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A little piece of HELL! (orchestra & things)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ray Kemp Sep 23, 2016. 5 Replies

Hi there,This little doodle was supposed to be a part of a larger whole, then it was supposed to be left alone until Halloween for the sake of relevance, or possibly the annual VA contest... then I…Continue

Working title: Plains 01

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Jun 20, 2016. 5 Replies

Hello,here's a thing I've been doodling with in the past few days. The primary goal with this piece was to create something that's very, very slow, and doesn't involve cheating (making the background…Continue

Just a fugue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Jun 22, 2015. 7 Replies

We have a counterpoint class this year where we are supposed to write lots of fugues. A few turned out pretty well so I thought I might as well share here.Score included.Continue

A Short Tale of Chivalry (Symphonic Suite) - score + mockup

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Marko Aug 14, 2014. 10 Replies

Hey there. Recently I've been working on a somewhat easily accessible video game-ish / film music suite for orchestra, to be performed by a local youth orchestra at a concert in late September. If we…Continue


Greg Brus's Page


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    Move, move, move!
  • 2.
    Forest Battle
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    Eannatum, Lord of Sumer - War
  • 5.
    March of the Damned
  • 6.
    The Mad Witch
  • 7.
    Seharqay, the Merchants' Refuge
  • 8.
    Can'-Ka No Rey

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Greg Brus replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Clouds - impressionist piece for small orchestra.
"I think I would double up on that last chord somehow, still. The whole piece floats this way and that at a very slow pace, if you want to wrap it up then the wrapping also needs some time to sink in. Excellent work."
Oct 22, 2019
Greg Brus replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"I would use dashes until 0:10 (I assume the ending is supposed to be legato, so straight slur)."
Oct 20, 2019
Greg Brus replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"No markings = something like detache from a string player, notes are close together but each one has a clearly separate attack. Slur only = standard legato. Dots, dashes, dots+dashes etc only = varying degrees of clearly audible separation, notes…"
Oct 19, 2019
Greg Brus replied to Charles Holt's discussion Cello high range limitations
"Psh. The main risk of writing so high is that the performers will simply fail to hit the correct pitches. But the very high fragments in Ali's piece aren't a sublime melody that requires precise intonation, they're an ugly shred at a…"
Sep 23, 2019
Greg Brus replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Well, it was already in an easy key for the bassist, so you didn't need to move it for him. But couldn't you? You could've said that each key has a different effect on your ear and that you want it in Db, because. And if he complains,…"
Sep 5, 2019
Greg Brus replied to LeviathaninWaves's discussion Trying to wrap my head around some composition techniques.
"The easiest answer to the initial question ("how do they come up with this stuff?") is that they don't. They simply figure out some basic methodology, which by the way you seem to have reverse engineered with enough accuracy to make…"
Aug 19, 2019
Greg Brus replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion The Emperor’s Enchanted Box of Yin and Yang
"Nice and sweet. I wonder, where do you think the idea for the form comes from? It sort of feels like it's wrapped up two thirds in, and then there's an after image or an echo. I remember Meditation used something similar."
Aug 18, 2019
Greg Brus replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Writing for musicians vs writing for notation software :) Although I agree with the remark about letting the drummer do their thing. Just give them a good idea of what the groove is about, and they'll fill all the ghost notes and other juicy…"
Aug 18, 2019
Greg Brus replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"This is great but personally I would do something about the incessant snare drum. Perhaps it stands out so much because there's very little other percussion (bass drums don't count :) ). I don't know, steal some texture ideas from…"
Aug 17, 2019
Greg Brus replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Sabrina Fair
"That 13-14 dissonance might get messy in live performance. What you could do (and I think it won't sabotage the music, this kind of gentle flowing seems to be the intent) is push the flute a quarter note to the right on the dissonances, so: A =…"
Aug 4, 2019
Greg Brus replied to Ronald Fontenot's discussion "Run!" Piano Composition featuring Pan Flute and Big Ben Bell
"Breathe some life into the piano. The patch seems good enough (though I can't hear how velocity layering is set up) but it sounds robotic because every note is perfectly positioned on the grid, both start and end, velocities are repetitive and…"
Jul 27, 2019
Greg Brus replied to Markus Stone's discussion Effective spotting
"You might be able to get away with what looks like mickey mousing if it's only implied, not perfectly synced. Personally I would probably try to soften the impression of going all over the place by dedicating the changes to specific elements in…"
Jul 27, 2019
Greg Brus replied to William Lindvall's discussion Microtonal harmonic chart for strings
"Yeah, this is correct (assuming treble clef, obviously). And it's indeed easier to pull off up there, I just checked on my violin. Theoritically, you can use any node that matches the partial, so, since this is the 7th, every 1/7th of the…"
Jul 9, 2019
Greg Brus replied to William Lindvall's discussion Microtonal harmonic chart for strings
"If you want the sort-of-F on G string, it's the 7th, so two octaves plus a slightly flattened minor seventh above the fundamental (it's not exactly quarter tone flat, more like a 1/6th). As for where to look for all of them, you can…"
Jul 8, 2019
Greg Brus replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestra Sample, Feedback Sought
"Gav, any percussion will add color, percussion is the most colorful group by far :) The key is to be able to imagine what kind of color enhancement you want where, then you can try matching instruments until something clicks. Because the…"
Apr 11, 2019
Greg Brus replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestra Sample, Feedback Sought
"It will depend on what you mean by functioning "somewhat like" that drum kit. What I hear is mostly the drowning out of half the orchestra. Not usually the desirable outcome in my book. Drumkits have *a lot* of punch and presence."
Apr 10, 2019

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Multimedia, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
latin jazz, some movie scores, spectral music
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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.
Currently: performing as a pianist, learning voice, leading a choir. Composition has been pushed onto the "To Do" list for when there is both excess time and motivation. It has become a rather long list at this point, though.

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At 3:58am on August 19, 2014, SEDstar said…

If march of the damned was leading into another piece? I find myself wondering... How powerful and explosive would THAT piece be, if this is the intro? Sort of thing that makes you shiver, wondering.

At 3:55am on August 19, 2014, SEDstar said…

Hi Mr Bros...

I never forgot your advice, for me to try 5/4 time for something different? I am not here much, but, when I popped in just now... I HAD to listen to a piece of yours... After all, this is the guy that I remembered "sounded like Holst" after all..

March of the damned...I REALLY LIKed it. it has a number of "things" I like in music. Heavy sound, ominous. I liked the "tension" around 1:10 or 1:20 or so... Overall, it gives you the sense of something big and heavy, rolling, and it can't be stopped.


At 1:18am on January 8, 2014, Lassi Tani said…

I'm listening to your music again and again. It's really great!

At 4:41pm on November 19, 2013, Zak Rahman said…

I really like your work. A lot of people have commented on it, but "The Merchant's Refuge" in particular is superb.

At 11:40pm on August 3, 2013, Jason N. said…

hey Greg...Trololol

At 7:45am on July 15, 2013, Tim Marko said…

Ii just listened to your "Merchants Refuge".  I really like the percussion ostinato you have.  It set a great mood for the entire piece.  The whole piece was very well done!

At 3:35pm on October 12, 2010, SEDstar said…
I owe you a deep debt of gratitude, Mr. Brus...

you seemingly simple suggestion to try writing a piece in 5/4 time? Well, thanks. It allowed me to get lucky and make the first "big" piece i ever made in my life. Thank you so much... what was that other time signature you reccomended? 7/8 ? next time around I'll play with that one... THANKS!

MAN, whatever it is these polish music schools are doing, they need to show the rest of the world how they run their schools... you are amazing...
At 10:05am on October 12, 2010, SEDstar said…
Wow... is that you playing the piano? Its *really good*. If you programmed it, I'm just as amazed... it sounds beautiful.

Your first composition, sounde impressive to me... i think this is you playing the piano, and its impressive... I can only think its a combination of talent, long work, education...

... and if you ever compose big film scores here in the states? I dont want any money... but I would rather enjoy being allowed to sip an apple martini at the poolside, everyone wondering why I'm there, lol...

I'm impressed.
At 1:25am on October 5, 2010, SEDstar said…
Hello,Mr. Brus... or, as I think of you "Holst Jr", heh heh

If you click around on "My page" or the quick-add menu stuff... you can add some of your own tracks to your MyPage here. That way when someone comes here after clicking on your picture, they can hear a few pieces your working on... typically, they will leave you a line or two worth of comment...

Your composition was a joy to listen to, very thrilling.
At 8:05am on September 30, 2010, Tyler Hughes said…
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