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    Great Gate of Gaia

    Well, I can't believe it but I haven't posted anything new here since early June! That's just crazy. It's been really nice getting back here and spending time in the Listening Room. So anyway, here's something I finished recently. I guess all I have to say about this is that sometimes you just wish you were somewhere else...

    Great Gate of Gaia

    [pairs of each wind, 2 horns, trumpet, trombone, glockenspiel, chimes, wind chimes, triangle, glass harmonica, celesta, harp, strings]
    Last edited by Josh; 03-12-2007 at 08:08 AM. Reason: left out a few instruments in the list

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    Re: Great Gate of Gaia

    Great orchestration and recording

    Ray

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    What a nice musical picture you paint! In fact, with all of the contrasts, you paint many nice pictures. Excellent job, Mr. Josh. Thanks for sharing your music with us.

    Best regards,

    Larry
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    I follow the words of Larry.

    Best regards

    GC
    "Music is the shorthand of emotion." Leo Tolstoy

    Listen to me, tuning my triangle http://www.box.net/shared/ae822u6r3i

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    Very nice!

    Spacious and beautiful. The textures remind me a lot of Respighi, whose music I adore. I wonder if he is one of your inspirations?

    I love the tonal twists that begin about a third of the way through. This would sound fantastic with a live orchestra.
    - Jamie Kowalski

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    With Jamie, in listening to the opening collage of
    this, I, too, immediately thought of Otarino Respighi;
    not at all in the details of the writing, but in the
    evocation of vast dimensions and flowing through
    them.

    I listened through this earlier; and have again
    listened through it twice more this morning. This
    is a powerful piece of writing; but it takes time and
    a few hearings to accept it on its own terms, rather
    than through an initial (and false) perception of it
    as mere Impressionism. It may hark back to that;
    but the great, broad strokes of it -- especially as
    it arises into that harmonically gorgeous center
    section; then recedes from it -- create a scope
    and sense and imagery that mirrors the boundless
    proportions and abundance of its subject.

    I find myself listening to this for still a fourth time,
    Josh, as I write. You have, indeed, struck something
    seminal and elemental in this...

    Bravo!

    With admiration,


    David
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    Very well done! Great stuff! It was a pleasure listening to it.
    Regards,

    Gerard.

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    Ray, Larry, and GC - thanks for giving up 10 minutes to listen and sharing your comments - many thanks!!

    josh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skysaw
    Very nice!

    Spacious and beautiful. The textures remind me a lot of Respighi, whose music I adore. I wonder if he is one of your inspirations?

    I love the tonal twists that begin about a third of the way through. This would sound fantastic with a live orchestra.
    it's funny, both you and David suggested Respighi (you know what they say about great minds), but honestly he never came to mind while writing! although, i do see why you say it - i became very interested in Respighi's orchestrations when i was a lot younger, because at that point i never heard anything like it - his textures and modal harmonic language blew me away; i still enjoy his music, but i don't consider him a big inspiration these days - but perhaps his influence has been ingrained in me...but now that you've brought him up, i'll have to go dig out some of my Respighi recordings!

    as always, thanks for commenting, Jamie

    -josh

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    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    With Jamie, in listening to the opening collage of
    this, I, too, immediately thought of Otarino Respighi;
    not at all in the details of the writing, but in the
    evocation of vast dimensions and flowing through
    them.

    I listened through this earlier; and have again
    listened through it twice more this morning. This
    is a powerful piece of writing; but it takes time and
    a few hearings to accept it on its own terms, rather
    than through an initial (and false) perception of it
    as mere Impressionism. It may hark back to that;
    but the great, broad strokes of it -- especially as
    it arises into that harmonically gorgeous center
    section; then recedes from it -- create a scope
    and sense and imagery that mirrors the boundless
    proportions and abundance of its subject.

    I find myself listening to this for still a fourth time,
    Josh, as I write. You have, indeed, struck something
    seminal and elemental in this...

    Bravo!

    With admiration,


    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

    "the great, broad strokes of it ... create a scope
    and sense and imagery that mirrors the boundless
    proportions and abundance of its subject."

    David, if you ever have trouble finding work, you would have no problem being successful as a music critic or novelist. You have a very poetic way of putting things.

    I came across these just recently, and i thought they go very well with what was going through my head while writing this piece - I often wish life can be more like this:






    Thank you, David - you're always greatly encouraging - and committed (4 times?! )

    josh

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