Likes Likes:  0
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Hello all, I'm new here

  1. #1
    Newbies
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    3
    Post Thanks / Like

    Thumbs up Hello all, I'm new here

    My name is Konrad. I am 30, living in India. I love Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Bach among others. I am keen to compose and have written a bit (entirely from half-baked self study on music theory...and I can't even play an instrument). I try to learn by writing pieces and improving them gradually...more by reading books and the use of the little intuition I've gained. I hope to someday be a great comoser and get into music full time.

    I also write. I wrote and publihed a non-fiction book some years ago and ma now working on the net book.

    I love nature, and philosophy, theology, art and occult sciences.

    I regard Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Ninth, late quartets and last sonatas as the pinnacle of music.

    This forum looks great and I am hoping to meet a lot of new people here, share ideas, learn and experience the joy of art afresh. More later.

  2. #2
    Administrator Frederik Magle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Near Copenhagen, Denmark
    Posts
    514
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Welcome to Talk Classical, Konrad!

    I wish you all the best of luck with your musical future and hope you will find this site helpful. Please do tell us more about both your music and writing - can you reveal anything about your upcoming book?

    Looking forward to see you around.

    Kind regards,
    Frederik

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    313
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by heston27 View Post
    My name is Konrad. I am 30, living in India. I love Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Bach among others. I am keen to compose and have written a bit (entirely from half-baked self study on music theory...and I can't even play an instrument). I try to learn by writing pieces and improving them gradually...more by reading books and the use of the little intuition I've gained. I hope to someday be a great comoser and get into music full time.

    I also write. I wrote and publihed a non-fiction book some years ago and ma now working on the net book.

    I love nature, and philosophy, theology, art and occult sciences.

    I regard Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Ninth, late quartets and last sonatas as the pinnacle of music.

    This forum looks great and I am hoping to meet a lot of new people here, share ideas, learn and experience the joy of art afresh. More later.

    Hello Heston, or is it Konrad? I think you may be the only poster from India. I passed through Mumbai a few years ago, and told myself I must come back one day for a better look around the various sites (Poona, Agra etc). I haven't done so yet, but hope to do so one day.

    Is there a big interest in classical music in India by the composers you mention, or are you exceptional? I'm not aware of any big-name Indian orchestras, but I may be wrong. If you can think of a few openings for an excellent orchestra of Czeck origin on tour, just let me know as I may be able to assist you.

    It's interesting that the music of Beethoven, Bach etc is appreciated world-wide, even now some 200-250 or more years after it was composed. I wonder whether these great composers could possibly have anticipated such longevity of interest. Even though Beethoven considered he was writing "music for the future" with his late string quartets, I honestly doubt that he imagined that people would still be spell-bound some 180-185
    years later.

    I would be surprised if any 20th C composers will still be remembered in 200 years time, with such admiration. Websites like this will be having "forgotten composers" with names like Debussy and Shostakovich possibly coming up occasionally, and meeting a deafening silence as so many obscure 19th C composers do here at present. But names like Beethoven will live on, I'm sure.

    You didn't mention one of my favourites, Franz Schubert. There's an article here somewhere if you care to fish it out. Are you interested in this composer? He's hard to beat in several areas, and an excellent choice for small ensembles to work with. If you want to investigate how to make the most of a decent melody look no further.
    Last edited by Topaz; Jan-25-2007 at 18:43.

  4. #4
    Newbies
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    3
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Frederik Magle View Post
    Welcome to Talk Classical, Konrad!

    I wish you all the best of luck with your musical future and hope you will find this site helpful. Please do tell us more about both your music and writing - can you reveal anything about your upcoming book?

    Looking forward to see you around.

    Kind regards,
    Frederik
    Hi Frederik,

    Thnaks, and I'm glad I've joined here. Your profile is most impressive (I looked up your website). Truly amazing portfolio you have. I must listen to some of your works....(at home)...the PC here doesn't have a sound card enabled...!!

    Like I said, my music is from self learning, and with the handicap of not being able to play an instrument. I have tried out some forms...a symphoy movement, a violin and orch movement, and may soon write out a little piano piece. I used a very basic notation software - Print Music (from Finale).

    The book I have just begun working on is a rather ambitious attempt at capturing the most amazing things about 'everything'. My intention is to enable the reader to be fascinated in way that leads to true contemplation. So I will cover topics from human achievement to the natural world to the unseen world and so forth. It may be over a thousand pages...

    more later.

    cheers
    Konrad

  5. #5
    Newbies
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    3
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Topaz View Post
    Hello Heston, or is it Konrad? I think you may be the only poster from India. I passed through Mumbai a few years ago, and told myself I must come back one day for a better look around the various sites (Poona, Agra etc). I haven't done so yet, but hope to do so one day.

    Is there a big interest in classical music in India by the composers you mention, or are you exceptional? I'm not aware of any big-name Indian orchestras, but I may be wrong. If you can think of a few openings for an excellent orchestra of Czeck origin on tour, just let me know as I may be able to assist you.

    It's interesting that the music of Beethoven, Bach etc is appreciated world-wide, even now some 200-250 or more years after it was composed. I wonder whether these great composers could possibly have anticipated such longevity of interest. Even though Beethoven considered he was writing "music for the future" with his late string quartets, I honestly doubt that he imagined that people would still be spell-bound some 180-185
    years later.

    I would be surprised if any 20th C composers will still be remembered in 200 years time, with such admiration. Websites like this will be having "forgotten composers" with names like Debussy and Shostakovich possibly coming up occasionally, and meeting a deafening silence as so many obscure 19th C composers do here at present. But names like Beethoven will live on, I'm sure.

    You didn't mention one of my favourites, Franz Schubert. There's an article here somewhere if you care to fish it out. Are you interested in this composer? He's hard to beat in several areas, and an excellent choice for small ensembles to work with. If you want to investigate how to make the most of a decent melody look no further.
    Hi Topaz (may I ask your real name?), my name is Konrad....heston is a sort of avatar I used (am a fan of the actor Charlton Heston).

    In India, there is a very small percent of the population interested in, and aware of, western classical music. The most popular composers here are the giants - Bach, Beethoven, Mozart...and concerts here are few and far between. There is no real orchestra here worth mentioning. Neither are there schools where you could learn such music. The country is dominated by a mix of its traditional music (now fading away) and the unstoppable wave of modern western music - pop, rock, and so forth...largely adopted in Indian film music...which is quite a peculiar thing altogether !!

    When you say 'opennings' for an orchestra...how do you mean? Are you talking of tour opportunities? The way it happens here is that such concerts whenever they are given by a touring orchestra or troup, they are sponsored by large companies, and tickets are either free or nearly free. If we get a symphony orchestra here once a year we are lucky !!

    I haven't been to most places here....been stuck mostly in the south in a city called Madras (now called Chennai). I am an Indian, but with little or no Indian roots and I somehow identify with western culture more easily.

    I agree with you that most recent composers haven't exactly left legacies that generations ahead will treasure. As biased as it may seem, according to me, the greatest music was produced before the 20th century.

    I do like Schubert...I haven't listened to many of his pieces, but I regard the 'Unfinished' symphony as a landmark in music, a miracle in art created by a man so young and yet exuding the maturity and wisdom of a sage. His string quintet in C is another marvel. And while I haven't heard too much, I do know that perhaps next to Mozart, his melodic genius is revered world-over.

  6. #6
    Senior Member opus67's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Madras/Chennai, India
    Posts
    1,538
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Hello, Konrad. I'm from Madras, too. Have you seen this - http://www.soimumbai.com/?
    Regards,
    Navneeth

    Want a piece of classical music identified? Post a link or upload a clip here. Someone might have an answer.


    A quick and gentle introduction to audio formats and compression

    2009: It's the International Year of Astronomy
    http://www.astronomy2009.org/

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •