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Composing?; I know the topic title is lame...
Topic Started: 29 Apr 2008, 07:50 AM (8,127 Views)
Jack Campin
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I think of the ocarina as resembling a bagpipe: limited range, limited dynamic variation, but an assertive attention-getting sound. But it gives better control of pitch than any bagpipe: you can finger most semitones, and by slight variations in fingering or breath pressure you can tune them microtonally.

The Armenian duduk (or Azeri balaban) is probably the closest parallel to the ocarina among instruments with a long-established repertoire.

For creating the illusion that the ocarina is doing the impossible, look at Cyrille Mercadier's arrangements of things like a Vivaldi recorder concerto. He's done an amazing job of folding the melodic line into the range of his ocarina.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EWD680zxmU
Edited by Jack Campin, 2 Aug 2013, 02:56 PM.
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Tiramoney
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Those are some awesome points. I've recently become pretty fascinated by microtones and what one can do with them. I think the ocarina would fascinate a lot of 20th century composers if they learned more about it, and that is one of the biggest reasons as to why.

I also find recorder repertoire to be quite suitable for the ocarina. One piece I'm working on is a Handel recorder sonata. I can't say I know much about recorder (I didn't go to one of those cool schools that made you play them as a kid) but the tones often get compared when I show my music friends the ocarina. The bagpipe comparison is also really interesting. Totally different sounds, but totally similar in those ways. Maybe analyzing some bagpipe rep could teach us a lot about how to treat the ocarina when composing. Interesting. :)

P.S. That Vivaldi video is awesome. Bookmarking that gem.
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GansoChico
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Tiramoney
2 Aug 2013, 07:40 AM
Hey hey. Newbie here reviving this thread again. :)

I've become very interested in ocarina composition lately. I take composition lessons at school and I really hate the stereotype that the ocarina is a toy. I think it has a ton of unique capabilities that make it worth composing for in its own right. However, having only been playing ocarina seriously for a few months now, I'm not quite sure of all of those unique qualities! So I'm reviving this thread to ask: what are qualities of the ocarina that are unique and would justify calling a piece an ocarina piece (as opposed to a piece for any instrument) that come to mind for you?

Some that have come to mind throughout my time playing ocarina are these:

-Timbre
-Ease of pitch bending
-Woodwind Harmony (some models, at least)
-Unique blend with other instruments (which I guess is a part of timbre, but whatevs)

I plan to start writing for ocarina once I get done with the projects I'm currently working on. :) Also, forgive my ignorance if these traits aren't all that unique. I'm inexperienced with other woodwinds, but I will have some hands-on time with them in class soon!
I guess if you want to disprove the myth that the ocarina is a toy you're better off with music that is a little techinically challenging and shows the ocarina's entire range. Just a thought.
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Tiramoney
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For sure! I feel like people should know everything something can do before judging.
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Sillademadera
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I don't know the cause of this, but sometimes I play this types of songs, normally I invented this while I'm walking on the street or on the nature, and when i arrive at home, I try to transmite my whistle for play with mbira, ocarina, or another instrument.
For the moment i upload a little bit, but every month, I will upload more music.

Caminando por la ciudad

La ira del tornillo

I don't have some resources, and this is only some ideas, but i'm planning get a good mic and a good resources for to get better my audios.
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