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New Feature - Composers Talk

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines on Tuesday. 8 Replies

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"Imaginary Machines" - CONTEST RULES

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown yesterday. 31 Replies

Hello Colleagues,I am proposing the following contest: "Imaginary Machines" - write a piece of music of no more than 3 minutes duration on the concept. You can come up with your own imaginary machine…Continue

Scenes from the Baltimore Composers Forum Spring Assortment Concert

Started Apr 13 0 Replies

Hello colleagues,I went to the show on April 7, which was mostly works for percussion, guitar and flute. Of particular interest to me were the guitar pieces, but perhaps you might have a different…Continue

Orchestra Sample, Feedback Sought

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Apr 16. 41 Replies

Hello Colleagues,I've never written any orchestral music so I thought I'd give it a try. I recently asked on this forum for input for how to get started and got some great tips, thanks again to those…Continue

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Rob J Kennedy replied to Gav Brown's discussion New Feature - Composers Talk
"I also enjoyed this article.  "Never say die", that's my motto too. The power of persistence is a key element in music, and Stephen shows that if you stick at it, eventually you will find the way through and likeminded people who…"
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Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion New Feature - Composers Talk
"Thank you Dane. Good luck with the brass writing (don't forget to dovetail the instruments for a fuller and more balanced sound - although I'm sure you know this already). Kitson - takes you back a while doesn't it, but he certainly…"
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Dane Aubrun replied to Gav Brown's discussion New Feature - Composers Talk
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Gav Brown replied to William Hainline's discussion Hi Everybody
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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 1:38pm on May 19, 2019, Oleg Taganov said…

Thank you, Gay! I'm happy to join the team :-)

At 11:40am on May 14, 2019, David Austin said…

Thanks!

At 11:39pm on May 13, 2019, Matt Baker said…

Thanks!

At 8:11am on April 16, 2019, Markus Boyd said…

Thanks :)

At 7:47pm on April 10, 2019, J Paul Smith said…

Thank you, Gav Brown. Happy to be here. 

At 5:35am on April 10, 2019, Ben Cross said…

Thanks so much - happy to be here!

At 9:15am on April 8, 2019, Keith Theodosiou said…

Thank you 

At 8:02pm on April 5, 2019, Jon Corelis said…

Thanks I look forward to participating.

At 1:27pm on March 30, 2019, Felix Stephan Music said…

thank you :)

At 8:53am on March 27, 2019, Jane Olson said…

Thanks, Gav!  Good to be here.

 
 
 

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