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This is an orchestral transcription of a song I wrote for soprano and string quartet entitled "Es Verdad" (“It is True”), with text by Federico García Lorca. It became #1 of a set called, "Three Lorca Sketches for Orchestra," played by our local symphony.

The others pieces from this set are:
#2, Interlude for String Orchestra, and
#3, El Niño Come Naranjas.
Each has a very different character.

The soprano melody is played by the English horn. The poem’s protagonist (see lyrics below) is bemoaning the amount of effort involved in loving another. The mood seems both melodramatic and tongue-in-cheek (one verse is, "Because of my love for you, air pains me, as does my heart. And my hat hurts too.”), and I tried to capture both these qualities in the music.

As always, your reactions are much appreciated!
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Lyrics
(The orignal version for soprano and string quartet had the following lyrics:)

ES VERDAD (Federico García Lorca)
¡Ay qué trabajo me cuesta
quererte como te quiero!

Por tu amor me duele el aire,
el corazón
y el sombrero.

¿Quién me compraría a mí,
este cintillo que tengo
y esta tristeza de hilo
blanco, para hacer pañuelos?

¡Ay qué trabajo me cuesta
quererte como te quiero!

IT IS TRUE
Oh what work it is
to love you as I do!

Because of my love for you, air pains me,
(and also) my heart
and my hat.
Who would buy from me
this ribbon that I hold
and this white thread of
grief, to make handkerchiefs?

Oh what work it is
To love you as I do!

(Translation by me)
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Comments
said 4514 days ago (May 14th, 2006)
Lovely
I enjoy the spritely rhythm and melodies. The recording is excellent.
composerclark said 4514 days ago (May 14th, 2006)
Lovely
Thanks, Mungo. It's in 5/8 time, which creates a kind of lopsided rhythmic feel,
over which the melodies sometimes are in different meters. Glad you like it!

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Corporal Beef said 4514 days ago (May 14th, 2006)
Very Good
This piece seems to weave in and out of happiness and sadness. I love the contrast between the melodies and accompaniment; very well-written. Thanks for posting.
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composerclark said 4514 days ago (May 15th, 2006)
Very Good
Thanks very much for the thoughtful comment. The fact that you hear this
going back and forth between happiness and sadness is very interesting to me.
I think I can hear this too, but it's been so long since I wrote this that I don't
remember if I was going for that or not!

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Stun Nutz said 4513 days ago (May 15th, 2006)
Tiptoe dancing
It's a pleasure to hear real instruments... and such a spirited arrangement
of notes... great piece.
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composerclark said 4513 days ago (May 15th, 2006)
Tiptoe dancing
Thanks for the comment! Much appreciated. I like the tiptoe dancing image. I
enjoyed your "time stress fracture," by the way.

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musicmakergb said 4513 days ago (May 15th, 2006)
wow!
i would think you had millions of cds out there with this quality!
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composerclark said 4513 days ago (May 15th, 2006)
wow!
Indeed!

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composerclark said 4513 days ago (May 15th, 2006)
wow!
(Very flattering comment! Thanks!)

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thetiler said 4512 days ago (May 16th, 2006)
wow -
what a great addition you are to this site!

This is a great treat to have a composer of your stature to this site.

Keep going with this stuff.

Love the depth of this, lots of music to really sink your musical teeth into.
Like the interpay between all the instruments. Terrific!
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composerclark said 4512 days ago (May 16th, 2006)
wow -
Thanks Bill. Coming from you that means a lot to me.

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drakonis said 4512 days ago (May 16th, 2006)
delightfully quirky
Contemporary classical music is often outside my comfort range (usually
related to dissonance and complex melody or lack of melody)...
Prokofiev/Stravinsky are about as far as I can go... but with that caveat, I
found this quite enjoyable. The odd meter gave it a quirky gait, and your
choice of instrumentation (use of glockenspiel and pizzicato strings and
occasional bassoon blat) and fun ornamentation gave this a feeling of
exasperated rolling eyes. Performance was wonderful. Recording was
clean and crisp, great job to the whole team here.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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composerclark said 4512 days ago (May 16th, 2006)
delightfully quirky
Thanks for the thoughtful comment! The past thirty or so years have seen the
emergence of many composers whose music is not difficult to listen to, yet they
are still considered important composers, so I bet there'd be a few living
composers whose music you'd like if you had a chance to hear it. Basically, we
live in an "anything goes" era with respect to musical style, so modern classical
music has something to offer listeners of all backgrounds and sensibilities. It's
a great time to be alive! Did you ever hear the Gorecki "Symphony of Sorrowful
Songs?" Incredibly, it rose to the top of the pop charts in England back in the
early '90s when it came out. There's a lot of great, very accessible music out
there. There's also a lot of extreme hard-core modernist stuff, which I enjoy
too, but most people don't. Cheers!

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apb said 4512 days ago (May 16th, 2006)
Just too good ...

.. if you keep this up you might be able to afford some decent speakers
..

Seriously though I thought this had oodles of appeal to a plebeian
such as moi..
light and comic mostly, bit sad - just like Prokofiev my favourite ;oD ..

there's a bit when I thought the horns were boldly going etc... did
anyone else notice that? Ta- ta ta .. and that was it.

but your translation sucks! Man, sombrero is sombrero, not hat ! Even
I know that ... ;oD
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composerclark said 4512 days ago (May 16th, 2006)
Just too good ...
One day, new computer speakers will be mine. I feel it...

Star Trek, eh? Well, yeah, now that you mention it, there's a muted trumpet lick
that happens to correspond to the first three notes of the original trek theme.
You are very astute to have noticed this! I should mention this to my wife; she's
a Trek fan, and has even published an academic book on Star Trek. She'll be
happy.

Thanks so much for having a listen! Comments from people who don't normally
listen to this kind of music are really appreciated.

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apb said 4511 days ago (May 17th, 2006)
Just too good ...
I'm not even a pretty face .. er, something wrong with that ...

Memory slips eh .. don't talk to me about .... er (?)

being old enough to remember ST the first generation that tends to get worse
but DONT PANIC...I remember that skirts were the right length in those days for
some reason ...

There's me giving you a nice chance to plug the Mrs. book with an Amazon
link and you blew it ... mental note to self: not as astute as I first thought ;oD

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composerclark said 4511 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
Just too good ...
Well, there's no question that my astution level is quite low, and getting lower
by the minute, what with all the children and the aging process and all.

As for plugging my
wife's book
, well that sort of thing is considered
rather poor form
by some, so I chose not to do so, even though the
hardcover version is only $29.95 at Chapters, which, one must
admit, is an excellent deal, even if you never plan on reading the thing,
because it has a rather nice cover, with artwork by the Mrs. Anyway, perhaps
another time I shall
plug it
, but it would be inappropriate to do so now.

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Einarus said 4512 days ago (May 16th, 2006)
I agree...
...with my previous commentators. It's a pleasure to listen to such high-
caliber classical music on this site. You and your music are a great
addition to this community and I hope we can expect more uploads :)

I really loved the quirky rhythm and playful (yet a little sad at times)
melodies. And I don't think I even have to mention the recording.
Oh, what the hey - it's great.

Beautiful piece!
Check out my latest song called "I Hate Goodbyes"
composerclark said 4512 days ago (May 16th, 2006)
I agree...
Einar, your comments are always very thoughtful and generous. Thanks very
much for those kind words!

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thoddi said 4511 days ago (May 17th, 2006)
another league
First I have to say that I have none or very little reference to this genre. But there is no doubt you are in the professional league in it. Just confirming what many other have pointed out, this is clever, genius composition, great performed, and it is well recorded/produced.

Other than that I'm afraid I come short of words describing my thoughts on this piece of art any further.


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composerclark said 4511 days ago (May 17th, 2006)
another league
Wow! Thanks so much for the effusive praise! I was feeling kind of down today
-- I performed some guitar pieces for a bunch of school kids, and I kept losing
my concentration and having memory slips, and I felt terrible about it!
-- so the kind words are a wonderful pick me up. Thanks again.

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Mystified said 4511 days ago (May 17th, 2006)
Mystified....
Music theory always eluded me. Even when I started out taking the
basic 103 course as a Music major.
So...when people can compose like this, my jaw just drops to the floor
and I realize why I prefer improvisation!

This is simply marvelous! So many colors and bursts of emotion
threaded with the sprightly-played instruments. It moves, then pauses,
then starts forward again--just like the befuddled/tormented lover it
portrays.

What brilliant talent!
Thanks so much for sharing this here.

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composerclark said 4511 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
Mystified....
Well, you're no slouch in the talent department yourself (I just left you a
comment for your most recent submission), but thanks.

For what it's worth, when I began studying harmony it seemed dull and
pointless to me, and I failed the course. I subsequently failed another
harmony course. Then I changed teachers--I began studying it privately as
part of my composition lessons--and within weeks my attitude and
comprehension (one often preceeds the other! And vice-versa!) improved,
and I basically began to think, "wow! This is really neat stuff!" This makes
me a theory-nerd, I realize, but I'm mostly okay with that.

So when I eventually started teaching this stuff, one of my goals was to try to
make it as relevant as possible, and to make the class a fun place to be.
Another goal was to duck when sharp objects were thrown my way, and I
think I mostly succeeded in the second one, anyway. I guess the point of this
is that doing well in theory, or really anything, is to a large part related to the
kind of teaching a person gets, and I'm sure you'd do really well, if you ever
chose to return to it, with a good teacher, because you're so musical.

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rsolorio said 4511 days ago (May 17th, 2006)
Depth of knowledge
I'm always struck with awe at the depth of knowledge it takes to
compose for multiple pieces, the threshold of each instrument, their
timbre, scoring reqs, etc. Do you do choir arrangements too?

Thanks for the tune, high marks well deserved
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composerclark said 4511 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
Depth of knowledge
Thanks very much! I just left a vote and comment for your beautiful song, "In
Your Eyes," so thanks for submitting that! I've been commenting on a
song for every person who comments on this one,
so if you hadn't
commented, I might have missed your fine track.

As far as knowledge goes, it's no big deal really. It's like your singing,
and your ability to arrange your own music... I'm sure a lot of people are
blown away by it, but really, it's just a matter of (a) loving what you do, and
(b) sticking with it, learning a little more every year, 'till you kind of get the
hang of it. And trust me, there's tons more I need to learn!

Thanks again!

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rsolorio said 4511 days ago (May 17th, 2006)
Depth of knowledge
I'm always struck with awe at the depth of knowledge it takes to
compose for multiple pieces, the threshold of each instrument, their
timbre, scoring reqs, etc. Do you do choir arrangements too?

Thanks for the tune, high marks well deserved
Check out my latest song called Lone River Samba
composerclark said 4510 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
Depth of knowledge
Just realized I didn't answer your question... Yes, i write for choir too. I write for
anything, but since most of my commissions are for chamber music, that's what
I mostly write. Right now I'm working on a piece for 5 percussionists
that's supposed to be finished by the end of next week, and when that's done, I
have to get busy on a concerto for solo percussion and orchestra to be played in
January. Thanks again for the comment!

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Cameron said 4510 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
Lovely orchestral colors
As I'm listening to this piece, it reminds me of so many little snippets from Poulenc, Milhaud, Stravinsky, Walton and Rodrigo.

It has a light, jocular French feeling, like early Stravinsky.

Oh gosh -- it's OVER already!! I wish it had continued for much longer.

The glockenspiel is an extremely effective tone color in this piece. Your treatment of the strings, woodwinds and muted horns and trumpet is excellent; all the pieces of the puzzle fit together seamlessly. Wonderful orchestration!

The mood conveyed in this composition is indeed "tongue-in-cheek". Very descriptive, colorful music.

The rhythmic 5/4 patterns alternate nicely with the longer, sustained chordal sections with the pauses. This pacing is very adroit, and keeps the ears totally engaged.

This is truly a wonderful piece, and the performance is first-rate. What "local symphony" played it? Excellent ensemble!

Hearing this makes me want to put away JamPack 4 forever....why even BOTHER with that when there's such great original music performed by a REAL orchestra like this? Oh well....gotta use whatever resources are available I guess.

Thank you so much for sharing this! I've been looking forward to it.
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composerclark said 4510 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
Lovely orchestral colors
As always, a very detailed, thoughtful, and much appreciated comment!
Thanks, Cameron. One day I'd like to write a horn piece, probably horn and
piano, because I've only ever written for horns in an orchestral context, and
I've been looking for an excuse to write a small chamber piece for horn. Not
sure if you'd be interested in something like this or not, or if you ever get a
chance to perform chamber music, but if this interests you, E-mail me and
we'll talk.

Glad you were able to appreciate the orchestration. The orchestra is probably
my favorite medium to write for, because pretty much anything is possible,
esp. with a good orchestra. As I wrote in the description above, this started
out (18 years ago!) as a piece for soprano and string quartet, but I definitely
prefer the orchestral version. The ideal would be to get a soprano to do this
with orchestra.

Your effusive enthusiasm is matched by your listening skills and elloquence.
It's always a pleasure to read your comments.

As for putting away the software sampler(s), I know how you feel, but rest
assured that all my composing is done with MIDI, and, while it's not nearly
the same, it sure beats the insrument approximations I was writing for in the
1980's and 1990's. Hell, I'm still using a lot of that stuff! I'm lucky in that
virtually everything I write is for a specific ensemble or performer, and they
virtually always play it, usually several times. The only exception (I'm
rambling now; sorry!) was a viola concerto I wrote several years ago that the
violist decided not to play. I got paid for it, which was nice, but it's just
sitting in a drawer somewhere, which is a drag, since I spent about a year
writing the thing.

Thanks so much, once again!

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said 4510 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
Talk to me
There is economy of scale and expression in this. Says what it has to
say in a light, conversational way without becoming bombastic or
puffed up. Very nicely done. Reminiscent of the narrative quality of
Pictures at an Exhibition.
composerclark said 4510 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
Talk to me
Richard, you are a fine musician, and I very much appreciate anything you have
to say about my music. Glad you like the texture; it was very much my intention
not to overstate anything, kind of like chamber music for orchestra.

All the best!

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said 4510 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
Amazing!
I am in awe of the compositional skills displayed here. This lovely piece is
so intricate yet never loses itself. It just takes hold of me and doesn't let
go. The recording is so clean and the choice of instrumentation utterly
appropos. An instant fave.

Be well!
composerclark said 4510 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
Amazing!
Your generosity is equally amazing! I've read many of your comments on others'
work, and you are a very kind and generous soul. I'm so glad you liked this. I
am making a point of leaving a comment for everyone who comments on this
tune so that I don't run up a karmic defficit in commentaries (!), so I'll look
forward to listening to something of yours in the near future.

Cheers!

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said 4510 days ago (May 19th, 2006)
Amazing!
Try THE CAVE (Shadow Game) http://www.macjams.com/song/20883---if you
haven't heard it yet. If response is any indicator, it's probably my best work.

Be well!
composerclark said 4510 days ago (May 19th, 2006)
Amazing!
Okay, thanks for the link. Just left you a comment.

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ktb said 4510 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
very nice
i can only react and comment at a visceral level to this. I like it. my only
experience with this genre is from xm radio, where I listen to classical
and orchestral pieces while driving :-) i can't fathom how one
'concieves" something like this. I've probably said as much prior on
previous posts. Plus its the actual instrumentation that brings it to life
(excellent recording here btw), so how does one know what the end
product will gel into until played? kinda makes writing it a challenge i'd
say.
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composerclark said 4510 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
very nice
Thanks! What is "xm" radio? I don't think I've heard of that. As far as
conceiving of this, it's much less complicated than some people think. I've
heard some of your music, and you are a very fine composer. The end result
of all the years you put into getting good at this is that you are a good
composer, and I bet that impresses a lot of people, as it should. But the
process that got you there is pretty boring; you just work slowly and steadily
at things until you get a bit better, then repeat ad infinitum. It's the same for
me, or any composer, I think.

It's also a lot easier to conceive of orchestra music during the composition
process nowadays, due to MIDI; I just tweak, tweak, tweak, until it sounds
right, and try to make sure I'm not writing anything for the orchestra players
that will incur their wrath. Many orchestra players become very grumpy when
asked to play new music, so I'm pretty paranoid about making sure
everything works well for each instrument. And they still get mad at me
sometimes!

Thanks again for having a listen and leaving such a nice comment!

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dreadmon said 4510 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
Highly Evocative
This tells such a wonderful story and I love the characters! It reminded me a little of the scores that Paul J. Smith did for Walt Disney's "True Life Adventure" films - alternately light and dramatic. I love the Pacific Rim flavor to some of the passages that you're getting with the high woodwinds and low brass. Very exciting!
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composerclark said 4510 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
Highly Evocative
You're a very fine and experienced composer yourself, so I'm glad that you
responded well to this! The Pacific Rim comment is interesting; not sure why,
but aspects of that (particularly Gamelan) work their way into a lot of my
music. Makes no sense, because I've never gone anywhere near the place,
but I've certainly enjoyed the Gamelan music I've heard. I like the pulsing,
meditative quality.

I don't know the scores of Paul J. Smith, but I thank you for bringing them to
my attention, and I'll have to go seek them out now! A lot of macjammers
have pointed me to composers I've never heard of, and I'm always happy to
make these personal discoveries. One of the unexpected bonuses of this
place!

Thanks again.

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Scott Carmichael said 4510 days ago (May 18th, 2006)
a sonic tapesrtry
I often listen to posts on the fly, between soccer, meetings, basketball,
silly busy...but before I can approach you're writing Clark, I have to be
ready to settle, calm and listen... to enter in, or I might miss it. such a
rich recording, I'm closing my eyes and hearing everything so clear and
directional... wonderful... It's like washing fantasia with your ears...
remind me never to post in classical :)
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composerclark said 4509 days ago (May 19th, 2006)
a sonic tapesrtry
Yeah, well, remind me never to post in any of the genres you write in! Actually,
one day, if (a) I ever figure out how to record live tracks onto my computer (I
have a analog/digital interface, I have some mikes, I have DP... I just haven't
tried it yet!), I'd like to post some guitar tunes, but trust me, they're not
anywhere near your level. I also do versions of a lot of praise songs (I was in a
praise band for years, and played a "contemplative" solo almost every week on
classical guitar), but I'm pretty sure I can't put those up here, since I didn't write
them.

Great comments, Scott! Thanks for having a listen! Love your new track, BTW.

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Tom Atwood said 4509 days ago (May 19th, 2006)
Lovely, crooked, sublime
The 5/8 does give this piece a crooked feel, which is delightful. I see I
am late coming to this fine piece, which deserves the high marks it has
received. The recording is as excellent as the composition - so clean
and well spaced.

This moves along with confidence, so enjoyable to listen to. Thanks
for posting. 10's, etc.
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composerclark said 4509 days ago (May 19th, 2006)
Lovely, crooked, sublime
Thanks for the comments, Tom. Always a pleasure to hear what you think!

BTW, if you or anyone else reading this is interested, I uploaded the
third (final) movement
from this set today (see link
below my signature).

Tom, I see your CD (Songs From the
American Plain
) got a rave review on iTunes from
someone who sounds really knowledgeable, and, judging from the writing
style, I'd say the reviewer is probably handsome as all get-out too.
Sometimes one can sense these things.

Cheers!

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Here is my third and final piece from a set a 3 for orchestra
composerclark said 4509 days ago (May 19th, 2006)
Lovely, crooked, sublime
Well, neither of the links in my message work... Tom's wonderful CD is
downloadable at iTunes, and if I can figure out how to get a link to it working, I'll
post it here. I fixed the link to the last movement of my "Three Lorca Sketches."

I think.

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composerclark said 4509 days ago (May 19th, 2006)
Lovely, crooked, sublime
Another attempt to link to Tom Atwood's great CD: Songs From the American Plain

(Hope this works!)

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composerclark said 4509 days ago (May 19th, 2006)
Lovely, crooked, sublime
I am stubborn, to a fault in this case, probably! It bugs me that I can't get the
link to Attwood's CD happening, so I keep trying. The problem (in case
anyone cares!) seems to be that I paste in the correct HTML syntax, but
when the comment gets posted and I view the code, line breaks (the "br"
tag) mysteriously appear, breaking up the URL (web address)
.

Will it work this time? I doubt it, frankly, but rest assured if it doesn't I
am packing it in. Not in a drastic, big picture sense, mind you; I just mean I
shall cease and desist with these nutty attempts to link to Tom's CD!

Toodles!


Another attempt to link to Tom Atwood's great CD: Songs From the American Plain


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Tom Atwood said 4507 days ago (May 21st, 2006)
Lovely, crooked, sublime
Clark,

I appreciate the html effort, and I'm looking forward to reading the review if
iTunes ever posts it on the "US store."

(Look, there is also a link to "American Plain" in my signature below. What a
lucky coincidence!)

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Macaudion said 4509 days ago (May 19th, 2006)
Well now...
It is an odd feeling that you have when your intent is to repay a favor,
and you end up feeling like you've walked away with more than what
was given, again...

This piece made me sit up in my chair to lean in closer to my little
plastic box, if not just to be sitting closer to what might be considered
more proper for what I was hearing... I know, I know... - But my little
plastic box had never done this before - Sir, now I know just how
gracious you were to me w/ your comments that were in response to
my call for help on a tune of mine in that forum post that day - I guess
it's never too late to be embarrassed - I was going to try to get around
to the words that truly express what I 'think' about the results of your
efforts here, but I don't have those words because they are of a
different league - I can tell you how this piece left me feeling - I during
my listen, I felt somehow like I had been elevated to above the typical
mundane and seemingly, mediocre human existence - I had been
transported - I ended up coming back to a reality that seemed more
like it was closer to two dimensions, as opposed to more - But
according to the silly grin on my face, this is okay...

Of course, you have to already know to what of highest degree in
standards that you have met on this; how else could one have arrived
here...

Thank you, Mr Ross, for your willingness to share this with us here

Dion
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composerclark said 4509 days ago (May 19th, 2006)
Well now...
Dion, once again you leave a comment filled with grace and kindness. If
there were ever a contest for "most supportive MacJammer,:" I'm pretty sure
you'd win...

Or maybe Icky would--he seems to have gotten pretty soft lately.

ANYWAY, I'm very glad you were ablt to have a listen and leave a comment,
and I look forward to doing the same for a couple of your tunes in the near
future. I'd do it now, but I live in the mid-Atlantic, and everyone's gone to
bet here.

And BTW, I was happy to leave a comment for that tune of yours that was
posted off-site about a month ago. I realize when I leave a comment that (a)
what I say maybe totally irrelevant, or (b) not something another composer is
interested in doing, so it's always okay to say, "nah, that doesn't work for me,
but thanks all the same!"

The person making a suggestion about a tune doesn't have to live with the
results, but the composer does, and every composer must follow his/her own
path. Possibly that sounds more profound than it is; I think I read it in a
fortune cookie somewhere...

Okay, thanks again for sharing your thoughts. They are always appreciated!

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kristyjo said 4501 days ago (May 27th, 2006)
Fantastic
I love the unconventional rhythms and timings, I also really enjoy your
sweet instrumentation- It mirrors the feel of the poetry for me. A bright
happy face on things that threaten to become too painful if delved into
more deeply.
Beautifully done.
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composerclark said 4490 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
Fantastic
Thanks for the comment, Krysty Jo. I'm glad you heard a connection between
the words and the music. As I mention in the description above, this started
out as a song for soprano and string quartet, and the english horn melody in
this version is exactly the same as the soprano line. Whenever I hear this, I
invariably hear the text being sung in my mind, so the connection is even more
apparent. Thanks again, and I look forward to more of your music when things
slow down a bit for you!

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scratch_harris said 4475 days ago (June 22nd, 2006)
CC Rider
You know what CC...? This is what it's all about for me. A midsummers
dance across the wires. I feel inspired. I'll have to quadruple my efforts to
even approach this......Respect.
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composerclark said 4474 days ago (June 23rd, 2006)
CC Rider
Hey, thanks for having a listen, and I'm glad you enjoyed it! I left a comment for
your latest track yesterday, which impressed me very much. I hope to hear more
of your stuff soon!

Cheers,
Clark

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cchaplin said 4452 days ago (July 15th, 2006)
Ah yes !
Very nice Mr Composerclark, and beautifully played by your local symphony. I%u2019m off to listen to #2.

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composerclark said 4451 days ago (July 17th, 2006)
Ah yes !
Thanks, Christopher! Glad you liked it. I hope you enjoy the others as well.

Cheers, Clark

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Stav said 4270 days ago (January 13th, 2007)
Sound...
Enjoyed this spritely, Prokofievian piece alot. Was interesting to hear as when I studied composition in Edinburgh, I wrote a piece for Soprano and chamber group to one of Lorca's Poems - Cosida Del Llanto. Never did get it recorded though. Anyway, will be listening to more...
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composerclark said 4270 days ago (January 13th, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks very much. The last comment on this was about 6 months ago, so I am really pleased that you stopped by and had a listen! It's too bad your Lorca setting wasn't recorded. I'd love to hear it. I look forward to hearing some of your music, and thanks again!

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said 3871 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Shades of Iberia?
Lots of references to Debussy--Iberia, Jeux, and La Mer. It all works very well--the themes, the orchestration and playing is good(great in spots) too. Who knew Newfies could do classical so well? LOL *joke*--I did. Like the 5/8 lilt.
composerclark said 3868 days ago (February 19th, 2008)
Thanks
Thanks for the comment, and welcome! I must admit that I do not hear any Debussy references at all here, which is not to say they're not there, just that I don't here them... Debussy's orchestration style tends to be rather more lush, whereas this is pretty bare-bones and transparent. But no matter! The fact that you had a listen and left a comment is wonderful, and I thank you for that!

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said 3817 days ago (April 11th, 2008)
I'm the 101 downloader!
Mr. Clark, this is a great suite for Orchestra. The work here is very deep... Wonderful composition by all means. KUDOS to all!

Thanks a lot for sharing...

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composerclark said 3691 days ago (August 14th, 2008)
Thanks
Oh Birdman, why did you have to leave MacJams? We all miss you. I sure hope you will be able to come back here some day.

Glad you liked the piece! So you were the 101st downloader, eh? Cool!
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M477M17CH said 3621 days ago (October 23rd, 2008)
WOW!
Sir, you have impressed me on two planes:

1) As an oboist and English hornist, I really am knocked out by the writing for EH-it's quite honestly the stuff that English hornists would kill to play! Absolutely masterful double-reed writing.

2) Absolutely masterful writing. Period. I also happen to be a composer and as such I'm in awe of your agility in maintaining a light texture that lacks nothing in creativity or variety. I definitely will be studying more of your pieces in the future! Any scores available?
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composerclark said 3619 days ago (October 25th, 2008)
thanks
Wow! Thanks for your ethusiasm – it means a lot to me. I'm especially glad to read that you like the English horn writing, since you play the instrument. I like all orchestral instruments, and am happy to write for any of them, but the English horn has a particular appeal for me. Maybe it grew out of hearing the New World Symphony for the first time many years ago.

As for my scores, they're all available, and they're all free! If you visit my website (http://www.clarkross.ca) you can access most of the music I have written (recordings and scores).

A direct link to the Lorca Sketches is here: http://www.clarkross.ca/Progr-3LorcaSketches2.htm

Just click on the "Download Score" button once you get there, and it'll show up as a PDF.

Thanks again, and I look forward to hearing your own compositions on this site.

Clark
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bitfeld said 3449 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
Impressed
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