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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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

 

So when we last spoke, The Tide was out and there was no end in sight!

After writing the last Blog, some ideas began to form during my evening aperitif at Clemenceau ( Pub/Restaurant where I am in the habit of orchestrating and ' fixing' ).

When I got home, I transferred my sketches for the two solo instruments to Sibelius on the computer.  There was no doubt that the end was in sight and to my enormous relief an end that would be conclusive to the whole work..i.e the two movements.

 This is not traditional form for a Concerto, normally there are three movts as you may know but that is how it works best in this case

. Yesterday I worked really hard to finalise the end structure and what emerged was that the Soloists would end the work on their own except for the last few bars. The players will need to be really agile!!!! and of course I may have to rewrite some spread chords! after all, I am neither a Cellist or a Violinist but a Pianist.....a very different kettle of fish!! but that's ok.

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Well!! at long last I am due to meet both soloists for the Double Concerto on Friday next  (8th July ). By this I mean the Cellist and Violinist.

 Basically my aim is to hear the solo parts ' in the flesh' for the first time and discover what works and what doesn't!!! Always a tad nerve wracking at first, especially as I have not met either soloist. SO....I am off to Monaco to arrive at 6.30ish.

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