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Emotions Contest, WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erwin van Delft May 17. 119 Replies

Hello colleagues,Here are the entries for the Spring 2007 "Emotions" contest. Entrants were asked to write a piece which evokes a single emotion, any instrumentation, duration up to 5 minutes. Voting…Continue

Wedding Recessional

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Apr 3. 8 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 Gav Brown Jun 17. 6 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 - DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY HAS PASSED

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Apr 28. 19 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

 

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Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Darius Milhaud
"That is delightful!"
Jun 17
Rowy van Hest replied to Gav Brown's discussion Darius Milhaud
"I like this better :-) https://youtu.be/B3GZvRlblho"
Jun 16
George Abbott replied to Gav Brown's discussion Music Dissection forum has been renamed
"   Hello. Farmer George here.   Hope I am not jumping in the wrong place or hyjacking someone's discussion. If so I apologize.     I am an animal farmer during the day and a pianist at night to pay the bills. NO…"
Jun 10
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Gav Brown's discussion Estonia to provide musical instruments to all children
"Thanks for the link Gav! I am glad that all this is happening in Estonia, and more glad that the focus is on acoustic instruments and not on electronic plink-plonks."
May 31
Dave Moorman replied to Gav Brown's discussion Estonia to provide musical instruments to all children
"Visited a small village in Romania, where the local Baptist Church has a large, battered, and aged brass collection - and made instruments available to children so they can continue the congregation's band. They practice and play every week.…"
May 31
Erwin van Delft replied to Gav Brown's discussion Emotions Contest, WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
"Thanks for voting, and HS: thanks for guessing right. :)"
May 17
Dave Dexter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Emotions Contest, WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
"How are we back to this and what pertinence to the discussion does it actually holdYou know, RS, your points might get considered more if you didn't immediately jump on people who disagree or dismiss them. By doing so, you're just as…"
May 16
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Emotions Contest, WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
"It is the most lovely thing in the world, music. No other artform tugs at my heart like it. I love paintings, but have never cried at one. I love sculpture, but have never cried at one. I love books, and sometimes have been greatly affected by them,…"
May 16
roger stancill replied to Gav Brown's discussion Emotions Contest, WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
"Some people are willing to follow the Pied Piper... others will say' oh look' it's the Pied Piper. How is that an insult? i e - the king has no clothes on  Offering an idea up for a potential discussion is not a…"
May 16
Bob Porter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Emotions Contest, WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
"Well said, Gav."
May 16
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Emotions Contest, WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
"I like music that I like"
May 16
roger stancill replied to Gav Brown's discussion Emotions Contest, WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
"Forgive me Fred, I guess I just fail to grasp the idea that someone would actually choose to be blind. All proof is not 'concrete'. At least from my perspective, I get to enjoy both realms. You, and many others, seem to think it is…"
May 16
Dave Dexter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Emotions Contest, WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
"You done just shut me down with facts."
May 16
Dave Dexter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Emotions Contest, WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
"In that case, a car is greater than the sum of its parts. Or a fruit salad. How much greater ultimately depends on the listener, but it seems a pointless thing to say - most music isn't composed to be a string of notes but a single entity, so…"
May 16
roger stancill replied to Gav Brown's discussion Emotions Contest, WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
"dave, honestly no offense, but I think you miss the point. Of course you are are not going to reach everyone in the audience. But isn't your music a form of communication that you hope others will comprehend and relate to.  In this case…"
May 16
Dave Dexter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Emotions Contest, WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
"Nothing wrong with slapstick and low humour, it's not as if Shakespeare was refined and sophisticated at all times. You can enjoy both the high and the low without being either sophisticated or a neanderthal."
May 16

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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.
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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 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!

At 3:54pm on January 13, 2015, Stephen E. Conrad said…

Thank you Gav, It is an honor to be included.  Steve Conrad

 
 
 

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