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Open discussion - Why do you compose in the style you do?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Liz Atems yesterday. 29 Replies

Hello colleagues, We have a variety of composers on this site who write music in many different styles, from neoclassical (music in the style of a period of history), modern classical, jazz, ragtime,…Continue

Building the Stage, for viola, cello, and double bass

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Jul 12. 4 Replies

Hello colleagues,This is one of a series of pieces written as interstitial music for an upcoming concert of the Baltimore Composers Forum. The concert is all dance pieces, and the BCF needed some…Continue

A Poor Child Christmas Wish for Alto and piano

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Jul 4. 5 Replies

Hello Colleagues,A project I am currently working on is to get a professional recording made of a cycle of Christmas songs I wrote for Alto and piano, along with poet Miesha Lowery, who wrote the…Continue

I’ve Been Accepted By a Publisher question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown May 27. 20 Replies

Hello Colleagues,A work I submitted to a publisher has been accepted, and they have sent me a contract to sign. This is the first time this has happened, so I am not familiar with how this works,…Continue

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Gav Brown replied to Michael Lofting's discussion Remembrance
"Thanks!"
yesterday
Gav Brown replied to Michael Lofting's discussion Remembrance
"Hi Michael, when posting a sound file, please use an MP3, it is the one file format that everyone is likely to be able to use - Gav"
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Liz Atems replied to Gav Brown's discussion Open discussion - Why do you compose in the style you do?
"Ambitious dreams are good to have - when I was much younger I had a few symphonies planned out, mostly inspired by Nielsen, who was my favorite composer back in the day. Nothing ever came of them. Today I don't think I could ever actually…"
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H. S. Teoh replied to Gav Brown's discussion Open discussion - Why do you compose in the style you do?
"As far as I know, Gregorio has not posted scores for his fugues anywhere. He has shared one or two with me, though, although I don't know where I've misplaced them. But you could just ask him for a score if you wish, since he's a…"
yesterday
Liz Atems replied to Gav Brown's discussion Open discussion - Why do you compose in the style you do?
"Thanks for the link to Gregorio's fugues - so far I've listened to the C Minor Fugue (4 voices) and Chimera. I enjoyed both immensely and will have to give them more listens. I imagine he posted the scores here at some point, but…"
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H. S. Teoh replied to Gav Brown's discussion Open discussion - Why do you compose in the style you do?
"I listened to your fugue once, but I have to admit that at 20 mins long, it was hard to digest; I will likely need multiple listens in order to have a better grasp of it. Thanks for listening to Exuberance. It's one of my better works IMO, and…"
Friday
Gav Brown replied to Ingo Lee's discussion String Quartet
"Thanks Ingo, lots to consider!"
Jul 28
Gav Brown replied to Rich Townsend's discussion Two Resolutions - comments please!
"Hi Rich, it's quite nice, in a modern vein. Breathing? Gav"
Jul 27
Gav Brown replied to Liz Atems's discussion Vagn Holmboe (1909-1996)
"Hi Liz, I followed several of the links, but was having trouble appreciating what I was hearing, so I resorted to my comfort zone and found a piece that involves piano (the Sonata #1 w/violin). He is a substantial composer. Tonal (that's a must…"
Jul 26
Gav Brown replied to Ingo Lee's discussion String Quartet
"Hi Ingo, I found this a bit challenging to get through, partly because the hidden staving threw me for a loop, but also partly because at some point after the rapid 16ths the score and the sound file part ways and I get lost. Overall, I found I had…"
Jul 26
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Open discussion - Why do you compose in the style you do?
"Hi Ingo, thanks for the kind words, and to your point about the potential for muddiness: I'm glad you pointed this out. I have a performance of this coming up and will listen for what you describe -"
Jul 26
Ingo Lee replied to Gav Brown's discussion Open discussion - Why do you compose in the style you do?
"Very nice piece Gav, I'm partial to 3 beat stuff too, it has an irresistible flow. I like your harmonies and the unusual instrument combination as well (well unusual to me at least).  The pizzicato passage is very effective, well…"
Jul 26
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Open discussion - Why do you compose in the style you do?
"Ali, see PM from me -"
Jul 26
Ali Riza SARAL replied to Gav Brown's discussion Open discussion - Why do you compose in the style you do?
">Score is in the YT. Sorry, my mind is tired I guess... Where can I find the score Gav?  I would like to study it, it impossible to do with a sliding score. Thanks Ali"
Jul 26
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Open discussion - Why do you compose in the style you do?
"Thanks for your nice comment on the piece! Re: chromaticism, I think I often find as you do, that a purely diatonic piece is easily put in the "dull" basket, because that area has been thoroughly explored and my ear wants something that…"
Jul 26
Liz Atems replied to Gav Brown's discussion Open discussion - Why do you compose in the style you do?
"Gav, just to say that I thoroughly enjoyed your piece The Dancer Stretches. Unpretentious, whimsical, unpredictable. Kudos. On chromaticism: an emphatic yes. I could not see writing a piece without it and I generally find purely diatonic music…"
Jul 26

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Modern
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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 12:51am on July 23, 2020, Gary Hetherington said…

Thank you so much Gav, Nice to be here

At 9:10am on July 7, 2020, Douglas Locke said…

Thank you.  Hope to make some new friends and learn.  One of the reasons I joined was hearing all the music and the different styles.  Very interesting. 

At 11:07am on June 15, 2020, Tony Lowther said…

Thank you Gav! Pleasure to be here...

At 2:56pm on June 10, 2020, Bruce Irving said…

Thank you! I can't believe I didn't know about this forum before. It looks like a pretty supportive learning environment. I will try to contribute once I learn the ropes. 

At 12:57pm on May 26, 2020, Jayakumar Ramalingam said…

Thank u, sir! I

At 2:38pm on May 23, 2020, Jessica Metaneira said…

Thanks!!

At 3:55pm on May 11, 2020, Albayrak mustfa said…

thanks for the welcome.

At 9:46pm on May 6, 2020, Daniel Tan said…

Thank you Gav!

At 6:55pm on April 23, 2020, Bongo John said…

Hey thanks Gav.  I am looking forward to being active on Composers' Forum and excited about the possibilities.

At 9:52pm on April 12, 2020, Sassyfrood said…
Hi. I'm just trying to create a discussion for my new piece in the analysis section, but all I get is the message `Our apologies We're sorry, we are having an issue with this page'
 
 
 

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