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    Question Mesmerize

    Hello everybody,

    New one for ya'll... Mesmerize.

    Is the contra bassoon to loud? What do you think of the violin?

    Thanks for listening,
    Paul

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    Re: Mesmerize

    It doesn't seem to loud to me in relation to the rest. I love it! It has a bit of a middle-eastern or desert feel to it. The note bending or whatever it is called that you are doing with the violin sounds awesome. Very nice work, Paul, and great title too. samurai: Two thumbs up!

    David:

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    Re: Mesmerize

    David,

    Thanks for listening. I was actually going for a sort of eastern European feel. Kind of a "Transylvania hypnosis" vibe. Oh well... it is funny how you have one thing in mind as you write, and rarely does it hit other people with the same imagery. Sometimes, I luck out, but normally I do not hit the mark.

    Ain't it funny!!!! LOL

    Anyway, thanks for providing an outside ear!!
    Paul

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    Re: Mesmerize

    Quote Originally Posted by Prowland
    David,

    Thanks for listening. I was actually going for a sort of eastern European feel. Kind of a "Transylvania hypnosis" vibe. Oh well... it is funny how you have one thing in mind as you write, and rarely does it hit other people with the same imagery. Sometimes, I luck out, but normally I do not hit the mark.

    Ain't it funny!!!! LOL

    Anyway, thanks for providing an outside ear!!
    Thats probably it, or maybe far eastern shore of east Europe looking out across the black sea at the Turkish desert.

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    Re: Mesmerize

    Quote Originally Posted by Leaf
    Thats probably it, or maybe far eastern shore of east Europe looking out across the black sea at the Turkish desert.
    LOL Urg!! Geography... making... head... hurt... must... turn... off browser... and... get away!

    Thanks, David.
    Paul

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    Re: Mesmerize

    Fine work, Paul!

    You're developing an able sense of proportion
    and balance, lately; and a much more individual
    sound to the writing.

    Technically, I think you might give a little
    thought to doing more with variation in both
    tempi and dynamics - but then I say that
    about most pieces, including my own... lol.

    Good job on this -- keep 'em coming!

    David
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    Re: Mesmerize

    Technically, I think you might give a little
    thought to doing more with variation in both
    tempi and dynamics - but then I say that
    about most pieces, including my own... lol.
    David,

    I thought that the dynamics were not to bad... the tempi, on the other hand was something I was thinking of switching up. Was the main theme to repetitive? I was worried about that, but had to share what I had so far. After I get your response, then it is back to the grindstone!!! LOL

    Thank you for the compliments, by the way!!
    Paul

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    Re: Mesmerize

    Quote Originally Posted by Prowland
    David,

    I thought that the dynamics were not to bad... the tempi, on the other hand was something I was thinking of switching up. Was the main theme to repetitive? I was worried about that, but had to share what I had so far. After I get your response, then it is back to the grindstone!!! LOL

    Thank you for the compliments, by the way!!
    For my taste, heck, you know how I write... lol... hell-bent
    into development six measures before I start the piece.
    Given my propensities, my ear says you could go further
    with variation and development of the thematic material.
    But then, that's me.

    Not so much the overall tempi, Paul, which is on or near
    the mark, in general; but, rather a bit more natural
    flexibility of it on a more local basis. For the most part
    in real performance, just a hint of variance leading into
    or exiting cadence, for instance, is usual. It's a fine point;
    but it lends much to realism.

    In traditional scoring practice, such nuances in tempi
    are rarely more than adumbratively notated... because
    it's just basic musicianship to work tempi a bit. But in
    electronic rendering, well, software's dumb as a bag of
    dead flies, so you need to actually explicitly notate it.

    The dynamics as they stand, yes they work. But too
    often overlooked or misunderstood is the fact that dynamics
    are one of the most fundamental elements of creating
    contrast in music. From that perspective, you might
    want to think more about this area.

    Hope that helps!

    Always my best,

    David.
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    Re: Mesmerize

    David,

    As always your comments help me immensely. Just your help alone has gotten me moving along as a composer. There is a lot to be said for your helpful touch on a lot of people's work around here. You do not simply say that it is bad... you say something nice as well!! That is a rare gift you have. I recently thought, "Hey, I would like some advice on a score... where can I get some help? The Principle of Orchestration thread!!!" So, I made a pdf of the score and posted it. 4 days later... not one post... neither yea or nay. So I bumped the thread... I still hoped for a bit of expert advice. Anyway, long story short, one of the Maestros finally left a post. Nothing positive... just negative after negative. Anyway, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for every comment you have ever given me!! You have helped me grow. You are a godsend here on the forum. Your karma meter must be so far into the positive, you could do nothing good for the rest of your life and still get into heaven!

    You are one Heck of a guy!!!!
    Paul

    Prowland the posting Ninja

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    Re: Mesmerize

    Thanks for the abundance of kind words, Paul.

    I deeply regret that I simply have not the time to get over
    to the Rimsky-Korsakov much at all -- I concentrate very
    heavily on the Listening Room, usually listening to every
    piece, and that pretty much shoots my available "ear time".

    As for learning, Paul, it is tremendously satisfying for me
    to think that I might be genuinely helping another composer
    find his voice and path.

    Thank you for that, my friend.

    And Paul? Learning is the process of acquiring a repertoire
    of "things done right". When you achieve enough of them --
    all of the things you might not have been doing so well are,
    obviously, no longer in existence... lol.

    My best,


    David.
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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