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    Vesuvius (update) - KOWALSKI

    Hi all,

    It's been almost a year since my last update on this. The piece has been complete for quite some time, but I had never finished preparing the printed score to the first movement. I have also made a number of changes to the orchestration, and a few changes to the music itself.

    Here for the first time is the final version of all three movements of Vesuvius with mp3s and full scores for download:

    Vesuvius
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: Vesuvius (update) - KOWALSKI

    Jamie,

    The first to post!

    I like it! A lot I might say!

    Unforutnately I have no time to comment in depth, but I sure will do later on

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    Re: Vesuvius (update) - KOWALSKI

    Quote Originally Posted by nikolas
    I like it! A lot I might say!

    Unforutnately I have no time to comment in depth, but I sure will do later on
    Thanks, Nikolas. Looking forward to your comments.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: Vesuvius (update) - KOWALSKI

    One of my all-time favorites, Jamie; but I think you know
    that by now... a real pleasure to visit it once again in its
    completed form. Listening through this once again is time
    spent well, in the company of an old and dear friend.

    I don't think I can find enough good words to express my
    admiration for the dedication, the unstinting hard work to
    achieve perfection, and -- the superb results.

    If I have not said it before, I am remiss; and if I have said
    it before, it surely bears repeating:

    Bravo, my friend!

    Always my best,




    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: Vesuvius (update) - KOWALSKI

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    One of my all-time favorites, Jamie; but I think you know
    that by now... a real pleasure to visit it once again in its
    completed form. Listening through this once again is time
    spent well, in the company of an old and dear friend.

    I don't think I can find enough good words to express my
    admiration for the dedication, the unstinting hard work to
    achieve perfection, and -- the superb results.
    I can't thank you enough for your comments, David.

    I was feeling a little disappointed because I wanted to submit Equilibrium for an upcoming contest, but it specified "no concertos," and I was afraid someone on their panel might consider it one (which it isn't!). So I reluctantly settled on Vesuvius, but have been feeling a little down about it. I consider Equilibrium newer and "fresher," and perhaps more representative of where I'm going with my writing. This all started to make me feel like I was sending less than my best, or perhaps even a "dud." -- You've helped me feel a lot better about it by proclaiming it one of your "all time favorites."

    Thanks again, David.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: Vesuvius (update) - KOWALSKI

    Jamie,

    Trying to assess the merit of your own work is a hazardous
    endeavor, my friend.

    As writers, in our own work, we know where all the bones are
    buried, which doors squeak, and where the candles blew out.
    It colors our perception: We tend to hear our shortcomings
    at the expense of our strengths -- for the simple reason that
    those are the areas that most preoccupied our attention.

    Others hear your work very differently: as the sum of its
    parts, rather than the product of them.

    My best,



    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: Vesuvius (update) - KOWALSKI

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    As writers, in our own work, we know where all the bones are
    buried...
    YES! That's it! I can't really think of a better way of saying it.

    Others hear your work very differently: as the sum of its parts, rather than the product of them.
    You are as wise as you are talented. Thank you again, David.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: Vesuvius (update) - KOWALSKI

    Jamie,

    How's it going? I distinctly remember listening to this when you first posted it last year and remembered really enjoying it. I'm at work right now, but I plan to listen to it when I get home this evening.

    I did have a chance to check out the score, however. The manuscript looks absolutely fantastic. Your orchestrations appear to be flawless. Unfortunatley, I do not have perfect pitch, so I can't exactly "hear" what you've written, but I can "hear" colors.

    I can't wait to get home to listen. I will comment more later.

    Also, I check out your website. It has a very cool design and easily navigatable. Did you design it?

    Keep up the great work, my friend.

    Jonny

    One other thing, I think I remember you psoting something about a year ago that within the next year, you will find a way to compose for a living. I admire that drive. I have been wondering, how is that going? I'm attempting to do the same myself right now. It can be a very daunting task. Did you succed?
    For more information, check out www.jonathoncox.com/intro.html

    "The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead." - Igor Stravinsky

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    Re: Vesuvius (update) - KOWALSKI

    Ern,

    Basically, you can write for harp just like you do the piano. I think I have some books at home I'll check and let you know.


    Jonny
    For more information, check out www.jonathoncox.com/intro.html

    "The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead." - Igor Stravinsky

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    Re: Vesuvius (update) - KOWALSKI

    Quote Originally Posted by Ernstinen
    I'm kinda scared to write for harp because I don't really understand what it can and cannot do. Any reading you can recommend on this subject!?
    Stanley Chaloupka's book is fairly standard:
    http://vanderbiltmusic.com/Merchant2...ategory_Code=B

    Also:
    http://www.harpspectrum.org/harpwork...for_harp.shtml

    And now, back to our sponsor...
    .

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