I have realized how wide a gap there is between having a half-decent rendering of something and having a good score. I've spent the past week or so cleaning this up to give to a conductor who is interested in some of my music... so needless to say, I've been obsessing Here is the rendering of the final version -- it's been posted here before, in a much rougher condition.
Stellar! I imagined that I was sitting on the observation deck of the Starship Enterprise, going boldly or boldly going (???) where no man had gone before.
When do you anticipate having the entire suite completed? And yes, I would definitely like to look at the score to this movement. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much; I needed that -- I'm going through the "I've hit my limits with my current knowledge" phase and see all the holes in my knowledge and abilities much more clearly than before -- which is good, but there's a kind of period of exhaustion and disorientation that goes with that before rallying and stepping up to the next challenge (I bought Persichetti's book even though it's way beyond me, and ordered a bunch of CD's to listen to to get more complex music in my ear... Dave Sos's suggestion). I'm sending the score right after this, in pdf format.
As for the others, well, there are 5 movements. 2 of them need mostly score cleanup work and are less complex... so maybe it would take a couple weeks to get those in shape (mv 2 "Deep Space" ( http://www.soundclick.com/player/single_player.cfm?songid=5729610&q=hi&newref=1 ) and mv 4 "At the Edge of the Event Horizon" (http://www.soundclick.com/player/single_player.cfm?songid=5503578&q=hi&newref=1 )). Then I have just snippets of the other two movements, mv 1 "The Big Bang" and mv 5 "Eternal Starlight" which are (will be) more on the order of "nebulae" in terms of complexity, and a piece like that takes me 1-2 months to complete if I focus mostly on it alone. But I have some other things on my plate, too; I prioritize by whatever pieces have the most interest for others and work on those….
The conductor who is interested in some of this stuff (and for whom I’ve been scrambling to get the Nebulae score in shape) is Mike Gagliardo ( http://www.culturalarts.com/eyo_staff.asp ) who directs the Etowah Youth Orchestra (http://www.culturalarts.com/eyo.asp ), which is an extraordinary group of young people. Under his direction, the orchestra has won a number of awards http://www.culturalarts.com/eyo_awards.asp , played at Carnegie Hall, and teamed up with the Trans-Siberian orchestra, a rock-classical crossover group, as well as performing the classics ( http://www.culturalarts.com/eyo_specialevents.asp ) . Mike is going to be in Boulder, Colorado this Saturday as the conductor of Colorado’s All-State Youth Symphony (the thing that high school kids compete for, if you are familiar with that) and we are going to meet then. I’m very excited about that, and a bit nervous, too. But encouraging young people in the arts is a cause dear to my heart. And Mike seems extremely open to even ingénues like me who are just learning how to prepare a score properly!
So I’m all in a lather, so to speak. I can’t really believe this is happening, and your note just gave me a needed boost of confidence – so timely, deepest thanks!
I'm a fan of your work, and I was not disappointed here. The crescendo beginning about 2 minutes in so took my breath away. Thankfully I found it again. The unison passage around 4 minutes in was particularly effective.
I soooo hope you can get this performed. I would love to hear a live recording.