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"Symphonic" movement (modal) 4'50"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Saul Gefen Nov 10. 11 Replies

The final part of a loosely titled symphony. The two earlier movements were posted here a while back. This one more strictly conforms to its mode.It starts with a brief canon followed by the main…Continue

Piece for Orchestra. (4'30")

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Smith Oct 16. 23 Replies

It's fairly slow, peaceful mostly, chromatic (not atonal).The orchestra is small - no flutes, triple double reeds, triple clarinets, brass limited to 4 horns + trumpet.Any comment good or bad would…Continue

Prelude. (More light music) about 1'40"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Aubrun Sep 12. 19 Replies

Dilemma. Some years back I wrote a prelude for a local movie club. The midi files were scrapped with the Xp computer and the score is lost.Recently I tried recreating it using Reaper and up-to-date…Continue

Minuet 1'45"

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Sep 1. 23 Replies

An exercise. I don't want to let go of standard diatonic harmony (even if this doesn't obey all the CPP rules). A classical-styled thing has to have harmonic clarity, limited chromatics.So I ran this…Continue


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Dane Aubrun replied to James Hutchings's discussion Basic question about first species counterpoint.
"That should be read as a guideline. Two big leaps in similar motion would sound awkward. But he does it in his minor key example (bars 6 and 7) unless that's what he's prompting you to change. The only way to change that (counterpoint…"
Nov 11
Saul Gefen replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion "Symphonic" movement (modal) 4'50"
"Hi Dane, What kind of notation software do you use? I think you can do a better job with making the score clearer, this is not your fault its the software, I believe that the old versions of Finale had this where notes are on top of each other or…"
Nov 10
Dane Aubrun replied to 8Rivers's discussion Prophet of mercy (soundtrack)
"Another nice one/ Floating in it suggests its title on the word "Mercy." Rueful harmonies but quietly assertive. What's likeable is that you seem to use fairly easy elements to create a long build-up and I can imagine it as…"
Nov 10
Dane Aubrun replied to Fabio Biolcati's discussion Whole Tone Poem. Interlude for Orchestra
"Hi, Fabio, Well, I loved the sound of it. I dare say some tweaking might vary the dynamics a bit but it was well balanced, ethereal, engaging. My criticism? It's just too short. Ok, you call it an interlude but it stands in its own right and…"
Nov 6
Dane Aubrun replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion "Symphonic" movement (modal) 4'50"
"Oh dear....I'm sorry to say the first movement is a disgrace by comparison!  :) A job card has been raised to overhaul it. Once I get it up on the lift I can see what's wrong underneath it!! I will put it up again, once it's in a…"
Nov 6
Dane Aubrun replied to Ingo Lee's discussion Chamber group final movement
"Now it starts to make sense. It opens with the celeste. The work as a whole hangs together well. The build up around the 4 minute mark in the first movement is great. The second movement has twilit colours about it, long shadows, warmth. The mix of…"
Nov 6
Dane Aubrun replied to 8Rivers's discussion Love Needs Sacrifice (Soundtrack)
"Very well produced and pleasant/easy to listen to. Nice delay line and ping-pong effects. Altogether a nice harmonic progression and build up. Certainly would inspire a video if the story could be symbolised in the time - kind of surreal - but…"
Nov 6
Ingo Lee replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion "Symphonic" movement (modal) 4'50"
"I've listened to the two movements together Dane and it makes for an enjoyable study in similarity and contrast. The instrumentation and harmonic materials have continuity but the form and feel especially are very different.  The second…"
Nov 5
Dane Aubrun replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion "Symphonic" movement (modal) 4'50"
"Hi, Ingo, Many thanks for listening through it and your generous comments. Yes, it was more a technical exercise but the mode (locrian) allows expressive possibilities because it can't resolve to a tonic chord. None of this dominant-tonic stuff…"
Nov 4
Dane Aubrun replied to Ingo Lee's discussion Chamber group final movement
"It's a superb piece, Ingo. A fine example of through-composing with some reliance on motifs and superb ensemble writing. As you know I had a preliminary look at the score and it's pretty clever, refined. I suppose a few more dynamic…"
Nov 4
Ingo Lee replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion "Symphonic" movement (modal) 4'50"
"I regret I don't remember well the earlier movements of this symphony Dane, it would be great to place this in context because it is an interesting variation on your approach as I know it.  This is restless and evocative and it is a…"
Oct 30
Dane Aubrun replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Tongues Of Angels
"Hi again, Timothy, A very likeable piece. Minimalist style, superb production, nice scoring. I particularly liked what seemed like the entry of the flute, maybe with the celeste more prominent?  at around one minute in and the way it departed…"
Oct 27
Dane Aubrun replied to Kjell Prytz's discussion Orchestral piece with a Spanish touch
"Good evening Kjell, A most engaging, atmospheric piece, energetic and well scored. Great thematic development. The scoring seemed uncluttered so the build up toward the end came over very clearly. The slower, calmer section starting around…"
Oct 27
Dane Aubrun replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion "Symphonic" movement (modal) 4'50"
"Hello there, Kjell Thank you for listening and your encouraging comments. Much appreciated. I try! As for a fourth movement - don't know yet. In the locrian mode it brings out a new problem: so are the first two movements. Can it work without…"
Oct 27
Dane Aubrun replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion "Symphonic" movement (modal) 4'50"
"Tim, hi there. Thank you for listening. Hope it wasn't too much of an ear-bashing. Mennin was fond of the locrian mode. It manifests so well in his 3rd and 5th symphonies. I would never dare to compare myself with Mennin who was one of…"
Oct 27
Dane Aubrun replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion "Symphonic" movement (modal) 4'50"
"Hi, Gregorio, Many thanks for listening all though and your helpful comments. It was a bit of a technical exercise once I'd decided on basic themes and fragments. I'm having a look at the rhythm and don't understand myself ! about…"
Oct 27

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Multimedia, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Southern England
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.
As an amateur violist I've used membership of local ensembles and orchestras as a way of getting pieces performed. I tend to an impressionistic style but never write off the chance to break away and do something "contemporary" or light or even 'pop'. My music education put me off serial techniques well and truly and probably did more harm than good. As for composing I still sketch on paper - no notation software is fast enough nor allows me to spread different tries on the table to edit. I then do mock-ups on Reaper relying heavily on its midi editor. I hope to comment and bring some pieces to the site if things work out. I tend to limit my things to around 5 minutes as I've found people are often happy to afford that time or less - and it's easier to get them played: local groups seem more willing to fill in spare moments of their gigs with the work of local composers. That's me!

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At 2:59pm on May 23, 2019, Stephen Lines said…

Incidentally, I see you live in southern England (why I thought you were American I really don't know). I live in Hampshire, where do you live if you don't mind me asking?

You are very encouraging with your comments about others' work (including mine) - I wish I had the same facility as sometimes I think I come across as somewhat unsympathetically critical.

Best regards,


At 2:52pm on May 23, 2019, Stephen Lines said…

Hi Dane,

I see from one of the threads that you compose on paper and don't know how to produce PDFs. If it helps, my printer has the facility to copy and save as a PDF - the printer itself wasn't expensive (around $100) but the ink refills admittedly cost a small fortune. You might consider shopping around and buying something similar.

All the best,


At 8:56am on January 4, 2019, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Dane!


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