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    New Woodwinds Suite by Rich Rayer

    After his excellent "Quartal Theme & Fugue", Rich Rayer has sent in several movements of his latest suite::

    These works are for Woodwind Quartet: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon

    1. Allegro Moderato (basically an A-B-A form)


    2. Andante (also A-B-A)

    3. Allegro (Rondo [kind of])


    Rich writes: "This piece was concieved from a matrix of 4 numbers (they happen to be the last four digits of my phone number). From the matirx I tried to follow the use the atonal system rules. Since there are only four numbers (which become notes), I stacked them as chords when needed and melodically used each note before going on to another matrix group or repeating the same one. The idea was to break the conventional mode and to see music from a different perspective."


    Thanks Rich for sharing your works with us. You did another outstanding job and I hope others enjoy them as much as I have.

    Gary Garritan

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    It's fascinating sometimes what you can do with a minimum of starting resources and a maximum of restrictions.

    Successful, interesting, and quite listenable suite, Rich. And the rule-based approach creates a unity and cohesive sense amongst the movements. Impressively well done.

    I congratulate you on these -- to have both the discipline and the aesthetic sense to create good music within such tight constraints says much for your skills and abilities as a composer.

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    wow!

    i agree! ... sometimes less is more.

    I really enjoyed your : Allegro Moderato

    you've taken a few basic shapes and spun it into something quite organic.

    this was very impressive.


    terrific work!

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    Your first movement: Very interesting; and comedic in personality. I visualize characters sneaking about... Definitely a different perspective on music... Nice job; and thanks for sharing something so unique.

    Michael
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    Thanks for the nice comments guys.

    David,
    I appreciate the comments on structure and restrictions. That is precisely what these pieces were meant to be. I was attempting to break a dogmatic mold. Too often we (especially me) get into seeing music in I IV V I four measure progressions. We never really see the forest from the trees. By isolating our view to a few trees we can visualize many different forests.

    JSP2,
    Thanks for liking the first movement. These pieces were all derived from the ideas I found while putting together the Allegro Moderato.

    Michael,
    Thanks for listening. You know music is something that is shared and each listener brings from it something special (a feeling, a mood, even a like or dislike, but everyone who hears a piece of music will hear it in their own way). You happened to nail the impression I had when I wrote the first movement, so again I say thanks for listening!
    [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: New Woodwinds Suite by Rich Rayer

    Very impressive, Rich. Motivic writing like this is always a mark of a creative composer. I think there are some parallels here to 18th/19th century masters who could weave an entire movement from the smallest idea.

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    This is a fascinating piece of music! It certainly is concertrated in its complexity, but it comes across as light-hearted, entertaining and enjoyable fun. I enjoyed it thoroghly !

    Great work.
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    Re: New Woodwinds Suite by Rich Rayer

    Fascinating to say the least. Love number three!

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    Motivic writing like this is always a mark of a creative composer. I think there are some parallels here to 18th/19th century masters who could weave an entire movement from the smallest idea.
    Thanks Bill - The compliment is very much appreciated. This piece has given me a new perspective on how to view little pieces parts .

    It certainly is concertrated in its complexity, but it comes across as light-hearted, entertaining and enjoyable fun.
    Much appreciated LouisD, especially coming from you . Atonal music can seem so heavy, I tried to keep it on the light side and use elements of 18th and 19th century form.

    Fascinating to say the least. Love number three!
    Thanks Styxx - I liked working on #3 and getting to sound and feel like a light, bouncy Rondo

    I really like the compliments, but does anyone have suggestions as to the woodwind articulations, style, flow and/or the reverb (Ambience) or stereo positioning? After all, I am still learning GPO!
    [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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