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Sending some Holiday cheer with some widget plays. Supporting my wonderful labels! T Dawn
Hey..i know u guys miss me, so here I am to say "HEELLLLLOOOOOO!!!!!"
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It's all about the love! You so much for doing what you do!!! Have a super weekend! T Dawn
Thanks so much Haych and all the crew on IMGlobal for all your brilliant work. You do a great job of promoting new & unknown artists. I very much appreciate your interest and support in my music compositions for the piano keyboard. Thanks for having me on board! You are all fantastic, keep up the good work. Keep spreading the word about my music! Thanks.
Thanks for having me on board, I bow. Alex
Sweet tunes guys... Hope all is well check out my page if you get a chance... Have a great day!
Thanks for being awesome you guys! Your time, focus, enthusiasm and heart is mighty appreciated!......
I'm honored to be among so many talented artists here! Thanks for all your hard work!
I am adding my first classical works to my "songs" ... I figured I'd start out big, so I just uploaded my Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 53. It's in 3 movements (I. Allegro Moderato, II. Andante III. Allegro) and I uploaded each movement as a separate mp3 file, because all 3 movements together are more than 30 minutes of music, and I don't want to subject anyone to that much without a break plus the file size would probably have exceeded the allowed limits.
This work was commissioned by Carson P. Cooman in 1999 (and completed in 2000) and was to have it's premiere performance in St. Petersburg in 2001, but unfortunately that did not come to fruition, as the conductor of the orchestra was replaced before our concert took place, and the new conductor did not have interest in compositions by "new / relatively unknown (in Russia)" composers, and wanted only to conduct well-known established music by well-known classical-era composers (those old-dead guys as some speak of them, but I think they live as long as their music does, but that's another subject for another day).
It is a work that took 6 months to compose, and another 6 months to self-publish in Finale, and proof and write the piano reduction, etc. Originally, my publisher (Musica21) was to publish it, but it was a small start-up company that went out of business before that happened (so I did it myself, and it is TEDIOUS! - especially the proofing, but that's something I'd have to do if a publisher did it anyway, as they make mistake too!).
But, I now have an offer (for real, on paper) from a reputable recording company to again go over to Russia (Moscow this time) and they would take care of hiring the orchestra (the Russia Philharmonic has already been contracted by them) and they would also be in charge of recording and editing the performance, and then marketing and selling it through Naxos in both physical DVD and downloadable form on sites such as iTunes, Amazon.com, etc. I would be involved in all the aspects of pre-recording (going to meetings at the recording company to plan out the details), and the actual performance and recording/editing, etc., and it would only be marketed once I approved it (I have that say of approval over all steps in the process leading to it's sale as well).
But as is the case with my friend Dennis Bathory-Kitsz and his need to raise money to be able to have his opera performed, I am also attempting to acquire funding (as with any production such as this, the composer pays a percent of the production costs, but then takes in a percent of the sales the company makes from it) and have applied for a large grant for this purpose (actually the record company put together and submitted the grant proposal for me and the funds would go straight to them on my behalf).
So, all this only happens if I am able to get the funding - and in my case my first attempt is this grant that is given yearly for just this purpose, and I should know in early July if I've been lucky enough to have gotten it, or not, as MANY composers try to get these grants each year to get their works produced. So wish me luck! :) If I don't get the grant (which is likely with all the competition I have) then I will have to be trying methods such as Dennis is trying - kickstarter, appealing directly to patrons, etc.
I hate that last option and I don't have as large a "following" as Dennis does and I'd just have to ask anyone and everyone and hope they'd want to help out, and that they have money available, and I would have to, as Dennis has done, come up with "rewards" (tickets, signed scores, recordings, etc.) based on the amount given... oh, it NOT an easy thing to do!
So, wish me luck in getting the grant, my friends! :) – Jim S
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