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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8400 on: August 12, 2021, 11:18:02 AM »
Small steps, Karl, small steps. And always onwards, my friend  :)

And indeed, there is always progress! Thanks!


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).

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My wife and mom-in-law are the painters, PD, and their fantastic work is a constant inspiration!
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8401 on: August 12, 2021, 11:19:05 AM »
And indeed, there is always progress! Thanks!



My wife and mom-in-law are the painters, PD, and their fantastic work is a constant inspiration!
Neat!  Wish that I could paint, so kudos to them.  :)

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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8402 on: August 12, 2021, 11:19:30 AM »
Half done with the fifth chorus, which is to say, the end is nearly in view!
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8403 on: August 12, 2021, 11:19:45 AM »
Neat!  Wish that I could paint, so kudos to them.  :)

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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8404 on: August 17, 2021, 05:09:59 AM »
My name in pixels:

Setting Kerouac
I was hoping that the event will be streamed. The q. is not settled. The Kerouac Estate is being cagey, apparently.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8405 on: August 17, 2021, 03:48:22 PM »
I know what I want to do with the last chorus, but I won't get to it until Thursday. I have made minor tweaks here and there.
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« Reply #8406 on: August 25, 2021, 02:23:13 AM »
I know what I want to do with the last chorus, but I won't get to it until Thursday. I have made minor tweaks here and there.

Nice! You really capture the feel of the text.

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« Reply #8407 on: August 25, 2021, 03:51:03 AM »
Nice! You really capture the feel of the text.

Thanks!
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8408 on: August 28, 2021, 01:51:24 PM »
My work today was, in essence, to remember how the eraser is my friend. But I see now that I did not remember enough ... so back to erase a little more so that my work tomorrow is every bit as fresh as need be.

All work that I had done since the 17th has had to be scrubbed. That work had been rather a slog, and this fact of itself should have been my alert. My way to the final double-bar is now cleared of obstacles.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8409 on: August 29, 2021, 08:13:20 AM »
My work today was, in essence, to remember how the eraser is my friend. But I see now that I did not remember enough ... so back to erase a little more so that my work tomorrow is every bit as fresh as need be.

All work that I had done since the 17th has had to be scrubbed. That work had been rather a slog, and this fact of itself should have been my alert. My way to the final double-bar is now cleared of obstacles.

The pruning paid off: I think she's done, and she runs eight minutes, wherewith "the commish" will be pleased.
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« Reply #8410 on: August 29, 2021, 08:15:12 AM »
The pruning paid off: I think she's done, and she runs eight minutes, wherewith "the commish" will be pleased.
Good for you for knowing when it's time and appropriate to "hack away".  ;)

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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8411 on: August 29, 2021, 08:19:03 AM »
Good for you for knowing when it's time and appropriate to "hack away".  ;)

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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8412 on: August 29, 2021, 08:24:12 AM »
The pruning paid off: I think she's done, and she runs eight minutes, wherewith "the commish" will be pleased.

I have the deepest respect for composers. To my eyes it is nothing but daunting choices and decisions, and I wouldn't even know where to start nor have I ever really had the bug to do so. I could probably arrange or orchestrate to my heart's delight, but composing seems a breed of its own.

Is it initially a matter of experimentation and experience from your perspective?
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« Reply #8413 on: August 29, 2021, 08:57:53 AM »
I have the deepest respect for composers. To my eyes it is nothing but daunting choices and decisions, and I wouldn't even know where to start nor have I ever really had the bug to do so. I could probably arrange or orchestrate to my heart's delight, but composing seems a breed of its own.

Is it initially a matter of experimentation and experience from your perspective?

In the case of this piece, I began with hunting for a text. But then I was wide open, really. It is only the second time I've written for voice with chamber ensemble, and actually the first piece was an arrangement of a piano piece (the vocal setting was completely new). So, yes, a combination of plucking notes out of the generous air, and thinking what would be fun for the instrumentalists to play.
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« Reply #8414 on: August 29, 2021, 09:00:05 AM »
In the case of this piece, I began with hunting for a text. But then I was wide open, really. It is only the second time I've written for voice with chamber ensemble, and actually the first piece was an arrangement of a piano piece (the vocal setting was completely new). So, yes, a combination of plucking notes out of the generous air, and thinking what would be fun for the instrumentalists to play.

Nice!
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« Reply #8415 on: August 29, 2021, 09:23:17 AM »
In the case of this piece, I began with hunting for a text. But then I was wide open, really. It is only the second time I've written for voice with chamber ensemble, and actually the first piece was an arrangement of a piano piece (the vocal setting was completely new). So, yes, a combination of plucking notes out of the generous air, and thinking what would be fun for the instrumentalists to play.

I think that maestro Henning does just a tad bit more than that  :)  ;)
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« Reply #8416 on: August 29, 2021, 09:52:33 AM »
(* chortle *)
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« Reply #8417 on: August 29, 2021, 02:30:23 PM »
The pruning paid off: I think she's done, and she runs eight minutes, wherewith "the commish" will be pleased.

I've made a few adjustments, so very small that it is not necessary to upload a new file here. I have a couple of days to prep the parts,
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« Reply #8418 on: August 30, 2021, 05:19:42 AM »
Just a note that the pianist in the ensemble has acknowledged receipt of the score with a nice message. Here's hoping the soprano is fearless!
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« Reply #8419 on: August 30, 2021, 05:22:39 AM »
And Orlando (MD of the commissioning group) just checked in. Quite prompt on both their parts, as I scheduled the email for delivery at 8AM.
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