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Child of the West



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A child dreams of a world to come.

Stay with this piece as it develops - I think you'll find it rewarding.
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Uploaded: May 12, 2007 - 02:19:17 PM
Last Updated: May 13, 2007 - 10:33:40 AM Last Played: Jul 05, 2019 - 02:39:33 AM
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Reinholt56 said 4485 days ago (May 13th, 2007)
I agree that Copeland is around......
I listened to this piece and Copeland does rear his head, but in a 'background' way and so the piece still retains the Bowmanesque quality.

I could hear some 'American Classical sounds' so the piece hit the mark there.

My last comment will be that the piece, IMO, cries out for both lengthening and more orchestration, because I 'hear' so much more when I listen to this classical piece of music.


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Bowman said 4484 days ago (May 13th, 2007)
Is there such a thing? And if there is is it a good thing? Thank you Paul for knowing enough of my work to recognize it.
I introduce work here always interested to hear what people have to say about it and to learn. I agree that Child of the West could be lengthened and given more orchestration.
It's my intention to one day when I've grown as a musician to take some of my works and further develop them. Child of the West is one that may have more to say.
Thanks Paul,

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branchgraft said 4484 days ago (May 13th, 2007)
again.. nice work
the strings fill the air with classic western motif... the layers built within are a fascinating mixture of suspense both dissonant and bright.
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Bowman said 4484 days ago (May 13th, 2007)
Thanks branchgraft,
It's a genre that I've always been in love with. Something about wide open spaces.
Thanks for catching it and for you insightful comments.
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guitapick said 4483 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
With all due respect...
...to Reinholt; I have to say that I LIKE the sparse orchestration. Having lived in the deserts of Arizona and traveled the southwest pretty extensively, I feel that this paints the picture of the immense sky and land expanses extremely well. It's B-I-G out thar!

As far as lengthening the piece: that would be nice. The end is just right for that section. Please excuse if I'm overstepping: but a move to a livelier motif would fit in very well there. Like you just stirred up a coyote or rattlesnake. Or saw a battle between the two...painting a story over the backdrop...

Just me, though. I really love the piece as is. Very well done, Bowman. Put me right back to a place that I loved. Thanks.

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Bowman said 4483 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
Thanks Bob,
I too can see this as a movement to a larger work followed with a lively piece. In fact I've been toying with a thematic work of late. This piece and Flight Over Baghdad might be a part of it.
I love cutting almost filmically from one section of music to another. Goes back to my film editing days. I guess I never got that out of my system. I'm glad it put you back in that place. That's one of the wonders of music and it's a lot cheaper than flying.

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Morning Light said 4481 days ago (May 16th, 2007)
Oh just the discription itself......
is promising and enchanting....... I love the violins weaving together with such beauty.....songs like a great introduction..... :)
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Bowman said 4479 days ago (May 18th, 2007)
Thanks Morning-LIght,
Setting the stage right is so important. I usually don't go into great detail about a piece. I'm pleased when I can come up with a simple yet evocative title and description that help set a mood.
I'm happy you checked it out and enjoyed it so Morning-Light.

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Enrique Gil said 4481 days ago (May 17th, 2007)
I really enjoyed it.....
Nice rhythm, soothing melody and wonderful execution. I have yet to figure out how to use the strings propperly. You sure have figured that one out! Thank you for sharing.
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Bowman said 4479 days ago (May 18th, 2007)
Thanks Enrique,
And I wish I could traverse the keyboard the masterful way you do. Glad you liked it.
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kristyjo said 4480 days ago (May 17th, 2007)
I'd agree ...
with the other comments that this piece would be a good opening movement, or, a good middle movement in a larger work. Some nice moments.
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Bowman said 4479 days ago (May 18th, 2007)
It's encouraging...
....to hear suggestions that a piece might become part of something larger. I do have some thoughts about unifying works thematically which often creates a richer and more satisfying framework for a listener.
Thanks for dropping on by for your thoughtful suggestions Kristyjo.
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gisli said 4480 days ago (May 17th, 2007)
This is so calming!
Ambitious and careful

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Bowman said 4479 days ago (May 18th, 2007)
Interesting descriptions gisli,
This is one of those pieces that I was careful with while I tried to create a calm and spacious kind of majesty.
Thanks for checking it out gisli

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Feter said 4478 days ago (May 20th, 2007)
this piece is breathing !!
its very emotional and approaching
to the ears gradualy as the spheres
of the theme widen bit by bit ...
the low cellos just gives it the waves
there at the top the strings wailin clouds
absolutly a complete piece my friend
where are you gonna go with it ... will
be very interesting to hear the last take
of it ...!
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Bowman said 4477 days ago (May 20th, 2007)
Music is...
...always a language of emotions. As I worked on Child of the West it began to work on mine and I'm happy that it touched your emotions as well.
Thanks Feter for your poetic description and very kind words. As always take care and be safe my friend,
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VicDiesel said 4475 days ago (May 22nd, 2007)
Wide horizons and a big sky
Are you a child of the American West? I find it a fascinating place, with wide deserts and ominous mountains, and things that I have yet to experience.

Your composition paints a very nice picture of the West. Maybe it's an idealized west, maybe a west that no longer exists, but a west that we can all imagine.

The music here is quite tonal, but every once in a while some voice runs away on its own, just a little bit. Asserting the American individualism perhaps?

Just a minor nit: that synthy fluty thing in the beginning is a bit out of place in a composition that otherwise uses strict orchestral sounds.

Good stuff!

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Bowman said 4474 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
I like...
...your take on this Victor. It's wonderful the way an abstract art like music can suggest so many things to us. It happens when I listen and when I compose.

The flute is something that will probably need adjusting. I originally had an orchestral flute which sounded fine but I was toying with a pan flute to give it a less sophisticated more primitive sound.
Thanks for checking it out Victor.
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vbluesky said 4475 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
cool pic and song
your styles,visuals and sounds always transport me to a world to come....very rewarding,excellent song, bravo bowman
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Bowman said 4474 days ago (May 23rd, 2007)
I'm happy...
...that you enjoyed this piece Vincent. It's great to be taken to another world through music. You so it so well yourself.
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composerclark said 4468 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
Jeepers, yet another Bowman submission that I missed at first! I'm slipping; I used to be one of the first people to comment on your submissions!

A delicate and natural touch, as always. Bowmanesque for sure! Interesting to use occasional minor notes against the major ostinato; this is something you could play with even more. Thin orchestration is definitely appropriate here -- sounds good. If you were ever to study orchestration, you might come up with a few other wrinkles to this orchestration that enhance it without becoming heavy, but it certainly works very well just as is.

Interesting to read your description -- "stay with this piece as it develops" -- because, while I agree that it is certainly rewarding to stick with the piece for its entire duration, and to hear it again, for that matter, I would once again say that much more development is very possible here. Is it desirable? Again, only you can judge that, but as with my orchestration comment, were you to undertake a serious and intense study of composition for a while, you'd probably learn ways of developing material you don't currently have in your tool box, and posibly you'd see ways of using some of them on this piece.

But the big picture is that this is pretty darn good, and your music impresses the heck out of me!
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Bowman said 4467 days ago (May 30th, 2007)
As your music always does for me Clark.
Though I'm musically literate I don't delude myself about my education and understanding of music theory. There's so much I want and need to know to yet find so many excuses to put off emerging myself into that sea of knowledge. I think it goes back to a prideful childish belief that I can learn and discover all I need on my own. Think by know I'd know better.
I do read and make progress but often I find myself at my keyboard trying to get down what I hear in my mind. Sometimes I get "lucky". But luck can only take you so far.
If you were nearby I'd sign up in a heartbeat for a class with you Clark. Maybe one day I'll find a "Clark" in San Diego. Still whenever you take to time to write one of your thoughtful critiques I find much to start me searching in new places. When I win the lottery "serious studies of orchestration and an intense study of composition" will be at the top of my list. Until then I'll have to find ways to move them up.
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