I’m glad you liked my quartets. I listened to some of your pieces. I thought your emotional vignettes are crying out for orchestration – have you tried that? ‘Falling in Love’ is not your best work as it does not feel that it “goes anywhere” (do you know what I mean?). Serious silliness is fun … like Satie! The e minor fugue intrigued me. The subject itself is great but as it proceeded I wondered where it would go. I was not disappointed as the work from about 1.10 to 1.30 took me to new vistas that I particularly liked as it is just there in most fugues that interest can lag (unless you are Bach or Shostakovitch).
Have you had any music recorded that is not for piano?
"I enjoyed the ghostly waltzes. Do you really look like Elvis?"
No, not anymore. Thank you much for the waltzes. I just did choral arrangements of the first two. They are on my YouTube channel. You might enjoy them. I cannot upload them here anymore because Composers is requiring Flash. Thanks much for the invite. I don't get around here much anymore. JJ
Thank you, Steve for sharing this music with us. I shall return again to hear more of it. But this far I am taken by the "g minor prelude and fugue" and "In such a small place". Wonderful! Once again thank you!
Most of my videos were edited/rendered through Adobe Premiere Elements 7. The music tracks were recorded using a portable digital recorder - sometimes using mics, other times via a Yamaha keyboard using MIDI. The WAV files are easily to work with in PE7.
While I am not all that successful, I think that making videos and using your own music is a good way to publish music so it can be listened to by anyone. ...s
I listened to the America piece: the chord choices you made did not suit the soprano and alto, which were often quite traditional. And so the rhapsodic piece seemed to have idiosyncratic chord choices (which is common, usual, okay): but I did not feel "convinced."
I am listening to your Rhapsody. It has some smart moments in it. The digital performance makes the music harder to stick with. I like the ideas. Again, I am not sure about the harmonic language: it goes from traditional to atonal. I feel a lot more convinced in this work. I like the last few minutes a lot.
The Wobbly Waltz is nice. I follow it easily, and understand a direction. Really good work.
Hi Steve.....and a happy Christmas to you.....Got my computer up and running properly again now. I did contact Jeffrey Beigel thank you on Facebook and he has replied..........not had any further comments yet....waiting with anticipation......lol. I couldn't sned the MP3's for him as they were too big for my ISP to allow but did point to my webpage where I've posted the Concerto on a Player........the link is as follows.....there's a couple of choral things on there too. I'd be interested in your own comments on the Lyrie which was a challenge to write with electronic voice samples but did work in the end.
Now I'm up and running I intend to get round this site a bit more again now.....starting with some of your dots.....Thanks again for the contact.....hope Jeff can find time to listen.......will get back to you soon
Thank you Steve for your kind comments. I've sadly been without computer for 8 months following major problem and this is first day back up and running (limping actually) so was great to get your email. I will certainly contact JB as you suggest. I have unfortunately not yet scored the Concerto and it will probably take some time but I'll certainly point him in the right direction.....I'll be very very interested in his comments. Thank you again so much for this contact.
Thanks Steve. The Doh, Ray, Me thing was accidental, honestly. When I studied music, I never used that nomenclature, but in describing the motif of the finale, it seemed more appropriate because had I called to account the actual notes it would not have related to later instances of the motif in different keys. (I could have said, tonic-supertonic-mediant, but some people might not have understood it). Therefore, I was never aware of the spelling (I probably got it from the spelling associated with ''The Sound of Music'' song, although Do would then have been Doe).
As far as the samples are concerned, I agree, but I'm not about to blame my tools because I know that my production skills need improving, and any orchestra libraries out there that are better than the ones that I have now are also a hell of a lot more expensive. And as I am primarily a concert composer (wannabe) as opposed to a cinematic one, production isn't by any means as important as it would be if it were be transposed directly to film. My biggest desire, obviously, is to have my work played live. That is what I strive for.
It used to be that one could shuffle one's playlist. However, whilst other aspects of this great site are evolving, it seems that this particular service has now been disabled. If you thought you were listening to my symphony after having listened to 'Spirit of the Stour' ('Stour' is the name of the river in the city of Canterbury), Alphabet Green and Flanders, you must have thought I was a pretty inconsistent composer. After you've familiarised yourself with the order of play, I'd love to know how you liked the whole symphony.