Started by Symphonic Addict, August 22, 2021, 03:03:20 PM
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Quote from: Symphonic Addict on September 24, 2021, 09:24:54 PMI didn't know you have composed symphonies. Are they choral?You'll succeed at it, Karl. I'm sure.
Quote from: Carlos GuastavinoI love melody, I love to sing. I refuse to compose music only intended to be discovered and understood by future generations.
Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 25, 2021, 06:12:24 AMI appreciate your kindness, indeed. № 1 is for orchestra, № 2 for band. № 3 will be for strings. I don't feel any motivation at present to write a choral symphony, but anything can happen.
Quote from: Symphonic Addict on September 25, 2021, 08:03:42 PMOh, I see. I ask because I've seen and heard you're mainly a solo choral and instrumental composer (?)I'd like very interested in listening to those first two symphonies.
Quote from: classicalgeek on September 24, 2021, 04:54:41 PMIt's really interesting reading everyone's responses! It would be fun for everyone to try their hand at writing a piece - I'd love to see the results!As for me, well, I'm a composer. A bit out of practice - save for a couple of songs and some short piano pieces, I haven't tried to write anything in more than 20 years. Within the last year, though, I've wanted to get back into writing music - I've been entering some of my old pieces into Sibelius and really enjoying the process. But I've been hesitant to dive back in all the way, though - my recent attempts to create anything new have fizzled after a few bars, and on top of that, I don't have the time to devote to composing like I did in my college days - life has a habit of getting in the way!As for my style? It's tonal through and through, with a healthy dose of dissonance for color and "spice". Lively and rhythmic in the fast parts, gently lyrical in the slow ones. I don't know if it "sounds like" one composer or another - perhaps Walter Piston meets Francis Poulenc, with a smattering of George Lloyd, a dash of Edmund Rubbra, and a garnish of Leonard Bernstein? Not that I'm anywhere *near* as talented as any one of those guys, but you get the idea.I tend to write in abstract forms - I've never been one for programmatic titles that have some "deeper meaning". If it's written for string quartet, it's a String Quartet. If it's written for a solo instrument with piano, it's a Sonata. A piano solo may be a Prelude or a Nocturne or a Scherzo or what have you, depending on the character of the piece, but that's as far as I'll go. It's on my "bucket list" to write a full, multi-movement symphony - but if indeed I take the leap back into composing, I'll need to build myself back up to writing in longer forms.I'm debating whether to share my older compositions on the "Composing and Performing" thread... I don't know if that's more geared to works in progress. We'll see.
Quote from: krummholz on September 27, 2021, 07:12:52 AMWill there be a 4th movement to your Symphony No. 2, Karl? (Maybe "The Muscles"?)
Quote from: John Copeland on September 24, 2021, 09:06:44 PMI would write a Symphony in E Major and be done with it!
Quote from: Symphonic Addict on September 24, 2021, 08:40:05 PMThat combination of influences sounds very cool to me. I share some of things.My music would have touches of Nielsen, Janacek, Respighi, Sibelius, Shostakovich, among others.I benefit abstract forms, but it's inevitable to me to give them titles or names. My music would have a very descriptive character, actually, but not always.
QuoteI'll write perhaps ten symphonies more (I've now written two.) It will be an interesting question: how many will I actually write, if my first symphony never receives a performance?I should like to write a clarinet quintet. Probably will not unless I come to collaborate with a string quartet, which hardly seems likely.I have ideas for a couple of operas, but (unlike the symphonies nos. 1 & 2) I just cannot see expending that effort on a score that may just sit on the shelf.
QuoteWelcome, classicalgeek! Your journey sounds similar to mine, nearly two years ago now. Hadn't written anything since my student days (in my case, closer to 45 years ago!), then discovered MuseScore and entered some of my student compositions into it. The most interesting one was a sketch for a one-movement piece for string quartet, which has since become my String Quartet No. 1. Then, like you, I went for Sibelius and haven't looked back. Have since finished one large-scale work for chamber string orchestra. I have ideas for a sonata for viola and piano, that I'd like to write as a way of thanking a local violist who helped me immeasurably with notational issues in my piece for strings. But I also teach full-time during the academic year, which leaves very little time for composing.I don't think the Composing and Performing section is only for works in progress... please post some of your work if you're so inclined, I for one would be interested to hear it!
Quote from: classicalgeek on September 27, 2021, 11:12:28 AMI look forward to checking out more of your compositions, Karl. I see you shared your symphonies, I will give those a listen.
Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 26, 2021, 03:07:26 PMI warmly appreciate your interest, Cesar! If you can bear the inherent inadequacies of the MIDI extractions:Symphony № 1, Op. 143 (completed 2017)Symphony № 2 for band, Karl's Big (But Happily Incomplete) Map to the Body) Op. 148 (completed 2021)Movement 1, The NervesMovement 2, The HeartMovement 3, The Lungs I've not yet uploaded (I want to finalize the score's layout first)
Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 27, 2021, 11:30:09 AMThanks! You are a busy soul! Strength to you!
Quote from: classicalgeek on September 27, 2021, 12:52:55 PMLife gets really busy sometimes. I want to make more time for music, particularly composition, as it's one thing that brings me joy and a sense of purpose.I just tried to play your Symphony no. 1, but YouTube has marked it a private video. Not a problem with your Second Symphony, so I'll listen soon.
Quote from: Mandryka on September 27, 2021, 12:22:53 PMPersonally I don't find the idea of a composer à la Beethoven or Josquin or Ferneyhough - someone who creates a set of instructions for performers follow - very interesting.
Quote from: Mandryka on September 27, 2021, 12:22:53 PMI would be the sort of composer who doesn't make works at all. Rather I would do things to empowering performers to make inspiring and exciting music. Maybe I'd provide structures for improvisation, maybe I'd create modules which performers can assemble and modify in their own way, maybe I'd write texts which stimulate performance ideas. Personally I don't find the idea of a composer à la Beethoven or Josquin or Ferneyhough - someone who creates a set of instructions for performers follow - very interesting. I'd like to be a composer à la Pauline Oliveros or Anthony Braxton.
Quote from: classicalgeek on September 27, 2021, 11:12:28 AMThank you, krummholz! I have live performances of a few works from the mid-90s (with students, sometimes with one or two rehearsals, so the results are variable) plus I have digital recordings using NotePerformer. I'll try to post something in the coming days. And I'll check out your works as well! I hear you on having little time for composition... I have a full-time job as a software test engineer, two kids (16 and 10), and I'm taking care of my aging mother! What I wouldn't give just to work on music all day...
Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 27, 2021, 01:08:10 PMOh, I didn't realize. I believe I've just made it public.
Quote from: Symphonic Addict on September 27, 2021, 03:50:37 PMSame here. I can't watch it either.
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