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Moses Act 1 Scene 2

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Feb 15. 1 Reply

In the second half of scene two, Moses is to perform two signs and wonders, change his rod into a serpent and make his hand leprous and heal it. The first illusion would be accomplished by throwing…Continue

Moses, Act I Scene 2

Started this discussion. Last reply by Saul Dzorelashvili Jan 31. 7 Replies

Greetings fellow composers. I've been away for about 2 months, my longest hiatus in 5 years. Back to the opera Moses. Scene I was Moses being drawn from the Nile by the daughter of Pharaoh.…Continue

Opera, "Moses"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Saul Dzorelashvili Oct 18, 2018. 8 Replies

Cecil B.DeMille's Ten Commandments is about 60 years old. I was thinking it could use an update in the form of an opera. It is nearly four hours of epic cataclysm, strife, and disaster, a little…Continue

The Forgotten Man vs. the World

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fredrick zinos Jul 20, 2018. 7 Replies

I am at a crossroads in that I am unsure of what direction to take musically.This piece depicts the final conflict between the united planetary forces of evil and the planet earth, the last standing…Continue

 

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Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Actually Stephen's piece is more Prokofievianesque than Prokofievian.  For instance, the opening piano line exhibits some Prokofievious writing. The cello solo at 32 is oozing with Prokofieviousness, but towards the end I think he…"
Mar 1
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"You didn't write rite right, right?  (That's all I've got.)"
Feb 28
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Michael,     Oh, I see what you're doing.  You didn't write rite right."
Feb 28
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Geert, Though I agree with most of your post I have to make a few exceptions:  A composer finding his voice may feel that he has to reinvent the wheel, but in reality no one actually does.   Music is a subset of…"
Feb 28
Lawrence Aurich replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Light Music 60s-style for a Heritage Railway
"A veritable potpourri of melodies.  Sounds like the overture to a musical.  But it also reminds me to sometimes keep things light, use just a few instruments at a time and sprinkle it with bells and glockenspiel.  I like the…"
Feb 20
Lawrence Aurich replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion So I designed a rotary-valved cornet (With sound clip)
"It sounds great, a little mellower than a trumpet as it is a cornet.  How do you hold it, as the levers appear to be at the bottom.  Is the point of this construction that it is easier to play, better facility?  It looks great. …"
Feb 20
Lawrence Aurich replied to David Carovillano's discussion Vesuvius for Violin and Piano
"continuing....   Actually the performance was well received by the audience and most of the musicians weren't aware that the tempo had slowed.   So... we as composers may be creating unrealistic expectations for the…"
Feb 19
Lawrence Aurich replied to David Carovillano's discussion Vesuvius for Violin and Piano
"Dave, Composing on computer with excellent sound playback puts us in the realm of fantasy.  I once wrote a canon for chamber orchestra and performed it with seven other musicians.  It was supposed to be about 10 min. but turned into…"
Feb 19
michael diemer replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Moses Act 1 Scene 2
"Let me get my reactions to the music down here, before moving on to the lyrics. This is fun stuff, Lawrence. It has a definite Jewish feel to it. Musically it's interesting, with lots of neat rhythmic patterns, and a certain humorous aspect. I…"
Feb 15
Lawrence Aurich posted a discussion

Moses Act 1 Scene 2

In the second half of scene two, Moses is to perform two signs and wonders, change his rod into a serpent and make his hand leprous and heal it. The first illusion would be accomplished by throwing the rod behind some scenery (rocks, flowers) from which the serpent would arise via puppetry suspended from above or below. The second illusion is done with a flesh colored glove over a white glove. One at a time they are removed in his coat.I've introduced two themes, one mysterious for the miracles…See More
Feb 15
Lawrence Aurich replied to David Carovillano's discussion Vesuvius for Violin and Piano
"Beautiful piece.  It is a duet.  The sound is too good.  I can't believe that the pitch can be altered to mimic a slide and even the plucking sound is captured.  The only give away that it is not live is that the…"
Feb 15
Lawrence Aurich replied to michael diemer's discussion In The Garden
"Michael, Some nice moods.  I thought the instruments over power the harp most of the time.  Good mysterious chord at the end.  What is the bisbigliando technique.  I've heard the term, but never used it in a harp…"
Feb 15
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What does a conductor do?
"Gav,      There's a new web site for funeral directors.  It's called Decomposers Forum.  It's quite an undertaking."
Feb 11
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What does a conductor do?
"Bob, Let's consider a football analogy.  How many football coaches write their own play book?  Virtually all of them.  How many composers write their own music?  Well, there's John Williams...John Williams, and…"
Feb 8
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What does a conductor do?
"The real question is, why are we playing Beethoven for the umpteenth time anyway?  There is plenty of modern music, some on this forum, that is better.  When I composed in the style of Beethoven for the purpose of education my pieces…"
Feb 7
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What does a conductor do?
"Bob, I agree that Solti was one of the greats.  I lived in Chicago during part of his tenure.  But when you get to this level of performance, a major symphony orchestra, you expect greatness from any conductor.  So why are not all…"
Feb 7

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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.
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Flagstaff, Az.
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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 :)

 
 
 

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