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Adieu mes amours

Started 17 hours ago 0 Replies

Adieu mes amoursFor Flute, A Clarinet, Oboe, Horn, Bassoon, Cello, and Harpsichord…Continue

The Constant Lover

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Corelis on Wednesday. 2 Replies

The Constant LoverImage: Sir John Suckling by Anthony van Dyck (detail)…Continue

Veni, Emanuel for Mezzo-soprano, Baritone, Viola and Piano

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Veni, Emanuel for Mezzo-soprano, Baritone, Viola and PianoMy arrangement…Continue

Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount

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Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount by Ben Jonson…Continue

 

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Jon Corelis posted a discussion

Adieu mes amours

Adieu mes amoursFor Flute, A Clarinet, Oboe, Horn, Bassoon, Cello, and HarpsichordAdieu mes amours (Farewell, my love) is a French song often attributed to the Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez, though it is likely a traditional folk song, of which he made an early and popular arrangement. For Flute, A Clarinet, Oboe, Horn, Bassoon, Cello, and HarpsichordScore and…See More
17 hours ago
Jon Corelis replied to Jon Corelis's discussion The Constant Lover
"Thanks for the comments. I'm always revising, and I'll keep them in mind."
Wednesday
Mark Ames replied to Jon Corelis's discussion The Constant Lover
"Nice... I much appreciate your reaching in to history for source material and inspiration. The lyric fits well with melody and the harmonies work well enough. I kept expecting more variation... specifically, I think it would be refreshing to have…"
Wednesday
Jon Corelis posted a discussion

The Constant Lover

The Constant LoverImage: Sir John Suckling by Anthony van Dyck (detail) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Suckling.jpgMusical setting for Sir John Suckling's poem, for baritone…See More
Jul 12
Jon Corelis replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"There are a lot of web sites available, almost always for free, that discuss the playing of individual instruments.  One advantage of these over books is that they often include sound or audio files or videos, so you can hear what various…"
Jul 9
Jon Corelis replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Vella, de vos son amoros for horn, oboe and bassoon
"Thanks again to Stephen and Bob.  These remarks are educational."
Jul 9
Bob Porter replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Vella, de vos son amoros for horn, oboe and bassoon
"Hey Stephen, Yes, I am aware of hand stopping. Techniques still in use today. At least a few of them. I played natural trumpet for awhile, so I did research. No hand stopping on a trumpet, of course.  I only mentioned the horn part as a…"
Jul 9
Stephen Lines replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Vella, de vos son amoros for horn, oboe and bassoon
"Hi Bob, As Jon says, he's not concerned about the natural horn so this is a simple technical point I'm about to make. The natural horn has natural harmonics of course, but these are extended via the method of hand stopping which enables…"
Jul 9
Jon Corelis replied to Xiang Li's discussion Which way you prefer for composing
"One technique that works for me personally is to find a scale that is non-standard in terms of western music, and start trying out melodies in it.  In theory writing a melody in a non-standard scale ought to be as easy or hard as writing one in…"
Jul 7
Bob Porter replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Vella, de vos son amoros for horn, oboe and bassoon
"Yes a modern horn wouldn't have a problem with this part. A natural horn wouldn't be able to play this part regardless of the key change. Some of the notes aren't on the instrument. But this really isn't important in the long…"
Jul 6
Jon Corelis replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Vella, de vos son amoros for horn, oboe and bassoon
"Thanks for the useful advice.  So if I understand, a contemporary horn can handle that key change, which is fine -- I'm not concerned with historical authenticity in this piece -- and with a contemporary horn I wouldn't have to worry…"
Jul 6
Stephen Lines replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Vella, de vos son amoros for horn, oboe and bassoon
"Bob, I presume you’re talking about a natural horn (i.e. without valves) because the music was composed prior to their introduction   - of course it goes without saying that a modern horn wouldn’t have the slightest difficulty…"
Jul 6
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Veni, Emanuel for Mezzo-soprano, Baritone, Viola and Piano

Veni, Emanuel for Mezzo-soprano, Baritone, Viola and PianoMy arrangement for Mezzo-soprano, Baritone, Viola and Piano of this very old hymn, often sung as a Christmas carol. New version of 5 July 2019.Score and audio at Musescore: Veni, Emanuel for Mezzo-soprano, Baritone, Viola and…See More
Jul 5
Jon Corelis replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Vella, de vos son amoros for horn, oboe and bassoon
"Thanks again for the advice.  Looking over my orchestration books, I realize I don't know enough about horn to handle the key change correctly.  I'll need either to figure out how to make the piece hornable (is that a word? well…"
Jul 3
Bob Porter replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Vella, de vos son amoros for horn, oboe and bassoon
"Fair enough.  So that means that you know there would have been no key change, and that a horn wouldn't have been able to play the part as you have arranged it. But you get your point across. I suppose the lack of clarity you mention ( at…"
Jul 3
Jon Corelis replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Vella, de vos son amoros for horn, oboe and bassoon
"Thanks for the reply.  This piece is fairly common as a vocal piece in the early music repertoire, usually performed at a faster tempo than I have used. I thought the melodies and harmonies, though conventional, were beautiful and tried to…"
Jul 3

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Web, Choir, Small Ensemble, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical/folk/medieval
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Northeast Wisconsin
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
Jon Corelis was born in California and grew up in and around Chicago, where he earned a degree in Classical Languages and Literatures at the College of the University of Chicago. He later took a doctorate in Classics at Stanford, and taught Classics and Humanities at Stanford, the University of California, and the University of Minnesota. After a subsequent career as a software specialist in Silicon Valley, he now lives in Wisconsin. His poetry and other writings have been published in print and on web sites in eight countries, and he has given lectures and readings by invitation in America and Europe.
He more recently has turned to composing songs and instrumental pieces. His music has been featured on the web site The Flexible Persona, has been performed in concert by the Wisconsin ensemble a very small consortium, by the New York State flute quartet Party of Four, and at Denison University's TUTTI 2019 Festival, and has been recorded by flutist Robin Meiksins for her YouTube recording project 365 Days of Flute, and by clarinetist Emily Mehigh for her YouTube recording project The Miniature Month of May.
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Brief review: A Medieval Songbook: Troubadour & Trouvere

Posted on June 13, 2019 at 4:57pm 0 Comments

A Medieval Songbook: Troubadour & Trouvere by Feltcher Collins, Jr. et al.  (University Press of Virginia, 1982) is a valuable resource for performers and listeners of medieval music.  

Although the phrase Medieval music is likely to suggest to the general listener Gregorian chant and the church music of such composers as Hildegard von Bingen, there also exists a considerable body of Medieval secular song, most notably by the Minnesingers of the…

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Brief review: Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's The Dancing Master, edited by Jeremy Barlow

Posted on May 27, 2019 at 12:23pm 0 Comments

Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's The Dancing Master, edited by Jeremy Barlow (Faber Music 1986) may be of little interest to most people, but of the highest interest to those interested in its particular subject. Playford's Dancing Master was a collection of traditional songs with basic dance notation which went through numerous editions in the 17th and 18th centuries. It's usually described as a collection of English tunes, but many of them have origins…

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Brief Review: The Great Walz

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 10:00am 0 Comments

The Great Waltz is a classic "Hollywoodization" bio-pic, one which hardly pretends to be accurate, but which uses the life story of a historical character as a basis for atmosphere and entertainment. In this case the subject is "The Waltz King" Johann Strauss II, who was responsible for the craze for the dance that conquered Vienna and much of Europe in the mid 19th…
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Brief review: Ancient Irish Airs and Dances

Posted on April 24, 2019 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Ancient Irish Airs and Dances: 201 Classic Tunes Arranged for Piano by George Petrie (Dover, 2002)

One of the most important collections of traditional Irish tunes was George Petrie's Ancient Music of Ireland, put together in the mid-19th century. Petrie's work went through various editions and abridgments, including one giving 201 tunes from Petrie's original book in score arrangements for piano, without lyrics, published in 1877 by F.Hoffman, of which this Dover…

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