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H. S. Teoh's Discussions

Prelude in E-flat major

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Aug 29, 2018. 3 Replies

Already posted this elsewhere, but reposting it here to reach out to some who only frequent this forum.This is an early piece of mine (1998-1999), but I never wrote it down in score until this week.…Continue

Fantasia Sonata in G minor

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Aug 29, 2018. 11 Replies

I've been wanting to post this for over 3 years, but didn't because I couldn't get a decent audio of it (for various reasons I didn't manage get a recording of my own playing ... yet ... still…Continue

Fugue on a theme by Erwin van Delft

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Aug 14, 2017. 7 Replies

Yes, fugue fever continues. :-P  I hereby apologize to anyone who might be allergic to, have a phobia of, or otherwise dislike or disdain fugues.  But since there is so much brouhaha around here…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by gregorio X Sep 6, 2017. 42 Replies

I'm several months late, but this piece was intended to have been an entry to the past "Emotions" contest by Gav.  It's subtitled "Exuberance" for its boundless optimism.  Hope you enjoy it as much…Continue


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    Humoresque in G
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    Fugue in A minor
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    Threnody for the Victim of a House Fire started by a Stray Firecracker
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    Pi: the first 52 digits
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    Sonatina in Eb major

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H. S. Teoh replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Minuet 1'45"
"Alright, alright, you got me. I apologize for the knee-jerk reaction and the needless mathematical diversion. (Though, come to think of it, it would be fun to estimate just how large the space of possibilties are for some given constraints, say a…"
Sep 1, 2020
H. S. Teoh replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Minuet 1'45"
"And if you'll excuse me for an addendum: the number of possibilities even in tonal music is huge. Even if you restrict yourself to 7 notes of the C major scale, the number of possibilities grow very fast as the number of notes increase: if you…"
Sep 1, 2020
H. S. Teoh replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Minuet 1'45"
"I'm sorry, I have to call BS on the "tonality == finite possibilities" claim.  The exact same argument can be applied to atonal music, or music of any kind, really, that can be represented as a sequence of notes. In atonal music…"
Sep 1, 2020
H. S. Teoh replied to Michael Lofting's discussion Five by Five
"Very interesting! And quite a unique flavor compared to your usual output. :-)"
Aug 31, 2020
H. S. Teoh replied to Michael Bates's discussion Sonata in Bb - 2nd Movement
"Wow, beautiful!  And indeed, very soothing.  A bit "too" calm for Ludwig, but I certainly do hear elements of him throughout.  One of these days I'd like to hear both the 1st and 2nd movements together, to see how they…"
Aug 28, 2020
H. S. Teoh replied to Michael Lofting's discussion In Winter
"Hmm, the loud parts are still clipping (with slight distortion). Maybe try turning the master volume down?"
Aug 28, 2020
H. S. Teoh replied to gregorio X's discussion The Long Good-bye for piano. (2'35")
"The version I posted is still accessible in that ancient thread in this comment of mine. It even still has the score too. I don't know what got into me when I wrote that comment, though. It was a lot more ascerbic than it by all rights ought to…"
Aug 27, 2020
H. S. Teoh replied to gregorio X's discussion The Long Good-bye for piano. (2'35")
"Just the link would be fine. Just wanted to hear your version again, to compare with my own. :-)"
Aug 27, 2020
H. S. Teoh replied to gregorio X's discussion The Long Good-bye for piano. (2'35")
"Listened to Standing Rock again. I think I appreciate it a lot more now that I understand the reference in the title... It's extremely cleverly put together, to evoke helicopters and music at the same time. As far as the "hidden…"
Aug 27, 2020
H. S. Teoh replied to Michael Lofting's discussion In Winter
"I can't seem to find your new attachment?"
Aug 27, 2020
H. S. Teoh replied to gregorio X's discussion The Long Good-bye for piano. (2'35")
"Yes, indeed that was quite the trip down memory lane. :-)  Those were stormier days, though there were definitely gems worth digging through. I couldn't find your original rendition of the theme, though. The links were dead. Do you happen…"
Aug 27, 2020
H. S. Teoh replied to gregorio X's discussion The Long Good-bye for piano. (2'35")
"It was this one. I think I was just in a fiesty mood that day for whatever reason. But anyway, that's all water under the bridge. I did end up having lots of fun putting chords to your quirky little melody line. :-)"
Aug 27, 2020
H. S. Teoh replied to gregorio X's discussion The Long Good-bye for piano. (2'35")
"I can hear in it your very distinctive writing / playing style that I hear in your fugues. Or, rather, should I say that I hear in this piece and in your fugues a very distinctive, characteristic style that I can immediately identify as yours. ;-)…"
Aug 26, 2020
H. S. Teoh replied to Tillerich's discussion Your composing life
"1) These days, almost none. :-(  COVID-19 has thrown my schedule off-balance, plus I have too many other hobbies besides composing soaking up what scant free time I have, so these days very little progress has been made in music. 2) On an…"
Aug 26, 2020
H. S. Teoh replied to Michael Lofting's discussion In Winter
"The dynamic range of the audio is a bit wide for a piano; I'd recommend narrowing that a bit to avoid audio clipping on the loud end.  The written dynamics are probably OK in the hands of a competent pianist, just don't expect it to…"
Aug 26, 2020
H. S. Teoh replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Minuet 1'45"
"Nice and stately.  The melodic and harmonic diversions make it quite unique; I don't think you've to worry about "stealing" somebody else's tune!"
Aug 26, 2020

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I'm a professional software developer by day, and various things by night, including amateur composer. I've been interested in composition since my early teenage years many years ago -- Beethoven being my initial inspiration to pursue composition (specifically, the storm movement of his 6th symphony). My first attempts at composition date from 1990. Sadly, I never pursued music as a career, and ended up doing software instead. My time has also been very limited, and I have not composed as much as I would have liked to. I also lack formal music training, having picked up most of what I know from books, listening to classical music, and piano improvisation. Most of my pieces are written for piano, but my dream has always been to compose for an orchestra. So far, however, that has not yet materialized, though I do have at least two pieces (one skeletal, the other scored for computer but I feel the orchestration needs to be completely reworked) that I hope to flesh out and one day hear performed live.

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At 12:06am on August 13, 2015, J Joe Townley said…

Hello H.S. and thank you for your very kind message. Actually, I'm just coming off a very serious eye condition triggered, I suppose by an equally serious upper and lower respiratory thing I picked up on a flight back from Berlin in May (I'm in Los Angeles). The eye required surgery to set things right and I'm just now getting my vision back in the one eye (the other was unaffected). Actually I've had problems with this eye in the past so I'm not surprised the respiratory condition reignited it. This is since May 3 when I got back and I'm just kicking the respiratory infection now. It's been a grueling---what--three months? I've never had anything like this before. Had to be some kind of exotic bug from the deepest parts of Asia or Africa or something because I usually bounce back from these things in 4-5-days. This took 3 different courses of antibiotics to finally get under control (coughing up blood and blowing blood out of my nostrils at one point, but no TB) and I was still coughing a month afterwards. Beware flying internationally. Nowadays you take your life into your hands getting exposed to all these potent diseases like Ebola floating around.

Greatly appreciate you letting me know you enjoy the concerto. You're right; I do get discouraged frequently because generally speaking most musicians aren't interested in doing an ultra-Romantic work these days, especially one that requires such large forces (expert pianist plus accomplished orchestra) to pull off properly. I did get word from someone who loves the concerto--psychologist and author Darrel Ray that he had a friend of his try to get it into the hands of David Stern, violinist Isaac Stern's son who is the conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra but I haven't heard anything since. This was about 6 weeks ago. Got my fingers crossed. Maybe someone can pull a miracle off. I hope so. Thanks so much for getting in touch. I will keep you apprised of any developments. Wishing you all the best and looking forward to any news you might want to share about your own career happenings. Take care,

J Joe Townley

At 1:44am on March 10, 2015, J Joe Townley said…

Hi H. S. and thank you for your very kind comments re My Piano Concerto No 2. Not sure if you were able to get to my bio. Thunbnail; started studying piano seriously at 10; wanted to write a piano concerto desperately by 16 but didn't actually do it until 18 when I wrote a horrid 1st mov. to a Piano Concerto in C Minor in 2-piano/4-hand. Injured my RH forefinger severely at 19-20 (don't remember) but continued with BA and injured finger until giving piano up at 25.

I agree. I'd love to hear this live. The screen-capture mutilated the audio. The SoundCloud audio is much better, but still sounds like an electronic rendering. To put on a performance of this concerto would cost roughly 150K for a top-tier orchestra/pianist so that's not in the offing anytime soon. My advice: don't write piano concertos if you're thinking of getting them performed. Stick with smaller works for small ensembles. Much greater chance of getting them performed live. I will check out your music tomorrow. Just getting this message really late (nearing midnight--yawn) So glad you enjoyed the concerto and noticing that it is cyclic. You're the first out of roughly 5000 viewers to comment on that (including earlier versions on YouTube which I have since deleted). J Joe

At 7:31pm on March 7, 2015, Tyler Hughes said…

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Mahler 4

Posted on July 21, 2017 at 2:11pm 7 Comments

This morning I decided to sit through a performance of Mahler's 4th symphony on youtube... in the hopes of expanding my horizons with Mahler and all that, y'know, since in the past I've really only heard his 1st symphony in full, and only snippets of the others.

Unfortunately, I have to confess my conclusion is still the same as before: his music just doesn't do it for me.  I don't deny his genius at the craft, and certainly he's an excellent orchestrator -- probably far beyond what I…


Did I really write all this crazy hard stuff?!

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 10:05pm 5 Comments

Today I finally got a chance to actually sit down at the piano (well, an electronic one, but still) and try to play my fugue in C# minor myself for the first time. And I was greatly dismayed to discover that I couldn't play it at all... What sounded relatively tame in midi turned out to be extremely difficult for me to play.  That's probably a sign of how lousy my non-existent piano skills are, or perhaps fugues are…


A nice tuba concerto

Posted on November 30, 2015 at 9:55pm 2 Comments

Recently I've been listening to many tuba concertos, to get an idea of the repertoire out there and what's possible on a tuba solo. Today I found this one, which, while it doesn't really feature any particularly unusual solo tricks or virtuoso stunts, is nevertheless a fun-filled romp with many beautifully scored passages:

Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra by Giancarlo Castro D'Addona

Just thought I'd share.

Trouble submitting new discussions

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 9:16pm 4 Comments

This blog entry is really more of a test than anything else... I'm having trouble submitting a new discussion to the analysis and critique section (it keeps ending up in the "we're sorry" page -- this is the 3rd try now), so this is just to see if blog entries will go through.


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