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Firsts

by Joseph C. Nemeth

New music in the style of the old masters.
Genre: Classical: Orchestral
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1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Minor: I.
Joseph C. Nemeth & Themon's Electrophilharmonic Orchestra
13:00 album only
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2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Minor: II.
Joseph C. Nemeth & Themon's Electrophilharmonic Orchestra
7:40 album only
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3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Minor: III.
Joseph C. Nemeth & Themon's Electrophilharmonic Orchestra
5:13 album only
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4. Symphony No. 1 in A Minor "Summer": I. Summer's Day
Joseph C. Nemeth & Themon's Electrophilharmonic Orchestra
10:00 album only
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5. Symphony No. 1 in A Minor "Summer": II. Variations on Nanny-Nanny-Boo-Boo
Joseph C. Nemeth & Themon's Electrophilharmonic Orchestra
7:27 album only
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6. Symphony No. 1 in A Minor "Summer": III. Minuet and Two-Thirds
Joseph C. Nemeth & Themon's Electrophilharmonic Orchestra
5:41 album only
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7. Symphony No. 1 in A Minor "Summer": IV. Midnight Revels
Joseph C. Nemeth & Themon's Electrophilharmonic Orchestra
8:15 album only
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in f minor

Conceived in 1985, this work began with the third movement. Although this was not technically my first musical composition, it was my first attempt at a “major” work. The second movement came next, as a lullabye for my two boys, and the first movement was the last to be started, sometime in the late 1980’s.

The piano parts for all three movements were completed in the early 1990’s, but there it stalled, owing to major life changes, difficulty in finding anyone interested in performing the still-unorchestrated work, and the primitive state of computer-generated sounds, which prevented me from performing the work myself. Instead, in 1996, I used sampled sounds from a Korg M-1 keyboard to create an audio tape of smaller works, called Sounds from a Distant Land.

In 2003, I was diagnosed with cancer, which spurred me to finally finish the concerto, using a Roland XV-88 keyboard. This mix went out on CD as the album Seventeen, so-named because it had been seventeen years since the first notes of the third movement had come out of my fingers.

In 2010, I discovered that electronic music had made another leap forward, and remixed the concerto using Garritan sound samples on an iMac computer. Now, in 2017, I’ve remixed yet again with East-West Sounds samples.

The piano concerto is a first work, a first love, and an enduring pleasure for me to rediscover with each remix.

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Symphony No. 1 in a minor "Summer"

The Summer Symphony was started, appropriately enough, in mid-summer of 2012, during a work furlough imposed by my employer, and was completed in the autumn of 2014.

The first movement is a summer’s day, complete with sunshine, soaring clouds, thundershowers, afternoon idylls, and a spectacular sunset.

The second movement is the same summer’s day as seen by a young child: it is subtitled Variations on a Theme of Nanny-Nanny-Boo-Boo. No such day could be complete without skipping, skinned knees, mad chases, a circus, pirates, sunset, and - finally - slumber.

The third movement is early evening in a garden, with butterflies and birds soaring above in the last bright rays of the sun.

The fourth movement begins as dusk falls into night, and drums deep in the woods begin to warm up for the night’s revels. After a Bacchinale, birds signal a false dawn, followed by a glorious sunrise.

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Works were performed by Themon’s Electrophilharmonic Orchestra - a tireless group of uncomplaining musicians who are, if nothing else, always consistent - made up of the East-West Sounds Platinum Orchestra and Piano samples, sequenced and mixed using Cuebase 7. They all live in squalor in the cramped quarters of my iMac.

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