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    Scherzo 1: The Trickster

    This is only a sketch at this point, to be fleshed out and lengthened. This is targeted to a local chamber orchestra whose conductor has indicated he is open to reviewing scores from new composers. I went to see them the other night. Their instrumentation is (2,2,2,2)(2,2,0,0) timp, strings. They are kind of an adjunct group of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

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    Re: Scherzo 1: The Trickster

    It sounds sort of like a rough needle drop but I like what you have so far. Your working with a lot of ideas and I'm sure it will all come together.

    I sure hope you have some of your music performed by them. It sounds pretty exciting or a least it would be for me.

    Good Luck!


    Phil

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    Yea, real rough -- a few hours at the computer, just a sketch, but I feel comfortable enough posting it because I know folks on this forum can hear what it might become, filling in the blanks. I tend to write and leave a lot out -- just enough to keep the line going, skeletal at first to sketch the idea, then I fill in, then polish it up. I also was taking etLux's suggestion to me to take more risks -- in this case, especially with harmony and melody. But I wanted something that would be a little different but still "accessible" to a general classical audience, because that is what this orchestra plays to.

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    ps this is the orchestra BTW -- i've started targeting my writing to specific groups, to their instrumentation, because then it's more likely to be played if they like it... no guarantees, but what in life comes with one anyway? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by KE Peace
    i've started targeting my writing to specific groups, to their instrumentation, because then it's more likely to be played if they like it... no guarantees, but what in life comes with one anyway? LOL
    Good idea! I did the same recently - I visited my local symphony orchestra to see their strengths and weaknesses. They have a great brass section, so i think I feel a fanfarey piece coming on.

    Your sketch has a lot of promise. Fun and energetic, but not cliched. I am hearing a louder section somewhere in the middle with driving rhythms.

    I'd love to hear this when you've done more work on it.

    Owen

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    Quote Originally Posted by englishgent
    Good idea! I did the same recently - I visited my local symphony orchestra to see their strengths and weaknesses. They have a great brass section, so i think I feel a fanfarey piece coming on.

    Your sketch has a lot of promise. Fun and energetic, but not cliched. I am hearing a louder section somewhere in the middle with driving rhythms.

    I'd love to hear this when you've done more work on it.

    Owen
    Thanks Owen. Yeah, I want it to build up more and change keys and really get bloody rockin'.
    Don't you just love it when that fanfare-y feeling comes over you??? I love them myself. Do post it if you write one, OK?
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    Karen:

    Seems like a really good start and I'm glad you
    used the standardized shorthand for the inclusive
    orchestral instruments.

    Did you find it a little different composing for just
    two horns and two trumpets without trombones or
    a tuba? Sometimes, we feel compelled to complete
    instrumental sections for fear that something might
    be left unsaid. That's always been my fear........

    I must say that your work so far doesn't sound "thin"
    at all. In fact, it sounded fairly well-rounded as far
    as total instruments go. I know you will want to go
    into the parts though and refine some of the lines, but
    that is always expected.

    A great start, Karen

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    Re: Scherzo 1: The Trickster

    Karen, nice feel to this. The first part seemed like a sketch where a lot of things are still up in the air, but at about 33 to 56 this already has a some great shape to and well on the way to something great. Looking forward to hearing the final version, and hopefully by the orchestra.

    David

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    Hi Jack,

    thanks for listening. Yeah, I miss the trombones -- I love the way they can blare! They really rock.

    I had never heard of an orchestra with no trombones before. But I'm using bassoons and cello/bass to give that underpinning as best I can. I'm discovering I really like to write scherzos, because I have a sense of humor anyway, and they seem to free me to do some weird things I wouldn't normally do (like the arpeggiated tri-tones wheeee!) So, I've already added to it, including some cuckoo sounds, which are funny. But the rest will have to wait til I get back from my thanksgiving trip in a few days (though I have access to email and this forum, for which I am grateful.

    Cheers!

    Karen
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    oh and my big fear is having an instrument but not writing enough for it and in my imagination they are sitting there thinking 'man this piece is boring!"
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