A revision of a piece from 2004. Originally written for Alto & 2 Marimba, it now features the Bassoon.
As I recall the composing effort in this piece was mostly a developing process, I now think I may have been reflecting on my US Navy
tour of the West Coast of Africa in 1960.
I have hopefully improved on some features of the original.
I listened to this last night and wanted to post an impression for you. The first thing I thought of listening was of Africa/Arabia. Is this a certain scale or mode that you used to convey that feel? It's interesting that just a few notes can instantly bring to mind an ethnic or regional area.
I like the tonality of the marimba in this, but not so much the bassoon. (sorry)
Nice work on this, Gary.
Thanks for listening, Bigears.
The marimbas have a wide range and probably overwhelm the bassoon at times. I used the alto in the original and will soon post a comparison using Alto.
This piece is mostly thru-composed which makes it difficult to follow.
I worked on this early in my composition work and it is lacking in a recognizable melody and a recognizable form.
I once questioned why we could not study music in my lessons which I had already written. I can see that there are far too many problems in a completed work to deal with in a lesson.
Hi, Gary - You're certainly one of the people whose work I've missed hearing during these last few hectic months when I couldn't find time to keep up on my Foruming.
Interesting background you gave on your re-working of this piece. Uniquely evocative. I had no idea where it was going to go next, and enjoyed just listening to find out!
I think perhaps John "Bigears" didn't care for the Bassoon because there doesn't seem to be any Legato on its track. We're hearing each note attack, often in passages far too fast to not be slurred by a live player. Not using the Legato feature is a sure way to not have convincing reality in woodwind or brass emulations.
The Marimba has fast passages which are impossibly perfect too, a notation program issue without a human playback type of function being used.
Thanks for listening, Randy.
I too have missed your comments. An incredible compliment followed
by observations about how its audio can be improved. I consider those comments to be helpful.
I haven't always been aware of the end result because I usually listen
for wrong notes or good balance.