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I've been listening to some of his overtures recently. The man was a god. Tannhauser, Tristan and Isolde... wow. Nothing else gives me the same kind of emotional rush. What does it take to be able to express so much of your soul so effectively through music? If I could only do it half as well...

Another observation, just while I'm writing: Mahler seems to be the progressive rocker of the orchestral world. His pieces contain a lot of experimental devices and he's very inventive - but they lack unity, as if they've been bolted together just so that all the clever stuff can stay in. I've been in a prog rock band, and I can tell you that this is often exactly the way that music is created too! :|

Not necessarily a bad thing - just so long as orchestral performances of his work remain uncontaminated by long sparkly cloaks, goblins and wizards... :D

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Comment by Mike Torr on October 26, 2007 at 2:37pm
Hi Phil, and thanks - I'm glad you enjoyed "Canyon". I have had a difficult time mixing it and I'm still not totally happy... I shall make a note of all you said. In fact, I'm studying Ravel at the moment (Mother Goose Suite). I am really enjoying looking at all the details of what he did, too.
Comment by phil Kelly on October 25, 2007 at 9:00pm
Hi Mike:

If you liked Wagner, you should jump on in to some of the early 20th century guys like Bartok, Stravinsky, Ravel ( one of the worlds best orchestrators of all time ) and my new "favorite",Witold Lutoslawski.

You should check out HIS version of "Variations on a theme by Paganini" and compare it to the more well known Rachmaninov version.

BTW: I really liked your "canyon " cue ..very spacious and effective!

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