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    A Young Man's Search

    NEWLY UPDATED VERSION OF †HIS SAX QUARTET
    (MAY 8.)

    When I began this piece, A YOUNG MAN'S SEARCH in January, I had no particular goal or idea in mind. It has taken on some meaning that approaches feeling. My concern in this piece is whether or not it is over written; too overworked.
    I would appreciate commen†s about its effect.
    APRIL 11
    It's been about a month since I posted this. In this version I have extended phrases and adjusted lines. I think it's too long, but I can't decide what to cut. I need a little input, please.
    Gary

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    hi-fi URL: http://www.soundclick.com/util/getpl...d=6357129&q=hi
    Last edited by garymosse; 04-11-2008 at 12:21 PM. Reason: Update composition

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    I like this composition, Gary. For me, the piece has the "feel" or tells the story of a person "on the search". The sudden silence or "stops" has the effect (for me) as representing the part of a "journey" when one stands at certain cross-roads and thinks about which direction to take next. Also, I noticed an interesting inter-play between "tonal" melodic and harmonic structures and less than tonal (or "atonal") structures. To me, this represents familiar verses unfamiliar "journeys" as one searches for whatever. I like this compositional device (if it can be called that) and attempt to utilize such a "technique" in more recent compositions of my own.

    Now. . . is this piece "overworked" or "overwritten"?? Not to my tastes. I must say that as the composition presented itself, I found myself enjoying it more as the "search" went on. Maybe your own interest in the piece was becoming more evident as you found "meaning and a goal" in writing it?? Yes? No? But for me, taking this composition in its entirety, it works in representing a "Young Man's Search". Maybe your own journey??

    Thank you for sharing!

    Ted
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    Re: A Young Man's Search

    Thanks for listening, Ted.
    I am amazed that you could read this much into my music.
    Music can truly send messages that are beyond explanation.
    I almost always work for the interplay between instruments,
    but each piece leads down its own path.
    One composer who comes to mind in this regard is Richard Strauss and his autobiographical A HERO'S LIFE. I would say that elements of my life
    influence what I choose to write.
    Gary

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    I wouldn't say this overwritten, Gary; and to me,
    it sounds true to its topic... a young fellow
    meandering along, sometimes flip, sometimes not,
    sometimes confused at trying to find his footings in
    life.

    My best,



    David
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    Re: A Young Man's Search

    Thanks for listening, David.
    I have a question for you and any sax players who can perform
    level 4 music.
    There are various examples of music of an improvisational nature.
    Will players be less inclined to perform this as opposed to more
    formal writing?
    Thanks, Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by garymosse View Post
    Thanks for listening, David.
    I have a question for you and any sax players who can perform
    level 4 music.
    There are various examples of music of an improvisational nature.
    Will players be less inclined to perform this as opposed to more
    formal writing?
    Thanks, Gary
    I'm only passingly familiar with "levels", Gary, as I have
    never taught at primary or secondary schools. I think
    perhaps Danny Williams (DDW) would be a good fellow to
    ask on matters like that, though.

    Best,



    David
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    Re: A Young Man's Search

    I have posted an almost finished version of my sax quartet begun in January.
    I extended phrases and modified lines. Let me know what you think.

    0 hi-fi URL: http://www.soundclick.com/util/getpl...d=6357129&q=hi

    Gary

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    Hi Gary,

    Definitely a lot of creative thought went into this one, and I can certainly hear a juxtaposition with the whole general idea suggested by the title. There's a lot of fascinating harmonies that pop up over the duration that have a feeling of randomness to them, which works very effectively.

    Compositionally, I think this is very strong. The only thing in the way of a minor suggestion would be to maybe recap a bit -- perhaps tagging on the first 25 sec. or a permutation of it onto the end. It might even be suggestive of the title to do that (??).

    The rendering/mixing also turned out really well. The only small bother to me was a little bit too much of the "air" sound in one of the alto saxes. Certainly not a detraction, more of a personal taste thing with that.

    I can tell you spent a great deal of time on this, Gary, and it shows in the quality of the piece you've turned out. Thanks for sticking to it and sharing this with us!

    Danny

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    Re: A Young Man's Search

    Thanks for listening, Danny.
    In the past I have reached a point where I question how interesting a piece may be to the listener.
    I had brought back previous material for this, but Ill see how a literal or transposed statement from the beginning would be for the end.
    Gary

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