Sorry for taking weeks to comment!!!! NOW I can move on to posting some new music!
Thanks so much for giving this bossa a listen ... much appreciated. Glad you liked the "color commentary" too!
I had been listening to Jobim's "Wave" album since 1969, when I bought my first LP of it (yes, it was an LP (??????? ) while I was in the Navy, and, fittingly, I first listened to it on the waters of San Francisco Bay. But I never really 'tore it apart' to analyze the arrangement and voicings ... I just simply always enjoyed listening to it. So it's funny that when I finally did do this piece, I was astounded to discover that there really weren't many concerted voicings at all in Ogerman's style; just a bunch of beautifully orchestrated unisons and solo lines, and, ... a lot of air!
Re: Festival Music: "A Menina, A Lua, E O Mar" a Bossa Nova Tribute to Jobim and Oger
Originally Posted by composingatnight
Just wanted to let you know Frank that I stopped by and listened. I really enjoy your work and it always puts me in a good mood. I love the way you orchestrate your arrangements. Great job!
As I just commented to David, sorry for taking weeks to comment!!!! NOW I can move on to posting some new music!
I really appreciated you giving my piece a listen and taking the time to let me know ... thanks!
Thanks also for your orchestration comment ... that aspect of music is very important to me. I've mentioned elsewhere on this site how I nearly always compose and arrange with color in mind so your comment was meaningful to me.
I'm not an academically trained classical composer. I've self-studied a lot of jazz arranging technique over the years, and, of course, I try real hard to follow the rules of good voice leading whenever I can so what I write can be played more effectively (and enjoyably by the musicians). But whenever I do compose and arrange, I'm usually thinking color-first along with overall voicing (thick/thin, consonant/dissonant, etc.) and melody-second.
It may not make sense to most writers, but it's just how I think and I figured I'm better off to just go with my instincts and exploit it, rather than try and re-order that creative muse we all have. When I'm in 'songwriter' mode, yes, the melody writing becomes more important in my process, but for orchestral and band pieces, I like the color-dominant approach. And I suppose, in reality, composing is really more of a reiterate process between the various components anyway.