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    The Contrarian Contrapuntalist

    Well, I seem to have written another organ piece, somewhat unorthodox.


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    Using GPO Organ.

    Richard

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    You seem to? You make it sound as if it happened by accident...

    I like the drive your pieces have. It's what gives them life. The dissonance can be a bit heavy on the ears sometimes, but the counterpoint (in particular the bass, I think) makes it interesting. However, it's the pulse, alternating between the voices, that brings your pieces to life. It's almost like a dance, bordering on swing. I liked this piece more than the previous one, perhaps because the harmony has more movement.

    By the way, how many voices? I thought I heard a (high) fourth voice at one point, but it might just have been overtones.
    Theo

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    Re: The Contrarian Contrapuntalist

    Quote Originally Posted by FLWrd View Post
    You seem to? You make it sound as if it happened by accident...

    I like the drive your pieces have. It's what gives them life. The dissonance can be a bit heavy on the ears sometimes, but the counterpoint (in particular the bass, I think) makes it interesting. However, it's the pulse, alternating between the voices, that brings your pieces to life. It's almost like a dance, bordering on swing. I liked this piece more than the previous one, perhaps because the harmony has more movement.

    By the way, how many voices? I thought I heard a (high) fourth voice at one point, but it might just have been overtones.
    Not quite an accident, although I can't remember much about the writing of it. The disonnances can be a bit jarring or strident, but they really are essential to the music as are my idiosyncrascies of rhythm/pulsing, without which the music would be boring.

    At the start, each hand is playing parallel fourths.. But I treat the fourths as single tones. So adding the pedal, that could be construed as 3 voices or 5 voices, followed by a long stretch of 3 solo voices, then returning the original voicing, except that in the final 3 measures or so, the pedals are sounding 3 notes (not difficult: left foot straddling c & d; riight foot on octave of the d).

    Thanks for your thoughts. I am always pleased when my music is listened to and thought about.

    Richard

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    There is a pleasing "haunting" quality to this that I enjoy very much.
    John B.

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