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    Pierlala Again... Tribute to a free mind

    Dear friends,

    Not so long ago I posted "Pierlala Again...", a historic evocation of some troublesome periods in Belgian history. As the music is rather suggestive, it might be easier to have a clear image of what I tried to tell with some pictures and brief comments. Therefore I submit another version here with a visual aid.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z7_Qm8JSiY&t=49s

    I hope you enjoy it!
    Max

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    Re: Pierlala Again... Tribute to a free mind

    Quote Originally Posted by Max Hamburg View Post
    Dear friends,

    Not so long ago I posted "Pierlala Again...", a historic evocation of some troublesome periods in Belgian history. As the music is rather suggestive, it might be easier to have a clear image of what I tried to tell with some pictures and brief comments. Therefore I submit another version here with a visual aid.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z7_Qm8JSiY&t=49s

    I hope you enjoy it!
    Max
    Absolutely marvelous! Intricate, moving, wonderfully balanced orchestration that pulls the listener deep into the historical visual narrative. There are orchestras that could make quite an impression performing this live under the visuals you have put together. And without a doubt the presentation as is would be a viewer favorite on PBS and other television networks.

    Well done, Max. Well done.

    Tom

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    Hi Max.
    Just noticed these new submissions of Hamburg Classics plus video.
    I'm back home now so I can rely on a wide, affordable broadband connection to enjoy it
    Starting from now…
    Fabio
    Arrigo Beyle / Milanese / Lived, wrote, loved -- Stendhal
    Being Italian is a full-time job -- B. Severgnini

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    Excellent, Mister Max.

    I thoroughly enjoyed your audio and visual presentation! I would love to be able to produce video as well as you do.

    Thanks for sharing this fine work with us.

    Best,

    Larry Alexander

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    Great Art Work, Max. Music is excellent and so is the video and they for sure complete and enhance each other. And I agree with Tom about TV. It would be a perfect Saturday entertainment for everyone through broadcast.
    By the way, do you plan a video also for "The Last Post". I would look forward to that.
    Greetings,
    Kjell

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    Hi Kjell,

    A video is coming for sure, but that is far less concrete and usable images of WW I are rare. In Ypres we have a museum of that dreadful war. Maybe I can find more striking pictures there. But now, I'm working on 4 projects (my septet "Reflections", my earlier accordion concerto and a passepied (traditional) and Gavotte (Mozart). Which one will be ready first? Unknown...

    Max

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    Wow, Jos! What fun that was! I know you use VSL, so your sonics are very good. But I want you to know how impressed I am by your sequencing/recording skills. Everything is just right—dynamic balance between choirs of the orchestra with clear dominance of percussion, high winds, and brass, as is the case in any live orchestra. Moreover, you sweeten the mix to near perfection through the use of what I assume to be a convolution reverb. Musically, this rich and varied composition warrants several listens! Through my first, I was easily able to deduce that you are quite proficient in composition and orchestration. Indeed, your obvious knowledge of historical techniques and mastery of form is such that this listener can sit back and enjoy the musical journey without having to wince at awkward or incongruous elements that might otherwise infringe upon a positive listening experience!

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    Re: Pierlala Again... Tribute to a free mind

    Max,

    This was quite the project! It all just sounds great and works well in telling a historical story with pictures and music. You’re getting quite skillful with your tools and musical knowledge. This is definitely worthy of some sort of public viewing.




    Phil

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    Hi Sean and Phil,

    Thanks for the encouraging comments. Maybe it will be performed next year or in 2023. The village where I live has picked it up and is willing to pay an orchestra for that work and other pieces. But I'm prudent in my expectations: next year is election year and than the promises are very cheap as we all know! Next year is also the last year of the WW I Remembrances. Since I have a piece on the end of that dreadful war ( The Last Post, 1918 ), they might be planning a performance of that work too. You never know... Let's hope.

    Friendly regards,
    Jos
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    The music is absolutely fantastic, You just move through so much sonic territory effortlessly.. instruments constantly changing. At first you just are fascinated by the melodic content, then you realize how flawlessly the constant change/introduction of different instruments.. This really keeps the piece flowing,

    It does reflect how a 'free' mind works, constantly shifting, and moving through ideas, situations, memories
    yet strangely extremely coherent. WOW.....

    How long did it take you to compose this.. Did you do it as small sections, then string together, or did you write it as one linear piece?.. I greatly admire your skills..

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