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    Floating World

    Working title - I have a feeling this isn't finished. A conversation with a friend brought up an interesting point the other day. He said that he was going to focus on writing for electronic/synth instruments, as his compositions for live/acoustic instruments rarely get performed. Thinking about that, I started writing this piece with no regard as to whether or not it was playable; it turned out to be harder than I would have thought. I kept wondering this or that was possible. In the end, I think it is playable - but probably exhausting: the harp is a perpetual motion machine, and the wind players don't get much chance to breathe.

    As for the piece itself, it is somewhat minimalist in texture, if not nature. Harp, flute, oboe, and cello.
    http://mysite.verizon.net/vze1l1e9/s...atingWorld.mp3

    As always, any comments and criticisms are welcome and appreciated.

    R. Pearl

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    I really enjoyed this!


    There's an light airiness to this arrangement conveyed by the underlying harp motif. Certainly gives the impression of flight or weightlessness.

    A fitting title too.... I was reminded of Miyazaki's "Castle in the sky"

    Very nice work!

    ~Jeff

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    It's a challenge, Ron, for the players -- but one simple
    solution is to share off parts between more than one
    player... though my guess is, accomplished players could
    handle this as is.

    Now the piece, though... is absolutely gorgeous! (And
    I love the working title -- I'd keep it.) Fascinating,
    engaging, and a thoroughly worthwhile listen. This is
    strong work, well thought out, and superbly executed.

    Bravo!

    David
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpearl

    As always, any comments and criticisms are welcome and appreciated.

    R. Pearl
    Great stuff! Really enjoyed this. Right at the end, I almost wanted the full orchestra to sweep in to bring the piece to a dramatic close. But it doesn't need it.

    Regards, Graham

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    Hey, interesting piece. Very uplifting and meditative. I thought I heard other characteristics like, humor, tension, and warning. There was a brief part around 1:30 where the winds sounds like an "alarm"... The cello gives the ear a nice rest with it's warm melodies... The playfulness of the flute and clarinet was excellent. Really enjoyed this piece...

    Michael
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    Re: Floating World

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    It's a challenge, Ron, for the players -- but one simple
    solution is to share off parts between more than one
    player... though my guess is, accomplished players could
    handle this as is.

    Now the piece, though... is absolutely gorgeous! (And
    I love the working title -- I'd keep it.) Fascinating,
    engaging, and a thoroughly worthwhile listen. This is
    strong work, well thought out, and superbly executed.

    Bravo!

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    David,

    Your solution is certainly feasible (but considerably more expensive!); I guess, in the end I wasn't trying for realism. But boy,that is a hard habit to shake...

    Thanks for listening, and for your kind words. I appreciate the support.

    Ron

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    Re: Floating World

    Quote Originally Posted by jsp2
    I really enjoyed this!


    There's an light airiness to this arrangement conveyed by the underlying harp motif. Certainly gives the impression of flight or weightlessness.

    A fitting title too.... I was reminded of Miyazaki's "Castle in the sky"

    Very nice work!

    ~Jeff
    Jeff,
    I don't know the Miyazaki - I'll check it out.
    Thanks for taking the time to listen.

    Ron

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    I found this to be a delightful and contemplative work, aptly named as I was able to relax and float along with the music. The micro-modulations at about 4:30 and the rhythmic play at about 6:10 especially caught my interest.

    Is live performance so necessary now?, with so many eager listeners just one click away?

    YBaCuO

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    Re: Floating World

    Quote Originally Posted by YBaCuO
    I found this to be a delightful and contemplative work, aptly named as I was able to relax and float along with the music. The micro-modulations at about 4:30 and the rhythmic play at about 6:10 especially caught my interest.

    Is live performance so necessary now?, with so many eager listeners just one click away?

    YBaCuO
    Well, that is certainly the point - more people hear it here than if I let a score sit on my shelf, unplayed. I do think, though, that the idea that someone else wants to invest his/her time is a kind of validation that one's work is worthwhile. Also, the nuance of live performance is not easily replicated (despite DPDan's awesome powers of realization!).

    Thanks for listening - so glad you liked it.

    Ron

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    Re: Floating World

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamKeitch
    Great stuff! Really enjoyed this. Right at the end, I almost wanted the full orchestra to sweep in to bring the piece to a dramatic close. But it doesn't need it.

    Regards, Graham

    Graham,

    Thanks! The orchestra might be nice - but I think I'll keep it as a chamber setting.

    Ron

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