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Quaoar for Brass Quintet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Aug 25. 5 Replies

Hello Collegues,This is my first work for a Brass Quintet as I continue to go through about a year-and-a-half long cycle of writing for classical instruments. I've previously done a work for solo…Continue

Spies! for Orchestra

Started this discussion. Last reply by Islam Y.Omari Sep 8. 40 Replies

Hello Colleagues,I recently posted a piece here for solo piano called Spies!, along the idea of a mythical spy movie theme song. Fellow Composers' Forum member Stephen Lines liked it well enough to…Continue

Should Composers' Forum Continue?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ingo Lee Sep 7. 80 Replies

Hello Colleagues,Composers' Forum has been around about 12 years and it's now time to consider if it should continue. There are many boards and web sites out there, plus reddit, plus facebook, so…Continue

Tonal Piece by Schoenberg

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Werner Aug 12. 5 Replies

Hello Colleagues,In my stumblings-around on the internet, I came across this. I'd never heard a tonal piece by Schoenberg before so it got my curiosity. It's lovely, thought to just share it with you…Continue



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Gav Brown replied to Ali Riza SARAL's discussion Sonata for Duo Cello
"Roque Cordero: Panamanian serial composer, mostly known for adapting Native folk rhythms from Panama into his music. A good example of his work is Sonata #1, which is on YouTube. How do I know this? I studied under him at Illinois State University…"
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Ingo Lee replied to Gav Brown's discussion How to get comments on your music
"It would be easy for me to say that we should require a donation for anyone who wishes to post on this forum and that we should also require a certain number of comments to be posted before someone is allowed to post a work.  But Gav's…"
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Jon Corelis replied to Gav Brown's discussion How to get comments on your music
"Out of curiosity I've checked My Page and found  that I've posted 45 compositions on this site, of which 24 have received comments from other site members.  I've made comments on 18 compositions posted by others. Those…"
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Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion How to get comments on your music
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Dane Aubrun replied to Gav Brown's discussion How to get comments on your music
"I try to comment on pieces within my capture range; to say a bit more than ‘that’s nice’. It’s good to encourage but if the style is way out of reach it may be better to say nothing. Pretty eclectic in musical taste there…"
Gav Brown replied to Ronald Fontenot's discussion "In My Childhood Dreams" Piano and Flute song
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Gav Brown replied to Tillerich's discussion Carl Orff competition
"Thanks Tillerich, we welcome any and all contest posts in the "Contests" forum!"
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion How to get comments on your music
"Steven, I will take time over the weekend to represent the work for you, and others. By coincidence, or good luck, a lot has since happened to the music since I first put it up."
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion How to get comments on your music
"Hi Graeme, Very good advice from Gav here. I'm sorry I haven't commented on your piece but I have a fairly hectic life and have to pick and choose with care what I listen to. I loathe it when people just listen to bits of my own works…"
Gav Brown replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Symphony for strings (working title only) 1st or last movement.
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Gav Brown replied to Kjell Prytz's discussion Simple, classical, romantic
"Hi Kjell, This is well-composed in your classical style, with perhaps a bit of an update on the harmony, which felt to me a little bit more in the 20th century pop-classical than I usually see you venture into. I listened to about half of it and…"
Gav Brown replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Symphony for strings (working title only) 1st or last movement.
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November 24, 2019 from 3pm to 4:30pm
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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 -

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

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…


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 2:00am on September 20, 2019, Jan-Frederik Carl said…

Hi Gav and thanks for your comment!

At 1:12pm on September 12, 2019, Xavier Henry said…

Thank you for the approval, and the welcome message Gav! :) Hello Everyone! :)

At 8:44am on September 3, 2019, Óskar A T Sjostedt said…

Hey there, Gav!
Thanks for the welcoming message and the approval! I appreciate it!
I hope I can learn from the posts and discussions here!

At 9:20am on August 22, 2019, Neil Wighton said…

Hi Gav. Thanks for allowing me in. I will be donating to the forum and hope that you can keep it going beyond September/October. I'm just about to post my first composition and look forward to some honest critique

At 4:15am on August 10, 2019, Stephen Lines said…


I'm having great difficulty trying via this CF facility to send you the PDF score, MP3 and Video of 'Spies' (now that I've finished arranging it).

Please send me your personal email address as my address book appears to have lost it...I might have more success that way.



At 10:37am on July 28, 2019, Lost Girl said…

Thank you!

At 12:00pm on July 19, 2019, Ronald Fontenot said…

Thanks Gav for the Welcome!  Glad to be here

At 10:57am on July 14, 2019, Krsto said…
Thank you very much for acceptance, glad to be here!
At 10:29am on July 14, 2019, George Young said…

Many thanks Gav!

At 2:01pm on July 3, 2019, Frederick Warner said…

Thank You, Gav Brown. I'm looking forward to a wonderful time here on the forum. Have a great day. Fred


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