Daniel Zarb-Cousin replied to Daniel Zarb-Cousin's discussion Fantasy for Orchestra
"I'd like to encourage everyone to take a listen to the orchestral recording of this piece, played by the Orlando Phil: http://www.youngcomposerschallenge.org/winners_playerwindow.php?com..."
Jan 8, 2018
H. S. Teoh replied to Daniel Zarb-Cousin's discussion Fugue for Three Voices
"Welcome to the world of fugue writing, Daniel! :-)
It's not bad for a first try at fugue (definitely better than my first attempt!), though the following points stick out to me:
- The subject is not a bad choice for a fugue subject, but can be a…"
Jul 24, 2017
Daniel Zarb-Cousin replied to Philip Daniel's discussion Complete, but unorchestrated, draft of my Missa pro Defunctis [Mass for the Dead]
"I'd like to think that those things need not be mutually exclusive.  See: Bruckner, among others Philip Daniel said:
I sacrificed remarkable thematic material for thick suspension-laden harmony and counterpoint. Guilty as charged. Daniel…"
Jul 23, 2017
Daniel Zarb-Cousin replied to Philip Daniel's discussion Complete, but unorchestrated, draft of my Missa pro Defunctis [Mass for the Dead]
"I hear lots of things that remind me of Bach Oratorios, like the beginning of St Mathew.  I'll have to take some more time to listen to the full thing.  But one thing I've noticed is the lack of any remarkable thematic material.  "
Jul 23, 2017
Daniel Zarb-Cousin replied to Mike Hewer's discussion Orchestral work Competition. CANCELLED
"This would make sense.  I would agree with you if it were not for the message I got from Mike, which I hope he minds not the disclosing of.  He invited me to come and participate in this contest, and I have to assume he is well aware of what you…"
Jul 8, 2017
Daniel Zarb-Cousin replied to Mike Hewer's discussion Orchestral work Competition. CANCELLED
"I'll enter.  It will most likely be a piece I've posted on this forum already.  "
Jul 8, 2017
Daniel Zarb-Cousin replied to Amol's discussion Please help me understand Beethoven (or counterpoint in general)
""It's very... interesting" is code for "I don't feel at all taken by it."  If the first thing people say about my music is that it is "interesting" or "different" to them, I will feel as though I have failed.   Rowy van Hest said:
> decadent…"
Jun 23, 2017
Bob Morabito replied to Daniel Zarb-Cousin's discussion Fantasy for Orchestra
"Congratulations--and continued success:)

Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito"
May 26, 2017
Mike Hewer replied to Daniel Zarb-Cousin's discussion Fantasy for Orchestra
"Well done Daniel. If you get a recording, make sure you post it for us."
May 26, 2017
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Daniel Zarb-Cousin's discussion Fantasy for Orchestra
"Congratulations Daniel, well done!
Keep up the good work."
May 26, 2017
Daniel Zarb-Cousin replied to Daniel Zarb-Cousin's discussion Fantasy for Orchestra
"I am happy to announce that the piece has won the 2017 National Young Composers Challenge in the orchestral division. The piece will be played this coming November by a live orchestra, and I will receive 1000$ as a reward.

I appreciate the comments…"
May 25, 2017
Daniel Zarb-Cousin replied to Amol's discussion Please help me understand Beethoven (or counterpoint in general)
"Perhaps I could have spared some details when it came to what I think of Bob's work.  It is quite late, and I am quite sick, not that that excuses anything.  Overall though, I do disapprove of what I heard on Bob's soundcloud.  I won't apologize for…"
May 21, 2017
Daniel Zarb-Cousin replied to Amol's discussion Please help me understand Beethoven (or counterpoint in general)
"On the civility of my comments: I assaulted no character.  If Bob puts his soundcloud at the bottom of his reply, I assumed he was asking for a comment on his music.  I condemn the music because I find it harmful.  Do I want legislation passed to…"
May 21, 2017
Daniel Zarb-Cousin replied to Amol's discussion Please help me understand Beethoven (or counterpoint in general)
"The notion that Western tonality is some pair of jeans that just got worn out is ridiculous.  Just like pre-modern art, pre-modern architecture, and certain pre-modern ways of thinking, the Western tonal system was built to be sustainable.  Western…"
May 21, 2017
Daniel Zarb-Cousin replied to Daniel Zarb-Cousin's discussion Fantasy for Orchestra
"Thanks for the comment!  I would say that, despite being inspired by Mahler and Bruckner, the music maintains an original and unique voice.  I say that because it only adopts certain aspects from certain movements of certain symphonies of Mahler and…"
May 18, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Daniel Zarb-Cousin's discussion Fantasy for Orchestra
"I really enjoyed this piece, nice work in all aspects. Good luck when you submit this to the composition competition, however, I'd be concerned that such a competition is looking for a composer with an original/unique voice. Still you've got obvious…"
May 18, 2017
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  • Glad to see you are prolific, Daniel. Many will praise you, many will damn you; just keep on writing, as did Stravinsky. If others encourage you? Fine. Just bear in mind that when all is said and done, it is what you yourself find intriguing about music that will keep you writing, not what others say. Take the time to try to figure out on your own how music works before delving too much into books and courses.

    You have great ears. Here's a thought. See if you can discover on your own all the tonal centers and related chords/scales on a tempered keyboard. After a few months of that, then try to discover tonal centers in the untempered realm.I wonder if anyone has even thought to do that yet? Afterwards, as you go on to study the standard texts you can check yourself to see how you did.

    [By the way, listen to Moussourgsky's  "Sorochinsky Fair" to hear all the quotations Stravinsky put into his ballets. https://youtu.be/q6VKw91Zei8]

    Music is funny in that it is more than merely an art ... when people are polled as to how they might reward themselves after achieving some personal goal, they respond: 1) give themselves some money, 2) give themselves their favorite food, 3) give themselves some music. In that order. It is a more visceral experience than the visual arts; hence, music evokes strong likes and dislikes. I see it everywhere I go.

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