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H. S. Teoh's Discussions

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

Heat: the melting of an icecube

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Feb 9, 2017. 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, 2017. 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

 

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H. S. Teoh replied to Ingo Lee's discussion Suggestions for my fugue
"Totally sympathise with the "well any subject should work" thought -- I used to think that way too, and only learned the hard way that sometimes seemingly trivial details in the subject can make a huge difference in the outworking of the…"
May 29
H. S. Teoh replied to Ingo Lee's discussion Suggestions for my fugue
"A fugue! A fugue!  Ingo wrote a fugue! :-D Listened to this several times.  I found your subject has some weak points that lead to troubles in the development of the fugue. (Don't worry, you're not alone in this: writing a good…"
May 28
H. S. Teoh replied to Ingo Lee's discussion Flight of the Bumble Bee
"In my mind, nothing can beat this performance of the Flight of the Bumblebee. :-D"
Apr 23
H. S. Teoh replied to Bob Porter's discussion The art of.....the computer
"Well, the music I post here, yes.  I did write other music on paper or in other formats, but I found them to be an unsatisfactory way to work, so nowadays all new music I write is done in the "script" way. :-)  Though it's…"
Apr 13
H. S. Teoh replied to Bob Porter's discussion The art of.....the computer
"Haha, I know you feel very strongly about it.  I'm biased, being a techie, and thus finding HTML and BBCode roughly of equal difficulty.  But for less technically-oriented people, it could certainly be a hurdle. My main issue with the…"
Apr 13
H. S. Teoh replied to Bob Porter's discussion The art of.....the computer
"Actually, I personally consider the difficulty of pulling off a post like that in HTML a feature, not a bug.  This difficulty poses a "natural" barrier that gives incentive for people to just post information-rich content in plain…"
Apr 13
H. S. Teoh replied to Bob Porter's discussion The art of.....the computer
"The real issue I have with Ning is that the current layout is suboptimal for a forum with as wide a variety of interests as this one.  Yes, they all fall under the umbrella of "music discussion" in some way (though even that is…"
Apr 13
H. S. Teoh replied to Bob Porter's discussion The art of.....the computer
"Socrates, I didn't verify this, but I'm pretty certain Ning filters input HTML so that dangerous constructs are nullified (either removed or disabled somehow). BBCode is basically just a relexification of HTML minus some random arbitrary…"
Apr 13
H. S. Teoh replied to Bob Porter's discussion The art of.....the computer
"Well, if *you* have abandoned it then it is as good as dead.  :-D  But you might want to put up a notice to that effect or something, since I still see new people signing up. (Well, OK, *one* new person signing up... no big deal I suppose,…"
Apr 13
H. S. Teoh replied to Bob Porter's discussion The art of.....the computer
"Sorry this is off-topic, but ... now that Bob is back here, does that mean we're officially abandoning Dave Dexter's forum and coming back here?"
Apr 12
H. S. Teoh replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"Pitch, as our brains perceive it, is not necessarily tied to a specific (physical) frequency.  As Manfred says, it could be a range of frequencies that's grouped under the umbrella of a single "pitch". Physiologically speaking,…"
Nov 22, 2017
H. S. Teoh replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"Yeah, I remember trying to "acquire" PP by following what my friend did -- play a reference pitch repeatedly and trying to "memorize" it.  It didn't work for me.  It lasted as long as I consciously kept that pitch…"
Nov 21, 2017
H. S. Teoh replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"P.S. Some funny anecdotes: I have a friend who does has PP, and I remember when we were kids he would have these "PP practice sessions" where he would play a note on the piano and concentrate really hard to try to "learn" its…"
Nov 21, 2017
H. S. Teoh replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"I don't have perfect pitch, and I truly envy those who do! But I have found that my "relative pitch" has been immensely helpful in transposing on-the-fly.  Since what I "hear" in my head does not have a fixed pitch, I…"
Nov 21, 2017
H. S. Teoh replied to gregorio X's discussion Another fugue Not by Bach :)
"Haha, the idea of a tango fugue certainly occurred to me... but as I mentioned in the other forum, I doubt I will have the time to do a decent job for it, given that I know almost nothing about tango as a musical form. I did do a quick, cursory…"
Oct 2, 2017
H. S. Teoh replied to gregorio X's discussion Another fugue Not by Bach :)
"Ingo, glad to hear that Gregorio's fugues changed your perception of fugue. Just wait till I get around to my tradition-breaking fugue that's neither tonal nor atonal, but an altogether alien thing. It's going to seriously challenge…"
Oct 1, 2017

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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?
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Canada
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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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