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Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lawrence Aurich Dec 27, 2016. 13 Replies

Hi folks - It's been quite a while since I've posted here, but I still lurk occasionally, and I'd like to ask for your expertise on this recording.I finished this choir piece last month, but I still…Continue

The New Moon (choir + piano)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Filip Holacký Jun 2, 2016. 19 Replies

Hello! I recently finished another choral piece, and I'd like to share it!I'm curious about 2 things:1) The harmony in the first 1/3 or so of the piece is a bit more chromatic than the rest. Do you…Continue

Autumn's Fire (for symphonic wind ensemble)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Mar 29, 2016. 6 Replies

Happy first day of spring to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere! Because I'm seasonally confused, I just finished orchestrating this piece about autumn, and I'd like to get some feedback on it.I'm…Continue

Tags: ensemble, Wind, band, Concert

Evening Star (choir + piano)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nicholas Kelly Feb 9, 2016. 2 Replies

For a change, I decided to set a fairly well-known poem for choir: Evening Star by Poe.The piece is a draft right now (and the sound file is just MIDI--maybe I'll make a better recording with…Continue

Tags: Poe, Piano, SATB, Choir

 

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Filip Holacký replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"I really love this - you have an unusually great feeling for harmony. It's works in completely natural way but still it surprises me in many moments. Another fine side of this work is the way you change voices and you make all the parts…"
Jun 2, 2016
roger stancill replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"Hi Nick, I enjoyed listening to this. I liked the balance/counter balance between the vocals and the piano parts. Very nice.      RS"
May 21, 2016
Gav Brown replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"This seems lovely to me. I cannot comment on any technical aspects of it as I myself am a self-taught composer, but I greatly appreciate this work"
May 15, 2016
Nicholas Kelly replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"Hi everyone - Thanks for all the comments on this! I updated the original post with a new audio file--in it, I responded to people's feedback by making the piano substantially quieter and reducing the piano's reverb. I only reduced the…"
May 15, 2016
Nicholas Kelly replied to Tyler Hughes's discussion Wessobrunner Gebet for Choir and Piano
"This is very nice. The language is "conservative," as you say, but still recognizably modern, and very colorful (more colorful and interesting, really, than most contemporary choral pieces. A lot of choral music is harmonically…"
May 3, 2016
Ingo Lee replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"Very nice piece Nicholas, I feel that your melodies and accompaniment hold our attention despite the obvious problem with the lyrics, and the issues you mentioned do not bother me at all.  Your moving video score is a clever solution to the…"
Apr 30, 2016
Bruce Pearson replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"Ok...I listened...and I am disappointed! Disappointed that I can't hear the piece through all the reverb. And I really do want to hear it...I can tell that something really good is happening. Please repost with a much drier hall sound. It will…"
Apr 30, 2016
Erwin van Delft replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"I like it very much. For me I don't really find it a problem that the romantic sound changes, it is, in my opinion, part of the New Moon, so to say. Nice piece of work in my opinion."
Apr 30, 2016
Nicholas Kelly replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"Peter - Thanks! The discord (Db - G tritone) at 1:01 is intentional... the idea is to slightly intensify the preceding dissonance before the surprise modulation at 1:03 or so. Maybe I should introduce it sooner... in any case, I appreciate your…"
Apr 25, 2016
Bob Porter replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"Nicholas, "The difference between the choir and piano characters is intentional, and fairly common in accompanied vocal music (as far as I know). The piano and the choir are such different sound worlds--the piano has such a clean, precise tone…"
Apr 25, 2016
Nicholas Kelly replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"Thanks, everyone, for the comments! Tyler - Really glad you enjoyed it. I'll be submitting this to competitions, but if those don't work out, a local choir I've worked with before is also interested. Hopefully one of these will result…"
Apr 23, 2016
Dave Kenney replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"This is a beautiful work.   It definitely captures the pastoral setting that is presented in the text.  I do not think the first 1/3 harmonies are too chromatic, if anything it adds great interest and provides a lush setting.  The…"
Apr 23, 2016
Bob Porter replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"Nicholas, I agree, very nice. Thanks for letting us enjoy this piece. Having sung in many choirs, here are my particular thoughts. We spend a lot of time on diction, then sing in Latin. So most people won't understand the lyrics anyway. So the…"
Apr 23, 2016
Rick Waugh replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"Well, I thoroughly enjoyed that. My ear is not good enough to try to analyze it to the extent you asked, but I didn't feel that there were any issues with the flow of the piece, I thought it moved very nicely, built well, and ended when it…"
Apr 23, 2016
Tyler Hughes replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"I think it sounds a read very good. The chromatic harmonies are not unbalanced to the rest because it sounds like a large resolution to the entire piece. The counterpoint with the text is also not a problem and is very typical in choral music. The…"
Apr 22, 2016
Olmnilnlolm replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"I am GREATLY enjoying this, especially the first half.  I want to hear it several times before making a longer comment.  "
Apr 22, 2016

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
20th/21st Century neo-romanticism
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
British Columbia, Canada
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I'm a classically-trained composer who dabbles in a little bit of everything--I have written for a variety of community and (occasionally) professional ensembles, and I also composed soundtracks to quite a few student films in my undergraduate days. I am currently employed as a librarian, but remain active as a composer--recent activities include readings by the Vancouver and Victoria (B.C.) Symphony orchestras and performances by several professional soloists and chamber groups in western Canada. Some day I hope to compose an opera, even if nobody performs it.
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http://nicholasryankelly.weebly.com/

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At 10:37pm on November 26, 2014, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Nicholas!

At 10:04pm on November 26, 2014, michael diemer said…

 

Welcome Nicholas,

We’d like to hear your music! The main area for posting is the “Music Analysis and Critique” discussion, which is here:

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Glad to have you aboard and hope you enjoy the Composers Forum!

Michael

 
 
 

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