Victor Eijkhout replied to Markus Boyd's discussion Sonata for Organ in 3 movements
"Thanks for the link. That was cool.
What makes me say "Mozart" is things like measure 7, beat 3: that D#-E is very Mozartian, and I don't hear it in that JC Bach piece. Markus Boyd said:
Johann Christian Bach wrote some organ sonatas (without…"
Apr 17, 2020
Victor Eijkhout replied to Markus Boyd's discussion Sonata for Organ in 3 movements
"Mozart on the organ! Fun!
Did Mozart write anything for the organ?
Also: is it a conscious decision not to use pedals?"
Apr 17, 2020
Victor Eijkhout replied to Kjell Prytz's discussion Debussy Inspired
"I'm not sure that I hear the Debussy influences. Your harmonies are more explicit and traditional than his.
Ok, what I like is the bit between 1:00 and 2:00. It's not Debussy, but it's lovely anyway.
The first minute. Hm. You're emphasizing the beat…"
Apr 15, 2020
Victor Eijkhout replied to Gilles C.'s discussion "La ronde..." (feedback, please)
"It started out really nice, but at 0:55 you go into a chord progression that has been done too many times....."
Apr 15, 2020
Victor Eijkhout replied to Victor Eijkhout's discussion A pensive piece
"Thanks for your comments. You're right about the phrase length. I use that to increase tension, and also to keep the piece fro becoming predictable. The other unifying element is the ascending 7th (or thereabouts) with the quarter-dotted half…"
Apr 14, 2020
Ali Riza SARAL replied to Victor Eijkhout's discussion A pensive piece
"'pensive' indeed.  Easy to perform but not simple.
Well developed complex piece for recorders.

I played soprano recorder for a couple of years in my teenager years.
It is difficult to find  works for recorder with this quality.

Please excuse my…"
Apr 13, 2020
Victor Eijkhout replied to Saul Gefen's discussion Prelude
"It's a pretty piece. You should really do more with it. Saul Gefen said:
You are right thank you I was thinking the same thing after posting this. That I could have made it so much more dramatic then what it is. Perhaps I will do that. I can change…"
Apr 13, 2020
Victor Eijkhout replied to Saul Gefen's discussion Prelude
"Pretty.
1. It reads really strange in 3/4 time, when the piece is completely in 2/4.
2. You're not asking much of the pianist. The melody goes up by an octave, but it stays essentially pretty simple to play. You could have thickened up the texture…"
Apr 13, 2020
Victor Eijkhout replied to Ali Riza SARAL's discussion Piece for Brass and Strings - 3rd movement - Frames 3min
"But the actual piece does the opposite of what you say here. It has the beautiful ending to end all beautiful endings. It's about as classical an ending as ever. Beethoven would have been proud.

I know that you have a reasoning behind things; I'm…"
Apr 13, 2020
Victor Eijkhout replied to Ali Riza SARAL's discussion Piece for Brass and Strings - 3rd movement - Frames 3min
"Cool piece. Two remarks.

You have sort of an ABCA strcture. The frantic strings in the B part are very cool, but then C has an intensity level that is not much different from A, so to me that deflates the piece. I'm kinda wondering "what does this…"
Apr 13, 2020
Victor Eijkhout replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Ashokan Farewell
"The fiddle is one of those instruments that soldiers may have carried with them. I get images of them sitting around the camp fire and one playing this tune, half of them getting teary-eyed because of memories of home.

Lovely."
Apr 12, 2020
Victor Eijkhout replied to Victor Eijkhout's discussion A pensive piece
"The recording has some EQ'ing and reverb on it. The "stereo spread" plugin from Logic. I wouldn't expect to hear more than phasing effects that you are likely to get with recorders. So, no: nothing microtonal. I try to play in tune :-)
Btw, this…"
Apr 10, 2020
michael diemer replied to Victor Eijkhout's discussion A pensive piece
"Not many folks doing this kind of thing, Victor! Very unusual, and enjoyable. I once played a little recorder back in the day, and have always felt an affinity for this venerable instrument. There appeared to be almost microtonal elements in the…"
Apr 10, 2020
Victor Eijkhout replied to Victor Eijkhout's discussion A pensive piece
"Actually, the title is a work in progress. Since this piece is a commission, I'm kind of keeping things under wraps there. Francois Jenno said:
good match to the title, it feels pensive"
Apr 10, 2020
Francois Jenno replied to Victor Eijkhout's discussion A pensive piece
"I liked it, and the harmonies are a good match to the title, it feels pensive indeed. Nice work."
Apr 10, 2020
Timothy Smith replied to Victor Eijkhout's discussion A pensive piece
"I am thoroughly impressed. You are quite the flute player. I thought this was very listenable Victor."
Apr 9, 2020
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