Victor Eijkhout replied to Victor Eijkhout's discussion Duet for recorder and flute
"Maybe you'll be interested in a word about my compositional process. I overwhelmingly write for instruments that I can actually play, and quite often I "compose" by improvising the parts. I usually start with some idea about structure, but to kick…"
Jul 3
Victor Eijkhout replied to Victor Eijkhout's discussion Duet for recorder and flute
"Fair assessment. It was indeed born of an attempt to create pretty independent voices that somehow work together.
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Jul 3
James Blackwell replied to Victor Eijkhout's discussion Duet for recorder and flute
"I agree with the previous comments, a really good piece.  It felt wild and unpredictable, as though both instruments were playing at the same time but not necessarily together."
Jul 3
Victor Eijkhout replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion A Slow Waltz
"This is slower? A ballroom slow waltz is 90 bpm. This is not a vienese waltz (160bpm iirc) but still pretty fast for dancing.
Ok, great melodies. Very pleasant to listen to.
About the accompaniment. You start out with the strings playing the 2,3…"
Jul 2
Victor Eijkhout replied to Gavin Brown's discussion American Anthem for intermed Solo PIano
"First of all, I totally love the poly-chords in the beginning.
Secondly, yes, certain pop influences can be discerned, if only the walking and grooving bass line
But 13 minutes? It takes you 5 minutes to get away from an idiom that is completely in…"
Jul 1
Victor Eijkhout replied to Francois Jenno's discussion Ombres et Lumières - Piano solo
"Same as the classic rule against parallel fifths. I just gives an "empty sound".
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Jun 29
Gregory Michael Hodges replied to Victor Eijkhout's discussion Duet for recorder and flute
"I second David Owen's comments.  A really interesting piece.  I think I could listen to this over and over again and not tire of it.  It has a modern yet strikingly "medieval" feel to it.  I enjoyed it!  "
Jun 29
David Owen replied to Victor Eijkhout's discussion Duet for recorder and flute
"fascinating -- the sound combination is pretty weird and the breathiness of the recorder can get in the way of clear articulation but I like it that way. A curious combination of tonalities from the fairly straightforward to bitonality when the…"
Jun 29
Victor Eijkhout replied to Saul Gefen's discussion A little Romance
Jun 29
Victor Eijkhout replied to Saul Gefen's discussion A little Romance
"> Thank you everyone for your comments
and you return the favor?"
Jun 29
Victor Eijkhout replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Painted Seasons for Solo Cello
"I like it. The software cello is a little harsh on the ears, but hey, we all fight for our work to be performed, not?
Anyway, simple melodic lines, and it keeps going somewhere so I stay interested. Hm. Until about 3:40. That's where you make a left…"
Jun 28
Victor Eijkhout replied to Francois Jenno's discussion Ombres et Lumières - Piano solo
"Kind of interesting. Ravel/Debussy-ish feel.
You have way too many doublings between the melody and the top note of the left-hand chord. That kinda loses the independence of the hands. It feels like one big hand is moving up and down the keyboard."
Jun 28
Victor Eijkhout replied to Saul Gefen's discussion A little Romance
"Hang out on this forum and even worse r/composer on reddit, and you'll see that overwhelmingly it's people's ambition to write early romantic music for solo piano and John Williams for symphony orchestra. That's what I was alluding to. To be sure,…"
Jun 27
Victor Eijkhout replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion The Hope of Summer Sun - Light music (3 minutes)
"This is one of the most fun pieces I've heard in a while. It starts out with lots of quasi-random twittering in the various parts, and I'm wondering where is this going, and then out from under it peeks this little melody, and the the stream of…"
Jun 26
Victor Eijkhout posted a discussion
https://vimeo.com/724039704A friend asked me to write a recorder/flute duet, so I contemplated the differences between the two. A flute, thanks to the superior key system is a little more agile, so it would be obvious to give it the more challenging…
Jun 26
Victor Eijkhout replied to Alison Hanna's discussion Roll the Old Chariot
"Cool.
Do you have a choir at your school that can perform this? This synthesized version is a little too gentle for what ought to be sung by rough bearded men.
For a moment I contemplated the parallel fifths in this piece, but I decided that 1. they…"
Jun 26
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