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The Three Moors Suite

Saturday, March 29, 2014

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  • CODYG123
    At the age of 60 I'm taking my first music theory exam. I love to know what it was I never knew. Thanks for being a teacher.
    2431 days ago
  • TREV1964
    Hi Everybody,

    With 25 posts on my Morchard Bishop Maypole Dance and now 20 on this one all full of the most wonderful comments I am so humbled whilst at the same time so glad that I decided to put these on and share them with you. I really cannot thank you all enough.

    Several of you have mentioned about the idea of a CD with my music on it.

    This is something I am considering at the moment as soon I will be upgrading my sound system on the desktop which may enable me to do just this.

    These tracks on here give you a general idea of what my pieces are all about but the quality is still computer generated where the upgrade I am presently seeking will bring this computer sound up so close it would be almost impossible to tell the result from a concert performance.

    Hopefully if this can be achieved The Oboe Concerto and this Three Moors Suite will go onto a CD with my Bassoon Concerto. Another CD would include the Maypole Dance with other orchestral miniatures such as "The Copplestone Cha Cha" - "Strolling Through Sticklepath" - "Sevens Away" - "Postcard From Ilfracombe" - "The Kingswear Special" - "Syncopations for Orchestra" - "The Unreliable Clockwork Toy March" & "Aztec Gold" to name just another eight of about fifty I have ready on standby that I have written over the years.

    It makes me face quite a dilemma as what to add next - It will probably be one of the above eight mentioned pieces or maybe a newer orchestral miniature "Ça fait un peu français pour moi" - which is a little french waltz influenced by the walk along the northern banks and shoreline of the Liore River between Anger and Nantes in Western France..

    I'll keep on posting if everyone keeps on enjoying so it looks like I will have to continue posting for quite some time yet.

    Cheers love and respect to you all as always,

    2439 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    I am digging this music and the compose! emoticon Yet another beautiful piece! This has become my go-to place when I need a break! emoticon for sharing! emoticon
    2439 days ago
  • GENRE009
    I remember that I came into your blog a long time ago, and you wrote about the soldiers, and cemeteries. That blog was very compassionate.
    This blog, with it's music is wonderful. You should put it into a dvd, it's that good. you are very talented. It's amazing. emoticon
    2440 days ago
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  • DUTCH1811
    Thank you for sharing. This is very relaxing after a busy day. I really enjoyed listening.
    2440 days ago
  • THOMS1
    Thank you for sharing. Beautiful!!! emoticon
    2440 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Absolutely beautiful! I had a bit of a rough morning, but your composition turned that around. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.

    Peace be with you emoticon
    2440 days ago
    lovely emoticon . Thank you.
    2440 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13453706
    emoticon thank you for sharing.....lovely!! : ) Enjoyed hearing very much. Best wishes always!!
    2440 days ago
    Very inspiring!
    2440 days ago
    Another magical selection/composition! I truly enjoyed it and took the time to use your instructions to see the place the music was written about. I was fascinated by what you said your inspiration "feels" like. The creative process is so intriguing. I feel so lucky to have found SP around the same time as you so I can get a glimpse into your music. Serendipity and it's lovely!!

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so happy that you take the time to produce these for our listening pleasure however it is that you do that...make the magic happen for us. Thank you, Trev....for sharing some of the beauty of your soul with me and the rest of the Sparkers who listen raptly. It's really an honor and a joy to hear your music and imagine that you wrote it from tunes playing in your head!!
    2441 days ago
  • TREV1964
    I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you that have posted your words of encouragement in here and to answer a question that has also arisen.

    Firstly in response to Adagio's words - I am so glad the description has proven useful - It hopefully gives a background to the work which hopefully helps to explain why I have written what I have..

    Something else that may help is if you go onto google maps and have a street view of the area.

    For EXMOOR have a look at any point on the B3222, the B3223 or the B3224 in the "Dulverton" to "Simonsbath" area.

    For BODMIN MOOR have a look at any of the ungraded tributary roads in the "Boventor" area south of the Main A30 "Launceston" to "Bodmin" trunk road.

    As for DARTMOOR any point of the B3212 between "Moretonhampstead" and "Princetown" or anywhere around the "Widicombe-in-the-moor" or "Haytor" areas on the B3387 road between these two places.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to answer EXOTEC's question about how long these pieces take to write.

    This particular suite was written over a period of about three weeks in August 2011. The Oboe concerto over about three months and the Morchard Bishop Maypole Dance was written in the space of about six hours on one Friday Evening.

    Generally speaking when I really put my mind to it I can write up to ten to fifteen minutes of music in a good week but this can be offset in other weeks when I can end up writing absolutely nothing at all.

    It depends how the ideas come to me and once I start writing how quickly the flow happens. It just happens and I have yet to know how or why it does.

    My music is generally uncomplicated and simplistic. I try to create a sound that relates to a feeling that somewhere, something or somebody gives me. The results are hopefully sounds of the characteristics of what I see to be there. I can sometimes daydream the sounds to myself and sometimes hear something in my mind that can depict a certain temperature or colour or smell. I am hoping that this makes some sense to you all a little as the process is a very difficult one to explain and a natural one I do not always fully understand myself at times. It happens at times so when it does I try to convert what I see, feel, taste and smell into sounds. The sounds I end up with are hopefully something that tries to represent these things to your ears.

    I am sorry if this is a bit weird or strange but I really cannot explain it any other way.

    Anyway - I sincerely hope you enjoy what I have submitted already and continue to enjoy my future posts.

    Cheers, love and respect to you all

    2441 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/29/2014 10:12:56 PM
    Thank you for sharing your talent. I truly enjoyed listening! I wish you well with your weight loss journey and thanks for posting.
    2441 days ago
  • KAREN608
    I so enjoy your music. I've been doing more strength exercises, so sitting here resting my muscles, that aren't used to this much use. I needed the mental relaxation! Thank you.
    2441 days ago
    You are so prolific... how long does it take you to compose these pieces? is there a "typical" length of time, or does each vary a lot? I wonder if some are just "in there" waiting to come out, and if others maybe have to be coaxed or prodded.

    No matter the method, the results are wonderful.
    Thank you so much!
    I look very much forward to your next postings!

    2441 days ago
    Wow! You are talented. I love this music. I also listened to it a second time whilst reading your notes on the music which were very helpful (I always read the notes at the symphony).

    Thank you so much for posting this elegant and inspiring enchanting music. emoticon
    2441 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    This is Beautiful Music. Thank You For Sharing. You are very Talented. Looking forward to a lot more of your Music in the future. Thanks Again.
    2441 days ago
    2441 days ago
    What beautiful music! Thank you so much for sharing of your talent.
    2441 days ago
  • TREV1964
    The Three Moors Suite for Orchestra - Composed 2011.

    This piece has three movements that consist of the following.

    I. Exmoor
    Bodmin Moor
    III. Dartmoor

    Exmoor is based on the North Devon and West Somerset borders and is considered the more regal and more majestic of the three moors.
    Bodmin moor in Cornwall is the colder and the most desolate of the three moors and is considered the most mystical and most eerie and mysterious.
    Dartmoor is the whole of the centre of Devon and is considered the more jovial and the more cheerful of the three moors.
    These three personalities form the basic feel of the suite.

    The timings are approximate and may be a few seconds out but will suffice until I can get back in here to re-edit the times more accurately.

    This starts with a brash opening statement and a grandiose theme that intends to sum up the majestic flavour of the moor. One minute in and we reach the second subject with the melody in the strings accompanied by flourishing chords in the harp. (1.40) the music meanders back to the opening subject accompanied by a descending woodwind accompanying motif before the music slows into an altogether more delicate texture (1.55). (2.05) A lone Bassoonist starts a slow section that gradually builds to include more and more forces. (2.25) The growing woodwind melody is accompanied here with the harp and pizzicato strings. (3.06) There is an accelerando as the music gains momentum and force in an eventual return to the opening subject. (3.18) The recapitulation commences suddenly cutting to a solo tuba (3.52) that leads a growing onslaught of instruments to round the movement off.

    Commences (4.15) with an opening string chorale that introduces a warm Cor-Anglais melody (4.32) accompanied by syncopated strings and broken octaves and chords in the harp and the glockenspiel respectively. This melody is eventually taken by the French Horn (5.02) to the second subject which commences in the lower strings (5.22) is soon shared by many other players creating a representation of the mysteriousness of the moor. This coldness gradually warms by a rallentando (6.05) before returning to the opening Cor-Anglais melody (6.30). This melody is eventually consumed by a rallentando (7.20) before dissolving into the eerie coldness of Bodmin Moor.

    This rondo commences (8.00) with pulsing strings and a trumpet opening melody (8.10) that is soon shared by the woodwind and strings. The second subject (8.47) accompanies a clarinet melody (8.56) which soon finds its way to the trumpet before growing to include the flute and piccolo. A brief return to the first section (9.25) with different orchestration links us to a third section (10.03) lead again by the trumpet before close imitation develops (10.23) which eventually brings us around to the return of the opening subject (10.52). This culminates in a return towards a fanfare like motif and build (11.38) to a climax and finish.

    I hope you all enjoy this - please remember to post a feedback - any feedback good or bad is constructive and helps in potential future work.

    Cheers and love and respect to you all.

    2441 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/29/2014 7:32:09 AM
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