Thursday, May 11, 2006

Atlanta Score Study group gets in gear

The first meeting of the Atlanta Score Study group, the brainchild of composer Eddie Horst, was held Thursday evening, May 4th at at Crawford Communications. It's an opportunity for Atlanta area composers to get together and, as the name implies, study scores as a group.

Fellow composer Jonathan Cazenave has been handling announcements, communications and general logistics for the Atlanta Score Studiers, so we asked if he would mind reporting to the Atlanta Composers Blog about the group and its debut.

See Jonathan's report as the first Comment to this introductory stub.  [GO THERE]


Jonathan Cazenave said...

Hi Everyone!
Eddie led the group with 2 pieces of score that he transcribed from CD. The first was a passage from Max Steiner's "Gone With the Wind" and the second, a selection from Harry Gregson Williams's "Man on Fire".
Eddie shared his transcription process which may be a useful shortcut for those of us leading in the future; He imported the audio into his sequencer, created a basic tempo map and played each part into the sequencer (via MIDI keyboard) by listening to 'the strings' for example, then 'the horns' etc.. and printed from the sequencer's built in notation program. (In his case, Quickscribe in DP) This way, you can really 'get inside' the score and save a good bit of time. I should also mention that the scores Eddie put together had all of the primary parts but were reductions. Eddie reiterated that as we take turns leading the group, he would like us to focus on conveying information that will help us all become better composers.

Most of all, we had fun and learned with a great group of people. Thanks to *everyone* for coming and contributing.

Next month, Curtis Bryant will lead us through a particularly "climactic and visual" section of his opera "Zabette". All the details are the same; the first Thursday of the month, June 1 from 7:30-9:30 at Crawford. If you can come, please let me know so that we can reserve the appropriate size room. All always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.
See you soon!
Jonathan Cazenave

Nicole Randall said...

I attended last night's session featuring Curtis Bryant's opera, "Zabette", and it was very insightful learning about the process of creating such a production about Georgia history in Atlanta. As a composer early in my career, the bulk of my music has been chamber music sized, and that's been tough enough getting people coordinated. It amazed me how Curtis was able to unite so many people to create this opera. Even at the discussion last night, people were more than happy to pass along contacts and encourage another performance. It's a great community we got going here, and I for one am gonna soak it up like a sponge.

Darren Nelsen said...

Thanks so much for reporting on the group session and Curtis' opera! (I wanted to attend but could not, unfortunately, due to scheduling conflict.)
I am particularly intrigued because I'm starting to work on my first large-scale work... and just hearing about this is an inspiration. I hope to see/hear "Zabette". And I'll have to meet and chat with Curtis sometime about how he coordinated it.
Also looking forward to the next study group. Do you know what the topic will be then?

Nicole Randall said...

On July 6, the discussion is being led by composer Howard Davis. He is presenting a discussion on Orchestration based on this site: There is a bit of homework involved. If you are interested in doing the homework I'll be happy to email the attachments, or you can contact Jonathan directly. I know he'll be interested in knowing whose planning on coming to the meeting.

RB Windham said...

"Hats off' to the organizers of both the Atlanta Score Study Group and this Composers Blog site-thanks, Darren! I attended the July 6th study session and enjoyed it immensely!

Thank you, Eddie, for the delightful invitation to join your illustrious and talented comrades for this post-July 4th occasion. I felt honored to be among such really cool, successful, interesting, and creative people.

Howard, your presentation was thought-provoking and enlightening. I hope to continue to network, learn more, and to grow as a musician (whatever that may mean for the future).


Rebecca Windham

Freelance Vocalist, Songwriter, Arranger, and
Music Educator