I keep forgetting to switch skype on :) My teething troubles with my new pc have settled down a little so I have some time to address others and their questions. Audio Cards? how much do you want to spend because more buys you more. If I buy a new one it'll probably be RME.....why? Because the drivers are better than most meaning, less dropouts, latency etc.
Now that may not be something you have or will come across depending on the speed of your cpu and size of ram in hardware terms and the size of your template in software sample library terms. Without seeing or you listing the spec of the system you have, it is difficult to give an educated reference.
No upgrade necessary for cc# use. In the key edit view the controller section at the bottom of the screen allows adjustment of say cc#11 (expression) where on say a ewqlso string phrase you may ramp the crossover of notes as to hide the release and attack of two adjoining notes to make them seem to have legato transition.
I'm regularly in the Coatbridge area and in fact regularly in many areas of Scotland. My day job has me also going to Northern Ireland from time to time and even to England :)
Home is in my music room having a view of the castle shown in one of my photos above.
Hint - it isn't Edinburgh and it also boasts a monument celebrating Mel Gibson :)
I was dreading that reply as it is so easy to demonstrate cc# use together in the same room but so difficult remotely. If I create a demo project file in Cubase 6.5 it won't work on your studio 5. Possibly I could save something as a midi file where you can import it and see what cc#'s can do.
Reading above I see we are both of the same age and began composing at a similar time of life and for the same reason. My main weapon has been guitar rather than piano since my youth but our taste in composers match although I would include Morricone.
Thanks for your comments Dennis. No greater commentary can be given to a composer than his work "struck me quite deeply". This is, one would hope, the intention.
I'll be honest, and hope I dont disappoint you Dennis but I am not sure how the work came together. It took me 3 years to finish (i had 18 months off in the middle practicing piano). Regarding the Cadenzas, when I hear it now I am still quite surprised mysef how i did it. So I cannot offer advice on structuring Cadenzas other than to say, if I have a solid harmonic vein going through the music, then the cadenza just seems to happen.
I can say that I love how Rachmininoff plays melody (and harmony) "between" the notes. He seems to thread the needle and goes even deeper when the harmony already is quite complete
Amazing piano concerto. 1st and 2d mov.s stroke me quite deeply. It brings many images to my mind, but the effect of it as a whole is even more amazing. Apretiated.
I myself have also just came into the Forum, and am currently working on my first concerto, also for piano - although not that close to finishing it. If you have any tips on writing a fine, well-structured Cadenza like yours, I'd be quite honoured to share of your knowledge.
Just listened to your Symphony No. 1 First movement, and really enjoyed your opening theme in cellos; your overall orchestration was very skillful, and well integrated. I thought it was interesting how it slowed towards the end, which created a sense of grandeur to my mind.