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Heat: the melting of an icecube

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Feb 9. 21 Replies

It's kinda late for this, but I've been wanting to do this yet never got around to it until now.  This is my contest entry for last year's Heat contest.  It didn't win any awards, but I'm not exactly…Continue

Noises in Two Voices: a fugue in D

Started this discussion. Last reply by gregorio X Feb 2. 24 Replies

Fugues have a reputation of being "serious" -- "academic" fugues, that is, meaning the rigid, dry grading standard of counterpoint class imposed upon composition students -- so I thought, what about…Continue

A fugue in 1 voice? Ludicrous!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Serenity Laine Jan 15. 47 Replies

Recently I noted that all 3 of my fugue attempts have been in 4 voices, and so I started sketching a 2-voice fugue instead.  While doing that (which will be a separate piece, btw), a crazy idea…Continue

Fugue in C# minor

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Dec 19, 2016. 60 Replies

Continuing in this quarter's fugue fever, here's another attempt at fugue from l'il ole me.My last fugue elicited a comment that if I was going to break conventions, it should be up front. While I'm…Continue

 

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H. S. Teoh replied to Ray's discussion Is it really true? Composers' intentions are more important than the resulting performance!
"But again I ask, where does one draw the line? Ravel took Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and made it into splendid orchestral pieces well-known and loved today, whereas the original piano pieces were relatively obscure until Ravel…"
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Mike Hewer commented on H. S. Teoh's blog post Mahler 4
"It's great that you are trying to expand your listening habits HS. I try and do it all the time, something new as often as possible. Keep those ears open."
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H. S. Teoh replied to Ray's discussion The search for a better sounding Virtual Instrument (the basics)
"P.S. Also, as will become clear if you google around for this topic, you generally want to apply these kinds of filterings per-track, or perhaps per group of instruments grouped by pitch range, but NOT to every track indiscriminately. …"
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H. S. Teoh replied to Ray's discussion The search for a better sounding Virtual Instrument (the basics)
"@Ingo: Ray can correct me if I'm wrong, but you can probably still cut frequencies below the bass instrument's lowest note. Or, for that matter, the lowest note you're using in the current piece, which may not be the lowest note the…"
yesterday
H. S. Teoh replied to Ray's discussion Is it really true? Composers' intentions are more important than the resulting performance!
"Hmm.  Where does one draw the line, though?  Shostakovich, for example, quotes from Rossini's WIlliam Tell overture in his 10th symphony... and in my own Threnody, I took the theme from the overture of Handel's music for the…"
yesterday
H. S. Teoh replied to Ray's discussion The search for a better sounding Virtual Instrument (the basics)
"Interesting. So tapering off the high frequencies is a way of making an instrument sound more distant from the listener? What about cutting low frequencies -- does it have an analogous audible effect, or is it primarily a matter of clearing away the…"
yesterday
H. S. Teoh replied to Ray's discussion The search for a better sounding Virtual Instrument (the basics)
"How do you determine what the cutoff frequency is? Just graphically / by ear?"
Wednesday
H. S. Teoh replied to Bob Porter's discussion Poor, lowly notation
"@Ray: this is the kind of know-how some of us here would love to hear more of.  I for one would love to know how to get more out of the (admittedly lousy) samples I currently have. Not that it replaces getting a "real" DAW, but I…"
Wednesday
H. S. Teoh replied to Ray's discussion Is it really true? Composers' intentions are more important than the resulting performance!
"@Socrates: re: the "prima donna" attitude: I don't think it really applies in my case, as I merely serve as accompanist and generally I just improvise rather than play the original arrangement anyway. The printed music that we use was…"
Wednesday
H. S. Teoh commented on H. S. Teoh's blog post Mahler 4
"On your advice I listened to Mahler 6 today.  Unfortunately, it didn't change my impression of Mahler.  It's very masterfully-crafted music, one has to admit, but somehow it just doesn't "click" for me. I thought…"
Wednesday
H. S. Teoh replied to Ray's discussion Is it really true? Composers' intentions are more important than the resulting performance!
"Transposing up a semitone on a piano is easy if you're not stuck with C-centered notation. :-D  A common notation in somewhat widespread use in Asia is Jianpu (numbered musical notation). Basically, notes are numbered 1-7, according to the…"
Tuesday
H. S. Teoh replied to Ray's discussion Is it really true? Composers' intentions are more important than the resulting performance!
"@Mike: on occasion, I serve as piano accompanist for a church group.  And yeah, people sing in all sorts of keys (except the right one :-D).  Fortunately, I learnt piano by ear, and so when they start on the wrong key I just hit a few…"
Tuesday
Mike Hewer commented on H. S. Teoh's blog post Mahler 4
"I'm partial to numbers 2,6,8 and 9. Not too familiar with 4 but with you on Bruckner, Shostakovitch and Sibelius ( the composer)...."
Tuesday
H. S. Teoh replied to Daniel Zarb-Cousin's discussion Fugue for Three Voices
"Welcome to the world of fugue writing, Daniel! :-) It's not bad for a first try at fugue (definitely better than my first attempt!), though the following points stick out to me: - The subject is not a bad choice for a fugue subject, but can be…"
Monday
Bob Morabito replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion March of the Puppet Army (draft #2)
"You also have a GREAT day Ray :) Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito This wasn't and isn't a, NS is shit DAW is great issue until Mr Morabito entered with size 10 boots, apparently feeling the need to protect some sense of…"
Monday
H. S. Teoh replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion March of the Puppet Army (draft #2)
"Sigh.  So I see that the internet is still the same old -- intent is poorly conveyed and people misinterpret for their own benefit. Nothing new here.  I thought it was amply clear that Mike's intent wasn't to disparage NS in any…"
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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
classical / art music / concert music
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Canada
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I'm a professional software developer by day, and various things by night, including amateur composer. I've been interested in composition since my early teenage years many years ago -- Beethoven being my initial inspiration to pursue composition (specifically, the storm movement of his 6th symphony). My first attempts at composition date from 1990. Sadly, I never pursued music as a career, and ended up doing software instead. My time has also been very limited, and I have not composed as much as I would have liked to. I also lack formal music training, having picked up most of what I know from books, listening to classical music, and piano improvisation. Most of my pieces are written for piano, but my dream has always been to compose for an orchestra. So far, however, that has not yet materialized, though I do have at least two pieces (one skeletal, the other scored for computer but I feel the orchestration needs to be completely reworked) that I hope to flesh out and one day hear performed live.

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At 12:06am on August 13, 2015, J Joe Townley said…

Hello H.S. and thank you for your very kind message. Actually, I'm just coming off a very serious eye condition triggered, I suppose by an equally serious upper and lower respiratory thing I picked up on a flight back from Berlin in May (I'm in Los Angeles). The eye required surgery to set things right and I'm just now getting my vision back in the one eye (the other was unaffected). Actually I've had problems with this eye in the past so I'm not surprised the respiratory condition reignited it. This is since May 3 when I got back and I'm just kicking the respiratory infection now. It's been a grueling---what--three months? I've never had anything like this before. Had to be some kind of exotic bug from the deepest parts of Asia or Africa or something because I usually bounce back from these things in 4-5-days. This took 3 different courses of antibiotics to finally get under control (coughing up blood and blowing blood out of my nostrils at one point, but no TB) and I was still coughing a month afterwards. Beware flying internationally. Nowadays you take your life into your hands getting exposed to all these potent diseases like Ebola floating around.

Greatly appreciate you letting me know you enjoy the concerto. You're right; I do get discouraged frequently because generally speaking most musicians aren't interested in doing an ultra-Romantic work these days, especially one that requires such large forces (expert pianist plus accomplished orchestra) to pull off properly. I did get word from someone who loves the concerto--psychologist and author Darrel Ray that he had a friend of his try to get it into the hands of David Stern, violinist Isaac Stern's son who is the conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra but I haven't heard anything since. This was about 6 weeks ago. Got my fingers crossed. Maybe someone can pull a miracle off. I hope so. Thanks so much for getting in touch. I will keep you apprised of any developments. Wishing you all the best and looking forward to any news you might want to share about your own career happenings. Take care,

J Joe Townley

At 1:44am on March 10, 2015, J Joe Townley said…

Hi H. S. and thank you for your very kind comments re My Piano Concerto No 2. Not sure if you were able to get to my bio. Thunbnail; started studying piano seriously at 10; wanted to write a piano concerto desperately by 16 but didn't actually do it until 18 when I wrote a horrid 1st mov. to a Piano Concerto in C Minor in 2-piano/4-hand. Injured my RH forefinger severely at 19-20 (don't remember) but continued with BA and injured finger until giving piano up at 25.

I agree. I'd love to hear this live. The screen-capture mutilated the audio. The SoundCloud audio is much better, but still sounds like an electronic rendering. To put on a performance of this concerto would cost roughly 150K for a top-tier orchestra/pianist so that's not in the offing anytime soon. My advice: don't write piano concertos if you're thinking of getting them performed. Stick with smaller works for small ensembles. Much greater chance of getting them performed live. I will check out your music tomorrow. Just getting this message really late (nearing midnight--yawn) So glad you enjoyed the concerto and noticing that it is cyclic. You're the first out of roughly 5000 viewers to comment on that (including earlier versions on YouTube which I have since deleted). J Joe

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Mahler 4

Posted on July 21, 2017 at 2:11pm 3 Comments

This morning I decided to sit through a performance of Mahler's 4th symphony on youtube... in the hopes of expanding my horizons with Mahler and all that, y'know, since in the past I've really only heard his 1st symphony in full, and only snippets of the others.

Unfortunately, I have to confess my conclusion is still the same as before: his music just doesn't do it for me.  I don't deny his genius at the craft, and certainly he's an excellent orchestrator -- probably far beyond what I…

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Did I really write all this crazy hard stuff?!

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 10:05pm 5 Comments

Today I finally got a chance to actually sit down at the piano (well, an electronic one, but still) and try to play my fugue in C# minor myself for the first time. And I was greatly dismayed to discover that I couldn't play it at all... What sounded relatively tame in midi turned out to be extremely difficult for me to play.  That's probably a sign of how lousy my non-existent piano skills are, or perhaps fugues are…

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A nice tuba concerto

Posted on November 30, 2015 at 9:55pm 2 Comments

Recently I've been listening to many tuba concertos, to get an idea of the repertoire out there and what's possible on a tuba solo. Today I found this one, which, while it doesn't really feature any particularly unusual solo tricks or virtuoso stunts, is nevertheless a fun-filled romp with many beautifully scored passages:

Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra by Giancarlo Castro D'Addona

Just thought I'd share.

Trouble submitting new discussions

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 9:16pm 4 Comments

This blog entry is really more of a test than anything else... I'm having trouble submitting a new discussion to the analysis and critique section (it keeps ending up in the "we're sorry" page -- this is the 3rd try now), so this is just to see if blog entries will go through.

 
 
 

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