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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8320 on: April 28, 2021, 01:48:44 AM »
Show-time!

Listening with headphones was the key!  ;)

Excellent performance of Karl's wonderful work Verb-Blur

For Karl's work, go to 38:50 on the YouTube video!  The YouTube video also has a link to all the texts used in the concert.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8321 on: April 28, 2021, 03:29:21 AM »
A thoroughly fine program, and I am very pleased with Verb-Blur!
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8322 on: May 02, 2021, 10:09:05 AM »
A thoroughly fine program, and I am very pleased with Verb-Blur!

Here is the concert, which so far is NOT on the Jacksonville University channel:

Go to c. 38:40 for the opening:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/wiYWQBf8FrI" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/wiYWQBf8FrI</a>
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8323 on: May 03, 2021, 05:34:53 PM »
Well, in the past two days, I have applied for two different commissions.  Not that I have any great expectation of being chosen, but because I have strong music to send in, so if they reject me, at least they know my musical mettle.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8324 on: May 04, 2021, 02:45:24 AM »
Well, in the past two days, I have applied for two different commissions.  Not that I have any great expectation of being chosen, but because I have strong music to send in, so if they reject me, at least they know my musical mettle.

If they reject you, their rejection may qualify as evidence against their musical taste! 

The opposite of Edward Gibbon's statement about the poetry of Ausonius: "The poetical fame of Ausonius condemns the taste of his age."   ;)
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8325 on: May 10, 2021, 04:46:19 AM »
Two people who listened to Verb-Blur sent the following:

"That music was so...well, just COOL...The conductor was absolutely right, it's to be experienced like rain falling in random patterns.  Your poem was perfect for the composer's music!  I really enjoyed it, thank you!"

And

"The music put me into a fugue state: (Karl Henning) really got into the heart of the words. It truly is a fantastic poem with music to match!"

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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8326 on: May 10, 2021, 05:13:18 AM »
How wonderful to have such enthusiastic listeners!
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8327 on: May 27, 2021, 03:01:57 PM »
I'll call this big news, even while I do not know what kind of money it will mean (and face it, any money for a new piece is good money): my friend and colleague Orlando Cela (Music Director of the Lowell Chamber Orchestra) is commissioning a piece for an October event celebrating local boy Jack Kerouac, on the eve of his
centenary.  Presently looking for a text.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8328 on: May 27, 2021, 05:45:30 PM »
In other news, I picked up a ball which I had dropped.  An acquaintance I've met in the Real World pinged me on Facebook in November 2014, requesting a sound file of I Sang to the Sky & Day Broke. I was pretty sure I had the recording of the NEC Wind Ensemble reading, but it was going to take hunting.  I saw recently that he's taken a new position here in New England, so I went to Messenger, meaning to reach out ... and saw his (unfulfilled) request.  By chance, I had recently located the sound file, so I sent it at last.  He wrote back today:  Hi Karl,
That is a beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing it. I'll keep you in mind as I'm programming for my ensembles in Maine next year.
I apologize that my response won't do it justice right now as I'm frantically getting ready to relocate cross-country.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8329 on: May 28, 2021, 02:11:11 AM »
I'll call this big news, even while I do not know what kind of money it will mean (and face it, any money for a new piece is good money): my friend and colleague Orlando Cela (Music Director of the Lowell Chamber Orchestra) is commissioning a piece for an October event celebrating local boy Jack Kerouac, on the eve of his
centenary.  Presently looking for a text.

That is excellent news, Maestro  8)
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8330 on: May 28, 2021, 02:48:16 AM »
Grazie.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8331 on: May 28, 2021, 08:02:55 AM »
I'll call this big news, even while I do not know what kind of money it will mean (and face it, any money for a new piece is good money): my friend and colleague Orlando Cela (Music Director of the Lowell Chamber Orchestra) is commissioning a piece for an October event celebrating local boy Jack Kerouac, on the eve of his
centenary.  Presently looking for a text.

Found on Wikipedia - "Mexico City Blues," a collection of poems published in 1959, is made up of 242 choruses following the rhythms of jazz.  ;)

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« Reply #8332 on: May 28, 2021, 05:12:00 PM »
Found on Wikipedia - "Mexico City Blues," a collection of poems published in 1959, is made up of 242 choruses following the rhythms of jazz.  ;)

I'm ahead of you, Steve, but I do appreciate the msg.

I'm poking through both The Dharma Bums and Mexico City Blues.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8333 on: May 28, 2021, 07:26:22 PM »
Great to hear, Karl! Hoping more commissions come your way!
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8334 on: May 29, 2021, 04:37:01 PM »
A start on the Op. 169 № 7 based on Vaughan Williams's Down Ampney

High time I picked this back up.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8335 on: May 30, 2021, 01:09:00 PM »
Yet more work on  the Op. 169 № 7
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8336 on: May 31, 2021, 12:36:27 PM »
Well, the Op. 169 № 7 is done
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« Reply #8337 on: May 31, 2021, 12:42:42 PM »
I'll call this big news, even while I do not know what kind of money it will mean (and face it, any money for a new piece is good money): my friend and colleague Orlando Cela (Music Director of the Lowell Chamber Orchestra) is commissioning a piece for an October event celebrating local boy Jack Kerouac, on the eve of his
centenary.  Presently looking for a text.

Instrumentation will be pf/fl/cl/vc & soprano
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« Reply #8338 on: June 01, 2021, 07:08:19 PM »
Instrumentation will be pf/fl/cl/vc & soprano

Very nice, so I’m assuming you’ll be using text from a Kerouac work?
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« Reply #8339 on: June 01, 2021, 07:09:58 PM »
Very nice, so I’m assuming you’ll be using text from a Kerouac work?

Assembling a text from both The Dharma Bums and Mexico City Blues, John.
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