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April 2015 Blog Posts (11)

Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner's answer to a question was: "9 - W"

Can any of you bright sparks out there stretch your minds and tell me what was the question?

Enjoy!

Added by Stephen Lines on April 30, 2015 at 7:47am — 2 Comments

Biggest playable violin

In the vein of impractically large instruments, here's a video of the world's largest playable violin. It takes 3 people to play this monster: one to stop the notes, and two to draw the bow! It's tuned 3 octaves below the standard violin, meaning that its E string is only an octave above the bottom string of the double bass, and the two lower strings are off the charts. :-) Apparently, somebody actually composed a piece for this giant…

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Added by H. S. Teoh on April 20, 2015 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Unexpected new direction, feeling a bit lost

So, the past few days I've been revisiting one of my old pieces and re-orchestrating it. After finishing the first main theme, I decided on a whim that instead of continuing to the second main theme as I had previously written, I would insert a fugato passage based on a variation of the main motif, just as a fun embellishment. So I spent the past 2 days writing a mini fugue-like passage and today I got to the climax of the fugato... The new passage sounds totally awesome (if I do say so…

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Added by H. S. Teoh on April 20, 2015 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

eastern

I have uploaded this small carnatic raaga influenced piece called eastern. Usually there is only one melody in carnatic I have tried to add counterpoint.. It is scored for violin and cello.. Rendered through finale..Your views are welcome. It is modally thought about rather than tonally.. Mainly using different pentatonic modes..

Added by Abhishek on April 17, 2015 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Violin octet / New Violin Family

Has anybody on this forum heard of the so-called Violin Octet or the New Violin Family? I just found out about this today... Basically, some years ago some luthiers and physicists got together and extended the standard violin into an entire family of 8, with refined tone quality that has much better carrying power and timbral compatibility with each other, also adding instruments to fill in the gaps between the instruments in the standard string orchestra. Here's the first of…

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Added by H. S. Teoh on April 9, 2015 at 12:17am — 2 Comments

Biggest (playable!) brass instrument ever

In my childhood I had a fantasy about an orchestra that features gigantic upright brass instruments, so imagine my surprise when today I stumbled across a real instrument very similar to what I had imagined. What a humongous tuba!!

I'd love to compose a grand symphony featuring this instrument... Unfortunately I can't imagine it being particularly agile, so it'd probably be mostly confined to…

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Added by H. S. Teoh on April 7, 2015 at 1:47pm — 2 Comments

Brass trio score

brass%20trio.PDF

Added by Timothy W on April 4, 2015 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Brass trio

Added by Timothy W on April 4, 2015 at 1:14pm — No Comments

26th of May

Just competed this piece for full orchestra. It's is full of emotion and feeling. It is a memoriam to my Granddaughter who passed away on this date in 2010 age seven. You can hear this on my soudcloud which you can obtain through my website www.andytownsendaminor.com.
Love some opinions on this piece.

Added by Andrew Townsend on April 4, 2015 at 2:06am — No Comments

Frustrated

So, I have been working on my overture for mid-sized orchestra, and have finally completed the score, which represents a major revision of the piece (it's almost a complete reorchestration of the original piece, which was written back in 2007 but was poorly orchestrated). The orchestration is much better now, but there are still some seriously problematic passages.

Am I the only one who is having serious doubts about the score right after finishing a major rewriting effort? Right now…

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Added by H. S. Teoh on April 2, 2015 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

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