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    Sirius Trilogy

    Well, the summer heat has arrived in the Redwoods, and with it, arrived this piece. The mp3 is, naturally, the GPO Steinway.

    Sirius Trilogy
    http://www.sibeliusmusic.com/mp3/7/1/0/71029.mp3

    A day or two before the summer solstice, the idea for this burst upon me more or less full blown. But after writing, it required a devilish amount of effort and rewrites to make it work. The approaching solstice drew my attention to the approaching hot weather (not to my liking) and I was thus reminded of the ancient Egyptians association of Sirius with the summer heat. That is the only connection between this music and Egypt or Sirius.


    Richard

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    I enjoy it very much.
    But you are a great pianist!!
    Congratulations for this piece, it really interesting and well played.
    Did you play this directly or you have a score played?
    Congrats again,
    Roberto

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    Re: Sirius Trilogy

    Quote Originally Posted by beach
    I enjoy it very much.
    But you are a great pianist!!
    Congratulations for this piece, it really interesting and well played.
    Did you play this directly or you have a score played?
    Congrats again,
    Roberto
    Well, no, I am not such a great pianist. Age and 60 years of arthritis have seen to that. But I played it in via step time, as near as I could manage, to the way I would play it if I could play it up to speed. I have learned to obtain rather good results this way, I think.

    Thanks for your comments. Helps my day!

    Richard

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    I enjoyed your piece very much.It has a real sense of urgency,and some great spiky rhythms.I also loved the abrupt ending.Very arresting.Do you have a score available for viewing?
    I too am somewhat intersted in Sirius.(My band is called Sirius B) I believe the expression "Dog Days" refer to Sirius and the summer heat.
    Regards

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    Hi Richard, wow, I can only imagine what you sounded like before being blessed with RA.


    Cool stuff!

    Dan

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    Re: Sirius Trilogy

    Quote Originally Posted by joaz
    I enjoyed your piece very much.It has a real sense of urgency,and some great spiky rhythms.I also loved the abrupt ending.Very arresting.Do you have a score available for viewing?
    I too am somewhat intersted in Sirius.(My band is called Sirius B) I believe the expression "Dog Days" refer to Sirius and the summer heat.
    Regards
    The score can be viewed at

    Sirius Trilogy
    http://www.sibeliusmusic.com/cgi-bin...?scoreid=71029

    But to view it requires the free plug-in, Scorch, and if you are so inclined, there will be instructions about how to obtain it. You can also play the score using scorch, but only GM, so it won't be near the quality of the GPO. What I do, to avoid download time of mp3, is to set up GPO Studio, with slots 1 & 2 loaded with the GPO Steinway. Then, in Scorch, choose GPO Studio as your playback device. Not quite as good as the mp3, but close.

    Yes, Sirius is the source for the expression Dog Days. The star Sirius shines so brightly that the Egyptians considered it's light contributed to the summer heat, hence, ultimately, Dog Days.

    Well, I am glad you liked it, and pleased that you took the time to tell me so.

    Thanks.

    Richard

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    Re: Sirius Trilogy

    Well done! It has a relentless sence of urgency and is vaguely reminiscent of Charles Ives.
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    Great stuff! I just looked at the score too. It's incredibly complicated, for simple minds like mine that is... Nevertheless, captivating and full of energy and like all your creations, fascinatingly cool .

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    LouisD

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    Richard:

    Really good atonal feel to this piece. After your admission that you "step-time" your pieces with Sonar, I was wondering--do you input it really slow to your liking and then advance the tempo as desired?

    Great piece.

    John
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    Re: Sirius Trilogy

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhap2
    Richard:

    Really good atonal feel to this piece. After your admission that you "step-time" your pieces with Sonar, I was wondering--do you input it really slow to your liking and then advance the tempo as desired?

    Great piece.

    John
    Well, I usually set the tempo to the tempo in my head. Later, I may change it, particularly when accel or rit is required. Interesting comment about the atonal aspect. The first movement was constructed in part, by using a tone row but I did not adhere to it very strictly, nor for very long.

    Richard

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