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Prelude, Chaconne, and Choral


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I needed a piece for 4 alto recorders. The title is a bit grandiose for a piece that lasts all of 3 minutes.

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Uploaded: Sep 29, 2012 - 05:13:28 PM
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Skean said 1642 days ago (September 29th, 2012)
Prelude, Chaconne, and Choral
Dramatic, like it, peace.
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Philip18 said 1642 days ago (September 29th, 2012)
Alto recorders
"I needed a piece for 4 alto recorders"? How did that come about? Anyway, whatever led to it, you have certainly displayed your skills here, Vic. I like the interplay you get between the instruments, and certainly the whole is greater that the sum of the parts, as it should be. Much enjoyed!
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VicDiesel said 1642 days ago (September 29th, 2012)
four 4
I'm doing a small recital with 3 other players. We are planning to do something with 4 altos. I thought I'd try to contributed something from my own hand.
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alackbass said 1642 days ago (September 29th, 2012)
Prelude, Chaconne, and Choral
Lovely and as usual beautifully played.
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magnatone said 1642 days ago (September 29th, 2012)
Prelude
a 2-victor's songs day! terrific work sir!
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Ed Hannifin said 1642 days ago (September 29th, 2012)
I like...
...that I can hear breath in this...there's the wood and the tone and the music, and then there's the sense that a human being is playing this...

Has a nice 'warped church' feel to it... Like Friar Vic just had a not-officially-santioned epiphany over at the pipe organ...
PeterB7858 said 1640 days ago (October 1st, 2012)
Prelude...
I know I am going to get something out of the mainstream when I listen to your music, Vic. This piece is no exception. The dissonance gives it an edgy, unsettling feel but it still seems to have coherence. Thanks, Peter.
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VicDiesel said 1640 days ago (October 1st, 2012)
Coherence
Thanks, this is a very intuitive piece. While writing it I was constantly feeling whether the sounds and phrasing were all in some sort of balance. Otherwise there is no system behind it.
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Feter said 1640 days ago (October 1st, 2012)
Prelude, Chaconne, and Choral
As a huge fan for old world instruments specially (recorder) I have never thought I d hear a composition in 20th century style , Its always a joy to listen to recorders choir and this composition is very well written , thank you very much for sharing !
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VicDiesel said 1640 days ago (October 1st, 2012)
20th century
You know, if you play recorder there are essentially two types of music: stuff before 1750 and stuff after 1930 or so. The recorder was rediscovered early in the 20th century, partly as part of a folk movement, but pretty soon serious composers started writing for it. Especially from the 2nd half of the century there is tons of material.

Thanks for listening and commenting!
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Vic Holman said 1640 days ago (October 1st, 2012)
Choral
very interesting structure.... and that's why i like it!
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DWL said 1639 days ago (October 2nd, 2012)
Challenging work Vic
Unusual voicings and harmonies.

Good to hear something very different.

Cheers

Dick

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paul f. page said 1639 days ago (October 2nd, 2012)
Cool polyphony.
I really enjoyed this number, Vic. The interplay between/among voices is so interesting, the many dissonances keeping the whole thing a bit on edge throughout, but settling down to homophony at the just right points, particularly at the Choral that concludes the short piece. This kind of thing is very 'renaissancy" and has the immediate flavor of a piece through-comnposed by street musicians on a by-way in Florence circa 1536. Nice.
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shavingronaldscar said 1638 days ago (October 3rd, 2012)
very nice work!
Delicious dissonances, satisfying and original resolutions. What more can one ask for in a 3-part, 3-minute suite?
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sammydix said 1638 days ago (October 3rd, 2012)
Prelude
what i like best is the texture of the chords: some very "pretty" and others pleasingly discordant. it's that perfect blend of the two that elevates.
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Ibstrat said 1638 days ago (October 3rd, 2012)
Really
fine music, keeps going in unexpected directions I love it!
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J_Gretch said 1638 days ago (October 3rd, 2012)
Prelude, Chaconne, and Choral
Glad I discovered your music.Your stuff is always interesting if not thought provoking...Oh and did I say enjoyable.
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davidsmith99 said 1638 days ago (October 3rd, 2012)
PC&C
I like this; innovative and well executed. Particularly good is the melodic clarity with four instruments in the same range.
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Jarvoid said 1635 days ago (October 6th, 2012)
You put a picture
of an accordionist and then exposed me to 3 minutes of alto recorde....three very good minutes albeit ....but my brain kept interrupting first time round saying "when does the ackordeen start?" ...so I had to listen again ....isn't life hard ?

Jarvo 80)
VicDiesel said 1635 days ago (October 6th, 2012)
Sorry
I have no idea where the guy with the accordion came from....
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egobandit said 1633 days ago (October 8th, 2012)
4 altos
This goes places the layers intertwine into a crazy tapestry designed by Durer I mean that in the best possible way
greatness!
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composerclark said 1622 days ago (October 20th, 2012)
Ambitious
Very nice, lots of interesting ideas here. The first and second recorders in the chaconne are in different metres than the 5/4 ostinato of the third and fourth recorders… I think the second is basically 5/2, and the first is perhaps 3/4? Anyway, whatever they are, this mixed metre idea works well. All the close dissonances are striking, and made me wonder to what degree you were concerned with vertical sonorities, as opposed to thinking primarily about the lines? Anyway, the dissonances are very bold, but only unsettling thing for me was that it was mixed with harmonic language that was sometimes not particularly dissonant at all, creating some inconsistency in harmonic language.

But overall, I think it's wonderful that you did this; it is an ambitious and well-executed undertaking.
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VicDiesel said 1622 days ago (October 20th, 2012)
Vertical
Clark, thanks for your perceptive comments. You're right, the little spots of harmonic language are unsettling. I was going for some effect, and entirely not reaching it. I'll have to rewrite. For the rest I was indeed mostly thinking vertically; call it George Shearing block chords for the 21st century.

Glad you liked it; we performed it the other day, and on the whole it works fairly well in live performance.
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