Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Actually Stephen's piece is more Prokofievianesque than Prokofievian.  For instance, the opening piano line exhibits some Prokofievious writing. The cello solo at 32 is oozing with Prokofieviousness, but towards the end I think he Prokofieved when…"
Mar 1, 2019
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"You didn't write rite right, right?  (That's all I've got.)"
Feb 28, 2019
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Michael,
    Oh, I see what you're doing.  You didn't write rite right, right? michael diemer said:
Wow, a lot of ideas there! I hear some Stravinsky, am I rite? It is interesting certainly, showing wide command of the orchestra and various…"
Feb 28, 2019
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Geert,
Though I agree with most of your post I have to make a few exceptions:  A composer finding his voice may feel that he has to reinvent the wheel, but in reality no one actually does.   Music is a subset of physics, and in the realm of science,…"
Feb 28, 2019
Lawrence Aurich replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Light Music 60s-style for a Heritage Railway
"A veritable potpourri of melodies.  Sounds like the overture to a musical.  But it also reminds me to sometimes keep things light, use just a few instruments at a time and sprinkle it with bells and glockenspiel.  I like the mood."
Feb 20, 2019
Lawrence Aurich replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion So I designed a rotary-valved cornet (With sound clip)
"It sounds great, a little mellower than a trumpet as it is a cornet.  How do you hold it, as the levers appear to be at the bottom.  Is the point of this construction that it is easier to play, better facility?  It looks great.  Did you have it…"
Feb 20, 2019
michael diemer replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Moses Act 1 Scene 2
"Let me get my reactions to the music down here, before moving on to the lyrics. This is fun stuff, Lawrence. It has a definite Jewish feel to it. Musically it's interesting, with lots of neat rhythmic patterns, and a certain humorous aspect. I could…"
Feb 15, 2019
Lawrence Aurich replied to michael diemer's discussion In The Garden
"Michael,
Some nice moods.  I thought the instruments over power the harp most of the time.  Good mysterious chord at the end.  What is the bisbigliando technique.  I've heard the term, but never used it in a harp part.  Over all I enjoyed the piece. "
Feb 15, 2019
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What does a conductor do?
"Gav,
     There's a new web site for funeral directors.  It's called Decomposers Forum.  It's quite an undertaking."
Feb 11, 2019
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What does a conductor do?
"Bob,
Let's consider a football analogy.  How many football coaches write their own play book?  Virtually all of them.  How many composers write their own music?  Well, there's John Williams...John Williams, and don't forget John Williams. …"
Feb 8, 2019
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What does a conductor do?
"The real question is, why are we playing Beethoven for the umpteenth time anyway?  There is plenty of modern music, some on this forum, that is better.  When I composed in the style of Beethoven for the purpose of education my pieces were labeled…"
Feb 7, 2019
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What does a conductor do?
"Bob,
I agree that Solti was one of the greats.  I lived in Chicago during part of his tenure.  But when you get to this level of performance, a major symphony orchestra, you expect greatness from any conductor.  So why are not all symphony…"
Feb 7, 2019
Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion Foretelling
"Michael,
I think the deepest theological and introspective truth of the universe is, Bob's too lazy to change the key signature.  michael diemer said:
Hi Bob, been meaning to catch up with you since my return. What I find after hearing this is that…"
Feb 4, 2019
Lawrence Aurich replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Horn Concerto in Ab Major
"I listened to the promo on the Note Performer 3 web site.  Their sales pitch:   My Finale Aria player merely plays notes.  Note performer actually performs music by mimicking the techniques of live musicians.  So we have pianos without real hammers…"
Feb 1, 2019
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Moses, Act I Scene 2
"Stephen,
     The semi-climax is at the end.  I don't see this scene as a big moment in the opera.  It is a set up for what is to follow.  Actually this is the first half of scene 2 because now I have to deal with Moses's objections/excuses as to…"
Jan 31, 2019
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Moses, Act I Scene 2
"Michael,
     Long time no see, two years, wow.  
    This is the first time Moses witnesses a miracle so his reaction is one of curiosity and fear.
     Maybe my sound has improved because I am finally learning to use the mixer, but more likely…"
Jan 31, 2019
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  • Hi Lawrence,

    I'm honored that you wish to analyze and cite the Boson piece. Please go ahead. 

    I'm not sure if the structure is like John Adams, but the ostinati, consonant quartal harmonies, and some rhythmic aspects are, and the angular theme probably. Have fun! I look forward to seeing the result.

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