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Musical songs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Manfred Goop yesterday. 8 Replies

About two years ago I wrote a musical, The Christmas Story, and am now just getting around to editing and making an acceptable score. Here are two songs from act I. If Socrates is Shakespeare, I'm…Continue

A fun piece

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lawrence Aurich Apr 6. 12 Replies

This is the finale to Suite of Antique Dances. It is somewhat in the style of Prokofiev's Classical Symphony. I would be remiss not to say a few words about this great composer.Sergei Prokofiev…Continue

Waltz

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lawrence Aurich Mar 22. 2 Replies

The final dance in the suite is the waltz. and who better to study than Johann Strauss II. Listening to a Strauss waltz is a lot like watching Fred Astaire dance. He makes it look so easy you think,…Continue

Polka

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lawrence Aurich Mar 9. 6 Replies

Wikipedia, The polka: Dance in duple time originating in the Czech Republic around 1830. Polka means half step or short quick step.I know what you're thinking. You're thinking the polka is not…Continue

 

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Manfred Goop replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Musical songs
"Lawrence,  It's a nice revised piece, with a certain gaiety and whimsy. I thought it was fine even when there was a clear similarity to the age-old tune of the three-pointed hat. On the lyrics I can't comment since I just don't…"
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Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion What is Contemporary style music?
Thursday
Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion What is Contemporary style music?
"Roger is back.  Now we have poets and philosophers.  There goes the neighborhood."
Thursday
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Musical songs
"  I envision Gabriel as a big black guy with a booming bass voice.  Zachariah is an old Jewish guy with white hair and beard.   The scene previous to this is the villager's cotillion.  On the left side of the…"
Thursday
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Musical songs
"Manfred,      I think the similarities lie in the fact that both tunes are very simple.  I use the same melody twice for each verse of which there are six, twelve times, yikes.  So I made a few changes to the scheme of…"
Thursday
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Musical songs
"As it turns out, Gabriel is the narrator throughout.  He sets the scenes and has all the recitatives.  Thanks for the comments.  Although I tend to stay away from lyrics derived from biblical stories (especially from the new…"
Thursday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Musical songs
"Hi Lawrence, Although I tend to stay away from lyrics derived from biblical stories (especially from the new testament which I believe are made up Christian stories rather than traditional Jewish myths), I find you lyrics humorous and entertaining…"
Thursday
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Orion The Hunter
"Stephen,     Great work with the horn.  You could shape up the horn part with articulation especially in the first half.  I feel like the accompaniment is too thumpy, e.i. on the beat chords.  A little syncopation in…"
Thursday
Manfred Goop replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Musical songs
"Anyway, it is a variation, not really the same. And as far as variations on this theme go, you are in excellent company.  I've liked several of your dance themes and their fun developments."
Thursday
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Musical songs
"Manfred,      You are right, it does sound similar, though it never crossed my mind.  I was simply trying to match music to words.  I wrote the poetry, such as it is, first."
Thursday
Manfred Goop replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Musical songs
"Hello Lawrence, I will try to read the lyrics later, but the tune to my ear sounds a lot like the opening tune of the Variations on the Carnaval of Venice by Jean-Baptiste Arban. Which was turned into the children's song "My hat, it has…"
Wednesday
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Musical songs

About two years ago I wrote a musical, The Christmas Story, and am now just getting around to editing and making an acceptable score. Here are two songs from act I. If Socrates is Shakespeare, I'm more like Suess. I'm mostly interested in your opinion on the lyrics and story line. Does it make sense? Is it entertaining? Funny? All comments are welcome. I've also included the full score.To set the scene: Angel Gabriel has just announced to Zachariah that he would have a son. Zachariah doubts it,…See More
Wednesday
Lawrence Aurich replied to Julie Harris's discussion Soliloquy for Flute and Piano
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Lawrence Aurich replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion 300 MASTER BOWMEN (a round)
"Socrates.      I'm hearing Renaissance festival.  You could accompany on lute, or orchestrate on period instruments.  There are groups who would play this.  Write an intro and some interludes between verses…"
Wednesday
Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion What is Contemporary style music?
"Julie,      I think your definition of contemporary is not contemporary enough.  It is the definition we got back in the seventies when we contemplated which rules could be broken, then we have to go back to the…"
Monday
Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion What is Contemporary style music?
"     I think that I shall never see      A poem lovely as Bob's scree. Although I think he should have iambiced when he pentametered "
Apr 16

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
classical orchestra
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Flagstaff, Az.
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I am an optometrist by profession, but have been composing for chamber orchestra for about 20 years. I play cello, piano, and sing in our group of 10 to 15 musicians and singers.

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At 10:44am on April 21, 2017, Joel Becker said…

Hi Lawrence,

I'm honored that you wish to analyze and cite the Boson piece. Please go ahead. 

I'm not sure if the structure is like John Adams, but the ostinati, consonant quartal harmonies, and some rhythmic aspects are, and the angular theme probably. Have fun! I look forward to seeing the result.

At 5:07am on May 1, 2014, Alex Dunn said…

Hi Lawrence,

I just listened to your 'Etude In G'. I really liked being taken on such an authentic Baroque journey. It sounds a little like the music that was used in the early Warcraft computer games. They were always notable for their very high quality Baroque style soundtracks. Have you every had ambitions in that area?

All the best,

Alex :)

At 3:03am on May 23, 2013, Fredrick zinos said…

That is very kind of you to say. Working on  a few things and hope to post in the next few weeks.

 
 
 

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