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Ben Clapton

July 19, 2005 at 1:31 PM

Grrr, didn't get to practice today. I was gonnado some this evening but I had to do the dishes. So many... i had to change the water three times :( My sister was supposed to be drying up, but she kept going in to watch the tv - a repeat episode of the simpsons no less. That was kind of annoying.

Anyway, work on my composition has started. I'm not fully sure of how it will evolve, i'm just working on ideas at the moment. I might not even start with what i've started with now, but it sounds "hobbit-like" as my girlfriend said. There's a repeating bass line (passacaglia like) in the celli and basses, then a lovely section with the winds - starting with two flutes, then later on adding an oboe or two. There's bits of dissonance, but with the repeated bass line, it doesn't sound to bad. I'm about to make my first revision in the last bar that i had written I had one flute playing a C natural and the other playing a C#. I hadn't intended these to sound together, but ended up that way. need to modify that.

Last Saturday I saw WASO play the Rite of Spring and the Dvorak Violin Concerto with Sarah Chang. I usually like to write and post a review after these concerts, but because this was a birthday present for my girlfriend, and we were staying in a hotel, I won't write anything except to say that the concerto was great, it was amazing to be able to see Sarah Chang live, and the Rite was brilliant. If you would like a copy of the review the West Australian gave of the friday night performance (apparently it was better on Saturday night) I'm happy to scan it in and send it to you as an e-mail. Just e-mail me with the request.

Well, I best be off - got some composition to do.

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