Victor Grauer replied to Janette Montague's discussion First piece published on here!
"I have mixed feelings about this piece. One reaction is that you maybe spent just a little too much time listening to the Gorecki 3rd -- NOT one of my favorites.
On the other hand, there is something really special and original about this piece…"
Apr 30, 2013
Victor Grauer replied to Victor Grauer's discussion March
"What's strange, Raymond? I posted this some time ago. Haven't made any changes since."
Apr 13, 2013
Tyler Hughes replied to Victor Grauer's discussion March
"Its a nice piece, seems to be for a small number of performers. A very slow march too, but nice none the less. "
Apr 12, 2013
Victor Grauer replied to Victor Grauer's discussion How I Wanted to Learn Composition
"Ray I wonder if anyone has ever told you that you are a master of the art of the pithy (but sometimes also maddeningly cryptic) statement? Raymond Kemp said:
Should this not be a blog?
only asking!"
Feb 9, 2013
Janet Spangenberg replied to Victor Grauer's discussion How I Wanted to Learn Composition
"Actually, I think this is perfectly placed in "The Art of Composition".
Similarly, I too went to school with the great expectation of having the secrets of music composition unlocked for me. And the greatest lesson I learned in the Art of…"
Feb 9, 2013
Victor Grauer replied to Victor Grauer's discussion How I Wanted to Learn Composition
"I can't resist adding the following paragraph, written by the great Japanese artist Hokusai, while in his seventies:
From around the age of six, I had the habit of sketching from life. I became an artist, and from fifty on began producing works that…"
Feb 9, 2013
Victor Grauer replied to Victor Grauer's discussion How I Wanted to Learn Composition
"I forgot to mention that the above essay was originally written for my "Music of Victor Grauer" website, and has been online for a while. I'm posting it here because I think it might be of interest to fellow strugglers in the realm of musical…"
Feb 9, 2013
Victor Grauer replied to Victor Grauer's discussion Yehudi (not Menuhin)
"Thanks for the comments, Tyler. The piece was conceived, basically, as an extended violin solo, in the manner of a type of rhapsodic "Nigun," with the piano playing, for the most part, a very clearly supporting role. So, while I understand what…"
Feb 8, 2013
Victor Grauer replied to Victor Grauer's discussion Yehudi (not Menuhin)
"Spiros Makris said:
I'm wondering, why do you leave out instruments when they are not playing? You have done it again on another work, and are doing it now. [etc.]


This version of the score is for study purposes, Spiros. When the opportunity…"
Feb 7, 2013
Victor Grauer replied to Victor Grauer's discussion Yehudi (not Menuhin)
"Tim Marko said:
Victor, I really enjoyed this work.



Thanks, Tim, glad you enjoyed it.


It felt to me that at times the piano part is disconnected from the violin.  I would have liked to hear the two players interact a bit more as you did in ms…"
Feb 7, 2013
Victor Grauer replied to Victor Grauer's discussion Yehudi (not Menuhin)
"Thanks so much, Ray. You've definitely got the right idea. I should have stressed that this was written as a vehicle for a real violinist and NOT as computer music. And in this case I think it would be appropriate, for a change, to turn on the…"
Feb 7, 2013
Spiros Makris replied to Victor Grauer's discussion Yehudi (not Menuhin)
"I'm wondering, why do you leave out instruments when they are not playing? You have done it again on another work, and are doing it now. It's very much ok to leave out the piano during the violin solo (I would do that too), but later on please don't…"
Feb 7, 2013
Julie Harris replied to Victor Grauer's discussion Shady Grove
"Cool.   ;-)"
Feb 7, 2013
Janet Spangenberg replied to Victor Grauer's discussion Yehudi (not Menuhin)
"I think you captured your intent with this well."
Feb 6, 2013
Tim Marko replied to Victor Grauer's discussion Yehudi (not Menuhin)
"Victor, I really enjoyed this work.
 
It felt to me that at times the piano part is disconnected from the violin.  I would have liked to hear the two players interact a bit more as you did in ms 196-220.  The constant arpeggios and runs, while…"
Feb 6, 2013
Victor Grauer replied to Victor Grauer's discussion Yehudi (not Menuhin)
"Ray, something just occurred to me that might be helpful (or not). I have two sound systems in my house, and in one of them the amplifier is cooled by a variable speed fan. And whenever I play a recording made with the Garritan instruments, I've…"
Feb 6, 2013
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