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    Sand Fountain (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    Hi Everyone,

    It's been quite some time since I posted any of my work here, and even longer since I updated this piece. Here's the latest completed movement of The Cornell Boxes for orchestra, commemorating the art of Joseph Cornell.

    Sand Fountain (mp3)
    And here is an image of one of his several sand fountain boxes: Untitled [Blue Sand Fountain], ca. 1953.. I'm sorry I couldn't find a better image of this one. The one I saw in DC was the yellow fountain.

    Here are the previously posted movements:

    Hotel Eden (mp3) (Image).
    Tilly Losch (Balloon Girl) (mp3) (Image).

    There are three movements yet to come, Introduction, Soap Bubble Set 1941, and The Workshop.
    - Jamie Kowalski

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

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    Re: Sand Fountain (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    All three are brilliant! Very masterfully written and rendered. I can't wait for the rest of them. I found them very evocative and exciting.
    --gary shannon
    Spooks! - The Movie

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    Re: Sand Fountain (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    Welcome back, my friend! We've missed seeing you here!

    Sand Fountain is exquisite (but then, most Kowalski is);
    a single encapsulate moment of flawless observation,
    with that sense one is suspended in time that likewise
    characterizes the previous two movements - and not so
    much descriptive as one might anticipate, but portraiture
    translated into musical expression.

    A handsome addition to this suite, Jamie. May we look
    forward to the remaining three movements soon!

    Always my best,



    David
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    Re: Sand Fountain (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    Hi Jamie,

    Thats a really lovely piece of writing. It reminds me a little of the aesthetic of the music in "Six Feet Under", but somehow.. better, more sincere or something.

    I'd love to see this somehow in visual connection with Joseph Cornell's art - a "Sunday afternoon arts" doco - with his art and your music as the backbone.

    Thanks for this superb work!

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    Re: Sand Fountain (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    Quote Originally Posted by fiziwig
    All three are brilliant! Very masterfully written and rendered. I can't wait for the rest of them. I found them very evocative and exciting.
    Gary,

    Thank you very much. I appreciate the sentiments. One more movement coming soon!
    - Jamie Kowalski

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

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    Re: Sand Fountain (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    Welcome back, my friend! We've missed seeing you here!
    Thanks, David! I've missed you all... I've been much too busy, and I'm trying to get back to my work now.

    a single encapsulate moment of flawless observation,
    with that sense one is suspended in time that likewise
    characterizes the previous two movements - and not so
    much descriptive as one might anticipate, but portraiture
    translated into musical expression.
    I think you're pretty much into my head space here. These are not so much impressions of the pieces themselves as they are expressions of the impressions they made on me -- using Cornell's art as a mirror, if that makes any sense. However, I should mention that this movement may embody this idea slightly less so than the others, as it borrowed heavily from an old work of mine.

    Thanks again!
    - Jamie Kowalski

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

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    Hi Jamie,

    The clarity with which you write appeals to me a lot. There is an intensity and a great deal of emotion in these pieces that is all the more effective for being so perfectly controlled. I find these pieces very evocative even though I'm not familiar with the subject matter from which you've drawn inspiration. Good luck in completing this - and thanks for sharing the work as it unfolds.

    Regards, Graham

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    Jamie,

    This is really excellent writing and production for the Sand Fountain. I heard your earlier Cornell Box works and this one follows right along as I would expect it to.

    Thanks for sharing it with the forum.

    Gary

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    Re: Sand Fountain (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    It was a wonderful listening experience. Strange yet familiar feelings for me.



    Phil

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    Re: Sand Fountain (Cornell Boxes) - KOWALSKI

    Jamie,

    How nice to hear this/see this in the postings. I like the way the main motive in the accompaniment also become melodic - very organic. Beautiful sense of clear harmonic language, yet slightly off-kilter. It was dis-orienting in a delightful way, with things not always lining up - yet seeming to do so. Boy, I hope this makes sense...

    Really enjoyed this. Beautiful realization, I should add.

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