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Published on Jul 8, 2009
Q: Why does this performance sound so lifeless and mechanical? A: It's synthetic (played from the music notation program Sibelius). When I find a horn player who's up to this piece, I'll record a live, human performance.
Q: What does the title mean? A: When I was in college, my girlfriend was a french horn player, as was her father, and her mother played the piano (as did she). When I dropped out of college, I followed her to San Francisco, and got to know her parents who lived in Marin County and who, it turned out, had never played music together. Her mother was into ragtime music, so I thought I might remedy the situation by writing a ragtime piece for horn and piano. Since the purpose of the piece was to get her parents together musically, I named it "Getting It Together." I played it a few times with my girlfriend, but as far as I know, her parents never played it.
Q: Is there a way I could make this kind of animated bar-graph score myself? A: The Music Animation Machine MIDI file player will generate this display; you can get the (Windows) software here: http://www.musanim.com/player/ There are lots of places on the web where you can get MIDI files; I usually go to the Classical Archives site first: http://www.classicalarchives.com/