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Liz Atems posted a discussion
I am absolutely stymied.On 21 June, two things happened on my system: (1) Sibelius suddenly hung on startup, a problem that could not be fixed even by trashing the file containing my global Sibelius settings. I was about to give up, when I was…
Sunday
Liz Atems replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Overture on the notes B-A-C-H
"Which fugue was that? I don't recall a triple fugue from WTC, nor any based on B-A-C-H from those two sets."
Sunday
Liz Atems replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Overture on the notes B-A-C-H
"In case I wasn't clear, what I was getting at is that anything implying a prolonging of the note makes no sense over a pizzicato note. I was wondering if you wanted those to be bowed - though if you wrote a ritard instead, that would clear up the…"
Jul 10
Liz Atems replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Overture on the notes B-A-C-H
"Hi Gerd,
I quite enjoyed this! There were a few places during the introduction where I thought things were dragging a bit, but the main Allegro completely banished any such thoughts. The unfolding of the development is fresh and unpredictable, and…"
Jul 10
Liz Atems replied to Rowy's discussion Why do you write music?
"David, that's so funny! Writing a symphony to fulfil a vow made "under the influence"... wow!
I remember as a high school student discovering the classics, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Nielsen, and having several symphonies sketched out in…"
Jul 6
Liz Atems replied to Ken Lindner's discussion Songs of Earth - Landscapes
"Thanks David, that link didn't come up for me. It's true, there's a lot of activity in the piece, but even the "calm sea" is never perfectly calm, and it's teeming with life. I suspect that's what Holmboe was trying to convey. I brought it up…"
Jul 4
Liz Atems replied to Ken Lindner's discussion Songs of Earth - Landscapes
"Hi Ken,
This is so very different from the music that I usually listen to that I'm having a hard time being objective about it. I will say that your use of natural sounds is quite effective, and you achieve a great deal of variety in the timbres and…"
Jul 3
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 2b (Sinfonia Solenne)
"Thank you for listening, and for your kind words regarding my piece! As I wrote in the OP, this is an orchestration of a work that was originally for strings only. So it's not really composed for orchestra - I'm not sure whether you're saying that…"
Jul 2
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 2b (Sinfonia Solenne)
"Agree!
For what it's worth, the DSCH motto is D-Eb-C-B, because in the German spelling of the notes of the scale, Eb is S and B natural is H (B in that system means Bb). So it is just 4 notes, that can be stated in dozens of rhythmic contexts and…"
Jul 1
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 2b (Sinfonia Solenne)
"I can certainly appreciate that argument. My thinking, from the start, which you may not agree with, is that Shostakovich has been dead for almost 50 years now. After a not well-defined time, a personal motto like that has to become public domain. I…"
Jun 30
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 2b (Sinfonia Solenne)
"Thanks David. I see the DSCH motto as analogous to BACH, a motif that many composers have used, so it's no longer heard as a Bach "fingerprint", or even necessarily as a reference to Bach himself. In my case there is no meaning beyond that to the…"
Jun 30
Liz Atems posted a discussion
This work was begun in 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially it was to be an exercise in fugue writing, but I soon became captivated by the expressiveness of the counterpoint and shaped it into a long, one-movement polyphonic…
Jun 27
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion String Quartet No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 1
"Sorry David, but my impression of Cinematic Studio hasn't changed: it's just wrong for this piece. Not enough clarity of articulation, the instruments all seem to be playing independently of each other with maximum rubato (in Sibelius, I have all…"
Jun 27
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion String Quartet No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 1
"That's definitely something I would be interested in! I'm a little pessimistic, though, about how easy it would be to make all the adjustments in the score that would be needed to get the artics and expression right, when working with actual…"
Jun 26
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion String Quartet No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 1
"I mean things like articulation, shaping of phrases, etc. I don't have any issue with the tonal *expressiveness* of NP's synthesized strings, only with how well the synthesis mimics the timbre of the actual instruments. The musical expression, it…"
Jun 26
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion String Quartet No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 1
"Indeed, so many "semantic" differences from Sibelius / NP, which reinforces the fact that converting my scores to a different system would involve a huge amount of work. Adding marcato markings in Sibelius / NP would result in TOO harsh an attack. I…"
Jun 26
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  • nice to see you back!
  • Hi Liz, the more women, the merrier. Welcome!
  • Welcome to the forum, Liz.
  • Hey Liz, good to see you here. Hope to hear more of your works sometime!
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