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Deliberating the Call


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Doug Somers

 Genre: Classical

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In a small room facing the west she sits alone in the quiet gloaming and considers the events of the morning. Her world had been shaken to its roots by the strange traveller she had met after breakfast in the market. He spoke of ill events, misfortune and hardship for her village. Something had to be done to turn the tide of this doom. Something she, with the map and gem he had entrusted to her, supposedly had a hope of seeing through to its conclusion. What to do? Answer this call to adventure, leaving behind all she knows and loves, and taking on a quest with no plan of how to accomplish it? Or turn a deaf ear and hope the events the traveller foretold are just a frightening story. Either way she senses she will never be quite the same, whatever her decision.

Outside, the silence is broken by a sudden breeze rustling through the lofty branches outside her window. And she knows what she must do.

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An Updated version of this piece is also available entitled
Deliberating the Call (v3b) , which has an extended middle section.


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This piece is written around the heroine, to let a different kind of music flow forth for this project, and to illustrate that all people have their heroic moments, be they big or small journeys, and male or female protagonists. And while I have written a setting above that is mythical in its elements, I could have just as easily described a young woman heading off to study abroad for the first time in her life.

I intended to use a minimalist setting for this work and also am keeping to a detached phrasing kind of style that lets the music move more spontaneously.

As always, comments are welcome.

This piece is dedicated to my lovely wife and wonderful daughter - both heroines in my eyes.
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Comments: 28
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Plays: 78
Downloads: 137
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Uploaded: Mar 22, 2008 - 02:08:18 AM
Last Updated: Apr 04, 2008 - 04:44:41 PM Last Played: Sep 03, 2017 - 06:37:20 PM
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Comments
Feter said 3471 days ago (March 22nd, 2008)
Deliberating the Call
this is so imrpessive the flute and the orch ...
the story beside this ...what a master piece !!
thnx for sharin my friend !!
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Doug Somers said 3470 days ago (March 22nd, 2008)
I don't know how you get firsties so often
But your appearance so often in comments about my work (or OUR work together :o) is always very welcome.

Thank you my friend for stopping by and leaving your thoughts.

Peace,
Doug
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said 3470 days ago (March 22nd, 2008)
Deliberating the Call
Lovely flute driven piece, with some tasty shaping of the phrases and dynamics. I really like a lot of the chords, intervals and spacings. Some of the string volumes(at cadences were a tad low--one wasn't sure it if was over or not, because the phrase endings died totally away). I thought the ending a little bit of out place with the progressive harmony prior to it. It needs to be longer! Nice work here for sure!
Doug Somers said 3470 days ago (March 22nd, 2008)
Many thanks for the critical listening
and feedback. I intend to package this piece up with some others that work together on the same theme and so have a chance to re-examine volumes and the sense (or not) of completion. I will also think about the length, and whether with the other movements a longer piece works or if the whole becomes sufficient to express the mood with enough time to involve the listener.

Thanks Soulima!
Keep well,
Doug


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Skean said 3470 days ago (March 22nd, 2008)
Nice piece my friend
And very nice done... I wish you and your wife & daughter all the best in this life.

Take care
--
Kenta
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Doug Somers said 3470 days ago (March 22nd, 2008)
Nice to hear from you Kent!
Thanks for your kind remarks. I still have your piece you sent me in the works as well and I have not forgotten it!!! I hope it get to it soon.

Be well,
Doug
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magnatone said 3470 days ago (March 22nd, 2008)
Deliberating
wow Doug - this is great! Beautiful musical environment for listening, delicate and tender. My only gripe is that it's too short! (You could always do a second and third movement!) Great work!
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Doug Somers said 3468 days ago (March 24th, 2008)
Thanks Karen,
I was going to publish this with a couple of other movements I made on variations on the Heroine's theme but elected to put it out on its own for now. That said, it could probably benefit from a bit more length. I'll revisit this in future for sure.

Thanks for your kind comments,
Be well,
Doug
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Roxylee said 3470 days ago (March 22nd, 2008)
Very pretty piece
and makes me think about a lot of situations. I wished to hear more.:-)
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Doug Somers said 3468 days ago (March 24th, 2008)
Hi Roxylee
Thanks for stopping by for a listen and I'm glad you liked the piece.

All the best,
Doug
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Morning Light said 3470 days ago (March 22nd, 2008)
Wow!!!
The ending is absolutely magnificent....!!!!
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Doug Somers said 3468 days ago (March 24th, 2008)
That is so kind
Thanks for your encouragement and for having a listen. Your comments on this kind of work are most meaningful.

Best wishes,
Doug
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Diviner said 3468 days ago (March 24th, 2008)
Thought provoking sounds
Very delicate and minimal, which allows more images to flow and creates a very nice space of calm. Very cool track Doug, very peaceful.
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Doug Somers said 3468 days ago (March 24th, 2008)
Thanks Diviner
Creating that space was what I was after which, as you say, lets the images and thoughts flow. I appreciate your comments.

Thanks!
Doug
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dirigent said 3468 days ago (March 24th, 2008)
Deliberating the call
How intense is that - wow, an awesome flute, - beautiful setting full of atmosphere!
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Doug Somers said 3468 days ago (March 24th, 2008)
Thanks Dirigent
for your very kind and supportive remarks. I'm flattered that you liked this arrangement.

Keep well sir,
Doug
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thetiler said 3468 days ago (March 24th, 2008)
Enjoyed
and thanks for the great description! Terrific pic to go along with the other two creative endeavors!
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Doug Somers said 3468 days ago (March 25th, 2008)
Thanks Mr. Tiler
Very nice to have you stop by - thank you for your compliments!
Be well,
Doug
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guitapick said 3467 days ago (March 25th, 2008)
Very nice...
...peaceful...reminds me a bit of Copland...beautiful piece...
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Doug Somers said 3465 days ago (March 27th, 2008)
Copeland-esque - sweet!
That is a very kind remark, but now that you mention it I hear some similarities towards the end with the double basses coming in. Of course I have a long way to go to write an Appalachian Spring, but it will be a fun ride nevertheless!

Thanks Bob for your comments and for having a listen.

All the best,
Doug
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Bowman said 3467 days ago (March 25th, 2008)
Delicate...
serene, beautiful shadings. A quiet understated masterpiece Doug.
Very enjoyable.
Best,
Charlie
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Doug Somers said 3465 days ago (March 27th, 2008)
Thanks Charlie
You're a gent! Much appreciate your comments sir!

Cheers,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
chipan said 3467 days ago (March 26th, 2008)
Captivating
The quietness of this piece really draws you in. I agree that it might should be longer, but not because it sounds incomplete at this length rather I just enjoyed being in the contemplative mood this piece almost forces you into. Very well done. Minimalism- it's the least you can do. (Ok that's like the 3rd time I've used that joke at MJ's and I promise it's the last.)

peace,
chip

p.s. this is going to sound weird, but suddenly your name popped into my head today, and I was like..."why have I not yet listened to his music?" so here i am. I look forward to hearing more!
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Doug Somers said 3465 days ago (March 28th, 2008)
Kind of spooky
to have my name popping into your head, but glad it brought you around to here (with your minimalist humour in tow!). Thanks for your kind remarks, and it was a pleasure to visit your own site and hear the great work you're producing.

Cheers,
Doug
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futzpucker said 3466 days ago (March 27th, 2008)
So peaceful...
This is beautiful and delicate. The phrasing gives wonderful breathing room to the music and to the listener. The piece creates an atmosphere that is compelling, that I wanted to remain in. That explains the comments about us wanting it to be longer...

Gorgeous piece of music, Doug.
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Doug Somers said 3465 days ago (March 27th, 2008)
I really appreciate your comments
and after listening to the piece again many times it was clear that I should lengthen it now rather than wait. I feel it wants to be longer for the reason you and so many have said - the atmosphere it creates needs to give the listener a little more 'soak time'. So I have the addition pretty much done and should be able to post it very soon as version 2.

Thanks again for your generous remarks and to all who have got me inspired to give this piece the space it needs!
Keep well,
Doug
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Heightened said 3444 days ago (April 18th, 2008)
Heard this one already.
Wonderfully brilliant then - wonderfully brilliant now!
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Doug Somers said 3434 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
Thanks!
This was the precursor to the same tune version 3b that you heard before. The later version adds a middle section to further develop the piece and explore the tension in going back and forth between the options to stay at home or answer the call to adventure.

Thanks for the supportive remarks!

Best wishes,
Doug
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