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Opera, "Moses"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Saul Dzorelashvili Oct 18. 8 Replies

Cecil B.DeMille's Ten Commandments is about 60 years old. I was thinking it could use an update in the form of an opera. It is nearly four hours of epic cataclysm, strife, and disaster, a little…Continue

The Forgotten Man vs. the World

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fredrick zinos Jul 20. 7 Replies

I am at a crossroads in that I am unsure of what direction to take musically.This piece depicts the final conflict between the united planetary forces of evil and the planet earth, the last standing…Continue

Slow movement

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Morabito Jun 19. 1 Reply

This is the final aria in The Christmas Story.  It contains ideas from Bach's Italian Concerto second movement and Ravel's Concerto in G.  A slow movement often has a slow pulse with an even slower…Continue

Musical humor

Started May 31 0 Replies

A blind guy walks into a bar, then into a table, then a chair. No, wrong joke. Three shepherds walk into a bar. There's a huge Roman soldier at the door with an equally large sword. Here is the…Continue

 

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Lawrence Aurich replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion The Future of the Piano
"My experience with humidity is high humidity doesn't do much damage other than causing the piano to go sharp.  It's low humidity, especially in winter when heat is on that sound boards and bridges crack.  Some of the best…"
Nov 14
Lawrence Aurich replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion The Future of the Piano
"Timothy, A Schimmel is a great piano.  I would compare it to a Steinway or Bosendorfer, but you have to add $30,000 to the price just to pay for the name Steinway or Bosendorfer.  To my tastes an acoustic Yamaha is more difficult to play,…"
Nov 13
Saul Dzorelashvili replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Opera, "Moses"
"My only criticism is that for such a serious and beloved subject it lacks drama. Adding a notable climax can remedy that. But its impressive that you have taken on this project. I'm very hesitant to try compose something with religious…"
Oct 18
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Opera, "Moses"
"Charles, I just realized I posted an earlier version of the score without the stage directions.  So I've changed the score pdf to the latest version that makes more sense.  Thanks for the heads up."
Oct 18
Saul Dzorelashvili replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Opera, "Moses"
"Thank you for the explanation, now that makes much more sense. Yes, there were many strange and mysterious things taking place in the Biblical Narrative and also some Ironic one. Remember that Moses was raised in the house of Pharaoh so the power of…"
Oct 18
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Opera, "Moses"
"I have stage directions at the top of the score, but they are hard to see in the pdf.  For some strange reason dynamic markings and typed in words, not lyrics, move around in the score with this version of Finale.  They don't stay…"
Oct 18
Lawrence Aurich replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Opera, "Moses"
"Funny, probably isn't the right word.  It is ironic that the daughter of the pharaoh saves a Hebrew baby.  It's whimsical that Miriam tricks the princess into choosing a nurse maid that is actually the child"s mother. …"
Oct 18
Saul Dzorelashvili replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Opera, "Moses"
"I'm still waiting to hear an explanation from Lawrence. He might have meant something else then what you hav written on the bottom here. The clarification on his part would give me a better idea about the piece."
Oct 18
Charles Holt replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Opera, "Moses"
"Fictional babies in rivers always get the audience on side.Anyway I'm sure Lawrence would prefer comments on his music and after receiving so many on your own profligate posts Saul, perhaps it is time try it yourself. I think this would be…"
Oct 18
Saul Dzorelashvili replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Opera, "Moses"
"" I begin with the birth of Moses, a funny tale ". What is funny about the birth of Moses?"
Oct 18
Lawrence Aurich posted a discussion

Opera, "Moses"

Cecil B.DeMille's Ten Commandments is about 60 years old. I was thinking it could use an update in the form of an opera. It is nearly four hours of epic cataclysm, strife, and disaster, a little heavy for opera, though there are operas in the tragic mode. My version will attempt to tell the story in a more optimistic light, with some humor. DeMille's epic dives right into the Israelite's bondage in Egypt. I begin with the birth of Moses, a funny tale, the stuff of which opera is made.The…See More
Oct 18
Lawrence Aurich replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion The Watchtower
"Saul,      This might be one of your longest pieces?  Enjoyed the mysterious, brooding and al little dark feel.  Interesting and unexpected chords.  If you performed this again, would it sound somewhat the same or…"
Oct 18
Lawrence Aurich replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion The Future of the Piano
"And this is the millennial's contribution to western civilization, electric pianos?  I thought by now we would flit around in flying cars.  This reminds me of their other contribution, the Bird, the little electric scooter. …"
Oct 16
Lawrence Aurich replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion The Future of the Piano
"Of course every home needs three pianos.  An acoustic for the ball room, a Clavinova for the patio, and another Clavinova for the study for when you need to practice with head phones on."
Oct 16
Lawrence Aurich replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion The Future of the Piano
"Charles, I am not aware of any churches replacing their old electronic organs with a computer playing samples from the great organs of Europe or from the Morman Tabranacle.  It seems like this would be very inexpensive and greatly improve the…"
Oct 15
Lawrence Aurich replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion The Future of the Piano
"It's true that some instruments have carved out a niche, for instance the electric piano goes well with electric guitars. If I go to a seedy bar to hear honky tonk I expect to hear a key board or old upright, not a Bosendorfer. Yamaha is happy…"
Oct 15

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
classical orchestra
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
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Flagstaff, Az.
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I am an optometrist by profession, but have been composing for chamber orchestra for about 20 years. I play cello, piano, and sing in our group of 10 to 15 musicians and singers.

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At 10:44am on April 21, 2017, Joel Becker said…

Hi Lawrence,

I'm honored that you wish to analyze and cite the Boson piece. Please go ahead. 

I'm not sure if the structure is like John Adams, but the ostinati, consonant quartal harmonies, and some rhythmic aspects are, and the angular theme probably. Have fun! I look forward to seeing the result.

At 5:07am on May 1, 2014, Alex Dunn said…

Hi Lawrence,

I just listened to your 'Etude In G'. I really liked being taken on such an authentic Baroque journey. It sounds a little like the music that was used in the early Warcraft computer games. They were always notable for their very high quality Baroque style soundtracks. Have you every had ambitions in that area?

All the best,

Alex :)

 
 
 

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