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Prelude in E-flat major

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Aug 29. 3 Replies

Already posted this elsewhere, but reposting it here to reach out to some who only frequent this forum.This is an early piece of mine (1998-1999), but I never wrote it down in score until this week.…Continue

Fantasia Sonata in G minor

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Aug 29. 11 Replies

I've been wanting to post this for over 3 years, but didn't because I couldn't get a decent audio of it (for various reasons I didn't manage get a recording of my own playing ... yet ... still…Continue

Fugue on a theme by Erwin van Delft

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Aug 14, 2017. 7 Replies

Yes, fugue fever continues. :-P  I hereby apologize to anyone who might be allergic to, have a phobia of, or otherwise dislike or disdain fugues.  But since there is so much brouhaha around here…Continue

"Exuberance"

Started this discussion. Last reply by gregorio X Sep 6, 2017. 42 Replies

I'm several months late, but this piece was intended to have been an entry to the past "Emotions" contest by Gav.  It's subtitled "Exuberance" for its boundless optimism.  Hope you enjoy it as much…Continue

 

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H. S. Teoh replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"I don't have a good solution either, because I'm suffering from the same problem. Thankfully, I get to listen to my music on several different systems: my mother-in-law's PC with screen speakers, my home PC with el cheapo discount…"
Sep 14
H. S. Teoh replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"On further thoughts, I wonder if pitch contours can be classified into a number of basic categories, like basic shapes that could serve as building blocks for constructing a larger glide melody. Basically, in the context of glide music, there's…"
Sep 12
H. S. Teoh replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"Theremin would be the perfect instrument for glide music. By controlling hand gestures you could generate an endless variety of pitch contours. With midi mockups you could use pitch bend routed through a dial or something, and just use the dial to…"
Sep 12
H. S. Teoh replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"To be frank, all this nitpicking over words bores me. What would be more interesting to me is to discuss the idea of music composed without tones (i.e., "atonal" in a literal sense), i.e., purely made of portamento/smooth glissandi. …"
Sep 12
H. S. Teoh replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion Prelude in E-flat major
"Thanks, Jim and Ingo, for your kind words.  I conceived this piece as a grand introduction, perhaps the opening of a recital or something, so it deliberately holds your attention to the end.  Of course, that's no excuse for weakness…"
Aug 29
H. S. Teoh replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion Fantasia Sonata in G minor
"Thanks, Saul and Lawrence, for your kind words. @Lawrence: yes, I realize that I've been using 8th note chords in the left hand pretty much throughout the entire piece.  This is actually a reflection of my poor piano skills -- I composed…"
Aug 29
Lawrence Aurich replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion Fantasia Sonata in G minor
"Good work.  I thought Hewer played it very close to your markings, and very tastefully.  This is somewhere between Beethoven in style with more modern chord changes reminiscent of Rachmaninov.  Good melodies and changes in tempo…"
Aug 28
H. S. Teoh replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"Language, like all other social protocols, is defined primarily by the agreement of those who use it. As such, it is not static, but something that changes over time as its users adapt to their ever-changing surroundings and find the need to express…"
Aug 28
Saul Dzorelashvili replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion Fantasia Sonata in G minor
"It is a quite a good composition congratulations."
Aug 24
Ingo Lee replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion Prelude in E-flat major
"This would be fun to play, the texture puts me on edge looking for where this piece will go next.  Like Jim O. above I was hoping for a transition and release but you held us until the end, which means, there's an Eb fugue lurking out…"
Aug 21
Jim Onyemenam replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion Prelude in E-flat major
"Really liked this a lot! The big block chords are so proclamative and strong, like a big march. Personally, I would have loved a deconstruction within, exploring what lies in the piece beyond it’s big-ness. Would also allow for more melodic…"
Aug 18
H. S. Teoh posted a discussion

Prelude in E-flat major

Already posted this elsewhere, but reposting it here to reach out to some who only frequent this forum.This is an early piece of mine (1998-1999), but I never wrote it down in score until this week. So here it is.Here's the score (.pdf).Here's the mechanical (and somewhat dull) computer rendering:It shows my early characteristic weakness in melodic handling and repetitiveness, though hopefully this is somewhat offset by…See More
Aug 17
H. S. Teoh replied to Gav Brown's discussion Collaborative Project Proposal: Treatise on Atonalism
"Socrates, I have also noticed this unfortunate abuse of language in the word "atonal" (I think it originated from describing music that lacks a tonal center, but the chosen word unfortunately has other, wrong connotations), and have on…"
Aug 16
H. S. Teoh replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion Fantasia Sonata in G minor
"Thanks for commenting, Kjell!  Glad you liked it! @Ingo: To be honest, I'm not perfectly happy with this piece, and that's actually part of the reason I titled it a Fantasia Sonata as opposed to an actual Sonata -- I feel it's…"
Aug 10
Ingo Lee replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion Fantasia Sonata in G minor
"I finally had a chance to listen more closely and I enjoyed this piece very much.  This work is good for me as it demonstrates thematic development and transitions on a level that I can hear and appreciate, and the themes are clear and fun…"
Aug 6
Kjell Prytz replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion Fantasia Sonata in G minor
"A very appealing composition easy to love from the first moment. There is a repeating rhythm (ta, ta, taa) which maybe could be contrasted to make it even more interesting. But nearly 9 minutes of pure piano music without loosing my attention is…"
Aug 1

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classical / art music / concert music
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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

At 7:31pm on March 7, 2015, Tyler Hughes said…

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Mahler 4

Posted on July 21, 2017 at 2:11pm 7 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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