Hi Everyone, After 2 years on the shelf, I finally decided to install EWQL Symphonic Platinum into my system and see what it was made of ;-) Below are links to the mp3, the full score, and a study…Continue
Interesting mix of influences. How you create your background and some of the light granular treatment of the winds for the opening espeically remind me a little of Schoenberg's opening of Gurrelieder - on a smaller scale of instrument diversity (which I don't think anyone can afford to have all those live instruments used in Gurrelieder for a new work). Hear much Ravel influence too - in a good way.
The only part I think is a little weak - the material may be part of the problem or the orchestration - is when the piano solo comes in with the Spanish tinged melody. The flowing counterpoint of before would have been helpful to offer more to it and give it better cohesiveness. But I understand you may have aimed for a simpler chamber like texture offering a more disjunct soundscape than before. Nevertheless, it sounds just like a series of interesting textures just for contrast sake and I don't hear this work aims for that = although texture is important factor.
After the pause and the tutti chord, it returns to its original strength and the mixing of the Spanish tinged melody with the opening material works very well.
My criticisms aren't necessarily "critiques" in technique or soundness of the piece - you have a ton of that. Quite a bit of my own aesthetic and just being more critical as the bar is very high already may explain my comments.
Anyways, I haven't touched orchestral composition yet --- slowly worked from solo instruments to chamber and modest sized forms. In fact after 4 years of serious study I finally writing multimovement works!
I just listened to The Peacock. It's very evocative of a peacock. Listening, I can picture a peacock with it's silliness, pride, and exoticism. Your orchestration is very lush and beautiful....reminds me of Debussey. There's a flea market in Alcoa where they sell guinea fouls, chickens, ducks....all kinds of foul, and yes, peacocks! This summer a carpenter was working at my house who was encouraging me to get guinea hens....they eat the bugs...when I mentioned getting peacocks instead, he told me they 'cry like babies' all night and I'd never get anymore sleep. Did you know that about peacocks.
I read your bio and frankly, you have the career I'd like to have--Disney!!
Thanks for posting the Peacock. I'm glad you're here. Martha Maria