What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
No favorite genre, but particularly like music similar to Copland's Concerto for piano and orchestra. Vaughn Williams also a favorite. Current favorites: Eric Whitacre's "October" & "Equus", John Adam's "Hallelujah Junction", Elena Kats-Chernin's "Piano Concerto II", Karl Jenkin's "Stella Natalis" and Steve Reich's "Desert Music"
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Bolinas, California - a beautiful yet odd town next to the Sea
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I learned about music from classes with Helen Keaney in Boston.Typically get up at 5AM to write music for a couple of hours, then head off to my "day job" where I manage a large architectural office in San Francisco.
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Hello - Glad that you enjoyed the recording. Glad more-so that the feedback helped you decide that it was not a waste time to write and post the composition. It really is a lovely piece that you came up with and Im sure that Im not the only person who enjoyed it (I recall that Mr. Zinos gave the piece a few nice words in his comments).
My own sense on composing is that I do it because I enjoy the process of creating and structuring music and I enjoy listening to the results. I decided to post my stuff on the off chance that there may be other folks out there who may enjoy it as well. If there are, wonderful. If there aren't, nothing lost because I still enjoy creating it and listening to it myself.
Your music had actually caught my attention before the contest likely because we seem to share some of the same musical influences (Copland and Reich). I was not too surprised to learn that A&O was your piece.
Regarding the mando,I stopped playing about a year and a half ago after being a member of the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra for about 20 years. The Orchestra is wonderful - if your'e curious, just do a YouTube search on "Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra." After 20 years, however, the repertoire wore a bit thin for me. The Orchestra, for the most part, plays music from the very early 20th Century - rags, fox trots, marches, light classical etc. Lovely music, but not the most challenging or engaging. I had been offering for years to work up a mando orchestra arrangement of Igor Stravinsky's Tango for piano. That was a little too "modern" for groups tastes however.
Thanks again for sharing your music and keep at it. I look forward to hearing more. All the best - Thomas Gaudynski (I use my initials on the site rather than my full first name because oddly enough I am not the only Thomas Gaudynski in Milwaukee who plays music and composes. The other Thomas Gaudynski from Milwaukee is a sound/performance artists whose work is more experimental and improvisational than mine. Even though we have a few musical friends in common, weve never met. Small world, but not that small I guess).
Greetings from Milwaukee. Ive taken a few listens to the pieces you have posted and I enjoy your music very much. I was quite impressed by your submission in the recent Two Part Invention contest. In addition to being quite melodic and musical, yours was one of the few pieces that did not simply attempt to do a Bach imitation. Your piece actually inspired me to do something I have not done for more than a year; I dug out my mandolins and started practicing. I thought that Apple and Oranges would sit very nicely on the mandolin so out of curiosity, I recorded the piece as a duet for mandolin and octave mandolin. The finished product is attached. Im by no means a pro, nor am I the most expressive player, in the world, but I thought you might be interested in how the piece sounds on mandolin. I did modify the bass part just a bit (raised a few measures up an octave) simply to keep the part within the "sweet spot" for the octave mando. Other than that, I attempted to play the piece as written. Thank you for sharing your wonderful music. I look forward to hearing more of your work posted! Apples and Oranges by Robert Hunter.mp3
Robert, once again you display your incredible talent for back and forth themes thrown around in different instruments. This is truly one of your best, from the beautiful opening chords to the passage through many moods and the depth and quality of your instrumentation. Love it! What are you using by the way?
Quite excellent music. Being a manager of a architectural office, your abilities as architect and manager must perform a role in your life as a composer, because your music appears to be well-engineered and well-manged.
Thank you so much for listening and for your positive comments! I hope to have more time to listen to yours this week. From what I heard briefly, though, I'm impressed with your use of orchestration and the software program skills you have! Both things I want to learn and develop for myself... Hope I can learn from you!