David Owen replied to David Owen's discussion latest symphony for audition
"I've produced a new version of the score with both "condensing" (a feature unique to Dorico) and "hide empty staves" on so it takes considerably less space. For actual composing, I generally prefer such features to be off. In Dorico I always enter…"
Jan 3
David Owen replied to Liz Atems's discussion Sinfonia Solenne for String Orchestra, Chamber Strings, and Solo Strings
"my mention of Bach was a mistake really -- this was simply a reference to what many see as an archetype of counterpoint and has frequently been mentioned on this forum -- and not a suggestion of influence. And of course Renaissance polyphony is…"
Jan 3
Liz Atems replied to David Owen's discussion latest symphony for audition
"Thanks for the score to your Symphony, David, I've perused it briefly but not followed the rendering with it yet. That might be difficult since your orchestra is so large that it's difficult to see the entire page on the computer without zooming out…"
Jan 3
David Owen replied to Liz Atems's discussion Sinfonia Solenne for String Orchestra, Chamber Strings, and Solo Strings
"I listened to the latest version of your Sinfonia. I have problems in deciding whether, contrapuntal brilliance aside, the main theme can stand quite such a length with relatively little rhythmical variation. The tempo varies certainly and most…"
Jan 3
David Owen replied to David Owen's discussion latest symphony for audition
"  thanks again for your insights, Liz. The scherzo my wife accused me of having already written and indeed the one in my 8th -- probably the most Brucknerian -- starts with an identical rhythm though then goes off in rather different directions.…"
Jan 3
Liz Atems replied to David Owen's discussion latest symphony for audition
"Hi David,
Happy New Year to you as well.
I took another listen to your 14th Symphony today, this time on Reelcrafter where the dynamic range is wider and the audio level isn't so badly attenuated as it is on Soundcloud. I'm not sure that I have any…"
Jan 2
David Owen replied to David Owen's discussion latest symphony for audition
"Hi Liz and a Happy New Year. Nice to see you back again! Your commentary on my symphony is among the most perceptive I've come across so far. Yes, the Bruckner influence is strong but doesn't dominate throughout and. as you say it is neither in the…"
Jan 1
Liz Atems replied to David Owen's discussion latest symphony for audition
"Hi David,
Just returned from a long hiatus to find this work of yours and listened all the way through. I must say I'm very impressed with your lyrical invention here and the scoring, which strikes me as masterly, if sometimes let down a little by…"
Dec 31, 2021
David Owen replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Soliloquy for Guitar (1'20")
"Hi Dane,
You did indeed say "but..." and indeed for what you're trying to do, I imagine that it's hard to do other than with live playing. My only intended point was that it may be a surprise how much notation software, particularly the relatively…"
Dec 17, 2021
David Owen replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Soliloquy for Guitar (1'20")

A charming piece!
But I have to pick you up on the statement on rubato. I'm not aware of any fundamental difference in what way rubato is handled in a DAW compared to notation software. Obviously playing live is the only way to get the performance…"
Dec 16, 2021
David Owen replied to Minseo Park's discussion Symphonic Poem: Rhapsody on the Shore of Jeju Island
"I don't think it's a problem, it's just that for my taste the device is a bit crude compared to the beauty of a good deal of the rest of the score. You are perfectly entitled to disagree with my assessment.
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Dec 15, 2021
David Owen replied to Minseo Park's discussion Symphonic Poem: Rhapsody on the Shore of Jeju Island
"I think this is certainly more subtle and intelligent than most cinematic music and I'm glad I discovered it. The main thing that lets it down for me is the rather crude use of voices, particularly near the end. The rendering is more than loud…"
Dec 13, 2021
David Owen replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Music for Orchestra 7
"I came across this work because of the recent post and my first thought was that this is largely atonal but not chromatic -- in other words the opposite of what you said. Perhaps it's a matter of definition -- there are those who disagree with the…"
Nov 29, 2021
David Owen replied to Saul Gefen's discussion Le Fantasme
"A very nice little piece. I'm never quite sure where it's going harmonically and I can't think of anything to criticise at all -- well, other than the over-pedalling in a number of faster passages which has nothing directly to do with the music."
Nov 23, 2021
David Owen replied to David Owen's discussion latest symphony for audition
"Hi Teoh,
Many thanks for listening to the symphony and your comments. If you liked the scherzo, you might like the finale as well! I would say that in this work at any rate, melody is key. There is some bitonality but not a huge amount and although…"
Nov 22, 2021
H. S. Teoh replied to David Owen's discussion latest symphony for audition
"Listened to the first 2 movements/sections so far.  Quite impressed by the production quality, and also the sense of melody that's so atypical of today's symphonic scene. :-D
I'm not too familiar with Aaron Copland's work, but that's the closest I…"
Nov 22, 2021
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