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Hello Colleagues,

Here is a short piece I wrote for an event; the opening ceremony for some new student housing at a college I used to work at. It's written for trumpet, piano, and bass guitar, because that's the musicians who were available to perform (I played the piano). Score in the YouTube, and comments as always invited >

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This is very delightful and cheerful.

Thanks Saul!

Short and uplifting. It's always a pleasure to hear a good and powerful tune!

Thanks for sharing, Gav.

Jos

Thanks Jos!

Hi Gav, this sounds perfect for what it's intended for, very positive.  I think you need some more breathing spots for the horn player though. I guess a pro would just fit them in but you have 24 measures with no rests in the opening.

Thanks for pointing that out Ingo, I think I can make a correction for that, appreciate it!

Ingo Lee said:

Hi Gav, this sounds perfect for what it's intended for, very positive.  I think you need some more breathing spots for the horn player though. I guess a pro would just fit them in but you have 24 measures with no rests in the opening.

Is there any chance that you can make this longer - it seems so unfair to stop so quite suddenly...!

It could be a nice "jingle" for a children´s program of some sort, as it really is rather catchy.

Thanks Tillerich, I have heard before that my music has a children's bent in it, a characterization which I would agree with. I have indeed thought about a longer version, which your comment provides a push for. Thanks!

Gav

Great!

I will post a really short piece in a moment, which I put together more than 30 years ago, which reminded me a bit of yours, although mine is far more simplistic

Hi Gav,

Could you please give a few hints about how you do these...

I remember, you had mentioned 'whistling', anything else?

It looks simple but I have a feeling it is well structured,

am I wrong?  How do you make it look simple while

making it structured?  How do you make it look 'naive'

or 'empfindsam'?

Thanks.

Ali

Hope it is okay, if I chime in with this one:

It's a bit like good comedy: it is actually a real skill to make it consistently look / sound relaxed, playful and easy (without becoming too obvious, simplistic or cheesy). Serious, depressed and cryptic can actually, and strangely, be comparatively "easier", I believe,

Having enough reference material in your head and ear will be important to benchmark your own ideas against these. May I say: I remember that, before trying to put together the "HymnEtude" I posted in response to Gavin's piece, I had listened many times on that day to "Yellow Submarine" by the Beatles, to tune myself into a jolly, somewhat slightly old-fashioned mood. It seemed to help.

An nice upbeat yet brief piece. Good combination with those instruments which were somewhat picked due to necessity as I understand it. The horse in the beginning is a nice touch. I guess you weren't horsing around :)

You seem to be good at putting together spontaneous projects with with short time lines and having them work well in the chosen contexts.

Thanks for sharing! 

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