James Oppenheimer left a comment for Steve Chandler
"I had not seen activity that applied to my kind of music, so I kind of drifted off.

I certainly have an interest in choral music.  I've had a couple of pieces performed recently. Can we put up PDFs of our compositions? It has been a while....."
May 29, 2017
James Oppenheimer commented on William J. Joel's blog post Getting your stuff played
"I have the same problem. I write a lot of stuff for choir, and I find that many people will take the score, thank me for it, and then I never hear anything more. If I ask them, they often turn out not to have had time to look at it.
 
Also, I find…"
Jan 18, 2011
James Oppenheimer replied to James Oppenheimer's discussion Variations on a Carol
"Thanks for your kind words. If I add more variations, I will seriously consider a modulation. I'm sort of working along the lines of Van Eyck, but there's no reason to keep all the variations in the same key. Unfortunately, I can't change the key on…"
Dec 30, 2010
Vlad Burlea replied to James Oppenheimer's discussion Variations on a Carol
"Hi, James.I listened with pleasure Your "variationes". They have a scent of New Year celebrations and something authentic, "old fashion", modest but nice and tasteful. Only (maybe) keep all variations in d moll its too simple? I prefere the modal…"
Dec 29, 2010
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Nov 1, 2009
James Oppenheimer replied to James Oppenheimer's discussion Comments on my pieces
"I was thinking, with regard to the type of performance, that if you listen to Bruno Walter's performance of a Beethoven sympnoy, it will be very different from, say Bernstein or Fuertwaengler or von Karajan. And while someone might like one more…"
Oct 23, 2009
James Oppenheimer replied to James Oppenheimer's discussion Comments on my pieces
"J R Oppenheimer is not a relative. The surname simply designates anyone who was from the area around the German city of Oppenheim. At some point in the past, people were required to adopt family names. Some folks adopted their profession (Shumacher,…"
Oct 21, 2009
James Oppenheimer replied to James Oppenheimer's discussion Comments on my pieces
"I think if you listen to my midi and your version, it will be much more apparent as to the slip of the ritard one measure too soon, and the slide of the lower part of the right hand. I think there may be similar problems with the left hand, but I…"
Oct 21, 2009
James Oppenheimer replied to James Oppenheimer's discussion Comments on my pieces
"The piano sound is a bit deeper and a bit more sonorous than the sound available from Finale. Even though Finale talks as though their sounds walk on water, it's hardly surprising.

Unfortunately, the reproduction you made has some major problems…"
Oct 21, 2009
James Oppenheimer replied to James Oppenheimer's discussion Comments on my pieces
"I wish they'd just stop making the darn things, but nobody listens to me. I even wrote the President just before we invaded Iraq and said it would be a major mistake, with roadside bombs blowing our troops up even as we "won" the war, but did they…"
Oct 20, 2009
James Oppenheimer replied to James Oppenheimer's discussion Comments on my pieces
"Thank you very much for your kind words, and your very kind offer.

I can't remember offhand if the piece is my variations on a theme or fantasy on Jingle Bells, so...

Here are the fantasy on Jingle Bells and the variations on a theme both.…"
Oct 17, 2009
James Oppenheimer replied to James Oppenheimer's discussion Oppenheimer -- Theme and Variations
"I would have liked a bit better a piano too. Maybe when I get my new PC the sounds will be better...

Per-Erik Rosqvist said:Thanks for sharing this. I like the piece a lot.
I am not a pianist either, but looking for info on playing techniques for…"
Oct 9, 2009
James Oppenheimer replied to James Oppenheimer's discussion Oppenheimer -- Theme and Variations
"Thanks very much for taking a look at my piece, and thank you for your kind words.

At the 3/4 (measure 181), a new variation begins with a small introductory section. The actual theme begins at measure 185 (where the big arpeggio happens). The main…"
Oct 8, 2009
Adrian Allan replied to James Oppenheimer's discussion Oppenheimer -- Theme and Variations
"I thought that this was one of the most professional and detailed scores we've seen on here.

I also admire your compositional ability and understanding of the piano. I can only make a few comments as I'm sure that this is better in many ways than…"
Oct 6, 2009
James Oppenheimer replied to James Oppenheimer's discussion Comments on my pieces
"I like to do a lot of arrangements of early music, so a platform that scans in music easily is important to me, and Finale's facility for this has consistently been unacceptable. I am going to try a trial version of Sibelius and see how things…"
Oct 6, 2009
Shad Young replied to James Oppenheimer's discussion Comments on my pieces
"I had listened to the first three earlier. I did not comment, mostly because I have nothing intelligent to say. Composition wise, I am weak. My strength is in productions at this time, and you already addressed that in your post.

I doubt that a new…"
Oct 6, 2009
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  • And yet I find another amazingly talented individual. Requiem + Adagio are stellar. Thank you!
  • Hi James, thanks for your note. I agree with you completely about varying up things a little bit, in general, especially with instrumental music. That doesn't hold however, in songwriting, especially the Nashville school of songwriting which I follow a lot...you kind of have to keep it simple and repetitive for the average audience....in fact, there are very specific Nashville rules ( all made to be broken, once mastered)
    about the 'hook' and the number of repetitions needed to make it 'catchy' to the average, unschooled listening public. With my songs, I'm generally going for that. I've written a few 'art' songs and certainly, they are different. I do know what you mean about being too close to your own work to be objective. This site is very helpful with that. I also have a co-writer in Nashville that I value as an obejective ear for some of my solo work. He was my co-writer for "Roll On Titan Thunder" (you know, Titan football in Nashville.) Dan is a master of the songwriting format, has over a hundred cuts with Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, too many to name. It's all about the intended audience. Be well. I think you have a LOT of talent. When did you start playing? Did you play by ear when you were a child? You seem to have natural musical instincits. Martha
  • Hi James, I'm listening to your Easter Hymn variations right now. I reached your page by way of Shad's. Reading your discussion, I see you also have been influenced by early music. I used to play in a little early music band, but have gone digital. I like this minor variation very much. Now, I've moved on to another which is also beautiful. This is VERY good work. This slow one is terrific....has a tragic, solemn sense.....adds a very nice contrast. Speaking of contrast, mixing up the register the melody is played in as well as dynamics might add more interest for the ear. I know these are played on FINALE and I don't know how that works, I don't have any computer equipment, though I keep thinking I will learn. So maybe dynamics are hard to mange with FINALE? This final variation has a very brass sounding motif. I wonder if about a trumpet sound on your organ to carry the final melody? Your first variation sounds a little rushed to me, by the way. Let me conclude by saying you should take all of my comments with a grain of salt....I'm an amateur myself and have an unsophisticated ear. But I think this is a beautiful piece of work. I would like to hear it in a church setting with a real organ. I believe with the grandeur of the organ, it could sound quite magnificent.
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