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2016 A Spacey Odyssey finale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Socrates Arvanitakis Jul 26. 17 Replies

This is the finale to the series, 2016 a Spacey Odyssey, though I'm going to name it something different like, A Journey into Space. If all eight pieces are played in sequence it would run just over…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

 

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Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion Poor harpsichord.
"Sir Christopher Von Emerig Esq. III of Ulm, I write this missive with tearful eye and heavy heart. You may be aware that Sir Robert has chosen to deem this most magnificent instrument as “poor”. Furthermore, some members of the forum,…"
6 hours ago
Lawrence Aurich replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion VARIATIONS ON A CELTIC AIR
" Because he wanted to be dominant in that bar."
Tuesday
Lawrence Aurich replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion Fugue on a theme by Erwin van Delft
"H.S.      Not being a fugue meister, my expertise is limited.  I liked the entire piece but thought you lost the form of the fugue around about m 40. Put it away for a few weeks and the ending will come to you. If not go…"
Aug 10
Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion Poor harpsichord.
"I was going to say that the harpsichord goes nicely with flute, but not a flute on steroids, or a flute player on steroids.  Probably the audience should not be on steroids either."
Aug 10
H. S. Teoh replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Quint Quart, a musical sonnet
"Oh, I agree that it's better to write one good solid piece than many experimental (and half-baked) pieces. But I did like what you did with your quartals and quintals.  I'm not too familiar with them myself, but I found the way you…"
Aug 10
Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion Poor harpsichord.
"Bob,      The beauty of the harpsichord is it's agility.  It is so easy to play and its facility is only limited by ones finger speed. Unlike the piano you can play 32nd or even 64th notes.  However its…"
Aug 10
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Quint Quart, a musical sonnet
"I think people like this music because it a new sound, more cutting edge.  Personally, I think it is wiser to write one good solid piece of music than sixteen experimental pieces.  But more power to those composers brave enough to live on…"
Aug 10
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Quint Quart, a musical sonnet
"I figured as much, but for now I'm dealing with regular quartals, then perhaps quintals.  This forum sucks you in so that you spend all your waking hours thinking about music.   "
Aug 10
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Quint Quart, a musical sonnet
"So many good ideas, so little time.  I just trying to get the basics so far.  Thanks for listening and commenting."
Aug 10
H. S. Teoh replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Quint Quart, a musical sonnet
"Very nice and modern-sounding. I did still detect traces of Holst in it... but overall, I liked it a lot.  Very nice overall dramatic arc."
Aug 9
Mike Hewer replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Quint Quart, a musical sonnet
" Lawrence, Bob M is on the money. Your theoretical musings are flawed, funny but flawed. The point I was making is that there is a massive compositional resource in quartal writing and the manipulation thereof can be as varied and fruitful as…"
Aug 9
Bob Morabito replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Quint Quart, a musical sonnet
">Let me see if I get your drift I think what was being referred to is the alteration (raising or lowering) of one or more of the perfect fourths-- for example you can chromatically change a quartal chord very easily into a different kind of…"
Aug 8
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Quint Quart, a musical sonnet
"Let me see if I get your drift.  If there are quartals and quintals there must also be sextals, septals, tripals, and dupals, and their minor versions.  A dupal chord would be the notes of the whole tone scale played together.  I…"
Aug 8
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Quint Quart, a musical sonnet
"Roger,    The fact that you liked this piece is somewhat disconcerting.  I feel compelled to go back and figure out what I did wrong. Maybe I should put the harmonica back in."
Aug 8
roger stancill replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Quint Quart, a musical sonnet
"Mr. Aurich, this is pretty damn good. Colorfully textured, creative and, even with a somewhat droning background in parts, you balanced that out with some interesting surprises. At one point I thought I saw Gene Kelly dancing : >} I thought too…"
Aug 8
Mike Hewer replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Quint Quart, a musical sonnet
""In some ways it is easier to write in fourths than in thirds and fifths. Just write a melody line, transpose down a fourth for the second part then transpose down a fourth again etc. " Oh if only Lawrence. Did you ever consider…"
Aug 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 10:44am 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 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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