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    For The Loss of Trees

    Here is a two piano piece I just finished. It is my offering to the Cleveland Composer's Guild Fall Concert which will feature compositions for two pianos. This piece is based on a loose derivations of the opening motive. It is approxiamately 5 minutes in length. I used the Garritan Steinway that comes with Finale 2008. It is meant to be a mournful piece for the decimation of our forests by man.

    I am writing three movements for this work which will be called:

    Three Reflections on For The Loss of Trees


    I. Nature's Lament

    II. Twilight in the Forest

    III. Rain and Wind in the Forest

    The third movement is now here.
    Best regards,
    Bill
    Last edited by wrayer; 06-03-2009 at 10:59 AM. Reason: Added a new movement
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    Re: For The Loss of Trees

    HI BILL.
    A nice work for 2 pianos.
    I couldn't hear 2 different parts going, but that's probably the point.
    The message seemed mostly to nicely flow.
    It's ironic to me that we both are working in the impressionistic mode this week.
    Gary

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    Re: For The Loss of Trees

    Thanks for listening Gary. I tried to make one piano come from the left speaker and one from the right. There is a dialogue between them, albeit, gruff at times. I will have to take a listen to your impressionistic piece.

    Best regards,
    Bill
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    Nice job Bill. I like the dialogue between the players. I also like the harmonic language of this piece.

    Thanks for posting this and good luck with the submission.

    Steve Winkler

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    Steve - thanks for listening, I hope it makes its way to the performance, but was fun putting it together. I really should write 2 more movements, but the deadlin is June 15 for consideration. I am glad you enjoyed it.

    Best regards,
    Bill
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    Re: For The Loss of Trees

    I like your duet. Good luck in having it performed for Composer's Guild Fall Concert.

    BTW - I just got back from a very long weekend in your area - Vermilion, to be exact. My parents live there.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    trentpmcd - thanks for stopping and listening and for the word of encouragement. So you were in Vermilion. Well, you were only about 3 miles from me! I live in Lorain right next to the hospital on Kolbe rd just south of rte 6. Small world!

    Best regards,
    Bill
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    Hi all, I have added the second movement.
    We dream to write and we write to dream.

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    Very effective work, Bill. I do hope you're able
    to tape the live performance of this... if possible,
    video tape. With pieces like this that are so
    essentially structured around dialogue and
    antiphony, the visual element of seeing the motions
    of the players can add much to both the sense
    of the pieces and the experience of them.

    And I likewise hope they've got a couple of good
    grands to bring the drama and power of the writing
    out to its fullest!

    Congratulations on the forthcoming performance.

    My best,



    David
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    Re: For The Loss of Trees

    David - Thanks for listening. Yes I believe this will be played by two nine foot Steinways. That is if the selection jury selects this work. Everyone in the guild is to be writting (or trying to write) for two pianos. I am not sure, yet where it will be performed, but I believe the concert will be in late September or Early October. Thanks for listening and the kind words.

    Best regards,
    Bill

    P.S. I have added the final movment this is the real second movement. I pushed the old second movement down to third.

    II. Twilight in the Forest
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