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    DUST ASCENDING - Jamie Kowalski

    Movement 5 (Finale) of the Visions suite. GPO + Strad. After a bit of a tense opening, this turns into a lullaby with an unlikely duet for violin and tuba in its highest register. I'm still working on movement 3, but should be able to post it in a few days, along with new mixes on the complete suite.

    Visions V - Dust Ascending (Larghetto): mp3 file - pdf file

    It's not in the official description of this piece, but from the 2-minute mark to the end, there is a sunset.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Interesting... very minimal, static approach to a finale, Jamie.
    It's often very effective and impactful to pull back at the end of a
    work, rather than the more traditional intensification.

    I'm looking forward to hearing this in context with all five movements.

    My best,

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    Re: DUST ASCENDING - Jamie Kowalski

    Certainly an unusual piece but interesting as well. I too will be interested in hearing the movements that preceed it.

    Gary

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    Re: DUST ASCENDING - Jamie Kowalski

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    Interesting... very minimal, static approach to a finale, Jamie.
    It's often very effective and impactful to pull back at the end of a
    work, rather than the more traditional intensification.
    It was a very difficult decision to end the piece this way. I had been struggling with yet another movement to come after this, but it resisted my attempts to actually write. The more I struggled, the more I realized that this movement is indeed the perfect ending. It is a serene and slow awakening from the hallucinations of the previous 4 movements. In a way, it serves as sort of an epilogue.

    Sure, it's not a "stand up and cheer" sort of finale, but then again, neither is the Neptune from Holst's Planets.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: DUST ASCENDING - Jamie Kowalski

    Quote Originally Posted by Skysaw
    It was a very difficult decision to end the piece this way. I had been struggling with yet another movement to come after this, but it resisted my attempts to actually write. The more I struggled, the more I realized that this movement is indeed the perfect ending. It is a serene and slow awakening from the hallucinations of the previous 4 movements. In a way, it serves as sort of an epilogue.

    Sure, it's not a "stand up and cheer" sort of finale, but then again, neither is the Neptune from Holst's Planets.
    As you know I am sure, that was not a contrary comment on my
    part; but rather, me cheering you on toward the less-than-usual
    tenor of the ending.

    Go with your instincts and stick to 'em, Jamie. I have not once
    yet seen you misstep when you do.

    Best,

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com

    Luggage is a subset of turpentine...
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    Re: DUST ASCENDING - Jamie Kowalski

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    As you know I am sure, that was not a contrary comment on my
    part; but rather, me cheering you on toward the less-than-usual tenor of the ending.

    Go with your instincts and stick to 'em, Jamie. I have not once yet seen you misstep when you do.
    Thanks for the encouragement, David. I didn't take it in a negative way at all.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: DUST ASCENDING - Jamie Kowalski

    The style and presentation definitely are what I have come to recognize as you, Jamie. In the context of the description you have made of the entire piece this is a fitting conclusion. I will have to hear the rest of the movements now. Thanks for sharing this with the community.
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong

    Rich

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    Re: DUST ASCENDING - Jamie Kowalski

    Very well done Jamie. I like the feel of this piece. It is a good thing when composers can be so varied in their music and convey different moods. Fantastic clarinet work at the beginning and the violin and tuba duet works. Looking forward to hearing the remaining movements.

    Gary Garritan

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    Re: DUST ASCENDING - Jamie Kowalski

    Very nice work, Jamie!

    I really liked this arrangement.
    Minimal indeed! A great use of reservation.

    ~Jeff

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    Re: DUST ASCENDING - Jamie Kowalski

    Quote Originally Posted by RichR
    The style and presentation definitely are what I have come to recognize as you, Jamie.
    Thanks, Rich. I very much appreciate that you've heard enough "Kowalski" to recognize a common style in there somewhere.
    In the context of the description you have made of the entire piece this is a fitting conclusion. I will have to hear the rest of the movements now. Thanks for sharing this with the community.
    Thanks for listening! There are other movements to be found here in the listening room, but I'll post everything together soon, once I'm finished with the last section I'm working on.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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