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Bob Porter's Discussions

Holy cow! Argh, yet another fugue

Started this discussion. Last reply by roger stancill Jan 1. 30 Replies

This short fugue might be a little Baroque. It might not. It's pretty light weight. Good luck.Continue

Christmas music

Started this discussion. Last reply by DriscollMusick Nov 30, 2016. 21 Replies

Every so often I rearrange this little tune. Here is another little version.Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Oct 10, 2016. 19 Replies

In light of a recently posted and acclaimed piece for horns, I offer this music for brass quintet. This piece has no title, no form, no real melody, and no modulation. I wrote whatever the heck I…Continue

Please, please, please vote in the Heat contest

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nicole Sep 30, 2016. 19 Replies

Why should you care about a contest? Because this is the real deal. This is real composers writing real music. Not for money or glory, but for the love of composing. How much of a more pure cause is…Continue


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Bob Porter replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Live horn & trumpet test recording, + score. At least partially educational!
"Dave, Some observations from a brass player.  Why would you assume there would be more articulations.  First fanfare-too blatty. The second in much more musical. Portamento is not an articulation normally attributed to brass playing. To…"
Feb 13
Bob Porter replied to Ray's discussion The Euphonium, my favourite brass instrument
"What's in a name. In my high school band there were instruments like this, with bells facing forward, called baritones. These had piston valves.  In college, these instruments, with bells up and rotary valves, were euphoniums.  Then…"
Feb 13
Bob Porter replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion Meditation
"Rodney, This seems to be two pieces. The first part with the repeating figure could be considered "spooky", I suppose. But I think you meant it more as trying to get deep inside oneself. A journey through the hidden places and darkest…"
Feb 13
Bob Porter replied to Ingo Lee's discussion Brass choir plus
"Ingo, Let me ask a few questions. I haven't commented on the actual music. This piece is not in a style that I really enjoy. So I want to ask you what it is about this piece that you like? What were you trying to do? What is it about this piece…"
Feb 12
Bob Porter replied to Ingo Lee's discussion Brass choir plus
"Ingo,  We've all been blasted by Ray at some point. However, I find the harshness of you brass samples difficult to listen to.  If you do not have a real performance in mind, perhaps you could spend a little time adding dynamics,…"
Feb 6
Bob Porter replied to Gav Brown's discussion CF new proposed contest - EMOTION - call for opinions
"How about "love". That runs the gamut of emotions. Not to be confused with conservative hate. (Sorry, Roger. Couldn't resist) "
Feb 3
Bob Porter replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion Need help with modern and simple piano score analysis
"Alfred, Look at it this way. The "rules" you speak of don't apply to this piece very well. Besides, they only tell you what someone did, not why they did it. And even that is subject to the views of the person interpreting the…"
Feb 1
Bob Porter replied to Lara Poe's discussion Violin concerto
"It seems that my software put the 2nd violin part in alto clef. I don't know why, and I've never seen it do that before. My version of the score was kind of jammed together so I'm guessing that I mistook a trombone note for a low…"
Jan 30
Bob Porter replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion Need help with modern and simple piano score analysis
"Alfred, While this is contemporary, I'm not sure I'd call is jazz. Where on earth did you get the idea that inversions aren't used in modern music. I don't think this piece modulates. Could be that the only reason that the Ab is…"
Jan 29
Bob Porter replied to Lara Poe's discussion Violin concerto
"Lara, Thanks for posting this. Alas, my poor score reading skills prohibit me from really getting into it. I ran the first movement through my notation software to get a better feel for the music. I really enjoyed it. I'm not familiar with…"
Jan 29
Bob Porter replied to Amirul Hisham Othman's discussion The combination of Chamber & Full Ensemble
"Mislabeled as a violin. "
Jan 27
Bob Porter replied to Amirul Hisham Othman's discussion The combination of Chamber & Full Ensemble
"Amirul, Sounds like your are composing in a DAW. Any good orchestra piece will change textures. Just strings might play at first. Followed by full orchestra, and then a section of woodwinds playing. And so forth.  If that is what you are asking…"
Jan 27
Bob Porter replied to Amol's discussion Please help me understand Beethoven (or counterpoint in general)
"But don't think of it as there being "rules". There are guide lines for how things have been done in the past. These guide lines might tend to define what "Western" music has become. But Beethoven did what he did because he…"
Jan 27
Bob Porter replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Voyager I
"Another fine work, Lawrence. Thanks for posting it."
Jan 25
Bob Porter replied to Amol's discussion Please help me understand Beethoven (or counterpoint in general)
"Amol, Welcome to the forum. Your questions are far beyond the scope of this forum, at least in any detail. Music theory is a set of guidelines that tell us how things were done in the past, in general. If you are studying scores and notice rules…"
Jan 25
Bob Porter replied to Olivér Kovács's discussion Time Travel
"Thanks for posting this. I would be interesed in what inspired it. Tell us about why you wrote it. A 60s space movie came to mind as I listened to it."
Jan 19

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Multimedia, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Colorado, USA
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I have been witing for many years, but have been more serious aboout it in the last few years. I used to write pop songs, and while I enjoyed it, was never very good. Since I aquired some notation software, I have moved more towards instrumental music.

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At 4:55pm on June 13, 2016, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings Bob,

I like School Project. Nice feel. Thanks for sharing.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 9:51pm on October 13, 2014, Lawrence Aurich said…


     I'm trying to send you Western Horizons file but it wouldn't load.  Here's another try.


At 6:13am on October 10, 2014, Ray said…

There isn't much to figure  here :-)

At 6:20pm on August 31, 2014, Justin E. Link said…

Nice composing Mr. Porter. I like your work.

At 11:48pm on July 24, 2014, David Burrows said…
Yes, the musicals I wrote for kids, and I guess I am still writing, are different fare than a lot of what's out there. I am spending a lot of time reviewing voice leading and counterpoint in order to write a choral music, which a music director in Colorado asked me to write ( I suppose based on my previous work). however, I've not written hardly any satb and didn't study counterpoint in college the the learning curve is steep right now.
Is the Compassion Symphony one of your works. I need to look about this forum a bit so I can listen to your stuff.
At 11:14pm on May 24, 2013, michael diemer said…

Yeah, He apparently took some things too personally. you know how he is.

At 4:47pm on February 24, 2013, Christopher Mracna said…

Bob, I have listened to several of your pieces, and find Funeral of the Gods, and School Project to be most inspiring. Having read some of the other comments on this forum, I realize that my uneducated opinion is of lesser value, but as an avid music listener, I can tell you that these two pieces are deserving of accolades in praise. I think we might have some very common interests in approaching music composition and development. Both songs captured my attention and held it, even though there were a couple of lulls in both pieces. I anticipated a return to the melody. Your choice of instrumentation was very wisely used, and I could heard the horn solo beyond the front of the mix. (very nicely done) I will continue to listen to these in the near future, so there may be further review. Thanks for sharing.

At 8:15am on September 4, 2012, Zitoon said…

Hey Bob !
I was just listening to your track "School Project", it's very clever and quite emotionally deep. I like it a lot ! It is also a good source of inspiration.

Many thanks for commenting my track a few days ago.

Wish you well

At 10:47am on July 16, 2012, Doug Lauber said…

Hey! Welcome to Composers Forum....  

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Mp3 files and other gripes

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 8:57pm 0 Comments

I've had a bad day so I'm feeling a little grumpy. Sorry. So I'll get right to it.

I like to listen to the music that folks post here. I am surprised at the talent. Most of us are hobbyist and care about what we post. I know that SoundCloud is a popular place to post music. That's fine. But SoundCloud does not work on my Android tablet or phone. The Forum sponsored method of posting mp3's (which was the way I thought we were supposed to post music) works just fine. The main reason I…


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