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Making international connections: St. Petersburg - Europe/USA

Hello everybody on this exciting forum!

I just joined and am eager to make new contacts internationally! I live in St. Petersburg where I am currently working on my second symphony, which is being written in a neo-classical style, reminding me of the later music of Prokofiev or Mussorgsky - which are part of my native roots. However, I feel I lack some feedback and inspiration from my international brothers composers. Therefore I write here now to get some feedback on my music. I would also love to comment and discuss on the music you are writing. Below I add part of the first movement, an audio-excerpt of the music I have written so far on the symphony - listen, enjoy and write a line or two on what you think!

Hugs,

Pavel

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Very nice work.  I didn't have time to listen to the whole piece, but I see you have it on your website so will definitely try to listen again when I have time.

Any chance to see the score?  (I enjoy seeing and learning from the written page as well as listening.)

Welcome!

Thanks!
Yes, certainly. I send the score of the 1st part.
Record of all symphony on my page.

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Hello Pavel,

I very much enjoyed your symphony. This is a great piece of work, and, IMO, one of the best things I have seen on this forum. I noticed quite a bit of remeniscence with Mahler (particularly in the beginning), but you have taken it in new directions.  I looked at your website, and saw then beautiful life performance in this magnificent concert hall. This must have been quite a thrill for you. This kind of thing is just a dream for many of us. Looking forward to your second symphony! 

Rergards,

Johan 

This is obviously extremely well done, and since you already deal with live orchestral performances any comments regarding the instrumentation are probably unnecessary at this point. You know your stuff. What made me wonder a bit, though, is the score.

Aside from some minor errors (accidentals colliding with measure barlines etc.) it does, of course, have a professional look, but I'm curious about the overall readability. I assume the score is to be printed on A3 paper, or perhaps even bigger. Even so, everything still looks a little cramped to me. I imagine that, unless you conduct yourself, the conductor will have a hard time following the smallish details in the score. Where I'm from, I've always been taught that it's good to reduce the number of measures per page, push the staves together, squeeze dynamic markings tightly and so on, if as a result you get to increase the system size. Better to have 40 pages of a score that's very easy to read than reduce that to 25 pages, but with an added requirement for a looking glass.

Either way, a job well done. I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing more music from you.

Thank you, dear colleagues, for your comments!

Yes, Greg, you're absolutely right. When I typed this score, I wanted to make a large page size, to make it easier to read music, but the opposite happened. Now I prefer to type the score in A4 format and, if it is necessary, increase it to print up to A3. I absolutely agree that more pages which are easy for reading are better, than it is less than pages, but with very small font. I just can tell that the conductor after performance of the symphony remained sighted.

Greg Brus said:

This is obviously extremely well done, and since you already deal with live orchestral performances any comments regarding the instrumentation are probably unnecessary at this point. You know your stuff. What made me wonder a bit, though, is the score.

Aside from some minor errors (accidentals colliding with measure barlines etc.) it does, of course, have a professional look, but I'm curious about the overall readability. I assume the score is to be printed on A3 paper, or perhaps even bigger. Even so, everything still looks a little cramped to me. I imagine that, unless you conduct yourself, the conductor will have a hard time following the smallish details in the score. Where I'm from, I've always been taught that it's good to reduce the number of measures per page, push the staves together, squeeze dynamic markings tightly and so on, if as a result you get to increase the system size. Better to have 40 pages of a score that's very easy to read than reduce that to 25 pages, but with an added requirement for a looking glass.

Either way, a job well done. I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing more music from you.

Listening to you symphony! Great, love it!

Do you have something for violin solo, violin with piano, or chamber music with violin?

Would love to see some score!

All the best from Vienna,

Alex

Hello, Alex!
Yes, I have a miniature for a violin and a piano, a Trio for a violin, a violoncello and a piano and a string quartet.

I send notes of miniature. If you want, I will send Trio and Quartet notes.

Alexander Nantschev said:

Listening to you symphony! Great, love it!

Do you have something for violin solo, violin with piano, or chamber music with violin?

Would love to see some score!

All the best from Vienna,

Alex

Hi Pavel,

That would be great if you can send them!

Welcome to the Composers' Forum, Pavel! There's nothing I can that hasn't already been said. This is a fine piece of music, and I'm looking forward to hearing more, and to your participation here.

Wow. Very nice work! I enjoyed the almost romantic-sounding opening, and the gradual buildup to the intense section, which reminds me of Shostakovich in its minimalistic yet intense sound. Молодец!

Hi Pavel,

This is very nice music.  St. Petersburg is not very far from here.  If you ever visit Stockholm and want to meet for fika and to discuss music, please let me know.  If you have any piano solo compositions then please email them to me so that I can have them in my files.

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