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Celebrating Black History Month

Started this discussion. Last reply by MM Coston on Tuesday. 8 Replies

If you know one ragtime composer, it’s probably Scott Joplin, who wrote the Maple Life Rag, and whose music was popularized in the movie The Sting. But there were many ragtime composers, and many…Continue

Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: CONTEST ONGOING

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown yesterday. 295 Replies

Hi Composers’ Forum members, as you know, the 4 elements are earth, air, fire, and water. For this proposed contest, you will write a piece of music of no more than 2 minutes duration based on one of…Continue

Events - ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS

Started Dec 16, 2017 0 Replies

Hello all,If you are going to be having a public event where your music will be performed, you may want to add it to the Events Calendar to let us know about it. Events show up on the home page on…Continue

"Viper" Collaborators Sought

Started Dec 12, 2017 0 Replies

Hello all,I've composed a 16-bar phrase, called "Viper," and am looking for anyone who would like to collaborate on it with me. The rules are: your collaboration: 1)  must be 16 bars long, in the…Continue

 

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Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: CONTEST ONGOING
"Hello Elements Contestants, One month has passed,and two months remain to get your entries in. All entries are due on 4/21/18 by 5 pm EST. Entrants, please see the link at the top of this site for more information and ask any questions you may have…"
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MM Coston replied to Gav Brown's discussion Celebrating Black History Month
"* James P. Johnson, best known for composing "The Charleston" and his stride piano playing also wrote some interesting classical pieces such as "Harlem Symphony" that can be found at https://youtu.be/TKQk4ymJQuE * Scott Joplin,…"
Tuesday
gregorio X replied to Gav Brown's discussion Celebrating Black History Month
"The great, (and little talked about) Henry Threadgill.  And the composer and clarinetist, John Carter. (will provide links, later) Billy Strayhorn,  and of course T Monk and C Mingus, Quincey Jones, and certainly Hendrix deserves a…"
Tuesday
Dave Dexter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Celebrating Black History Month
"This guy is still young and alive so maybe it doesn't count, but Andrew Osano (I came across him on another composer site) has a wonderful rich style that's worked sneakily into my inspiration bank. From the sounds of this piece,…"
Tuesday
Manfred Goop replied to Gav Brown's discussion Celebrating Black History Month
"Florence B. Price (1887-1953) Below is her Concerto in One Movement. The theme is similar to the theme of her Symphony in E minor."
Tuesday
Julie Harris replied to Gav Brown's discussion Celebrating Black History Month
"No celebration of black composers would be complete without mentioning one of my favorite Classical composers: Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges! You haven't heard of him, you say?  Well, prepare yourself to meet one of the…"
Sunday
Tim Marko replied to Gav Brown's discussion Celebrating Black History Month
"Many remember his swing classics, but Duke Ellington created a number of longer more orchestral works.  Many were not well received at the time, but are great examples of "orchestral jazz. Black, Brown and Beige"
Sunday
Julie Harris replied to Gav Brown's discussion Celebrating Black History Month
"By the way, if anyone looks for a copy of the score of "Summerland", here's some info.  My student and I scoured the Web for the score, including Sheet Music Plus, IMSLP, every place we could think of.  We finally found a…"
Sunday
Julie Harris replied to Gav Brown's discussion Celebrating Black History Month
"I'd like to celebrate William Grant Still, the great American composer and conductor One of my advanced piano students is playing his wonderful solo piano piece, "Summerland": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lvh1FrmdGw Here's…"
Sunday
Gav Brown posted a discussion

Celebrating Black History Month

If you know one ragtime composer, it’s probably Scott Joplin, who wrote the Maple Life Rag, and whose music was popularized in the movie The Sting. But there were many ragtime composers, and many great works by them. James Scott was second in popularity only to Scott Joplin in the era of ragtime (approximately 1899 - 1916) and wrote many wonderful rags. He was such a lover of ragtime that he continued to compose it well into the 20s, even after new forms of music such as early jazz had come…See More
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Homage to Simon Godden

"Thanks Jon! I think it's the best of the 3"
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Jon C Sebastian commented on Gav Brown's video
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Homage to Simon Godden

"Love the jazzy take,,wow"
Saturday
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: CONTEST ONGOING
"Ninth entry is in, thanks! Element Count: Earth - 5, Air - 5, Fire - 3, Water - 7. Deadline to submit your entry is 4/21/18 at 5 pm EST. Please see contest rules at the top of this site and if you have any additional questions, ask them here"
Saturday
Jamie Sims left a comment for Gav Brown
"Thanks Gav, I'll take a while to get a feel of the forum and community, and then hopefully will share and contribute before too long. Many thanks"
Feb 16
Marc Eugene Farmer replied to Gav Brown's discussion Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: CONTEST ONGOING
"Gav do we send our MP3 link to this thread, or through a private message?  Sorry if this has been anwered."
Feb 16
Gav Brown replied to Keith J Hampton's discussion "Garden Seduction" - short, modern classical piece for piano.
"Hi Keith, I think there might be something to this comment of yours - It's something I also have to watch out for, although sometimes I like to leave the piece as it is. Bet you do too ;)"
Feb 14

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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 -

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 1:21pm on February 16, 2018, Jamie Sims said…

Thanks Gav, I'll take a while to get a feel of the forum and community, and then hopefully will share and contribute before too long. Many thanks

At 3:43am on February 1, 2018, João Verbo said…

Thank you!

At 4:04pm on January 13, 2018, Doug R. said…

Thanks Much!

At 5:21pm on January 12, 2018, Robert Brooks said…

Thanks Gav, looking forward to being part of the community.

At 3:48am on January 5, 2018, Tommi Erkko said…

Thank you! Glad to be here.

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 me@joshuaquinlan.co.uk

Thanks!

 
 
 

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