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Melancholy Dance


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David Homan

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Melancholy Dance was written for cellist/physicist Amanda Holt in the Spring of 1999, and I premiered the piece with Amanda at Bard College as part of a student concert that spring. Upon request of cellist/Bard College student Jane Gilvin, I performed the piece again with her in Spring of 2000. The piece was premiered in New York City at Merkin Concert Hall on February 12, 2004 with cellist Christine Kim, with me on the piano.

Simple in its expression, the piece is about something far from simple, a love that cannot be. The work focuses on the strange “dance of emotions” people do when they know they love something they cannot have. A love not so much unrequited as born of knowing that the deep feelings you might have are for something always there, but caught in the past.
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Uploaded: Mar 03, 2005 - 07:15:38 PM
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Peter Greenstone said 4469 days ago (March 3rd, 2005)
lovely
I love how the emotions change throughout, sadness,
hope, immediacy, acceptance. It's beautiful and stirring.
Is this a recording of the 2/12/04 concert performance?
The recording quality could certainly be better. Your
performances are perfect. I love cello and piano together.
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David Homan said 4468 days ago (March 4th, 2005)
lovely
Live records in the space at Merkin at usually really good, but since you can't
take time to properly mic each instrument, you have to mic the space, and
you get a mixed return most of the time.
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David Homan said 4468 days ago (March 4th, 2005)
What I meant to write to lovely
Live recordings in the space like Merkin are usually really good, but since you
can't take time to properly mic each instrument, you have to mic the space,
and you get a mixed return most of the time
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nspeers said 4469 days ago (March 3rd, 2005)
moving
The name is accurate, great work, really enjoyed this one. Would love to be able to compose at that quality. How long have you been composing?
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David Homan said 4466 days ago (March 6th, 2005)
moving-How Long I've been composing
I've been composing since I was twelve, when I quit studying classical piano
for two months, and then got back into music
because of the piano versions of "Smells like teen spirit" and "Under the
bridge." Then I started improvising my own pieces and ended up dedicating
my life to music when I thought I'd work more in theatre.
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Tom Atwood said 4469 days ago (March 3rd, 2005)
For regular MacJams listeners, this points
out clearly how drastically synthetic instruments pale in
comparison to a 'live' performance. This piece is all about
emotion, warmth, longing, darkness, sadness,
redemption, beauty. (Hard to conjure up without flesh and
blood.)

My point? Some genres flourish in GarageBand, while
others (Classical, Jazz) can never rise to the level of this
performance.

A lovely piece.
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Monophobe said 4468 days ago (March 4th, 2005)
For regular MacJams listeners, this points
Yes, this is certainly ture. But since this is a "MacJams"-site, wouldn't it be
expected that the compositions were somewhat enhanced with actual mac
software?

This sounds like a straight to MD recording of a performance, while beautiful,
sounds just like that. All the other compositions I've heard here are somewhat
enhanced by the fact that they've been recorded and modified and added to
electronically. Whilst this is just a live performance recorded with what
sounds like a single mic and then piped into MP3-format.

Still a good track though.
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David Homan said 4468 days ago (March 4th, 2005)
The piece was enhanced slightly
This piece, and my other one, Tied to Another, were both enhanced from the
live recording on my powerbook. Levels were boosted, and some white noise
eliminated, but I tend to stay away from electronic enhancement in these
pieces because when I've tried it, it takes away from the live performance I've
been lucky to have. FYI, the recording was actually five microphones, mixed
to two, and then down to this MP3.
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Rebsie said 4468 days ago (March 4th, 2005)
Fantastic
Well ... what can I say? Your music is in a league of its
own.
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Stun Nutz said 4468 days ago (March 4th, 2005)
beautiful
That was a moving performance and a great moody
piece. The recording sounded fine to my ears.
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said 4467 days ago (March 5th, 2005)
Stunning
I loved the performance and the composition.
And it is so, so refreshing to actually hear non-synthetic
classical instruments.
Mystified said 4467 days ago (March 5th, 2005)
Beautiful

This is my favorite of the three pieces that you have
posted together, and probably because my ear is biased
towards the sonority of the cello. (Gets me every time.)

Thank you very much for sharing your talent and your
beautiful music with us here at MJ.
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Cameron said 4466 days ago (March 6th, 2005)
nice combination
Cello and piano is even nicer a combination than violin
and piano, to my ears. The range of the cello more
approximates the human voice, therefore it expresses
emotions in a deeper, more gut-level way. It suits your
subject matter very well.

This piece conveys yearning and melancholy. The melody
and chord structure is a bit tighter than "Tied to Another",
so it's more coherent.

I would still like to hear more variety in the piano part.
The repeated sixteenth-note pattern is a nice touch,
perhaps it could have been used more sparingly and
varied somewhat.

But this is a heartfelt performance and the piece created a
nice, contemplative mood, especially with this
combination of instruments.
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said 4466 days ago (March 6th, 2005)
Beautiful
Elevates my soul.
drakonis said 4464 days ago (March 8th, 2005)
Awesome depth
The melancholy cry of the cello has always appealed to
me, and this composition (and performance) show off its
emotional character very well. Great piano work as well,
they fit together, dovetail and carry eachother along the
path wonderfully. Awe inspiring writing and performance,
very moving! Bravo! 9-8-9-9 (production-7/
performance-9 )
ttfn,
Drakonis
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thetiler said 4463 days ago (March 9th, 2005)
Nice job
Sounds great

Thanks for sharing
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Name: David Ramsden Homan
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I received a B.A. in Music and Drama/Dance from Bard College, and a M.A. in Music from NYU. My music has been performed at Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, the Harmonie Club, and by such groups as the Da Capo Chamber Players and the American Symphony Orches... [see more]

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