I think your harpsichord concerto is exactly what I would do if I felt the urge to expand upon Baroque functional chromaticism while still staying inside of the concerto form of the period... there were a few points where I thought the chromatic deviation was less than rewarding for the trouble, but great otherwise.
Thanks for commenting on the suite - I was honestly surprised when I uploaded... I always like the music LOUD for some reason, but I see that the contrast from the other two movements makes it awkward. Maybe I'll turn up the dial on the others.. lol
I agree that most composers would have some sort of music to post as a way of keeping this site within the group it was intended for. The discussion did get me thinking about why I should post something. I came up with this (as you succinctly said - what the hell...)My posted work offers a listener some clues as to where I am in my composing. I firmly follow the idea that what a person does is more important than what he says - you said that in starting the thread -yet I had to remember it in my way. It gives others the opportunity to ignore my comments (highly recommended) or at least allow one to choose how much weight they should carry as a comment. So I posted enough to indicate that I am indeed trying to compose something worth spoiling the peace and silence. You made a good post.
Apologies for the short delay in getting back to you. Thank you so much for your observations, and for the add, and your thoughts about retaining some of the onboard VST stuff. Thankfully, I hadn’t planned to lose the Minimoog just yet, but I’m experimenting with sound painting and earlier in the year I was furiously looking for a whole new palette when I wrote that profile stuff. I’m a little more measured about that now ☺ (More on this subject in a blog to follow later, as I don’t want to monopolise the space on your comments page.)
I enjoy your very obvious love for the English language (although you occasionally have me reaching for the dictionary…) And due to a complete lack of fugal- contrapuntal understanding, I’ll go for the psychedelic instead; and vote for your ‘In the Belly of Ten Thousand Things’ which I think is exquisite.
Thanks Kristopher, I think I vaguely remember that...These are another couple of national treasures, you may be aware of them I don't know whether they ever made it over to the States?
Anyhow, back in the 70's each Christmas we were treated to a one hour special, this is a bit of one of them. (hope you know of Andre Previn, and that the humour translates :-), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dG0Vk2XZMw&feature=related
I really dig your new track... So generous in it's melodic x-pansion. Great piece that I would love to hear a live rendition of.... Someday I hope!!! The Mystical aspects of the Mass are fully Present and accounted for. Much respect Chris.
Kristofer.. I just got done listening to Pacem Relinquo Vobis.. I will listen again I promise. it is magnificent. You demonstrate the subtile harmonic sense of Palestrina and the expansiveness of Monteverdi. This is glorious music that hovers, levitates if you will, between heaven and earth with sequences like that at 3:46 that are simply astonishing. Congratulations. A huge success
Sure I can e-mail you a pdf. And you are the first person to recognize the familiarity of the subject at the end. The rising chromatic line and alternations of major minor thirds of my subject was informed by the great subject of the B flat minor fugue from Book 2 of WTC. Happens to be one of my favorite fugues! Also terribly difficult to play.
It wasn't though planned far in advanced that I would use the B flar minor fugue subject as a model. Rather I took the pizz bass ground in the cello and modified it for a subject. Of course my subject is simpler than the Bach - it had to be to prevent the piece from becoming overloaded with ideas (and honestly one could argue it hovers at the border of just enough and too much)
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Glad you could hear the form. If you ever know of a string quartet who could pull it off, let me know. Also, send me a pdf of any of your keyboard pieces. I have a few organists who could play them or know harpsichordist who would enjoy them - and hey maybe they would program them in their recitals.