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Fugal Variations (revised version)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Liz Atems Jan 30. 22 Replies

I finally have a draft to share of a REVISED VERSION of the piece I wrote over the summer and have been tinkering with, on and off, ever since.The title of the piece is sort of a misnomer as it is…Continue

Vagn Holmboe (1909-1996)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Liz Atems Jul 26, 2020. 14 Replies

I've mentioned him as a major influence on my personal style, so I thought I'd throw his name out there to see whether other people here are familiar with his work and what they think of it.He is…Continue

Fugal Variations in C Minor

Started this discussion. Last reply by Liz Atems Sep 12, 2020. 45 Replies

This is a work that I began as a composition exercise, in preparation for writing a fugal variation to Gerd Prengel’s Beethoven sketch. It was originally to be a short, self-contained fugue based on…Continue

Let's talk about DAWs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Smith Jul 8, 2020. 84 Replies

Yes, I know I said I wasn't really interested in considering a DAW at this time. But given all the trouble I've had with Sibelius and NotePerformer, and given that the experts can't even be sure…Continue

 

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Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations (revised version)
"For anyone who hasn't heard this yet, I've updated the links in the OP to point to the current revision, which I think will be the final one. No significant changes to the notes (other than spellings), only tweaks to the tempo markings. I…"
Jan 30
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations (revised version)
"Well damn, I'm humbled! I was just going through some of the other poems by Amanda Gorman this weekend. For those who don't know, she's the young poet who was chosen to read one of her poems (called "The Hill We Climb") at…"
Jan 25
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations (revised version)
"Hi Ingo, Yes, you understand the sound world of this piece perfectly, everything you mention was part of the ground rules I set for myself: no note values shorter than 8th notes, plus never more than 4 voices, mostly legato phrasing, no homophony…"
Jan 21
Ingo Lee replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations (revised version)
"This is fascinating and skillfully constructed piece Liz and it will appeal to some but I doubt that it will ever be popular even by classical standards. But you knew that you were setting high standards for yourself and your listeners with…"
Jan 21
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations (revised version)
"Thanks Dane... A bit redfaced that you saw the earlier post, but ok. I don't think of the interplay in bars 56-60 as true polyphony though I guess it is, more of a "double theme" of the kind you find in... okay, yes, Bruckner. The…"
Jan 21
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations (revised version)
"Ha, yes, I was going to list a few passages as you asked and lateness in replying came from trying to choose from among the many that span this work. I should have used the term "free counterpoint" or polyphony because it's riddled…"
Jan 21
Liz Atems replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion 2 Scherzi in c-minor for string quartett
"Hi Gerd, I much prefer the second one, as well. The opening, with those short ff cello declamations, is really arresting and the development is indeed more varied. Those interjections that Dane refers to (m. 44 and m. 52 are harmonically much more…"
Jan 20
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations (revised version)
"Hi Dane, I'm another Bruckner fan, love his #8, #9, and #6 (in that order I think), though I could never write in his style and he isn't in my pantheon if composers who have influenced me. I deleted an earlier version of this post because…"
Jan 20
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations (revised version)
"I think reception depends a lot on to what the listener is accustomed and their general preferences. To me, a long work like this is no trouble, given it unrolls with some very interesting twists in the counterpoint and scoring. It doesn't pall…"
Jan 20
Liz Atems replied to Saul Gefen's discussion In Love
"Hi Saul, Yes, it's really a matter of taste. The piano part is truly exquisite, and for me the the electronic mutterings and whisperings just sort of spoil the effect. The evocation of "in love" would work better if the piece were…"
Jan 19
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations (revised version)
"Hi Gerd, Thanks again for your feedback! To answer your question... apparently it does have to be this long, as everything in it was part of what I wanted to say in this piece, including L to W. The piece as a whole is much about the dark time we…"
Jan 19
Gerd Prengel replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations (revised version)
"Dear Liz, I can say that I took quite some time to listen to this huge work together with the score. It has a wonderful theme and contains tremendous beauties thoughout the piece which really let me recall Beethoven's 131,1. But still I also…"
Jan 19
Liz Atems replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Song Without Words - mezzo + strings.
"Hi Dane! Well that certainly jarred me out of the conventional tonality mindset I've been in for the past few weeks! I think I needed that... Yes, relatively modern in idiom (though still anchored in the mid-20th century not-quite-avant garde).…"
Jan 18
Liz Atems replied to Saul Gefen's discussion In Love
"Beautiful and evocative... I have to agree with Dane though, that the final chord seemed, maybe not out of place, but superfluous. (And also with Gerd that I'm not too fond of electronic effects, but that's another de gustibus thing.) Very…"
Jan 18
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations (revised version)
"Sure, and there is a lot of thematic material in it, mostly derived from the subject and countersubject, and plenty of changes of tonality and mode, and of texture, dynamics, and mood. Only the basic pulse stays roughly constant (though certainly…"
Jan 18
Saul Gefen replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations (revised version)
"it makes little difference, the piece is pretty much at the same tempi, you need variety of themes, colors, contrasts, etc..."
Jan 18

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
20th century
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
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Vermont, USA
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 studied theory and composition with William Albright and William Bolcom at Michigan during the 1970s, but lost contact with the performing community and stopped composing after graduating. Recently I discovered MuseScore and used it to revise a string quartet from my student days. I plan to continue to compose in my spare time and would like to interact with more experienced and professional composers.

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At 6:47pm on February 21, 2020, Timothy Smith said…

Welcome Liz. I think I sent a friend request. This was simply to offer putting your work to instruments libraries.

At 8:44pm on February 12, 2020, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Liz!

 
 
 

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