Alan MacRae replied to Robert Fisher's discussion Bonn - A Beethoven Arrangement
"Nice work, and an enjoyable listen.
I see what John meant by the Michael Nyman reference, while it opens with the same rhythmic pattern at Beethoven 7, movt 2 (which I find very effective here) it develops into something very like Nyman's score for…"
Jan 19, 2018
Alan MacRae replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Intermezzo
"Loved it.

Some of the harmony, particularly some chord progressions remind me of Prokofiev but the whole piece is fresh.  Lovely slow movement.  Off to find your first movt now."
Jan 17, 2018
Alan MacRae replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion March of the Puppet Army (initial segment)
"First, let me say I really like this.  It has something of Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette about it.
Orchestrating for winds - Tim is correct.  Only specify voice 2 when you want them to play 2 independant lines, otherwise leave in voice 1. …"
Apr 25, 2015
H. S. Teoh replied to Alan MacRae's discussion Thoughts, please
"I'm rather illiterate in Chinese music, despite being ethnically Chinese myself, but from the little that I know, polyphony is something quite unique to Western music. (That is, polyphony the way we understand it today, as in two or more essentially…"
Apr 25, 2015
Tim Marko replied to Alan MacRae's discussion Thoughts, please
"Alan,
It seems you've written a lot of unison for the wind voices.  Explore using them for some harmonic development as well.  The G centric is not the problem to me, it's the lack of timbral variance.  You have a number of instruments available to…"
Apr 25, 2015
H. S. Teoh replied to Alan MacRae's discussion Thoughts, please
"Bob, I didn't mean to come across as despising electronic playback in any way; if I did, I apologize. Especially, since I myself would have been almost completely incapacitated when it comes to orchestral composition, had I not had the means to hear…"
Apr 25, 2015
Alan MacRae replied to Alan MacRae's discussion Thoughts, please
"HI all.  Thanks for all the comments.  I'll try to give my reactions to each.

Socrates - Agreed about score appearance.  I thought I'd sorted all that out previously.  This was written on a previous version of Sib (5 I think) and I don't know…"
Apr 25, 2015
H. S. Teoh replied to Alan MacRae's discussion Thoughts, please
"Hi Alan,
I think there is enough variety to go around, not every piece needs harmonic variety. Having said that, though, I felt the passage starting at H was a bit anticlimactic; it should be building up toward a climactic ending, but somehow it…"
Apr 25, 2015
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Alan MacRae's discussion Thoughts, please
"Hi Alan, just some quick thoughts on a first listening and reading through the score:
I think that the appearance of the score needs some improvement cause I see some dynamics hairpins  and other marks obscuring some notes and look as they are…"
Apr 25, 2015
Alan MacRae replied to Alan MacRae's discussion Thoughts, please
"Thanks for the comments, Gav.  It hadn't occurred to me at the time that keeping everything centred around a G tonality would have this effect.  I thought I had sufficient variance in tempo and style to get away with it, but point well made, to be…"
Apr 24, 2015
Alan MacRae replied to Bobby Popolla's discussion 3.4.0 (Where to go from here?)
"I spent more time looking at the score than listening, so these comments are mainly structural, but that may help you on where to progress to.
1st 4 bars, consider as theme a.  Next 4 bars are like a repeat, with variation - a' - with bars 5 and 6…"
Apr 24, 2015
Gavin Brown replied to Alan MacRae's discussion Thoughts, please
"Hi Allen,
While this is not unpleasant to listen to, I found I didn't get through it because it seemed too monochromatic to me. The same sounds and melodies kept occurring over and over, when I wanted to hear some contrast and variety in mood,…"
Apr 24, 2015
Alan MacRae replied to Alan MacRae's discussion Thoughts, please
"Trumpets are used to top Cs Ds and Es these days - even higher on occasions. The particular trumpet player this was performed by had no trouble, and regularly plays far higher in jazz groups. Horn admittedly struggled, but coped.



Rodney Carlyle…"
Apr 24, 2015
Rodney Carlyle Money replied to Alan MacRae's discussion Thoughts, please
"So you are saying that this piece got performed live? Then what did the horn and trumpet players think of their high D's?"
Apr 24, 2015
Alan MacRae replied to Matthew Scholefield's discussion Piano Orchestral - The Dissimulated Void
"If you want to extend it in time, you could easily add a repeat of the A theme first time, so you'd have AABA, where the convention would probably look for some slight change to the theme after the B, so A-A-B-A'.  The addition of a whole new theme…"
Apr 22, 2015
Alan MacRae replied to Matthew Scholefield's discussion Piano Orchestral - The Dissimulated Void
"I like it, reminds me of Einaudi or Glass.  It's repetitive in the modern style, with enough change to keep the listener interested.  I'd like to hear more."
Apr 21, 2015

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