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    Iii. It might as well be swing

    New 3rd movement for Sax Quartet.
    I started from scratch on this yesterday. It's so refreshing to
    work with new material rather than working the detailed parts to a final conclusion. I will probably do the same for this, but this is the 1st presentation.
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    Hey Gary,

    Some very interesting chordal color and staggered rhythms.
    Enjoyed the variety of each sax and especially the ranges that are fully covered by the bass.

    A very modern and expressive Sax Quartet!

    Enjoyed!

    Michael
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    Re: Iii. It might as well be swing

    Thanks for listening, Michael.
    I know a lot will change before I post it again.
    Gary

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    I really like this. It has a delightful freshness and a smooth flow even over the pauses. It reminds me of four people having an animated discussion, brainstorming, with each contributing ideas into the mix but staying on the one problem.

    Very good!

    Herb

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    Thanks for listening, Herb.
    I don't see that it connects with most people.At this stage it's too disconnected. After careful, listening, I think it lacks a strong theme for the listener to grab. It's a start that keeps beginning to so somewhere.
    I think the Forum has-by lack of comment-verified that conclusion I know some people seem to act like you molested their child, but I prefer critiques which have merit.
    Gary

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    Re: Iii. It might as well be swing

    Gary,

    I don't see that your description of the piece and mine are totally different. An "animated discussion" can be "disconnected" and lack a single "theme" or point of view. It depends on whether a characteristic is seen as a defect or not.

    How a piece strikes one on first listening does depend on what mood one as a listener is in - this piece made a good first impression on me. On further listening I thought there was enough of a consistent mood and approach to make the piece work as a modern composition - after all it is only three minutes long, does have interesting rhythms and brings out the tonal colouring of the instruments.

    Herb

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    Thanks again for listening, Herb.
    Positive reinforcement helps us all continue to seek the
    best way to present our message.
    I often feel the power generating from each line as it moves with or against another line. I seldom have a conscious knowledge about why I
    write.
    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euler View Post
    How a piece strikes one on first listening does depend on what mood one as a listener is in...

    Herb
    Herb makes a good point; one I've pondered myself. There've
    been many pieces I've listened to; sometimes several times;
    but on my first traversals -- well, they left me cold.

    But then, coming back to such a piece later, I'd find myself
    in love with it. I think sometimes it takes the subconscious a
    while to work things over before we can really understand a
    piece, especially if in an unfamiliar idiom.

    My best,



    David
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    Re: Iii. It might as well be swing

    Thanks or listening, David.

    I listened to a sax quartet today which is unique in my listening experience. "Pitch Black" by Jacob ter Veldhuis.
    It includes "ghetto blaster" soundtrack along with a minimalist sax quartet line which ambles along as the dialogue is repeated endlessly over & over and...........I don't know what the saxes were playing because I was following the dialog on the program. The music became the 'white noise' which highlighted the actual words of one of the last interviews given by Chet Baker based on his time in prison. Probably they should have played it a 2nd time.
    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by etLux View Post
    Herb makes a good point; one I've pondered myself. There've
    been many pieces I've listened to; sometimes several times;
    but on my first traversals -- well, they left me cold.

    But then, coming back to such a piece later, I'd find myself
    in love with it. I think sometimes it takes the subconscious a
    while to work things over before we can really understand a
    piece, especially if in an unfamiliar idiom.

    My best,



    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com

    Gary

    First off nice piece.

    David made a great point as did Herb. I have actually just cut and pasted a section because even with myself, I didn't think that a once threw made sense, whereas the 2nd time thru did.

    Well done

    Ron
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