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    KEEPSAKE
    copyright © studio III 2008

    Here is the score: keepsake.pdf
    sorry for the delay and "bump"; want to make sure I say "thank you" to all comments.
    Last edited by Michael A. Wiktor; 03-04-2008 at 12:21 AM. Reason: SCORE Update
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael A. Wiktor View Post
    This one took everything I had to finish. I hope you enjoy it.





    I will be "tweaking" this for another week while cleaning the score
    and preparing it for publication on Lulu.com

    Will also add some program notes soon ...
    I welcome all comments.


    instrumentation:
    piano
    flute, b-flat clarinet, bassoon, oboe
    trumpet, horn, trombone
    timpani,
    violins, viola, cello, & bass

    copyright © studio III 2008


    Using:
    The Garritan Orchestral Strings
    Giga Piano
    Westgate Studios Woodwind Collection
    Bigga Orchestral Brass
    DS Soundware Orchestral Percussion Library

    TASCAM GIGASTUDIO
    The opening theme immediately transports us to a mystical landscape in Hitchcook's Vertigo! The passionate music wants to introduce us quickly to the story of ...?

    Where am I ...?

    Oh... Yes, it's the mysterious lady in black standing by the harbour, who drove there all by herself.
    The dramatic tension is accentuated by the rhythmic brass of Mr. Michael A. Wiktor!
    We don't know this woman's motives. And why did she suddenly jump in the dark waters?
    But we know for sure that her name was Kim Novak and that she was saved by our hero... James Stewart!

    Yes, this music is from the time when moviemakers and composers still cared about catching the right feeling at the right moment!

    Brilliant, Michael!

    This was my vision when I heard your freshly composed "Keepsake."

    Fredrik

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    Re: (KEEPSAKE) M.Wiktor

    I agree that the opening has a movie score-like feel to it. That is meant as a compliment. Later, it seems to move away from that into a more agitated, less descriptive passage. Really liked the constant change in character(s), and the flow from lyrical to aggressive - you handle those transitions very nicely. Is this to be part of concerto for piano? Actually, it doesn't have to be a part of anything - it stands very solidly on its own.

    Enjoyed this a lot!
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    Michael

    I have been waiting for this one for quite a while and I am not diappointed.

    Although this is still very tonally centered, in some spots you take more chances then usual and I really like that side. Instead of letting the music go where everyone expects, you have a little jaunt into the darker side.

    The rendering is great. Just the right amounts of reverb and dry/wet.

    I am starting to get very busy in school in again, so PM me when you are done tweaking so I can hear the final version.

    Don't make us wait so long for the next one.

    Well done


    Ron

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    Michael:

    Absolutey super orchestration and composition.

    I would have loved to hear it "ALL GARRITAN" just
    for comparisons sake. The libraries you used sound
    excellent, but I always wonder what an orchestration
    would sound like with all Garritan instruments as that
    is all I use presently.

    Great work here, Michael

    BRAVO,

    Jack
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    Thank you very much fredrik for your fantastically vivid and imaginative review!

    Yes, this music is from the time when movie makers and composers still cared about catching the right feeling at the right moment!
    The Golden age?! Well, thank you. I do understand your point but I do try to avoid sounding like a movie soundtrack - you know, all techniques and FX - not a bit of substance ... excluding a few well known modern composers that come to mind.

    This was my vision when I heard your freshly composed "Keepsake."
    Well thank you again for sharing you vision and especially taking the time to download, listen, and review! Much appreciated!

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael A. Wiktor View Post
    Thank you very much fredrik for your fantastically vivid and imaginative review!



    The Golden age?! Well, thank you. I do understand your point but I do try to avoid sounding like a movie soundtrack - you know, all techniques and FX - not a bit of substance ... excluding a few well known modern composers that come to mind.



    Well thank you again for sharing you vision and especially taking the time to download, listen, and review! Much appreciated!

    Michael
    Hi Michael,

    Here is a review by Pat Harris of the music in Hitchcook's "Vertigo", composed by Bernard Herrman:

    The score for 'Vertigo' is an out-and-out masterpiece. This was the first Hitchcock film I ever saw, and consequently the first Herrmann score I ever heard, and the impact (even during the Paramount logo before the actual credits!) is tremendous. The unresolved arpeggios and minor-key blasts of brass are both riveting and frightening, perfectly setting up the obsessive descent of the film's protagonist. The whole score revolves around a powerful love theme (heard most fully in the 'Scene d'Amour'), various shades of which would color all the romantic material Herrmann would pen for the rest of his career.

    The music does not at all sound like the music of today's overdecorated film music... no effects were used at all, in fact! Only orchestra

    Bernard Herrman died in his sleep shortly after completing the recording sessions for his score of Taxi driver in 1975.

    I really recommend you to see "Vertigo"...! It's a masterpiece with masterly composed music like yours!



    Fredrik

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    This is a rare treat indeed,--music from Michael Wiktor--Far too rare an event.

    mmMMMmmmm---In a word, I "Love" it. Yes yes, an enthusiastic second to what others have said about the piece's cinematic textures, its Hitchcockian (Herrmannesque) feel.

    You know me - when something is full of drama, I tend to take notice. The dramatic moods and swirls of contrasting passages is thoroughly entertaining.

    Superb, Michael--Thanks for letting us hear!

    Randy B.

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    I tried listening to this late last night but realized it requires more than a casual listen. So now I've listened to it three times but I still probably have missed things. It moves right along and covers some territory.

    I'm always amazed at how someone can compose something like this.

    It does sound like you put everything into it and so much is here.

    It's plainly great music.


    Phil

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    Hi Ron,
    Thank you very much for the listen and taking the time to write a review.

    I agree that the opening has a movie score-like feel to it. That is meant as a compliment.
    And I take it as such! Thank you! ... In my early 20's I was very heavily influenced by movie composers. It is what I believe introduced me to more serious classical forms. - I guess I can't "shake" my first inspiration ...

    Later, it seems to move away from that into a more agitated, less descriptive passage. Really liked the constant change in character(s), and the flow from lyrical to aggressive - you handle those transitions very nicely.
    Yes, later on there is a very fast paced 3/4 passage that I wanted to accent not just the "1" of every beat but especially the "2", to give it an irritable or maybe slightly unpredictable "punch" here and there.

    Is this to be part of concerto for piano? Actually, it doesn't have to be a part of anything - it stands very solidly on its own.
    No, I am not a big fan of soloing instrument music - I wanted the piano to take a multifaceted role; sometimes being the "star" and then later taking a back seat to just give support for other instruments.

    Thanks again Ron, I really appreciate the comments and questions.

    Michael
    "...Wiktor's a Jekyll-Hyde personality..." - Lycos Music
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