Ray wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:27 am
Dirck Nagy wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:18 am
Adrian Allan wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:02 pm
Ok - I accept that
All I am asking for is more of the music that is commissioned for festivals and competitions etc etc,to be written with more a tonal mindset.
It just so happens that nearly every commission that comes up (Bream commissions as well), divides opinion and alienates a lot of people. I don't think that's good - it's not a healthy situation.
and people won't suddenly be welcoming to this style of music, as the other side of the camp accuses those like me of being narrow minded. These tired old debates always happen. And before you say it - if it wasn't me moaning, somebody else would be.
So there should be an insistence of festival composers doing something that reaches out and appeals to us all for once it a while. My example - Tres Piezas Espanolas by Rodrigo - something for all of us (the intellectuals and the general lovers of classical music)
Hi Adrian, several of your past posts display a similar sentiment. As others have said, "Its OK to not like something." However, if you want to actually change
something, thats another matter.
It is very easy to criticize, denigrate, belittle, destroy, and worse. But what will you replace it with? That
is the challenge.
You seem to have a pretty clear idea of what you want to hear. If I may offer some input, I think there are a few possibilities. One can:
- Write your own pieces.
- Record them.
- Commission your own pieces from established composers.
- Find someone to perform them. (I've done it myself. Lots of people enjoy playing premieres!)
- Gather your own audience together. (Its not that difficult...we all do it to some extent)
- Start your own festival. Find some like-minded people to help. Financial backing might be difficult, but all these festivals had to begin somewhere!
All of these are proactive. They are also a lot of work. But I think the end result has the potential to actually add some value to all of our lives, something that railing on about the state of things on internet forums never does.
Look, every piece of music was written to fill a need. They didn't just appear at random. You have a clearly articulated need for a different type of music...go out and create it!
Dirck where have you been? Love this inspiring and practical post of yours!
To Adrian's credit he is writing this here book (pic below)- but as you so clearly said with much wisdom - if you really want to change something you have to be proactive. And there's no guarantee that doing all that you wrote will produce what Adrian is looking for but if he's really passionate about it then it's worth pursuing, however long that may take.
Thanks a lot!
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Thanks, Ray, the book is almost finished!
I will open a thread about this soon, but here is my current state of play
1.Currently 180 pages long and 22,000 words of text (yes, I should get out more often)
2.The book, although "finished", will be given constant updates as and when people want to know more information - I have likened it to Dorico, or a product that is potentially so enormous, it will expand as people ask for more features.
3.In light of above, I have invited readers to give me their email addresses and any updates to the book will be provided free of charge
I will open a Facebook page based on the book - people can ask questions about how to compose for the guitar there. I also want people on this forum to join the page, so you can also throw in your ideas to aspiring composers
4.The book has 15 pages of appendices of common chord voicings and arpeggio patterns - in all keys, in the Major, minor and dom7 form. I could not possibly do every chord voicing available on the guitar, as those books can run to 1,000 pages (there are jazz books like that)
5.All the musical examples will be accompanied by sound recordings on my Soundcloud page, ordered by the chapters
anyway, that is enough for now - I am working on the index
So yes - this is my
contribution to getting more works written for this great instrument