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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:11 pm    Post subject: Adagio Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

This is a recording of a rare solo performance for me. I played this live on the Chez Mosc program on radio.electro-music.com on Sept 3, 2011.

It's the first part of my session. The recording is direct from the air, but I have done a bit of mastering.

This is quite tonal, but there is a bit of nastiness here and there. I've been listening to a lot of Shostakovich. He's not considered the most radical 20th century composer, but I like his music a lot.

The cello comes from my iPad. Other stuff in there is the Nord Modular and a Kurzweil rompler. Everything goes through Ableton Live on the way.

The words (more or less):

    So far
    Under the Sun
    Below the sea
    Behind a star
    Beneath a dream
    We try so hard
    The ancient light
    The sudden sound
    Behind a star
    Below the sea
    Under the sun
    So far


I hope you enjoy it.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:59 am    Post subject: ADAGIO Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Howard
Cello opening line is beautiful. Great development. Sets a very somber mood. Very beautiful. I love it. The "nasty" Horn type line breaks the mood. The mood is never really established as strongly as it is in the begining again. The vocal is a strong line but unclear. You know it's a voice but it sounds like it's hiding afraid to come out.. If you just keep the strings and a stronger voice it would be a fantastic piece. One the Phily Orchestra should play.. A good composer must concern himself with the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself. The old truths of the heart,love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice. These old universal truths lacking in any composition is doomed. Man has a sprit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. Our gig is to write about these things. You nailed it with this piece. It's a great piece.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks for the thoughtful and valuable feedback, Jack. Much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Love the piece, love the recording, beautiful. Really my kind of music.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks, Roland.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I am enjoying this one.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

welcome SkySights to electro-music.com

Thanks...

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 8:28 am    Post subject: Adagio 132 Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I've been trying to track down your beautifully haunting adagio 132 that i've heard many times on EM...it reminds me of whale music, a whale in mourning set to strings...gorgeous...
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 11:40 am    Post subject: Re: Adagio 132 Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

electrostaticat wrote:
I've been trying to track down your beautifully haunting adagio 132 that i've heard many times on EM...it reminds me of whale music, a whale in mourning set to strings...gorgeous...


Thanks very much, electrostaticat, and welcome to electro-music.com

Its great to have you here...

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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

This is really a beautiful emotional piece!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks, Hrast...
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:26 am    Post subject: Re: Adagio Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

mosc wrote:
This is quite tonal...


The technical name for the tonality of this work is "pandiatonic". Sometimes it is called "white-note harmony".

mosc wrote:
I hope you enjoy it.


Indeed, enjoyed it a lot. This music has a healing, hopeful quality to it.

Thank you for posting -- I hadn't heard this work before.

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Wow, Kevin, I had to look that up. The Wikipedia article is informative: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandiatonic

I find it wonderful that Nicolas Slonimski coined the term. I was lucky enough to act as his host when he visited Mills College in 1971. I got to spend the weekend with him. He was brilliant, and hilariously funny. He was a amazing musician. He could stand with his back to the piano, reach back and play Mozart.

In the article it says the Darius Milhaud used this technique. I went to Mills to study with him. My claim to fame is that I was his last student. Actually, I had one lesson with him before he passed away. He was very weak and could hardly speak. He would whisper to his wife who would repeat what he said. I didn't learn anything from him, but at least I got to meet him.

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