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Diatonic Symmetries II

Started this discussion. Last reply by Geert ter Horst on Friday. 7 Replies

I just published on this site a video of the second part of my Diatonic Symmetries composition experiment. Here is the link: …Continue

Phantasmagoria: Mirage of the Lake

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Aubrun Jun 7, 2019. 2 Replies

I would be interested to hear from you what you think of this piece: https://youtu.be/J-xXr0I4zs4  There is an error in the title of the video, which should…Continue

Diatonic Symmetries

Started this discussion. Last reply by Geert ter Horst May 20, 2019. 14 Replies

This piece is one of my efforts to develop new ways of composing within a modal-tonal context. Everything in it is based the introductory theme, which functions here in a somehow similar manner as…Continue

 

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Geert ter Horst replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Soliloquy for Violin.
"It sounds convincing, because, despite its loose structure, it clearly has a cantabilite character and conveys a sense of continuity and coherence. So I guess its structure must be less loose and atonal than can be grasped by a (or at least by my)…"
2 hours ago
Geert ter Horst replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Soliloquy for Violin.
"Sounds remarkably convincing!"
23 hours ago
Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries II
"Phrasing and articulation decisions about this piece are left to the performers. This is very common in pre-romantic scores, which often contain nothing else but the notes, and I prefer to let possible ambiguities remain. I don't think a…"
Friday
Ingo Lee replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries II
"I find your music well thought out and constructed Geert and therefore it is interesting to me. You are using familiar musical elements eg rhythm, melody, harmony and counterpoint effectively if not in a traditional style.  You have limited use…"
Thursday
Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries II
"When it comes to composing, I guess, only the end-result is what counts, not the way or method used achieve it. Different methods are like different ways to play with our musical material and to get a grip on it.  I listened to your Snow Fall…"
Wednesday
Jan-Frederik Carl replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries II
"Hi, no, I come from Germany. My first name is a swedish-german mixture, though ;)"
Wednesday
Timothy Smith replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries II
" It is amazing to me how every mind works just a little differently.  My approaches to music are almost always from an emotional perspective first or an attempted conveyance of a feeling. Your approaches are almost entirely theoretical…"
Jan 14
Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries II
"Hello Jan, Thanks for your appreciating comment. The piece has a traditional ABA form and the long pause of the harpsichord marks off the "Trio" or B part. In this I followed a baroque device of having the middle part performed by a…"
Jan 14
Jan-Frederik Carl replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries II
"Hi Geert, listening to this is really an experience. It feels as if you hear the same melody again and again in one voice and simultaneously in different voices. The melody itself impresses by its pure beauty. Very interesting. The only odd thing I…"
Jan 14
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Diatonic Symmetries II

I just published on this site a video of the second part of my Diatonic Symmetries composition experiment. Here is the link: http://composersforum.ning.com/video/diatonic-symmetries-iiIt can also be viewed on youtube, at: https://youtu.be/WaJY6zLAF2s This second part is based on the same 'serialist' principles as the first, and on the same musical theme, which essentially is a…See More
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Geert ter Horst replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Veni, veni, Emanuel for SATB Chorus
"Hello Jon<This ancient melody is perhaps known in more than just one version. But it seems to be a matter of musical logic that if the first of the twofold "Gaude!" exclamations is marked off by a preceding rest of one beat, the second…"
Dec 1, 2019
Dane Aubrun replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Phantasmagoria: Mirage of the Lake
"Anything can be danced. Depends on the choreographer. I think of Merce Cunningham. One extraordinarily beautiful piece comes to mind: Pond Way (if you get a chance to see it, the original performance was recorded and various bits and pieces are on…"
Jun 7, 2019
Dane Aubrun replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Phantasmagoria: Mirage of the Lake
"Anything can be danced given the right choreography. I think of Merce Cunningham. One extraordinarily beautiful piece comes to mind: Pond Way (if you get a chance to see it, the original performance was recorded and various bits and pieces are on…"
Jun 7, 2019
Jon Corelis replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Phantasmagoria: Mirage of the Lake
"It's a pleasant piece of music, but I found myself wishing for more variation, both in the melodic lines and in the textures of the instruments.  I would have scored something like this for maybe violin, glockenspiel, cello, flute, and…"
Jun 6, 2019

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Web, Small Ensemble, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
chamber music
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
The Netherlands
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.
I'm an autodidactic composer and music theorist, while professionally I'm a teacher in philosophy (PhD) and theology. My fields of interest in music are not separated from my philosophical-theological interests, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about the basic relations between tonality, modality and atonality. My (recent) attempts in composing mainly circle around finding a credible musical language which would succeed in mastering the many complex problems which are haunting modern classical music since the Second Vienna School of Schoenberg, Webern, and the later Serialists (e.g. Boulez): technical problems about musical form as well as problems concerning its cultural appreciation and function.

My composing activities started only about a year ago, so cannot say very much about them. I have made a string quartet in four parts (title: Shifts), a composition for organ (Canonical Variations), and, most recently, a movement for string quintet (title: Joy of Creation). These compositions have not been performed yet, but I'm in the process of getting some professionals interested in my work.

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At 5:00pm on February 18, 2019, Gav Brown said…

Hi Geert,

MP3 is the best format for a direct upload to the site, and the one which is recommended. If you want something more than that, I suggest you put on another site and embed here. Youtube and Soundcloud are common formats people use -

Gav

At 7:24pm on February 17, 2019, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Geert!

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