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    Portraits of Winter - *almost* final draft

    http://www.box.net/shared/mgnuns9zyg

    This is Portraits of Winter. It is for concert band. It's my personal final draft, but my band director wants to work with me and make it really good so that we can play it next year for my junior year. Anyway, I just wanna hear what people think about it.

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    Re: Portraits of Winter - *almost* final draft

    What I'm hearing is really good. It's all well done technically and there are a lot of solid ideas here.

    I think it maybe could use a little more cohesion and fine tuning of your ideas.

    I'm basically just self taught so I'm shooting from the hip so to speak and relying on basic feelings as just a listener.

    I'm sure it's going to be great.


    Phil

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    Re: Portraits of Winter - *almost* final draft

    Yeah, that's what I plan on working on until everyone just sounds a lot cleaner and nicer.

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    Re: Portraits of Winter - *almost* final draft

    I've listened through this a couple of times, Cransworth...
    very well done! This is going to be a knock-out in live
    performance.

    I might suggest slightly more use of percussion in this
    to underscore more energetic sections (and also bringing
    up the level a little on the percussion).

    Overall, I found the piece cogent, well executed, and well
    paced with able use of contrast in materials and execution.

    As Phil implies, don't stop here, though. Put it down for
    a while, and give it another pass to "sweat the details"
    to perfection and -- you've got a winner!

    All the best,



    David
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    Re: Portraits of Winter - *almost* final draft

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux View Post
    I've listened through this a couple of times, Cransworth...
    very well done! This is going to be a knock-out in live
    performance.

    I might suggest slightly more use of percussion in this
    to underscore more energetic sections (and also bringing
    up the level a little on the percussion).

    Overall, I found the piece cogent, well executed, and well
    paced with able use of contrast in materials and execution.

    As Phil implies, don't stop here, though. Put it down for
    a while, and give it another pass to "sweat the details"
    to perfection and -- you've got a winner!

    All the best,



    David
    -----
    David Sosnowski
    www.DavidSosnowski.com

    Thanks for the advice. I'm planning on working with my director on the percussion because my knowledge in that area is somewhat lacking, unfortunately. I'm working on it, though....

    What do you mean by "bringing up the level" in the percussion?

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    Re: Portraits of Winter - *almost* final draft

    This is a very well constructed piece, Cransworth. You have done quite well in preparing this. You have used themes and structures very well and the flow of the piece is quite good. I am sure the percussion will be more dramatic when played by REAL musicians. I can't wait to hear the results.

    I think that etLux was stating that the percussion in the mix of what you presented here online is somewhat soft and that the mp3 would sound more effective if the volume and energy level of the percussion parts were brought up (louder) in the mix. I don't think it was about the written parts. But I would, as others have suggested, look for places that the percussion can accent the more explosive and energetic passages of your piece.

    My compliments on a very good piece of music. Now the fun starts in tweaking the most out of those little notes you put down on paper.
    [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: Portraits of Winter - *almost* final draft

    Well Cransworth. This really gave me winter ideas. I can almost hear the snowballs being thrown, the car slipping and the childish joy that the winter can give. A well written piece I must say.

    I would agree that the percussion could be louder. To bring some extra punch and dynamics in the more driving parts.

    Good work Cransworth. Keep the creativity up.

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    Re: Portraits of Winter - *almost* final draft

    Yeah, I've often had some troubles with the Garritan Percussion's volume in Finale. Especially the snare drums. Those are always the tricky ones. I'll work with it, thought, and try to make it better.

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