Martin M. Schreiner replied to Alison Hanna's discussion Minuet No. 1 (Need Help)
"Hi Allison,
Have you thought about a bassline and a sense of how you wish to harmonize these first 8 measures? One approach to the minuet could be a typical parallel period construction, which would mean that the next 8 measures could essentially…"
Jul 11
Alison Hanna posted a discussion
Hey all! I'm working on my second piece for piano, which is sounding like a minuet. I literally got the idea on a whim while I was practicing. Unfortunately, I've only managed to write down the beginning melody and can't think of anything else. So I…
Jul 11
David Owen replied to Alison Hanna's discussion Roll the Old Chariot
"some of this was quite nice and imaginative but I must say a few of the chords or way the lines move such as the last chord of bar 30 and first of 31 seem a rather unpleasant transition in the context. The context and style are of course the…"
Jun 27
Alison Hanna replied to Alison Hanna's discussion Roll the Old Chariot
"Hi Martin! I'll certainly test changing the notes in the bass a little bit. As for having a choir try out this arrangement, I sent this to my college choir director a few months ago, but he hasn't gotten back to me on it yet. I'll just have to wait…"
Jun 27
Jon Corelis replied to Alison Hanna's discussion Roll the Old Chariot
"I realize in retrospect that it's not entirely true that as I said I've never arranged a sea shanty.  I've in fact co-written one, with a guy named William Shakespeare:
Stephano's Song
The lyrics to this song from The Tempest very clearly mark it as…"
Jun 27
Dane Aubrun replied to Alison Hanna's discussion Roll the Old Chariot
"Nice one. Easy to listen to. 
I have no comment about the harmony. It seems fine, fairly basic to fit the tune which as you say is traditional. Nice perfomance. 
I couldn't get to the audio file. It says "There was a problem playing this file."…"
Jun 27
Jon Corelis replied to Alison Hanna's discussion Roll the Old Chariot
"I like sea shanties, though I have never arranged one myself.  I like the arrangement and its relatively strightforward style -- with a sea shanty you don't want to get too fancy, since the hands on an old sailing ship were not likely to be…"
Jun 27
Victor Eijkhout replied to Alison Hanna's discussion Roll the Old Chariot
"Cool.
Do you have a choir at your school that can perform this? This synthesized version is a little too gentle for what ought to be sung by rough bearded men.
For a moment I contemplated the parallel fifths in this piece, but I decided that 1. they…"
Jun 26
Victor Eijkhout replied to Alison Hanna's discussion Hello!
"Cookeville..... Ah yes, barrel down I-40 and turn north at the Waffle House sign.
At least that's what it was 20 years ago when I moved away from TN. My favorite stop between Nashville & Knoxville though!"
Jun 26
Martin M. Schreiner replied to Alison Hanna's discussion Roll the Old Chariot
" Hi Alison,
I enjoyed hearing your arrangement of this sea chanty. And, thanks for sharing the video that inspired you which I also enjoyed. I liked the way you made a suspension of the G# and B into the final cadence to F# minor at the very end.…"
Jun 26
Alison Hanna posted a discussion
"Roll the Old Chariot" is my favorite sea shantey of all time, and I especially like the version done by David Coffin, which is what inspired this arrangement (click here for a video). I decided to keep it a cappella in the spirit of the tradition…
Jun 26
Ingo Lee replied to Alison Hanna's discussion The Impossible Standard (Clarinet Quartet)
"Hi Alison, welcome to CF.  This work is well done and conventional but that's a good thing.  The themes are familiar but I can't place them off the top of my head.  I'm not sure that the progression here evokes struggle leading to triumph but I…"
Jun 25
David Owen replied to Alison Hanna's discussion The Impossible Standard (Clarinet Quartet)
" very odd scoring -- I wouldn't have guessed it was all supposed to be clarinets if I hadn't looked at the score. That aside, I found it quite sweet as well if quite conventional. Perhaps indeed it would work better as a string quartet or choral…"
Jun 25
H. S. Teoh replied to Alison Hanna's discussion The Impossible Standard (Clarinet Quartet)
"Nice little clarinet quartet!  I can't help wondering, though, if it would be better scored for a vocal choir, with words... I mean, there's nothing obviously wrong with it, the counterpoint is quite textbook-conformant, the instruments are all…"
Jun 24
Alison Hanna posted a discussion
So a little background on this: I wrote this piece in honor of my sister, Gretchen. She's someone who endured so much during her time at Tennessee Tech University, specifically during her struggle to change her major from Vocal Music Education to…
Jun 24
Gavin Brown replied to Alison Hanna's discussion Hello!
"Hello Alison,
Welcome to the Forum! Looking forward to hearing your music. Note: finished pieces are best put in the "Music Analysis and Critique" category, "stuck" pieces, you may want to put those in the "Suggestions Wanted" category.
GavSite…"
Jun 24
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