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Last post Fri, Dec 21 2018 by Acclarion, 21 replies.
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Posted on Tue, Dec 11 2018 16:22
by Acclarion
Joined on Sat, Aug 15 2015, Canada, Eh!, Posts 471

I'd like to share my woodwind quintet, "Catch Me If You Can."  It's filled with playful instrumental dialogue and counterpoint.  I hope you enjoy!

Catch Me If You Can by David Carovillano

Our forum has sadly seen a great decline in interest recently, or at least, a decline in activity/postings from those that listen to the music presented here.  For me, I've enjoyed engaging with those few of you that regularly show support by listening and commenting on the music I've shared.  Thank you!  As I may be taking a break from posting in the future on this forum, the best place to keep connected with me if you're interested, is to bookmark my website and/or subscribe to my soundcloud.

All the best,

Dave

  

www.dearvillainmusic.com - music for live performance by David Carovillano

www.acclarion.ca - concert accordion & clarinet duo
Posted on Wed, Dec 12 2018 10:09
by jasensmith
Joined on Tue, Jan 15 2008, Arizona, Posts 1494

Nicely done Dave. 

The counterpoint is crisp and sharp complimenting the themes naturally. It's sound like a collaboration between Bach and Haydn.  I'm guessing that the main theme is the Me in "Catch Me If You Can?" It appears and reappears at various times during the piece with no ryhme or reason as to when or why it appears when it does.  It's a delightful theme too full of fun and vigor.  I must say that I would get a little excited whenever it reared it's beautiful head then try and chase it down.

During my first listen, I was a bit confused because of the crowded arrangement which I thought deminished the piece somewhat but then I realized, well that's the whole point!  It's supposed to sound crowded because you have to "catch me if you can" it adds to the farcical atmosphere created by the piece.  I'm not sure if that was intentional or just one of those rare moments of sheer accidental brillance but it worked.

Sorry to see you go Dave. 

Changes in my home life have prevented me from venturing into this neck of the woods of the forum because time is more precious to me than before.  My youngest has started school and I have to find time to do those fatherly things like spending quality time helping with homework and, of course, giving piano lessons.  Unfortunately, I'm often faced with the choice of composing or listening to the music of my peers.

Also, I think we may be at the dawn of a new age here on the forum.  I think people are more interested in demos created with the Synchron Series because it may influence buying decisions.  If that's true than it's a shame because I would just like to sit back and enjoy good music Synchron or not.


"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it."
- W.C. Fields
Posted on Wed, Dec 12 2018 13:52
by Acclarion
Joined on Sat, Aug 15 2015, Canada, Eh!, Posts 471

Hi Jasen,

So nice to hear from you again!  I've enjoyed your informational posts on the other sub-forums...you're always one to help others which is to be commended.

Glad you enjoyed the piece.  The piece is definitely dense with intricate counterpoint, and if we're more conditioned to a homophonic texture, the rapid moving lines and pass-offs betwen instruments might be a little much on a first listen, but then again, Bach is one of my champions :)  I actually love your comparison to Bach AND Haydn, because for sure you have the playfulness of Haydn with Bach's contrapuntal part writing.

It's great that you're enjoying the next phase of life with your young one.  I'm playing "daddy homemaker" right now, caring for our 15 month old during the day, so my time to compose has been greatly reduced also.

Yes, it's the age of Synchron, and of course, most only see the music posted here as a means of auditioning whether or not to invest in a library.  Sad that more people don't take a moment to share words with composers, who all seek feedback and want to know that their music is connecting with an audience.  But, the world moves fast and most of us barely get it all done in a day.

Thanks again for listening!  I definitely am not leaving the forum, just might take a break from sharing my own music here.

Cheers,

Dave

www.dearvillainmusic.com - music for live performance by David Carovillano

www.acclarion.ca - concert accordion & clarinet duo
Posted on Wed, Dec 12 2018 15:45
by mh-7635
Joined on Wed, Aug 04 2004, Posts 186

Hi Dave,

Nice and fun, but there is no Bach or Haydn in there, more Poulenc I'd say. Some nice scoring moments too and expressive programming. The counterpoint works very well and there is a programatic feel to it because of your musical thought process. The whole piece sounded idiomatic and It could be the last movement of a wind suite, so get on with it...:-)

Mike.

Posted on Wed, Dec 12 2018 16:00
by crusoe
Joined on Sat, Dec 26 2009, Posts 109

Hi Dave,

As it happened with your pieces before, I really did enjoy the development of the main theme. Basically, everything after the 1st minute was quite exciting to listen to. The 1st minute is fine, too, it's just where my attention was grabbed completely, and I was following (to the degree) the interplay.

Regarding the counterpoint. Seemed very clear to me, as Jasen already mentioned. The arrangement didn't sound that busy to me, maybe because this way of organizing the melodic lines is something I like doing myself (on my primitive level), and I often knew by heart when a new instrument is about to enter. So, zero complaints here. This leaning of mine might be contributing to my liking as well.

You mentioned somewhere else that you use standard editions only. Is that right? I thought that a few times those extra articulations from extended libraries could help (in terms of envelope and just plain amount of information). Not to criticize any specific moment, just recalled a couple of specific articulations that I used.

Cheers,

Crusoe.

Posted on Wed, Dec 12 2018 16:39
by Acclarion
Joined on Sat, Aug 15 2015, Canada, Eh!, Posts 471

Hi Mike,

As always, wonderful to hear from you!  The Poulenc reference had me smiling, because I remember a couple of years ago, Becky commented on a piece for oboe, bassoon, and piano (Incantations) I wrote that she said seemed Poulenc-like.  I told her the last time I listened to Poulenc was in a university musicology course, but perhaps the influence was sub-consciously embedded then :)

As for writing a suite, at this point, I'll need a commission from an ensemble to motivate me to expand on this...I get bored too easily.

All the best,

Dave

www.dearvillainmusic.com - music for live performance by David Carovillano

www.acclarion.ca - concert accordion & clarinet duo
Posted on Wed, Dec 12 2018 16:44
by Acclarion
Joined on Sat, Aug 15 2015, Canada, Eh!, Posts 471

Hi Crusoe,

As usual, thanks for taking the time to offer your insight...much appreciated!  I personally gravitate to music with multiple moving lines, counter melodies, etc. Playing the accordion and piano my whole life also contributes to that, no doubt, vs. those that play single line instruments.

As for standard libraries, when I first visited the VSL forum 5 years ago and heard the work of William, Guy, and others with virtual instruments, I had it as my goal to become competent with production and purchased the Symphonic Cube (standard) to begin that journey. I told myself that if I wrote enough music to "deserve" upgrades, I would, but I also wanted to earn money with my music before investing further.  5 years along and while I feel I've written enough to deserve extended libraries, the money thing...well, you know how that goes :) lol

Cheers!

Dave

www.dearvillainmusic.com - music for live performance by David Carovillano

www.acclarion.ca - concert accordion & clarinet duo
Posted on Wed, Dec 12 2018 18:02
by tchampe
Joined on Wed, Apr 25 2018, Posts 47

Dave,

As usual, a wonderful piece of work. What always gets me when I hear a new piece from you is the variety of styles you've got running around in your head, along with chops to make a nice piece of music out of them. Well, that and the sheer bulk of your output. Do you ever, like...sleep?

Despite the fact that I have spent more than 50 years trying wrestle one of the instruments in wind quintets into submission, I've never been a real fan of the enemble. I've played in a few, but it never gave me much pleasure. That being said, the stuff that always struck me as the best was French. Their idiom, to me, just translates well to woodwinds, especially flutes. So I like Mike's mention of Poulenc; I hear it, too. As to your structure and counterpoint, I will remember the philosopher's admonition to keep my mouth shut and be thought a fool rather than opening it and eliminating all doubt. Let me just say that, to me, the busyness sounds absolutely appropriate for the title and the style of the music. For me, Catch Me If You Can represents the best use of the wind quintet format: light, capricious, and fun. Congratulations yet again!

Tom

PS: You're right about the fact this forum has seen a drop in activity and interest, which is too bad. I aspire to getting VSL libraries and putting my own compositions out for those few people who have an interest in such stuff to check out. I fear the ship of an active forum of composers with similar dreams may have sailed without me. Whatever the case, I will keep an eye open for new stuff from you on your Soundcloud. Peace, TC

Posted on Wed, Dec 12 2018 23:54
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5378

That is a very charming and energetic piece, and uses the woodwind quintet timbres really well.  The mix seemed just about perfect for the chamber sound.  One ultra-nit-picky thing I noticed because I am paranoid about it myself is the bassoon release was audible as a ramped decay, instead of the more sudden cutoff of a live double reed.   But that will certainly be totally unnoticable to normal humans.  As opposed to abnormal composers.  

Posted on Thu, Dec 13 2018 17:56
by Acclarion
Joined on Sat, Aug 15 2015, Canada, Eh!, Posts 471

Hi Tom,

Always a pleasure to hear from you.  You have a wealth of experiences and an uncanny ability to express your thoughts well...so much so that I'd be grateful if you'd let me quote you in the write-up for the piece on my website!

Becky also played in woodwind quintets, and shares your views.  That said, from a compositional standpoint, I very much enjoy the winds' range of colours, the ability to have conversations and dialogue between the instruments, and the nimbleness/responsiveness that allows for more intricate passagework.  

I am actually quite lazy/unmotivated, with brief flashes of an intense work ethic :)  Generally, I write quickly (like, this quintet was one day of about 5 hours of work to compose), then, will go for 2 weeks without doing anything music-related (partly out of necessity with our little one being so needy at this stage).  I'm grateful that when I have the chance to write, I can get something done efficiently, and the fact that I also have a ton of works to render/produce in the pipeline never makes me feel like I can get totally complacent.

As for your own journey, please go forward with your effort, in spite of the interest or lack thereof from others.  Your desire to pursue this will be rewarding and you'll find your audience, here or elsewhere to share the fruits of your labour.

All the best,

Dave

www.dearvillainmusic.com - music for live performance by David Carovillano

www.acclarion.ca - concert accordion & clarinet duo
Posted on Thu, Dec 13 2018 17:58
by Acclarion
Joined on Sat, Aug 15 2015, Canada, Eh!, Posts 471

Bill, your ears are so sharp, they should be declared weapons :)  Seriously, I'm not so aware of these subtleties and nuances, but Becky nodded in agreement, so I guess you guys can both be abnormal and I'll remain completely boring/normal/sane.  lol

Cheers!

Dave

www.dearvillainmusic.com - music for live performance by David Carovillano

www.acclarion.ca - concert accordion & clarinet duo
Posted on Thu, Dec 13 2018 20:41
by tchampe
Joined on Wed, Apr 25 2018, Posts 47

Originally Posted by: Acclarion Go to Quoted Post

...so much so that I'd be grateful if you'd let me quote you in the write-up for the piece on my website!

That would be fine, Dave. And I can just imagine the credibility it will have with your potential customers when they see it is a quote from "Tom Champe - Old Guy Who Has Been a Retired Hornist Longer Than He Actually Was One!"

Originally Posted by: Acclarion Go to Quoted Post

I am actually quite lazy/unmotivated, with brief flashes of an intense work ethic :) 

I'm afraid this describes me so accurately that my wife could have written it! 

Originally Posted by: Acclarion Go to Quoted Post

As for your own journey, please go forward with your effort, in spite of the interest or lack thereof from others.  Your desire to pursue this will be rewarding and you'll find your audience, here or elsewhere to share the fruits of your labour.

Thank you for the encouragement. I have no delusion that many folks will want to listen, but the few things I have created primitive mockups for in Finale have been complimented by people I admire, so that's a start.

Posted on Fri, Dec 14 2018 02:31
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5378

"And I can just imagine the credibility it will have with your potential customers when they see it is a quote from "Tom Champe - Old Guy Who Has Been a Retired Hornist Longer Than He Actually Was One!"

You are too modest.  Hornist with the Air Force band.  That is an incredible ensemble.  

Posted on Fri, Dec 14 2018 15:52
by tchampe
Joined on Wed, Apr 25 2018, Posts 47

Don't brag me up too much, Bill. You haven't heard me play your Triumphal March yet! 

Posted on Fri, Dec 14 2018 18:42
by Acclarion
Joined on Sat, Aug 15 2015, Canada, Eh!, Posts 471

Air Force Band? Now we're talking adding some credibility :)  Seriously, be proud of this, Tom!  And I'm glad to hear that you'll be playing Bill's piece at some point.  

Cheers,

Dave

www.dearvillainmusic.com - music for live performance by David Carovillano

www.acclarion.ca - concert accordion & clarinet duo
Posted on Fri, Dec 14 2018 19:12
by tchampe
Joined on Wed, Apr 25 2018, Posts 47

I'm very proud of my service days but I need to fill you in on a detail that Bill may have been confused about: I served most of my military time with the Air Force Academy Band in Colorado Springs, CO, not the main US Air Force Band in Washington, DC. If they were the Big Leagues we were the AAA affiliate. Not that this means much to anyone outside of the little world of GI bands, but if any of them found out I was allowing people to believe I had been a member of THE US Air Force Band...well, let's just say they know where I live.  

Bill's tune will be performed by the Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony in March as a direct result of my having found the link to his realization of it on Soundcloud on this forum, so I'm glad the forum is still here. Looking forward to performing Triumphal March.

Posted on Fri, Dec 14 2018 23:25
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5378

 I'm shocked! 

Still I'm sure it's a very good band - thanks Tom!    

Posted on Sat, Dec 15 2018 12:13
by Paul McGraw
Joined on Mon, Feb 29 2016, Georgia, USA, Posts 401

Hi Dave,

Congratulations on this marvelous quintet. I love it. Excellent use of counterpoint and the various instruments. The midi-performance is absolutely incredible. The tempo variations contribute greatly to the artistic impression.  I really like your use of flutter tongue. It really works well in this context. 

Compositionally, this is just an outstanding work. Every element is excellent: harmony, counterpoint, orchestration (use of the instruments), structure, and artistic impression. I would think this would have lots of appeal to both performers and audiences.

Paul

Posted on Sun, Dec 16 2018 16:34
by Acclarion
Joined on Sat, Aug 15 2015, Canada, Eh!, Posts 471

Thank you, Paul!  Your comment made my day :)

All the best,

Dave

www.dearvillainmusic.com - music for live performance by David Carovillano

www.acclarion.ca - concert accordion & clarinet duo
Posted on Thu, Dec 20 2018 17:08
by stefan_telser
Joined on Wed, Mar 14 2007, Posts 86

Hi Dave,

it's an amazing composition and an amazing performance. I enjoyed it very much.

Best Stefan

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