David Keeffe

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The Undone Years - Flood - 26 February 2011

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It was an honour to hear Jason Xanthoudakis with the Grainger Wind Symphony under Roland Yeung perform The Undone Years.

It's clear that it is a difficult work to master for both soloist and band, so my thanks to all who put the work in to create such an effective performance. Jason's playing made it sound effortless, which of course is the aim of any great player!

With new works, the listener often has a tough time knowing where to start. We can't ignore how much familiarity with a style assists in the appreciation of works. So I really appreciated Catherine Keeffe's engaging introduction, setting the scene and "telling the story" to an attentive and sizeable audience.

My being present at the rehearsals I suspect wasn't always helpful - but I had the chance to make some minor revisions for subsequent performances. Let's hope there are many!

The tenor sax has a much smaller repertoire than the alto, so I hope that this work will find its place.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 February 2011 14:24
 

Experimenting with Lulu

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With the upcoming premieres of "the Undone Years" I thought I'd try out lulu.com for print-on-demand copies of the score.

If you click this link you'll be taken to the Lulu page for the printed score.

There's also a download option, but soon you'll also be able to download PDF from this site at no charge.

Enjoy.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 February 2011 11:49
 

A new web presence for Music 3149.

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Music3149 is undergoing a revamp. Bold, I know, but I'm going to abandon the store.

Music will be available for download as PDFs: scores, parts, the lot. Paper versions will be available at cost, on personal application.

BUT it'll also be registered with APRA, and I'd like that if you haven't, get an APRA (or local rights organisation) licence. That way if you play it, I might get a few cents, and if you play someone else's music, they might get something.

This is really a change of philosophy: as a composer, I believe my music should be played, and obstacles to doing that should be removed. In writing a concerto or a march or a song, I've done the work already. I've prepared the best-looking scores I can for me to get the work played, so I really want to share that with you all, not make it awkward - I want you to share further with your friends and colleagues.

Of course, if a work gets picked up by a publisher,  I'll point you to them, and withdraw any downloads.

So come on in, and browse the music.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 August 2011 09:18
 


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