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Variations on a Carol

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Oppenheimer Dec 30, 2010. 2 Replies

"Coventry Carol" has always fascinated me for some reason. Maybe it's because it's the only carol that pays attention to the slaughter of The Holy Innocents. I love the sound of the solo recorder in…Continue

Oppenheimer -- Theme and Variations

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Oppenheimer Oct 8, 2009. 4 Replies

I originally wrote the theme -- the first stanza, actually -- while in high school. I tinkered with it, made a brass piece out of it in college, and more recently, decided to make a more polished…Continue

Comments on my pieces

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Oppenheimer Oct 23, 2009. 20 Replies

I have uploaded three pieces, and have a few remarks about each.They are all exported as MP3 files out of Finale, the platform for all of my composition. Thus the sound is synthesizer. That's giving…Continue

Here it is

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shad Young Oct 3, 2009. 1 Reply

I have solved the mp3 problem and have posted two compositions on my page.One, a Rag, which I call the Valkill Rag in honor of the site, Valkill, which is just a short walk from my house. It's in the…Continue

 

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James Oppenheimer commented on William J. Joel's blog post Getting your stuff played
"I have the same problem. I write a lot of stuff for choir, and I find that many people will take the score, thank me for it, and then I never hear anything more. If I ask them, they often turn out not to have had time to look at it.   Also, I…"
Jan 17, 2011
James Oppenheimer replied to James Oppenheimer's discussion Variations on a Carol
"Thanks for your kind words. If I add more variations, I will seriously consider a modulation. I'm sort of working along the lines of Van Eyck, but there's no reason to keep all the variations in the same key. Unfortunately, I can't…"
Dec 30, 2010
Vlad Burlea replied to James Oppenheimer's discussion Variations on a Carol
"Hi, James.I listened with pleasure Your "variationes". They have a scent of New Year celebrations and something authentic, "old fashion", modest but nice and tasteful. Only (maybe) keep all variations in d moll its too simple? I…"
Dec 29, 2010
James Oppenheimer posted a discussion

Variations on a Carol

"Coventry Carol" has always fascinated me for some reason. Maybe it's because it's the only carol that pays attention to the slaughter of The Holy Innocents. I love the sound of the solo recorder in a large space. I've written several pieces for solo recorder, but this is the only one that has progressed to the point where I can really say I'm satisfied with it just as it is. Comments welcome. Wearing asbestos undies.See More
Dec 26, 2010
James Oppenheimer posted a song

 play Fantasy on Coventry Carol

Dec 26, 2010
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Oct 2, 2009
James Oppenheimer posted a discussion

Comments on my pieces

I have uploaded three pieces, and have a few remarks about each.They are all exported as MP3 files out of Finale, the platform for all of my composition. Thus the sound is synthesizer. That's giving a wooden result, but the notes are fundamentally as I wrote them. I've put in some expression, but I freely admit I have made no real effort to make these polished for listening per se. My work is for live performers. Unfortunately, getting a performer to play the pieces is not all that simple or…See More
Oct 2, 2009

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Early music
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Hyde Park, New York
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I'm a Rehabilitation Counselor, retired after 35 years. I've composed for many years, but have only recently become more serious, taking composition lessons.
I have sung in choirs for a long time, and have played early music instruments for a long time. I compose mostly for choir and recorder ensembles.

I currently sing in Kairos, a small chamber choir
http://www.kairosconsort.org/
We are the artists-in-residence at Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY.
We do a Bach cantata about every month, and have just released our first CD which you can read about on our web site (see above)

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At 10:35pm on October 11, 2009, Chris Dargay said…
And yet I find another amazingly talented individual. Requiem + Adagio are stellar. Thank you!
At 4:30pm on October 7, 2009, Martha Maria / Dogwood Daughter said…
Hi James, thanks for your note. I agree with you completely about varying up things a little bit, in general, especially with instrumental music. That doesn't hold however, in songwriting, especially the Nashville school of songwriting which I follow a lot...you kind of have to keep it simple and repetitive for the average audience....in fact, there are very specific Nashville rules ( all made to be broken, once mastered)
about the 'hook' and the number of repetitions needed to make it 'catchy' to the average, unschooled listening public. With my songs, I'm generally going for that. I've written a few 'art' songs and certainly, they are different. I do know what you mean about being too close to your own work to be objective. This site is very helpful with that. I also have a co-writer in Nashville that I value as an obejective ear for some of my solo work. He was my co-writer for "Roll On Titan Thunder" (you know, Titan football in Nashville.) Dan is a master of the songwriting format, has over a hundred cuts with Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, too many to name. It's all about the intended audience. Be well. I think you have a LOT of talent. When did you start playing? Did you play by ear when you were a child? You seem to have natural musical instincits. Martha
At 7:00am on October 6, 2009, Martha Maria / Dogwood Daughter said…
Hi James, I'm listening to your Easter Hymn variations right now. I reached your page by way of Shad's. Reading your discussion, I see you also have been influenced by early music. I used to play in a little early music band, but have gone digital. I like this minor variation very much. Now, I've moved on to another which is also beautiful. This is VERY good work. This slow one is terrific....has a tragic, solemn sense.....adds a very nice contrast. Speaking of contrast, mixing up the register the melody is played in as well as dynamics might add more interest for the ear. I know these are played on FINALE and I don't know how that works, I don't have any computer equipment, though I keep thinking I will learn. So maybe dynamics are hard to mange with FINALE? This final variation has a very brass sounding motif. I wonder if about a trumpet sound on your organ to carry the final melody? Your first variation sounds a little rushed to me, by the way. Let me conclude by saying you should take all of my comments with a grain of salt....I'm an amateur myself and have an unsophisticated ear. But I think this is a beautiful piece of work. I would like to hear it in a church setting with a real organ. I believe with the grandeur of the organ, it could sound quite magnificent.
 
 
 

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