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Dixon Hill

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  1. Yeah... now THIS is fan-fiction poppycock. Bring on all the Tauriel, Azog, and bunnies you want PJ.
  2. I agree completely. It was a well made film, sure, and an experience in the theater. But the massive hype eludes me.
  3. No, I don't have much of a choral background beyond some liturgical experience. I have sung, but I have a pretty unremarkable voice... a "composer's voice." There is an awful lot of pretension about his music out there, that it is too "low brow" or "syrupy." The same kind of things you hear leveled against Lauridsen, Part, etc. I agree that he has some trademarks that can be a tad cloying in certain pieces - October comes to mind actually, though more so in the choral version of that piece, Alleluia. But things like Sleep, Water Night, Lux Aurumque, A Boy and a Girl... to name a few, are just wonderfully wrought gems. Also his recent The River Cam for cello and strings is ravishing. I actually only listened to that new piece you mentioned, Bliss, once, when he released the Virtual Choir video. I sang in the second VC, but this last outing wasn't as much to my taste. I believe it's from an electronica-type musical he's been working on for years.
  4. Sir John Tavener has passed away. A great loss. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24919332
  5. Ahh, I will defend Whitacre tirelessly for all that he's done in "popularizing" choral music, whether by being generic or not; I don't think he has been, for the record. In fact, he's one of the most honest and genuine composers that I've heard, and his music touches me in a really rare way. And it makes sense that he sounds nothing like Corigliano or Goldenthal... a good teacher doesn't teach you how to write like them, but how to write like you.
  6. Oh this is wonderful. Thank you KK! Also I think that the soprano in that Edge of Darkness cue is Hila Plitmann, whose voice is like sonic crystal and very recognizable. She also preformed the Mermaids material on Zimmer's recent Pirates score, which he co-wrote with her husband Eric Whitacre (a former Corigliano pupil), and hers is also that stratospheric voice at the end of Chevaliers de Sangreal.
  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPkByAkAdZs
  8. I don't think it still works. Too bad, it would be great to see him in lecture mode again.
  9. Huh, those pictures have a really different feeling about them. Interesting. I think Bard's character will be something we're glad PJ embellished.
  10. The mid-credits scene after the newest Thor gives a good indication of what Guardians of the Galaxy will be like; it definitely seems like Thanos is being saved for the third Avengers installment, with everything else focusing on the Infinity Stones leading up to his appearance.
  11. It's why my home is littered with what look like blueprints, rather than musical sketches. I can more readily capture what I feel when conceiving of a piece by drawing an impression of it, a blueprint, and then slowly refining that into something more detailed, more explicitly musical. That way, you arrive at theoretical solutions to instincts, ideas, and imagination, rather than the opposite. Thinking back now, I also owe so much of my open-mindedness about music to him. I could very easily have ended up learning from a grade-a snob.
  12. You're Not One Of Them is a great cue. I also love the choral additions to Williams' Krypton theme.
  13. I had a pretty mongrel "academic" experience, but New York City was a very fortunate place for that and he was one of a handful of neat folks that I ended up studying with for a time. For just under a year I'd see him once a week. I couldn't begin to quantify how much of an influence he has had on me, but the most lasting idea, one which I have seen others who learned from him talk about, has been his compositional philosophy. He taught a very architectural method of writing, very structured, logical, and planned, but still allowing for even the most subtle degrees of nuance and whim. A brilliant and very deep soul.
  14. I think it's a great moment as well. The bit of brass counterpoint in the middle is pretty exhilarating.
  15. Yes, fantastic stuff. You are a gentleman and a scholar. That unknown cue definitely sounds like Shore - it was also featured in the little making-of documentary about the AUJ score that was released last year. Here, at 2:51.
  16. Well let's see. You've got the Clarinet Concerto, the Piano Concerto, the Pied Piper Fantasy, and Mr. Tambourine Man. Those might whet your appetite. I used to study with him.
  17. His concert pieces can be very challenging, but always rewarding if you put in the time to get intimate with them. I could go on for pages and pages about his virtues as an educator and a mentor, as well.
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