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Spring


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Henke

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So this is Spring, the second of - hopefully - 5 new musical pieces for my iPad-book The Fifth Season. (At this time only available as Den femte årstiden, in Swedish, and for users of iPad.)

It's rather different from Winter and from my earlier stuff. I've tried some simple orchestrations, with strings, flute, english horn, bassoon and as usual some FX sounds. There is one line of a famous Swedish spring poem written and read by(!) the author Karin Boye, "Visst gör det ont". She has been dead for over 70 years by now so I hope it's OK to use it, regretfully I don't remember where I got the clip from :-| There is also another line from a poem included in the Autumn/Fall chapter of my book, that is written and spoken by myself...

About the music. For inspiration I turned to Vivaldi and his Four Seasons (Ha! Only four, what a looser ;-) Actually I love his work and was much inspired by it. While looking for a suitable recording to get from iTunes Store I came across this fantastic album: Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Fours Seasons. It's not Vivaldi, but a contemporary interpretation. And it's great! If you have a chance go check it out. I had to buy it immediately and I do not regret it after several listenings. In fact I owe this Spring piece to Max Richter! I think I may have almost ripped one melody from his second movement and used it for the base in one of my, hm, three "movements". Sorry and thanks!! Also the busy violin in the first part of course is very much inspired by his beautiful and inspiring work. Now, in comparison, my thing may not be much of an offer, but then I do not have a talented violin player playing on an instrument from the 1740's, the "Ex-Lipinsky" (which is not a Strad but at least as good). Also my piece is meant to complement the second part of my book:

The chapter Spring starts with an old man dusting a photograph of a woman, which takes him down memory lane and the time they first met. At that time he was a very lonely man. He had a few friends but not anyone to love. He felt that the years before were empty and meaningless, not a real life but something played on a stage without an audience. He had his books, but they could only comfort him so far. And his flat was so empty... One day his friend asked if he would like to come to a party with a literary twist, and why not? Drinks were served and cheese and biscuits and grapes... People talking, laughing, flirting. And then authors and others started to read poems and other literary works, written by themselves or sometimes by others. Mostly modern things, incomprehensible stuff with a certain feeling to them. Suddenly he hears this voice reading yet another poem. And he is almost immediately captivated by it. He does not see her at first, only hears her voice. It fills him like a worry. But not a worry he would like to be free from, only perhaps to ease or soften by learning more about the person behind the voice. Later that evening they meet and exchange a few words but other (confident) men also wants to talk to her and snaps her away from him. Now and then he think he meets her eyes but he isn't sure. Is she thinking about him? He doesn't want to go home until he has heard her voice just one more time. But suddenly, walking through all the rooms he realizes that she is gone. And he doesn't even know her name...

The old man puts the photograph down. He didn't know at that time that they would become a couple and married within the year. And the photograph had been taken that same week when the party had been held. And now their daughter and her husband and grandchild was coming to visit.

The photo above is from the book and might be from walking home from the party at night. I may replace it for the updated book ;-)

This could be seen as a work in progress, so I am very keen to hear your views. What works and what doesn't, what do I need to change in details or structure, etc. Every comment is appreciated. Hope you enjoy.
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Lyrics
Karin Boye (around 1940): Vilar i den tillit som skapar världen. (Resting in the trust that creates the world.)

Henke (around 1985?): Minns du hur vi dansade på ängen? Minns du slöjorna och tystnaden och mörkret? (Do you remember how we danced in the meadow? Du you remember the (misty) veils and the silence and the darkness?)
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Uploaded: Jan 25, 2013 - 04:14:41 PM
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2013 - 04:14:41 PM Last Played: Apr 02, 2017 - 12:43:56 PM
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Hardware:
Casio CTK-611 for MIDI-input. iMac 27".
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Comments
aRcTip said 1665 days ago (January 25th, 2013)
Spring
What really stands out is the first part, well for me. Love those strings! In a way the vocal parts could perhaps need some more work so they blend more into the mix? Now they really cut through, but perhaps that's the way you intended (make sense in a way when you read the story at the same time). Your phrase is cut at the beginning though. I would also work a little on that nice ending, perhaps a longer fade out? Or what do I know, nice work here! :)
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Henke said 1665 days ago (January 26th, 2013)
Thank you
Good points, I will rethink the verses, even if they may fit in with the story. Maybe replace Boye but also take away the fading in on the second one. I also hear what you say about the ending. I am not sure I want to make the piece any longer, the reader of the book just might want to get on to the next chapter ;-) And it is probably too short just to make the fade longer, but I do see your point.

Thanks again for taking the time to comment. And sorry about the long description, I just felt there were some things I need to say about this piece :-/

Take care,
Henke
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Skean said 1665 days ago (January 25th, 2013)
Spring
Nice one Henke, thanks for sharing, peace.
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Henke said 1665 days ago (January 26th, 2013)
Peace
Thanks for listening, glad you liked it. It's a bit different, but rather catchy too ;-)

Take care,
Henke
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Fire_Angel said 1665 days ago (January 26th, 2013)
Interesting and beautiful at the same time.
It makes me feel privileged to be able to download music of this quality for free here. Downloaded for both study and pleasure, and thanks for putting it here.
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Henke said 1665 days ago (January 26th, 2013)
Thank you
For bringing warmth to the cold winter here in Sweden with your kind words. I do share your sentiment in general, even if I wouldn't normally think of my own music in that respect ;-) Thanks also for downloading, that means a lot to me!

Take care,
Henke
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Narad said 1665 days ago (January 26th, 2013)
Spring
After winter time it's now spring time.The first part is very smooth and delicate. The strings work very well, but they become increasingly too forced at the very end. Very happily surprising second part.People talking,
laughing and applauding.The third part is etheral and filled with the promise of a beautiful event. (It's always an ordeal for me to write in English !)
All in all, a very fine work Henrik. :)
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Henke said 1665 days ago (January 26th, 2013)
Thank you, Harald
For taking the time and effort to comment, I do appreciate that, since it does take more time to write something meaningful in a foreign language.

About the first part I put some work into making them "forced". If you think they are too much so, at least I know I don't have to force them even further ;-) I wanted that effect to describe the stress of his life just moving along without real meaning. Also as some kind of precognition of the "worry" he feels as he hears her voice at the gathering. (And also from listening to Max Richter's recomposition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons!)

I am glad you didn't find the second part too weird. It's difficult for me to just listen to this as an ordinary piece of music in its own right, without thinking about the story, but hopefully it's possible to do that for others ;-)

I like your view of the third part. I didn't think too much about the meaning of that, but I think you come close...

Again, big thanks for listening and commenting,
Henke
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Reinholt56 said 1665 days ago (January 26th, 2013)
Hi Henke.....
I thought that this piece was excellent. I enjoyed your arrangement and everything about the piece. Don't worry if you borrowed a phrase or two, all composers do from time to time. You at least acknowledge this. Most don't.

You are putting together some fine works and I am loving every minute of them all. I'll be checking Richter out now you've mentioned him.

Take care.

Paul
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Henke said 1665 days ago (January 26th, 2013)
Thank you, Paul
You are too kind, but your words will really help me to go on to the next piece and see if I can do something for Summer too, in spite of something like 10 degrees below zero and a snowy white landscape outside. (I did use it for 10 km of cross-country skiing today, which was real nice, though :-)

Please check out that Richter album, I don't think you'll regret it. It's a most refreshing take on classical music, I think.

Thanks again and take care,
Henke
Check out my latest song called Summer (Promenade) (WIP)
peacepiano said 1665 days ago (January 26th, 2013)
Spring
Warm music to remind us Spring is coming. Light melody carries us nicely into the blooms of Spring. Thanks
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Henke said 1665 days ago (January 26th, 2013)
Thanks, Bill
I really appreciate this comment a lot, since I may have thought too much about the book story, which is not so much about "spring" except in a metaphorical way, but I am really glad that some kind of spring sentiment is still coming through. The woodwind instruments taking turns I think of as various conversations going on at this literary gathering (where the ever present host is played by the bassoon, btw) but could easily be thought of as birds in the bushes, budding trees or trailing water in springtime streams etc.

So thanks again, and take care,
Henke
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magnatone said 1665 days ago (January 26th, 2013)
Spring
some really fine work henke - very much enjoyed!
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Henke said 1665 days ago (January 26th, 2013)
Thank you, Karen
I am very happy you enjoyed this piece, which is pretty much my first attempt at a classical piece with some kind of orchestration, even if only a very very small part of the orchestra. (And quite far from your own lovely big scale orchestrations that we all love!) But you have to start somewhere I guess. Also, I tried to write this in E major, the same as Vivaldi used for his piece. Not sure if I did it according to the book, but I tried, and it was rather fun ;-)

Thanks for listening and commenting, much appreciated, as always. Take care,
Henke
Check out my latest song called Summer (Promenade) (WIP)
Jarvoid said 1663 days ago (January 27th, 2013)
Wow...
once again a great storyline to accompany a lovely piece of music....though it could equally be called Autumn because of the old man looking back on his life ....ahh but now I see the spring reference ...it is the daughter and her grandchild.....a constant cycle of spring through the generations .... oh my I was thinking like a brit .....never mind ,it all works out in the end....tanks for the great post and download...........


Chris
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Henke said 1663 days ago (January 27th, 2013)
Thank you, Chris
Glad you enjoyed this and found some - season - references ;-) Special thanks for downloading, always appreciated on my part...

Take care,
Henke
Check out my latest song called Summer (Promenade) (WIP)
davajonah said 1663 days ago (January 27th, 2013)
Spring
It's nice to hear a piece from you Henrik! I too have been very quiet of late. This is really nice. I like the blend of orchestral and electronic sounds sort of old and new. Good story as well.

I've taken a download to add to your playlist, so I thank you.
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Henke said 1659 days ago (January 31st, 2013)
Late thank you
Thanks for coming by for a listen. Did you see my "Winter" post as well? I think that might be even more in your taste (or maybe not). This one may be a little too much tied to the story to enjoy as a standalone piece, not sure. Thanks for downloading, always flattering...

So, are you into unix these days? Hope it's good fun, I can really relate to your dilemma - and I've always been the biggest Mac-fan around :-/

Sorry for the late answer, but my iMac has been occupied by daughter these last days before she got her own MacBook yesterday (used, but nice, with Snow Leopard and to a nice price).

Thanks again and take care,
Henke
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paul f. page said 1642 days ago (February 17th, 2013)
In a short time period...
...you manage to cover quite a lot of narrative territory. In each section, though, you set up chord/bass pattern that strikes me as being a little static, especially if you are trying to relate an experience of Spring as it evolves...the very end — doesn't end...I am left sort of hanging there wondering where the story will go and without any way of finding the answer. I very much like the idea of story telling and you very much stick to a forward-moving piece that grows with each measure...
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Henke said 1626 days ago (March 5th, 2013)
Sorry
I didn't see this before now, probably because the notifications has been flawed lately?! Anyway, big thanks for your detailed comment. I have to agree with you about the static patterns, I suppose I felt I was lucky to find one or two patterns at all and didn't want to spoil what I had with variations that might not have been so good, but I sure can see that more variation would improve the piece. About the musical story, I guess it will let a person down who hasn't read the text story. The music is made to add something to the text, but possibly I have gone a bit too far with that in this piece. Not sure.

Thanks again for taking time to listen and comment and take care,
Henrik
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ShadowofNine said 1641 days ago (February 18th, 2013)
Spring
Delightful composition, creative and totally enjoyable
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Henke said 1626 days ago (March 5th, 2013)
Wow, thanks
Hope I will do even better for the summer piece, up next. I have a few ideas but not the inner peace to sit down and do it just now. It's also rather cold and icy outside so a bit difficult to write summer music then ;-)

Thanks again for your kind comment, and sorry for the late answer, didn't see until just now.

Henke
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Moviz said 1626 days ago (March 5th, 2013)
I'm so late here
, but better late than never Henke....love the Orchestral opening to this and i do hear the Vivaldi influence here....I liked the FX chattering voices too, giving a contemporary touch.... lovely orchestration and enjoyed, regards M
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Henke said 1626 days ago (March 5th, 2013)
Thanks, M
Glad you did find your way here, "at last" lol ;-) Orchestration is something I don't know much about, which this song is a proof of, but I am glad you found some enjoyment in it :-)

(Sorry, not sure if I commented on your latest, I've not been inspired for writing comments lately, tired after a cold etc. I did listen and enjoyed it as always, though. Fascinating what you keep coming up with in different genres etc. Keep it up :-)

Thanks again and take care,
Henke
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WharmtonRise said 1585 days ago (April 15th, 2013)
Very diifferent
for you! You have branched out successfully with this lovely piece of work. I am sure the poet would have been delighted to have been featured this way. Great story too.
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Henke said 1500 days ago (July 10th, 2013)
Thank you
I appreciate your comment and continued support, Andrew, means a lot.

Take care,
Henrik
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Doug Somers said 1570 days ago (April 30th, 2013)
Sets a mood
I love the contrast between the legato flute and the violins which you then take into a new direction with the woodwinds (bassoon I think). The ending movement takes me back to Cerulean days - not a clone, but a remembered emotion. Nicely done. I'm so glad to see your creative spark back Henrik!!!

Doug
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Henke said 1500 days ago (July 10th, 2013)
Thank you Doug
Sorry for the late answer, but I appreciate your support very much. I am glad you found something in this little piece. Lately the creative spark has rummaged in my little garden rather than in the "music studio", but I really should get going with my summer piece soon now.

Thanks again and take care,
Henrik
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Llarion said 1508 days ago (July 1st, 2013)
A great story...
The abrupt transition at about 1:30 caught me completely off guard. :) As I'm listening, I'm thinking that as an accompaniment piece to film; to punctuate and underscore a visual representation, this is innately brilliant. As an audio work alone, I found myself thinking that it had less powerful of a melodic component than it might need to fully support the "story" unaided by visuals. Underscores are about texture and mood, and this captures that aspect completely. But to stand alone, I think the melody needs more direction. It has movement, but less direction. The production values are pristine and nuanced; and the instrument choices appropriate and well-considered. Lovely work!
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Henke said 1500 days ago (July 10th, 2013)
Thank you
for a great comment. I totally agree with you that it doesn't stand very well on its own. Hopefully it will give you something extra when listening to it having just read the text that "belongs" to it.

Thanks and take care,
Henke
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TobinMueller said 1501 days ago (July 9th, 2013)
Swedish spring
Will this be musical background of a book meant to be read? So that you can read and listen at the same time? Or will there be more interactivity? I am curious, cuz I have an idea for a project...
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Henke said 1500 days ago (July 10th, 2013)
Hi
Thanks for the interest in this. I think I would have liked the music to play while reading, but I have used Apple's iBooks Author to "set" the book with and as far as I understand (I might be wrong) there is not a possibility to have the music playing after you turn a page. So as it is now, you read one section and then listen to the corresponding music, while thinking about what you have just been reading. I think this works rather well too. I am interested to hear what will happen to your own project...

Thanks again and take care,
Henrik
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Bowman said 1493 days ago (July 17th, 2013)
Beautiful
and organic music that feels so personal Henke.
I love that about music and that makes this very special.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Henke said 1492 days ago (July 18th, 2013)
Thank you
For a very kind comment, appreciated. I like to put a bit of real life sounds or FX in my songs, which I suppose otherwise are more synthetic than organic ;-)

Take care,
Henke
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Hydrogen3 said 779 days ago (June 30th, 2015)
beautiful
Interesting changes and background sounds! enjoyed this!
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