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Fugue on Parry's "Jerusalem"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Capocci Jun 16, 2012. 4 Replies

2nd try! - I can't believe *nobody* is interested in fugue!Continue

ATONALITY MADE EASY!

Started Aug 30, 2011 0 Replies

Hi all! Someone – I don’t remember who exactly - commented a while back on one of my posts that my technique/theory didn’t have enough musical examples, making it difficult to understand. In the…Continue

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Newtonal fugue (thomic) score with explanatory notes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Capocci Sep 11, 2010. 11 Replies

Contemporary counterpoint - a rich subject. here is the link to the score of the thomic - the Newtonal version of fugue. For those unable to access Scorch/Sibelius I've supplied the pdf file. I would…Continue

Newtonal Fugue: Thomic

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Capocci Sep 18, 2010. 29 Replies

NEWTONAL FUGUE: THOMIC  The thomic is, in some ways, the most rewarding of the Thomes & Phases techniques. In the same way that tonal music (the interplay and flux between consonance and…Continue

 

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Nick Capocci replied to Ingo Lee's discussion How can I learn to write atonal music?
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Nick Capocci replied to Ingo Lee's discussion How can I learn to write atonal music?
"Hi Julie. I found you on Ingo's thread . I would really appreciate your comments, opinion etc. on my own meagre efforts in this area. Due to commitments over the years I've never been able to follow through with these ideas as I would have…"
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Nick Capocci replied to Ingo Lee's discussion How can I learn to write atonal music?
"Hi Ingo. Many thanks for listening and reading my thesis. It's important to understand that Thomes and Phases is very different from set theory, serialism - and, for that matter, the theories of Paul Hindemith, with which it has also been…"
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Nick Capocci replied to Ingo Lee's discussion How can I learn to write atonal music?
"Thank you, Ingo. I omitted to mention my own technique of Thomes and Phases. More complicated than pure atonal techniques, but with the "advantage" of employing tonal structures. I tried to explain it here a few years ago, but met largely…"
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Nick Capocci replied to Ingo Lee's discussion How can I learn to write atonal music?
"Once I asked my teacher, Humphrey Searle, how to write atonal music of real character. He said" just write it from the heart, as you would any other music".  Anyway, technically the best place to start is with serial technique.…"
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"Sorry folks, for dropping out all this time. My wife died then everything went tits up. Hope to return to this great site soon..."
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"Sorry folks, for dropping out all this time. My wife died and things went tits up from there. I will return!"
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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
contemporary classical
Is music your main income source?
Yes!
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Pupil of Humphrey Searle - seminal force in contemporary British classical composition. From Humphrey Searle inherited deep respect for atonal serial technique and Second Viennese School, leading to formulation of radical compositional technique, Thomes & Phases. Subsequently developed theory of Newtonality in order to explore the origins and wider implications surrounding emergence of atonality in Western music.
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LATE BEETHOVEN: the apotheosis of counterpoint

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 3:25pm 0 Comments

Suffering from what I call “contrapunctitis” (you won’t find it in the medical dictionary) I am naturally biased, but I believe free counterpoint to be one of  mankind’s greatest achievements. As an expressive device, it is without parallel in any other language with the possible exception of mathematics – its nearest relative. Of all its practitioners, Beethoven pips the others to the post. From the simplest diatonic devices of the earlier works through to the late fugues, no other…

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Neither Schoenberg nor Hindemith really understood atonality. Did they?

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 4:20pm 6 Comments

A general thought dating from about 30 years ago, connected with musings on the nature of the "evolution" of musical language.

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At 4:16pm on June 13, 2012, Nobuyoshi Tanaka said…

I listened "History of the Primates". Wonderful! Great technique of musical texture.

At 2:30pm on August 14, 2010, Andrew Gleibman said…
Very fun and interesting fugato you presente here Nick!
At 4:45pm on August 13, 2010, Ario said…
May I ask a few Q's on your thesis?

1) Why Thomes? Why not melody... Phase I can only translate by "style", but your word is better : )

2) Why A, B and D? They seem to me, they are examples, rather than actual definitions...

3) The "coincidence"-chapter listed all possibilities of connection between Thomes and Phases (but the orders of the relativity, allow more possibilites).

4) Would you mind, sending me the Tanto Meglio score for study? I really need to understand your/your theacher's theory upon a concrete example.

I can send you a signed (+scanned) piece of paper, explaining that I will not misuse any copyright issues on your original work - As a proof for of my 'fair' purpose.

If I manage, I will send you a small piece of *my* original work, with the newtonal theory applied... (Alot of my friends, musicians and non-musicians, strive for a modern piece sounding less like Schönberg!).

I am very fond of your ideas, I do not approve 100%, but it seems to be a progress which I could not find the last time I was at our main library (in Vienna!)...

Ario
At 2:58pm on August 13, 2010, Ario said…
I like your work... Nice discussion you provoked back there.
 
 
 

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