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Flower for String Quartet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown 13 hours ago. 7 Replies

Hello Colleagues,This is the second-ever piece I've written for string quartet, and is a companion for "Blossom," which is further down in this forum. I'm writing these as part of a set of four for…Continue

Animals Contest - VOTE HERE - DEADLINE APPROACHING!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown on Sunday. 21 Replies

In the Fall of 2018, composers were asked to participate in a contest based on the idea of Animals. All Composers' Forum members are invited to listen to the entries and vote on the top 3. You can…Continue

Blossom for String Quartet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Morabito Nov 27. 25 Replies

Hello Colleagues,In the past couple of years I've been working with traditional classical instruments, something which is new for me, I mostly write progressive-rock- and jazz- influenced piano…Continue

THANK YOU!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Nov 3. 2 Replies

Hello to all members,Special thanks to all who contributed to the Annual Donation Campaign this year! You gave $80, and it's much appreciated! It says that among a world of free forums which are out…Continue

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Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Flower for String Quartet
"Thanks for listening and your comments Saul!"
13 hours ago
Saul Dzorelashvili replied to Gav Brown's discussion Flower for String Quartet
"Very lovely piece. I would have chosen different ending then the simple unison notes, perhaps something that is more intertwined with the theme... Thanks for sharing, Saul"
15 hours ago
Gav Brown replied to Bob Morabito's discussion NotePerformer 3.2 update
"Thanks Bob! All, I have been downloading these updates as they come through and haven't had any significant problems yet. I use Finale 26 on a Mac -"
23 hours ago
Gav Brown replied to Graeme Helliwell's discussion Life - a piece for piano
"Hi Graeme, I like this very much. Your ostinato is fetching and is of interest throughout the whole piece. Varying the volume as you did was a good way to bring contrast to it, and is what made it work. The piece has a feeling of coming from an…"
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Timothy Smith replied to Gav Brown's discussion Flower for String Quartet
"Graeme, I hear you on that. I am constantly changing the keys to some music for the WT at church. The main problem is a comfortable key for a vocalist is sometimes uncomfortable for a bass player or guitarist. Take C to Bb and that makes it tough…"
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Graeme Helliwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion Flower for String Quartet
"'A' is quite a high key to sing in depending on the intented voice. Ab to G does work for more people. I recently transposed an intended audition piece from A to G for that very reason. Sounds so much less vocaly strained. Clementi was an…"
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Timothy Smith replied to Gav Brown's discussion Flower for String Quartet
"Interesting. I didn't know a lot of Broadway music was written in Ab. You have probably heard that the key of A is sometimes called the happy key. It seems to give some music a lighter feel. Sometimes changes are made to accommodate a…"
yesterday
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Flower for String Quartet
"Hi Timothy and thanks for these comments! The key change is new for me, I mostly haven't used it in the past, it's one of the things I am experimenting with. I notice it in a lot of Broadway music particularly, and it seems to be a way to…"
Monday
Timothy Smith replied to Gav Brown's discussion Flower for String Quartet
"I'm not familiar with that composer Gav. I really enjoyed this piece. I liked the key change which seemed to elevate it somewhat more. May I ask why you chose the key of Ab?  The movements between the different parts all fit very well.…"
Monday
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Flower for String Quartet

Hello Colleagues,This is the second-ever piece I've written for string quartet, and is a companion for "Blossom," which is further down in this forum. I'm writing these as part of a set of four for the LKR Sheet Music Store, which has a classical-orientation. In the first piece, I used a mix of styles to come up with some pop-influenced classical, in this one I mix classical melodies and early jazz harmonies to come up with the result. My greatest influence as a classical composer is probably…See More
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Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Animals Contest - VOTE HERE - DEADLINE APPROACHING!!
"Deadline to vote is 12/16/18 at 5 pm EST"
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Gav Brown replied to Steve Chandler's discussion String Quartet Competition that's not a young composer competition
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"Winners from the contest will receive prizes from the Forum store with original artwork created by Julie Brown. "Storied Animals" was created by the artist just for Composers' Forum for this contest!   Eighteen votes are in!…"
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Gav Brown replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Improvisational Christmas Themes
"What fun! Thanks Timothy!"
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Gav Brown replied to Daniel Titchener's discussion Piano Sonata in E-flat major
"Hi Daniel, If all you do is strictly imitate what you have heard in that style, then no, I don't think it is possible. But if you can take that style as an influence and add to it, bring something new to it, then, yes, I think it is…"
Thursday
Gav Brown replied to Daniel Titchener's discussion Piano Sonata in E-flat major
"Hi Daniel, It is the fundamental question for each composer to ask of themselves - "who do I want to be?" If you want to write in a style of the past, then you can continue on as you have. If you want to try to find a new style, then I…"
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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 -

http://youtu.be/Z8c8eFXNolg

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

http://youtu.be/HU2ftCitvyQ

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…

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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 12:32pm on November 22, 2018, Hayden McGowan said…

Thank you!

At 12:03am on November 18, 2018, SOHAN said…

Hi Gav, thanks :) 

At 12:23pm on October 30, 2018, Matt Wheatley said…

Thanks Gav!

At 5:21am on October 30, 2018, Craig Lints said…

And how do I delete the pdf ?

At 10:24pm on October 22, 2018, Craig Lints said…

Gav,

I am confused.  How do I add music?

How do I access it when it is loaded?

I loaded a .pdf and an .mp3 and wanted to add some comments for the public, but it only allowed me to enter the composer.  How do I add comments to my work ?

Now I can't figure out how to access what I loaded again ?

At 11:51am on October 21, 2018, Craig Lints said…

Gav,

I work in MuseScore and would like to post my work in .mscz format.

If not, then at least in a .pdf. 

But it appears I can only post an .mp3 

Am I missing something?

Also, is there anything I need to do to protect copyright ?

craig lints

At 10:33am on October 16, 2018, Elias Luukkanen said…

Thank you! great to be here!

At 9:13am on October 2, 2018, Timothy Smith said…

Thank you Gav!

At 6:17pm on October 1, 2018, Mike Malstrom said…

Thank you for the welcome and accepting me.

At 10:14pm on September 26, 2018, SunJunqing said…

Thank you for your help~

 
 
 

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