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Just Sisters

Started Nov 16 0 Replies

Hey all,About 25 years ago I was tapped by a filmmaker to do a theme song for a TV sitcom she was trying to get produced about 2 look-alike sisters who get into trouble. The show never ended up…Continue

Introducing Gavin Brown

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Nov 10. 3 Replies

Hi all, I have been a composer for about 40 years and write mostly for piano. I am influenced by modern progressive rock, blues, jazz, and other styles of music. I like what Duke Ellington said about…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Morabito Nov 5. 17 Replies

Hello to new members and welcome to the site! We hope you enjoy your stay!GavContinue

Proposed Contest - Time to Tango!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Morabito Sep 26. 2 Replies

Hello Colleagues,Those who have been on this site for a while know that I occasionally run contests. Here’s the latest idea: write a tango or tango-inspired piece. Any instrumentation, duration up to…Continue


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Gav Brown replied to Paul Copeland's discussion Introducing Paul Copeland
"Hello Paul, Well I cannot imagine what Cadenza sounds like, but the picture is gorgeous. I think you should sell it as a poster, I would be. Do let's hear some of your music soon! -Gav"
Gav Brown replied to Rick's discussion A happy uke tune
"Hi Rick, An enjoyable tune. Don't ask me why I thought of this, but this seems to me like it would be good music for a Mr. Bubble commercial. I imagined little kids playing around in a soapy bathtub and having fun! Thanks for posting - Gav"
Gav Brown replied to Charles Burns's discussion recordings from my latest big band rehearsal
"Hi Charles,I like it. You’ve definitely got the swing part of it right, that jaunty swagger is spot on. the lush horn harmonies really work well, and overall I think you’ve got a good piece going. I especially like the drumming, so…"
Gav Brown commented on artur bayramgalin's video

Soulful lounge tune - Nice Morning by Artur Bayramgalin / Артур Байрамгалин

"Hi artur, I like this very much. A chill / adult contemporary / smooth jazz tune, expertly done and lovely to listen to. And what a great singer! Best, Gav"
Gav Brown replied to Steven S. Billings's discussion Long Form Rock Composing
"Steven, do you have anything you can share with us - either in long-form rock or another style? -Gav"
Gav Brown replied to Rick's discussion How's the arrangement?
"Hi Rick, It has a pleasant sound, nice harmony and decent melody. I would say if there was one thing I would recommend you reconsider it is the overall dynamicism of the piece, which has a quality of sameness all throughout. I think music is best…"
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Baltimore Composers' Event at Fellowship Hall of Christ Lutheran Church

November 18, 2017 from 7:30pm to 9pm
The West Shore Piano Trio will perform works by BCF composers  Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm.  “One, Two, Three” will include a memorial tribute to long-time BCF member William Milner.The concert will be in the Fellowship Hall of Christ Lutheran Church Inner Harbor, 701 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.  Free parking. Admission $15/$10 students.See More
Nov 18
Gav Brown posted a discussion

Just Sisters

Hey all,About 25 years ago I was tapped by a filmmaker to do a theme song for a TV sitcom she was trying to get produced about 2 look-alike sisters who get into trouble. The show never ended up getting made, but I did actually produce the theme, attached here. There are a few musical jokes in it about "2." for the Two sisters. Comments welcome -GavSee More
Nov 16
Gav Brown replied to Gary Bob Mosse's discussion mp3 not playing
"Hi Gary, you might try exporting from Finale to AIFF or WAV and then using the link on the home page of this site to convert to MP3 (it's on the left side of the page, about a 3rd of the way down). -Good luck Gav"
Nov 16
Gav Brown replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Introducing Dave Dexter
"Nice to see you Dave! Best, Gav"
Nov 16
Gav Brown replied to Steven S. Billings's discussion Long Form Rock Composing
"Hi Steven, I write music for solo piano, and some of it is prog-influenced. One such piece is called "Promise," and it's in the list of recent postings in the Music Analysis and Critique forum, if you want to get a sample. Not sure…"
Nov 15
Gav Brown replied to Peter Lysander's discussion A Walk In The Park
"Hi Peter,I think the title matches the mood of the piece and overall I like it. As you said, you just kind of stop because you couldn’t figure out where to go next. A couple of ideas occur to me - 1) play the 1st section again and add a solo…"
Nov 14
Gav Brown replied to Eric Fregoso's discussion Hello! Introducing Eric F
"Welcome Eric! We hope you enjoy your stay! Gav"
Nov 13
Gav Brown replied to Jérémie Lhomme's discussion (video) Quick improv a bit Jazzy by Jeremie Lhomme
"As a piano composer myself, he is a huge figure in my mind - they didn't call him the poet of the piano for nothing! Hope to hear more of you here! Gav"
Nov 12
Gav Brown replied to Michel-ange MERINO's discussion A Small Piece for Orchestra :) about a small village in South of France.
"Hi Michel-ange, It is rare that I find a piece as composed to be perfect, but I think this one is. You have done a lovely job of it. Soft and flowing, with lovely swells and a haunting melody. Very affecting and sentimental in a heart-tugging…"
Nov 12
Gav Brown replied to Bill Dan Courtney's discussion Wow, great news!
"Hi Bill, It's all cool. We only ask that if you bang two trash can lids together, you wear a bow tie so we know that it's art - Gav"
Nov 11

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I've been composing music since I was 19. My main influences include Ragtime, Jazz, and Progressive Rock.

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A delightful piano composition - Peacherine Rag

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 12:47am 0 Comments

I started composing because of the music in the movie "The Sting" - the ragtime of Scott Joplin. His music is not only great sounding, but a fun fit fit for the fingers - physically enjoyable to play. Here's a piece which was not in The Sting, but which is a delightful example of his work - about 3 minutes long -

Shatner of the Mount

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 7:35pm 0 Comments

I think it's hilarious, perhaps you will enjoy it too

Some Water Music

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 1:10am 0 Comments

Another composer has posted recently on the forum about a piece he wrote inspired by French music which is about fountains. I won’t post this on his thread, which is about his composition, but thought you might enjoy it - ragtime composers liked to compose on this theme too, and one of my favorites in this genre is a piece written by a guy named Robert Hampton called “Cataract Rag.” (Cataract is a synonym for Waterfall). The middle section (starting at about 1:50) particularly is delightful…


The Laser Farm Dialogues

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 5:14pm 0 Comments

Hi all,

Joe Wall is a Baltimore composer who does interesting things. I once got to see a multimedia presentation of this piece by him, about how, as a small child, he mused on the satellite program. I've never forgotten it. I find it meditative and hypnotic. I've been looking for it for years online and finally found it. The last few words spoken I particularly find affecting. Hope you like it.…


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At 5:11pm on November 18, 2016, Aaron Goold said…

Thanks Gav. I appreciate the feedback and will take you ideas with me as I compose my next project (which might be a trio). I'll pay more attention to harmony and themes with this next piece (and hopefully make something more memorable!). And do share with me your works as you post as well. 

At 2:05pm on July 21, 2016, Art Lowell said…

I don't think I have your personal email address, Gav.

At 2:07pm on June 30, 2016, Austin James said…

Hi Gav, It's your pal Austin James. See my new page. I'm just now finding my way around in here. New material always in work here. Looking forward to checking your material that I'm not familiar with yet. Cheers!

At 12:22pm on June 12, 2016, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings Gav,

I like Morning Amor. It is very refreshing sonically. Thanks for sharing.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 6:10pm on December 2, 2015, Joshua Quinlan said…

Hi Gav,

I would very much like to start a competition (I already have the concept, and I have post on here about it), and I was wondering whether you had any tips for starting and running this competition. Anything would be very much well-received.

If you would like to talk privately, or think it would be easier, you can email me at


At 3:14pm on July 18, 2015, Mariza Costa-Cabral said…


Just a suggestion, to put the ongoing contest under the "announcements" section at the top of the web page.


At 4:31pm on July 4, 2015, Kim Margerum said…

Gav,  it was suggested that I not attach my file here.  Perhaps I should email the MP3 file to you (maybe?).  

At 6:11pm on February 22, 2015, Richard T. Hill said…

Ridley Park? LOL. That's where I live now. I'm from Philadelphia and am musically active in the city so I put Philadelphia for the city but I really like Ridley.

At 1:36am on February 8, 2015, Austin Joseph Lee said…

Thanks for the welcome. Awesome,

I think i will give the winter music contest a try!

At 3:54pm on January 13, 2015, Stephen E. Conrad said…

Thank you Gav, It is an honor to be included.  Steve Conrad


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