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    Hello -- and a few of my pieces

    Hello,

    I am an amateur composer (and full-time financial apps developer) who returned to school and started taking music theory last year.
    I recently upgraded to Finale 2007 and am getting back into loading my hand-written music to Finale. I really like the Garritan Orchestra sounds---a few years away from notation/sound technology and there were big changes!
    Anyways, I've attached a link to a few of my pieces and would love to hear any feedback--good, bad or otherwise.
    The Piano Sonata is a bit wilder than the Flute Sonata


    Thanks,
    Dan

    http://www.societyofcomposers.org/user/danielcarr.html

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    Re: Hello -- and a few of my pieces

    Hey Dan! And Welcome to the Forum!
    I'm listening to your "Piano Sonata Opus 2 Number 1 - Movement 3"

    Well, to start off with what a clever choice of piano! I like it; a nice surprise.
    To me, this piece has a child's mind. That's a compliment! A mind that's very easily refocused from one thing to another. One minute chaotic and the next very lucid. It is definitely a "wild" ride and a great work! Extremely stimulating for the musical mind.

    Thank you for posting!

    Michael
    "...Wiktor's a Jekyll-Hyde personality..." - Lycos Music
    http://www.miserymadebeautiful.com

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    Re: Hello -- and a few of my pieces

    Hello, Dan "lesotho72"

    Welcome to the Garritan Forums!

    I've just listened to the first movement of your Flute Sonata, and loved every minute of it. Rich and wonderful composition, with excellent interplay between the Piano and the Flute.

    It's certainly a good thing you finally made room in your life to come back to music - it's obviously something you were meant to have as a constant in your life.

    You mentioned loving using GPO in your Finale program--Do you have any recordings using those programs? The main thrust of this Listening Room Forum is for people to share compositions they've realized with Garritan instruments, so I'm quite sure I'm not the only person here who would look forward to hearing those pieces.

    Thank you--and I have more music from you to look forward at your site, great!

    Randy B.
    (rbowser)

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    Re: Hello -- and a few of my pieces

    Michael and Randy,

    Thanks for listening to my music and for offering such positive feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the pieces.
    Randy--as you mentioned--the Flute Sonata is performed by humans. (Sounds funny writing that... )
    But, the Piano Sonata uses GPO -- performed on Celesta extended beyond range of normal celesta.
    I am still a little shaky on how to use/maximize potential of GPO for Finale 2007. For now I'm pretty much just running the instruments thru Kontact Gold and keeping default reverb on. Definitely need to learn to use it better.
    I have a few pieces I'm in the process of orchestrating--also following the on-line Rimsky-Korsakov orchestration class.
    Looking forward to hearing both of your works when I get home...from work

    Thanks,
    Dan

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    Re: Hello -- and a few of my pieces

    Hey, Dan glad you enjoyed our feedback. The link to my my latest work Monarch is below. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Michael
    "...Wiktor's a Jekyll-Hyde personality..." - Lycos Music
    http://www.miserymadebeautiful.com

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    Re: Hello -- and a few of my pieces

    A warm welcome aboard, Dan!

    Dan, I've just had the pleasure of listening through your
    flute sonata. This is excellent work; innovative, very
    well built and thought out; with a distinctive and highly
    original voice. I was particularly impressed not only by
    the superb writing for flute -- but also piano writing with
    some real substance and ingenuity to it.

    Thank you also for the beautifully prepared scores!

    May we hope to see you hear often, Dan.

    All my best,



    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: Hello -- and a few of my pieces

    Hi Dan,

    I enjoyed both the Flute Sonata and the Piano Sonata very much! What led to your decision to use the celesta, rather than a piano, for rendering the Piano Sonata? Although I liked the celesta sound overall, there were times where I was wishing for a grand piano sound (especially in the lower register).

    Looking forward to hearing more of your music!

    -- Eylon --

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    Re: Hello -- and a few of my pieces

    Quote Originally Posted by eylon
    Hi Dan,

    I enjoyed both the Flute Sonata and the Piano Sonata very much! What led to your decision to use the celesta, rather than a piano, for rendering the Piano Sonata? Although I liked the celesta sound overall, there were times where I was wishing for a grand piano sound (especially in the lower register).

    Looking forward to hearing more of your music!

    -- Eylon --
    Thanks all for feedback! Sincerely appreciated

    Eylon-- I agree there were times in the piece--especially huge crescendos where the piano would sound much better. Also, I use several themes from 1st and 2nd movements which--if 3rd movement is played in isolation--obviously will be unknown. Nevertheless, I've reworked the piece for Celesta, Glockenspiel and Timpani. Recording and score available at: http://www.societyofcomposers.org/user/danielcarr.html
    Strange combo and the celesta is actually out of the range of normal celesta. Nevertheless I like the sound. Classical-techno music!

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    Re: Hello -- and a few of my pieces

    Quote Originally Posted by lesotho72
    Hello,

    I am an amateur composer (and full-time financial apps developer) who returned to school and started taking music theory last year.
    I recently upgraded to Finale 2007 and am getting back into loading my hand-written music to Finale. I really like the Garritan Orchestra sounds---a few years away from notation/sound technology and there were big changes!
    Anyways, I've attached a link to a few of my pieces and would love to hear any feedback--good, bad or otherwise.
    The Piano Sonata is a bit wilder than the Flute Sonata


    Thanks,
    Dan

    http://www.societyofcomposers.org/user/danielcarr.html
    You may think of yourself as an amateur composer, but you write like a professional composer. You've written music that requires performers who have master their instruments.

    I reminds me of the wonderful Sunday Recital pieces I use to here when I lived in Los Angeles and attended the Summer Concert series at Barnsdall Park. Kind of a Native American genre listening to what you have written for the flute part.
    Samantha Penigar
    http://www.myspace.com/samanthapenigar

    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...p?userid=13306

    Dream it! Then Do it! Good things come to those who work while they wait. [COLOR=purple]Persistence[/COLO

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    Re: Hello -- and a few of my pieces

    HI Dan,

    Played by HUMANS!? That's outrageous!!!

    Just kidding. LOL. And here I was about to ask "wow how did you get that flute to sound like the player almost missed the mouth piece; that's great!"

    I listened to your flute sonata while following the score (I love the SCI website for the ability to do that). You have a wonderful sense of texture! The two instruments live very well together. With a piece like a flute sonata I often find myself a little bored, but your piece maintained my interest very well. And commend your players on a fine job!

    Matt

    P.S. My SCI webpage if your interested.
    http://www.societyofcomposers.org/us...wphillips.html

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