Hi Fred! Good to hear from you! I will go listen, sounds intriguing!
This october i have a concert -- my Requiem and other things (incl Sisyphus and other a cappella things.... i am under the gun now getting all the parts, etc together. I am beginning to hate the Requiem!!! LOL! Only half-serious.... my musical has been maturing a bit, i have been becoming more daring and using more kinds of harmonies... now the conductor of our chamber orchestra has asked me to write something for them -- he is also the part-time conductor of our philharmonic here. i am very lucky that he has helped me out alot -- trial by fire.... sorry so short -- gotta run! Hey it is great to see a photo of you. Later and all best wishes.... ps www.karenpeacecomposer.com has stuff about Requiem etc -- under construction though!!
Hey Fredrick, I appreciate your comments on Groovy Baby. Interesting that it reminds you of Silver Apples on the Moon. You're the second person to say that my music sounds like that. When it was first mentioned, I listened to Silver, and was blown away. It's amazing music. For some reason, I'm drawn to vintage, retro stuff. For example, I like B science fiction movies.
I think it would be an excellent strategy to start with a catchy ostinato and then treat each note as part of a specific chord. It would take me a long time to work out. I'd use mostly extended chords, a la Steely Dan. If I could stick to a set pattern of chords, then that could be used to create MANY ostinato variations. The trick would be to come up with a satisfying chord progression that works at a fast pace. Thanks for listening...
Well bear in mind that these pieces were composed at a very young age, 13 to be exact. I was still "looking for myself" back then. But these compositions were a result of extensive research on the exact forms of sonata and symphony respectively, when they were created. Also I wanted to highlight melody in symphony and spitiruallity and passion in sonata. Bottom line, I try to stick to what I feel and want when I start writing a piece.
By the way, great compositions of yours I have to say. Fantastic counterpoint, very exact, especially in your Fugue in Dm.
'Since the sub-rosa objective of "getting our music played" is for people to adore and glorify us, would it not be simpler to find 10 people and pay them each $100.00 to think about us for a minute or two every day?'
If we can find those special blokes who adore us, we can get them to PAY US for supplying that special something, that work of art that gives them something they cannot get anywhere else in life. Wow. It's like a drug-free drug. It's only natural to want adoration from strangers, but is it a substitute for meaningful love? And are there pitfalls involving the inflation and possible destruction of the ego, involving nihilistic narcissism? ...I'm rambling.
Well, I intend to gather some of my compositions here somehow. I don't have real recordings of many of them, just something my sheet music editor can export as mp3 files. I uploaded one just a moment ago, it's just called 2nd movement (a part of a duet for violin and bassoon).