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    1.2 days in Corporate America: A Comic Opera in 011 (base 2) Event-Driven Acts

    It's possible that this might be the first opera ever to walk through an object-oriented model in 6/8 time LOL!

    1.2 Days in Corporate America… (Work in Progress, Excerpts)
    Much of this based loosely on my years as a software engineer. The "cubicle police" (Scott Adams, Dilbert comic strip) are real. They are coming for you. They want to take away your coffeepot. And your dignity. They are formidable enemies. Worst of all, they have no sense of humor.

    For each movement, the libretto is posted under "Lyrics"

    Act 1, Scene 1

    mv 2: This is the Life / Software Engineering in 6/8 Time
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6539979

    mv 3 “Conformity Patrol Theme”
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6539999

    Act 2, Scene 1

    mv 6 “Monday Morning at the Office”
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6540007

    mv 8 “Ode to a Swivel Chair”
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6539953

    mv 10 “The Aroma of a Brew (from a precision French press)
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6539602

    As always, thanks for listening.

    Karen
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    Re: 1.2 days in Corporate America: A Comic Opera in 011 (base 2) Event-Driven Acts

    Karen, I got to a faster computer and have just finished listening to the comic opera in it's entirety. Now, "come on where are you hiding, you instant-guzzling traitor?"
    Every time I innocently click my mouse on these posts in the Listening Room I
    am astounded and humbled by the great talents shared by members of this forum. I think a certain J.Adams had better start looking in his rear-view mirror. This is a smart, funny, and memorable piece. Just one small warning to others, if you are having spasms or have a recent surgical incision, be careful when listening to this. Laughing ranks right up there with coughing and sneezing when it comes to triggering a spasm. To borrow Jack's signature closing, BRAVO! John (bigears)

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    Re: 1.2 days in Corporate America: A Comic Opera in 011 (base 2) Event-Driven Acts

    Karen:
    Rodgers and Hammerstein voiced my thinking very well with their "I Could Write A Book." You've created another beautiful, and very ambitious, work.
    I really like the light hearted satirical approach you've used, from the "skulking" Conformity Patrol to the "tongue-in-cheek" quirkiness of "Ode To A Swivel Chair." I take back any negative comments that I made before about the "Ode" because it really fits now. Did you tinker with this mvmt. since we first heard it?
    Two things stood out to me: one is a question of feasibility and the other is a suggestion.
    I am no voice authority but I would suggest checking with some one that is concerning some the leaps in your vocal parts, the ranges and some of the melismatic passages. My suggestion is consider leaving out the first two lower string notes in the Coffee mvmt. and just start on the treble trill figure, ala a coffee pot percolating.
    I'm glad I can say I knew you "when."
    Steve

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    Finally got a chance to take a quick listen. A very fun idea and I like what you’ve done so far. I have to say, though, that the movement I liked the most was the more sinister (and modern) sound of the conformity patrol.

    Listening to the last one reminded me – have you ever listened to Bach’s “Coffee Cantata”?
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: 1.2 days in Corporate America: A Comic Opera in 011 (base 2) Event-Driven Acts

    Steve and Trent,
    thanks so much!

    Yes, I have the Coffee Cantata.

    Trent, I hear what you are saying about the more modern harmonies -- but since this is a light opera, I am staying with more traditional harmonies for most of it (though Swivel Chair might be a little more to your taste).

    Steve, you are too much! You will never have to say I knew her when because I hope we will always be in touch whatever happens -- say I know her "now"! :-)

    warm wishes,
    Karen

    ps yes the runs -- if I can't sing 'em myself i'll change 'em (and may anyway)
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    Re: 1.2 days in Corporate America: A Comic Opera in 011 (base 2) Event-Driven Acts

    oh, i thought i should add -- about the vocals --

    the solo parts require much more ability that the chorus parts, although the choral parts do assume a certain agility (especially) of both diction and pitch. Because of all the above, this work is targeted to more advanced groups with professional or semi-professional soloists.

    (Voice is the only instrument that I "play" really, and though I have been accused before of writing a bit beyond the abilities of an average choral group, that is intentional and considered...)
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    Re: 1.2 days in Corporate America: A Comic Opera in 011 (base 2) Event-Driven Acts

    Karen:
    As Rosanana Nandanana (sp?) (Gildna Radner) used to say, "Never mind."
    I really couldn't distinguish between the choral groups and the vocal solos so
    your reasoning is correct. I should have known better!
    It ain't over till the weight challenged diva vocalizes.

    Steve

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    Re: 1.2 days in Corporate America: A Comic Opera in 011 (base 2) Event-Driven Acts

    A Mockup of Ad for 1.2 Days in Corporate America

    For your amusement....

    I can't use this exact thing because some of the images (Dilbert, screaming lady) are copyrighted, but had fun putting this together anyway, even if I have to come up with other ways and means if I ever actually have a use for an advertisement for an actual performance (one can hope and dream anyway):

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/defa...photos&id=8545
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    Re: 1.2 days in Corporate America: A Comic Opera in 011 (base 2) Event-Driven Acts

    Quote Originally Posted by sosmus View Post
    Karen:
    As Rosanana Nandanana (sp?) (Gildna Radner) used to say, "Never mind."
    I really couldn't distinguish between the choral groups and the vocal solos so
    your reasoning is correct. I should have known better!
    It ain't over till the weight challenged diva vocalizes.

    Steve
    Hi Steve, I though I had replied to this, but it was about 3 am, so who knows? I probably feel asleep and forgot to push the <enter> key

    Steve, your input is always much appreciated! The vocal samples I use are not optimal -- the choral samples do not distinguish (timbrally) between (for example) an alto singing a low A and a tenor doing the same, which leads to listener confusion. To further muddy it, I don't use the solo voice samples because they sound too "synthy". So it is hard to distinguish solo from chorus. The only hint I can give is that if it is one or two voices, and/or is fairly complex, it is usually a solo part. (Or I can send a score to any interested folks). I can hardly wait til Gary's choral library comes out -- and if it can sing the words, which I think is what he was planning (a massive endeavor!) then wow -- heaven!

    The somewhat awkward breaks in one of the soprano runs (near the end of mv 10, the "coffee movement") are the singer bursting into laughter a few times in the middle of the cadenza, ala AAAAAAAAAAA ha-ha! AAAAAAAAAA ha-ha! etc. I think of an aria in (I think) Die Fledermaus (sp?) where a countess, mistaken for a serving girl, sings (english rendering) : "What a funny ha! ha! ha! situation ha! ha! ha! so excuse me ha! ha! ha! my elation ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!" etc. One of my favorite arias, and very funny... it then ends with a long and complex cadenza Ha!_______________________ ending on (I think) a D above high C, a note that I can scarce reach anymore

    But my cadenza is a bit awkward; I wrote it quickly and I think there is still much I can do to improve it and maybe make it funnier to boot... haha!

    Thanks again for listening!
    Karen

    ps I think her name was Roseanne Roseanna-danna (?)
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    Re: 1.2 days in Corporate America: A Comic Opera in 011 (base 2) Event-Driven Acts

    Steve,

    forgot two more things -- I think you are right about leaving out the initial low notes; and no, I don't think I've changed the Swivel Chair since I last posted it, though I am not sure.

    Karen
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