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Three Twelve-Tone Songs for Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, and Alto

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Corelis 11 hours ago. 2 Replies

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Bajo la Gótica Ventana

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Corelis yesterday. 2 Replies

Bajo la Gótica VentanaImage: Mission San Juan Capistrano.  Public domain…Continue

As spring the winter doth succeed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Corelis on Monday. 9 Replies

As spring the winter doth succeedImage: painting of Anne Bradstreet, image…Continue

Three Dirges and Two Dances

Started Dec 27, 2019 0 Replies

Three Dirges and Two Dances An instrumental suite of five traditional…Continue

 

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Jon Corelis replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Three Twelve-Tone Songs for Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, and Alto
"Thanks for the useful comments.  I didn't know about the Webern, but I will look it up.   I know about piano reductions, but I'm not sure one would be useful in a piece like this.  Maybe the singers could begin by…"
11 hours ago
Liz Atems replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Three Twelve-Tone Songs for Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, and Alto
"An interesting work Jon. I liked best the parts where the voices moved independently. I wished such parts were the rule, instead of passages where the voices simply doubled each other at a specific interval like a tritone or a major second. But I…"
13 hours ago
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Three Twelve-Tone Songs for Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, and Alto

Three Twelve-Tone Songs for Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, and AltoImage: Luna by Evelyn de Morgan, 1885Image licensing information: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Morgan_Evelyn_de_-_Luna_-_1885.jpgSince there has been some recent discussion here about atonal music, I thought I would…See More
22 hours ago
Jon Corelis replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Bajo la Gótica Ventana
"Thanks for commenting.  I wish I could find more Californio songs, but the short book mentioned in the score is the only source I've found. "
yesterday
Timothy Smith replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Bajo la Gótica Ventana
"Thanks Jon for bringing these older traditions back to life again. Gives one a sense of the emotion felt by the lone suitor as he  expresses his feeling at the end of his life."
yesterday
Jon Corelis replied to Gav Brown's discussion Tonal Piece by Schoenberg
"I believe this is a very early work.   An example of how great avant-garde artists mastered traditional forms before progressing to revolutionary new ones. Picasso's early work includes excellent traditional representational art. John…"
Tuesday
Jon Corelis replied to Jon Corelis's discussion As spring the winter doth succeed
"Thanks for the kind comments and advice -- I will keep it in mind."
Monday
Robert Caley replied to Jon Corelis's discussion As spring the winter doth succeed
"Hi Jon, this is a really nice. I have worked as a church choir conductor, and this piece has the vibe and style that would have greatly appealed to me. It would be very interesting to hear it with the words, as that gives shape to the music that…"
Monday
Jon Corelis replied to Jon Corelis's discussion As spring the winter doth succeed
"Thanks for the comment.  I'm glad you liked it.  I am always revising, and I'll keep your advice in mind for a future version."
Monday
Liz Atems replied to Jon Corelis's discussion As spring the winter doth succeed
"Jon, this is a lovely hymn-like choral work and I, too, could see this being sung at a service. The only thing that disturbed me a little was that there seems to be not enough rhythmic independence of the voices in my opinion... especially at…"
Monday
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Bajo la Gótica Ventana

Bajo la Gótica VentanaImage: Mission San Juan Capistrano.  Public domain image from The Library of Congress.Another choral piece, with a demo sound file of computer generated choral ahs, so you'll have to imagine how an actual performance would sound.  I hope this will be of interest at least as an example of a nearly forgotten musical tradition.  As always, comments…See More
Monday
Timothy Smith replied to Jon Corelis's discussion As spring the winter doth succeed
"I hope you will John!"
Monday
Jon Corelis replied to Gav Brown's discussion “Dancing” CONTEST RULES & DEADLINE
"There are many bad compositions that are too long, but there are no good compositions that are too short."
Feb 14
Jon Corelis replied to Jos Wylin's discussion 2 Contradances from Flanders, 1750
"Thanks, that's what I was asking about. I have an excellent CD of Flemish music,  At the Sign of the Crumhorn, Flemish Songs and Dance Music from the Susato by Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense.  It's still listed as…"
Feb 13
Jon Corelis replied to Jos Wylin's discussion 2 Contradances from Flanders, 1750
"These are delightful, light and entertaining but with an undertone of seriousness -- sort of like a musical plate of Appelflap.  It sounds very traditional, which I mean as a compliment.  I wonder if the "Flemish archives"…"
Feb 11
Jon Corelis replied to Jon Corelis's discussion As spring the winter doth succeed
"Thanks for the comments, which I'll keep in mind for future revisions.  I work from orchestration books' choral vocal range charts to determine my compositions' ranges, but I'm finding more and more that it's better not…"
Feb 11

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Web, Choir, Small Ensemble, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical/folk/medieval
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Northeast Wisconsin
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.
Jon Corelis was born in California and grew up in and around Chicago, where he earned a degree in Classical Languages and Literatures at the College of the University of Chicago. He later took a doctorate in Classics at Stanford, and taught Classics and Humanities at Stanford, the University of California, and the University of Minnesota. After a subsequent career as a software specialist in Silicon Valley, he now lives in Wisconsin. His poetry and other writings have been published in print and on web sites in eight countries, and he has given lectures and readings by invitation in America and Europe.
He more recently has turned to composing songs and instrumental pieces. His music has been featured on the web site The Flexible Persona, has been performed in concert by the Wisconsin ensemble a very small consortium, by the New York State flute quartet Party of Four, and at Denison University's TUTTI 2019 Festival, and has been recorded by flutist Robin Meiksins for her YouTube recording project 365 Days of Flute, and by clarinetist Emily Mehigh for her YouTube recording project The Miniature Month of May.
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Articles from New Music USA

Posted on August 16, 2019 at 11:28am 0 Comments

One of the music sites I look at sometimes is the well-established New Music USA.  

In this blog post I'll mention two recent articles from that site which composers may find interesting.

JULIANA HALL: PULLED INTO THE POETS’ WORLD is an extensive interview with one of the most prominent…

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Brief review: A Medieval Songbook: Troubadour & Trouvere

Posted on June 13, 2019 at 4:57pm 0 Comments

A Medieval Songbook: Troubadour & Trouvere by Feltcher Collins, Jr. et al.  (University Press of Virginia, 1982) is a valuable resource for performers and listeners of medieval music.  

Although the phrase Medieval music is likely to suggest to the general listener Gregorian chant and the church music of such composers as Hildegard von Bingen, there also exists a considerable body of Medieval secular song, most notably by the Minnesingers of the…

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Brief review: Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's The Dancing Master, edited by Jeremy Barlow

Posted on May 27, 2019 at 12:23pm 2 Comments

Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's The Dancing Master, edited by Jeremy Barlow (Faber Music 1986) may be of little interest to most people, but of the highest interest to those interested in its particular subject. Playford's Dancing Master was a collection of traditional songs with basic dance notation which went through numerous editions in the 17th and 18th centuries. It's usually described as a collection of English tunes, but many of them have origins…

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Brief Review: The Great Walz

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 10:00am 0 Comments

The Great Waltz is a classic "Hollywoodization" bio-pic, one which hardly pretends to be accurate, but which uses the life story of a historical character as a basis for atmosphere and entertainment. In this case the subject is "The Waltz King" Johann Strauss II, who was responsible for the craze for the dance that conquered Vienna and much of Europe in the mid 19th…
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