What a vivid and joyful beginning of spring. Have you thought of the bitter cold nights over here? Old this piece may be, but it is heart warming, better than the absent spring sun.
It reminds me a bit of Stravinsky's Petruschka. Very nice. I really love it! Brilliantly orchestrated!
Raymond this is brilliant.
Rhythm is keeping together all those nervous and tight melodic phrases.. a Festival, indeed. The different lines couple with surgeon-like precision so that the harmonic spectrum is very planted. This is an very intelligent composition.
And it is rendered very well, too.
Thanks for posting it, I very much appreciated. Very inspiring.
You're probably sick of hearing this, but I have to concur that this piece is Brilliant! Instantly went to my favorites folder from this forum, along with your 2nd piano concerto.
The toccata like tempo of the outer sections with the layered harmonies and layered instruments is really superb.
I agree that the tempo changes in this do sound like it's going backwards. That was a great analogy of that section.
The overall feeling of vivid colors cascading down upon you is akin to the impressionistic techniques of Stravinsky and Rhespighi's tone poems.
it was really fun making this. In fact it was a part of a symphonic poem about The Hague(back in 2007), which I rejected, but I kept the score. With some major and often more minor adjustments I made it fit for this recording. It is more Respighi than Stravinsky IMHO, but it stays Carnival at the fair ground. I hope you survived this upside down tempo changes well.