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    Orchestral Americana

    Here is a piece I put together. I composed it around a theme I did for a production of "The Boxcar Children" I did about 8 years ago.

    Give it a listen. Hope you enjoy it.

    https://soundcloud.com/royced57/orch...children-theme

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    Re: Orchestral Americana

    Very nicely done, subtle and moving. You might consider submitting this for school orchestra publication.

    Tom

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    I find the mood melancholy and lonely, like someone walking around in deep thoughts...
    It is very ably to create these emotions with music and I appreciate it.

    Kjell

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    Re: Orchestral Americana

    Thanks for your feedback, I really appreciate it.

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    Re: Orchestral Americana

    A fantastic piece with so many good musical ideas. I like the passage around 8' very much.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Max

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    Re: Orchestral Americana,

    It sounds like much work went into this music. It has an Americana feel to it and I think it quite successfully tells it's own story. Pretty impressive!

    I wasn't familiar with the Boxcar Children series or I have forgotten, so I read up on it on Wiki. Like the characters in Peter Pan I guess they, for the most part, do all right on their own without parents. I wonder if the grandfather maybe has a religious meaning.




    Phil

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    Re: Orchestral Americana

    Thank you Max and Phil.

    I did spend quite a bit of time and effort on this. I started work in March and was satisfied with this first release - yes, I'll still do some tightening up - a couple of weeks ago.

    For what it's worth, I do all of my composition using Sonar and VSTs, in this case GPO 5. I keep the time signatures and keys straight as best I can and clean up notation using the "piano roll" feature. How this would transfer to true notation, I'm not sure.

    I have a full time career that is in no way related to music composition, so all of this is done in my spare time as a hobbyist.

    It is great fun and very fulfilling and I really appreciate the feedback from you all.

    Thanks again.

    Royce

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    Re: Orchestral Americana

    Someone just quoted someone that you made it as a composer if people will say "this must have been done by".
    So, listening three times, and I am sure you know I am not implying any imitation on your part, ( because, you are a very unique talent), but your handling of your ideas, even your orchestration reminds me one of the two favored American composer Copland. Maybe it is because I connect American music with Copland.
    Anyhow, GREAT orchestration, GREAT handling of a bouquet of GREAT melodies, and all this while I have no idea what boxcar kids were.
    I just wrote to Richard about his JSB style, now I am mentioning Copland to you, I just hope you two take my comments as high compliment on your work, nothing else. Please go on. and let us hear more Royce...

    Ted

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    Re: Orchestral Americana

    Ted. Thank you very much. I consider your response high praise indeed. And, you are absolutely spot on. Copeland is my favorite American composer and his influence is undeniable in my work. I tried to make things my own by listening to the piece with a critical ear with a look to plagiarism. But I love his orchestration and harmonies and... well... there we have it.

    P.S. - I sneaked in a bit of Holst too.

    Thanks again for your time and feedback!

    Royce

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    Re: Orchestral Americana

    VERY GOOD!

    You used the thematic approach well. I enjoyed your creation.

    Thanks for sharing it with us. Let us hear more of your work.

    Regards,

    Larry Alexander

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