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Title: Uhor's desk
Post by: Uhor on March 09, 2018, 07:09:19 PM
I've been sketching a serial piece, hope you can judge whether it's worth the great pains of revising or not.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/excerpt-op12

Instrumentation is:
 
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb,
Horn, Trumpet, Trombone,
Harp, Celesta,
Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass.
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on March 09, 2018, 11:36:04 PM
Richannes Wrahms?????? Is it really you???? :O

Nice piece btw. The orchestration sounds very well considered.
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: Uhor on March 15, 2018, 09:58:17 AM
(It is really me)

Wrote a thing for cello, quite boring honestly.

I'm working on adding a viola and a violin part to make a string trio out of it, it's turning much more interesting.
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Post by: Uhor on April 08, 2018, 09:31:23 AM
Here's the resulting Trio, sorry for the midi.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/string-trio
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 09, 2018, 02:20:54 AM
Will check it out.
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Post by: Crudblud on April 09, 2018, 03:46:29 AM
Here's the resulting Trio, sorry for the midi.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/string-trio

I feel like there is something interesting in there but it's just not suited to the sounds you're using. I would be happy to take a look at rendering this piece, all I need is the individual MIDI tracks for each instrument and some notes (with times) regarding tempo and dynamic changes, articulations etc.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 09, 2018, 11:58:50 PM
Here's the resulting Trio, sorry for the midi.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/string-trio

Should work very nicely with actual players, well done!
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: Uhor on April 16, 2018, 10:35:59 AM
I'm writing a quartet for flute, clarinet, horn and double bass. I think it's going to be from simple to complex. If you are curious, this is how the little thing is doing, it only has two sections by now. Hope a real hornist can also deal with the jumps!

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/quartet
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Post by: Uhor on May 26, 2018, 07:04:47 AM
Haven't really progressed with the aforementioned quartet much but I did composed a pretty little thing (Bagatelle being used just as a dismissive title) for string quartet entirely by ear.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/bagatelle-for-string-quartet-no2
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 26, 2018, 07:10:14 AM
Very nice, nothing to dismiss about it.
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Post by: Uhor on June 10, 2018, 05:40:27 PM
Another rather sketchy little thing I've written before I work into something more thorough.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/for-eight-instruments
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Post by: MarkMcD on June 11, 2018, 06:44:23 AM
Hi Uhor,

Your work has a very cinematic feel, most of the pieces could work well in film, by that I mean they seem to have a narrative.  I like the unusual tonality, it's never jarring and unnecessarily aggressive.

Regards
Mark
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Post by: Rons_talking on June 13, 2018, 06:01:38 AM
I like this piece! What really works is the use of ever-changing density. No long, boring, serial solo cadenzas, rather harmonies melding into other harmonies. Well-done.
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Post by: Uhor on August 20, 2018, 05:51:01 PM
I wrote a little duet for Oboe and Viola, not really the best of me and quite rough in places but at least it's something finished.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/duo-for-oboe-and-viola
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: Uhor on December 02, 2018, 06:30:12 PM
In these times I've been doing some exercises "in the style of Palestrina" (to greater and lesser success)
 
https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/palestrina-excercises-1

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/palestrina-exercises-2

and a little sketch of a cello piece.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/cello-sketch
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Post by: shirime on December 03, 2018, 04:17:39 AM
The cello sketch is excellent, I hope you flesh this out into something really interesting. What are your plans for it?
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Post by: Uhor on December 03, 2018, 07:31:47 AM
I used pitch multiplication to derive material from the initial row, I might use another row to keep expanding the piece or add a violin and make it a duo, whatever I end up doing I must keep in mind the different textural possibilities that would provide a clearer sense of form to the piece.
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Post by: shirime on December 03, 2018, 07:40:23 AM
Hmm depends if you want a clear sense of form or not, though. Keeping options open regarding different textural possibilities sounds like a good thing.
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Post by: Uhor on December 09, 2018, 03:27:49 PM
I've expanded the sketch a bit but I'm not sure about it. I might have gone too chaotic in search of variety.

I consider it finished, with the possibility of recomposing it at a later date.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/for-cello
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Post by: Uhor on December 18, 2018, 04:00:23 AM
I think I finished another solo piece, if I leave dynamics to the performer. Please tell me what you think.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/for-flute
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: Uhor on January 06, 2019, 02:29:52 PM
I've been trying my hand again at writing a string quartet, these are so far my attempts:

"Neoclassical"
https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/string-quartet-sketch-11

"Feldmanesque"
https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/string-quartet-sketch-0

It is a difficult task with the way I've set in things. Hopefully you'll listen, find something interesting and a lot to critique too.
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: Rons_talking on January 09, 2019, 10:51:11 PM
I've been trying my hand again at writing a string quartet, these are so far my attempts:

"Neoclassical"
https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/string-quartet-sketch-11

"Feldmanesque"
https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/string-quartet-sketch-0

It is a difficult task with the way I've set in things. Hopefully you'll listen, find something interesting and a lot to critique too.



I like these works! Especially when there is counterpoint and thicker textures. I don't hear much amplitude variance, which would help your sound, but that's probably a technical issue. It's nice when you go into a quieter passage. Keep at it!
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Post by: Crudblud on January 12, 2019, 03:05:40 PM
Some nice harmonies in those quartets. Are you working with tone rows again?
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Post by: Uhor on January 12, 2019, 08:48:33 PM
For pitch I am using a system that multiplies fragments of tone rows with each other to produce a series of tones for each instrument.
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: Rons_talking on January 16, 2019, 05:05:47 AM
For pitch I am using a system that multiplies fragments of tone rows with each other to produce a series of tones for each instrument.

Interesting!
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Post by: Crudblud on January 16, 2019, 10:09:28 AM
For pitch I am using a system that multiplies fragments of tone rows with each other to produce a series of tones for each instrument.
I never really understood pitch multiplication. How does it work?
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: Uhor on January 16, 2019, 12:48:38 PM
I do it this way:

You take two chords A and B,

AB is the result of building chord B on every tone of chord A

BA is the result of building chord A on every tone of chord B

usually repeated tones in the resulting sets are omitted but in these String Quartets I didn't omit them.
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Post by: Uhor on July 03, 2019, 05:49:30 PM
A "free style semi-tonal" string trio.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/string-trio-no2
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: Uhor on July 08, 2019, 07:41:33 PM
Experimenting with serial algorithms again:

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/instruments
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Post by: Uhor on July 10, 2019, 02:19:05 PM
I re-wrote the second half of my "tonal" String Trio No.2 to make it more lively. Still may revise it in full a bit later. 

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/string-trio-20
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Post by: Uhor on July 17, 2019, 06:30:06 PM
Reworked the series into a rather sparse String Quartet.
https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/string-quartet-no3
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: Crudblud on July 22, 2019, 12:54:02 AM
Reworked the series into a rather sparse String Quartet.
https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/string-quartet-no3

Some nice harmonic moments here. It initially seems very episodic but once you hear it a few times it kind of has an archipelago feel—separate but not disparate islands.
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: Uhor on July 26, 2019, 06:43:01 PM
Thank you!

I made a Wind Quintet based on another series. A bit rough in the end though.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/wind-quintet
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Post by: Uhor on August 05, 2019, 06:57:55 AM
Four simple slow episodes for string sextet

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/four-simple-slow-episodes-for-string-sextet
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Post by: Uhor on September 11, 2019, 05:49:49 AM
A short free composition

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/moment-for-8-players
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: Uhor on October 17, 2019, 10:29:43 PM
I've been trying to create a personal set of counterpoint rules. This is one attempt.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/new-counterpoint-for-oboe-viola-and-cello
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Post by: Uhor on October 21, 2019, 10:38:43 PM
This also uses the basically same rules but sounds quite differently.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/string-quartet-no4
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Post by: Uhor on January 17, 2020, 09:40:54 AM
I've been writing little things lately, here's the intro to a quartet.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/quartet-introduction
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: Uhor on March 24, 2020, 08:03:55 PM
Another tonal intro for a string quartet.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/unfolding
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Post by: Uhor on April 01, 2020, 08:43:29 PM
I've exapanded the work above somewhat, same link.
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Post by: Mahlerian on April 02, 2020, 06:52:41 AM
It's much fuller than last time. I think you need a major contrast of some kind at this point, harmonic and textural.
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: Uhor on April 03, 2020, 03:57:20 PM
Thanks for listening, much appreciated advice though I may move on to another piece under different constraints like I usually do. Finding my voice and whatnot.
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Post by: Uhor on April 13, 2020, 08:14:01 PM
I started yet another string quartet in a new rather dissonant style, might be only computer playable. Tell me what you think.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/broken-glass
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: Uhor on April 14, 2020, 07:38:11 AM
These are the counterpoint rules.

Melodically everything is allowed except the octave, the tritone and the outlining of triads.

Vertically:

A voice may enter on a soft dissonance.

No octave doubling is allowed.

Direct (and parallel) fifths are prohibited.

Soft dissonances are approached in contrary or oblique motion.

Hard dissonances only by oblique motion. (No parallel dissonances of the same type.)

No resolution required.
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Post by: Uhor on April 17, 2020, 01:17:08 PM
I've been hard at work with this, I think it is my best so far. I'd gladly recieve (more) criticisms so I can continue expanding it.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/concerto-for-6-musicians
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Post by: Uhor on April 25, 2020, 07:43:05 PM
So I've expanded it and written some more parts over it. As always, commentaries would be excelent.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/chamber-concerto
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Post by: Uhor on April 30, 2020, 08:56:42 PM
I've been working on this for a while now. It's a flute, english horn, bass clarinet, cello and double bass quintet. Pending revision/expansion.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/quintet
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Post by: Uhor on May 07, 2020, 08:34:36 PM
A different mixed quintet finished.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/cloud-works
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Post by: Uhor on May 13, 2020, 11:01:06 AM
The first quintet now finished.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kncyPcmOit4
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Post by: Mahlerian on May 13, 2020, 12:05:26 PM
The first quintet now finished.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kncyPcmOit4

I think the best part is the winding-down staccato/pizzicato section at the end. It maintains a clearer direction than the rest of the piece and has an interesting texture.
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Post by: Uhor on May 13, 2020, 04:05:20 PM
Spoken like a true Webernite; that bit came out better than expected "like a hide and seek game" said my father. I quite like the flute above low clarinet, cello and bass section.
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Post by: Uhor on June 16, 2020, 03:57:56 PM
A little piece for recorder.

https://soundcloud.com/richannes-wrahms/butterflies-for-tenor-recorder
Title: Re: Uhor's desk
Post by: Uhor on July 07, 2020, 06:45:32 PM
A little piece for clarinet, unusually motivic for me.

https://youtu.be/Hhy9RKmlZwA