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Nativitatis - a festive quartet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Victor Eijkhout Dec 28, 2018. 6 Replies

I wrote this little piece for SATB but missed the boat in having our choir sing it this year. Playing around this morning, I found it works as a woodwind quartet instead (Cor anglais, Flute, Clarinet…Continue

Life - a piece for piano

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Morabito Dec 12, 2018. 10 Replies

This piece originates as a suite of works I've been creating based on the poems of my late grandmother. The original poems were never published (to be honest, some were just awful) but I used them as…Continue

Symphony No.1 - Timanfaya

Started this discussion. Last reply by Graeme Helliwell Nov 22, 2018. 9 Replies

I started writing this work back in February without ever expecting a complete symphony. Like the island itself, the music just grew and grew.At just over 40 minutes long, I don't expect many of our…Continue

The Liquid Lunch - an early piece from last year.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Morabito Aug 26, 2018. 1 Reply

Finally built up the courage to post an early composition. Thought my first foray into presenting some tunes should start lightly, so I offer you all a 'Liquid Lunch' on me.Quintessentially British…Continue

 

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Graeme Helliwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"Just back from annual leave to find the fundraising is making progress. There's 30 from me in the pot, and very happily given as well. This is a great site and deserves so much more support. Thinking about it, I wouldn't mind if we had to…"
Aug 12
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"I'll happily donate if it keeps the site going. I have no objections if you need to find a cheaper provider, and possibly have to change the layout if it's a necessary consequence. Whilst I don't post much, I am an avid reader and…"
Aug 6
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion Imaginary Machines Contest - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
"Well done to everyone who took part and thanks for those who voted and commented, across the competition. It was a hard choice to choose my own favourite this year. Everyone had something unique in their work and I remain envious of the talent…"
Jul 19
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest "Imaginary Machines"
"Make it three Gav. I'm in."
Apr 24
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestra Sample, Feedback Sought
"Hi Gav Nice to see you playing with a larger ensemble. I like the general sound of this. No idea where it's going but it really invokes (in my mind anyway) a wander through a gallery or a dinner party with a load of different images, smells and…"
Apr 12
Graeme Helliwell replied to Stanley King's discussion Nebula
"I could listen to this all night. In asking, where does it go from here, I think it's already on a journey. You could easily fill another 20 minutes of delightful ambient sounds, with or without a huge dynamic range. I suspect you have the…"
Apr 12
Graeme Helliwell replied to Marcel Müller's discussion Help choosing an orchestration/instrumentation book.
"Whenever I reply here, I'm usually in muse mode, so sorry if I'm vague. There are no rules. There is no right way. There. I've said it. There are, however, conventions which can create a familiar structure. And most of them work.…"
Mar 29
Graeme Helliwell replied to Jostein Kauserud's discussion Feedback wanted
"Not sure what kind of feedback you are looking for as there isn't much to comment on at this stage. You have a pleasant little melody (theme and variation of Auld Lang Syne?) but not much else to go on. It's a single line, no counterpoint…"
Mar 1
Graeme Helliwell replied to Frank Antonson's discussion Scoring for a wordless movie
"I'd suggest there is a clear opportunity for collaboration. There are other discussions on this board about new and old musical and compositional styles. Why is centuries old music played more often than new. The answer being the comfort factor…"
Feb 13
Graeme Helliwell replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What does a conductor do?
"Oh come on Gav, how low can you get? ..... 6 feet? :-)"
Feb 11
Graeme Helliwell replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What does a conductor do?
"I suspect he's now decomposing, Gav... ...go on, someone had to say it."
Feb 9
Graeme Helliwell replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What does a conductor do?
"For me, if a compose writes a marking that can be 90 to 120bpm, then it can be played 90 to 120bpm. If a bpm is specified, then that is as defined as clearly as a C or C#. Some elements remain open to interpretation, some not. Think of your own…"
Feb 7
Graeme Helliwell replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What does a conductor do?
"A highly informative documentary following one outstanding conductor. However, for me, it misses one of the crucial elements of the preparation. Before taking the podium there can be hours, days and months spent just reading the score. Not just…"
Feb 5
Graeme Helliwell replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion Swordsman's Tale
"I'm with Charles on this one. Whilst I fully understand the use of the sword as a percussive tool, it does overpower the music behind it. No problem with leaving it in, just put it further back in the mix, pan around a bit and give it more…"
Feb 1
Graeme Helliwell replied to Kevin riley's discussion Scores
"I'm interested Gav."
Jan 21
Graeme Helliwell replied to Kevin riley's discussion Scores
"I'd encourage anyone posting music to pop the score alongside the link. It certainly helps in critical evaluation but isn't always easy to produce, depending on the creative medium. Another risk of putting this level of detail on an online…"
Jan 20

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical, contemporary folk
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Northumberland - UK
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I have been performing for many years, on and off, in both classical/choral settings and the folk circuit.
In the last year, I realised it was the right tie to put some of my own ideas to paper/audio and began the unexpected journey that I'm now on.
Feeling no firm commitment to a style or format, ensemble or solo, my early works have embraced a range of musical snippets which have wetted my appetite for more.
I'm here, on this forum, to share, learn and enhance my own work, whilst offering ideas and encouragement to others.

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At 8:31am on July 15, 2018, Gav Brown said…

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