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    Default Probably my best non-solo piece so far, but still a long way to go

    Here's the score. The engraving process took quite a while, but I'm fairly happy with how it turned out.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ex0bnwq2rjw6og7/Koan.pdf?dl=0

    I'll be able to post a recording in a few months time.

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    Is this the 'meaning' and stuff piece, right? What happened to that? Anyway, I remember that what I saw of it was pretty good and agree that it shows a jump in your developmemt. Looking forward for the recording. I'm particularly curious to see if that introduction works (what comes after certainly does).

    Hey, you may be still at time to catch with Boulez after all, who composed his utter masterpiece 2nd piano sonata at age 20. I kinda lost hopes after all that teddy bear music, but now I regained them
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    Quote Originally Posted by aleazk View Post
    Is this the 'meaning' and stuff piece, right? What happened to that? Anyway, I remember that what I saw of it was pretty good and agree that it shows a jump in your developmemt. Looking forward for the recording. I'm particularly curious to see if that introduction works (what comes after certainly does).

    Hey, you may be still at time to catch with Boulez after all, who composed his utter masterpiece 2nd piano sonata at age 20. I kinda lost hopes after all that teddy bear music, but now I regained them
    I thought he was 21 when he wrote that!

    And also, I changed the title because the other title was a silly title.

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    How old are you if you don't mind me asking? Where did you study composition? Who were your primary teachers? Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torkelburger View Post
    How old are you if you don't mind me asking? Where did you study composition? Who were your primary teachers? Just curious.
    I'm 21 and I'm studying composition at the University of Melbourne. I've had a variety of teachers; currently my teacher is Christine McCombe.

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    Ah there are a few mistakes I made in the PDF file for the performance notes and I think I repeated a couple of the scanned pages of the manuscript a few too many times (whoops) I better fix that this weekend.

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    This is a well-written piece and shows a maturity well beyond your years. Quite adventuresome and bold for your age as well. What I like the most about the piece and what shows your maturity the most is that you’ve chosen to work with limited resources, selecting only 3-5 or so effects for each instrument. In doing this, it unifies the material, holds the material together, and leads to a wholeness in the piece. It allows you to concentrate on what you want to express and develop a sense of detail. Most beginners will just use every effect at their disposal, everything they can think of all at once, with disastrous results.

    The score preparation is to professional standards. I really like the dynamics which are well thought out and are apt to the affective landscape you have created. I like the expressive arch of the piece, the buildup and denouement, the single broad stroke of sound over several minutes. The music is very difficult, but should be playable with enough rehearsal (or a conductor might help). Mostly it will be working out the rhythms. Overall, I would have liked to have seen more articulations to make it more apparent to the players how to play the notes and phrasings. I also would have liked to have seen more exploration of extreme registers especially in the violin and piano in the climactic section along with more clusters and double and triple stops (also in the cello). But that’s just my taste.