Timothy Smith replied to 3n0k2z9tr31nu's discussion The Neglected Quintet
"I agree, the harp and the rhythm tied this all together for me. Melancholic would be a fitting description here in my view as well."
Jan 27, 2020
3n0k2z9tr31nu replied to 3n0k2z9tr31nu's discussion The Neglected Quintet
" Thanks Gav!  I do think that it is the harp part that ties it all together.  Not crazy about the sample that I used (Garritan), but it was what I had available. (Then again, I don't think Ive ever heard a really outstanding harp sample). "
Jan 27, 2020
3n0k2z9tr31nu replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Where the Animals Live for Wind Quintet Live Performance
"I love writing for and listening to winds and this is wonderful stuff.  This piece, and others Ive heard from you, has a lightness (as in deft and sprightly) without being trite.  The first section in particular caught my attention, specifically…"
Jan 27, 2020
Gavin Brown replied to 3n0k2z9tr31nu's discussion The Neglected Quintet
"Hi T.T., 
This seems to me an effective use of the instrumentation, particularly the harp, without which I don't think the piece would have communicated the melancholy you strove for. It is well done, congratulations! 
Gav
p.s. a score would be…"
Jan 26, 2020
3n0k2z9tr31nu replied to Paul Wegmann's discussion Miniatures for Electric Guitar
"A fair enough critique.   Just a few quick observations.   To me, there is not a huge amount of difference between these pieces and say, the opening bars of the Prelude to Wagner's "Das Rheingold."   There we essentially have an extended chord with…"
Mar 13, 2017
3n0k2z9tr31nu replied to Paul Wegmann's discussion Miniatures for Electric Guitar
"These pieces caught & held my attention and I enjoyed them.   In my opinion, the first step with music like this is to set the stage, or to create a sonic "space."   I believe you have done that very well.  The next step is to fill that space or…"
Mar 12, 2017
3n0k2z9tr31nu replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Sputnik March
"A worthy project.  Art is a reflection of life and life does not occur in 4/4 time.  One of my favorite little tricks is to switch the phrasing partway through a composition so that the meter becomes more or less irrelevant, and then bring it back…"
Mar 10, 2017
3n0k2z9tr31nu replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Sputnik March
"Close enough to 11/8 for my tastes - who's gonna quibble over a quaver.   Delightful piece! The humor and playfulness come through - I can easily imagine the cheerful little Sputnik making its rounds.  Also a fun score to read through.   Since I…"
Mar 10, 2017
3n0k2z9tr31nu replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Apollo 8, Ode to Earth
"Very enjoyable - even though its not in 11/8 :).  The piece does have a bit of an eastern, Mediterranean flavor which makes the overall feel somewhat familiar.  As you noted, since this piece focuses on the Earth, that is entirely…"
Feb 27, 2017
3n0k2z9tr31nu replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Voyager I
"Ok -
Your question really peaked my curiosity all day so I went out looking for some better examples of a classical piece in 11/8.  The second section of Alexei Stachinsky"s (no relation) Piano Sonata No. 2 in G Major is indeed in 11/8.…"
Feb 1, 2017
3n0k2z9tr31nu replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Voyager I
"After I sent my last post, I realized that I have actually done two pieces in 11/8.   In addition to "Eleven Eight" which I posted  with my last response, there is a somewhat more classically oriented piece on my home page called "NYC Sketches IV -…"
Jan 31, 2017
3n0k2z9tr31nu replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Voyager I
"Lawrence - Hope business picks up and the economy gets getter in your neck of the woods!  I have actually been watching real estate prices in your home town lately since I wouldn't mind retiring there.  From those insane prices, you wouldn't know…"
Jan 26, 2017
3n0k2z9tr31nu replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Voyager I
"I have thoroughly enjoyed each of these pieces that you have posted.   This one, Rover, and Tranquility Base stand out for me.  I would say that you have this genre down.  You definitely capture the scale, the wonderment and also the specific nuance…"
Jan 25, 2017
Bob Morabito replied to 3n0k2z9tr31nu's discussion Caprice for Winds
"IMHO, I do believe dynamics, and phrasing and more are part of composition..otherwise we might speak in one color run on sentences,  without meaning to :)
And in my own music Ive found--and YMMV--that 'the gesture' is all important..notes may be…"
Nov 25, 2016
3n0k2z9tr31nu replied to 3n0k2z9tr31nu's discussion Caprice for Winds
"Thanks for listening and for the feedback Bob!  Lots to consider there. 
The instrument in the avatar is actually a tenor mandola, taken back in the days when I played with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra.  A couple year ago, I quit the Orchestra…"
Nov 25, 2016
gregorio X replied to 3n0k2z9tr31nu's discussion Caprice for Winds
"TT - I tried listening to your piece, but it cuts out about a minute into it… (probably my browser).. Do you have a sound cloud link - or another place you post?"
Nov 25, 2016
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  • Hi T.

    Thanks for your incredible compliment! I love what you've done with "Apples and Oranges" using mandolin. The mandolin is a beautiful instrument. Why did you stop playing them? I'm glad that my music inspired you to start playing it again. It's funny how things occur. When I wrote "Apples and Oranges" (A&O) for the contest I didn't take the contest too seriously. I just found it an opportunity to write two intertwining melodic lines within certain constraints. Since A&O didn't place well in the contest, I sighed "oh well" and thought the contest was probably a waste of time. But your having liked it and using it as the inspiration to dig out your mandolins proves to me that, despite how difficult music is to write and have appreciated, it's still important to "put it out there". Thanks, you made my day!

    Bob Hunter

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