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    Ruminations - Brass Sextet

    Noun1.rumination - a calm, lengthy, intent consideration musing, reflection, thoughtfulness, contemplation, reflexion
    cogitation, study - attentive consideration and meditation; "after much cogitation he rejected the offer"

    consideration - the process of giving careful thought to something

    meditation, speculation - continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature; "the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge"

    meditation - (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)

    introspection, self-contemplation, self-examination - the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct

    retrospect - contemplation of things past; "in retrospect"
    The piece is based on meditations and ponderings of a few notes from the motif in the first four measures of the first movement. I manipulated, re-arranged and plied the intervals and harmonies through out all three movements. All three movements are themselves ruminations of the material. I wanted to see if working with a limited palate one could develop an entire work.

    This is a 3 movement suite with all movements in the same mp3.

    1. Allegretto
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegro

    You be the judge:

    Ruminations
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong

    Rich

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    Re: Ruminations - Brass Sextet

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich
    The piece is based on meditations and ponderings of a few notes from the motif in the first four measures of the first movement.
    As you no doubt know, Rich, that's very much akin to the
    approach I often take in writing... using just a handfull of
    notes in the opening as the basis for an entire work.

    And, my friend, you've done a remarkable job carrying this
    off. The writing in this -- the organization, the integration,
    the unity, the cohesion -- is by far the finest I have heard
    from you.

    A superb job with the pen on this one, my friend! This is
    first-rate modern writing, and I sincerely hope this suite
    finds its way to perfomance -- it deserves it.

    With admiration,



    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com

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    Re: Ruminations - Brass Sextet

    Rich

    Everything is clear and precise in this. Nice writing and rendering.

    Maybe a touch on the dry side, but that is just individual preference.

    Well done

    Ron

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    Re: Ruminations - Brass Sextet

    etLux said:
    As you no doubt know, Rich, that's very much akin to the
    approach I often take in writing... using just a handfull of
    notes in the opening as the basis for an entire work.
    Thank you for your kind remarks, David. I can get so wrapped up in proper voice leading, rules and precision that often I can't write a thing. The procedure is one my brother suggested, i.e. take a little and work with it. Less, I suppose, can be more in the long run.

    You have always commented on not only my music but so many more of us on this forum. It is really appreciated.

    I haven't been on the forum much in recent weeks due to surgery that my wife has had. My free time has been taken being a nursemaid and housekeeper, so I haven't participated in the forum much nor commented on many pieces. I hope all will forgive me. Hopefully she will get a walking cast put on her leg on Thursday so that she can get up and about and won't need to rely on me as much.

    Thanks for being a friend and the best to you, always.
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong

    Rich

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    Ron,

    Thanks for the comments. This is a chamber piece and I felt that it was more suitable for less reverb to give it a more intimate feel. But, as you said
    that is just individual preference.
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong

    Rich

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    Re: Ruminations - Brass Sextet

    A very enjoyable piece that our brass group enjoyed playing! Thanks for a wonderful piece.
    We dream to write and we write to dream.

    Challenge #10 Winner

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichR View Post
    The piece is based on meditations and ponderings of a few notes from the motif in the first four measures of the first movement. I manipulated, re-arranged and plied the intervals and harmonies through out all three movements. All three movements are themselves ruminations of the material. I wanted to see if working with a limited palate one could develop an entire work.

    This is a 3 movement suite with all movements in the same mp3.

    1. Allegretto
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegro

    You be the judge:

    Ruminations
    Those pieces still sound very fresh, Rich!

    I also like to watch the Rodin statue "Le Penseur", while listening!

    There seems to be a blood-relation between the Allegretto and the Allegro movement! maybe a blue-blooded relationship?

    Thanks for having shared this before on the forum!


    Fred

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    Re: Ruminations - Brass Sextet

    It sounds like your really feeling relaxed writing in the modern form here.

    Your ideas flow nicely and the whole piece really gels.

    There seems to be a sort of playfulness here that has been lacking in your earlier efforts.


    Hey, you even have had it performed!



    Phil

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    Re: Ruminations - Brass Sextet

    Fred,

    You certainly like to dig into the library and find pieces to listen to. I think that is really great. I also thank you for the comments.

    The piece is based on meditations and ponderings of a few notes from the motif in the first four measures of the first movement. I manipulated, re-arranged and plied the intervals and harmonies through out all three movements.
    As I had said earlier, in the above quote, all 3 movements are very much related as they are all based on a very small motive. There is actually a 4th movement which is a rondo but my brother felt it was to tonal for the piece so I left it as a stand alone rondo. I really don't know if I ever posted it or not. Hmmm.......
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong

    Rich

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    Re: Ruminations - Brass Sextet

    fastlane,

    Thanks for giving this a listen and also for the comments. This was the first piece I wrote that made me feel comfortable in the medium. It was done last May and was a piece that I did not linger over when writing. I set a form for each movement and let my ear and the motive direct me.

    Thanks again, I hope you enjoyed the listen.
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong

    Rich

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