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Nostalgia Waltz


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kristyjo

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A simple waltz that was improvised on the keyboard, cleaned up, and set for clarinet and harp. It reminds me a bit of the Jay Ungar piece 'Ashokan Farewell'. I hope I used the right 'genre' for this - I'm not that great at labelling my own music. Hope you enjoy it.
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Hits: 3990
Comments: 29
Fans: 11
Plays: 213
Downloads: 163
Votes: 12
Uploaded: Apr 16, 2006 - 09:20:40 PM
Last Updated: Apr 16, 2006 - 05:03:45 PM Last Played: Nov 19, 2018 - 06:11:27 AM
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Comments
Andronis said 4627 days ago (April 16th, 2006)
Very pretty
Clarinet and Harp make a lovely duet. I'm really enjoying your work so far!

My paternal grandmother just loves good harp music. I'll have to share this with her.
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kristyjo said 4627 days ago (April 16th, 2006)
Very pretty
Thanks for listening and commenting. I've been posting some simpler, less
polished pieces lately, because of lack of time. I'm hoping to post some more
involved pieces when I've had a chance to work on them this summer. I've also
enjoyed listening to your work - nice stuff, there.
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said 4627 days ago (April 17th, 2006)
Wow...
Pretty and evocative. Pretty evocative! This is indeed lovely, Kristine. Had
you used tin whistles instead of clarinets (which worked quite well!) you
would have sounded like the Cheiftains! Kudos for a fine piece of music.

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said 4627 days ago (April 17th, 2006)
Wow...
Pretty and evocative. Pretty evocative! This is indeed lovely, Kristine. Had
you used tin whistles instead of clarinets (which worked quite well!) you
would have sounded like the Cheiftains! Kudos for a fine piece of music.

"Oliver wants more!"
kristyjo said 4626 days ago (April 17th, 2006)
Wow...
I'm now working on an arrangement of this for the clarinet, bassoon and guitar,
so I can play it with my husband and son. No tin whistle players in our family,
but I'll see if I can load up the world instruments jampack (memory hog!) and
use a tin whistle voice on this particular arrangement- you may just have
something there. Thanks for listening and commenting!
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drakonis said 4626 days ago (April 17th, 2006)
very pretty
I like the melody, and the choice of instruments. But I have a
suggestion or two... you have have the harp and the clarinet EXACTLY
doubled in timing and pitch, which creates a strange effect... there's a
fast attack on each note from the harp, then the softer attack of the
clarinet comes up from below it afterward, and because they're playing
the same pitch at the same time for almost every note, they melt
together sonically into what sounds like a single instrument... sort of a
harp-with-reverb sound. This is actually a little strange sounding
through the whole piece. I would suggest moving the clarinet & harp
away from each other (probably harp 1 octave), and have them not
always play notes on the same beat all the way through... maybe
sometimes, but give the harp more "harpeggios" to back up the
clarinet, which should carry the melody... then maybe switch in the
middle to have the clarinet do the backing and have the harp play an
ornamented version of the melody, then back to clarinet. Also, the
clarinet is playing legato for every note, which begins to sound odd.
I'd prefer to give the clarinettist a little more caffeine, or at least give
him a few staccatto notes here and there :-) I dunno, that's what *I*
think might sound good. This is a very nice idea/melody, and I hope
you enhance it more... hope these are helpful comments!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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kristyjo said 4626 days ago (April 17th, 2006)
very pretty
Thanks for the comments. Thanks for really doing some critical listening and
then giving suggestions - Much appreciated!
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perceptualvortex said 4626 days ago (April 17th, 2006)
Ah,
like watching a waterfall. I love that harp sound. This is a great little composition, and I wish I could make such sweet melodies. I hear what the dragon is saying about the doubling of the instruments, and it does sounds a little odd in places... I can't tell if a piano comes in 2/3 the way through, or if it's a mix of the clarinet tone plus the harp's attack. Anyway, that's small stuff to me; the sound of the piece overall is what I care most about, and I think it sounds great. Oh, and to my ears, this sounds more like classical (chamber music) than new age, but I'm also not known for my music labelling skills :)
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kristyjo said 4626 days ago (April 17th, 2006)
Ah,
The dragon indeed has excellent suggestions, which I am working with as I flesh
out this piece. As I emailed to drak, the name of the instrument with the 'pluck'
of the harp and the sustained tone of the clarinet is to be henceforth known as
the 'clarp'. Thanks so much for listening and commenting!
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RickW said 4626 days ago (April 18th, 2006)
Very memorable
I really like this piece, Kristy. It is simple yet memorable, in that I've been
humming it all day long.

Wonderful melody!


God bless,

Rick

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kristyjo said 4625 days ago (April 18th, 2006)
Very memorable
Thanks, Rick. It always makes me feel good to know that someone's humming
the melody. Thanks for letting me know!
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Roxylee said 4625 days ago (April 18th, 2006)
Perfect title
for this beautiful melody. it does sound nostalgic, like memories of
walking through the woods as a child. Yes, Jay & Molly could have
written this and used it in a documantary about a river meandering
through the mountains. Simply beautiful! :-)
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kristyjo said 4625 days ago (April 18th, 2006)
Perfect title
Thank you Roxylee. I'm glad you caught that 'meandering' quality. I think that's
what we do in our minds when we go back in our memories- we kind of dance
from one to another, lingering here and there. i'm glad you enjoyed it.
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Doadars Uncle said 4625 days ago (April 18th, 2006)
Nostalgic indeed!
It has a very comfortable almost traditional folk sound. Peaceful.
Quiet radiance.
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kristyjo said 4625 days ago (April 18th, 2006)
Nostalgic indeed!
I think you're right about the folk sound. It would probably fit better in a folk
category than the new Age, but - oh well. Thanks for listening and commenting.
Check out my latest song called Sussex Carol
said 4625 days ago (April 18th, 2006)
Soft and nice, something to cuddle up with...
There is something seasonal in it as well... not sure if its Spring Im
hearing or Autumn. Like taking a walk with your Mom in the park...

Evokes comfort for me, thank you.
kristyjo said 4625 days ago (April 18th, 2006)
Soft and nice, something to cuddle up with...
I think you're right - it is more autumnal than spring-like. i think the whole idea
of nostalgia probably has to have an element of autumn in it, because you have
to have had enough time to create memories to feel nostalgic about. I'll keep
working toward a 'Springtime' type piece, and maybe I'll post something more
appropriate to the northern hemisphere's seasons soon. : )
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said 4625 days ago (April 18th, 2006)
Soft and nice, something to cuddle up with...
Ahhh a nice cold one for us winter frost types up here, that would be lovely.

I think its maybe more Autumn as well, I keep getting crimson and purples and
yellows when I close my eyes to it.

Thanks for considering a season theme, very cool.

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Feel good, its why you wanted to be a human in the first place.
Einarus said 4622 days ago (April 21st, 2006)
Lovely
Pretty melodies and a very smooth overall sound. This is really relaxing.
A very nice way to end my day.

Thanks for sharing.
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kristyjo said 4622 days ago (April 21st, 2006)
Lovely
And thank YOU for listening and sharing your gracious comments.
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thetiler said 4622 days ago (April 21st, 2006)
i've heard this before but
I like it as much as I heard it the first time.

Love this folk feel, this is like a movie setting to me. I am not sure if i've
heard a better one from you. Not that your others are not nice. But this is
just chuck full of super folk melody! Very sweet indeed.


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kristyjo said 4621 days ago (April 22nd, 2006)
i've heard this before but
Thanks, Bill. GarageBand lets me get the best of both worlds. I can improvise
ideas and feelings and let them flow, but then they 'clean up' into decent
compositions, too. I'm glad you enjoyed this.
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composerclark said 4595 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
Beautiful chamber music
Others have commented on the cinematic feel to this, and I agree. It
suggests very vivid imagery to me, mountain streams, and a time when
life was simpler. It's one of those pieces with a sad, wistful kind of
beauty. Very impressive work! I hope you can get this performed? I bet
people would love to play this. Lovely!
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kristyjo said 4594 days ago (May 19th, 2006)
Beautiful chamber music
Thank you for your comments. I have this written out for guitar, clarinet &
bassoon trio. Once the school year is done, I'm hoping that my husband, son
and I will be able to practice and play this piece. Steven (our son - the
clarinetist) didn't like the title, so if we ever get this recorded and posted here,
you'll see the name 'Cuddleston Waltz' , because the 'Winnie the Pooh' stories
are a very nostalgic part of his life.
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j2morrow said 4466 days ago (September 24th, 2006)
Lovely piece
It does bring a longing for the past to mind, doesn't it? I really enjoyed
listening. Thanks.
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kristyjo said 4466 days ago (September 24th, 2006)
It's so much fun to get a comment on
a piece that you haven't touched for awhile. Thanks for listening and
commenting. There's a different 'feeling' to reading a comment on a song that's
not hot off the press, It's cool.
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Denny Borsboom said 4355 days ago (January 13th, 2007)
soothing
I was all hyped up, then I clicked your song - and now I'm as peaceful as a buddhist monk sitting on top of a mountain. Nice work,convincing guitar parts in particular.
Best
Denny
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kristyjo said 4349 days ago (January 19th, 2007)
Thanks for listening
I'm glad this was a peaceful listen for you. It's interesting that this song came to be when i was not feeling particularly restful or calm, but I guess one of the things that's interesting about writing music is that you can never predict how things will turn out. Thanks for your comment.
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Boris the Bull said 4350 days ago (January 19th, 2007)
thoughts from the bull...
there's nothing more important to a musician than hearing something that they themselves could not naturally achieve. there are many artists here at MacJams who I admire and revere in this respect, and you are certainly at the top of that list.

this is the kind of music that if i were to undertake, i would drastically overwork it and over-do... by my nature.

it takes a very patient, sensitive, and wise hand to be able to pull something like this off and make it interesting.

this is pure class and a gift to anyone who happens to hear it. i was fortunate enough to catch it as part of the 2006 MacJams Retrospective collection, and only wish every member of this outfit would take a moment and listen to it.

absolutely impressive and lovely work. thank you!
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Name: Kristine Johanek
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I've been performing, composing and teaching music for many years. I enjoy arranging traditional and classic pieces, and also enjoy composing original music. I'll write for whomever will perform my music, so I've written for children's choirs, co... [see more]

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