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    Elegy for Small Orchestra

    Here is my "Elegy for Orchestra" that I just finished today. It is a little more on the lighter side than my other stuff, but that is okay!

    It is all GPO except for the timpani. I used VDL for that.

    http://fupduckonline.com/secret-music/Elegy.mp3
    Jess Hendricks
    DMA Student and Teaching Asst in Music Theory/ Composition at the University of Miami
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    Congratulations, Jess, on the completion of your rich, captivating Elegy. You were very good to think of us here, letting us in on what you've been working on and getting it to us right away.

    The piece's somber tone was deftly handled so it didn't become self indulgent or morbid. I'm in a calm reflective mood in the after math of listening. Music is intended to move us. Yours has, so I thank you.

    Randy B.
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    Jess,

    I can certainly see torment and despair being shown on screen while this piece plays. The aftermath of famine or war being panned over with the camera. Perhaps in black and white. A sign of age on my part.
    What more can I say other than also, "well recorded".

    Ray

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    Jess,

    This is very beautiful. It is intensely lyrical, but never maudlin - from the heart. I don't know if you were thinking in terms of film, but it would certainly work that way. But it is fine on its own. Beautiful realization, as well.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this!
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    Thanks for the compliments, all!

    A lot of this was seeing how far I could push the bounds and still stick to decent voice leading.
    Jess Hendricks
    DMA Student and Teaching Asst in Music Theory/ Composition at the University of Miami
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    Jess,

    what a wonderfull melody and arrangement, goood work what you have realized so great with GPO! I like it!

    Best,

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

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by germancomponist
    Jess,

    what a wonderfull melody and arrangement, goood work what you have realized so great with GPO! I like it!

    Best,

    Gunther
    I appreciate your listening and compliments.

    I must give credit to the realization to Finale's Human Playback as usual.
    Jess Hendricks
    DMA Student and Teaching Asst in Music Theory/ Composition at the University of Miami
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    Re: Elegy for Small Orchestra

    Quote Originally Posted by jesshmusic
    Here is my "Elegy for Orchestra" that I just finished today. It is a little more on the lighter side than my other stuff, but that is okay!
    By “lighter” I’m assuming you mean “the harmony is more traditional” as the emotions you are aiming for are anything but light. And yes, it's more than "okay". I agree with what some of the others have said – this sounds very cinematic. Very nice.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Quote Originally Posted by trentpmcd
    By “lighter” I’m assuming you mean “the harmony is more traditional” as the emotions you are aiming for are anything but light. And yes, it's more than "okay". I agree with what some of the others have said – this sounds very cinematic. Very nice.

    Haha. I am incapable of light emotions. Good call! Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ernstinen
    Most excellent --- sensitive and emotional. "Traditional" (maybe), but with many modernistic surprises. This is one of the best GPO renditions I've heard. Bravo!

    Man, there is so much talent here --- it's really a treat to hear such fine work like this.

    Ern
    Thanks so much. I am humbled.
    Jess Hendricks
    DMA Student and Teaching Asst in Music Theory/ Composition at the University of Miami
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    Wow, just gorgeous, Jess... the string writing, especially,
    just swept me away. Very well written, perfect handling
    of the pacing, and outstanding "conducting" of the piece.

    The single suggestion I might make is, were it me, I think
    perhaps I would have pulled the reverb back just a bit.

    Wherever this came from, Jess, do be sure to visit there
    again, and bring us more...

    Bravo!

    With applause,


    David
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