-11-players
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 18, 2018, 03:52:30 AM
Good to see the activity here, Ron!  Will check in properly soon.
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Post by: Rons_talking on January 21, 2018, 09:04:11 AM
1-21...before the conference championship games(NFL) are to be on TV, I've extended the final movement of the 18th piano sonata...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/csonata-19?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-sonata-18-opus-122

And here's an audio file of my 18 th Sinfonia 2nd movement, which I just finished (for now).

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/bsin-18-2nd-mov?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-18-for-11-players
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on January 22, 2018, 04:10:01 AM
I've made a short playlist of 2017 works. A little bit of everything.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/recent-works



1
Three Short Pieces for Woodwind Quartet Op 110 no. 1
 
2
5 Moods for Piano No. 4
 
3
Sinfonia 18; "At the River" 1st mov. (2018)
 

Divertimento for Wind Trio Op 106 3rd mov. "In the Country"


Piano and Violin Lento Op. 116
 
III. Northland Sketch
 
Flute 5th mov. Adagio
 
Sinfonia 12, Violin and Chamber Orch. 2nd mov.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on January 25, 2018, 08:20:36 AM
Here we go...an improved version of the 18th sinfonia for 11 players. I was going to make it three movements but changed my mind and will leave it at two. Since both movements have a variety of tempi and the arc of the piece doesn't call for it I'll make it a wrap. Though some seasoning will, I'm sure, be added. I've added an interlude after the first mov. I simply wanted to compose a little more for the group...
The 1st movement unvarnished score is at my blog.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/epilogue

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-18-for-11-players
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on January 25, 2018, 06:22:25 PM
I'm now composing some Piano preludes and intermezzi. There will be some analysis on my blog.

Prelude 1:

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/preludes-and-intermezzi-for

Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on January 30, 2018, 04:10:27 PM
I've completed two more short piano pieces from a set of preludes and dances. The works are both highly canonic in nature, though it's difficult to hear. Sometimes the canons are at strange intervals or inverted or delayed, prolonged, harmonized, you name it. Actually, I'm overstating that. These works as well as the other piano works are intended for performance but I'll have to wait, as I'm still living in a remote part of Canada(temporarily).

I believe my first two preludes Op 125 are above...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/facebook
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on January 31, 2018, 03:51:41 AM
I'm now composing some Piano preludes and intermezzi. There will be some analysis on my blog.

Prelude 1:

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/preludes-and-intermezzi-for

Now I've completed a set of 6 preludes and dances for piano. (1-31) ...No. 5 is a challenging piece for a keyboardist (at recommended tempo). I'll clean up the scores soon for posting.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 31, 2018, 03:52:32 AM
Just a note that I am following :)
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Post by: Rons_talking on January 31, 2018, 04:28:56 AM
Just a note that I am following :)

Thanks...I'm following you as well. 8)
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Post by: Rons_talking on February 03, 2018, 06:36:43 AM
I've shaken and trimmed the latest Piano Preludes and Dances Op. 125

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/preludes-and-intermezzi-for
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 03, 2018, 08:05:30 AM
I've shaken and trimmed the latest Piano Preludes and Dances Op. 125

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/preludes-and-intermezzi-for

Excellent, robust and charming.
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Post by: Rons_talking on February 03, 2018, 11:22:44 PM
Excellent, robust and charming.

Thanks Karl!
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Post by: Rons_talking on February 03, 2018, 11:28:31 PM
I've just completed my latest work: Winter Valley. It's scored for Flute, Viola, Piano and Vibraphone. It's a rather atmospheric piece for me that is tranquil with only a few exceptions. Check it out!

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/after-light-for-4-players
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on February 07, 2018, 10:28:53 PM
I'm in the process of composing a set for wind quartet and piano. The first piece is fast and angular. The second is lyrical in nature. The third is a short ABA.
https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/8-works-for-piano-and-4-winds


2-12
It's been updated a bit. I'm going to leave it at three pieces for now. I have so many works for this combination...On to something different.
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on February 13, 2018, 06:42:17 AM
Here's the latest: two movements from a piano suite. 2-12-2018

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/suite-for-piano

Also, the wind quartet...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/8-works-for-piano-and-4-winds
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 13, 2018, 06:45:43 AM
Good to see all the activity!
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Post by: Rons_talking on February 16, 2018, 11:16:43 AM
I've added a third short piece to the piano suite. This one's Lento and less chromatic than the first two. Now I've added a fourth: the Frantic Greek Dance which is less than a minute.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/suite-for-piano

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/suite-greek?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/suite-for-piano
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on February 16, 2018, 10:43:35 PM
A funny thing happened...I was trying to compose the 1st mov. for a string quartet and after a few hours I was ready to toss the music. It was too whimsical. Then it occurred to me to arrange the music for  the Piano Quintet (p+ 4 winds) that needed a finale. It works! I might have been writing for strings but the music is for winds in character. It's the 4th movement...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/8-works-for-piano-and-4-winds

And here's the 5th piece from the piano suite. I'm calling the pieces "Meditations for Piano" since three of the five are slow and reflective--not suite-like at all :)

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/suite-for-piano4-2?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/suite-for-piano
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on February 22, 2018, 04:45:24 AM
I've changed a bit of last month's quintet for winds and piano. It's now 5 movements and a little faster :o

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/8-works-for-piano-and-4-winds
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 22, 2018, 05:47:18 AM
Crank it up!  8)
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Post by: Rons_talking on February 22, 2018, 07:12:04 PM
My latest work (opus 129, and I really need opus numbers to keep things organized) is for Fl, Cl, Vln, Cello, and Piano. The 1st movement is based on a rhythmic motif and a 10-note set based on three chords in succession. It's "Fall" in my 4 Seasons at 6AM

You can follow the score at my blog...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/the-seasons-6-am-1

Additionally, I have the 2nd piece: A Winter Morning which I just completed. It's not too long (3:30) but was an intense experience to compose. Here it is...I'll put the rough score on my blog..

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/bseasons?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/the-seasons-6-am-1
Title: Re: Ron's Talking's Compositions
Post by: Rons_talking on February 26, 2018, 12:54:30 PM
I've just finished the "Spring" movement of the 4 seasons at 6AM. The only spring-like element is the sound of a unison pitch dividing into several lines. It's kinda "Canadian Spring"; short and a little bleak. The motif is longer than usual for me--a 5-note looping figure you here first in the violin. I watched some John Coltrane youtube last night and I think my motive resembles his Giant Steps motive, though it's hard to here in this less tonal context.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/spring?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/the-seasons-6-am-1

(the unedited score is tops on my blog)
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Post by: jessop on February 26, 2018, 12:57:23 PM
Looking forward to taking a listen to these. Unfortunately I can't listen today as I am so busy with my own music stuff.....but I will write this meaningless post as a reminder to myself to check out your cool new music as soon as I can 8)
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Post by: Rons_talking on February 27, 2018, 05:22:29 AM
Whew! I just finished "Summer Morning" from my seasons for fl, clarinet, violin, cello and piano...2-27-18 It's not like the other movements...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/bwinter?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/the-seasons-6-am-1
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 27, 2018, 05:37:42 AM
Good!  Is the van a hybrid?  8)  (Sorry, my eye does delight in the odd typo.  We all mkae typos.)
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Post by: Rons_talking on February 27, 2018, 02:23:49 PM
Good!  Is the van a hybrid?  8)  (Sorry, my eye does delight in the odd typo.  We all mkae typos.)

 :)  haha! It was the auto-correct...I meant to write van  vln...Now I'll spell it out!
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Post by: jessop on February 27, 2018, 03:33:57 PM
Whew! I just finished "Summer Morning" from my seasons for fl, clarinet, violin, cello and piano...2-27-18 It's not like the other movements...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/bwinter?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/the-seasons-6-am-1

As I listen to this on a summer morning down under (with a fan blowing in my face), it certainly feels appropriate! I love the way the ensemble sounds so well balanced. I really would like to hear these season pieces performed with real instruments at some stage.
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Post by: Rons_talking on March 02, 2018, 07:45:33 AM
As I listen to this on a summer morning down under (with a fan blowing in my face), it certainly feels appropriate! I love the way the ensemble sounds so well balanced. I really would like to hear these season pieces performed with real instruments at some stage.

Thanks! I wish it felt appropriate up here in Canada!
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 03, 2018, 05:56:36 AM
Whew! I just finished "Summer Morning" from my seasons for fl, clarinet, violin, cello and piano...2-27-18 It's not like the other movements...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/bwinter?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/the-seasons-6-am-1

Charming, winsome.  Well done!
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Post by: Rons_talking on March 06, 2018, 06:43:49 AM
Charming, winsome.  Well done!

Thanks! I think
 the dissonant first two movements scared some people off!
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 06, 2018, 06:45:22 AM
Could be good filtration!  8)
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Post by: Rons_talking on March 06, 2018, 06:45:46 AM
The just-completed 1st movement of my 19th sinfonia. 3-06 I'll varnish it later.
https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-19-opus-130
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Post by: Rons_talking on March 06, 2018, 06:47:20 AM
Could be good filtration!  8)

Like they say in Maine:" You don't deserve the summer if can't take the winters." :laugh:
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Post by: Crudblud on March 06, 2018, 01:37:21 PM
Really liking the counterpoint in Summer Morning, it feels loose and swaying but always deliberate. Also the way you use a simple gesture to build up the sound at the beginning is very nicely done. All in all a well balanced piece with a naturally flowing structure.
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Post by: Rons_talking on March 06, 2018, 05:04:48 PM
Really liking the counterpoint in Summer Morning, it feels loose and swaying but always deliberate. Also the way you use a simple gesture to build up the sound at the beginning is very nicely done. All in all a well balanced piece with a naturally flowing structure.

Thanks!
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Post by: Rons_talking on March 06, 2018, 05:09:21 PM
I just finished the 2nd movement of Chamber Symphony 19.  It gets very hard and fairly tender all in 3:25. I will probably extend it...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/b19thsinf-1?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-19-opus-130
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Post by: Rons_talking on March 10, 2018, 10:45:08 AM
Have now completed the draft of my latest Chamber symphony. The final movement will be the Vivace, which has been extended a bit.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/b19thsinf-2?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-19-opus-130

The second movement will be this...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/csinfonia19?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/sinfonia-19-opus-130

..

24 hours later... I composed a lyrical short, tonal work for Violin and Piano.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/lyric-pieces-for-violin-and
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Post by: Rons_talking on March 11, 2018, 02:17:51 AM
The first two of the Lyric Set.


https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/lyric-pieces-for-violin-and
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Post by: Rons_talking on March 15, 2018, 04:26:36 AM
Here's a strange work for Quintet (Vln, Cello, Fl, Cl, Pno) I'm calling Dreamworld...first mov....

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/dreamworld
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Post by: Rons_talking on March 19, 2018, 01:45:17 AM
Now I've got the other two movements...

 :)

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/dreamworld
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 19, 2018, 03:08:38 AM
Carry on!
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Post by: Rons_talking on March 21, 2018, 05:51:51 PM
Here is the third part of my Lyric Set for Violin and Piano

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/lyric-set-3rd-mov?in=ronald-roumanis/sets/lyric-pieces-for-violin-and
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Post by: Rons_talking on April 09, 2018, 08:02:45 PM
Been away for awhile. Here is  The Anger Quintet, for Piano and winds. I composed these movements after a hellish flight (aren't they all).

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-quintet-2-1st-mov
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 09, 2018, 11:52:43 PM
Been away for awhile. Here is  The Anger Quintet, for Piano and winds. I composed these movements after a hellish flight (aren't they all).

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-quintet-2-1st-mov

Nice start!
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Post by: Rons_talking on April 13, 2018, 12:44:23 PM
Here's a revised Piano Variations. It's very harsh, being based on a descending chromatic line (C,B,Db, Bb, A, Ab C, G, Gb E). It's only around 6 minutes :-\...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/variations-for-piano-2017
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Post by: Rons_talking on April 13, 2018, 01:06:01 PM
Oh...and I finished the piano-wind quintet. The movements are in reverse order since lots of people only listen to the first mov on the playlist.

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-quintet-2-1st-mov
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Post by: Rons_talking on April 17, 2018, 10:22:20 PM
The complete 20th Piano Sonata (ink still wet  ::) ).

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-sonata-20
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Post by: Rons_talking on April 26, 2018, 02:21:58 PM
I've completed a few new works. This one is a suite for string quintet. It's got 5 short movements so far, ranging from frantic atonal to diatonic chorales. I find the extra cello helps get a much richer sound at only 25% more... ;)




https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/images-for-string-quintet
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Post by: Rons_talking on May 05, 2018, 09:44:04 PM
Here is a part of my 21st Piano Sonata...the 2nd and 3rd movements. Since my 1st movements often require more revision than the others, I often compose it last. That way I know my themes intimately and can more seamlessly express them as I go. Here it is:

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-sonata-21


The 3rd mov. score is at my blog...
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 06, 2018, 02:18:39 AM
Brilliant work, Ron.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 07, 2018, 11:54:21 PM
The complete 20th Piano Sonata (ink still wet  ::) ).

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-sonata-20

(Starting to catch up a bit.)  I especially enjoy the ease of tone, combined with the flashes of rhythmic upheaval.
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Post by: Rons_talking on May 19, 2018, 06:21:54 AM
(Starting to catch up a bit.)  I especially enjoy the ease of tone, combined with the flashes of rhythmic upheaval.

Thanks Karl! I've been out of town the past week so it is only now that I see your encouraging words. In the meantime, I need to listen to some other composers here (it seemed the line went dead for awhile) and hear the latest.

Oh, and I've composed a 21st Sonata that I'm still tweeking. It's got lots of rhythmic upheaval ;)  ...

https://soundcloud.com/ronald-roumanis/sets/piano-sonata-21