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Jollity for Piano

Started this discussion. Last reply by Disconnectica Feb 23. 9 Replies

Here is my first piece I ever wrote for the piano: https://musescore.com/user/29980381/scores/5964287I kept it very simple (although I…Continue

Diatonic Symmetries II

Started this discussion. Last reply by Geert ter Horst Jan 17. 7 Replies

I just published on this site a video of the second part of my Diatonic Symmetries composition experiment. Here is the link: …Continue

Phantasmagoria: Mirage of the Lake

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Aubrun Jun 7, 2019. 2 Replies

I would be interested to hear from you what you think of this piece: https://youtu.be/J-xXr0I4zs4  There is an error in the title of the video, which should…Continue

Diatonic Symmetries

Started this discussion. Last reply by Geert ter Horst 5 hours ago. 18 Replies

This piece is one of my efforts to develop new ways of composing within a modal-tonal context. Everything in it is based the introductory theme, which functions here in a somehow similar manner as…Continue

 

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Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"I agree with your observation, although not entirely with your conclusion. I think I can explain this "improvisational" impression. It has to do with the function of harmony. The serialistic structure excludes explicit harmonic cadences,…"
5 hours ago
Jan-Frederik Carl replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"Geert, without judging the piece, I think, yes, this can happen. A piece can be "rigidly organized but have a improvisational effect." I had this impression often when listening to Brahms."
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Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"Hello H.S., Thanks for your comment. I’m aware that I could have gone much further with my method of composition, but this piece is just a first attempt and obviously no piece can really exhaust a method or theory. To explore other…"
May 26
Geert ter Horst replied to Gav Brown's discussion I’ve Been Accepted By a Publisher question
"Many years ago a colleague of mine composed a piece and had it performed by the local orchestra. As a result, a publisher offered him a contract, which contained conditions similar to those offered to you in that he had to forfeit his copyright.…"
May 24
H. S. Teoh replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"I somewhat agree with Gregorio, though I wouldn't go as far as saying the whole thing is just one chord, I think what's missing here is more variations along the parameters you've chosen to restrict yourself in. For example, the…"
May 22
Disconnectica replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Jollity for Piano
"By odd cycles I was just trying to think of a short way to describe what you said here: "Its repetitive structure doesn't coincide with the lenght of a measure, but falls short a half beat, and thus shifts more and more away from the…"
Feb 23
Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Jollity for Piano
"Thanks for your reply. The main problem with the robotic sound as I get it is the impossibility of adding the kind of articulation and phrasing demanded by the piece, which should be much in line with traditional baroque techniques. Listen for…"
Feb 23
Disconnectica replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Jollity for Piano
"I'm afraid I also have to say that it sounded very robotic to me.  In a way, some Bach also sounds robotic, but he still brings a human element to it.  I'm quite a technical person myself (I'm a programmer and fan of maths),…"
Feb 23
Timothy Smith replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Jollity for Piano
"Hi Geert,  I  read this again to get a better idea of your intentions in Jollity. I now believe I see what you are doing with this.  I often make music transpositions when I play piano for a group. This is mainly because the keys some…"
Feb 21
Timothy Smith replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Jollity for Piano
"Hi Geert, I am certainly not yet understanding this which is certainly no fault of yours. I intend to re read it again and hopefully digest it so that I  can at the least have a better grasp of your objectives. In the beginning I can only…"
Feb 20
Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Jollity for Piano
"Hello Tim, No, it is not about keeping exact the same intervals at all times in the sense of your example of making a song out of only fifts or thirds. It is about having a kind of compositional core in the form of an ordered tone row — or…"
Feb 19
Geert ter Horst replied to Timothy Smith's discussion The Restitution
"Hello Tim, I would never suspect you of disrespect. "Geert" is correct. "Geert ter Horst" is not three names, but two. "Geert" is my first name and "Ter Horst" my family name. Here in Holland we often…"
Feb 19
Geert ter Horst replied to Timothy Smith's discussion The Restitution
"Hello Tim, I have listened to this piece several times, with pleasure, and I like it. I especially appreciate its free flowing tonal/modal style, which helps to attain the goal of escaping traditional and outworn harmonic schedules by different…"
Feb 18
Timothy Smith replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Jollity for Piano
"Thanks for sharing Geert. Is you approach philosophical, mathematical or both? If I understand correctly, in your own imposed construct you seek to keep exact intervals at all times? To my thinking all of music is about intervals that are generally…"
Feb 13
Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Jollity for Piano
"Thanks for your comment. Perhaps I should explain my use of the term serialist indicates that I work with some fixed pattern of notes (and sometimes: tone durations), but mostly not in a dodecaphonic way. I'm primarily occupied with…"
Feb 12
Geert ter Horst replied to Timothy Smith's discussion The Restitution
"Well, I recognize this from some of my own postings. In my opinion the main cause of this phenomenon is not "Meism" but rather that there occur too many postings of new compositions and it takes a lot of time to make a sensible comment on…"
Feb 12

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Web, Small Ensemble, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
chamber music
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
The Netherlands
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I'm an autodidactic composer and music theorist, while professionally I'm a teacher in philosophy (PhD) and theology. My fields of interest in music are not separated from my philosophical-theological interests, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about the basic relations between tonality, modality and atonality. My (recent) attempts in composing mainly circle around finding a credible musical language which would succeed in mastering the many complex problems which are haunting modern classical music since the Second Vienna School of Schoenberg, Webern, and the later Serialists (e.g. Boulez): technical problems about musical form as well as problems concerning its cultural appreciation and function.

My composing activities started only about a year ago, so cannot say very much about them. I have made a string quartet in four parts (title: Shifts), a composition for organ (Canonical Variations), and, most recently, a movement for string quintet (title: Joy of Creation). These compositions have not been performed yet, but I'm in the process of getting some professionals interested in my work.

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At 5:00pm on February 18, 2019, Gav Brown said…

Hi Geert,

MP3 is the best format for a direct upload to the site, and the one which is recommended. If you want something more than that, I suggest you put on another site and embed here. Youtube and Soundcloud are common formats people use -

Gav

At 7:24pm on February 17, 2019, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Geert!

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