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Hi fellow Composers.

Wish to submit «Greeting Card», I piece for small orchestra I wrote almost three years ago as a birthday present for my nephew' grandma. It is the last finished work in my output at the moment.

It's about 4.00 mins long, a bit over today's listening standards. Hope you'll enjoy it to the point you'll leave.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the listen . Lots of interesting twist and turns. What a nice thing to do in making this as a present!

Urgent telegraph to Fabio: +++ Disappointed that you have not written again for three years +++ you must do it, as your style is great +++ consider small ensemble to increase chance of life performance +++ best wishes +++ P.S.: Keep going!! +++

Enjoyed this very much and I echo Tim's comment, what a lovely present. Quiet, calm, full of interesting twists in the progression, a capricious oboe figuration a couple of times, evanescent scoring along much of the way. I'm given to sentimentality so if I received a present like this I'd keep it forever.

Dane.

Hi Fabio,

Please grab your pencil and music paper again and start where you left your composition efforts. This is so appealing and well written (and recorded). The oboe could have some tiny improvements here and there in the performance, but that's only a trifle. You should really consider to get back to the real stuff. 

Can I say "Welcome back"?

Jos

Hi Fabio

Very beautiful indeed. Nice usage of the orchestra with many interesting variations. I am disappointed in the ending though: there was no extra stuff there, rather abrupt ending. It left me a bit confused.

Kjell

Thank you for your kind words, Timothy, Tillerich, Dane and Jos — yes, nice to meet you again here

Here's the reason I left «pencil and paper» after this one. 

First, I tried a different approach at writing, sketching almost the Whole Thing (Hooks at least) at the piano, to achieve a more solid perspective of the harmonic content of it — then facing one of the many boundaries of my academic training — if only I had one…: I simply wasn't able to translate it into orchestration. 

And then there's the most important ground. Emotional turmoil.
I can't simply stand some of things I went on writing. Everytime I listen to those particular sketches I can't bear the feelings they unleash. Really.

@Jos You're right, performance could be improved: you know, in particular the VSL oboe is hard to tame. I count on Mrs Phyllis Easton not being too picky about it.
The Ur-file (Notion?) lies somewhere, should look for it and do some reprogramming. 
I actually post-produced the audio for CF, tweaking the overall speed, post EQ-ing it and adding a touch of plate reverb. I'm pleased with it, very well done job.

Thank you for listening Kjell

I listened again to the final bars to your suggestion: it doesn't sound that abrupted to me, but, you know, I see things from the point of view of the guy who wrote it…
Indeed, it surely deserves to be coupled with something else, some «extra stuff»: I just noticed the score has "First in a series for Clarinet and Small Orchestra" under the title. You undoubtedly know something about. 

And then, you see I couldn't force a nearly 90-years-old Lady to listen to more…

Kjell Prytz said:

Hi Fabio

Very beautiful indeed. Nice usage of the orchestra with many interesting variations. I am disappointed in the ending though: there was no extra stuff there, rather abrupt ending. It left me a bit confused.

Kjell

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