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    Several months ago I posted an original piece called The Gates of Hell. To be honest, I was never happy with the piece and eventually withdrew it. I have just finished a new piece called The Last Judgment and in writing it, utilized some material from Gates of Hell.

    The Last Judgment

    Bill
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    Bill:

    An ominous beginning, but very forceful and decisive. Great organ
    work. Percussion very well placed throughout. Like the bells parts
    and how they are included into the musical line instead of just sounding
    with it.

    A very minor quality for most of the piece. I liked the choir entrance
    around 6m 18s. Seems like the "Sun" came out for awhile at 7m 12s.
    Back to "definite judgment" after that. Big organ finish with a picardie
    tierce ending. Great job on this, Bill.


    BRAVO,

    Jack
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    A dramatic and effective reshaping of these
    foundational materials -- though I must mention
    I liked the earlier incarnation, as well.

    Perhaps you should keep both versions? It makes
    an interesting study in a composer's thinking.

    Well done!

    All my best,



    David
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    Re: The Last Judgment

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhap2 View Post
    Bill:

    An ominous beginning, but very forceful and decisive. Great organ
    work. Percussion very well placed throughout. Like the bells parts
    and how they are included into the musical line instead of just sounding
    with it.
    Thanks for listening Jack. The bells came to me out of nowhere.

    A very minor quality for most of the piece.
    Yeah. And when it wasn't in a minor key it was in the Dorian mode, LOL.

    I liked the choir entrance
    around 6m 18s. Seems like the "Sun" came out for awhile at 7m 12s.
    I didn't want to over do the chants so I made it more Palistrina-like at 6:18.

    Back to "definite judgment" after that. Big organ finish with a picardie
    tierce ending.
    Originally, it ended in the minor but that just didn't sit well. A tierce de picardie ending gives it an optimistic Baroque quality and implies redemption.

    Great job on this, Bill.

    BRAVO,

    Jack
    Thanks Jack.
    Never look at the trombones. It only encourages them. Richard Strauss

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    Bill I don't know what to comment on. I started a message, but nothing seems to picture what I thought of this new work, but be sure I admired your new work greatly. This is really some composition with superb organ handling.

    This work needs desperately some lyrics instead of just Ahhs and Oohs.

    Great,

    Raymond

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    Hi, Bill

    Dramatic, thematically morbid, episodic and heavy sounding piece which you've seasoned very well with your orchestration and realization. Appropriate musical response to the medieval painting. - Thank heavens there are more "brands" of Christianity to subscribe to nowadays than this - !

    Odd sound you got with the choir-I couldn't tell what the sound was at first. Sounds like you've muted them with EQ quite a bit perhaps? I thought maybe they were French horns with mutes at first.

    Impressive work - I'm glad to walk on past the subject matter now, but I appreciate the strength and seriousness of your work.

    EDIT: I forgot! It took me quite awhile to find MP3 links at your page. I finally noticed, barely, the yellow text--It's blending in way too much with your background. And then I highlighted the yellow letters to see what they were - "G-G4"---What's that? You need a nice, prominent MP3 button. Better yet, if you could use a free MP3 player to stream these from your site--much slicker than visitors having to download.

    Randy

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    Re: The Last Judgment

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux View Post
    A dramatic and effective reshaping of these
    foundational materials -- though I must mention
    I liked the earlier incarnation, as well.

    Perhaps you should keep both versions? It makes
    an interesting study in a composer's thinking.

    Well done!

    All my best,



    David
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    David Sosnowski
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    Thanks for the listen David.

    I understand what you're saying about a 'study in thinking'. However, it seemed that no amount of revising made any significant improvements and that a fresh start and different approach was necessary.

    As I get more distance from Gates perhaps I will hear it differently. For now though, I think I'll just go with Judgment.

    Best,

    Bill
    Never look at the trombones. It only encourages them. Richard Strauss

    My Website
    Beethoven's Eroica
    Antonio Salieri
    The History of Studebaker

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    That's some good writing, Mister Bill. I enjoyed your music.

    Thanks for posting. Keep up the fine work!

    Best Regards,
    Larry G. Alexander
    www.alexandermusic.com

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