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To everyone requesting scores: I'm now offering my scores. Just go to my profile information and find the link URL for the Music Scores list. Each week when I publish a new piece on my free podcast, I'll also email the score to everybody on the list. There's also information in my profile about how to find my free podcast.

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Comment by Jana Cole on February 17, 2013 at 9:52pm

Hi Victor. Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to a bit of my work. Yes, I've always admired the harmonic subtleties in Satie's Gymnopedies. I'm certain there's some influence there. Now, my thinking in creating my pieces --- I don't have a concise answer. I'd like to emphasize that I'm allowing my ears to guide me, first and foremost. I'm letting them make decisions for me, and I'm striving to write what I'm feeling. I'm definitely looking for a mood or emotional impact. Melody is an interesting question. In general, I can say I'm throwing off all preconcieved ideas about what my music has to include or can't include, and I'm waiting to see what's presented to me to include. I think the title for my pieces, "expressions," leaves the music open for all possibilities. I hope this satisfies your curiosity a little. These are the only answers I have right now.

Comment by Victor Grauer on January 30, 2013 at 10:02am

Hi Jana. Just listened to some of your piano pieces and found them very interesting. They remind me a bit of Satie's Gymnopedies. Like those pieces, each one seems closely related to the other, almost as though we are seeing the same thing from different angles. Also, like the Gymnopedies, they are very chord oriented, with very interesting harmonic subtleties. I'm curious to learn more about your thinking in creating them, as they seem to be the realization of some sort of overall plan. By eliminating melody and concentrating on harmonic subtleties you produce a very interesting intensity that I find effective. I like your harmonies. But I'm also wondering what your melodies might be like. Each of these pieces is enjoyable, but they all seem to me rather underdeveloped, more like sketches then completed works.

Comment by Jana Cole on January 19, 2013 at 6:45pm

Thanks for the advice. Btw, I've got info about my approach on my profile.

Comment by Victor Eijkhout on January 19, 2013 at 6:13pm

Jana, your pieces sound interesting, but I'm not going to sign up for a website and mailing list. Why don't you put them on IMSLP?

Btw, I'm listening to your podcasts. All the clicking noises are very distracting. Rather than trying to record a real piano, you would probably get a better result playing your music into a computer and using a decent sample set.


Comment by Jana Cole on January 8, 2013 at 7:45pm

Fair enough, I respect your decision on that.

Comment by Gav Brown on January 8, 2013 at 6:00pm

Jana, do as you will, but I agree with Bob, it is easy to post scores here, and quite honestly I will not pursue another avenue to get the score.

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