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    Vesuvius complete! (pt III for download)

    I've finally finished this monstrosity! Here is part III of Vesuvius, for your listening pleasure:

    Vesuvius pt III, From the Mouth (Edit... originally posted as part II)

    This movement concludes my large-scale work named for the volcano my wife and I climbed on our honeymoon (and incidentally buried Pompeii in 79 AD). This is some of my most harmonically complex work, very much blurring the line between tonal and atonal. The rendition is all GPO, with the exception of the alto flute which was taken from JABB.

    If you missed parts I & II, you can download them here: I, II.

    Instrumentation:
    2 flutes, alto flute, 2 oboes, english horn, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, harp, 4 percussionists (timpani, vibraphone, glockenspiel, bass drum, claves), and full strings.

    This piece has been a tremendous amount of work for me, both in the composition and in the mock-up. I hope you enjoy it.
    Last edited by Skysaw; 03-29-2007 at 10:15 AM. Reason: updated links
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    Re: Vesuvius complete! (pt II for download)

    Characteristic Kowalski... masterful work, Jamie, with all of the
    incredible subtilty, pristine clarity of thought, uncanny relationships,
    and intriguing developmental techniques I have come to expect
    in your compositions.

    And duly traditional at this point, the sense of the piece slowly
    manifested itself in my mind across three hearings... as the
    harmonic language and the thematic and textural underpinnings
    transmuted from opaque to -- inevitable.

    Bravo!

    With great admiration,

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    Re: Vesuvius complete! (pt II for download)

    Many thanks, David.

    And especially thank you for giving it so much of your attention. Three times straight through is quite the commitment! I'm assuming you don't mean it takes that much concentration to get anything out of the music, rather that you're digging deeper looking for more detail? I suppose it does ask a lot of a listener to have massive textures mixed with tiny detailing.
    - Jamie Kowalski

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    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: Vesuvius complete! (pt II for download)

    Quote Originally Posted by Skysaw
    Many thanks, David.

    And especially thank you for giving it so much of your attention. Three times straight through is quite the commitment! I'm assuming you don't mean it takes that much concentration to get anything out of the music, rather that you're digging deeper looking for more detail? I suppose it does ask a lot of a listener to have massive textures mixed with tiny detailing.
    There are many different levels of hearing, of course, Jamie.
    But that's not quite what I'm talking about... and no, not
    a matter of concentration, really, either.

    In a piece like this, to fully appreciate it -- you are asking the
    listener to understand new harmonic language and methods of
    organization that differ from most tradition.

    To me, that takes at least a couple of hearings to coalesce;
    and then a third hearing to simply enjoy the piece.

    Others will surely hear the piece differently; but for me, I get
    a great deal more from the work if I understand it well.

    My best,

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    It is quite amazing and very beautiful. Some fusion jazz really reaches out and grabs you by your collar with the strange harmonies, but this gets your attention in a very different manner, seems more like it walks up and stands beside you, with more depth and complexity but not so startlingly abrasive.

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    Re: Vesuvius complete! (pt II for download)

    Jamie,
    Bravo on this final movement. It has a wealth of ideas and originality as well as an impeccible rendering. The harmony is intriguing and at times has a Stravinski feel. Well done!
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    Very cool. As usual, I really enjoy your textures and colors. You have an imaginative sense of orchestration, which in my opinion is crucial. I've only listened to it once so far, but I'll check it out again tomorrow.

    chris.

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    Re: Vesuvius complete! (pt II for download)

    Jamie,

    Very interesting work. It proves that GPO can bear most serious, delicate and complicated musical ideas.

    Sincerely,
    Jun Yamamoto
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    Re: Vesuvius complete! (pt II for download)

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    In a piece like this, to fully appreciate it -- you are asking the
    listener to understand new harmonic language and methods of
    organization that differ from most tradition.
    David, thanks for the clarification. Unless it's for a paid job, it's rarely in my mind who my audience is while I write. Still, I do care how accessible my pieces are, and am curious as to what bends people's ears.
    Quote Originally Posted by Leaf
    Some fusion jazz really reaches out and grabs you by your collar with the strange harmonies, but this gets your attention in a very different manner, seems more like it walks up and stands beside you, with more depth and complexity but not so startlingly abrasive.
    Thanks for listening. It never crossed my mind that I might be dipping into Fusion, but I can't deny there might be some connection there. I don't really listen to Fusion, but I admit a certain part of me might really appreciate it.
    Quote Originally Posted by valhalx
    The harmony is intriguing and at times has a Stravinski feel. Well done!
    Thanks, Bill. Growing up and learning composition and orchestration, Stravinsky was always a hero of mine. It's been a long time since I sat down and looked over one of his scores, but I can say his sense of texture is still with me. There is a bit of the feel of the slower pulsing sections of Le Sacre in parts of this work. I had already confessed this to myself before your post, but I hope it doesn't feel too derivative.

    Thanks also, Chris and Jun. I appreciate the comments very much.

    Jamie
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    Re: Vesuvius complete! (pt II for download)

    Fascinating piece, rich and sensuous.
    The first thing that hit me about this piece, was the very astute use of punctuation.
    There are definite commas, full stops, and new paragraphs. This makes the music so much easier to absorb.

    As in the first movt. The woodwind writing is particularly ear-catching. The whole piece has a rather Balletic feel to it, maybe you should consider approaching some Ballet companies with it.

    Very Good work, Jamie.

    regards Joe

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