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#2050778 - 03/19/13 11:43 AM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Great new, Congrats!
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#2050794 - 03/19/13 12:17 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Congratulations! It sounds like a nice piece.

I wish the piano had been tuned better in the recording. I am grateful that I got sucked into the jazz world in my tuning career, which forced me to learn to tune the top octaves well.
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#2050817 - 03/19/13 12:57 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Wonderful stories, Nikolas! All of them were very effective. Congratulations to you!

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#2050836 - 03/19/13 01:27 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Congratulations!

Will there be a 2 piano version?
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#2050856 - 03/19/13 01:51 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Congratulations Nikolas. I feel like I know a star. I definitely heard some Bartok and Satie in those 7 mvts.
The piano sounded great [ as did the pianists]. I loved the split screen and the blurred visual effects.

Wonderful.

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#2050880 - 03/19/13 02:28 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Thank you all!

To answer your questions:

1. I don't particularly like "just" showing two pianists playing a piece (while I see the value for other pianists, teachers, musicians, composers, etc), so at least I added some effects which in my composing-oriented mind seemed cool! As I've heard from others, the videos fit the music very well (which goes to show how my mind is wired to the music), but I've no idea how technically correct they are as far as filming if concerned...

2. Hakki: To be honest, I don't see a reason for a 2 piano rearrangement. I'd prefer to work on new works instead... After all I do think that as it stands they sound very very rich and full, so not sure I see the point either...

3. BDB: It was rather well tuned (*ahem*), but there was 1 of the 3 strings in a high Ab that kept bugging me. Especially since we used the una corda pedal, and as such it was the only string hitting... Very audible in "A rather innocent Incubus".

4. Farmgirl: I already feel that the scores are a tiny bit expensive for the American market, but it's impossible to lower them any further, since I'm in Greece. Still I'm very much in favor of offering as much as possible, especially when contemporary music is concerned (if you think about it this is why Editions Musica Ferrum was created in the first place), so take your time; the prices can go down, but not up! wink
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#2050883 - 03/19/13 02:31 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Congrats, Nikolas!!! Amazing!

I really enjoyed those of your "Piano Stories" that I listened to already. Hopefully we (i.e. the world of piano) also may expect some more solo piano pieces from you in the future! smile
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#2050887 - 03/19/13 02:39 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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pianovirus: I serious hope so myself! wink I am working on several ideas already, but nothing I can share with you (the public) right now.

BTW, I will be in Frankfurt for the Messe on April 10th - 12th. If you're around (not sure how far is Stuttgart) perhaps we can meet for a beer or... a beer? smile
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#2050888 - 03/19/13 02:42 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Perhaps I'll just get RNCM library to order it in for me :P

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#2050891 - 03/19/13 02:46 PM Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Tanti complementi, Nicolas!

This is a very well-deserved recognition, proving that, at least in Europe, it still requires talent, knowledge, talent, skill, talent, long-term dedication, and (did I mention?) talent to succeed.

I very much enjoyed the few sections that you posted previously, but my new favorite is Meteor!

I would like to take credit for some of this, asserting that you benefited from the scores I sent you, BUT I know they arrived long after this was written!

Unbelieveable writing, great playing, and (I have to admit) a nice video as well. By all means, let us know the venue and date of the USA and Canadian performances. (CasInItaly, Landorrano, and I may also be interested in the performance in Italy.)

Best wishes!
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#2050894 - 03/19/13 02:54 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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debrucey: If you do get around asking them to order it for you, you might as well propose that they order everything! wink That's be much better, no? :P

(But honestly, if I may say so myself, this IS a beautiful score with Pieros illustration, so it's a score worth owning... *ahem*)...

Ed: Gracia mon ami!

Nice video, huh? I'm so glad that I'm getting good at this! wink But yes, I will let you know about any performances I hear about (and in general, not just this work, since more performances are coming in... The one that I DO know about is one in Arlington, TX, in July the 13th... But more to come later on (trying to find a way to come, so... I'll pass through NYC for sure! :))
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#2050910 - 03/19/13 03:06 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Yeh, I'll definitely do that. They have never rejected a request for purchase so far.

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#2050915 - 03/19/13 03:09 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: debrucey]
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Originally Posted By: debrucey
Yeh, I'll definitely do that. They have never rejected a request for purchase so far.
Really?!?! That's surprising...

In any case I'd be obliged if you could get me in touch and I'll deal with the rest... Cause I don't actually have too much access to uni libraries right now (just a couple that I've used in the past and know the people in the inside).

BTW, to all:

Someone in the teachers forum said that it would be a good idea to have sample pages of the scores.

If you visit the link of the work here: http://www.musica-ferrum.com/catalog/viewitem.php?show=47 and click on 'preview' there's five (5) pages for preview purposes.

Just in case it's not clear... smile

Thanks everyone!
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#2050998 - 03/19/13 05:27 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Nicholas, that's wonderful news! Your postings show how much your music means to you so you must be filled with joy! What a great way to have your talent validated! Kudos to you!
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#2051001 - 03/19/13 05:28 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Congratulations! Very cool!

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#2051076 - 03/19/13 10:07 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Congratulations!!!! What a well deserved honor!!!!!!!!!!

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#2051087 - 03/19/13 10:47 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Congratulations Nikolas! You're awesome!

I came across these videos from another direction, without knowing about this thread/award, and thought they were some of the best new music I'd heard in a long time.
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#2051094 - 03/19/13 11:10 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Nikolas that's just fantastic! Great news.

Here's to many more accolades to come, and performances too! smile
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#2051127 - 03/20/13 12:30 AM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Nikolas, hearty congratulations! I listened to the entire recording and thoroughly enjoyed all of it. I'm active in a local pianists' group that includes some very talented musicians, and I'm thinking about buying the score and persuading one of my colleagues to perform it with me.

I live within a 30 minute drive from Arlington, Tx, and I'd love to attend that upcoming performance. Could you either post the details here or PM me.

Again, congratulations!
Chris

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#2051129 - 03/20/13 12:34 AM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Thank you all.

Deborah: I'm a tiny bit ashamed to say that it feels exactly that: Having my music validated. It's one thing for someone to like your music, another for someone to buy a score, another for someone to performed, and a whole different level for a jury to decide your work is the best! smile So... YAY! laugh

tangleweeds: Fluttered! Thank you so much. I'm not sure from where you've reached the video(s) but I'm glad you did. It means that something is working around and pointing there eventually...

Chris: Sure thing. Once I know a few more details I'll let everyone know about the Arlington, TX thing... And any other to come. About the score: I will admit that 1-5 are not too difficult or damning in technical terms. They are a bit challenging on musical terms. And they are rather tonal. But 6-7 are quite a bit more difficult in every account. Still I'd love to see other takes for this music. It's 'classical music' and as such deserves to be played live, rather than on youtube, or an mp3, or something like that... smile

Thank you, once more, all! smile
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#2051134 - 03/20/13 12:59 AM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Congratulations! You must be on top of the world.
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#2051140 - 03/20/13 01:43 AM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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This is great news. Thanks for sharing it. The recognition is well deserved.
Thanks for the performance video too. The scrolling transparent score is a nice touch. My favorite among the movements is the sparrow.

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#2051195 - 03/20/13 05:36 AM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Congratulations!

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#2051201 - 03/20/13 06:04 AM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Good on you Nikolas. I hope this opens the gates to further performances and recognition.
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#2051250 - 03/20/13 09:27 AM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Hi Nikolas,

Sorry I missed this until now. A very hearty congratulations! Enjoy the moment, you certainly deserve it. The music is awesome (I'm in Meteor fight now), a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. Best wishes to you for continued success.

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#2051324 - 03/20/13 12:09 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Nikolas -

I just finished listening to the entire video. Fantastic !!! You and Ms. Akrivou are a solid team. The music is extremely engaging (loved movements 5 and 7 in particular). The video effects are effective (yes, you are getting good at that), and the overall recording quality is excellent !!

Easy to see why you won first prize !!!! Good to know that the work will be getting some exposure in both Europe and the US. It deserves to heard !!!!

CONGRATULATIONS thumb thumb thumb thumb
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#2051455 - 03/20/13 04:34 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Thank all once more!

Steve: Especially thanks for your comments, since I really appreciate you as a composer! smile

carey: Thanks bud! ^_^ 5 and 7, huh? It's quite interesting that every movement captures some people from the audience, so there's no 'lost' or 'weak' movement, which surprises me... But while studying them I did come to realize exactly that: They all work equally well (ok... mumbling about my own works... brrr...).

And I loved working with the video. Hope to be doing more in the (not so near) future... wink
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#2051482 - 03/20/13 05:31 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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I loved 3, 5 and 7 among all the movements. I think it will be fun to play this next year in the 2nd annual Arizona piano party next year. Sort of like an Arizona premiere of the acclaimed work of the young composer Nikoras. I will have to see the most approacheable one for me. But I do know at least 3 people who can sight read very well. I hope others like this idea. It will be fun. If this thing happens, I will invite you via the Skype (sorry, I don't have enough money to get your airfare).
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#2051485 - 03/20/13 05:34 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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that would be AWESOME farmgilr...

I can tell you straight away that 6 and 7 are the harder (7 for primo, 6 for secondo I think). As they progress the difficulty gets further up... 3 is rather approachable, but not too easy either...

They are catchy, aren't they? smile

and skype would be HUGE fun, if I can't make it over... But never say never as they say... smile
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#2051553 - 03/20/13 08:05 PM Re: Won 1st prize in an International Composittion Competition! [Re: Nikolas]
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Congratulations, Nikolas!! wow That's a tremendous accomplishment. I enjoyed listening to the pieces... jaunty and bold!
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