MUSIC IS A MORAL LAW,
IT GIVES SOUL TO THE UNIVERSE
WINGS TO THE MIND.
FLIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION
A CHARM TO SADNESS
GAIETY AND LIFE TO EVERYTHING.
IT IS THE ESSENCE
OF ORDER AND LENDS TO ALL
THAT IS GOOD,JUST, AND BEAUTIFUL.
PLATO

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My setting of the text Te Deum is finally edited!!

This is a Choral/Orchestral work of some magnitude. The forces required are 4 soloists, SATB Choir, Full Orchestra including Wagner Tuba....it has taken 10 years to complete. Mind you, I have not been working on it consistently during that period but the Piano Score was created in 1999.

 I balked at the Orchestration for a long time as I had not previously orchestrated my own work, however after undertaking some studies with  a good Japanese Professor and then an Englishman, I began to work with it myself. 

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Very relieved to leave the Double Concerto alone for a while ....basically until I can arrange another rehearsal with both soloists. In the interim, I have sent Pete ( Editor in London ) ' Le chant de Venus' first movt.

This is a Concerto for Viola and orchestra. We've got enough money in the ' kitty' to edit the first movt...after that? Well, it's always in the ' lap of the Gods'.

 It's amazing that he will take the score on a six weeks tour of America and with the Sibelius Software ( which really is stunning ), it'll pass to and fro between us in a few seconds with one click!!! of course we take it all for granted now...BUT should we??

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This morning, I finished the last few bars of Venus Conjunct Mars ( Concerto for Solo Violin and Solo Cello plus Orchestra ). Finished in the sense of a first ' draft' and it may  stay like that! but it depends on several things ,like the solo parts when playing together ...(.only one rehearsal so far with just the Cellist. ) After that, there's the Editor to get passed! What would I do without him though?!!

This morning I took out a Viola Concerto which I began to prepare finally for editing....it's been ready a long time on a back shelf. There are three movts ,again on the theme of the two Archetypes represented by Venus and Mars. After that, it's time to think about a new work.

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My dog and I left for Monaco at 5.30 yesterday afternoon and arrived after a deviation to avoid traffic around 7ish. We had a splendid evening with a good musical start .

 I was amazed to discover that so far I had not writtten anything unplayable!! Even the double stops I was so dubious about worked!!! It was of course, a rather incomplete experience without the Violinist ( Venus ), nevertheless I was able to form a good idea of the complete work. Don't forget I haven't heard it ' in the flesh' so to speak.

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Just a ' quickie' ....Having heard that the Violinist had cancelled virtually at the last moment, I got the contact number for another Violinist that I know. She is young but experienced and is leader of Monte Carlo Phil.  I received an answer to my e mail almost straight away .She would be very happy to work on the concerto with us.

 Tomorrow's first ' wack' is a bit soon for her, so I am not expecting her to be free ( awaiting a call ) but that's ok because we can work just on the Cello Solo and I can get to know the Cellist whom I have not met. This development is what I would call a ' Brilliant Key Change!!' Have a lovely evening all xx

 
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