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Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lawrence Aurich Jun 19. 47 Replies

Gav brought this up in his ballad thread. I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts on this, and expand it beyond his piece.A few ground rules.1. I'm kind of tired of my topics going to the "Useless…Continue

The art of.....the computer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Apr 13. 30 Replies

I think we all rely heavily on our computers. But what happens when things go wrong? I think we've all been there. I'd like to hear what everyone does to keep their computers running. This could be a…Continue

 

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Bob Porter replied to Bob Morabito's discussion Beethoven's Tempo Indications
"I agree, Charles. Is it not the duty of a performer to bring the score to life as they see fit?  Still. in an apparent attempt to modernize Baroque music, I have heard, in my view, horrendous interpretations. I would think that contemporary…"
Jun 19
Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?
"Two renditions of Pathetique,  Baronboim https://youtu.be/vGq3-Fi_zQY, and Ashkenazy https://youtu.be/1FP7NosLxkw  two great pianists.  Baronboim plays it pretty straight, Ashkenazy with more rubato.  I played it more like…"
Jun 19
Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?
"This is probably an example of how not to write a slow movement. I think Mike mentioned that a good slow piece has a pulse for the accompaniment like Beethoven's second movement to his sonata Pathetique. https://youtu.be/1FP7NosLxkw Bach goes…"
Jun 15
Bob Porter replied to Bob Porter's discussion Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?
"John, I think that I may have meant that I need to think in terms of the sound of the instrument I want to use. As you hinted, what works on piano might not work for other instruments. I don't feel that I can write out stuff using a piano…"
Jun 15
Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?
"Four years ago when I first started writing for full orchestra I had zero experience in writing slow movements, so I struggled.  Now I feel more confident and would say slow or fast is about equally difficult.  Except now I am working on a…"
Jun 15
John Driscoll replied to Bob Porter's discussion Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?
"Hey Bob, I didn't mean I wrote a piece for piano.  Just that I sketched down the notes/voices/lines on 4-6 staves, with piano playback for simplicity's sake--it actually wouldn't work very well for piano!"
Jun 14
Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?
"I used to map everything out on paper in the B.C. era (before computer), but now it is so easy to add or subtract, which makes composing a more free flowing process.  Whatever I've composed for the day, I add to the previous, make an…"
Jun 13
Bob Porter replied to Bob Porter's discussion Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?
"John, As I don't play piano, it is pointless for me to sketch out music on a piano score first. Besides, I want things to happen using particular instruments, so I do my sketching in the full score using the basic sounds I want. Then I go back…"
Jun 13
Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?
"It's Deja Vu all over again. "
Jun 13
Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?
"We often make the wrong choice over and over, and must repeat until we get it right.  Haven't you seen Ground Hog Day? "
Jun 13
John Driscoll replied to Bob Porter's discussion Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?
"Just to follow up on Mike's point.  I think this is an especial concern for composing at the computer.  Because of the easy, unlimited playback, as I work through a piece, I often find that my brain has conceived a much greater…"
Jun 13
Mike Hewer replied to Bob Porter's discussion Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?
"L.A.,       If this is true               and choice is Time's glue              …"
Jun 13
roger stancill replied to Bob Porter's discussion Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?
"L.A.,       If this is true               and choice is Time's glue              …"
Jun 13
Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?
"The  choice we make removes the subsequent events from the realm natural occurrence.  The choice eliminates all the other possibilities.  Creativity is the antithesis of randomness.  By creating we alter the natural…"
Jun 12
Lawrence Aurich replied to Bob Porter's discussion Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?
"That movie was before my time.  I must have been about 5 when it came out. "
Jun 12
roger stancill replied to Bob Porter's discussion Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?
"Mr A. thanks for the introduction... I had never heard of this group before. In '71 I was 20... and music was going thru a lot of experimental changes. Even in my youth this would have been too 'horny' for me. I'd take a…"
Jun 12

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Film and music for video
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
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San Diego, CA
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I was a music education major in college, a long time ago. There I also studied composition. But it wasn't until the 2000's, when I bought some music software that I really started to do some real writing. I write for fun, but that doesn't mean that I don't take it seriously. I've had a few things performed by real groups, but that is not my focus.

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At 7:28pm on March 20, 2018, Ingo Lee said…

Welcome back Bob you were missed, but where's your hat?

At 6:37pm on March 20, 2018, Gav Brown said…

Welcome back!

 
 
 

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