fredrick- I just got home at 11 PM, checking the internet...wow! Thanks for the support, I appreciate it. I'm trying to do the best I can with help from my friends ...and just maybe the album will reach a high standard, provide some good entertainment. Thanks again for the encouragement- It means a lot coming from you.
Thank you Frederick for your comments on my Variations..I sincerely appreciate your input....I will eventually get to the impressionistic period...but I must make a stop first on the romantics.....thanks for listening....
Mark Nicol suggested I make contact with you. I have read your background and your essay on life in your CF bio and I don't know how old you are but I am a new composer, started 4 years ago and I am 60. Although i studied music in my younger days i, like you had a large part of my life life.making a living largely away from music. My grand plan was to retire "young" to allow me to concentrate my life back in music which idid 4 years ago. I have recently completed my first real work which I have called Piano Concerto no 1. I have it posted on my home page. Mark has heard and commented on it as you could see on my home page and he has recommended I chat with you which I am doing now.
Regards - James Gall - Adelaide, South Australia
Thanks for your comments on Cor Agitur! You're absolutely right. I need to develop this brief exercise into a fully fleshed-out piece with a contrasting theme. It's really not far out at all, by modern standards. Nonetheless, except even doing this much pushed me way beyond what I thought I would ever do. Still, I'm glad you thought it held together. Unity and coherence are important ideals for me, even in "experimental" music.
It's interesting that you should write, "I only wish I had your skill and talent," to me, because I wish I had your adventurous way with harmony. I am glad that there is a Fredrick Zinos lending his voice to the musical arts.
Despite the self-disparagement in your profile with regard to your talent, I think you write with an interesting voice. Your music is harmonically adventurous, fluent, and structurally sound. Well done!
Here, I thought I began to hear harmonic limitations, and was going to suggest that you steal copiously from jazz (four and five, even six note chords). But now we are moving along into the piece, and I see that you have a wide range of harmonies available to you.
You're bluffing. You know more than you let on. You understand balance, form, texture, voice-leading. Your harmonies are not tradtional, not exactly, but as we all know, strictly traditional harmonies are verboten in 2012.
Now I am into your orchestral work, track 2: you put a lot of work into it, and it's better than a lot of stuff I hear routinely on these sorts of websites. It has a real easy program to follow, which is completely intentional. I'm still not sure, and I think it's funny that I'm not sure how much you really understand harmony. I think you have a fantastic ear, which beats pedantry any day.
Further along in that same orchestral work, I am a little lost in the extended development, in the sense that you might have lost the sense of balance. (who hasn't?) But maybe not: as you say, critics are wrong (almost) every time.
I'm waiting for the finish: it happened fast. You have a trove of great ideas in that Essay.
...By the way, no one has it right about Pope Greg VI. He ordered people around of course, and tried to get the Mass, the liturgy sorted out by delegating. Those chants took a long time to coalesce into "Gregorian-mix" - and as usual, those in power took advantage of the situation. Chants still exist, such as Milanese, Ambrosian, Syriac, Sarum, but they were officially drowned out by mandates - or became part of the East-West church-split debacle.
Serenade for violin and piano, I chose that, today.
Your self-deprecating sense of humorplay is reminiscent of days I spent as a pharmacy technician inpatient, in the 1980s. I knew many RPhs who could play, write music, and tell jokes. One pharmacist, at the VA in NYC used to bring symphonic scores with him to work.
Like most of us, I doubt he could really hear them in his head. There is a great deal of bluffing going on the music world; but there really are composers and conductors out there who can indeed hear more than we pessimists like to think. One can test a person's aural skills, if push comes to shove...
Your curriculum vitae through the ages was entertaining reading. Accessing the ages in the near-past tense is a good way to get into a composer's mind, and entertain your gentle readers. I will never forget how god awful Beethoven's cramped room smelled: the chamber pot pushed to the side of the piano - he had such dreadful bouts of diarrhea - but who didn't in those days?
Needless to say, between that and his temper, he could not maintain a housekeeper. But he wrote good music, just the same, and we are glad to still have copies. I kept mine.
Your own Serenade was easy to enjoy, as pure music: nothing wrong with it - has structure and direction.
All of us are trapped in the VST pit - bad samples that make our music sound like it was processed through a latter-day tin whistle. I would suggest slowing down the piece a bit, as if it were played by someone who was not yet intimate with it. And then, add lots of dynamics into the score. You might find he result more enjoyable. Then, you can depreciate yourself a little less.
Happy New Year Fredrick. I just saw your comment on Keman's latest piece and couldn't keep back a smile. Your comments on people's music are always fun to read for their sharp wit. I hope your composing is going well.
Thanks! But it seems schorch wont let me print to file (pdf), I don't have a printer, and lastly it would make my life so much easier if I had the sibelius file (or finale, or midi, or whatever you prefer), which is also not downloadable :P
So, if it's ok, send the score to my email :D If not, I'll find a printer, no worries.
I just hope this can be adapted, it would be cool to play it (but I'll be honest, I don't see myself learning it in the near future...already got so much to play)
Hello Fredrick, you know I never gave your music the credit it deserves. I find myself coming back now and then so check one more piece out, and although sometimes it is not my cup of tea(yeah, a bit traditional, that I am. :D), I do find things I like a lot. Now this time it was that fugue for strings. Excelent work. Would you concider a keyboard adaption?
Thank you very much for your comments on my music. I have enjoyed listening to your piano music "three easy pieces...", and it sounds great and very delicate! You are a highly skilled composer, so I need to learn a lot from you! I also listened to your other compositions, and "fugue in d minor..." is my favorite. Please compose more fugues... Cheers!
No 1 has and interestingly intriguing and varied thematic structure...there is order in chaos...a subtle symetrical balance that brings it together at the end....a very attractive piece indeed... for performance as well....Thank you.