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Wedding Recessional

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown on Saturday. 6 Replies

Here’s my latest piece. It’s actually quite old, but until recently I thought  it lost. But I was digging around through some old sheet music and found a copy of it. It’s the recessional for the…Continue

Darius Milhaud

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ingo Lee Mar 6. 4 Replies

French classical composers were enchanted with ragtime as a serious music long before Americans considered it to be a serious music. Debussy, for example, wrote a piece based on it. But the best one,…Continue

“Emotions” Contest - UPDATES

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Mar 18. 3 Replies

For those who have entered, write a piece that tries to capture a single emotion, e.g. “happiness,” “sadness,” love.” Any instrumentation, any duration up to 5 minutes. An mp3 soundfile is required,…Continue

Estonia to provide musical instruments to all children

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Hello colleagues,I thought you might enjoy this story, about the country of Estonia providing musical instruments to all children…Continue

 

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Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Wedding Recessional
"Thanks so much for listening Dave, and I am glad you enjoyed! - Gav"
Saturday
Dave Dexter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Wedding Recessional
"Good. Happy, upbeat, positive. I'd never in a million years have associated it with weddings, but that's not your concern."
Saturday
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Wedding Recessional
"Thanks so much Bob, you certainly described what I was aiming for the in piece. I appreciate you taking the time to listen!"
Saturday
Bob Morabito replied to Gav Brown's discussion Wedding Recessional
"I think your really nailed this Gav--its full of uncontrolled joy, excitement and celebration--spontaneous outbursts and exclamations  of excited good wishes, and applause--all done so wonderfully , and successfully in your music here. Thanks…"
Friday
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Wedding Recessional
"Thanks for listening Nikola and for sharing your opinion!"
Friday
Nikola replied to Gav Brown's discussion Wedding Recessional
"I found your music relying too much on technical part instead of describing the atmosphere that you probably want to describe to the listener. Too many different LH/RH motifs instead of focusing on main musical idea and on what you actually want to…"
Thursday
Gav Brown replied to Fred-B's discussion String quartet No.3 - Hugo Wolf Quartett
"It was in no way meant to be faint praise"
Mar 21
Gav Brown replied to Jason Sioco's discussion How to listen to music with focus without mind wandering?
"There is no substitute or short-cut. If you really want something, focus on it and force yourself to concentrate. It can take a while, but if it's really what you want, you can make it happen"
Mar 18
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion “Emotions” Contest - UPDATES
"Second entry is in, thanks also! Deadline to have your entry in is April 28 at 5 pm EST"
Mar 18
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion “Emotions” Contest has begun!
"First entry is in, thanks! Deadline to have your entry in is April 28 at 5 pm EST"
Mar 18
Gav Brown replied to Alex Oliver Cawley's discussion piece for solo piano
"Hi Alex, I hear the same kind of jesting quality in your other two pieces as I heard in this one, and thanks for sharing them. I think your strength is this quality, which you express in quite an original fashion. Originality is the first and…"
Mar 18
Gav Brown replied to Alex Oliver Cawley's discussion piece for solo piano
"Hi Alex, What an interesting and challenging piece you have written. I listened to it twice. BTW, the score does not seem to be a match for the performance, which hindered my ability to understand it somewhat. There are parts of it I liked, parts…"
Mar 18
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Wedding Recessional

Here’s my latest piece. It’s actually quite old, but until recently I thought  it lost. But I was digging around through some old sheet music and found a copy of it. It’s the recessional for the wedding of a good friend of mine. I have written the music for 5 weddings for family and friends, and I performed this at my friend’s wedding. The march I have previously posted here, so won’t again unless there is interest. As always, comments welcome…See More
Mar 18
Gav Brown replied to Fred-B's discussion String quartet No.3 - Hugo Wolf Quartett
"Hi Fred-B, and thanks for posting you work. I am generally reluctant to post on works which I do not ultimately like, but your piece intrigued me, and I listened to it several times. I think you have a kernel of something here, a talent which has…"
Mar 13
Gav Brown replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"An example"
Mar 5
Gav Brown replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"I introduce a radical concept. There is a loveliness about the physical appearance of musical notes in scores, and that this can be a driver, or at least an influencer of composition. In other words, an interesting-looking score may be a sign of…"
Mar 5

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Web
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Modern
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Maryland
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I've been composing music since I was 19. My main influences include Ragtime, Jazz, and Progressive Rock.
Website:
www.lulu.com/spotlight/gavbrown01

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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 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 10:19pm on August 12, 2016, Serenity Laine said…

Hi Gav.  I accepted your friend request, so you can write me now if you like.   

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!

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

Gav,

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

Mariza

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!

 
 
 

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