June 5, 2007 at 4:26 pm #23772
Has anybody ever set pre-existing poems to music before? I’m going to take 3 or 4 of Pablo Neruda’s poems and set them to music for Choir. If anyone has any advice or tips or anything, let me know.June 5, 2007 at 7:37 pm #35188
Welcome Casey. Good to have you here!
Which poems of Neruda are you setting? Sounds like an interesting project!
I have written mostly instrumental music, with the exception of a couple of short songs for voice and piano, but I’ve always wanted to write more for voice.June 5, 2007 at 10:41 pm #35189
So far I’ve only begun work on setting "Slow Lament". It’s really got some interesting text, and within the text I find there are a lot of natural rhythms and cadences. It should be a lot of fun! I’m not sure what I’m going to do for the 2nd poem of the 3-poem set, but I know for a fact I will close the piece with Number 17 from the collection "Morning". It’s incredible work.June 6, 2007 at 5:44 pm #35190
We should probably have a section here to upload mp3s and share music!June 7, 2007 at 1:58 pm #35191
That would be awesome to have a way to share our projects. Maybe they can figure out a way to do so?June 7, 2007 at 9:16 pm #35192
Well, I actually run the forum. I’ll see what I can do. I need to upgrade the forum software soon and after I do that I’ll look for an audio plugin. Maybe that will attract more people! What do you think?June 8, 2007 at 9:32 am #35193
I think it definitely would. People are always looking for more ways to get their music out there.June 8, 2007 at 12:52 pm #35194
Yeah. That’s true. It’s all about networking these days (which is good).
How’s the piece going? Did you start already?
What kind of classical music are you into?June 8, 2007 at 4:37 pm #35195
The piece is going alright. Unfornately I’m having to work on it while taking classes this summer, so it’s not going as great as it could be. I really enjoy the Romantic/Late Romantic composers the most. Mahler, Richard Strauss and actually Leonard Bernstein are probably my top 3 favorites. Yourself?June 9, 2007 at 3:09 pm #35196
I’m into all kinds of stuff, but I listen mostly to 20th century and contemporary music: Berio, Donatoni, Ligeti, Kurtag, Boulez, Murail, Grisey (and of course the now classics Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Bartok, Stravinsky), etc.
Lately I’ve been listening to early music as well, and I enjoy romantic composers too. A little bit of everything I guess.June 9, 2007 at 3:17 pm #35197
Early music is really pretty amazing. I like Palestrina a lot. It’s harder for me to get into the Serialists or the Twelve Tone guys, but I’m working on it. hahaJune 9, 2007 at 3:28 pm #35198
Well, that’s all it takes, being open minded. I think a lot of people just never give that kind of music a chance.
Palestrina is great. I like Dufay too. Amazing!June 11, 2007 at 3:06 pm #35199
Who do you think is the greatest living composer- in any genre?June 11, 2007 at 6:42 pm #35200
Wow, that is a tough question. In any genre?
I think we are too close to tell. Only after many years one can say if a given composer has been influential or important in music history.
However I can tell you who I respect:
In classical music I admire Pierre Boulez not only as a composer, but also for what he represents and for what he has done for contemporary music. Although he has not written enough music and I think this will affect his place in music history.
It’s just my opinion.
In popular music, I would have to think about it…
(I think it would be unfair to only mention one composer).
How about you, Who do you think is the greatest living composer?June 11, 2007 at 7:57 pm #35201
Boulez is really good. That is true. I don’t know, that really is a hard question. I personally like melody and harmony, and today’s composers seem to disagree with my feelings haha It’s hard for me to listen to a lot of music that’s coming out today and enjoy it as much as a great melody. I really like Gorecki, from Poland. I haven’t heard as much stuff from him as I’d like, but what I have heard I’ve really enjoyed.
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