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Diatonic Symmetries III (Finale) for Harpsichord & Strings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Geert ter Horst Nov 24, 2020. 6 Replies

After a rather long absence busy with teaching philosophy and other duties, I'm back with a new piece, the third and final movement of my experiment: "Diatonic Symmetries", for Harpsichord &…Continue

Jollity for Piano

Started this discussion. Last reply by Disconnectica Feb 23, 2020. 9 Replies

Here is my first piece I ever wrote for the piano: https://musescore.com/user/29980381/scores/5964287I kept it very simple (although I…Continue

Diatonic Symmetries II

Started this discussion. Last reply by Geert ter Horst Jan 17, 2020. 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

 

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Geert ter Horst replied to James Gilmour's discussion comments/constructive criticism requested for a capella SATB quartet arrangement: "Of The Father's Love Begotten"
"James, In my opinion this is extremely good. Very beautiful. The atmosphere is one of a sweet lightness and joy without ever losing the sense of the majestic. The harmonies are refreshingly new without sounding artificial or forced. And the whole…"
Dec 24, 2020
Geert ter Horst replied to Jan-Frederik Carl's discussion Whirlwind
"Hello Jan, Although it is more modern, I find something rather Chopinesque in this piece, particularly in the first section. This is meant as a compliment, since I consider Chopin to be the first composer who really discoverd the essence of the…"
Dec 3, 2020
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"Hello Jan-Frederik, When clicking your link, I always get the message that the page cannot be found."
Dec 1, 2020
Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries III (Finale) for Harpsichord & Strings
"Ingo, I completely agree."
Nov 24, 2020
Ingo Lee replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries III (Finale) for Harpsichord & Strings
"Geert I think you're right that it would be interesting to see what various musicians might do with your piece in terns of interpretation but at the same time it might be a disappointment as well. Providing at least some guidelines might…"
Nov 23, 2020
Geert ter Horst replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchid for piano, Rock drums, and small orchestra
"Hello Gav, This is a very enjoyable piece. The first association as to its genre that comes to my mind is the opening music of a James Bond movie. It is a long time ago that I watched some of them, but I was always curious about the introductory…"
Nov 21, 2020
Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries III (Finale) for Harpsichord & Strings
"Ingo, I appreciate your attentive listening. I agree with some of your remarks, in particular what you said about the possibility of more variation in dynamics. It has gone through my mind to insert dynamic directions into the score that are much in…"
Nov 21, 2020
Geert ter Horst replied to Saul Gefen's discussion Concerto for Strings In E minor
"Hello Saul, Undoubtedly this is professional work, showing real mastery of typical Italian style features. Yet at the same time it sounds a bit unreal to me, because it repeats a historical style, that culturally died out centuries ago, in a very…"
Nov 19, 2020
Ingo Lee replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries III (Finale) for Harpsichord & Strings
"I found this interesting Geert, I listened with and without the score. After a while I was able to pick out the lines without the score for the most part since they repeat so much. The exception was the harpsichord which I was only able to hear at a…"
Nov 19, 2020
Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries III (Finale) for Harpsichord & Strings
"I guess I need software that gives better sound quality for this type of thing. When I listen to it while at the same time reading the score I hear everything, but without the score it is sometimes difficult to follow the diverse musical…"
Nov 19, 2020
Gav Brown replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries III (Finale) for Harpsichord & Strings
"Hi Geert, I am somewhat interested in this piece, but I don't have time to listen to all 22 minutes. I did listen to the first two minutes and heard some interesting tonalities which seemed rather pleasant at times. You clearly have some…"
Nov 18, 2020
Geert ter Horst replied to James Hutchings's discussion Computer-Generated First Species Counterpoint : Second Try.
"PS., For first species counterpoint specifically, there seems to exist a generator already on the web, at Tonesavvy: https://tonesavvy.com/music-practice-exercise/241/first-species-counterpoint-game/ ;"
Nov 18, 2020
Geert ter Horst replied to James Hutchings's discussion Computer-Generated First Species Counterpoint : Second Try.
"A computer program which generates counterpoint is, I guess, nearly impossible. There are simply too many possibilities in making a counterpoint melody and one cannot predict beforehand which ones are musically acceptable.  Perhaps another…"
Nov 17, 2020
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Nov 15, 2020
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Diatonic Symmetries III (Finale) for Harpsichord & Strings

After a rather long absence busy with teaching philosophy and other duties, I'm back with a new piece, the third and final movement of my experiment: "Diatonic Symmetries", for Harpsichord & Strings. It is based on the same tone row / theme as the foregoing movements, but now this theme occurs in melodic and rhythmic inversion. This inversed theme is kept rythmically intact while going through a series of melodic transformations, which are all based on the same tone row. After the…See More
Nov 14, 2020
Jörfi Terríson replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"I'll weigh in, too. The piece seemed to have elements of dissonant counterpoint, particularly the rhythmic "dissonances." I found that interesting. And in terms of a thought exercise, this piece does wonderfully. On the planes of…"
Jun 15, 2020

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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
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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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