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Well, do you? (Please do not answer the poll unless you are a composer.)

Yes, always.
4 (17.4%)
Yes, often.
8 (34.8%)
Yes, but only sometimes.
7 (30.4%)
Yes, but very rarely.
1 (4.3%)
Are you kidding? Never!
2 (8.7%)
Yes AND no. My feelings are ambivalent.
1 (4.3%)

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Re: A question to composers: Do you feel moved by your own music?
« Reply #40 on: October 10, 2008, 03:15:06 PM »
I was typing this by pm, Maciek, but realized there is no file attachment feature on pm, so i'll post it here.

A little added, nothing left out, everything compressed and varied.

It's been so long since I've heard In C, that while writing this, I had no idea what any performance actually sounds like. The high point of the piece was the timpani entrance and the overall texture- even though i wanted to keep it "true" as possible, I heard timpani in my head, and breaking the rules a bit, I think it's quite a sweet effect!


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Re: A question to composers: Do you feel moved by your own music?
« Reply #41 on: October 10, 2008, 03:17:06 PM »
Of course, Nabokov is a case of an author aware of his own greatness.

Oh really?
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Re: A question to composers: Do you feel moved by your own music?
« Reply #42 on: October 10, 2008, 03:58:38 PM »
Hm... I wanted to think of an adequately sarcastic response, but they would all have a twist beyond my control.

Version 1:
Yes. ;)
[conversation for the sake of conversation - but what does the smiley mean? "no"? ???]

Version 2:
Well, perhaps not to the extent that he should have been. ;)
[given that he was one of the greatest writers in history - that would make sense; but he did seem to have quite a high opinion of himself - in fact, most people are taken aback by his looming ego - so perhaps this would be a hyperbole...? maybe he took it too far?]

Version 3:
Well, perhaps he even went too far with it... ;D
[OK, but did he, really? I mean, given that etc.]

 ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)

Damn, these things are impossible to pin down! (And maybe we should be grateful.)

Gombrowicz - now there's a case of overblown sense of achievement. Or is it? I mean: 1. he was a great writer/thinker. 2. with Gombrowicz you can be sure that there's an element of irony to everything he says, probably even when he is praising himself...

And anyway, his phrase was, if I remember correctly "I am the center of my universe". Well, who can argue with that? ;D

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Re: A question to composers: Do you feel moved by your own music?
« Reply #43 on: October 10, 2008, 04:00:40 PM »
Is it just me, or has suddenly got awfully chatty in here? ;D 0:)

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Re: A question to composers: Do you feel moved by your own music?
« Reply #44 on: October 10, 2008, 04:10:44 PM »
I was typing this by pm, Maciek, but realized there is no file attachment feature on pm, so i'll post it here.

A little added, nothing left out, everything compressed and varied.

It's been so long since I've heard In C, that while writing this, I had no idea what any performance actually sounds like. The high point of the piece was the timpani entrance and the overall texture- even though i wanted to keep it "true" as possible, I heard timpani in my head, and breaking the rules a bit, I think it's quite a sweet effect!




Hey, this is cool! Too bad about the midi thing, the sound is terrible.

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Re: A question to composers: Do you feel moved by your own music?
« Reply #45 on: October 10, 2008, 04:12:14 PM »
I was typing this by pm, Maciek, but realized there is no file attachment feature on pm, so i'll post it here.

A little added, nothing left out, everything compressed and varied.

It's been so long since I've heard In C, that while writing this, I had no idea what any performance actually sounds like. The high point of the piece was the timpani entrance and the overall texture- even though i wanted to keep it "true" as possible, I heard timpani in my head, and breaking the rules a bit, I think it's quite a sweet effect!




Ah, yes, sorry, I got carried away with the Nabokov thing. :-[ Thank you very much for this! 8)

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Re: A question to composers: Do you feel moved by your own music?
« Reply #46 on: October 10, 2008, 04:58:26 PM »

Ah, yes, sorry, I got carried away with the Nabokov thing. :-[ Thank you very much for this! 8)

No it is very intersting. My post wasn't meant to be in the least bit sarcastic.
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Re: A question to composers: Do you feel moved by your own music?
« Reply #47 on: October 10, 2008, 06:08:37 PM »

Hey, this is cool! Too bad about the midi thing, the sound is terrible.
I need a Henning-style ensemble.....  8)


Hm... I wanted to think of an adequately sarcastic response, but they would all have a twist beyond my control.

Version 1:
Yes. ;)
[conversation for the sake of conversation - but what does the smiley mean? "no"? ???]

Version 2:
Well, perhaps not to the extent that he should have been. ;)
[given that he was one of the greatest writers in history - that would make sense; but he did seem to have quite a high opinion of himself - in fact, most people are taken aback by his looming ego - so perhaps this would be a hyperbole...? maybe he took it too far?]

Version 3:
Well, perhaps he even went too far with it... ;D
[OK, but did he, really? I mean, given that etc.]

 ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)

Damn, these things are impossible to pin down! (And maybe we should be grateful.)

Gombrowicz - now there's a case of overblown sense of achievement. Or is it? I mean: 1. he was a great writer/thinker. 2. with Gombrowicz you can be sure that there's an element of irony to everything he says, probably even when he is praising himself...

And anyway, his phrase was, if I remember correctly "I am the center of my universe". Well, who can argue with that? ;D
I've never heard of these guys. How bad is his ego? Is it worse than Wagner's?  :o

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Re: A question to composers: Do you feel moved by your own music?
« Reply #48 on: October 11, 2008, 11:05:18 AM »
My post wasn't meant to be in the least bit sarcastic.

Do I detect a note of sarcasm? ;)

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Re: A question to composers: Do you feel moved by your own music?
« Reply #49 on: October 23, 2008, 05:20:49 PM »
A long time ago I started a topic called "Why I  Am NOT A Composer" which might be gone now.  To give you the salient parts of my essay, I found myself being disturbed by what I had composed, the few times I heard something performed.  My mental ear knew - in one sense - that yes, it should sound like this, and you knew it would sound like this, but the shock of actually hearing it with the outer ears was to a certain extent frightening.  I was able to endure it, in any case, but then a second unpleasant feeling arose, and that was the psychological exposure produced by my music.

It was like watching your soul being dissected in public, watching a soccer team kick your id around the field while people cheered.  Because of this highly unpleasant result, I decided that, despite any talent I had in composition, I had no real desire to let people into my musical psyche. 

So why compose anything?  I still entertain myself with various ideas, but no, they will not appear on music paper.
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Re: A question to composers: Do you feel moved by your own music?
« Reply #50 on: October 25, 2008, 04:13:47 PM »
Do I detect a note of sarcasm? ;)

No, really! Really no. (or is there... no there really isn't!)

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A long time ago I started a topic called "Why I  Am NOT A Composer" which might be gone now.  To give you the salient parts of my essay, I found myself being disturbed by what I had composed, the few times I heard something performed.  My mental ear knew - in one sense - that yes, it should sound like this, and you knew it would sound like this, but the shock of actually hearing it with the outer ears was to a certain extent frightening.  I was able to endure it, in any case, but then a second unpleasant feeling arose, and that was the psychological exposure produced by my music.

It was like watching your soul being dissected in public, watching a soccer team kick your id around the field while people cheered.  Because of this highly unpleasant result, I decided that, despite any talent I had in composition, I had no real desire to let people into my musical psyche. 

So why compose anything?  I still entertain myself with various ideas, but no, they will not appear on music paper.
Fascinating Cato!
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Re: A question to composers: Do you feel moved by your own music?
« Reply #51 on: October 25, 2008, 04:28:27 PM »
Cato's post is truly fascinating.  Still considering it.

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Re: A question to composers: Do you feel moved by your own music?
« Reply #52 on: October 25, 2008, 04:31:20 PM »
A long time ago I started a topic called "Why I  Am NOT A Composer" which might be gone now.  To give you the salient parts of my essay, I found myself being disturbed by what I had composed, the few times I heard something performed.  My mental ear knew - in one sense - that yes, it should sound like this, and you knew it would sound like this, but the shock of actually hearing it with the outer ears was to a certain extent frightening.  I was able to endure it, in any case, but then a second unpleasant feeling arose, and that was the psychological exposure produced by my music.

It was like watching your soul being dissected in public, watching a soccer team kick your id around the field while people cheered.  Because of this highly unpleasant result, I decided that, despite any talent I had in composition, I had no real desire to let people into my musical psyche. 

So why compose anything?  I still entertain myself with various ideas, but no, they will not appear on music paper.
All that hard work for..................... entertaining ideas in your head?  ???