David Carovillano replied to David Carovillano's discussion Chasing Brilliance - Orchestral Overture
"Thanks, Keith.  My piece was almost relegated to the dreaded page 2 with nary a single comment!  I appreciate you taking the time to listen and share your thoughts.
Dave"
Apr 9, 2019
David Carovillano replied to Keith Theodosiou's discussion Piano Concerto No1 (1st Movement)
"Hi Theo,

I'm not one to "rip apart" the creative efforts of others, but as you are looking for feedback, I'm going to offer my thoughts:

First, the positive:  as someone that just decided to write a concerto, and with no training, your talent and…"
Apr 9, 2019
Keith Theodosiou replied to David Carovillano's discussion Chasing Brilliance - Orchestral Overture
"Very well thought out and put together. Plenty of mood swings from uplifting to dramatic to soulful.
I would have liked to have heard more bass in the dramatics parts but that is just my preference but over all I enjoyed the piece.
Well done :)"
Apr 9, 2019
David Carovillano replied to David Carovillano's discussion Dance of the Devilish Demons - orchestral soundtrack
"Thanks, Michael.  You're too kind!

I don't know about a modern-day Diaghilev, but I saw his gravestone when in Venice :) michael diemer said:
Your usual stellar production skills are on full display here, David. Most of us can only dream of…"
Apr 7, 2019
Ingo Lee replied to David Carovillano's discussion Euphoria for Wind Quintet
"Great video David,  I hear the sound of minds being changed already! David Carovillano said:
Hi Ingo,

I very much enjoyed your fugue and have appreciated your enthusiasm/curiosity re. the accordion.

As for accordion jokes, hey, I've heard them my…"
Apr 7, 2019
Dane Aubrun replied to David Carovillano's discussion Thoughts on contest entry fees?
"If I may be so bold.....! 
I'd never go in for a composing "competition". I don't look on composing music as a sport, nor do I think that a specially selected jury would necessarily have the qualities to grade entries from poor to the best. As you…"
Apr 6, 2019
David Carovillano replied to David Carovillano's discussion Euphoria for Wind Quintet
"Hi Ingo,

I very much enjoyed your fugue and have appreciated your enthusiasm/curiosity re. the accordion.

As for accordion jokes, hey, I've heard them my whole life, but that's not a bad thing.  It's actually served the purpose of motivating me to…"
Apr 5, 2019
Ingo Lee replied to David Carovillano's discussion Euphoria for Wind Quintet
"Thanks for listening and commenting on my fugue David, we're lucky to have accomplished composers like yourself here to help us out.
I wanted to ask, I've been hearing too many accordion jokes lately which is unfair and is the result of ignorance…"
Apr 4, 2019
David Carovillano replied to Ingo Lee's discussion Piano Sonata
"Re your fugue, Ingo:  Just listened and I agree that it is obviously going to be more palatable to most listeners.  You did a great job, and show quite a wonderful understanding of counterpoint, which I'll bet comes easy to you, rather than…"
Mar 29, 2019
David Carovillano replied to David Carovillano's discussion Euphoria for Wind Quintet
"Ingo,

Many thanks for listening and sharing your thoughts.  I always value your feedback and also enjoyed the chance to explore one of your pieces (I still haven't listened to the fugue, but will, I promise!)

You astutely summarized the value of…"
Mar 29, 2019
David Carovillano replied to David Carovillano's discussion Euphoria for Wind Quintet
"I love discussions like this, as it allows us to reflect on the reasons why we might be compelled to do things the way we do.

First, to address your idea of virtuoso writing, there are clichés of virtuosity (rapid scale runs, arpeggios, and…"
Mar 29, 2019
Ingo Lee replied to David Carovillano's discussion Euphoria for Wind Quintet
"Very well done David, I think you have made great use of the wind quintet timbre combination which I know from experience is not easy.  Writing some flowing flute and horn lines should be a no-brainer I thought, but it is not so.
There has certainly…"
Mar 29, 2019
Dane Aubrun replied to David Carovillano's discussion Euphoria for Wind Quintet
"I'm fence-sitting on this "should these ensembles be virtuoso or not?" There's plenty of evidence that composers compose them to be, perhaps to surrender to the hubris of players. I quoted a work by Villa-Lobos. His Woodwind Trio is another that…"
Mar 29, 2019
Bob Porter replied to David Carovillano's discussion Euphoria for Wind Quintet
"Sure, a composer should be able to explore various genres and and instrumentation. I have played all kinds of music in all kinds of groups. From orchestra to rock band to just me. I'm not sure I have a favorite. They all have pros and cons for me.…"
Mar 29, 2019
David Carovillano replied to David Carovillano's discussion Euphoria for Wind Quintet
"You don't have to believe that composing is about showing off the range and scope of the instruments, but it can be about that.  It can also be about evoking an emotional response through a simple melody, tastefully harmonized.  A piece can be an…"
Mar 29, 2019
Bob Porter replied to David Carovillano's discussion Euphoria for Wind Quintet
"Well yes, but I don't believe that composing is about showing off the range and scope of the instruments. The late nineteenth century was full of solo works that showed off the instruments but were dreadful musically. For me a larger group presents…"
Mar 29, 2019
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  • Thanks David - I will keep further thoughts to myself as I have expressed them by private email to Saul. Further words fail me!

    Stephen

  • Yes, David, we are careful about that here. Our posting policy (top of home page) describes the rules :)

  • Welcome David!

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