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Concerto for Harp in C Major
Last post Fri, Sep 26 2014 by Jos Wylin, 7 replies.
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Posted on Fri, Sep 19 2014 14:30
by WPeppercorn
Joined on Mon, Jun 24 2013, Posts 158

I have reworked the first movement to my harp concerto in C Major:

https://soundcloud.com/wayne-peppercorn/sets/peppercorn-harp-concerto-in-c

I
find it difficult to achieve great results in the classical venue (which is
what I have composed in for over 40 years). The instruments are very exposed and
every minute detail comes out. I don't "hear" this problem when I listen to romantic music or theatrical music using VSL instruments.

I'm
thinking it's my shortcomings concerning "playing" the VSL
instruments! After all, I have only been using VSL for about a 6-7 months. To
play the violin well requires a lifetime of dedication... why should VSL
instruments be any different? So I will continue to apply VSL to my
compositions and learn to not only use the software but attempt to perfect my "playing" the instruments.

In
any case, I believe I am way better than my initial attempts with VSL... so I
will keep on plugging. The first movement to my Harp Concerto represents my latest attempts. Thanks.

Tags: classical
Posted on Mon, Sep 22 2014 16:06
by GoranTch
Joined on Tue, Mar 14 2006, Berlin, Germany, Posts 524

Hi Wayne,

no worries, VSL can do classical just fine ;-)

Here is a fine case in point you can take a listen to (Mozart's g minor Symphony Andante).

...and your concerto definitely would deserve a production which would step up to its compositional qualities...

Posted on Tue, Sep 23 2014 13:43
by WPeppercorn
Joined on Mon, Jun 24 2013, Posts 158

The Mozart sample is excellent! Thank you for the inspiration. I'll keep working.

Posted on Wed, Sep 24 2014 16:05
by GoranTch
Joined on Tue, Mar 14 2006, Berlin, Germany, Posts 524
WPeppercorn wrote:

The Mozart sample is excellent! Thank you for the inspiration. I'll keep working.

Thank you, very glad to hear it had an inspiring effect :-)

Posted on Fri, Sep 26 2014 16:15
by Jos Wylin
Joined on Mon, Dec 03 2012, Belgium, Posts 684

Hi Wayne,

Very nice, decent classical work. Nothing too complicated, no cerebral music, but a fine relaxing and elaborate composition in the strictest classical way. Congratulations for that achievement. You're still struggling with the samples and the musicality of them? So do I, but day by day, step by step we will get to master them. Isn't that a formidable challenge? And it is the perfect excuse to keep composing... Wink

Max

Posted on Fri, Sep 26 2014 16:31
by WPeppercorn
Joined on Mon, Jun 24 2013, Posts 158

Hi Max. Thank you. I believe you are correct in that the more you work at the VSL production, the better you get. It really is wonderful software. I'm happy that I have many many compositions still sitting in Finale ready to convert into VSL productions (4 symphonies, an oboe concerto, a horn concerto and another piano concerto).

Have you used Dimension strings? Do you think they would sound better than my Special Ed 1 and 2 strings (I use the chamber strings for my compositions because that's actually what they are scored for). Thanks!

Wayne

Posted on Fri, Sep 26 2014 16:56
by Jos Wylin
Joined on Mon, Dec 03 2012, Belgium, Posts 684

Hi Wayne,

I do have the full dimension strings, the orchestral and the chamber strings. But so far, I didn't manage to realise anything decent with the dimensions. I also have all the SE instruments and sections, which are very good starters, but the full libraries have more articulations and flexibility in use. So I'm not the right person to give you any advise on the dimension strings...

I used to work with Finale (for more than 15 years), but now I only work with Notion (now version 5). I do my postprocessing in Logic Pro X. So I guess we both work the same way (notation with as many performance details as possible) and then the postproduction in a DAW.

At this moment, I'm working of a training version of Rameau's Contredanse from 'Les Indes Galantes'. Rather demanding as to techniques and articulations. I've already made 5 version (4 with Vienna Suite and 1 with MIR), but none of them is satisfactory so far. I will post it from the moment I'm pleased with the result.

And let me congratulate again with the very classical construction of your work. A rare capability these days.

Max

http://www.joswyl.be

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