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    "Patterns" (rewrite for GPO harpsichord B5)

    Harpsi lovers,

    I did a rewrite and transposition of my "Patterns" for GPO harpsichord (B5). I transposed downward one whole step and removed all dynamic markings. I also did a small rewrite on both ends of the keyboard because of range problems.

    http://www.alexandermusic.com/resour...ernsHarpsi.mp3

    Regards to all,

    Larry A.
    Larry G. Alexander
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    Re: "Patterns" (rewrite for GPO harpsichord B5)

    and now i've had the priviledge and pleasure of hearing three of larry's keyboard opuses/opera in one day.
    i prefer the harpsichord version myself.

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    mick ó c

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    Re: "Patterns" (rewrite for GPO harpsichord B5)

    Larry,

    I see I may be partly responsible for the new version - I think it sounds great. The interesting thing about the two versions is the piano version sounds like a modern take on Baroque style, whereas the harpsichord version sounds like Baroque music slightly skewed. Both work, in my opinion. After all, I like Leonhardt's recording of the Goldberg variations on hschd, and I like Glenn Gould, as well.

    Either way, the piece is witty and enjoyable.

    R. Pearl

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    Re: "Patterns" (rewrite for GPO harpsichord B5)

    Quote Originally Posted by ailteoir
    and now i've had the priviledge and pleasure of hearing three of larry's keyboard opuses/opera in one day.
    i prefer the harpsichord version myself.

    slán

    mick ó c
    I value your opinion. Thank you.

    My best,

    Larry A.
    Larry G. Alexander
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    Re: "Patterns" (rewrite for GPO harpsichord B5)

    Quote Originally Posted by rpearl
    Larry,

    I see I may be partly responsible for the new version - I think it sounds great. The interesting thing about the two versions is the piano version sounds like a modern take on Baroque style, whereas the harpsichord version sounds like Baroque music slightly skewed. Both work, in my opinion. After all, I like Leonhardt's recording of the Goldberg variations on hschd, and I like Glenn Gould, as well.

    Either way, the piece is witty and enjoyable.

    R. Pearl
    Thank you, Ronald McPearl. You are Scottish, aren't you?

    Your characterizations of both versions of "Patterns" are interesting.

    We lost a great keyboard man and musician when Glenn Gould died, didn't we?

    Regards,

    Larry A.
    Larry G. Alexander
    www.alexandermusic.com

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    Re: "Patterns" (rewrite for GPO harpsichord B5)

    Larry,
    This works quite well on the harpsichord. I agree with rpearl concerning modern vs Baroque.
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    Re: "Patterns" (rewrite for GPO harpsichord B5)

    Quote Originally Posted by valhalx
    Larry,
    This works quite well on the harpsichord. I agree with rpearl concerning modern vs Baroque.
    I suppose it's not bad for an olde fahrte. Thanks for listening, Val.

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    Larry A.
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    Re: "Patterns" (rewrite for GPO harpsichord B5)

    I much preferred the harpsichord version - the harpsichord seems to fit the contrapuntal style better and seems to suffer less (to my ears anyway) from the quantized midi aspect.

    This piece does seem to be more serious compared to most of your other works (which for me seemed to feature a humourous side). While not as fun it does seem more relistenable. In fact, that is what I am doing just now, relistening (harpsichord version).

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    Re: "Patterns" (rewrite for GPO harpsichord B5)

    Quote Originally Posted by YBaCuO
    I much preferred the harpsichord version - the harpsichord seems to fit the contrapuntal style better and seems to suffer less (to my ears anyway) from the quantized midi aspect.

    This piece does seem to be more serious compared to most of your other works (which for me seemed to feature a humourous side). While not as fun it does seem more relistenable. In fact, that is what I am doing just now, relistening (harpsichord version).
    I don't ever quantize my works. If it sounds that way then it must be something beyond my control. I don't know how to "unquantize" it. I do spend time tweaking my compositions in Sonar 3.

    Thanks for listening...twice.

    Regards,

    Larry A.
    Larry G. Alexander
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    Re: "Patterns" (rewrite for GPO harpsichord B5)

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry G. Alexander
    I don't ever quantize my works. If it sounds that way then it must be something beyond my control. I don't know how to "unquantize" it. I do spend time tweaking my compositions in Sonar 3.

    Thanks for listening...twice.

    Regards,

    Larry A.
    Larry,

    The "quantization" comes about because the program plays a quarter note EXACTLY like a quarter note. When humans play, we can't make things identical, so a keyboard piece will have a constant stream of varying attacks - most of which are not possible on a harpsichord. In other words, the quantize comment was not a criticism of you, rather a reflection of what we must contend with using electronic playback resources.

    R. Pearl

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