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#1148723 - 01/26/06 03:42 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
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Beauty is in the ear of the beholder. Lack of melody is not popular. "Blowing off modern music" is an expression of taste, not ignorance.

You may not wish to accept it but most of humanity prefers melodies, just as we prefer beauty over ugliness.

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#1148724 - 01/26/06 05:12 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
signa Offline
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Music is simply about expression, communication via sound...organized sound. We can be moved by many different sounds just like we can be moved by many different sights and smells and tastes. Rhythm, balance, harmonie, structure, energy, timbre...so many different things can go into making a piece moving.
i don't have disagreement with this.
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Is dissonance ugly? can be. Is the world ugly...you bet.
Is dissonance beautiful?...God yes, some of the most beautiful moments in music are dissonant, beautiful dissonance.
i never said dissonance is ugly, but without some sort of melodies or themes to support it, it becomes simply non-sense to me (of course not to the composers or selected few). there's a lot of dissonance in Bach's music and i never felt it sounds ugly, simply because of the context within Bach's writing.

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Is a lack of melody a good thing? It is a nessasary thing, why? cause to much melody becomes trite, it loses it's appeal. Do we as humans always communicate using words and sentences and phrases. No. We cry, we shout, we whisper, we gesture, we wink, we nod, we shun...music needs these things as well. Can you have an entire piece with no melody and have it still be emotional? Absolutley, it all depends on how the sound is used.
i agree, without melodies, a piece would sound less trivial and obvious and recognizable. but isn't that exactly what many modern composers do, and then they'd blame public for lack of education or interest on modern music. i wonder why is that, if many of us simply don't care for such music?

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But to completley blow off modern music because it uses different ways of communication is as ignorant and as close minded as to say we should all communicate using grammatically perfect english language. Neglecting all other forms of communication and languages.
i didn't say all modern music is bad, no, i didn't even say it's bad, but meant only that such music doesn't interest me and i wouldn't want to hear it twice. yes, i believe that some people find pleasure listening to only such music, but it's just i'm not the one among such a group.

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Self-indulgent to the composer? You bet, I hope all composers are self-indulgent...and pianists too. Every musician should be self-indulgent. Say what you want, love it, have it mean something special to you and if it does it will show itself. That is if you are being honest. The best composers in history were self-indulgent in their writings. All of them. Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Chopin, Bach, Wagner, Mahler, Prokofiev, Shoenberg, Rachmaninoff...they all wrote for themselves, they were all self-indulgent. Prokofiev loved it when people walked out. Let em walk out.
the problem with the modern composers' self-indugence is that they simply ignore what fundamental thing that music to most people - the signal of the connection to mind or soul within music. without such connection, nobody cares, whether a piece of music is beautiful, or genius, or whatever, because it simply becomes meaningless.

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#1148725 - 01/26/06 05:22 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
signa Offline
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Originally posted by sarabande:
At any rate, I wonder why you came out of nowhere to attack someone else's view who is a regular in the forum when you have not been here regularly all along. [/b]
don't worry about it, sarabande. snap_apple has been around on this forum for long time and he's composer and pianist himself and very good at debating on topics such as this. i actually enjoy reading his post, although i don't always agree with him.

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#1148726 - 01/26/06 06:20 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
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signa, snap-apple,

My apologies to both of you for "interfering". You both raise some really good points and I enjoyed reading what you both have to say.

I'll stay out of it. My main gripe speaking in generalities though are those who just "pop" in every now and then and leave me wondering where they have been on all the other recent threads. I would appreciate hearing the thoughts of those people who appear infrequently more often as typically they have some decent knowledge to impart that they could be a little more generous with those like me who have more to learn. That's what mainly got my dander up. I guess I'm the newbie who should have known better. Again, sorry.

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#1148727 - 01/26/06 07:21 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
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I think it's best to judge each piece of music on its own merit. To state that all Modern/Pop music doesn't hold one's interest is only valid if one has heard it all.

I used to be somewhat of a classical music snob until I realized there was so much more to offer than what I was getting in my own narrow-minded safety corner.

Too much melody becomes trivial – I don’t think so.

Best, John
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#1148728 - 01/27/06 01:02 AM Re: What are you currently composing?
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Hey Sarabande,

I've been a member for a while but I have been really busy lately and haven't posted nor looked at anything in at least 6 or 7 months. But I came back and the post caught my attention.

Signa. Honestly in some ways I am playing a little bit of devils advocate here. I do understand to some extent what your point is...I just hope it isn't as extreme as it comes across.

It's erie how fine the line can be drawn between what is music and what isn't. What sounds good and what doesn't. Sometimes the line is very thin when you'd never think so. Sometimes the technique is born out of what needs to be said.

Take Prokofiev for example. He was sarcastic, barbaric, angry, violent, bent up about the wars amungst him, he was a rebel in school, what kind of music comes from that kind of emotional turmoil? He was the first to introduce the harsh, unmerciful use of dissonance. However passages of bi-tonal music can be found in composers works far before him. Chopin has many moments of harsh dissonace same with Bach...like you mentioned...actual bitonal passages (though they would never be analyzed as such) None the less Prokofiev really gave it to us naked and exposed nothing pretty at all. And people hated it. But now we connect with it...I know I do at some points. For me, a citizen of the U.S in 2006, I need more then say a Beethoven Sonata to really cut loose violently. I mean Beethoven is great, he was considerd ruthless and gross in his day, but now I need something with more bite. More synocopation, more edge, more dissonance, more power. And some of these modern pieces have that bite. By the way speaking of Prokofiev you know for all the unmelodic writing he did, did you know that he is quoted as saying "the most important thing in music is melody."

And aside from just straight up dissonant chords some modern music from the 60's and 70's use stuff that is out of this world crazy and yet has the most profound emotional effect. Like Penderecki's "threnody for hiroshima" 52 strings with unusual extended techniques and all sorts of micro-tonal modern craziness...but it sounds so powerful and moving. Absolutely no melody...no typical harmony, very unpinnable rhythmic material...but it makes a powerfully moving musical statement. No way could any such thing be said using typical harmonies and melodies...this is far more impacting and real.

But it takes a while to let new sounds and techniques soak in. The difference between Bach and Barber are not as big as they seem, yet they are seperated by more then 200 years. The differences between Wagner and Shoenberg are not that big yet many would consider Wagner's music to be far more "beautiful."
The difference between Bach, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Frederic Rzewski's music is not as big as some would think.

Point is...modern music isn't as random as some would think. It has it's roots, it has it's connection with the world around it...at least the good compositions do. An open mind does a lot of good in becoming a fan. I know from experience because I myself had to learn to open my mind and ears and find it's good points. I stopped laughing off certain things and really tried to find the meaning inside. And much of it is very much a personal and real form of communication.

And it's important to remember that a piece is never meaningless if you yourself truly love it and respect it and if it is honestly your voice. If it is inside you and it begs to come out...if it really is connected to you then it isn't meaningless. The public may not get it...that is true in real life as well. Sometimes people just to get other people and ignore them, it doesn't make the person meaningless. And we would all love to be excepted and popular with other people just like we would love our works to be excepted and popular too...fact is sometimes it is not. Especially if your own ideas our outside the box a little.

So it is as much our job as composers to write for the audience as it is our job as people to live for other people. You live to please everyone you will inevidably fail in life simply because you can not please everyone. Same in music. Can not please everyone no matter what. Even Rachmaninoff with his most beautiful melodies and harmonies and sounds has haters. Even Bach, many people hate Bach. You can not please them all. So don't even try to guess what the public is looking for or what they want...you never know. Write for yourself and if it truly has something special to say it will find a way to live on.

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#1148729 - 01/27/06 01:21 AM Re: What are you currently composing?
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Originally posted by snap_apple:
Hey Sarabande,
I've been a member for a while but I have been really busy lately and haven't posted nor looked at anything in at least 6 or 7 months. But I came back and the post caught my attention.
[/b]
Well, I'm glad your back and to hear another voice here. When I first became aquainted with music of the Modern era, I was a little taken back by it but I saw how enthused the prof.'s were about it (this was 10 + years ago), that I begin thinking there must be something worthwhile there and once I listened more and understood more even began enjoying it. I ended up writing a couple minimilistic pieces that are a couple of my favorites (something I would have never done prior).

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#1148730 - 01/27/06 11:30 AM Re: What are you currently composing?
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And it's important to remember that a piece is never meaningless if you yourself truly love it and respect it and if it is honestly your voice. If it is inside you and it begs to come out...if it really is connected to you then it isn't meaningless. The public may not get it...that is true in real life as well. Sometimes people just to get other people and ignore them, it doesn't make the person meaningless. And we would all love to be excepted and popular with other people just like we would love our works to be excepted and popular too...fact is sometimes it is not. Especially if your own ideas our outside the box a little.
snap_apple, i see your point. but considering why certain music sounding meanless to me or others, it's not because we didn't open our ear or mind to listen to it, and we did but it simply sounds nothing but meanings. yes, i see the composer's point too, clever harmonic color and passages, trying to be unique and creative. it certainly means something to the composer who wrote the music. but does it mean anything to me? no, unfortunately no and that's what i call the tragedy of those type of modern music, since the composers are simply not writing for someone else (let's not even include the majority of public), but for themselves. is there genius in such music? i bet it does (and i noticed and not just closed minded), but it still doesn't mean anything. current modern music seems to me loosing clear direction of where it should go, and it seems more confused when it comes down to individuality, new tonal language or techniques and projected sound/music. the point is that if composers stop writing music for others rather than themselves, then don't expect anyone else would accept such music.

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#1148731 - 01/27/06 11:58 AM Re: What are you currently composing?
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Originally posted by snap_apple:
Point is...modern music isn't as random as some would think. It has it's roots, it has it's connection with the world around it...at least the good compositions do. An open mind does a lot of good in becoming a fan. I know from experience because I myself had to learn to open my mind and ears and find it's good points. I stopped laughing off certain things and really tried to find the meaning inside. And much of it is very much a personal and real form of communication.[/b]
I appreciate much of the music by living composers, but it seems there has been a trend of late away from recognizable melodic repetition and development. Perhaps I'm missing something, but I find much of the music by Jennifer Higdon or John Adams potentially interesting yet it fails to hold my interest because it seems like a stream of consciousness. There is no development nor recapitulation of any sort. It's just musical idea after musical idea and for me that loses interest after a while.

This was highlighted at a recent festival of new music locally. I heard an interesting piece for solo cello, but it bored me after a while for the reasons described above. After the concert I heard the composer make a comment about "no repetition of any kind" and it struck me that this must be what they're teaching in music schools these days. Is this the new serialism?
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Originally posted by snap_apple:
So it is as much our job as composers to write for the audience as it is our job as people to live for other people. You live to please everyone you will inevidably fail in life simply because you can not please everyone. Same in music. Can not please everyone no matter what. Even Rachmaninoff with his most beautiful melodies and harmonies and sounds has haters. Even Bach, many people hate Bach. You can not please them all. So don't even try to guess what the public is looking for or what they want...you never know. Write for yourself and if it truly has something special to say it will find a way to live on. [/b]
Beautifully said, I can do no better. The advice to write for yourself is crucial to the composer because that's the person you have to live with daily. If you write for yourself then at least you'll have one ardent fan that truly believes in your work (yourself). If you don't then no one will believe in your work and at that point why bother?

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#1148732 - 01/27/06 04:49 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
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Originally posted by signa:
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And it's important to remember that a piece is never meaningless if you yourself truly love it and respect it and if it is honestly your voice. If it is inside you and it begs to come out...if it really is connected to you then it isn't meaningless. The public may not get it...that is true in real life as well. Sometimes people just to get other people and ignore them, it doesn't make the person meaningless. And we would all love to be excepted and popular with other people just like we would love our works to be excepted and popular too...fact is sometimes it is not. Especially if your own ideas our outside the box a little.
snap_apple, i see your point. but considering why certain music sounding meanless to me or others, it's not because we didn't open our ear or mind to listen to it, and we did but it simply sounds nothing but meanings. yes, i see the composer's point too, clever harmonic color and passages, trying to be unique and creative. it certainly means something to the composer who wrote the music. but does it mean anything to me? no, unfortunately no and that's what i call the tragedy of those type of modern music, since the composers are simply not writing for someone else (let's not even include the majority of public), but for themselves. is there genius in such music? i bet it does (and i noticed and not just closed minded), but it still doesn't mean anything. current modern music seems to me loosing clear direction of where it should go, and it seems more confused when it comes down to individuality, new tonal language or techniques and projected sound/music. the point is that if composers stop writing music for others rather than themselves, then don't expect anyone else would accept such music. [/b]
Meaningless is a very powerful word to describe art. I don't think your being fair by labeling music you don't enjoy or that your peers don't enjoy as being meaningless. Their are many works I would never want to hear again and that didn't connect with me at all but I would never call them meaningless...I would simply say I didn't feel a connection to the piece. And thats cool, that is what makes us all human, we all like different things and have different tastes.

Their is one big problem in your theory though on audience connection... [q]current modern music seems to me loosing clear direction of where it should go, and it seems more confused when it comes down to individuality, new tonal language or techniques and projected sound/music. the point is that if composers stop writing music for others rather than themselves, then don't expect anyone else would accept such music.[/q][/b]

...and that is...that this is the case at every given moment through out history. In a way it is the meaning of life, certainly the personal challenge for composers and other artists. What do I want to say? Who am I? Why is it important? How does that sound? Life is one big journey, a search for importance and self. Every single composer who ever lived delt with such questions. Every single era has been at one time labeld "modern." Every single modern era has been trashed, ridiculed and misunderstood by the public. Every single one. Our "modern" era is no different from other "modern eras" it was the same stuff over and over again.

The difference is Now...50, 100, 200 years later it has soaked in. We have evolved, our ears have evolved, and what was once shocking and confusing is now tame and pleasent or cool. No reason why 100 years from now our music will sound pretty cool...or in 200 years sound banal and pleasent.

It's important to note that we are always evolving has human beings. We soak up everything like a spounge. The sights we see, the people we meet, the food we taste, it all changes us and allows us to grow. And as musicians...epsecially as composers, the sounds we here really change us, move us, and get us to think. So it's no wonder why composers struggle to say what they need to say. The are constantly searching for every possible sound that says exactly what they want. Is it melodic? How simple? is it angst? How angst? No I'm angry...not that angry? what sounds violent? No really violent I want to scare the hell out of them? ...constantly searching for sounds.

And as sound evolves...think of how sound has evolved throught out history...from monophonic music, to polyphonic, chamber orchestras, symphony orchestras, computer technology, recording devices...as sound evolves we as composers pick up on that and it becomes a part of us. So modern music will usually be shocking to most people who rely on what they are comfortable listening too. Thing is it is the modern composers who instill the new sounds into the public's ear...who push them to hear it. It is the modern composers who provoke the younger generation of composers. And after a while...a long while those modern composers (who are most likely dead) finally become normal.

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#1148733 - 01/27/06 05:22 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
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Originally posted by snap_apple:
The differences between Wagner and Shoenberg are not that big yet many would consider Wagner's music to be far more "beautiful".[/b]
Just a minor comment... Wagner's music is (to begin with--although I'm not going further than that) tonal, Shoenberg's is atonal: there's *a huge* difference.

It was actually Shoenberg who tried to convince the world (and apparently succeeded) that Wagner was leaving tonality (with Tristan), breaking way to atonality. However, Tristan has little or nothing to do with atonality (atonality being lack of tonal center, and thus, lack of tonal tension): Tristan is full of tonal tension, phrases not quite getting to their destinations, etc.... It was Liszt, who begun to break the way, and consciously so.

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#1148734 - 01/27/06 08:38 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
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snap_apple, i only said 'meaningless' to me or others other than composers themselves, which projects huge difference literally. of course, the music a composer wrote always mean something to him/her. but it doesn't mean it would mean anything to others. i wonder if such modern music would survive when only obscure 'language' they use in composition could be understood by themselves and themselves alone? who else actually wants to go through the trouble trying to understand such language or music, unless we have nothing else better to do, right? such effort may pose nothing more than anything else to music professors or musicology specialists, but for an average person why should we be bothered with that? if the music doesn't sound interesting or even pleasant musically when we first hear it, then why bother to hear it again and for what we need to do that? there's no point to most people who has heard some modern music like that. that's exactly what i actually meant about 'meaningless'.

i fully understand why composers want to be unique and show individuality, which any artists would try to do. Mozart, Beethoven and many others have done that in their time. but even then, they didn't just do it for sake of doing it, and they wanted their music to be heard and understood. i just wonder current age composers understand this simple fact? do they want to be understood or just to try being 'cute' writing stuff only satisfying themselves?

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#1148735 - 01/28/06 03:23 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
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Originally posted by signa:
snap_apple, i only said 'meaningless' to me or others other than composers themselves, which projects huge difference literally.[/b]
your right it does.

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of course, the music a composer wrote always mean something to him/her. but it doesn't mean it would mean anything to others. i wonder if such modern music would survive when only obscure 'language' they use in composition could be understood by themselves and themselves alone? who else actually wants to go through the trouble trying to understand such language or music, unless we have nothing else better to do, right? such effort may pose nothing more than anything else to music professors or musicology specialists, but for an average person why should we be bothered with that? if the music doesn't sound interesting or even pleasant musically when we first hear it, then why bother to hear it again and for what we need to do that? there's no point to most people who has heard some modern music like that. that's exactly what i actually meant about 'meaningless'.

i fully understand why composers want to be unique and show individuality, which any artists would try to do. Mozart, Beethoven and many others have done that in their time. but even then, they didn't just do it for sake of doing it, and they wanted their music to be heard and understood. i just wonder current age composers understand this simple fact? do they want to be understood or just to try being 'cute' writing stuff only satisfying themselves? [/b]
But it's like I said before, it's extremely common and normal for the average person to dislike the new music of their time. Yet the music does live on. Usually only a select few understand the music and enjoy it honestly but over time and over musics naturally evolving process people do come to accept and enjoy it.

Hopefully nobody writes something new or different just for the sake of being new or different. It will never work. Why? because it isn't honest, it's is an attempt, it is a fabricated way of trying to be individual. Nothing like that could ever come from the heart. In a situation where a composer sets out to do something new just to be different they are placing mind above soul and they are better off as inventors rather then musicians.

And of course their are composers who do this...a lot of them...it was actually a taught method from about the late 50's on up. And it is why much of the music from that period (modern) doesn't connect. And for that reson, I do agree with much of what you say, I'm in a way playing devils advocate. And mediocre musicians will also attempt to use their mind to invent to tricks rather then their heart.

But...it doesn't mean that all modern music is like that. Their are composers, the better ones of this generation, that really believe and live and breathe the music they are writing. It's honest and real...it may sound odd but it is more impacting. and that is how all art works.

I like to think of it like this. Their is no bad style. No style of music is bad or wrong or unmusical. Symphonic, Opera, Classical period, Baroque period, Rock and Roll, Serialist, Jazz, Musical theater, hip hop, country, minimilst...thier is no bad style of music. Their is only good or bad Opera, good or bad Serialist music, good or bad hip hop. You can't take one song from a genre and hold it true for all the other songs and song writers of that genre. Same holds true in contemporary music. Their are some brilliant and gifted composers of our generation who have a distinct and honest voice and something important to say. Their are also some who try and imitate or who give in to other writers philosophies and neglect their own or who feel lost in their time period and fail do to a lack of commitment to their own honest feelings. The question is which ones are great writers and which ones aren't. Time usually answers that question for us. But it's impossible to determine that answer in the here and now, we can just try and soak in everything that music has to offer us.

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#1148736 - 01/28/06 10:27 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
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Hi all,

I'm new to this forum, and would like to briefly draw your attention to my 2 original pieces (in the member recordings section) They are intended as the first two pieces in a larger set done in all minor keys. I'm exited about this idea of all minors, and my goal is to humbly offer the piano world a complete 12-key song set of original pieces in the shadow of Chopin's Etudes. I'm not attempting to "crash down pianistic barriers" which have already been shattered a hundred years ago. Nor am I attempting to introduce new techniques. I simply want to create a set of well-crafted, technically satisfying piano pieces which have not been heard.
I want the pianist as a serious composer to return to the fold and to be embraced by the classical community.
In the "Member recordings" section, I was expecting to find much more original compositions by forum members than I did. This forum is an international community of pianists, piano players, and piano lovers. What better a place to nurture new music?

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#1148737 - 01/29/06 12:06 AM Re: What are you currently composing?
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Ethan, welcome. You'll find most of the new compositions in this forum, while you'll find most recordings in that forum. Sift through...there are a number of recordings in this forum. ;\)
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#1148738 - 01/29/06 01:02 AM Re: What are you currently composing?
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I'm currently working on a farewell song for the longtime minister of my church on the piano. Starts off soft and ends with a nice twinkling roll in the Treble, which will sound better on the 6-foot kawai at my church.

By the way, welcome Ethan.

-The T
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#1148739 - 01/29/06 07:30 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
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I've just taken to the idea of "polymodality." I heard in a recent lecture that Bartók hated atonal music, but he himself realized the opportunity in being able to use all 12 tones - so he often wrote a piece in, for example, C Major, but he used both the phrygian and lydian modes of C major so that he could use all 12 tones. (phrygian + lydian is the only polymodal combination that gives all 12 tones)

So, I'm working on a piece called (what else?) "polymodality." I'm using both the phrygian and lydian modes so that I can use all 12 tones, and possibly still give some sense of "tonality" to the piece (hopefully).
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#1148740 - 01/29/06 08:17 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
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Sounds like fun, PJ. I just wrote a little cadenza to Liszt's Hungarian No 2 because I can't stand the other one or two I hear people play. (They drive me insane...)

Care to listen?

It's rendered through "Finale". I have sheet music if you'd like to see it. I'll try to upload all that now. It's pretty short...only about 3-4 pages. And I put the "previous section" and the "end" in just so you get a sense of how it fits.
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#1148741 - 01/29/06 08:21 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
pianojerome Offline
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Originally posted by Derulux:
Care to listen?
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lol!!!

\:D
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#1148742 - 01/31/06 06:30 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
PianoBeast10489 Offline
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Symphony No.1 in B minor
Piano Concerto No.5 in Bb Major, II , III
Some preludes, some nocturnes.

Thats about it right now. I've been really busy lately so I am trying to minimize the number of works i have until im not soo busy!

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#1148743 - 02/25/06 04:53 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
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Im writing a set of preludes. I think ill do 12 now, then another 12 in a decade or so. Then compare them. That'd be really interesting.

If your interested, I think about 6 of them are posted here;

members.sibeliusmusic.com/brucejefferies

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#1148744 - 02/25/06 05:13 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
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Loc: PA
I just finished this soundtrack for a song called "Captured In Eternity".
http://www.artistcollaboration.com/~johnny-boy/WMA-CAPTURED-INSTR.wma
Best, John
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#1148745 - 02/25/06 07:03 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
Derulux Offline
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Loc: Philadelphia
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Originally posted by bruce-san:
Im writing a set of preludes. I think ill do 12 now, then another 12 in a decade or so. Then compare them. That'd be really interesting.

If your interested, I think about 6 of them are posted here;

members.sibeliusmusic.com/brucejefferies [/b]
I love writing preludes...they're so much fun. You never know when you're going to write a little gem that stands on its own and says, nodding as vigorously as it can for a little guy, "I can play with the big boys!" ;\)

Here's my lastest one: Link to Thread
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#1148746 - 02/25/06 07:46 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
Guri Offline
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Registered: 01/28/06
Posts: 11
Currently I'm working on the massive project of rewriting and revamping all my early works. I haven't composed anything really new in the past few months, but nobody knows when the muse will strike next...

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#1148747 - 02/26/06 12:39 AM Re: What are you currently composing?
Allazart Offline
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Registered: 03/16/02
Posts: 389
Nothing.

Actually, I continue to sketch music but I haven't been able to devote the time to polish them up.

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#1148748 - 02/26/06 09:17 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
PianoBeast10489 Offline
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Registered: 11/17/04
Posts: 830
Loc: Virginia Beach,VA
Symphony No.1 in B minor
Piano Concerto No.5 in Bb Major, III
Set of 24 preludes (on prelude No.5)
Clarinet Sonata No.1 in Db Major, I, II, III

and I just finished a Nocturne in G minor (I think I'm gonna post that)

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#1148749 - 02/27/06 02:41 AM Re: What are you currently composing?
Derulux Offline
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Registered: 06/06/05
Posts: 5314
Loc: Philadelphia
I've decided to work on my own prelude set. I'm on 7 of "X" (wrote the first, fifth and sixth in the last 24 hours...the fourth, I wrote a couple days ago...it's the link a few posts up).

Any chance I can get one of you other prelude writers to post some links to your preludes? I'd like to listen while I'm like-minded. \:\)
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#1148750 - 02/27/06 06:37 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
N.S. Canzano ^_^ Offline
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Registered: 01/06/06
Posts: 49
Loc: Livonia, MI
Ballade No. 2 in E-flat Major
Overture to 'Earl Grey'
String Quintet No. 1 in A minor
Scherzo in E-flat Minor

whoo!
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#1148751 - 02/27/06 06:41 PM Re: What are you currently composing?
PianoBeast10489 Offline
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Registered: 11/17/04
Posts: 830
Loc: Virginia Beach,VA
I just posted my preludes so far, Derelux. Go take a look!

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#1148752 - 03/01/06 12:56 AM Re: What are you currently composing?
L'echange Offline
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Registered: 11/10/05
Posts: 634
Loc: Romney WV
I am currently working on several projects

My main one is a theme and variations for string trio. It is a compositional exercise in 12 tone music assigned by my composition teacher. I plan on writing 18 variations, with 2 fugues, one double fugue, and an 'interrupted canon'. I currently have finished the theme and 6 variations (including the interrupted canon)

I am also working on a solo piano piece entitled "the room of sound"
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