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    Senior Member valhalx's Avatar
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    Gargoyles - An original composition

    Many here know me for my mock-ups of the classics. Truth is, I did a little composing in high school and later in the eighties. Life takes many unexpected turns and I got away from music altogether for many years. When I returned, my focus was demos.

    The music of the many fine composers here has inspired me to try my hand at composing again.

    Here is a short piece called Gargoyles. Premise. The listener is outside a cathedral at night. It is calm and peaceful. Then....the gargoyles come to life and party like...Gargoyles. In it I make extensive use of the medieval chant Dies Irae (apologies to Berlioz and Rachmoninov). Seemed appropriate for the setting.

    Comments welcome, as always. This is my first attempt at writing in 19 years. Have as much fun listening as I did writing.

    Bill
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    Welcome, my friend, to the ranks of compositional madness... lol.

    And a superb introduction, at that!

    Bill, this is delightful. I can't remember the last time I've had
    so much fun with grotesque ornamental figures come to life in the
    middle of the night...

    Seriously, a well wrought piece of considerable skill in composition,
    Bill -- the flow, momementum and contrast are all beautifully
    balanced and executed. The use of space and the voicing of the
    orchestra are first rate. And the colorings and moods of the piece
    are perfect for the subject matter, at points drawing one into
    the antical behavior of the subjects, but then stepping aside
    for thought and comment.

    There's also a more serious, thoughtful side to segments of this
    composition, some of the most interesting writing in the piece...
    shadows of a more reflective, mature, introspective mind, considering
    matters deeper than the buffoonery of beasties in the dark. The
    choice of the Dies Irae is surely no coincidence.

    Many congratulations on a fine piece, Bill:

    Bravo!

    My best,


    David
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    Re: Gargoyles - An original composition

    David,
    Thank you for the positive, in depth review. I appreciate your comments very much. Madness indeed, lol. It was a lot of fun writing again but I had forgot how much work, worry and sweat is involved. Doing all those demos prepared me for this. I wasn't struggling with GPO but concentrating on writing. Again, thank you so much.
    Bill
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    Bill,

    I don't know what to say! I'm honoured to finally hear one of your own compositions. And what a splendid piece it is, very finely crafted and rendered. It shows of delicate and intricate workmanship.

    Congratulations with such a phenomenal début .
    Kind Regards

    Louis Dekker
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    Pour être grand, il faut avoir été petit.

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    Re: Gargoyles - An original composition

    Louis,
    Thanks so much for your kind words. It was lots of work and lots of fun. I've got a lot to learn or re-learn and my next piece will be quite different. Thanks again.
    Bill
    Never look at the trombones. It only encourages them. Richard Strauss

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    What a delightful smorgasbord you set for the table tonight. There was a lot of variety here, which kept up the interest. The organ, in particular, was scrumptious.

    The sword or the pen? I much prefer the pen - keep writing!

    YBaCuO

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    Absolutely georgeus!!
    Hey Bill, this is really great...
    I love the use of the organ, that seems a real organ!!

    Only my congrats on this very moving piece!!


    All the best,
    Roberto

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    Bill,

    I enjoyed the music very much. Very clear writing and I feel much care and consideration poured into the music.

    Sincerely,
    Jun Yamamoto
    Tokyo, Japan
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    Re: Gargoyles - An original composition

    Bill,

    Well, those years doing mock-ups of other's compositions turned out to be a valuable set of lessons! You handle the resources supremely well, and ahave written are very enjoyable piece. Form both a compositional and orchestration point of view, it's a winner. Don't wait another 19 years!

    R. Pearl

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    Great work!

    I truly enjoyed this.! Wonderful mood and setting. And the organ was a perfect voice accompaniment.

    The title is reminiscent of Disney's" Hunchback of Notre Dame.
    And I also agree, all those mock ups was great preparation for this glorious work!

    Well done, Bill!
    Listening a few times already.

    ~Jeff

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