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God I hate the way this forum makes me look as though I'm taking over. Anyhow as kindly requested by a couple of forumites, here is the rest of my Violin Sonata, please see this and the following  post. For anyone looking in for the first time, the 2nd movement is in a previous post.

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Hi Ray,

Canny question, I'll interpret it musically, as I can't compete commercially with Mr. Morricone.

After almost 30 years of writing music mainly in 4/4 and in 2 or 4 bar phrases, the damage was done. When I retired, I took a year out and went back to school. I re-acquainted myself with all the techniques that had grown moldy and maggoty, namely Fugue, modern rhythm, 16th cent counterpoint, real orchestration i.e creative, expanded harmony, serialism etc. etc oh, and I began writing tunes that, in the immortal phrase, didn't "go up at the end". 

I have now escaped the applied music curse and so rather than twitter on, the answer to your ? is yes I have got away from selling my soul. Of course I'll make no money now, but I will be finding out a lot about myself.

Mike

Thank you very much, Mike.

I love this.  I am talking about the first movement.  I am especially moved by the slow introduction, and the melody presented there. Personally, the mode of presentation and the melody itself reminds me of a Shostakovich sonata for piano and violin.  (I could post the link, if you like).  The very low register and gradual ascent.  I have only heard the first mp3.  I will definitely listen to the others.  Thanks very much for posting this.  

Thanks Serenity.

Right nation, wrong composer. It was Prokofiev's Vln Sonata No.1 that triggered the 1st mvt. but I see what you mean.

Glad you enjoyed it.

Mike.

Serenity Laine said:

Thank you very much, Mike.

I love this.  I am talking about the first movement.  I am especially moved by the slow introduction, and the melody presented there. Personally, the mode of presentation and the melody itself reminds me of a Shostakovich sonata for piano and violin.  (I could post the link, if you like).  The very low register and gradual ascent.  I have only heard the first mp3.  I will definitely listen to the others.  Thanks very much for posting this.  

Thanks for setting me straight on that.  I'm listening to the Prokofiev No. 1 right now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQuiyEJ5iYQ

Ostraich version.  I hear what you are talking about. I remember some passages from this, having heard it a very long time ago.  But I didn't remember the opening.  As a whole, the first movement is "airier" that the sonata by Shostakovich I was thinking of, and in that way, more like yours.  

 



Mike Hewer said:

Thanks Serenity.

Right nation, wrong composer. It was Prokofiev's Vln Sonata No.1 that triggered the 1st mvt. but I see what you mean.

Glad you enjoyed it.

Mike.

Serenity Laine said:

Thank you very much, Mike.

I love this.  I am talking about the first movement.  I am especially moved by the slow introduction, and the melody presented there. Personally, the mode of presentation and the melody itself reminds me of a Shostakovich sonata for piano and violin.  (I could post the link, if you like).  The very low register and gradual ascent.  I have only heard the first mp3.  I will definitely listen to the others.  Thanks very much for posting this.  

I appreciate your kind words Dave. All provisos understood and a thanks to your adventurous ears. Re the 'banal' in music,I love all  music from the trivial to the complex -  case in point, listening material last night instead of TV - 8 of the 1st book of 48 by Papa Bach, 4 hits of Abba's (wifes' choice), then Cum on feel the noize and Mama we're all crazee now (my choice to get back at her), some Messiaen (after she left the room) and finished off with pissed dancing to Tamla hits (she was back in the room then!).

Yes, octaves (actually 15ma's)  at the start played on a tip top Steinway concert grand, the depth of the bass is beautiful on this instrument. 

1.43 is the 2nd subject group, it is in sonata form.

All arco to pizz and vice versa was in one take. The fastest arco to pizz changes can be made when the phrasing is bowed such that the player ends the last note on an up bow. This means that the fingers are nearest to the strings and can quickly adjust to pizz. In reverse, start the arco after pizz. with a down bow if a fast transition is required.

I do try and retain structural signifiers for the listener because I like to communicate, glad it's working.

Star Wars, oh yes, you got me, trust you to spot that. Surely just a coincidence, but real enough. I think it's just this side of legal.

I like the lateral comparisons you make about the 4th, even though I didn't go in for prog rock - as you've probably gathered, it was Slade for me, at least until I discovered the Beatles and Dutilleux.

Yes they have titles. 1 is called sonata, 2 - toccata, 3 - song and 4 is a set of variations. The 2nd is the most out there in terms of language and style.

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