August Champlin replied to Joost Visser's discussion Chorale
"Hi Joost,
I just had the opportunity to listen to your chorale. First of all, it has a magisterial quality, a regal beauty and spirituality that I quite enjoyed. It does participate in the Nimrod vibe; however, it is a lovely piece. Since you didn't…"
Sep 12, 2020
Joost Visser replied to August Champlin's discussion Land of the Morning Calm (A Symphonic Homage to Korea)
"Thanks, checking it out as I write... August Champlin said:
Thank you, Joost, for your thoughtful feedback. I think you’re probably right about the ending. I’ll have to reconsider that. The problem is that I kind of like it. I tried alternate…"
Sep 11, 2020
August Champlin replied to August Champlin's discussion Land of the Morning Calm (A Symphonic Homage to Korea)
"Thank you, Joost, for your thoughtful feedback. I think you’re probably right about the ending. I’ll have to reconsider that. The problem is that I kind of like it. I tried alternate endings but they felt fake. Perhaps I can find a sincere ending…"
Sep 11, 2020
Joost Visser replied to August Champlin's discussion Land of the Morning Calm (A Symphonic Homage to Korea)
"Wow! Stunning! So well done!Excellent orchestration, very colorful, your story helps to imagine what’s going on.
I lived in China a few years and I’ve been all over Asia in the last 30 years so I can relate to your work easy.
Between time 9:07 and…"
Sep 11, 2020
August Champlin posted a video
Perhaps no performance has moved me more than Bessie Griffin's earth shattering rendition of the old African American Spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" (Google it!). After hearing her sing this piece, I could not get the tune out…
Sep 2, 2019
August Champlin commented on August Champlin's video
"A joyous romp, Fisher Bait Man Jazz is dedicated to my friend Denny Lin (1966-2016), a fellow composer who always had a word of encouragement for me. It features the sound of the Embertone Fischer Viola, one of the finest sampled string instruments…"
Jan 22, 2018
August Champlin commented on August Champlin's video
"For my wife who spent sleepless nights nursing a beloved aunt dying with cancer, I wrote Solace. It is my empathy for her pain, my appreciation for her character. To my beloved, in whose embrace I find solace, may my music comfort you in your grief…"
Jan 22, 2018
August Champlin commented on August Champlin's video
"Inspired by the Oriental cranes I saw on my walks in Korea, I composed Aves Orientalis for wind quintet. At the university where I taught, a collection of these majestic creatures lived caged in an aviary. They seemed so demure when I would walk…"
Jan 22, 2018
August Champlin commented on August Champlin's video
"Is Embertone's Joshua Bell Violin the best sampled violin ever produced? Listen to this user demo, and decide for yourself. Embertone's Joshua Bell Violin certainly has one of the most comprehensive sample sets available for solo violin. It's also…"
Jan 22, 2018
August Champlin posted videos
Jan 22, 2018
August Champlin posted a video
In the Fall of 2010, I joined the William Chunestudy Men's Chorus as a second tenor. When Dr. William Chunestudy told the choir that he was looking for new a...
Dec 17, 2016
August Champlin commented on August Champlin's video
"Thank you, Slava. I appreciate your comment."
Dec 6, 2015
August Champlin left a comment for Slava Fiks
"Hi, Slava. Your Aria for 2 Cellos is mesmerizing. Thanks for sharing!"
Dec 6, 2015
August Champlin replied to August Champlin's discussion A Dawn Never Ending
"Thank you, Tyler, for your feedback! It's interesting that you wished for more polyphonic sections in the piece, because in listening to it, so did I. It's a bit too homophonic for too long, perhaps because I originally conceived it in purely…"
Dec 6, 2015
Tyler Hughes replied to August Champlin's discussion A Dawn Never Ending
"Really liked the harmonic language and the text setting was very nicely done. Wished there were more polyphonic sections but the homophony was well written. 
Two things I would suggest:
One: Notationally dynamics and tempo markings go above the…"
Dec 6, 2015
August Champlin posted a video
I started working on A Dawn Never Ending in university. It was the 1990's, and the piece was much simpler then. A friend of mine conducted the premiere of th...
Dec 6, 2015
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  • Don't change the Introit - my critiques could be points of departure from Renaissance polyphony for you to explore. I only referred to the counterpoint texts in case you wish to write something closer to the Renaissance vocal polyphonic style.

    Don't allow my comments to feed self-doubt. Face head on the reason for the self -doubt (as you did in response to my comments) and see if it something you want to resolve or prefer NOT too - I am all for hybrids. And I think a hybrid style would work well IF you added more sections to this projected Mass. AS it stands alone it sounds like a true Introit suggesting many things. If you don't continue then it will remain somewhat unfinished.

    So continue on ... and the fact you are conscious of my critiques means you much farther along than many aspiring composers.
  • Well I'll give you kudos for capturing the spirit of Renaissance vocal polyphony ... BUT around 29 - 30 second mark you introduced a chromatic descent that was good but was quitted rather abruptly . Not sure if that is what you wanted OR you wished to stay closer stylistically to the Renaissance 15th century style. Also, you treat your bass a bit too much as either a long organ pedal or figured bass. Get them out of their low range and slow notes.

    Nevertheless, keep at it. You treatment of the upper voices has some find moments and you capture the still contemplative mood common of this style . I recommend highly reading Jeppesson's book on 16th century polyphony and then Kennan's for a quick review.

    Pardon the lateness of my review.
  • Fantastic work August. Canzona... has lifted my spirits greatly. Much respect!
  • Hi August,
    I liked your Choral. You could try to sing its lyrics in good English by Myriad Harmony Assistant with Virtual Singer. It would be better than with Word Builder.
    Regards
  • August thanks for your comments on my music. And I encourage you to rework the Rhapsodie - it is a good piece begging to become fantastic. Ican totally visualize this as music for a video with great choreography.

    I'll consider describing in a blog the techniques I used in the Variations.

    I will say that one really awesome sound is to have strings play ppp sul pont while the clarinet in its low registers fluttertongues and goes quickly in and out of p - f - p. Sounds almost like electronic music. You'll find that sound in my Sextet for clarinet and strings a little past the midpoint.
  • I meant the thicker texture and orchestration sounding before the last 30 seconds of your ending would make the present ending sound more refreshing and conclusive. Hope that is clearer.
  • Well, I find you have good motivic ideas and some nice ideas about orchestration. I think your ability to write music lasting more than 3 minutes could be even stronger. For example Rhapsodie Espagnole is a good piece with some good orchestral writing - I forsee only a few tiny alterations in dynamics and articulation for a a live performance (maybe in a few spots where of the instruments get into their lower registers against the accompaniment). My concern is more the ending - it sounds you were trying to find a way to end it and decided just to go for the string pizz. It works OK but an increase in density and thicker orchestral timbres sounding for a little bit would have made your present ending sound a little more surprising and yet conclusive. But a strong piece of music and some of my criticisms is based on my own taste.

    Your piano solo is quite enjoyable - baroque tinged with more modern elements.
  • Interesting detailed profile you have here! I would love to chat with you about music sometime. =)
  • Thank you very much for taking your time to answer me such a carefully response. I'll look for the info you said and review what customers have to say. I'll take my time also before buying in order to get what is most adecuated for us.
  • Thank you for your words and advise. We are looking for some technical widgets of our own (the mics and the laptop with a good sound card). So, if you don't mind, could suggest me a good soundcard? I've got an Audigy in my PC, but as you may have more experience your suggestion is very welcome because we must buy the laptop and I don't know about soundcards for this kind of computer.

    And I must beg your pardon, because the link. It has an instruction in spanish, but here it's in english: If you clik (in the playlist) the link that says "Play full song here" you get it. The recording was made with a cel phone, so you can figure out why it's so poor.

    When you hear the full song, let me know your opinion again and thank you once more.
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