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« Reply #8620 on: July 04, 2022, 07:16:23 AM »
I don't think I've seen anyone with such a warm smile while reading Dostoevsky! 0:) 

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« Reply #8621 on: July 04, 2022, 07:21:26 AM »
Hah!
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« Reply #8622 on: July 04, 2022, 11:23:39 AM »
Very nice, Karl. How is physical therapy going?

The left hand is very slow to come back. I keep at it.
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« Reply #8623 on: July 04, 2022, 11:33:43 AM »
That's a totally valid approach.

You know, a thought which has been subliminal has arisen to the surface: what if what I really want is to discard the notion of using the Lullaby? Or, perhaps better, simply jettisoning the rhythmified notions I've been focusing on?

I think I've found the way.
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« Reply #8624 on: July 04, 2022, 04:15:54 PM »
Well, that's freed me up. I've made some progress. I may find that I want to adjust, later, but I feel good about the passage now, which I did not, quite, this morning.
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« Reply #8625 on: July 05, 2022, 04:40:29 AM »
Well, that's freed me up. I've made some progress. I may find that I want to adjust, later, but I feel good about the passage now, which I did not, quite, this morning.

I generally aim to get it written down and then do a pass to get it right.  They might not be the same pass.  Do you do both at once?

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« Reply #8626 on: July 05, 2022, 05:11:01 AM »
I generally aim to get it written down and then do a pass to get it right.  They might not be the same pass.  Do you do both at once?

Sometimes, not always. I do always "reserve the right" to go back and adjust any- and everything later.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8627 on: July 05, 2022, 08:20:50 AM »
The left hand is very slow to come back. I keep at it.

I hope for your continued improvement, Karl.
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« Reply #8628 on: July 05, 2022, 09:10:05 AM »
Warmly appreciated.
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« Reply #8629 on: July 05, 2022, 05:26:43 PM »
More work done today. A very good chance I'll reach the end of the "repurposed Lullaby" section tomorrow.
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« Reply #8630 on: July 06, 2022, 11:31:39 AM »
I have indeed and (as it rather feels) at last finished the importation of Lutosławski’s Lullaby. For a while, I was concerned about the chorale's static character, but I believe I have addressed that sufficiently, mostly by the simple expedient of using dynamics to limn the harmonic shaping, and partly with sparely judicious use of pizzicato. I believe I'm done working for the day.
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« Reply #8631 on: July 06, 2022, 03:22:53 PM »
I have indeed and (as it rather feels) at last finished the importation of Lutosławski’s Lullaby. For a while, I was concerned about the chorale's static character, but I believe I have addressed that sufficiently, mostly by the simple expedient of using dynamics to limn the harmonic shaping, and partly with sparely judicious use of pizzicato. I believe I'm done working for the day.

Fantastic!  Looking forward to hearing the fruits of your labor.   :)

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« Reply #8632 on: July 06, 2022, 03:23:56 PM »
Thanks!
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« Reply #8633 on: July 07, 2022, 05:57:41 PM »
I'm going to let the score as it stands today "cure" for a few days. Will report.
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« Reply #8634 on: July 08, 2022, 04:50:34 AM »
I'm going to let the score as it stands today "cure" for a few days. Will report.

That is a good move.  Always reveals new insights when putting it away for some time.

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« Reply #8635 on: July 08, 2022, 05:18:22 AM »
Aye.
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« Reply #8636 on: July 08, 2022, 08:40:11 AM »
Well, back when I was (perhaps not wringing my figurative hands, but next thing) over the imported Lullaby (which in its original form is a rhythmically active Toccata) part of me feared  it might be too static as a straight-ahead chorale. But I think it's just fine (will be better, obviously, in actual performance, rater than MIDI export. Still going to let the piece sit for a day or so. I am enormously pleased with the resuscitation of Après-Lullaby.
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« Reply #8637 on: July 13, 2022, 10:08:22 AM »
To my very pleasant surprise, my friend Carson Cooman asked me today to send him the Op. 169 pieces. The set currently rests at seven pieces. Perhaps at some point I may indeed compose four more, and make it a set to compliment the Brahms Op. 122.
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« Reply #8638 on: July 14, 2022, 05:14:58 AM »
To my very pleasant surprise, my friend Carson Cooman asked me today to send him the Op. 169 pieces. The set currently rests at seven pieces. Perhaps at some point I may indeed compose four more, and make it a set to compliment the Brahms Op. 122.

He's impressively prolific.  I also like his connection to Arnold Rosner.  May good things result from his reviewing your pieces.

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« Reply #8639 on: July 14, 2022, 05:20:47 AM »
Thanks!
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