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  • Trio for Flute Horn and Harp

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    I am arranging various impractically scored pieces for more normally played instruments, to try and sell sheet music!!!   I gave up on making money from chamber music recordings  😢     This "Song of the Forest" is one of those pieces.  It was originally done with 4 recorders and harp, but I arranged it for flute, horn and harp and then did a VSL performance with the flute 2, horn 1 and harp. 

    https://soundcloud.com/william-kersten-music/song-of-the-forest-trio


  • Very impressive, thanks for sharing!

    The amount of well-performed and artfully finished music you're able to present here is almost frightening. 8-)


    /Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
  • Beautiful, atmospheric music. I enjoyed listening to it.

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    @William said:

    I am arranging various impractically scored pieces for more normally played instruments, to try and sell sheet music!!!   I gave up on making money from chamber music recordings  😢     This "Song of the Forest" is one of those pieces.  It was originally done with 4 recorders and harp, but I arranged it for flute, horn and harp and then did a VSL performance with the flute 2, horn 1 and harp. 

    https://soundcloud.com/william-kersten-music/song-of-the-forest-trio

    This is a very lovely piece of music. We live in a corrupt and deranged world when someone like yourself is not world famous, yet urban rap makes millions. I love your work. 


  • MMKA, Paul and Dietz, thank you very much.  I really appreciate hearing from you!  


  • Hi William,

    What a beautiful and rich piece this is. Nice horn and flute parts. I hope many performers will be interested in such a comforting composition. Indeed, so many things go in the wrong direction with more and more dictator-like leaders at the rudder... Such a blessing to have composers to embrace beauty and lovelyness.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Max


  • Thanks again Max for listening! 


  • First, the music as always is impeccable in it's production and esthetic qualities.  Hats off to you, William!

    I was amused by your comments regarding persuing sheet music sales in lieu of recordings, as I'm not too familiar with anyone in "non-commercial" music-making that earns significantly from either stream.  In my own experiences, the only time we sell recordings is when my duo performs live concerts, and then thankfully, we move a ton of CDs (still many boxes worth in our basement!)  As to sheet music, even with my local performer friends, I find the awkwardness of trying to gently nudge them toward BUYING the sheet music rather than expecting it as a gift from a "composer friend."  Online sheet music sites/publishers have yielded little in the way of opportunity for me as well.  That said, you may very well be better connected to the movers and shakers in that area and will succeed admirably, I'm sure!

    Best wishes,

    Dave


  • Dave,

    Thanks, and that is interesting to hear how you sell CDs at live concerts - it seems that is the case in general.  It is a good motivation to get out there and perform as well.   I don't like the situation you mention either, of people expecting to get music for free.  If somebody is a friend they ought to pay!  I am trying to contradict the idea one always encounters in classical music that "it's for free."    To hell with that!  If something is good it's worth paying for.   A plumber gets paid for cleaning a toilet but a classical composer has to do everything for free.  I think composers have got to demand payment and not just be "rewarded" for the joy of creating  art.  I want that joy ---  but I also want CASH.  


  • This is really beautiful William! I also love the accoustic, sounds very authentic. Congrats!


  • Hi William

    I found the music to be very evocative of the title, well done.

    I would have liked to hear some lip slur programming on the horn part as it sounded a little plain, especially on the leaps of a fifth. I also found the reverb a little too much, I would have liked the sound to be a bit closer. However as we know that is a  subjective production element so take it or leave it - the important thing is the notes, and they are very nice. It has a melancholy to it that I associate with the permanence of nature, a permanence that outlives our appreciation of it.

    mike


    www.mikehewer.com
  • Thanks Mike, I was limited to the legato slurs on horn 1 vibrato so they are what they are.  Some have more audible portamento, others don't as happens when playing, depending on the register.   

    Guy thanks a lot, it is great to hear from you!      


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    @William said:

    Dave,

    Thanks, and that is interesting to hear how you sell CDs at live concerts - it seems that is the case in general.  It is a good motivation to get out there and perform as well.   I don't like the situation you mention either, of people expecting to get music for free.  If somebody is a friend they ought to pay!  I am trying to contradict the idea one always encounters in classical music that "it's for free."    To hell with that!  If something is good it's worth paying for.   A plumber gets paid for cleaning a toilet but a classical composer has to do everything for free.  I think composers have got to demand payment and not just be "rewarded" for the joy of creating  art.  I want that joy ---  but I also want CASH.  

    Hallelujah...preaching to the choir, William.  Everything you say is spot on; I just don't know if we can shift these societal values and convince people of the worth of our music.  As for the specifics of wanting cash, as the famous quote goes from Jerry McQuire: show me the money!  or as I'd prefer it:  "show me the money, then I'll show you the notes!" lol

    Dave


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