Hi everyone, and yes….yet another Newbie apparates into the threads of your threads.
I’m just starting to get my feet wet in this computer music sampling world. I find that the shallow end of the pool turns quickly into the deep end. Not that I’m drowning as such, but it feels that way some days. Learning all this software , hardware sampling techniques, scoring, etc. all at once is a bit daunting; but, somehow I’m still having the time of my life doing it!
At any rate, I love my trusty P4 computer, but alas, it doesn’t have the stamina to manage all this heavy-weight software thrown at it. So I’ve accepted the fact that I’ll be composing chamber and solo music for awhile before I get to scoring for full orchestra.
I wanted to write a quartet movement for the Gofriller cello I just received from Gary’s round-about, or go-around,???..well.., you know, the sale last December. But I wanted to do something else other than the mellow-cello sound, which is beautiful, mind you, but covered quite brilliantly by several people on this forum already. This is more of a very detache cello, as in a fast Vivaldi movement, using the upper end of it’s range. Actually, the extreme upper end of the range……..and it didn’t really work.
However, my hopes are high that Gary will be coming out with a top-notch viola soon (Hint, Hint, Gary) so that I can transform it’s being into a Quintet and split the present cello line between the two instruments plus give the woodwinds a break from their rather loquacious lines. The quartet as it stands now consists of double bass, cello, bassoon, and clarinet.
Until then, I offer you this cheerful, bouncy, waltz with all its foibles as my first effort here. It’s dedicated to my dog, Walt, who leaps and bounds; chasing all the rabbits, quail, squirrels and pocket gophers on my acreage. Being an old dog, his intentions are noble, but he poops out within seconds as depicted in this piece. Walt doesn’t really waltz, but he does only have three legs, so that kind of counts, doesn’t it, running in the beat of three? (If you happen to be tapping your feet to this and notice a few duple meters stuck in here and there, throwing off your internal sync, well…that’s Walt stumbling. )
My fingers are beginning to yawn, so , in closing, I really want to improve here. So all helpful thoughts, critiques, insights, will be fully absorbed and appreciated!!