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Fredrick zinos
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  • Blairsden-graeagle, CA
  • United States
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Chaconne for Strings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ray Kemp Jul 27, 2017. 12 Replies

Passicaglia for Strings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fredrick zinos Nov 1, 2016. 37 Replies


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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?
Post minimalist
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Graegle CA
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I am an old geezer. I can remember all the way back to the '60's and before. It was terrible when the North and the South started shooting at each other like that. I am not a musician, nor do I play one on TV. I just like hanging out with them. You may think that strange, but I don't play golf either and yet I like living in golfing communities.

In my checkered past I've managed to meet both Stravinsky and Hindemith. And a few others. Of all the musicians I've met, I am convinced that only two could actually look at a score and "hear" it. One was Hindemith, the other was Fritz Reiner. Stravinsky said he couldn't do it, he was sure he was just "remembering" the music prompted by the sight of the notes on the page.

Now, don't get me wrong, I was all set to have a huge career in music, but then at the last minute I remembered that I have no talent and no ambition, a fact to which my compositions abundantly testify. The knowledge of my preordained failure in this art has, I am sure, saved me from considerable misery.But its a big world and I managed to get into the pharmaceutical business creating all sorts of dangerous and useless but highly profitable drugs.Pharmaceutical science suited me well, it is a field in which absence of talent and ambition, slovenly work habits and a general disregard for logical thinking are considered assets, much like holding high public office, I suppose.

Gentle reader, you will find this hard to believe, but I am so old that I recall sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows and discussing the chaos into which chant had fallen, with no less than my old pal Pope Greg VI. Pope Greg was an excellent tennis player, by the way. If the universe would have looped around a little differently it would have been fun to see him take on Arnold Schoenberg. Well anyway, someone suggested the Greg codify all those chants to make them more recognizable, which, during the off-season, he did. They caught on like wildfire. Soon I noticed that I couldn't go anywhere without hearing them. Baptisms, weddings funerals, lynchings were all accompanied by that wonderful Greco-Roman palaver.

My next encounter took place a few years later. The then Pope, I think it was Julius, had assigned Monteverdi to guard Palestrina. This made sense. Palestrina was a good 3 point man shooting from the corners, but Monteverdi was taller and had an uncanny way of blocking shots without drawing a foul. Nonetheless, Palestrina still scored more than one would have imagined, him being only a little taller than Kernis. Then one day Monteverdi showed up on the court with an invention, a strange looking shoe. Yes, he had invented the tennis shoe, and it made a big impression. You could hear him running up and down the court, Screech -Slap, Screech-Slap, Screech-Slap.. he had only invented ONE shoe. Two part inventions didn't come along until Bach's time.

I dozed off and missed a lot but managed to revive myself so as to spend some time with a student of Mozart, namely Hummel. I am amazed to this day how he managed to turn out so much fine music and still have time for the figurines.

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At 9:33pm on December 18, 2016, Kristofer Emerig said…

Merry X-mas, old man.

At 3:05pm on October 22, 2016, Kristofer Emerig said…

Haven't listened to this in quite a while. Did so this morning and wanted to share.  No gimmicks, no mannerisms, free of clever devices, just pure music.

At 2:30pm on September 26, 2016, Ray Kemp said…
Your page is still active Fredrick. There must be some silly little fault in your connection surely.
At 3:51pm on October 15, 2015, Anthony Blackfrost said…

Thank you for kind words Fredrick, I really appreciate it :)

At 2:20am on August 7, 2014, Ray Kemp said…

your American Songs take #1 spot on my playlist :)

At 12:59am on June 11, 2013, michael diemer said…

Fred, I just read your Bio. It triggered a laughing attack that almost went into an asthma attack. I demand that you mail me an inhaler, or other suitable pharmacological agent.

At 9:40pm on May 22, 2013, Lawrence Aurich said…


    The quality of posts has been flagging lately.  How about posting something.  Something old?  We new comers would like to hear more of your work.

Lawrence Aurich

At 12:06am on March 8, 2013, Janet Spangenberg said…

Hey, Fredrick... I spent some time listening to your music today. I especially liked your "Scherzo 1882 for Wind Quintet", "American Songs", and "Statements for Clarinet and String Trio". Great stuff!

At 3:39pm on November 25, 2012, Diane Webster said…

Thank you for your comment! I'm still getting used to using the VSTs on Cubase to achieve the sounds I want but it's getting easier with every composition :-)

At 1:15am on November 2, 2012, Doug Lauber said…

fredrick- I just got home at 11 PM, checking the! Thanks for the support, I appreciate it. I'm trying to do the best I can with help from my friends ...and just maybe the album will reach a high standard, provide some good entertainment. Thanks again for the encouragement- It means a lot coming from you.



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