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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8380 on: July 17, 2021, 03:37:45 AM »
Made a start on the piece for Triad, counting on basically chopping it out.

Even though it is what I meant to do, I'm a little surprised that I finished it in three days.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8381 on: July 18, 2021, 04:05:55 PM »
The Triad piece done, it was time today to roll my sleeves up for Kerouac. Unusual for me—undoubtedly allied to the fact that this is a paid commission with a deadline—I sat down with my calendar and calculated that I need to compose a minute and a quarter each week, to have the piece done by 1 September. The pianist would like the piece earlier if possible, and indeed there's a good chance that once I get cooking, actual production will run ahead of these weekly guideposts. I got good work in today: The first 40 mm. are not yet finished, but I composed the voice out to the chorus's end.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8382 on: July 19, 2021, 12:30:39 PM »
The Triad piece done, it was time today to roll my sleeves up for Kerouac. Unusual for me—undoubtedly allied to the fact that this is a paid commission with a deadline—I sat down with my calendar and calculated that I need to compose a minute and a quarter each week, to have the piece done by 1 September. The pianist would like the piece earlier if possible, and indeed there's a good chance that once I get cooking, actual production will run ahead of these weekly guideposts. I got good work in today: The first 40 mm. are not yet finished, but I composed the voice out to the chorus's end.

Okay, I have finished the first chorus, and made a start on the second.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8383 on: July 21, 2021, 11:39:05 AM »
Even though it is what I meant to do, I'm a little surprised that I finished it in three days.

For what little sight reading I still have got left, I found it pleasant!

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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8384 on: July 21, 2021, 12:51:28 PM »
For what little sight reading I still have got left, I found it pleasant!

Thanks!
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8385 on: July 22, 2021, 06:18:51 PM »
Okay, I have finished the first chorus, and made a start on the second.

I've finished the second chorus and the piece is already at the 3' 30" mark.  I'm half wondering if I have selected too much text, half thinking that perhaps I am on track. May strike a chorus (as it were) and re-flow the rest.  That decision may be the extent of my work tomorrow.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8386 on: July 23, 2021, 12:39:37 AM »
I've finished the second chorus and the piece is already at the 3' 30" mark.  I'm half wondering if I have selected too much text, half thinking that perhaps I am on track. May strike a chorus (as it were) and re-flow the rest.  That decision may be the extent of my work tomorrow.

The correct balance may become more apparent as the work progresses, Karl.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8387 on: July 23, 2021, 04:36:50 AM »
The correct balance may become more apparent as the work progresses, Karl.

True.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8388 on: July 23, 2021, 04:39:43 AM »
I've finished the second chorus and the piece is already at the 3' 30" mark.  I'm half wondering if I have selected too much text, half thinking that perhaps I am on track. May strike a chorus (as it were) and re-flow the rest.  That decision may be the extent of my work tomorrow.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8389 on: July 25, 2021, 02:31:51 PM »
The piece is half done.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8390 on: July 29, 2021, 03:26:57 PM »
Listening to a streamed concert by Duo Zonda (Wei Zhao and Orlando Cela, flutes.) They're playing beautifully, but the concert opened with one of those pieces which (IMO) seems more interesting while the composer talks about it than while you listen to it.  The second piece has much more character and is withal better written. The third piece seems better still so far.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8391 on: July 29, 2021, 06:34:23 PM »
Listening to a streamed concert by Duo Zonda (Wei Zhao and Orlando Cela, flutes.) They're playing beautifully, but the concert opened with one of those pieces which (IMO) seems more interesting while the composer talks about it than while you listen to it.  The second piece has much more character and is withal better written. The third piece seems better still so far.

Add in a harp and they could’ve performed the Trio from Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ. ;D
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8392 on: July 30, 2021, 03:08:54 AM »
Add in a harp and they could’ve performed the Trio from Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ. ;D

Not on a program of new music 8)
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8393 on: July 31, 2021, 01:16:40 PM »
Once I made some necessary textual decisions, progress resumed.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8394 on: August 01, 2021, 09:40:33 AM »
Once I made some necessary textual decisions, progress resumed.

I went back to tweak some seams before proceeding with Chorus 90.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8395 on: August 09, 2021, 09:15:49 AM »
At OT, I've been practicing with "neckwear surrogates." This is my first attempt at knotting an actual necktie since my stroke.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8396 on: August 12, 2021, 06:12:54 AM »
At OT, I've been practicing with "neckwear surrogates." This is my first attempt at knotting an actual necktie since my stroke.

Looks very good, Karl. Well done to you  8)
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8397 on: August 12, 2021, 08:25:19 AM »
Looks very good, Karl. Well done to you  8)

Thanks, Fergus. What's holding up swifter progress is the lack of sensation in my fingertips. The nerves have their own timetable, and I must be patient. Still I'll keep practicing, of course.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8398 on: August 12, 2021, 10:46:29 AM »
Thanks, Fergus. What's holding up swifter progress is the lack of sensation in my fingertips. The nerves have their own timetable, and I must be patient. Still I'll keep practicing, of course.

Small steps, Karl, small steps. And always onwards, my friend  :)
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8399 on: August 12, 2021, 11:16:34 AM »
At OT, I've been practicing with "neckwear surrogates." This is my first attempt at knotting an actual necktie since my stroke.
Delighted to hear that your health is continually improving Karel!

By the way, do you paint?  It looks like there might be some unframed paintings on the wall (on the right as you're looking at the photo).

Best wishes,

PD