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Nearly there! 0

Nearly there!

Just completed the penultimate chunk of the 1st movement. Have reached 81 minutes with about 14 to go. This extract again includes a description of the music therein. I am particularly pleased with the...

1st Movement progress 0

1st Movement progress

This chunk of work has taken longer because it is longer and because I am working on typesetting Havergal Brian’s 3rd Symphony for the HB society for a planned future recording. I have now...

Working notes 0

Working notes

Whilst I’m working on the next chunk, I thought I would document my current working process. I have three versions of the score; a PDF of the handwritten manuscript; a “clean” typeset version and...

5th instalment of 1st movement 0

5th instalment of 1st movement

Still in lockdown which is allowing me to be musically productive. As well as continuing with the Jami I have been working on the typesetting of Havegal Brian’s 3rd Symphony. That would be considered...

Two Climaxes 0

Two Climaxes

I’ve had a fair amount of spare time to spend on the ‘Jami’ recently and have completed the first large chunk of the 1st movement which takes us to around 16 minutes. This video...

Top left gentlemen. 0

Top left gentlemen.

I had thought I would take a break from Jami after the 3rd Movement. I have lots of other smaller projects gathering dust on the shelves. But, relative to the small but concentrated Sorabjiverse,...

3rd Movement Complete 0

3rd Movement Complete

Here it is, the complete 3rd movement Although I completed the performance in November 2019, in an attempt to encourage greater engagement, I decided to make a commentary which runs for the whole 2+...

The opening of the 3rd movement 0

The opening of the 3rd movement

I have stitched together 5 moments from the opening 21 minutes one fading out and in to the next. The opening is loud and complex with every section setting out its stall. It foreshadows,...

MS Page 432 0

MS Page 432

Chronologically, this is the 2nd of 8 excerpts. The whole 3rd movement is likely to come in at over 2 hours and this excerpt is 0hr 21m to 0hr 31m. Its notable for several...

MS Page 492 0

MS Page 492

So I’ve completed another retrospective chunk of 16 minutes plus and can offer you a most generous 11 minute plus portion. My thinking at the moment is not to post everything and not to...

End of Movement 3 0

End of Movement 3

The climax of the third movement. I’ve said before and I’ll say again this must be one of the most climactic moments in all western orchestral music. It has been extremely challenging although my...

MS page 682 0

MS page 682

This extract opens with a characteristic Sorabjian mediterranean dance with castanets, tambourines and harps. The static accompaniment in the strings (quasi strummed guitar?) building from 6-part bassi and celli adding each section until we...

32 part chorus 0

32 part chorus

This excerpt features an extended choral passage where they divide from their usual 8 parts into 16 parts and then into 32 parts. A quiet mysterious opening reaches a first climax at 1’32” at...

New extract MS Page 591 0

New extract MS Page 591

This extract starts where the last one from 2013 ended. I hope the quality of the performance is better. It sounds better to me. One of the significant changes is to add a second...

The Numbers of the Beast 0

The Numbers of the Beast

In case there are any computer freaks listening in I thought I’d post the specs of my new PC. The components which make it possible to cope with the huge task of creating this...

They’re Back! 0

They’re Back!

I’m back on it. Following xmas 2018 I managed to get together enough finance to build me a monster PC. Once assembled I went straight into testing it on the remainder of the 3rd...