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Space Shuttle Challenger

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fredrick zinos 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

Space Shuttle Challenger was launched in January of 1986. The space ship disintegrated a minutes after launch as O-ring seals failed killing all seven crew members. This piece commemorates this fatal…Continue

Sputnik March

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lawrence Aurich Mar 10. 8 Replies

https://soundcloud.com/larya/sputnik-marchSputnik was the first man-made satellite. Launched by the Soviet Union in 1957, it…Continue

Apollo 8, Ode to Earth

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Forrest Mar 5. 22 Replies

https://soundcloud.com/larya/apollo-8Gustav Holst wrote The Planets in 1913. Conspicuous by its absence from his symphony is the…Continue

Voyager I

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lawrence Aurich Jan 31. 10 Replies

http://soundcloud.com/larya/voyager-i      For the fourth piece…Continue

 

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Space Shuttle Challenger

Space Shuttle Challenger was launched in January of 1986. The space ship disintegrated a minutes after launch as O-ring seals failed killing all seven crew members. This piece commemorates this fatal accident and honors all the 18 brave men and women who have lost their lives during space flight, among them were 14 astronauts and 4 cosmonauts.This is the first half of the finale to The Space Odyssey. It begins somber and mournful. The second half turns more upbeat and eventually finishes…See More
16 hours ago
Lawrence Aurich replied to Benjamn Ray Maisonet's discussion Ave Libertas
"On second thought, it might be wiser to keep your inspirations veiled.  I enjoyed the piece."
16 hours ago
Lawrence Aurich replied to Benjamn Ray Maisonet's discussion Ave Libertas
"Interesting music.  It seems to start with helicopter sounds, so I assume the freedom is recent in history.  The vocal has an Islamic quality.  Is the freedom from Spain?  Islam?  The U.S.?  W.W.II?  Some recent…"
18 hours ago
Lawrence Aurich replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Orchestral session score II - any feedback appreciated
"Dave,      I would like to comment but I cannot read the score.  You have too many lines and the notes are microscopic.  This is a good score for printing out parts, but too big for performance.  Put the 4 horns on…"
Mar 21
Lawrence Aurich replied to Brian Katona's discussion Ride On-from the new musical, Jesse James: Dead or Alive
"Brian,      Very lively and a wild west sound.  Is that you singing?  Great voice and recording.  This would be an opening song I assume.  Will it be performed with piano or do you intend to orchestrate…"
Mar 21
Lawrence Aurich replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Viola and cello double stop/divisi questions
"Dave,      On page 4 I see you have some open space.  Here's a kitchen sink.  Oh, wait.  It's already in there. "
Mar 18
Lawrence Aurich replied to Alex Oliver Cawley's discussion piece for solo piano
"This piece is fairly linear so the chords are spread out.  But in a few places you could add three or four fingered chords in both hands to add intensity. "
Mar 18
Lawrence Aurich replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Viola and cello double stop/divisi questions
"You are incorporating every bit of Williams that I would leave out.  Just like the movie, it's too busy, over the top.  It gives me a head ache.  Scale or chromatic runs are for introductions or maybe climactic…"
Mar 18
Lawrence Aurich replied to Alex Oliver Cawley's discussion piece for solo piano
"Alex,      I also thought that the intro didn't fit with the rest of the piece which is more improvisational.  You could lose the first page.  It reminded me of a piece, Zug zer rug, or something like that. …"
Mar 17
Lawrence Aurich replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Viola and cello double stop/divisi questions
"In playing from the first to second measure I would omit the last sixteenth in order to have time to slide to the first double stop in the second measure.  At a quick tempo it would be nearly impossible to slide down…"
Mar 14
Lawrence Aurich replied to David Lilly's discussion The Townsfolk
"Very enjoyable piece.  I could hear melodies throughout. It seemed to flow well without too much repetition.  Good work."
Mar 14
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Sputnik March
"Aha! Excellent point. How often does a piece begin in 4/4 and go to 3 or 6? Big deal. But how often does a piece begin in 4/4 and go to 5/8 or 7/8? Life does not always march forward in 4/4, or dance in 3/4 or flow in 6/8. Sometimes, or rather most…"
Mar 10
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Sputnik March
"T.T.       I spent some time trying to figure out how I would count the syncopated section at m.15 -19. If it were slow and in 12 it would be easy, but difficult when conducted in 4.  I guess you don't…"
Mar 9
Lawrence Aurich replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Joel, I am very leery of the ill defined genre known as minimalism. I don't consider your Boson piece minimalism in that it contains all the necessary elements of music, melody, chords, dynamics, even tonality. A better example would be that of…"
Mar 9
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Sputnik March
"Bob,      Thanks for listening.  If this piece is performed alone I will tailor it to the orchestra, but the original intent is to have all seven movements played in order.  So far I have used, piccolo, 4…"
Mar 8
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Sputnik March
"Rog,      I guess only one of the two themes is a march, like you would hear at Carnival i.e. Marde Gras.  I'm poking a little fun at what was a toy satellite.  Hey, if they wanted it taken seriously why did…"
Mar 8

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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 10:37pm on October 13, 2014, Bob Porter said…

Got it, thanks.

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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