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Our study score is “The Planets” by Gustav Holst. First performed in 1918, not only did “The Planets” establish Gustav Holst’s international reputation as an important British composer of the 20th century, but it provided the template for a whole generation of film music. From “Star Wars” to “Star Trek” and beyond, Holst’s approach to the orchestra is ubiquitous in contemporary scoring.
Score for “Venus, Bringer of Peace” can be found on the “Study Materials” page, at the bottom.
 
Watch Jamie Hopkings’ “Venus en reduction” at https://youtu.be/H5nKlsm_EA8
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ROB CLUTTON  Rob Clutton is a Toronto-based composer/performer who works in the intersections of composition and improvisation. As a creative bassist, Rob has dedicated himself to playing original music, and has toured in the USA and Europe with Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot, and the Juno-winning Neufeld Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra (NOJO). Other touring has included Japan, the UK, and the Cervantino Festival in Mexico with the Steve Koven Trio, as well as extensive Canadian performances with various groups including John Millard and Happy Day, Drumheller, the Nick Fraser Quartet and Fides Krucker’s In This Body. This year Rob is grateful to be exploring the intersections of improvisation and composition in Berlin, New York, and Toronto, under the auspices of an Ontario Arts Council “Chalmers Fellowship.”

“A mix of composition and improvisation, meditative moods and fractal bursts worthy of its Gertrude Stein inspiration (“Act so that  there is no use in a centre”), this is at once document, signpost and fossil.” – Carl Wilson, Globe And Mail

Go to http://www.robclutton.com to hear some of Rob’s music. This will be an eye- and ear-opening experience!

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NEW ADVENTURES IN LISTENING – Film clips from “On The Waterfront” and “Ryan” are posted on the “Study Materials” page for download. With the sound removed, they can be scored as an exercise, and brough in to “Adventures in Listening” for feedback and analysis. Adventures in Listening is a unique opportunity to get unbiased and honest feedback on your ‘in-progress’ or experimental work from a community of your professional peers. Because it is anonymous, it is a risk-free environment.  Whether you are an emerging composer or an experienced one, and whether your work is for concert or screen, I encourage you to take advantage of this invaluable resource.

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Many of you are actively performing musicians or are composers with TV shows or films containing your original scores. If you would like me to mention upcoming concerts or showtimes, please see me during the first hour, and I will make the announcement during “Adventures in Listening”. This way we can get the word out while preserving the relaxed and casual atmosphere that we have created at Toronto Ravel.
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          Promo Video PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AQN8yoJpDI
          Producer Larry Weinstein talks about Ravel  http://youtu.be/PAsiZJYFeY
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