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PROPOSED CONTEST - “Animals”

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown on Thursday. 10 Replies

Hello members! Composers’ Forum is proposing the following contest - write a piece of music about an animal. The piece can be any instrumentation, any style, and should be of 2 minutes duration or…Continue

Mystique for Handbells

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Sep 11. 6 Replies

I once had a composer friend who was the director of a handbell choir, so I wrote several pieces for them. Since handbells harmonize on a minor third, I wrote this piece in the Locrian mode, which…Continue

Collaborative Project Proposal: Treatise on Atonalism

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown 23 hours ago. 29 Replies

The Composers’ Forum is looking for members who are interested in participating in a collaborative treatise on the subject of Atonalism, to be presented on this site. 3 members are needed in order…Continue

Work in Progress, Suggestions/Feedback Sought - Flute Duo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Jul 6. 15 Replies

Hello colleagues,I've never written for flute before and am working on a piece which is at a very early stage, interested in any feedback you have. This is not by any stretch a complete work, in…Continue

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Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Collaborative Project Proposal: Treatise on Atonalism
"Deadline in one week!"
23 hours ago
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion PROPOSED CONTEST - “Animals”
"Thanks Bruce, and please do not submit anything yet! With you in, we have 5 commits, 3 more are needed for the contest to be a go! All, deadline to express interest (but not to submit an entry) is 9/30/18 at 5 pm EST"
Thursday
Bruce Pearson replied to Gav Brown's discussion PROPOSED CONTEST - “Animals”
"Ok...I have a piece ready to submit."
Thursday
Gav Brown replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion The Hidden Cabin
"Hi Saul, another example of your romantic style, and as in your other pieces, that hint of longing and sadness. Nicely done! Gav"
Sep 15
Gav Brown replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Hi Stephen, even though I take the approach of trying to produce the best sound possible, that it might not be enough for some is just something I have come to accept. I produce using Finale and NotePerformer, and highly recommend NP, it is a…"
Sep 15
Gav Brown replied to Harold Bussy's discussion String Trio
"Hi Harold, this has some good things going for it - a nice and memorable melody, I like particularly how you put the brief space in at then end of the phrases, it is pleasant. Also, the general interplay of the instruments seemed to me to work quite…"
Sep 15
Gav Brown replied to nenopro's discussion Four short stories for piano (suite)
"Hi Nenopro, Thanks for sharing your quite interesting pieces! I listened to them several times and was struck by how they don’t sound like anything else I have heard before. Usually I am able to identify some influence of another composer, but…"
Sep 15
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Collaborative Project Proposal: Treatise on Atonalism
"Deadline approaching - 9/30/18 at 5 pm EST!"
Sep 15
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion PROPOSED CONTEST - “Animals”
"Thanks Stephen, with you in, we have 4 commits, 4 more and the contest is a go!"
Sep 14
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion PROPOSED CONTEST - “Animals”
"Count me in please Gav."
Sep 14
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion PROPOSED CONTEST - “Animals”
"Thanks Jordan, you’re in! We now have 3 composers in, 5 more will be needed for the contest to be a go. Deadline to express interest (but not to submit an entry) is Sept. 30 at 5 pm EST -"
Sep 14
Jordan chua replied to Gav Brown's discussion PROPOSED CONTEST - “Animals”
"Damn, would like to join if this is a thing"
Sep 14
Gav Brown replied to Daniel Krausz's discussion First post - New Orchestral Piece
"Hi Daniel, fresh opinions and even disagreements are often helpful in seeing a piece in a new way, I find. I hope we will hear more from you soon! Gav"
Sep 11
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Mystique for Handbells
"Hi Dan, Thanks very kindly, I wanted the piece to be evocative and am gratified that I have succeeded at least somewhat with you! They are an interesting instrument to write for! I think good handbell music has an almost hypnotic quality, something…"
Sep 11
Daniel Krausz replied to Gav Brown's discussion Mystique for Handbells
"Wow! At first I couldn't, for a lack of a better term, "lock in" on it. But as it progressed, it was pulling me in until I was just totally entranced by it! Very evocative in my opinion. Some words I'd use to describe it would…"
Sep 11
Gav Brown replied to Kjell Prytz's discussion Woodwind quintet again
"Hi Kjell, I think you achieved your goal here, the instrumentation seems right on for the idea of birds, the melody is memorable, and it is well executed. The only thing I thought could be better is that the ending is rather abrupt, would have liked…"
Sep 9

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
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What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Modern
Is music your main income source?
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Maryland
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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 9:18pm on September 5, 2018, Sumiko Sato said…

Thank you. Looking forward to participate!

At 12:59am on August 21, 2018, Eduardo Cassol said…

Thank you for the approval Gav! 

At 9:03am on August 3, 2018, Ashley Berg said…

Thank you! 

At 2:35am on July 21, 2018, Filippo Landi said…

Thank you!

At 10:34pm on July 20, 2018, Paul Babelay said…

Thank you, Gav. Looking forward to learning and participating.

At 8:20am on July 14, 2018, John Francis said…

Thank you! It's a pleasure to be included on the site!

At 9:31pm on July 13, 2018, Brian Joch said…

Thank you Gav. 

At 7:52pm on July 11, 2018, Joan A.C. Gilmore said…
Thank you Gav. Happy to be here.
At 2:49pm on July 5, 2018, Rowell Rogers said…

Thanks for listening and your kind comments.

At 11:59am on June 27, 2018, Jim Harris said…

Tanks! Excited to be aboard.

 
 
 

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