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Excerpt from my WIP Symphony No. 4
« on: September 30, 2021, 03:01:59 PM »
I’m currently working on my Symphony No. 4.  It is in three movements and scored for a Mahler sized orchestra lasting 50 minutes.  It reaches a cataclysmic fury which subsides in to a long, slow building apotheosis complete with organ.  Still very much a work in progress but I’m happy with how it is turning out.  I’m about half finished.  This is an excerpt from the start of the last movement which is terse and violent. 

https://clyp.it/mb5sqwjv

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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2021, 03:29:32 PM »
I’m currently working on my Symphony No. 4.  It is in three movements and scored for a Mahler sized orchestra lasting 50 minutes.  It reaches a cataclysmic fury which subsides in to a long, slow building apotheosis complete with organ.  Still very much a work in progress but I’m happy with how it is turning out.  I’m about half finished.  This is an excerpt from the start of the last movement which is terse and violent. 

https://clyp.it/mb5sqwjv

Excellent! I really want to hear more - and I'd love to see the score too, but that's up to you. I actually just listened to the excerpt from your Symphony no. 1 yesterday - and it's apparent your harmonic language has expanded significantly! Very atmospheric... chilling and ominous! I really like some of the little details: the way the muted trombones (I think) emerge from the pounding timpani at 0:19, the flourish of the celesta at 0:31, and the piccolo at 0:42 reminds me of a passage in the finale of Mahler 6. The way the violins lacerate through the texture at 1:03, the pounding rhythm that starts at 1:09, the fast figuration in (piano or organ?) starting at 1:22, and the diminuendo that begins at 1:51 only to be interrupted by the ostinato starting at 2:01. And your orchestration is magnificent! Keep up the great work, I look forward to your continued progress.

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Re: Excerpt from my WIP Symphony No. 4
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2021, 05:10:09 AM »
Thanks for listening, glad you enjoyed it. :)

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Re: Excerpt from my WIP Symphony No. 4
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2021, 05:34:33 AM »
Wow!!  Following you on Clyp.  Arctic Dawn...awesome...

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Re: Excerpt from my WIP Symphony No. 4
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2021, 06:01:36 AM »
Wow indeed! A truly magnificent start to a symphonic movement... really want to hear more of this!

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Re: Excerpt from my WIP Symphony No. 4
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2021, 07:26:07 AM »
Wow, indeed!  Really looking forward to hearing more of it.  :)

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EDIT:  After reading another poster's comments about listening to your Arctic Dawn, I went back and listened to it...really enjoyed it!  Seriously!  Have you had any of your work recorded or performed before Relm1?
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Re: Excerpt from my WIP Symphony No. 4
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2021, 03:30:02 PM »
Thanks for all the positive feedback!

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Re: Excerpt from my WIP Symphony No. 4
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2021, 04:16:11 PM »
In case anyone is interested, here is an excerpt of the full score from the part I excerpted above.  The work is maybe 2/3 completed and I hope to finish it by November. :)
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Re: Excerpt from my WIP Symphony No. 4
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2021, 02:48:10 AM »
I'd be most interested to hear it but I can't download the clip.  :(
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2021, 12:42:29 PM »
In case anyone is interested, here is an excerpt of the full score from the part I excerpted above.  The work is maybe 2/3 completed and I hope to finish it by November. :)

Thank you for posting some of the score. The orchestra is definitely Mahler-sized... and I don't think Mahler ever used two tubas! And your orchestration is stunning! If you share the completed symphony, I look forward to hearing it!

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Re: Excerpt from my WIP Symphony No. 4
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2021, 06:07:55 AM »
Thank you for posting some of the score. The orchestra is definitely Mahler-sized... and I don't think Mahler ever used two tubas! And your orchestration is stunning! If you share the completed symphony, I look forward to hearing it!

Thanks so much.  :)

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Re: Excerpt from my WIP Symphony No. 4
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2021, 06:08:11 AM »
Here are two excerpts from the 2nd movement.  It's a molto adagio lasting about 14 minutes.

https://clyp.it/2ia4fzhz

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Re: Excerpt from my WIP Symphony No. 4
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2021, 02:47:14 PM »
I'm liking it so far! I like the chromatic harmonies in the strings - it's almost a threnody, but more sinister voices take over (timpani, muted trombones, bass clarinet). Very effective. And I like the way what (I think) is the second excerpt builds to a sustained climax. I look forward to hearing more of this second movement!

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Re: Excerpt from my WIP Symphony No. 4
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2021, 04:30:14 AM »
Agreed, very impressive! Looking forward to hearing the rest of this work when it's finished...

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Re: Excerpt from my WIP Symphony No. 4
« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2021, 01:02:48 PM »
Thanks!

I'm nearly done.  Here is an excerpt from the climax of the 1st movement.   :)

There are two major opposing forces, a solemn string choral and a forceful brass fanfare.  They mostly stay out of each other’s way until this moment where the conflicting ideas break down, becoming more forceful and aggressive building towards the climax then gradually fades away.

https://clyp.it/2nkdq35e
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