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Phantasmagoria: Mirage of the Lake

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Aubrun Jun 7. 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 May 20. 14 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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Dane Aubrun replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Phantasmagoria: Mirage of the Lake
"Anything can be danced. Depends on the choreographer. I think of Merce Cunningham. One extraordinarily beautiful piece comes to mind: Pond Way (if you get a chance to see it, the original performance was recorded and various bits and pieces are on…"
Jun 7
Dane Aubrun replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Phantasmagoria: Mirage of the Lake
"Anything can be danced given the right choreography. I think of Merce Cunningham. One extraordinarily beautiful piece comes to mind: Pond Way (if you get a chance to see it, the original performance was recorded and various bits and pieces are on…"
Jun 7
Jon Corelis replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Phantasmagoria: Mirage of the Lake
"It's a pleasant piece of music, but I found myself wishing for more variation, both in the melodic lines and in the textures of the instruments.  I would have scored something like this for maybe violin, glockenspiel, cello, flute, and…"
Jun 6
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Phantasmagoria: Mirage of the Lake

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 be exactly the same as the title of this discussion. I don't know what went wrong technically in the upload, however, my main questions are the following: (1) Does this piece evoke the image of a mirage above a magic lake, i.e. has it in it a sense of unreality, perhaps even of the hypnotic? (2) Is…See More
Jun 6
Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"I agree with a lot of things you say, but perhaps in a different manner than you would expect. It is true that in this piece there is a tonalic "stasis", as you call it, because the idea of it was to stay within the rather severe…"
May 20
gregorio X replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"There is a certain stasis to the tonality.. which can remind one of minimalism in that respect. (One could hear the whole piece {well, as far as I listened - some 5 minutes} as one chord.  The impression is lack of emotional tension - due to…"
May 13
Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"Thanks. If my piece makes your top eleven list, that's all right with me :) "
May 12
Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"I partially agree with your observation about tension and release in my piece. You describe this as a lack, which it is of course from a traditional classic-romantic perspective. But if you go back to the great polyphonists of centuries ago,…"
May 12
Ingo Lee replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"Very interesting piece and concept Geert.  I did enjoy the music; it might not make my top ten list but it's a good listen. Thanks for posting."
May 12
Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"Let me add some general remarks, because I fear some confusion has been generated by the term "serialistic" which I used in my introduction. My serialism has not very much in common with Schoenberg's dodecaphony, because my…"
May 12
Jon Corelis replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"I wondered if I should post it separately but since it relates to this discussion I posted it here.  I don't know if I can move the comment it is in out of this thread, but I will post it separately one way or another."
May 12
Dane Aubrun replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"Hi, Jon, I'm reluctant to turn Geert’s thread into the discussion itself but he did raise certain philosophical issues in his opening post and I fell into trap of giving a personal view! 100% right it’s about meaning, making…"
May 12
Jon Corelis replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"I came to hate the 12-tone and total serialism because while it makes solid structural sense it makes no semiotic musical sense. It questions why we listen to music. I was interested in this comment because it seemed if I understand it that the…"
May 12
Dane Aubrun replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"Sorry - I typed "onto it's final" - of course, the possessive was intended. Too late to edit. "
May 12
Dane Aubrun replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"I gave it a listen but have no comment to make. Your opening statement makes declarations I can't agree with but if, as you say, it was an experiment only you know if the outcome was success. It does seem to follow the dodcaphonic style of…"
May 12
Geert ter Horst replied to Geert ter Horst's discussion Diatonic Symmetries
"You must have been listening to another piece, for, honestly, how can you speak about a rambling or random effect of a piece which has such a clear structure? Actually an old-fashioned ABA structure with subdivisions. As to the techniques, it…"
May 11

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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.
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The Netherlands
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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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