Started by krummholz, May 28, 2023, 10:44:51 AM
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Quote from: gprengel on July 28, 2023, 07:32:23 AMI never heard this tune before - it is indeed beautiful! Only the C in the 6th measure I don't find so fitting - wouldn't be a F more fitting?
Quote from: lunar22 on July 29, 2023, 08:53:38 AMit is actually remarkably similar to my 11th quartet variation theme -- now that I've finally got round to playing this through. I don't agree with Gerd about the C in bar 6 -- certainly an F followed by the Eb would be rather odd to my ears and the C fits fine. As for my own theme, I've never heard any of the ones mentioned so it's purely a coincidence -- or possibly a common cultural heritage. Composing a theme which starts innocently and then becomes more threatening like Nielsen's 6th first movement (arguably the greatest thing he ever wrote) would certainly be an interesting idea. No idea if you've gone any further with this since first posting?
Quote from: lunar22 on August 31, 2023, 02:38:33 AMNice to hear from you ---it's a shame you can't find more time for composing (not that I myself have any inspiration to start on something new at present). My own treatment of the innocent theme certainly becomes increasingly melancholic and chromatic but that's a long way from the terror of Nielsen 6 and I imagine that's something you would be capable of.
Quote from: krummholz on August 30, 2023, 04:47:06 PMThank you Gerd! But the C sounds right to me - it's perfectly idiomatic in American folk music. What would follow the F? The Eb? That really doesn't work for me.But I've tabled this piece for now. With the current situation where I work, I've had to forget about composing and am now teaching a class I haven't taught in ages, because a colleague decided to accept a position elsewhere earlier in the summer - and there's a hiring freeze, so our department of 5 full-time teaching faculty is now down to 4.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on September 11, 2023, 06:08:49 PMSorry to hear that. Hope that your work load hasn't become too burdensome and that they are able to hire another professor soon! Or at least in the meantime that you are compensated for your extra duties and fittingly--though probably not considering how educators are treated these days by most institutions (and lack of funding, etc.). PD
Quote from: krummholz on September 14, 2023, 07:18:01 AMThanks PD. No, when my colleague left his parting shot to me (by email) was "don't let them give you extra work without extra compensation", or something to that effect. I just laughed to myself. We won't be allowed to hire anyone probably for at least a couple of years. And the Provost's office has designated all of my courses to be in a category that they micromanage, so I'm frequently dealing with instructions to do things differently from what has always worked for me.All this is fallout from the pandemic, when they had to refund many students' room and board fees and wound up several million in the hole. I think we'll survive, but it won't be a very enjoyable time.
Quote from: DavidW on September 14, 2023, 08:43:12 AMThat was rude of him. When I was going to leave my previous job, I gave notice when I started the search so that they could find a replacement.For those that don't know, academic positions take a long to fill. You really have a good season to advertise the post, and then it takes weeks to collect applications, and even the rounds of interviews will take weeks as well. Let alone negotiating, hiring, moving... if someone just ups and leaves then the rest of the department just has to take over their duties while still doing their own for at least a semester. Even hiring a temporary adjunct takes time.
Quote from: krummholz on May 28, 2023, 10:44:51 AMAttached is an extremely simple, 8-bar melody that is one of dozens of similar earworms that first started to infect me after watching Ken Burns's Civil War Documentary. They come into my head every once in a while and then leave; this one occurred to me recently after listening to a friend's string quartet movement, as it employs similar intervals in a way that to me suggests an American, perhaps Appalachian folksong. I've decided tentatively to use it to open a one-movement string quartet that will quickly become complex, contrapuntal, and troubled in the manner of Nielsen's 6th (or perhaps Brian's 31st) symphony. But I didn't want to waste too much time on it if the theme is actually by someone else.At first I thought it was a variant of Jay Ungar's Ashokan Farewell, which is heard dozens of times in the Burns documentary, but I listened to the Ungar tune the other night and concluded that the connection is distant enough that it's not an issue - ditto the Shaker hymn Simple Gifts, which is if anything closer to it in character but still not nearly a match.So, does anyone recognize this? I'm posting this in Composing instead of Name This Tune because I didn't want to post an audio file, and I think everyone here reads music. So...
Quote from: DavidW on September 14, 2023, 08:43:12 AMThat was rude of him. When I was going to leave my previous job, I gave notice when I started the search so that they could find a replacement.
QuoteFor those that don't know, academic positions take a long to fill. You really have a good season to advertise the post, and then it takes weeks to collect applications, and even the rounds of interviews will take weeks as well. Let alone negotiating, hiring, moving... if someone just ups and leaves then the rest of the department just has to take over their duties while still doing their own for at least a semester. Even hiring a temporary adjunct takes time.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on September 14, 2023, 12:22:57 PMI suspect that he did give them notice (at least some). It might have been decided after that that they couldn't afford to replace him--at least for a while (see Liz's post).@krummholz Did he end up retiring or found a better paying job or had to move for other reasons?PD
Quote from: Rons_talking on September 18, 2023, 03:35:01 AMI haven't heard it, but if the first note were C, you'd have the "Flintstones" opening .
Quote from: krummholz on September 18, 2023, 05:45:21 PMNo PD, he gave absolutely no notice to anyone that he was searching for another position, not even the department chair. We knew he was unhappy so it didn't come as a complete surprise, but still, it's a really unethical thing to do without telling someone, and he's all about ethics when it comes to teaching, so we didn't expect this level of hypocrisy from him.His new position pays a little better because he'll be teaching during the summer too. But it's a step down to a non tenure-track position, so it shows that he was really desperate to get out of this situation.
Quote from: DavidW on September 19, 2023, 03:49:21 AMLee Smolin did that at Penn State (where I went to grad school). He left for the Perimeter Institute without even telling his grad students (who had to start over).
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