Norman Rose left a comment for Larry Elliott
"I see you've been sampling a lot of people's music, and I appreciate that -- and that you found some unique features in my work. We're not far apart in age, and maybe not too far apart in wide musical interests. I hope composing on computer (as I…"
Jul 9, 2016
Norman Rose replied to Georg Racz's discussion Class Dismissed - Short Orchestral Track
"Nice John Williams-esque "modern movie soundtrack" composition and orchestration -- which I assume is what you wanted to achieve.
As for the transition that someone else mentioned, it feels like you're actually jumping through a brief transition…"
Jan 27, 2013
Norman Rose replied to Norman Rose's discussion Choosing the right key signature
"Thanks for the further elaboration on open strings and why they are often avoided. (It's sort of an obvious thing as you describe it, but when you aren't a string player, you don't even know what obvious is....)
Fredrick zinos said:
Unless the…"
Sep 11, 2012
Gordon Francis Blaney Jr. replied to Norman Rose's discussion Choosing the right key signature
"Fred,
You've got my empathy and my sympathy as well as my pity. I, however, look forward to your continued informative posts on this forum.
Respectfully,
Gordon"
Sep 11, 2012
Gordon Francis Blaney Jr. replied to Norman Rose's discussion Choosing the right key signature
"Fred,
I appreciate the candid courteous response. I, however, am not in denial concerning or unaware of the historical facts presented in the response to the questions I posed: I also am not in denial concerning the influence said has.
You're quite…"
Sep 11, 2012
Gordon Francis Blaney Jr. replied to Norman Rose's discussion Choosing the right key signature
"I appreciate this particular post as being a seed for me to nurture for intellectual growth in music.
I'd ask for an elaboration upon the concept of masterpieces from before the standardization of concert pitch being utilized as a basis for arguing…"
Sep 11, 2012
Norman Rose replied to Norman Rose's discussion Choosing the right key signature
"Thanks. Not being a string player myself, I appreciate your taking the time to detail what others have hinted at in regard to open strings and the use of flats or sharps for various applications and effects. I suppose the rest is just a matter of…"
Sep 11, 2012
Gordon Francis Blaney Jr. replied to Norman Rose's discussion Choosing the right key signature
"Studying underneath a musicologist in the greater Boston area, I've been encouraged to grow in knowledge within this life I lead, as such: I've investigated various synthetic relationships and organic relationships with regards to answering the…"
Sep 11, 2012
Lara Poe replied to Norman Rose's discussion Choosing the right key signature
"Hmm, that list sounds fairly right.  I don't agree with everything there, but for the most part, I do agree.  As for how I choose keys, it's usually the key the initial idea came to me in.  All my ideas stay in the key they came to me in, unless…"
Jul 17, 2012
Olmnilnlolm replied to Norman Rose's discussion Choosing the right key signature
"I was under the impression that one should always, and in all circumstances, write in D Flat Major.

And yet, no matter hard they may try, no composer has yet succeeded in doing that.

As far as "putting the French horns or other brass in their best…"
Jul 16, 2012
Norman Rose replied to Norman Rose's discussion Choosing the right key signature
"OK so far. Now let me rephrase one of my original scenarios....
Let's say I'm composing a piece that is robust and dramatic, with strings and horns. I want the horns to play the 5th of the tonic, and I want them to pierce through the strings when…"
Jul 9, 2012
Adrian Allan replied to Norman Rose's discussion Choosing the right key signature
"by which time it is too late!
We're talking about the planning stages. Raymond Kemp said:
But how do you know before it has been perfomed?
 
If it sounds right, then it obviously has already been performed!"
Jul 8, 2012
Adrian Allan replied to Norman Rose's discussion Choosing the right key signature
"Raymond Kemp said:
If it sounds right, it is right.

But how do you know before it has been perfomed?"
Jul 8, 2012
Noah Fraioli replied to Norman Rose's discussion Choosing the right key signature
"The thing with key signatures is that some are used more often than others. If you want the music to sound fresh, use a key signature that uses lots of sharps or flats. The key of E used to be my favorite; it was later replaced by A (which differ in…"
Jul 8, 2012
Greg Brus replied to Norman Rose's discussion Choosing the right key signature
"Yes it would, because neither tonic nor dominant notes resonate with any strings in their lower partials.
I suppose "easy keys" being more vibrant applies to all instruments. A Bb trumpet sounds best in Bb, because that's when it resembles a natural…"
Jul 8, 2012
Jamie Sutherland replied to Norman Rose's discussion Choosing the right key signature
"It may come down to personal preference, I think it was Beethoven who wrote bright pieces in D because he though that was a bright set of notes.

When I hear a piece in my head, I usually can figure out the first note, then figure out the scale from…"
Jul 8, 2012
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  • Greetings Norman,

    I like your music very much. It is very rich in melodic content and expressive layers. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Very best,

    Larry Elliott

  • Amazing Works
  • Hi, Norman, thank you very much for your commendation.

  • Jason said it right. Vista makes me want to close my eyes to see more clearly!
  • Snowflakes really reminds me of some of Nobuo Uematsu's works. Very bright and I love the main rift. What a fun little piece.
  • Listening to Vista now. Incredible to say the least! Very beautiful score and wonderful choice of samples. Going to listen to more of your work now.
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