Unfortunately the audio file for this 22 minute work for very large orchestra will in no way fit within the 7MB allowance here. I hope the Composer's Forum administrators will forgive this transgression, therefor, of giving a direction to the Youtube audio/video. Unfortunately the PDF file for the score is too large as well. But I think I can fit it on my home page.

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  • Like your work Mark.

    I have been a member for around 3 months (approx.) and I have posted only 1 work - my first - Piano Concerto No1.

    I think one of my movements was over 7MB - so this 7 MB - has this come in only recently.

    Would appreciate any comments on this work.

    Also Mark - how do get your piece to start as soon as you (anyone) opens your home page - that is very neat trick?

  • Ok Mark - I have worked out how to edit my playlist - just didnt read the page details properly - typical of me I'm afraid - apologies.

  • Hi James, 

    I will listen to your work tomorrow. Actually, I wish I hadn't set my home page to play straight off. It's kind of annoying - music when you didn't ask for it. 

    Thanks for your comment - let me know, perhaps, what you like and what you don't, and why - on both counts. Any honest appraisal is much appreciated,.

    Thanks,

    Mark.

  • Hi James,

    did you realise that we actually live a stone throw away from each other. I am at Glenalta. I listened to your Piano Concerto. I think you have what would be some good film music there, a sort of modernist dramatic take on the Baroque. I liked the 1st. movement. There could be some paring down of excessive 'ballast bars', more development - even if just through modulation and sort of 'cutting/splicing' of thematic material. The 1st. movement theme could really lend itself to a dramatic climax over a pedal bass, with some chromatics and perhaps cascading diminished chords - just an idea. To finish or fulfil the potential in this music, which is essentially enjoyable, just requires a few more skills than you may currently have. For instance, just listening through the 2nd. Movement, there are some quite obvious 'non-intentional' voice-leading and harmonic clashes occurring between the piano and orchestral parts.

    There is nothing that can't be readily fixed in the 1st. movement, at least, to have a really enjoyable piece of film music - and that is not a derogatory categorisation. Ask, Fredrick Zinos for his input - he really knows what he is talking about, and he may offer you another valuable perspective.

    Best wishes,

    Mark.

     



    James Gall said:

    Like your work Mark.

    I have been a member for around 3 months (approx.) and I have posted only 1 work - my first - Piano Concerto No1.

    I think one of my movements was over 7MB - so this 7 MB - has this come in only recently.

    Would appreciate any comments on this work.

    Also Mark - how do get your piece to start as soon as you (anyone) opens your home page - that is very neat trick?

    Symphony in Indigo - 1st. Movement (Ulysses), for very large orchestra - 2007/2010.
    Unfortunately the audio file for this 22 minute work for very large orchestra will in no way fit within the 7MB allowance here. I hope the Composer's…
  • Thanks for listening to my Piano Concerto Mark and for your incisive comments. It is truly amazing that in the world of CF individuals we live so close. We should perhaps catch up. Charles B R at Adel Uni has heard this work and I met with him recently for discussions. He was quite complimentary overall and simply asked the question "where to now Jim?"
    He suggested doing an Honours. I noticed you have done this and obviously I would be interested in your feedback there.
    He felt the work should some obvious strains of Rachmaninov and Elgar which obviously blew me away.
    I will have a listen to Lieberman.
    Thanks again Mark,
  • Dear James,

    don't mention my name to Charles - he literally hates my guts, and has done everything possible to make sure I don't have anything played at Adelaide University. Yes, I did Honors there under Graeme Koehne - and, for me, it was almost a complete waste of time. I learnt next to nothing, even though Graeme is a fine composer, and is highly, highly intelligent. He is a decent person, and so is John Polglase - an honest composer. I think you would benefit from the course. 

    But for me, straight up John Polglase said he thought of me more as an equal rather than as a student - complimentary, but not good as far as prospect of really learning something. Graeme, very complimentary about my work - but won't open up easily. Others within the general Department are, by degrees, frauds. Charles is ok, so long as you play the underling. I had one lesson with him, it was what I would expect at High School - not at Uni, not at Honours level. Read his book on Lutoslawski - he is great as a lab assistant - knowing how to pull things apart and fastidiously label them, but no idea, whatsoever, of how to put them back together again. And believe me, in political terms, Charles still runs the show at the Adelaide Con, he is 'insidiously omnipresent'.

    I caused hell for the staff at the Adelaide Con, and don't regret it. There was no opportunity for their supposed best student to get works played, but plenty of opportunity for even the 'fraud' staff composers to do so - its all politics, no critical honesty. I asked Graeme why I only received 1 hour of instruction a week as their supposed best and only Honors student. He admitted that, with the way the intakes and finances are set up, he was too busy pushing through 'dead-heads' to have time for in-depth work with me. No wonder Adelaide Uni's international rankings are plumetting - just push through the numbers and the paying foreign students, keep the ledgers in the black - real education, that comes second.

    Still, if you can get in with Graeme, and get the most out of him - you will be in great company. And John could really help you with your counterpoint problems, he is a real earnest and honest student of the craft. Both nice people too, just stay clear of the frauds - the 'academic termites'. Whatever you do, don't mention my name, for your sake. It'll take a whole grade off of your prospective marking - believe me.

    Apart from that I would love to catch up. But I wouldn't want to effect your prospects at Adelaide, because that is more important for you. You could iron out those technical problems, improve your skill sets - John and Graeme will certainly help you do that.  

    Give me an email at marknicol@live.com.au and we'll exchange contact details. I can even assume a pseudonym so that you can't be charged with consorting, ha!

    Best wishes,

    Mark. 

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