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    Emotional Warmth in Serialist Music

    Serialism can most certainly express emotion. But let's make sure we agree on terminology. Serialism uses a "series" of either pitches, rhythms, dynamics, Emotion in music is greatly dependent on tension and release. Let's use the Fibonacci sequence as our series. The Fibonacci sequence appears throughout nature from the microscopic to the grandest structures of the universe such as the below examples. So this is a mathematical series. If you equate these as pitches at various tempo you will hear tension and release and that is what we interpret as dramatic expression in music. There are many great examples of expressive serialist works. Now what is a more complicated discussion is the range of emotions. For example, I don't think there can be a serialist example of joy. It tends to serve dark and neurosis thoughts best. So it is basically a tool for the composer to use while they express an emotion.
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    The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    I've mentioned this composer several times in this thread but not this work. Wow, it is so intense at the end. This is also a good use of electric guitar and drum kit in a symphony but unfortunately, only this movement is on youtube. They aren't used in pop music fashion but as symphonicly. He sadly died way too young at the age of 50 from a heart attack. I find his music intense, mesmerizing, distinctive, and taut.
  3. Here are some photos from the rehearsals he mentioned for those interested. Two videos at the bottom of this post too but I can't figure out how to make them previews. JWatUSC-ET1.MPG JWatUSC-Trumpet1.MPG
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    The Quick Question Thread

    I kind of took it as more of a Mason Bates sort of DJ thing - like adding beats to an orchestral score than being a DJ per se. Have any DJ's studied composition in University? He seems like a composer to me but definitely breaking the mold as his grandfather did in his own way. Here is his list of works. https://gabrielprokofiev.com/completeworks/ He has written something called Concerto for Turntables which has gotten quite a bit of notice/notoriety.
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    The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    Ooh! Very cool...I also love Aaron Jay Kernis so this is instabuy.
  6. Very cool! He does have a long history at USC and I was at the rehearsals of that concert he mentions. A thrill of a lifetime.
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    The Quick Question Thread

    I have a question for the deep question thread. You guys know who this is, right? Correct, it is Eric Whitacre. WRONG you idiots. This is Gabriel Prokofiev, the grandson of the great Ukrainian/Russian* composer, Sergei Prokofiev. He is now a prominent composer. My question, does his last name help or hurt him? One could argue both that standing in the shadow of a great composer is very difficult. For example, I notice no piano concerto's by Gabriel but 5 brilliantly original and virtuosic concertos by his grandfather. Also notice that none of Sergei's kids were musicians. Gabriel only has a light genetic connection (1/4) to the brilliant composer. How much (if any) of his success as a composer came from genes and how much of it came from the good fortune he had with the surname of a great composer? Meanwhile, how much of his misfortune was that he would forever be compared to his famous and imposing grandfather? * Sergei is Ukrainian by birth but loved Russia deeply according to his son.
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    The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    No! The Planets was well received but had multiple premieres. For example the first performance in 1918 with Adrian Boult conducting omitted several movements because the instrumentation varies widely such as a chorus only in the last few minutes of Neptune. This was a "private performance" not really with a large audience and the orchestra was practically sight reading the very complex score (only two hours to rehearse). Today, this would probably be considered a read through. Holst did add instrumentation later such as the organ part after the first reading, so maybe that is what you are referring to. Basically he understood he would have an organ at his disposal after he composed the work so added a part for the grand instrument. SEPARATE TOPIC! I think Karen Tanaka is a very interesting composer. This work is quite striking and worth hearing. In fact, this entire album is very good. I thought every single work was complex, refined, interesting, unique, and captivating. I always associate Ifukube with Godzilla but this disc shows a more lyrical and balletic side to him.
  9. I just happened to listen to this suite a few days ago and loved it. Now want to hear the whole score. It's very good Rozsa. The suite I heard was conducted by Bernard Herrmann on an excellent Phase 4 recording. https://www.amazon.com/Great-Shakespeare-Films-Cinema-Gala/dp/B0051U854W
  10. Have any of us heard his Peter Pan musical?
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    The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    The neglected British composers who are considered second rate are extremely fine (think Malcolm Arnold who composed wonderful symphonies and many film scores including his Oscar winning score to "The Bridge Over the River Kwai" with a "stellar" performance by our hero, Obi Wan Kenobi. Oh my gosh this film is so wonderful. Obi Wan is an extremely traditional British soldier now prisoner in Burma. These soldiers must build a railway over the river kwai but the most senior officer, Obi Wan Nicholson, is by the book and recites the Geneva Convention excepting officers form manual labor resulting in extreme punishment. He treats the British code as the bible while the Japanese live by a different code. What follows is a fantastic character study exceptionally performed by Sir. Alec Guinness in this masterpiece of film making. This is a fantastic film with a wonderful score as all David Lean films have. I freaking love this film and director and recommend all see it. His other films include Lawrence of Arabia (one of the greatest films and scores of all time), Doctor Zhivago (one of the greatest films and scores of all time), Passage to India (one of the greatest films and scores of all time), etc.
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    The Quick Question Thread

    For those of you who have been asking for Conan The barbarian transcribed for organ, your wait is over. I bring you this music to accompany your quest to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of the women! ...
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    The Composer's Thread

    I hear the Williamisms but it is unique enough that I can also hear your voice. For example, you go more gothic than JW ever does. Sort of like Danny Elfman's version of JW. The orchestration is solid but can also be taken up a few notches. You might want to consider asking a colleague to orchestrate this using your original to hear what they come up with. It's not easy to explain but their are moments where a flourish can add a lot and doesn't take away from your intent.
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    The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    The narration is quite separate. I don't think the music and narration ever overlap and it is very rare - like 5% has narration so don't let that be the reason you avoid these.
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    The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    The William Walton scores for Sir Lawrence Olivier's Shakespeare films are suburb as are the films. Plus there is more than a little bit of Elgar in Walton's Shakespeare scores such as Elgar's elegantly beautiful funeral from Grania and Diarmid. Damn you Brits, you're so good at this sort of stuff. It's quasi Wagner, Sibelius, and Ravel but uniquely Brit.
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