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My wind quintet, first draft

Started this discussion. Last reply by Antonio Freixas Jan 6. 27 Replies

The first draft of my wind quintet. Finally complete. Please have a listen, and let me know what you think.https://youtu.be/pgRB8Tl_e84Continue

New ElectroAcoustic Piece

Started Dec 5, 2017 0 Replies

Something I composed a little while back.  Finally finished it today...https://soundcloud.com/bluetonejazz/latentContinue

recordings from my latest big band rehearsal

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Burns Nov 28, 2017. 6 Replies

I've been working to put together a working big band, using all my arrangements/compositions.  This is the first rehearsal that I felt was good enough to offer up the recordings for general comment. …Continue

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Ingo Lee left a comment for Charles Burns
"Hi Charles, sorry I'm so long in accepting this, I haven't been checking in here regularly."
Jan 25
Em Coston replied to Charles Burns's discussion My wind quintet, first draft
"I particularly enjoyed the parts where the slow melody soared above the restless others."
Jan 6
Antonio Freixas replied to Charles Burns's discussion My wind quintet, first draft
"I can't claim to have spent a ton of time reviewing your piece (who has the time?). The work is nice, but there is not much variation. While playing the piece on YouTube, I clicked random points in the timeline. Whatever had been playing before…"
Jan 6
Mike Hewer replied to Charles Burns's discussion My wind quintet, first draft
"Hi Charles, I enjoyed this and especially liked your tight, disciplined control on the material. Is there a chance of a performance for this? If so, I hope you get it recorded because then we will get to hear the musics' true quality,…"
Jan 2
Bob Morabito replied to Charles Burns's discussion My wind quintet, first draft
"Thanks--and to you and yours also, Dave. Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito"
Dec 31, 2017
Bob Morabito replied to Charles Burns's discussion My wind quintet, first draft
"It may be restrictive to prefer a composer uses a DAW for a higher quality mockup, but your stance is restrictive to those listening ........ Maybe everyone here "should" be able to interpret score-only or NS playback - god knows there are…"
Dec 31, 2017
Bob Morabito replied to Charles Burns's discussion My wind quintet, first draft
"Hi Charles--IMHO the playback is fine and more than adequate to present your work. Each composer decides for themselves, what playback they will use for their recording. They may not have expensive libraries or a DAW, or even know how to use either,…"
Dec 31, 2017
Charles Burns replied to Charles Burns's discussion My wind quintet, first draft
"Hi again Ray - Yes, it's so important to consider the breath when writing for wind players.  Besides saxophone, I double on flute and clarinet, so I feel I have a pretty good handle on those. I've written a fair bit for horn and feel…"
Dec 31, 2017
Charles Burns replied to Charles Burns's discussion My wind quintet, first draft
"Hi Ray - Sure, the sounds are just a reference, since it's just a draft.  Yes, Ligeti is amazing."
Dec 31, 2017
Charles Burns replied to Charles Burns's discussion My wind quintet, first draft
"Hi Ingo - Thank you for the feedback, and for taking the time to listen!  I agree, that it could use a bit more "bite" though dissonance - especially in the first half - which will make the transition to the development section a bit…"
Dec 30, 2017
Charles Burns replied to Charles Burns's discussion My wind quintet, first draft
"Thanks Dave!  I've checked out the stuff on your page a few times now, and always enjoy it!  You really run the gamut from orchestral to chiptune :)"
Dec 30, 2017
Charles Burns replied to Charles Burns's discussion My wind quintet, first draft
"Hi Gav - Thanks for taking the time to listen.  I agree completely about the piece's lack of melodic strength.  Though I feel it has strong, recognizable motifs, it does lack a certain singable.... something.  Something more…"
Dec 30, 2017
Bob Morabito replied to Charles Burns's discussion My wind quintet, first draft
"Thanks so much Charles--very kind of you:) And again  I enjoyed your quintet VERY much, and look forward to hearing more of your music! Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito ;"
Dec 30, 2017
Charles Burns replied to Charles Burns's discussion My wind quintet, first draft
"Bob - nononono Please DO :)"
Dec 30, 2017
Ingo Lee replied to Charles Burns's discussion My wind quintet, first draft
"I enjoyed this Charles, thanks for posting it here.  You have good ideas and sounds and the lines have interesting rhythms and harmonies and counterpoint as well. There is an overall "sameness" to it that is punctuated nicely at 3:46…"
Dec 30, 2017
Gav Brown replied to Charles Burns's discussion My wind quintet, first draft
"Hi Charles, I listened to this twice, the second time after I downloaded the score so I could follow it more closely. There are some aspects of this that I liked and some that I didn't. I feel that the work is well-crafted and that you know how…"
Dec 30, 2017

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Multimedia, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
If I had to choose one, I'd say jazz I guess
Is music your main income source?
Sort Of - Music Related
Where do you live?
Culver City, CA
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
For the longest time I was a semi-pro to pro saxophonist, making much of my living playing and teaching. A few years ago, my wife had an incredible job opportunity that brought us to the wilds of England. Suddenly, we were in the middle of the country-side, and the saxophone jobs were few and far between. To stay sane, I started writing at first for big band, and then branching out into electronic and orchestral music. We've since moved back to California, where I decided to make a go of composing as my primary musical avocation! Now any moment not spent with family or work is devoted to music - writing, learning, and performance.
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www.charlesburns.net

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At 10:24am on January 25, 2018, Ingo Lee said…

Hi Charles, sorry I'm so long in accepting this, I haven't been checking in here regularly.

At 8:04pm on November 20, 2017, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Charles!

At 4:56pm on November 20, 2017, Julie Harris said…

Loved your "About Me" section.  Can't wait to hear your music!

 
 
 

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