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I wrote this to test out the Friedlander Violin which is a pretty cool VI.

The world doesn't really need another piece for violin and piano in a late romantic idiom (Brahms, Franck etc) but I was having fun. I doubt I shall have time to finish the piece for a while  but I recommend  checking out the VST from Embertone.

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You might be right about the balance between the instruments. It's quite a challenge getting a classical recital sort of sound, for me anyway. 

I'm waiting for a Friedlander (free) update which has more articulations including pizz and sul pont.

Thanks for listening

:)

Ray, you've been visiting another forum huh? Anyway, I had a quick go at re-doing the balance and made another video showing the piano roll editor.

http://youtu.be/LZJB-FGJVGY

Michael,

     This is excellent work, beautiful.  Keep going.  No one cares what era or genre your in as long as it is good.  I would like to see the score.

Lawrence

Lawrence,

I thank you for the comment but I don't have a score as I find it quicker working directly into the sequencer. I would produce a score if required for performance but don't have the time to do so, much as I would like to oblige you.

I'm afraid this is the way it is:  If I want both a well presented and accurate score as well as a musically pleasing rendition, it is exactly twice the workload. That is unless I am going to have well recorded live musicians in which case the midi realisation can be dispensed with.

As for your comment about era and genre, I must respectfully disagree. Pastiche is pastiche. However well executed, work that is wholly in the style of a bygone era will always have an artificiality and even an insincerity about it. Like playing a game, it's fun but it's not real life.

It's Ok to give a nod backwards as Ravel does in Le Tombeau de Couperin but the piece sounds much more like Ravel than Couperin- and I'm talking about the piano version, not the orchestral. If Ravel had written music that actually did sound like Couperin then I doubt if we would have heard of him today!

The above comments apply to 'art' or 'concert' music and not of course to 'applied' or media music where it's horses for courses and for tomorrows action blockbuster, music that sounds like Holst or R.Strauss will be preferred to something that sounds like Xenakis or Ferneyhough.

Anyway thanks again for your encouragement.


Lawrence Aurich said:

Michael,

     This is excellent work, beautiful.  Keep going.  No one cares what era or genre your in as long as it is good.  I would like to see the score.

Lawrence

Really nice work, Michael. I could almost hear the audience noise, it was that realistic. I happen to be a sucker for late romantic violin sonatas, so no apologies needed here. (Debussy's is my favorite - what a surprise). Hope you find time to finish it.

Thank you Michael,

I'm ashamed to say I hardly know the Debussy sonata but I'll be checking it out again. 

Michael


michael diemer said:

Really nice work, Michael. I could almost hear the audience noise, it was that realistic. I happen to be a sucker for late romantic violin sonatas, so no apologies needed here. (Debussy's is my favorite - what a surprise). Hope you find time to finish it.

Michaelm

    When you say pastiche, I assume you are using it in a perjorative sense.  As a cello player one of my all time favorite pieces is Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme."  It is a throw back to an earlier era and has been called pastiche.  If that's pastiche then I'm all for it.

Lawrence

 Also,the last movement of the Franck is perfection itself.
 
Michael T said:

Thank you Michael,

I'm ashamed to say I hardly know the Debussy sonata but I'll be checking it out again. 

Michael


michael diemer said:

Really nice work, Michael. I could almost hear the audience noise, it was that realistic. I happen to be a sucker for late romantic violin sonatas, so no apologies needed here. (Debussy's is my favorite - what a surprise). Hope you find time to finish it.

EEEW! I hate that piece!
 
Lawrence Aurich said:

Michaelm

    When you say pastiche, I assume you are using it in a perjorative sense.  As a cello player one of my all time favorite pieces is Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme."  It is a throw back to an earlier era and has been called pastiche.  If that's pastiche then I'm all for it.

Lawrence

There's no accounting for taste.  There's probably not enough country twang in it for you.

Lawrence

michael diemer said:

EEEW! I hate that piece!
 
Lawrence Aurich said:

Michaelm

    When you say pastiche, I assume you are using it in a perjorative sense.  As a cello player one of my all time favorite pieces is Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme."  It is a throw back to an earlier era and has been called pastiche.  If that's pastiche then I'm all for it.

Lawrence

I wouldn't consider the Tchaikovsky as pastiche but I suppose it depends on how we define the term.

The Rococo Variations could never be mistaken for a piece written in that period and in fact has the unmistakeable fingerprint of the Russian master from bar 1. Writing something that uses themes, elements or techniques of previous eras is I think, quite different from going the whole hog and imitating something.

There are many painters today who could master the the techniques and style of the Dutch masters or the Impressionists but would not be considered 'serious' if they pursued a career doing so. A novelist would raise eyebrows if their work mimicked the language and style of Dickens or Austen


 
Lawrence Aurich said:

Michaelm

    When you say pastiche, I assume you are using it in a perjorative sense.  As a cello player one of my all time favorite pieces is Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme."  It is a throw back to an earlier era and has been called pastiche.  If that's pastiche then I'm all for it.

Lawrence

I generally like Tchaik, especially his symphonies. I guess what I don't like is Rococo music. He must have had a good commission for it. I also don't like his Mozartiana, but in that case I love and admire Mozart greatly. Perhaps he should have just stuck with his own genius, which was sufficient to make him the greatest Russian composer in history, which is saying a lot. But what the hell do I know?
 
Lawrence Aurich said:

There's no accounting for taste.  There's probably not enough country twang in it for you.

Lawrence

michael diemer said:

EEEW! I hate that piece!
 
Lawrence Aurich said:

Michaelm

    When you say pastiche, I assume you are using it in a perjorative sense.  As a cello player one of my all time favorite pieces is Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme."  It is a throw back to an earlier era and has been called pastiche.  If that's pastiche then I'm all for it.

Lawrence

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