Gordon Francis Blaney Jr. replied to Nate Mitchell's discussion Composed of Harshness: Dialogue, Function, and Structural Ambiguity in Beethoven's "Tempest" Sonata.
"I glanced over it. I believe you to be quite intelligent. I, however, hope that your emotions and intelligence are equal. I, in truth, would like more original thought on the topic and less derivative thought on the topic: the paper, on the whole,…"
Sep 11, 2012
Olmnilnlolm replied to Nate Mitchell's discussion Obscure or non-standard inspirations for compositions
"I'm finding myself more and more attracted to, and interested in this "obscure" work.
 
Misato Mochizuki - Si bleu, si calme
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r66LJ3Rd1mg
 
One of the most inspiring and unique pieces of 21st century music, in my…"
Jul 4, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"Well, ultimately Thematic ideas will have to come somewhere from inspiration.  However, you can "narrow down" what you are looking for based on your expressive aims.  For example, I'll give you the following idea I had for a Sonata: I wanted the…"
Jun 12, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"I can tell you've spent a lot of time with Caplin, Jon :P

Now, I've done some research of my own of Sonata Form, using both Caplin and Hepokoski and Darcy.  I tend to follow Hepokoski and Darcy more primarily because while Caplin does a great job…"
Jun 12, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"I agree, of course you can say it "sounds like" something, but I am generally against such classification as well for precisely the reasons mentioned above. classification like that places a label on the music often before it is even experienced,…"
May 25, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"One example that I find particularly intriguing comes from Frederick Rzewski's epic hour-long piano piece Variations on "the People United Will Never Be Defeated." (The following is a performance by Hamelin with a video of the score)
Part I: Theme -…"
May 25, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"Ondib: before this discussion proceeds much further, I believe I should clarify what might be a misunderstanding (or it might not be).  When I speak of Minimalism and Serialism, I am referring not to necessarily to Minimalist and Serialist…"
May 24, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"oh, I am talking strictly of local musical events, this view of a "musical goal" is much different from the "goal of music."  A musical goal refers strictly to the process the music wants to lead to, however these "goals" are tools that a composer…"
May 23, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"Re: Ondib

"For detailed explanation for why serialism generally does not work, and has been, for the most part, a failure, see McHard's book, on the Philosophy of Modern Music.  It's available on the Web on Google books.  
 
This book was a…"
May 23, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"The type of goal I mean is the equivalent to Hepokoski and Darcy's "rhetorical framing event," that is the arrival point that represents both the “expressive/dramatic trajectory” of the preceding module as well as the preparation of the next.…"
May 23, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"In my opinion, it is a matter not of whether or not they are present in any given composition (certainly most are in any style), it is rather which is asserted as the primary driving force.  For example, in the Viennese Classical period, harmonic…"
May 23, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"As for your question about the post-tonal equivalent of harmonic progression, I mean the ways in which music proceeds from points of rest to its goals.  Of course the vast amount of ways in which music advances from point A to point B are difficult…"
May 22, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"I see, so it is like every musical event contributes to the larger aesthetic"plot," and what doesn't contribute effectively only weakens the point, this I can get behind.
of course, what is meant by complexity often changes, however the example I…"
May 22, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"On thing I find interesting concerning 4'33'' is that the original performance was to take place in an outdoor venue in New York City.  This, I feel, gives credence to the philosophical point behind the piece.  When played in concert halls, the…"
May 21, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"My thoughts on the matter are as follows:
In music, things happen which are objectively quantifiable and describable.  The type of rhythms employed, the melodic shape, the texture, the relative consonance/dissonance in the counterpoint (to use the…"
May 21, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Thomas Rack's discussion The sustain pedal and note ties, clarifying my score.
"In general however, leave the pedal markings to the performer, the subtleties of piano pedaling are best left up to performers in most cases (except in cases where very particular effects are desired).  Simply indicate with expression markings the…"
May 21, 2012
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