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Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by IcedNote » Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:20 pm

Hi, all. I was prodded by a certain someone to share my news here (instead of just on Facebook), so here I am:

I've been commissioned to write my second string quartet, "Lament: Verse II," for the Meccorre String Quartet! They're a Polish group who are currently studying in Berlin with the Artemis Quartet. They've been on the competition circuit for the past couple of years...and doing damn well for themselves. They're incredibly gifted players, and I'm honored to be working with them.

So yeah, some nice news to return to!

(Of course, I also recently had a big commission fall through due to the ____________________ of the performer. But this is public, so I'll play nice.)

Yin and Yang, right? :)

-G
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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:52 pm

Congratulations!

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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by diegobueno » Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:16 am

The only commissions that count are the ones that pan out. Looks like you've got a good one.
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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by IcedNote » Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:12 pm

diegobueno wrote:The only commissions that count are the ones that pan out. Looks like you've got a good one.
Ain't that the truth. Unfortunately, I have quite a collection of Almosts. Oh well. If you ask enough girls out, one of them eventually has to say yes, right? :D

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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by johnQpublic » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:28 pm

My collection is probably bigger than your collection. LOL

Quite frankly with the quirks that life throws at us composers, I tend to keep mum about any performance, publication, commission, recording, etc. until they've materialized.
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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by jbuck919 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:03 pm

johnQpublic wrote:My collection is probably bigger than your collection. LOL

Quite frankly with the quirks that life throws at us composers, I tend to keep mum about any performance, publication, commission, recording, etc. until they've materialized.
It must be so, since I can't recall your ever telling us that you are a composer. :o

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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by johnQpublic » Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:31 pm

What??? You mean you didn't read and recall all of my posts over the last 7 years?? :lol:
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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by jbuck919 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:35 pm

johnQpublic wrote:What??? You mean you didn't read and recall all of my posts over the last 7 years?? :lol:
All I remember is Maude (I like Soupy Sales better). :wink:

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Post by johnQpublic » Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:37 pm

Ah! You're a visuals kind of guy.
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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by jbuck919 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:46 pm

johnQpublic wrote:Ah! You're a visuals kind of guy.
No, but didn't you used to post in the Pub as a bit of a conservative? That kind of thing will blot out everything else in my mind. :)

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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by IcedNote » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:06 pm

Even I knew that Mr. Public is a composer! But perhaps that's because I'm more keen to listen to a fellow composer than a musicologist. :P

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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by johnQpublic » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:28 pm

Is it true that musicologists believe that the only good composers are dead ones?
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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by Guitarist » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:42 am

Congratulations. Have they provided any input as to the stylistic content? Form? I think a 45 minute passacaglia and fugue would be nice. :D (It could be full of lamentation...)

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Post by jbuck919 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:09 pm

johnQpublic wrote:Is it true that musicologists believe that the only good composers are dead ones?
I don't know, but some of the ones I knew believed that all dead composers were good ones.

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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by IcedNote » Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:55 pm

Received a very nice mention on Meccorre's homepage, so I thought I'd share. It might not seem like much, but this is the kind of stuff that makes a composer feel all fuzzy inside. :D

http://www.meccorrequartet.com/en/

Also, I couldn't possibly over-recommend you taking a few minutes to click on their MUSIC heading and listen to some of their recordings. Then you'll understand why I'm so grateful to be working with them. :)

Also/also, they're currently planning on a 2013 US tour that will include the piece I'm writing for them, so I'll be sure to keep you all posted!

-G
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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by some guy » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:00 pm

johnQpublic wrote:Is it true that musicologists believe that the only good composers are dead ones?
I've been called a musicologist, even sat on a panel in Paris once as such, and I much prefer living composers to dead ones. With a few exceptions.

There are a lot of good composers, living and dead. The living ones are alive.
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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by John F » Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:52 pm

johnQpublic wrote:Is it true that musicologists believe that the only good composers are dead ones?
No, it isn't. Some composers have also been musicologists, such as Brahms, who prepared scholarly editions of other composers' music. But their subject, scholarly research into music, is inherently concerned with music of the past. Music of the present is a subject for criticism (in the proper sense), not scholarship, which would be premature, needless, and ridiculous.
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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by maestrob » Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:09 pm

IcedNote: Congratulations on your good news 8) :D

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Post by karlhenning » Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:18 pm

Congratulations, Garrett!

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Re: Commissioned by the Meccorre String Quartet!

Post by IcedNote » Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:43 pm

Thank you, loyal supporters! I won't forget you! :mrgreen:

-G
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