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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 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
Graeme Helliwell replied to Brandon Schwab's discussion Throwing Feathers - Brandon Schwab ---- All Feedback Appreciated
"Brandon, I can't offer any more advice other than that shared above. I don't know enough about the technicalities of the instrument for the specific score to hand. All I can add is my enjoyment of the piece throughout. I was transfixed by…"
Jan 17
Graeme Helliwell replied to Olivér Kovács's discussion Futuristic Life
"I normally don't offer comment on entirely digital music (non-orchestral) as it's far from my area of expertise, however I feel able to comment on a couple of moments here. To add my reassurance to Tim (above), I've just listened to…"
Jan 11
Graeme Helliwell replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion I not a Scientist or a Mathematician nor am I a Digital Engineer
"I'm very much with you on the current fetish with tech, and probably a little guilty myself. On this site, as with many others, we often identify the quality of the recording as a failing, before we are able to begin to identify the music…"
Jan 11
Graeme Helliwell replied to Eric Fregoso's discussion Celestial - 7-trumpet ensemble original piece
"Overall I really enjoyed this, but I used to be a trumpeter so am programmed to enjoy brass. I think the real fun in this would be in the performance. The different parts, and the interplay of each line could well be extended to the stage with each…"
Jan 9
Graeme Helliwell replied to Bob Porter's discussion Foretelling
"Bob, you have created a very distinct moment in time here. Like you, I am more interested in the composition of the music rather than how it is recorded. When I write, I'll put notes on paper in the hope that a good conductor, competent…"
Jan 4
Graeme Helliwell replied to OscoBosco's discussion Second Praise - Original Piano Work (Completed May 2018) Would love some feedback and comments as always
"A well balanced and highly accomplished piece of music. You are a talented pianist with a good ear for the use of the keyboard across its range. You clearly have a gift for both playing and composition. Of course, this is a composer's site and…"
Jan 2
Graeme Helliwell replied to Victor Eijkhout's discussion We keep pushing the boundaries of writing for recorder
"I'm getting Reich influences here as well. Some of the crunches remind me of Tippet's Ritual Dances in their energy. Overall I like the pacing, however I would encourage exploration of a wider dynamic. I know that this group of instruments…"
Dec 29, 2018

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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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