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#1870824 - 03/30/12 05:24 AM String Orchestra work, premiered in Seattle last Autumn.
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Registered: 11/26/07
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If you remember, last Autumn, I was on my way to Seattle. My work Superabimus was being premiered by Octava Chamber Orchestra, directed by Johan Louwersheimer

I was lucky enough to get video footage of the performance but I had to wait until the score was published. Now that everything is set, we prepared a semi-montaged video of the premier and I'm very happy to present it to you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5y964hPza8

Orchestra: Octava Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Johan Louwersheimer
Concert Master (though ill at that time and unable to make it to the stage): Matthew Weiss (a wonderful violinist).

I'd like to think of this work as one of my most approachable in aesthetic terms, where the dissonances, while present do not fully bother and there is melodic material to be found.

Feel free to comment anything! And thanks for reading and watching and listening.

No piano in this one... heh...
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#1873486 - 04/04/12 05:11 AM Re: String Orchestra work, premiered in Seattle last Autumn. [Re: Nikolas]
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Congratulations Nikolas,
on having your composition, performed and commissioned by Octava Chamber Orchestra in Seattle. And wonderful that you were able to travel from your home country to attend.

I've listened to your composition here , "Superabimus' , a few times over the past week. If I was to talk to you in person over a coffee (:) good idea), there are several things I'd enjoy to ask you about your experience with this piece.

I wonder how it sounds and feels to you , listening afterwards, to this recording of an ensemble playing and performing your composition.
I am intrigued by your piece. It draws me in to a musical awareness and play that touches familiarity.

This is a very fine composition,
I look forward to hearing more of your ongoing explorations.



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#1874083 - 04/05/12 09:24 AM Re: String Orchestra work, premiered in Seattle last Autumn. [Re: Nikolas]
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That's a very interesting piece. It's definitely dramatic and very well crafted. There are parts where the strings don't sound entirely in tune and I suspect the harmonic language may have proven a challenge. Where there's a stronger sense of tonality it sounds good and where it's very dissonant it sounds fine, it's the in between parts that sound off to my ears. Call me crazy.

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#1874106 - 04/05/12 10:11 AM Re: String Orchestra work, premiered in Seattle last Autumn. [Re: Nikolas]
Nikolas Offline
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Hey guys!

Thanks for listening and for posting! smile

Dara: The first time I heard an orchestra playing a work of my own was back in 2006 and it simply felt STUNNING! I already had the means to listen to the work through the computer, but I don't compose through the computer at all (use pencil and manuscript) so it felt a little like a surprise and a little like a dream coming true.

The same happens everytime I hear an orchestra play one of my works, or a soloist for that matter. Here with Superabimus things were even more 'upped'. This was the first piece that I got commissioned after completing my PhD in composition, so it was a sort of 'YAY!!!! I'm free' kind of thing. So my feeling got a bit mixed up with composing this. On the one hand it's not as advanced aesthetically, as other works, on the other hand it's a labour of 'true love'.

I wish I knew you were close by when I visited the States. I could've met you in person. Perhaps next time! ^_^
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#1874107 - 04/05/12 10:13 AM Re: String Orchestra work, premiered in Seattle last Autumn. [Re: Nikolas]
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Steve: I hate to admit it but you're right! And it's the slow parts that did the 'damage' more than the fast parts actually. The quantplets (however you spell that work) work just fine and just as expected! The slow passes though... hmmm... The concert master was missing from the orchestra as well (being ill unfortunately... And in very much pain that night! :'( ) so perhaps this has something to do with it all.

So... you're not crazy at all! And your hearing works perfectly fine I think.
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