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The Misty Mall of Avalon


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I wrote this for a very good high school band in 1999. I was asked to write a piece that touched on Newfoundland culture, but I was given great latitude in how I could interpret this. Newfoundland has a rich culture of traditional (i.e. folk) music, which I enjoy, but it's not really part of my heritage, being a CFA (come from away).

I have noticed that they're pretty big on shopping malls here however, which is hardly unique, but they are very much a part of contemporary life, and thus contemporary Newfoundland culture. Are you following my logic so far? Probably best not to try; the upshot is that instead of doing the expected and including some lovely folk tunes, I made this loosely based on a visit to a shopping mall and included the beginning of the justifiably famous and now classic A & W Root Bear theme. Fear not, litigiously-minded friends; I only used four notes, which could well be legal.

So, it's basically about a happy, happy stroll through the mall, beginning in the food court. I like the food court. There is tremendous variety there, and all at such reasonable prices!

This first section ends with a pompous fanfare in the brass that seems to be signalling the iminent arrival of something of importance, but since this is about a visit to the mall, nothing significant actually ensues. Instead, we hear a series of quotations from some of the most famous themes in classical music, treated irreverently, much like fast food or the soundtrack to a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Why? Why not? You can get anything you want at the mall, and... hell, I don't know why I put all those quotations in there. I thought the high school kids would get a kick out of playing them, I guess.

You get extra points if you can name all the classical tunes quoted.

Also, note the amazing clarinet solo in the Gershwin excerpt; the kid was about 15 years old when he played it, and last I heard (®2009) he's doing a doctorate at Juilliard.

Duration: 6:17

Edit: I just changed the title back to its original, which just sounds better to me, and is a reference to a local mall (the "Avalon Mall"). I decided at the last minute to change its title when I submitted it because there were already a couple of "Ratings Picks" with "The Mist..." in the title, and I thought it might be confusing. But the new title, "Shop 'till You Drop," just didn't feel right, so I switched it back. Hope that's okay!
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Lyrics
Dum dum de dum, then it kind of continues from there.
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Fans: 29
Plays: 376
Downloads: 166
Votes: 22
Uploaded: Feb 03, 2007 - 09:32:52 AM
Last Updated: Sep 01, 2009 - 09:24:54 AM Last Played: Jul 11, 2019 - 12:13:30 AM
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Scott Carmichael said 4585 days ago (February 3rd, 2007)
So Smart
I heard several of the nods to the famous themes, and some more subtle... the clarinet solo started with a slide through notes that, I didn't even know was possible, at least not that large an interval... the kid must be a monster... There is a humor in your composition that is also evident in so many of your comments... I always see humor as an a hint of intellegence... Anyone that knows you wouldn't even question that at this point...

This is deleightful, and I'll bet they had fun playing it... a very successful composition on many levels, from one of my favorite MJer's, and a composer of note...(no pun) puns are not an indication of intellegence


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composerclark said 4585 days ago (February 3rd, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks a lot, Scott! Yeah, that kid was indeed an amazing clarinettist. The solo that preceeded his was actually written for bassoon, but it was played on flute because I don't think they had a bassoon. I am very glad that you stopped by for a listen!

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Cameron said 4585 days ago (February 3rd, 2007)
VERY enjoyable!
What a great piece for band!

It has all the "band-like" elements one has come to love about that kind of ensemble: the catchy drums, the trilling clarinets, the fanfarish brass, the bells punctuating the melodies on top. This piece could even be adapted for marching band!

I loved the "Pink Pantherish" jazzy ascending chromatic bass-line (and so did the audience, obviously!) followed by the Tchaikovsky-4th-like brass fanfares.

Then there was the succession of familiar classical tune snippets from The Rite of Spring, Rhapsody in Blue, Afternoon of a Faun, Tristan & Isolde, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and William Tell. There may have been others, couched in more subtle terms, but those are the ones I noticed.

This piece was a thoroughly enjoyable listen, and it was very evident that the kids enjoyed playing it.

Has this piece been performed by other bands, that you know of? I would like to suggest that this piece to be included on a Sonora Winds concert in Tucson sometime in the future; I think it would be extremely well-received.

The Sonora Winds a very good ensemble comprised of mostly amateur adults, with some professional "ringers". I am not involved in this group myself, but know the conductor and a few of the musicians. Please let me know!
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composerclark said 4585 days ago (February 3rd, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks very much Cameron! Coming from you, someone who probably spent a good part of your formative years playing in wind bands, that really means a lot.

If it were done by a marching band (which, btw, would be one of the most amazing experiences of my life, I am sure; I've never even seen a marching band, except on TV!), everyone would have to collapse onto the field at the end. Which would get their uniforms dirty, so maybe it's not such a good idea after all...

That jazzy ascending (tuba) bass line is indeed "Pink Pantherish," as you say, but that's the oft-quoted first four notes of the A&W Root-Bear Theme, which I guess comes from the sixties; I was a kid when I heard it (so la ti do, do ti do di re la, re ra do ti, re di re ri mi do; always played by the tuba). Lines like this played by the tuba have an inherently humorous quality to them, I don't know why.

You nailed the "name that tune" portion of the show, as I would expect, but there is one more theme in that section that nobody has identified yet, and let me tell you, it's really famous! I kind of mangle it up in my arrangement, of course, which may be why it's a bit tough to identify.

Your offer to suggest this to the director of the Sonoma Winds is fantastic, thank you! It was never played again, mainly because yours truly is such a pathetic excuse for a self-promoter. That's one of those qualitites I always resolve to improve every New Year's Eve, but without much success.

Thanks again for your enthusiasm!


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said 4585 days ago (February 3rd, 2007)
Wonderful, Fun Pastiche
Kudos to the band and to you, Composer Clark. I feel infused with a happpy energy now.
composerclark said 4585 days ago (February 3rd, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks Bill. Very pleased that the absurdly-jovial spirit rubbed off on you!

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drakonis said 4585 days ago (February 3rd, 2007)
PDQ Bach!
Love the classical mash-ups, and you did quite well, and your band played it beautifully too!

-Stravinsky - Rite of spring
-Gershwin - Rhapsody in blue
-Debussy - prelude to ... fawn
-Something very Prokofiev-sounding (end of Peter and the wolf?)
-Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
-Rossini - William Tell Overture
OK, so I missed a few :( Wow, this is some amazing orchestration, awesome! Loved it, nice ending!
ttfn,
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composerclark said 4585 days ago (February 3rd, 2007)
Thanks
Hi Eduard, thanks as always for the comment! Your knowledge of classical repertoire is impressive in one so young (heh heh). You are indeed correct in naming the tunes as you did -- there are a couple you didn't name, however, in the spot that you say is Prokoviev-like... Hint: Cameron identified one of them in his list above, but there's another one there too, and it's not Prokoviev.

Hey, that's a pretty amazing music video clip you've got on your page! I just checked it out and was blown away!

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RickW said 4584 days ago (February 4th, 2007)
This was a high school band??
They certainly didn't sound like any high school band I've listened to. They were mindblowing! I was very impressed with that young man's treatment of Gershwin.

God bless,

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composerclark said 4584 days ago (February 4th, 2007)
Thanks
I'm glad you liked it, Rick. The group performing this was what is known around here as an "honours" band, meaning the best players from different schools around the small city in which I live (pop. 150,000) play in it. They did a very fine job for sure.



Thanks for the comment!

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Parichayaka said 4584 days ago (February 4th, 2007)
What a joy!
You have no idea how much joy I got from listening to this recording. Marvellous! Fresh, uplifting composition, with every note spot-on. It really sounds like not only did you enjoy composing the music but all the players must have had a blast performing it! Great energy with just the right amount of musical breathers. And, yes quite a few references expertly woven into the piece, I couldn't name them all but let me just tell you that just by listening to your joyful and transparent arrangement I'm learning a lot, much more than from scrutinizing so many - at best "professionally" recorded, at worst simply "sterile" sounding - classical or soundtrack pieces with all the life energy missing. And especially for someone working on a small midi keyboard and a computer, hearing the unmatched quality and energy of a live recording, is like a breath of fresh air! Congratulations, loved it!
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composerclark said 4584 days ago (February 4th, 2007)
Thanks!
Wow! What an extraordinarily heart-warming and generous comment! Thank you so much!

There is some further back-story to what I wrote in the description above, which is that when I wrote this I had just begun dating the woman I would go on to marry, and, after years of struggling with a heavy heart, my mood was probably better than it had ever been in my entire life. I think that had something to do with the silliness in the music.

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Bowman said 4584 days ago (February 4th, 2007)
Upbeat and Fun!
Let's not forget the wonderful upbeat original theme you created to contain these tantalizing fun filled quotes. Their placement and arranging where playful and genuinely funny.
I too felt the joy the group and audience felt during this performance. Great listen Clark.
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composerclark said 4584 days ago (February 4th, 2007)
Thanks
I always appreciate your thoughts, Charles, as well as your music. Thanks for leaving a comment--Cheers!

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thoddi said 4584 days ago (February 4th, 2007)
grand
I played in a school band (brass) for five years playing the .. eh I'm not sure what it's called in English... cornet, but the soprano one? We call it "Ess" cornet. We never had challenging pieces like this one though, but I found pleasure in listening.

And I recognize the humor in your composition, that Scott points out, and agree with the hint of intelligence:) Of course you need one to recognize it as well;)

I find the composition and your arrangement pretty advanced and impressive. Deciding which parts all the different player get along the timeline is an incredible amount of work, and you must have a very organized mind to put that together.

Bravo!

Oh, and yes, I did very much enjoy this piece of art.
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composerclark said 4584 days ago (February 4th, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks for the comment! Do you still play cornet? I never played in a school band, or learned any wind instrument... it's one of those things I keep thinking I ought to learn one day. Es is German for Eb, so I guess you were playing the Eb cornet. As far as intelligence goes, my sense is that the average MacJammer is a very bright, especially you and Scott! :-)

P.S. There is still one un-named tune there, and it's arguably the most famous opening to a classical work in history!

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apb said 4584 days ago (February 4th, 2007)
Brilliant ..
.. nicely done and a very compelling, satisfying and humourous listen - good performance from the band too-
I think it shows they got a kick out of this one.

I'm still trying to figure out the 4 notes never mind the
classical tunes ;o)
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composerclark said 4584 days ago (February 4th, 2007)
The Great Root Bear
Your comment made me realize what should have been obvious, namely that most people have no idea what "A&W" is, because I think it's either largely or exclusively a North American burger chain, and many people who do know what it is have no idea what I'm talking about when I mention the A&W Great Root Bear tuba jingle, either because it was used about thirty years ago and they weren't around (or they were around but have worked very hard to foget it), or because it wasn't used in TV commercials where they lived. I just looked it up in Wikipedia, and apparently the bumbling bear that became associated with that food chain was used primarily in Canada, at least initially.

But no matter; all a person need know is that the first four notes of this piece, played by the tuba, have a comical association for me (and probably only about a dozen others) because they were part of a long-running television commercial featuring some nut dressed up like a goofy-looking bear, skipping along the street.

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Ed Hannifin said 4584 days ago (February 4th, 2007)
Clark, you amaze me....
If we had the technology to download a mind for the benefit of posterity, I would nominate yours for one of the first ten slots... Your combination of great humor and great intelligence ought to be packaged for future generations, in a software box labeled "This is how to properly use a mind!" Or, at least, ONE of the proper ways...

And we could sell it... IN A MALL!... wouldn't that be special...

I don't have the musical vocabulary to describe what I'm hearing, but even without musical literacy or ANY skill at "name that quote", this piece just works as the musical evocation of a mall and food court...

Okay, I could pick out 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' and the 'Lone Ranger/William Tell' thing...

AND I've still got a teeny little A&W root beer mug from when I was a kid...

I'm always happy when I see your name in my email with a new tune up... This is why...

By the way, on the headphones this is a really good recording... lots of space and air and a sense of real instruments in a real place...

Another good one...

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composerclark said 4582 days ago (February 6th, 2007)
Thanks
Ha! Very funny and very kind, but the sad fact is that my brain is deeply flawed. What a great comment, though! Thanks as well for commenting on the recording, which was done professionally. I just sent you an insanely-long note!

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mbehar said 4584 days ago (February 5th, 2007)
well done
throughly enjoyed this...nice work
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composerclark said 4582 days ago (February 6th, 2007)
Thanks
I am very glad you liked it; thanks for having a listen and leaving a commet! Much appreciated.

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Enrique Gil said 4584 days ago (February 5th, 2007)
Lovely and refreshing
Wonderful music, excellent performance. The reason I value your comments is because of your obvious talent. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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composerclark said 4582 days ago (February 6th, 2007)
Thanks
Well, as I am sure I have said, you are an extremely talented composer/performer yourself, so I very much appreciate your thoughts. Thanks so much!

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TobinMueller said 4583 days ago (February 5th, 2007)
Tribute to the teacher
The quotes from various classic moments are a great way to engage students and give them a (fast food) taste of the music with wit and energy. I have been to tons of school concerts and just the in-tune aspect of this performance is memorable, but the high quality of play is a testimony to your teaching. To honor your students with an arrangements of your own for them is very special. Kudos all around.
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composerclark said 4582 days ago (February 6th, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks very much Tobin; much appreciated. FWIW, I wasn't the students' teacher; this was an "elite" wind band of the best high school musicians in the region, and my only contribution was to write this thing, while the conductor and the students did an amazing job with it... esp. that clarinet player! Thanks again.

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Macaudion said 4583 days ago (February 5th, 2007)
Umm
This is gonna take a few rounds - BRB... Macca
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composerclark said 4582 days ago (February 6th, 2007)
BRB = Behave Really Badly?!
a few rounds... of ammo? What did you have in mind????

Just kidding; thanks for having a listen!

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damiengh said 4581 days ago (February 7th, 2007)
Nice doings
Our resident Leroy Anderson of MacJams. Now you just have to sign us all up for parts in the upcoming "Concerts by the Sea" series. I'd sign up. Wouldn't mind getting a chance to get my classical chops on flute going again.


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composerclark said 4580 days ago (February 8th, 2007)
Thanks
Concerts by the sea, eh? Sounds good to me! Thanks for leaving such a nice comment. I *wish* I had even a fraction of LeRoy Anderson's success; according to a 1953 study, Anderson was the American composer most performed by American orchestras (I learned this in Wikipedia)... which is pretty amazing. It'd be cool to hear something where you play flute. Maybe something to think about some time?

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Leon said 4581 days ago (February 7th, 2007)
Mist everywhere.
Seems like the word "mist" has a maigcal effect to a lot of the songs here this week and they're all up there in the ratings chart, too.... And this one I think tops them all, in my opinion.... very cinematic and professionally executed. I feel like I am sitting in a performance chamber with all those well-dressed and well-heeled members of the audience as they relish this caviar of music. This is the good life of music. I think I should stand and hail Bravo! after finishing this song. Whatan awesome experience. Man, you really gave something extremely special for us to listen to! This is my first all-10 rating ever given to anyone just because this creation is so monumental and grandiose.
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composerclark said 4580 days ago (February 8th, 2007)
Thanks
Wow, Leon, I am honoured by your comment! I am really glad you liked it so much, and I look forward to hearing more of your music. Nice to see you back here at MacJams!

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kristyjo said 4581 days ago (February 7th, 2007)
O.K. I'll bite-
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, of course. Treated to a fresh, delightful canonic presentation directly after 'The Afternoon of a Faun' . Very much fun, and your audience obviously enjoyed it.
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composerclark said 4579 days ago (February 9th, 2007)
Thanks
Yay! All tunes have now been named. It's interesting that B's 5th was the last one identified... In my mind I wasn't exactly being subtle about it, but maybe the context/arrangement was different enough to throw some people off.

I was hoping you'd have a chance to listen to it, and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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perceptualvortex said 4580 days ago (February 8th, 2007)
Lively
Oh man, I enjoyed this so much. The orchestra sounds so lively and fun, and I enjoyed hearing the famous musical quotes, even though I don't know exactly where a lot of them came from... or maybe because of that. Some were obvious to me... Rhapsody in Blue, William Tell ...most were not. Very nice, composerclark. And well played, orchestra. This is definitely a mood lifter!
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composerclark said 4579 days ago (February 10th, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks David. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I appreciate the comment!

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Cori Ander said 4579 days ago (February 9th, 2007)
Hah..
Hi Clark, you're fantastic!

Just fantastic!

Thank you for a great listening experience!!

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composerclark said 4579 days ago (February 10th, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks Johannes. I think you're the cat's meow, the bee's knees, the junky's monkey, and more!

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scratch_harris said 4579 days ago (February 9th, 2007)
The joy in this
tells me you know just how lucky you are to have an Orchestra at your fingertips.
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composerclark said 4579 days ago (February 10th, 2007)
Thanks
I'm glad you could hear the joy! I don't actually have a wind band or orchestra at my fingertips, though... I wish I did! This group was all high-school age kids (about ages 14-18) that had no connection to the university where I teach, and they never played this again as far as I know. In fact, no one has ever played this again, not even the wind band at my own university, thanks to my staggering incompetence in the area of self-promotion!

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jefferson987 said 4577 days ago (February 11th, 2007)
Geez
Clark, Your music never fails to amaze me. I love the constant changing themes.
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composerclark said 4575 days ago (February 14th, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks J987! I'm glad you had a chance to hear it, and I really appreciate your comment!

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spitlogic said 4572 days ago (February 17th, 2007)
Im not even going to try...
And name half of these tunes. This puts me in mind of late 60's films that you would watch in school about some cultural wonder of the world and would flash among all the different aspects of it. In this case Im seeing "The Megamall of Newfoundland" (and little jonny thinks that is swell!!!).
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composerclark said 4570 days ago (February 19th, 2007)
thanks
Interesting comment... I remember watching 'travelogs' as a kid in the 60's -- films that they'd show you at school, or sometimes on television, in which a rich-voiced narrator would provide an extremely corny voice-over to various shots of 'local' scenery, 'local' being relative to whatever the travelog was about. I remember finding them both fascinating (because you'd get some glimpses into people's lives elsewhere in the world), and humorous (because the voice-over was always so corny). Later, when I became a composer, I thought it'd be a great idea to collaborate with a film-maker to make a mock travelog, complete with cheesy music and dated, corny voice-over. The Misty Mall... wasn't conceived in that spirit, but I think it may in fact have captured it anyway! Thanks for the comment.

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david.sfinzi said 4570 days ago (February 19th, 2007)
Fun, fine arrangement
Nice work, as others have said. It motivated me to post a light-hearted work which also uses several *less sophisticated* musical themes. :), David
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composerclark said 4570 days ago (February 19th, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks David, and welcome to MacJams. I checked for the song you mention on your page, but I see it's not up yet. It sounds like fun, and I look forward to hearing it!

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Einarus said 4568 days ago (February 20th, 2007)
Now this was fun!
I'm sorry I'm so late to check this out, but better late than never, right?

This is really a fun piece!
You really grabbed my attention right at the beginning with that lead melody. 'Twas also quite fun to try and identify those quotations of yours. I recognized some of them, although it was my 15 year old, clarinet-playing little brother who recognized Rhapsody in Blue.

Anyway, like I said - A really fun piece and a real pleasure to listen to.
Thank you for sharing this!

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composerclark said 4565 days ago (February 23rd, 2007)
Thanks
Yup, better late than never for sure! In fact, it's always nice to get comments on your tracks after the "one week in the sun" period after songs are first posted, because they are so rare. Thanks very much for having a listen and leaving a comment, and happy birthday!

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Joe Brady said 4560 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
This is my first listen to your work
and I am listening to this for the third time as I write. I am not classically literate in the musical sense, just a folky, but I love your ear for this. The band is outstanding, as I have endured many high school concerts and never have heard this level of competence. That may be a tribute to your writing skills (which I suspect) or maybe you just got lucky, but this piece is definitely downloadable for the iPod. Great job, fun for the ear!
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composerclark said 4557 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks very much, Joe. I'll check out some of your music too. The high level of the performance is due entirely to the quality of the band and its conductor, although I very much appreciate the compliment! I think I mentioned this above somewhere, but the band is called an "honours" band, comprised of some of the best high school performers in the city. Mind you, it's a relatively small city (150,000), so I was definitely impressed by the performance.

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composerclark said 4557 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
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Thanks very much, Joe. I'll check out some of your music too. The high level of the performance is due entirely to the quality of the band and its conductor, although I very much appreciate the compliment! I think I mentioned this above somewhere, but the band is called an "honours" band, comprised of some of the best high school performers in the city. Mind you, it's a relatively small city (150,000), so I was definitely impressed by the performance.

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leonardo21 said 4557 days ago (March 3rd, 2007)
great job
i think this is very pretty even tho you are makin it funny too. It's got things that are a kind of funny, i guess (fun for shor!), but mainly it sou nds real nice. I heard some of those tunes before somewhere but i couldn't tell you what they are. great job on this. i gotta check out garage band. it seems awsome!
composerclark said 4557 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks, Leonardo. You're obviously a music lover -- it'd be great to hear some of your music some time! You're right about GarageBand; it does seem like a fantastic programme, but I have to admit that I have never actually used it! Thanks very much for having a listen.

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JOAN said 4554 days ago (March 6th, 2007)
i always feel
that i'm in a cartoon at the mall. now i have the soundtrack! as if gilbert and sullivan were peering into the future.
thanks cc. luv it!

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composerclark said 4554 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
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Thanks for the nice comment, and I'm glad you could have a listen! You guys make some of the best music here at MacJams!

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paul f. page said 4549 days ago (March 12th, 2007)
Avalon
No question but that this number is a big hit. Just look at the great comments from so many of your virtual fans! I am happy I decided to stop by tonight to see if you've been posting any new music. What a treat to hear this live recording by some kids you inspired with your wonderful wit and your ability to score music to fit their abilities. As Cameron suggested, this piece needs to get on a more play lists. (I share your reluctance at self-promotion, so I know how difficult that is.) But whatever becomes of it, you've done a super job writing a most engaging little piece for winds and brass and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to listen to it.
Paul
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Doadars Uncle said 4532 days ago (March 28th, 2007)
The world at your fingertips
Hands in pockets. Strolling. Little smile. Head wags from time to time, window to window. Gosh, I wish our mall was this nice...

Nice performance!
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thetiler said 4494 days ago (May 6th, 2007)
This is a terrific
change of pace to a smaller sound that I normally hear here.
Like the exciting feel of this. I thought it had a kind of school atmosphere. Love the added Gershwin sound after the start.

Full of lots of terrific melodies. You really pull a lot of noticeable melodies here. Terrific musical humor.

I am sure glad I had the privilege of hearing this gem.
A real surprise at the end. I was ready for it to resolve and it didn't.


Thanks for sharing such a full sounding orchestral piece.
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Norman Goodman said 4493 days ago (May 6th, 2007)
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Very pleasant melody melody throughout. I enjoyed the lighthearted lilt of the main theme. The continuity of the piece as it references many other popular themes is very well done. Some of the players performing this piece are exceptional. Parts of this would have done very well as a theme for such TV shows as My Three Sons, Leave It to Beaver and such,,,,, the reference is that the overall vibe of the piece is very positive and cleancut sounding, such as was the intention of the American pop culture reference I made. Very good
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echoroom said 4465 days ago (June 3rd, 2007)
Shop 'til you drop
This is a really playful piece, and really captures the feel of the mall experience, in a kind of Spielberg-ian way (this is a very cinematic piece). its trilling to hear this live recording - it sounds wonderful - I really like the part that sounds a little like the Addams family theme too!
Really fun!
Steve
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scratch_harris said 4447 days ago (June 21st, 2007)
4?
Stravinski, Gershwin, Mozart and Rossini. More surely. An absolute delight from beginning to end. Not been around much recently. Hi8 Us for Breakfast. Good to hear you Old Bean!
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Mystified said 4423 days ago (July 16th, 2007)
A bit late to the party here....
...but glad I made it at last!

What a delightful composition this is. I absolutely love the whimsy of it.
Humor in music -- especially in classical music-- is so refreshing!
Too, it's just a lot of fun to try to identify motifs in a song like this--where you know they are likely to spring up at any moment.

Shades of PDQ Bach--which to me is a good thing!

I agree that this should find further exposure and play elsewhere.
Bravo! :)


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elfdaughter said 4408 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
Fantastic!
I love it! I bet they LOVED playing this piece.
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composerclark said 4407 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks very much! I was never sure whether they enjoyed playing this or not. They all seemed pretty serious, possibly even dour, during the rehearsals. But I ran into a former band-member last year who remembered playing it (which in itself surprised me, since it was ten years after the fact, and she must have played dozens of pieces while in the band), and claimed to have had a lot of fun while doing so. People around here are mostly very reserved, unless drunk, so it can be hard to read emotions.

I'm glad you were able to listen and leave a comment!

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said 4212 days ago (February 11th, 2008)
The Misty Mall of Avalon
Great stuff..and played well. Is this conducted by Etchegary? Went to university with him--U.W.O. What wonderful humour to go along with the skillfull orchestration!
said 4151 days ago (April 12th, 2008)
Your musics are great!
This has a great feel Mr. Clark. The music is so elegant and a real classic song. Thanks for sharing this masterpiece.... KUDOS!

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sschedra said 3645 days ago (August 31st, 2009)
Clark
Oh delight! And another live performance. This just gives so much life to your compositions. I could only identify a couple of themes by name and a few more were familiar, but could not place them. I see Drak and Cameron have it nailed. Their depth of 'listen' is way above mine. This is a really entertaining piece.
Thanks,
Stephen
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composerclark said 3645 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
Thanks
Thanks again, Stephen! I really appreciate your listening to some of my older tunes! I'm guessing that Cameron nailed all the quotes because he's spent his entire life playing in orchestras, and presumably playing those pieces a lot. As for Drak, well, I think he's just a smart guy who knows his classical music hits. Cheers!
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