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Etude for Piano

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christopher Sahar Jan 17, 2014. 3 Replies

I do have a live recording of this but not available. It was meant as a fun but challenging work for solo piano in an approachable mid-20th century style.  Enjoy!Link to rendition -…Continue

Memories of Dangriga for two Djembe

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daryl O'Buka Dec 29, 2013. 9 Replies

Djembes are drums originating from west Africa. A little bit like congas there are a variety of sounds gained but based on 3 pitches (striking only the skins, a 4th one if you include the side and…Continue

Orchestration of Rachmaninoff's song Lilacs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Nov 25, 2013. 13 Replies

Well my first arrangement for orchestra of just string and winds (of course Horn). Did this as part of a class but would love any comments from those expert at orchestration. The sound sample is not…Continue

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Nice example from pop of an ABCABC Coda form

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kristofer Emerig Jul 4, 2013. 1 Reply

Usually I don't find this form in pop music but Bowie on one of his not so great albums produced with Iggy Pop a fun, cool pop song. Also interesting is the integration of elements from latin music…Continue

 

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Small Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Astoria, NY
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.
After doodling around with composition as a kid, at the ripe age of 37 I took it seriously with private lessons. About 2 years ago I started composition classes at Juilliard's Evening Division where I got the chance to write for The Juilliard School students. That got me hooked and fired up my life long interest in composition.

I also play organ and piano. I especially enjoy studying the organ literature, hymnody and , when possible, a little improvisation.

Had two premieres of my works last year.

Hope to record a recently completed string quartet Jan 2010

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At 9:46am on December 13, 2009, August Champlin said…
Sorry for the double post. It was past midnight and I didn't notice the little message that said, "Christopher Sahar has chosen to moderate comments." Please post, or don't post, whichever "comment" you prefer. They're much the same. Thanks for the feedback! Best wishes!
At 9:45am on December 13, 2009, August Champlin said…
Again I stand naked before my peers here at the Forum. :) It is uncanny how several perceptive listeners have been able to detect what I myself consider to be the "flaws" (or should I say deviations from common practice) that I allow to remain in my pieces for various reaons (sometimes for no better reason than the perverse pleasure they bring me). As I listen to my attempt at Renaissance polyphony, what bothers me most is its undeveloped and fragmentary nature. Perhaps I shoud remove it from my playlist and finish it. However, that would involve work. Moreover, as a fan of Gesualdo, for whom chromatic passagework was something of a perverse pleasure, I fear that I may indulge too deeply in my fondness for stylistic deviancy. :)
At 5:13am on September 14, 2009, August Champlin said…
Thanks, I think I will take a shot at revising Rhapsody Espanole. :)
At 9:08am on September 13, 2009, August Champlin said…
BTW, I listened to Rhapsody Espanole again, considering your critique, and I think I see your point. Maybe in a future revision, I can create more tension before releasing it.
At 11:24pm on September 12, 2009, August Champlin said…
Volcano for Solo Organ--a rewarding listen! Innovative and interesting music making alternating between dramatic and colorful moments.
At 11:18pm on September 12, 2009, August Champlin said…
Your Introduction and Variations for Clarinet is an interesting piece in a more modern idiom with some very cool sounds. I always appreciate those who try to create music more forward looking its style. Keep up the explorations. A blog post explaning some of the playing techniques employed would be fascinating reading, in my opinion.
At 11:14pm on September 12, 2009, August Champlin said…
Thanks for your constructive criticism. I think that is the first time someone has given my music such a thorough hearing and critique. I appreciate it. Rhapsody is actually an unfinished sketch. After writing the Rose of Sharon, I was studying orchestration and looking for a piece I had already written that I could orchestrate. Rhapsody Espanole proved just the piece. Originally, I planned to fill out the harmonies and textures. However, the more I listened to the sketch, the more I liked it, so finally, I just posted it as is. My first thoroughly orchestrated work was In the Light of the Trinity. I may one day return to Rhapsody Espanole and rework it, as I would like to use it as the basis for a music video. Some of my friends are talented dancers and have expressed an interest in choreographing it.
At 8:52am on September 11, 2009, henk alkema said…
Thanks for your nice words. The Vatar Unser is the final part of a full length opera, performed 7 times. The recording you heard is a life-recording. I will put some more of the opera on this forum.
At 2:33pm on September 6, 2009, Chris Merritt said…
Hey Chris! Thanks for the review on my page! Holy cow how awesome is your Duo for a couple of fiddles? Very! I love that raw performance!
 
 
 

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