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Steppin' Out (piano trio)


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For piano, violin, and cello; 14'

In 1996 my personal life was a shambles and my health was poor. With this as a backdrop, I spent many months trying to compose something for piano trio, but every few weeks I'd decide I couildn't stand it and throw it all out. After eight months I had nothing to show for all my work.

And then, one night, after listening repeatedly to a CD by “The Penguin Cafe Orchestra,” it occurred to me that it might be fun, possibly even therapeutic, to write a short, happy piece, after which I could resume my original project in what I hoped would be a more positive state of mind. What started as a diversion soon grew into a more extended composition, eventually compelling me to permanently set aside my original plan.

Much of Steppin’ Out is lighthearted, but it seems to touch on melancholy and even craziness at times.

It also features extensive use of ostinato figures (recurring patterns). The beginning of the piece is an attempt at musical humour; after a somewhat bombastic but brief intro, the repeated thirds in the piano go on for so long that you may begin to wonder if this piece will ever go anywhere. These are accompanied in the left hand by sporadic and rhythmically displaced “so-do” figures (a kind of musical cliché used to finish virtually every tonal composition ever written), as if the performer is just noodling, and has no idea what to play. Eventually, however, the real musical journey begins, and it usually maintains the pulsing rhythm from the beginning, although it undergoes a number of mood changes along the way.

You may need to be a bit patient with this one; it's starts slowly, and it's almost 14 minutes long.

As always, I will acknowledge all comments and I'll try to return the favour by commenting on something of yours.
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Last Updated: Jul 09, 2006 - 03:38:15 AM Last Played: Jan 15, 2019 - 02:29:56 PM
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scratch_harris said 4727 days ago (July 8th, 2006)
Steam On
The wind is cutting at my cheek.
I gaze across this drifted valley,
all about the unmistakable smell of steam.
Fall stopped, the engine roars hope.
Back on board
the conducter reassures
"the shovels will do their job."
We take tea and discuss politics
and then we're off!
Back down the mountain till we're flying.
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composerclark said 4727 days ago (July 9th, 2006)
Steam On
Wow! I'll have what he's having! Wonderful and inventive imagery
there, Jon; you're a poet! Thanks very much for your description of a journey
into free association. (At least I think that's what it is?)

Cheers!

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GUION said 4727 days ago (July 9th, 2006)
GRANDE
Me he puesto muy cmodo para oir esta pieza y la he disfrutado en esta
maana de domingo. Es magnfico. Clark, t ests en un nivel musical
superior y es delicioso disfrutar de lo que haces. Gracias por brindarnos la
oportunidad de compartirlo.
Saludos y enhorabuena.
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composerclark said 4726 days ago (July 9th, 2006)
GRANDE
Muchas gracias por sus palabras agradables. Los aprecio mucho, y me
alegre mucho que usted podia escuchar a esto. (I wonder why you can't write
accents in the comment fields?)

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TobinMueller said 4727 days ago (July 9th, 2006)
Creativity that comes out of struggle
Wonderful. I enjoy the differences in textures as you develop the piece,
the patience and mixture of pop-contemporary/film scoring/Twentieth
Century elements, even some Negro Spirituals riffs. They all cohere,
entertain, provoke thought. Really nice. I most enjoyed the back story;
thanks for sharing that. Always good to know the creativity that comes
out of struggle.
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composerclark said 4726 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
Creativity that comes out of struggle
Glad you enjoyed it, Tobin. I'm always a little unsure of how much back-story to
provide, because (a) I feel the music should speak for itself, and (b) some of it is
pretty personal, and this place is pretty public. I tend to be a fairly open person,
however, so I probably reveal more than is prudent some times, but for the most
part it hasn't come back to bite me. Yet.

Oops! I see some burly orderlies approaching with manacles and sedatives... I
must have said too much... Must run!

(Thanks, btw!)

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FEEL said 4727 days ago (July 9th, 2006)
Whew!!!
Very well written, this is top notch! Enjoyable Sunday morning listen.
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composerclark said 4726 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
Whew!!!
I'm glad you enjoyed it, John! I've been enjoying your music too. Cheers!

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thetiler said 4727 days ago (July 9th, 2006)
terrific!
Full of high level talent, love the way the tune flows.
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composerclark said 4726 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
terrific!
Thanks Bill. That means a lot.

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Stun Nutz said 4727 days ago (July 9th, 2006)
wonderful experience
You just know it is an incredible piece of music when you don't care how long it is... you just want to sit there and experience it. You don't even really want to talk about it until after it has been over for a while and you are given time to reflect on it. Anyway, this has all the elements I think great music should have and more. It covers such a range of emotions and still remains interesting and innovative. Thanks again for posting your music and contributing here!
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composerclark said 4726 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
wonderful experience
Thanks so much for such encouraging words! 14 minute pieces are not
remotely unusual in classical music, but I sometimes get a little nervous about
submitting a longer piece here, because I don't think it's what most people are
used to. I have thought occasionally about adding a couple more movements
because classical/romantic piano trios always were multi-movement. The basic
reason I haven't done so is lack of time, but your comment is making me
consider this again. Hmm...

Thanks very much!

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Doadars Uncle said 4727 days ago (July 9th, 2006)
Nice weave!
Like layers of perception! Thanks for sending us this happy piece!
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composerclark said 4726 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
Nice weave!
Thanks for having a listen, Doug. Glad you enjoyed it!

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J.A.Stewart said 4727 days ago (July 9th, 2006)
No Fair!
It really isn't, Clark... I mean you have all these wonderful musicians at
your beck and call and all I'VE got is... me. ;-)

What a wonderful (earned) gift you have, to be able to compose these
lovely and interesting pieces --- with so many curious twists and turns
--- evoking a variety of emotions.

This piece made the 14 minutes seem an effortless listen. Nice
work. ;-)

--- Joe


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composerclark said 4726 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
No Fair!
Yeah, but at least you can play guitar and sing really well! I play guitar and
sing in a manner that works great when an emergency evacuation is called
for, but not so good if you're actually hoping to entertain/touch people with
music. So, I HAD to find others to play my music. Sort of like Blanche DuBois
depending on the kindness of strangers, I guess. :-)

As for the beck and call thing, well, no question I am lucky to have access to
such fine performers, but it often takes a fair amount of effort to get them to
play my music; performers generally prefer to play the music of dead people.
Not that I'm complaining; more that I'm whining. Yeah, that's it.

Thanks very much!

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ktb said 4726 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
ostinato rules
CC, a very fun piece. I hope when it was done you could get back to
serious song writing :-) omg, its GREAT. If I only understood a few of
the principles at use here. Maybe I'll come north and audit a few of
your classes.

Its the piano that really sucks me in. The whole piece seems woven
around that light affecting, genre busting piano work. As well, the
section where the strings hold center court and the piano is playing
rythymic support is really amazing. Probably my fav CC piece of all
time.


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composerclark said 4726 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
ostinato rules
Sure! Come on up here! :-)

Those are really great and inspiring comments, John, and I very much appreciate
them. Thanks very much!

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moorlandt said 4726 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
I feel so small
I almost forgot how instruments could sometimes tell a thousand times more than any lyric. At least when the composer as well as the musicians are top notch. Saying this is excellent would be an understatement. But then again, you'll just have to do with this, poor little would-be noise maker I am... Clark, you're a talent man.

Walter
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composerclark said 4724 days ago (July 11th, 2006)
I feel so small
Hey Walter, those are beautiful words, man, and I really appreciate them. I've
thought a lot about the expressive power of instrumental music versus vocal
music, and for me, instrumental music exists on a different plane; not higher or
lower, just different. Instrumental music is more ambiguous, and that's part of
what I like about it. Thanks again for having a listen and leaving a comment!

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said 4726 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
Wow.
It is rare for a song to be so powerfully evocative, not sounding confined or compressed or compromised in any way. The free-spirited nature of this piece, its performance, everything about it cries out for a ten rating. There can be no perfection in the subjective art of music, but this is definitely approaching as close as you can get.

Well done.
composerclark said 4726 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
Wow.
I'm flattered silly! It is true that perfection and art are terms that probably don't
belong together, but it is also true that some art comes pretty darn close, and
this is what I suspect most artists stive for. I hear some things in this piece that
could/should be tweaked a bit, but for the most part I'm reasonably content with
it. The performers didn't care for it very much, though! Ah well.

Thanks for the great comment, and I just left one for a piece of yours
(Sanguinate).

Cheers!

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Scott Carmichael said 4726 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
bittersweet
First... I would have given you 28 minutes if needed... 2nd you don't
have to comment on anything of mine, you have been more than
generous... 3rd you could do this for a living :-)
I really appriciate the personal glimpse behind the time of this
writing... It really adds quite a bit to the listen... you say it is a light
hearted happy piece... but I feel the undertow tugging us back out to
danger (if it could)... I'll always take the bittersweet, that seems to be
where some of the most significant art happens

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composerclark said 4724 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
bittersweet
Whew! It's taken me this long to respond to the above comments, and leave
comments for their music, so sorry for the delay in responding!

My thoughts:

28 minutes, eh? Hmm... Now I'm thinking I'd better try trying a piece that
long! Hah! (Actually, I wrote a 40-minute piece once for orchestra, but it's
never been performed.) Thanks though; the sentiment is very generous.

I'm a big fan of yours, as you know, so I really appreciate your thoughts on
this.

And I just left a comment for your latest tune; I was happy to!

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Ed_Moran said 4726 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
One Word
Bravo!!

Ed
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composerclark said 4724 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
One Word
Thanks for stopping by, Ed. Just left a comment for your song "One Day," which
I really enjoyed! Cheers.

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Bowman said 4726 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
Delightful conversation!
A gerwsin like opining movement leads into a delightfully animated
conversation between the various instruments. The piano accompanies
like a rippling mountain stream at times even evoking a Bach like
fugue. There's an effervescent quality to this music and the live
performers conveyed it with great joy.
About midway through you took an interesting turn into a swinging
folksy interlude with some really cool dissonants.
Later you turned a pleasant dialogue into a brief furious battle of
instraments. But return in your finale with reflective, playful and
wonderfully warm music.
Clark I really hope you don't have to get into such a sorry state to
bring out such terrific music from you. But it just might be worth it.

Thanks for posting this wonderful piece and for your positive attitude
and all the help you%u2019ve given myself and others on this site.

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composerclark said 4724 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
Delightful conversation!
Thanks for such detailed and thoughtful comments, Charles! This piece is kind
of a musical journey, and you seem to have picked up on the various character
changes, which is great. I very much appreciate this, and I've realy been
enjoying your music too. Cheers!

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alley-oop said 4725 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
fresh
very enjoyable...very creative...very well performed...
this music is joyful and makes me happy... a tremendous composition.
thanks
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composerclark said 4723 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
fresh
I'm very glad you liked it, Tom. I've just left a comment for your song, 'Fly
Away,' and I hope you'll submit some more tunes here soon! Cheers.

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Ed Hannifin said 4725 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
Wonderfully composed....
...performed and recorded...

Some piano based recordings sound wrong somehow, tonally or in
terms of the recorded space....

On my system, this sounds both rich and clear.

I love the composition. My one Penguin Cafe Orchestra CD is all shorter
cuts. I love it, but I've sometimes wondered what it might be like if
there was something longer on it... This is like that. It's got the humor,
it's whimsical and all that, but it's also tight musically, and there's time
for development and variations.

Never sounds pretentious or overwrought. Works on every level, for
me.

Into the iPod she goes...

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composerclark said 4723 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Wonderfully composed....
Thanks a lot for the comment, Ed. I understand that the piano can be difficult to
record well, but this recording was done by our national broadcaster (CBC), and
they seem to know what they're doing. This piece was like a 'coming out' for
me; it was commissioned by a national radio show that only plays modern
classical music, mostly very avant-garde. After months of failed attempts to
write what I thought 'they' (whoever 'they' are; I was never sure) would like, and
failing miserably, I just decided to take a right-turn one day and write what I'd
like to hear. I'd like to say I never looked back, but the dilemma still comes up
from time to time for me.

I just left a comment for your beautiful collab with Johannes.

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Scorpjammer said 4725 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
Shifting Gears Here.
I listened to Yo Yo Ma's CD, Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone (My first taste of of Yo-Yo Ma) on the way to see country/blues guitar virtuoso, Junior Brown, in concert in Lancaster, PA.

Then I come home (midnight) to this appropriately named comp, Steppin Out... which I did.

WOW! WHAT A NIGHTCAP!!!!!!

It's been one heck of a night of virtuosity!

Thank you for sharing your gift of music, Clark.


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composerclark said 4723 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Shifting Gears Here.
Yo-Yo Ma playing just about anything is a real treat! You might like his
performances of the Bach unaccompanied Cello suites, some of the finest music
ever written, and he gives an amazing performance.

I very much appreciate your enthusiasm! Thanks for the comment.

I just left a comment for your most neglected piece (and unjustly so, IMO),
Adoradores Del Sol, y me gusta mucho. Pero cuando vas a terminar 'Romanza-
Danza2?' Me gusta mucho eso tambien!

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Cameron said 4725 days ago (July 10th, 2006)
Stravinsky Meets Faure, then they run into Milhaud!
What a lovely musical treat!

I greatly enjoyed the whimsical nature of this piece. It is ultimately light-hearted, and was obviously very healing for you to compose during a difficult time in your life.

The ongoing rhythmic piano creates an energetic backdrop for the lightly bouncy cello and violin, then they trade roles as the piece progresses.

The lilting repetitive sixteenth-note passages lightly peppered with quick dissonances -- that sort of ostinato/perpetual-motion -- reminds me very much of Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks".

The opening piano trills made me think "Rhapsody in Blue". I knew I was in for an entertaining ride!

I'm writing this in a stream-of-consciousness way while I am listening to this piece, which mirrors this free-flowing sense.

Its twists and turns, and various side-trips down interesting lanes is totally captivating to my ears. Throughout, the rhythmic running eighth notes provide a great deal of energy and forward motion, trading off between the three instruments.

The impression of this piece having been written as a sort of theraputic "nudge" to stimulate other musical projects, comes through especially strongly in the final section, with the expanding harmonic exploration, jazzy in feel, with more dissonances.

Then there is a return of the earlier thematic material which ties this piece together, with pokes of fun reminiscent of P.D.Q. Bach (who, by the way, made periodic appearances in this piece throughout) and it ends with a understated, yet tasteful flourish.

This is truly one of the best chamber pieces I have heard in years. It has a perfect combination of light-heartedness combined with depth; the sounds of the three instruments are artfully interwoven (great orchestration!) and the overall feeling of this piece leaves me very refreshed as well as stimulated.

The performance and recording, too, are top-notch.

Who could ask for anything more? BRAVO!!!
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composerclark said 4723 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Stravinsky Meets Faure, then they run into Milhaud!
Wow! I'm moved by your enthusiasm. As anyone who has received feedback
from you knows, your comments are ALWAYS incredibly detailed, thoughtful,
and heartfelt. I am honoured by your words.

Yours is the second comment to mention Gershwin (in regard to the opening),
and of course it seems obvious now that I think about it, although R in B
wasn't consciously on my mind at all when I wrote it. And I can hear the PDQ
Bach references too... the musical humour in the opening section is
supposed to be the length of time it goes on with nothing much really
happening, except for the repeated thirds in the piano, and the struggle
between the pno and vc to coordinate their 'so-do' figures, something they
never quite manage to do. But in an earlier version, this section went on
MUCH longer, which I think made the humour more obvious, but risked
turning the piece into too much of a joke, so I shortened it. The other PDQ
Bach moment was towards the end, when the intensity builds and everybody
starts self destructing, only to suddenly jump to a bunch of so-do figures.
Audiences usually chortle at that.

Thanks SO much for listening and commenting!

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Tadashi Togawa said 4725 days ago (July 11th, 2006)
Coming in spring
Breath of life.
It spills from the sound and it falls.

And, it flies up again.
As if, there seems to be an intention.

The note dances in the sky of spring.
Musical instruments capture the note.
And, it dances on the bowstring.

Very wonderful composition.
Music near person.
Music that seems to be music.

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composerclark said 4723 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Coming in spring
Thanks very much for another of your wonderful, poetic comments, Tadashi. I
have read it many times. I very much enjoy all of your compositions as well, and
am amazed by your ability to create so many extraordinary compositions AND
still find time to leave so many beautiful comments. I don't know how you do it,
but I am glad that you do.

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kristyjo said 4725 days ago (July 11th, 2006)
top notch, professional all the way
You are fortunate to have professionals play this for (with?) you. But,
knowing what I do about how musicians work, I worry about how much
you owe them back for this excellent performance. You haven't traded off
any of your children or anything, I hope.
Beautifully written. You reference many composers and musical styles
here. yet it is still your own music. I'll just be quiet now, and listen.
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composerclark said 4723 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
top notch, professional all the way
Thanks Kristine; always nice to hear your thoughts. I have many amazing
musicians as colleagues, and they have been remarkably cooperative when it
comes to performing my music, so I've been very lucky indeed. They don't
always LIKE my music, unfortunately, and this piece is an example of a piece
they didn't much like. Ah well.

Just left you a comment (African piece) too. Very nice!

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Mcboy said 4724 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
some really
great music here......................................
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composerclark said 4723 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
some really
.......................... Glad you liked it, McB! Cheers.

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Parichayaka said 4724 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
Never knew...
modern classical music could be so gratifying, soothing, inspiring, intriguing, uplifting and fulfilling. Having played classical piano for more than a decade I was obviously impressed by the piano part especially. Simply amazing! I'm not sure I found the humor in it, except for in your description, when you say that you wanted to write a "SHORT, happy piece...", and the ending, being short and sweet, contrasting the enormous variety and depth of your composition. Turned out to be a 14 minute "symphony" of fresh, creative and wonderfully structured musical ideas merging into a feast of beautiful musical imagery. In a time where in my opinion the only way for a "classical" composer to get some attention is through entering into the entertainment industry (motion picture soundtracks is what I mean) it is enormosly reassuring that you have found the time, inspiration and the means to put on production like this! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I could go on like this forever, but let me just say that I have voraciously enjoyed every single note of this marvellous work of yours!!!
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composerclark said 4723 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Never knew...
Wow! Your comment is exceptionally generous; thanks so much!

Modern classical music covers a HUGE range of styles and accessibility; some
of it is not audience friendly at all, some of it is, some of it seems designed to
shock people, some to soothe... there really is something for everyone,
although most people, even (especially) most classical audiences, think of it
either not at all, or in a negative way. But there's tons, TONS of really fine
stuff out there, if people are curious to do some exploring.

The humour is somewhat subtle, Cameron (above) said he could hear PDQ
Bach (a very, very funny guy who writes humorous takes on classical music) in
this piece, and this is what I said about that: I can hear the PDQ
Bach references too... the musical humour in the opening section is
supposed to be the length of time it goes on with nothing much really
happening, except for the repeated thirds in the piano, and the struggle
between the pno and vc to coordinate their 'so-do' figures, something they
never quite manage to do. But in an earlier version, this section went on
MUCH longer, which I think made the humour more obvious, but risked
turning the piece into too much of a joke, so I shortened it. The other PDQ
Bach moment was towards the end, when the intensity builds and everybody
starts self destructing, only to suddenly jump to a bunch of so-do figures.
Audiences usually chortle at that.

The 'so-do' figure is V-I, or C-F in F major, by the way (which you probably
know, but possibly others reading this might not).

My (probably dellusional) hunch has always been that if I could get more
people to hear and perform this music, many audiences would find it
accessible and my music might become better known, but, as we all know, it
is incredibly difficult to attain that kind of success in any genre within the
music business, so I guess my strategy is to just keep writing the stuff, have
occasional performances, and hope that a few people at least will enjoy it.
This particular piece hasn't been played in about 8 years, so it's really
gratifying to get some positive comments about it here!

Thanks very much. ( l left a a comment for your newest tunes earlier today,
and loved it. )

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said 4724 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
14 minutes of sonic bliss...
I'm awed that this is a live performance. Clark, you are INDEED a
composer. (Unlike me---who am merely a hoser!) I thoroughly enjoyed
this and will play it again and again.

Press on friend and weild your gift to the benefit of all!
said 4723 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
14 minutes of sonic bliss...
PS---Good to see you at the top of the Fan Picks list. Nothing I've heard on the
lists has a better claim to that title. This piece BELONGS at the top. CONGRATS!

Take care!
composerclark said 4722 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
14 minutes of sonic bliss...
Uh, I don't think anyone considers you a hoser! You're just as much a composer
as anyone on this site. But thanks very much for the compliment all the same.
I'm very glad you enjyed it. I very much appreciate your encouragement--I am
one who becomes discouraged all to easily.

As for the performers, yes, wonderful job, especially considering that I had only
finished the piece the day before the performance! Cheers.

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Komrade K said 4723 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
I'm going to come back to this
I've really enjoyed what I've heard so far however, I like to listen to a track
a few times through before commenting - and as your track is rather long
I need to put some time aside!

KK
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Komrade K said 4722 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
I'm going to come back to this
Finally got back to it! I love the sound of chamber ensembles such as this.

When I first listened I wasn't sure that I could pick up a Penguin Cafe Orch
thing - instead I was getting a strong early 20th century vibe. 2nd time
through tho' I was picking up some PCO hints although I guess PCO was more
of a starting point than an influence.

To me the strengths of this track lie in it's almost relentless drive to it's
conclusion - the piece is nearly always pulsing - it's broad textural variety
and the strong performances from yourself and those you've drawn from your
fellow musicians.

It's great to hear such fine and carefully wrought work here on MJ.

KK







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composerclark said 4722 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
I'm going to come back to this
I'm glad you were able to have another listen, and I just left a comment for your
latest track, which was a pleasure to hear. I also just put you on my "Favorite
MacJammers" list, so I don't miss your PCO-inspired track when it's posted;
looking forward to it.

All the best, Clark

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maxruehl said 4723 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Lovely
Reminds me of the style of TV/film composing often employed by Jeff
Beal (POLLOCK), a terrific composer. Downloaded. Thanks for sharing.:)
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composerclark said 4722 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Lovely
Thanks so much for the comment, and thanks especially for pointing me to the
music of Jeff Beal, with which I was unfamiliar. Turns out he's a very fine
composer, so I'm very happy to have become aquainted with his music, and
what's more, the guy's got one of the best composer's websites I've ever seen,
with something like 250 MP3s available for listening. You can check it out

here, if I did the link right
(jeffbeal.com).

Thanks again!

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maxruehl said 4722 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Lovely
Oh, I was all over it a long time ago.:) And what's better, there aren't any
wimpy 30 second clips--he puts full tracks up, and many complete scores
unavailable in any other form. The guy's a prince--I wish more composers
were as open as he is. Glad you found the site--there's some really terrific
music there.
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composerclark said 4722 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Lovely
Absolutely! I'm not a fan of the 30-second clip either, but I know they exist for
copyright reasons; you'd have to get copyright clearance on anything longer, I
guess. FWIW, i've got nothing but full-length MP3s on my website, and full-
length scores, free for downloading for anyone, of almost everything I have
written in the past 16 years or so.

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craft said 4723 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Beautiful
Full of high level talent. love the way the tune flows around round and round. You are a grat composer.. This one is... I have no words to describe is amazing energy. Love to enjoy it in a Charly Chaplin Film.....
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composerclark said 4721 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Beautiful
Thanks for your kindness and generosity. I just had a listen to your
"Mechanical Soul" piece, and I think you are very talented and original.
Cheers!

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Warren Smith said 4723 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Mood swings
Is this a lightheated piece with a touch of melancholy? Or a sad piece sprinkled with moments of joy? Perhaps that gets decided by how it ends - rather than how emotions flow throughout the piece?

But, ultimately, what makes it feel "real" is that ebb and flow, from dark to light and back again, as it dances around those dualities.

Sometimes art makes us sad - other times it saves us from sadness. Some pieces, like this one, touch on both aspects.

I think having the backstory helps. Without it, I would be able to guess there has been an emotional give and take going on, but with it, I am better able to interpret, and appreciate, the passages.

After multiple listenings, I couldn't tell you whether sadness - or humor - wins out. That furious ending suggests maybe anger ultimately carries the day, but then again maybe it just offers up a strident resolve to put the back-and-forth behind - a determination to move on to a new beginning.

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composerclark said 4721 days ago (July 15th, 2006)
Mood swings
Thank you for your long and thoughtful comment, Warren. You write of the
emotional ambiguity of this composition, and I mostly agree, although I
guess for me the prevailing attitude is still probably lighthearted.

However, I remember being surprised when I heard this performed by
different musicians a few years later, because I had remembered it as being
extremely light and even silly, and for some reason -- possibly the way they
played that night, or perhaps just the way I was feeling that night -- it
seemed a lot sadder than I had remembered.

Music's ability to trigger emotional responses has always fascinated me,
especially when the same music can trigger very different responses in
different listeners, or even in the same listeners at different times. I'm a big
fan of ambiguity... or am I? :-)

Clark

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composerclark said 4721 days ago (July 15th, 2006)
Mood swings
uh, bunker-BLASTER love song, that should have been!

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said 4722 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
I Like Repetitive And The Time Passed So Quickly
Kudos to the musicians - I have to kidnap me some real musicians and
make 'em do stuff like this for me!!!!
This is one of the few tracks here I wish there were an 11.
There is a section at about 10:10-10:50 that I found beautiful, all the
moreso because of how the piece transforms and collapses
immediately afterward before it moves on. I'm deficiant in my
knowledge of classical music, but that section reminded me of some of
fleeting beautiful moments in the chamber pieces of John Zorn.
BTW, I very much appreciate you and The Composer's participation
here - not only is the music enjoyable, your descriptions and
comments are entertaining and educational.
Melancholy makes happiness happier.


composerclark said 4721 days ago (July 15th, 2006)
I Like Repetitive And The Time Passed So Quickly
Thanks as always for the comment, Mungo. Thanks especially for mentioning
John Zorn, a guy who's name I've heard for years but I don't know if I've ever
heard his music. So I just spent about half an hour at the iTunes store
browsing, and discovered that he is many people, musically at least. The first
6 tracks I heard were high-energy, Ornette Coleman-like sax performances,
and I thought, this CAN'T be the same guy. But it was, and then I heard some
of the chamber music you mentioned, and liked it right away. As I mentioned
in another comment above, perhaps the coolest aspect of this site is
discovering great music with which you were previously unfamiliar, and I
thank you for pointing me in the direction of JZ.

I'm pretty sure you* can* award 11s when you vote, BTW... I got the idea
from Spinal Tap (which happens to be my favorite documentary of Tony
Orlando's life in music); you just mark in an 11 on your computer screen
where the 10 used to be, and you do it with white-out or something that
won't easily disappear, and it seems to work pretty well, as long as the
admins don't find out.

Yeah.

Thanks again!

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Monkaton said 4722 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Gorgeous
I have read a lot of the comments from others and cannot add anything
new except to add my kudos on a great piece of music.

So often modern classical music seems to be written for other
composers and not an audience. Your modern rhythms and dissonance
only invite the listener in, and does not drive him or her away.

I am partial to classical trios and smaller group compositions and this
was just excellent. Congratulations on an accessible modern classical
piece.


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composerclark said 4721 days ago (July 15th, 2006)
Gorgeous
I'm very pleased that you liked it. The notion that classical composers often
write for other composers undoubtedly has some truth, but I think it is far
less the case now than it was for music written between, say, 1940 to 1980,
and there were lots and lots of exceptions written in that period as well.
Basically, the world of contemporary classical music is a wide-open playing
field now, stylistically, and in my experience almost ALL composers are
hoping audiences can relate to or be moved by their music.

But for a while back in the '50's, 60's and 70's it seemed like it was an act of
treason for a composer to declare that he hoped a general, non-specialist
audience would enjoy and be moved by his music!

Thanks again, and I just left you a comment for "They Care."

Cheers!

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macgalver said 4722 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
fascinating
Wow. I really like this. Thoroughly engaging and satisfying.
Exceptional! Truly beautiful. I have to have it. Thank you so much for
making it available. It's a wonderful piece. your fan, kelli
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macgalver said 4722 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
fascinating
Wow. I really like this. Thoroughly engaging and satisfying.
Exceptional! Truly beautiful. I have to have it. Thank you so much for
making it available. It's a wonderful piece. your fan, kelli
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composerclark said 4721 days ago (July 15th, 2006)
fascinating
Thanks Keli. Very glad you liked it. I just left a comment for your song, "My
Camera," and I've listened to several of your songs, all of which are spectacular.
Hope to hear more from you! Clark

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puffbob said 4722 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Masterful
Very refreshing to the ear. Thank you.
composerclark said 4721 days ago (July 15th, 2006)
Masterful
... and thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! Always appreciated.

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Cori Ander said 4716 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
Uplifting
Uplifting! As all your work! Thank you for this great addition to my music
collection!

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composerclark said 4715 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
Uplifting
What's even more uplifting is the fact that you're back here at MJ's! Great to see
your name here again, and I'm pleased that you like this piece. Looking forward
to more tunes from you!

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Enrique Gil said 4684 days ago (August 21st, 2006)
wow!
this is beautiful! My son plays violin (he is 14). you gave me the idea of
having him helping me record some pieces. I like the freshness of your
variations and the subtle texture of your composition. This piece has
future....thank you for your music.
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composerclark said 4684 days ago (August 21st, 2006)
wow!
HI Enrique, thanks so much for having a listen and leaving a comment! I really
appreciate it. Does your son play classical music? I have a few other tracks here
at MacJams with violin, including 3 orchestra works if you are interested in
checking them out.

I look forward to hearing more of your stuff, and thanks again!

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j2morrow said 4637 days ago (October 6th, 2006)
Terrific
I have to admit, I'm not a big classical fan but this is just awesome.
Wonderful music, and the combination of the piano and strings fits
together perfectly. Kudos on this. I gave it straight 9s.
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composerclark said 4629 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
Thanks JT
Thanks for the nice comment and vote, JT! I am glad you liked it, especially
since you mention that classical isn't normally your cup of tea.

I had
a visit to your website and was very impressed by both the skill and the
stylistic variety of your art. I guess I could relate a little, because a big part of
my training involved stylistic parody, so I spent years learning how to emulate
various old masters, in the course of which I found my own personal style. Or
at least I think I did. I still adopt different styles for different projects, as may
be evident from some of the different pieces I have at
MacJams.

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DeputyDoofy said 4608 days ago (November 5th, 2006)
Nice.
I don't have anything useful or insightful to say, so how about...... Wow! :)
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composerclark said 4606 days ago (November 6th, 2006)
Nice
Wow is great! Thanks for having a listen.

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Peter Greenstone said 4556 days ago (December 27th, 2006)
bravo!
This is magnificent! It made for a wonderful morning listen. I don't know what to say really. The piece goes through so many wonderful moods and transitions and is so alive. It's an emotional adventure.
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composerclark said 4556 days ago (December 27th, 2006)
Thanks Peter
Thanks Peter. I'm never expecting a profound analysis of my music here (although I'd welcome one of someone wanted to try it!); I'm mainly hoping that people will say something about how they respond to the music, and that's exactly what you've given me, so thanks very much!

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DrToasty said 4529 days ago (January 23rd, 2007)
what caught my ear
The music (with the help of your description) really tells a story, and conveys all sorts of ideas that the listener can really catch on to.
Very good work.
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composerclark said 4440 days ago (April 22nd, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks very much, Nicholas. I must apologize for not acknowledging your comment sooner, but I am afraid I missed it. The last few months have been pretty hectic, and I was not around here very much. I just checked out your profile page to see if I've missed anything recent of yours, and I notice it has been a while since you last submitted a song, so I hope you will be able to submit something new soon! Cheers.

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DJ_Veit said 4440 days ago (April 22nd, 2007)
incredible
wonderful artisty. this really gives me a warm feeling especially on the motif! it reminds me of paris for some reason too! i dunno why!! but i like this keep making this stuff and sell it!
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composerclark said 4440 days ago (April 22nd, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks for the enthusiasm, Danny! Much appreciated. As I have proabably said elsewhere on this page, it's always a really pleasant surprise to get a comment on a submission that hasn't had any comments for a while. I'll make sure to check out something of yours.

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paul f. page said 4360 days ago (July 11th, 2007)
My two cents...
...What they said.
Brilliant.
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composerclark said 4359 days ago (July 11th, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks for having a listen, Paul. Very concise!

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said 4085 days ago (April 11th, 2008)
Great!
Wonderful trio. This is great piece.... You made my day!
Thanks a lot for sharing.... A true artist you are.

Take Care
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composerclark said 4085 days ago (April 11th, 2008)
Thanks
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