"Dan - I loved the way you blurred the line between what is written and what is improvised. It was really interesting to follow along in your score the second time I listened through it. I was surprised that so many of the melodic fragments that…"
"I look forward to checking out Something to Live For. I had never heard of this book, so thanks for including it on your Recommended Reading. I'm sure this isn't the first time that I've given credit to Ellington for something that…"
"Darcy,Thanks so much for this post. Like many others (I'm sure), I was drawn to the Newport '56 recording at an early age. In particular, "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" (as well as the whole story of the drama behind…"
"Good question. In some ways, I think the simpler the melody/original material, the better suited it is for arranging. If you're trying to arrange a piece that already has a great deal of development and complexity built into it (motivic…"
"I guess for me arranging has always seemed just a bit easier than composing, because you have source material to work with. Then the process is really just about developing that material. As long as the material is good (and if it isn't, why…"
"Yes - I felt VERY lucky to have the opportunity to write for Studio Orchestra and to get this arrangement performed on a concert. If anyone is interested in checking out the original Bartok piece, here's a video of the entire Concerto for…"
"Thanks for listening to it, and thanks for the comments! I'm really looking forward to getting started on something for Arranging Ellington. I've gotten so much out of studying Ellington's music, and I'm excited to learn from the…"
"It must be nice to have such a skilled ensemble to write for! This reminds me a lot of the Ellington-Strayhorn version of the Nutcracker suite in places, and of Gil Evans' arrangements for Miles at others, especially in the brass. I'm very…"
"Hi Michael. Welcome to Musical Exchange, and thanks for sharing your music. The use of tension and release in this piece is really wonderfully done (as is just about everything else about it!). So often as composers and arrangers we write complex,…"
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