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A little piece of HELL! (orchestra & things)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ray 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

 

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Greg Brus replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Orchestral session score II - any feedback appreciated
"Heh, this can be explained from several angles and it always involves a bit of handwaving. Welcome to theory. Anyway, explanation #1: since this is tonal, the most, let's say, natural way of deciding enharmonic spelling is making sure the notes…"
Mar 21
Greg Brus replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Orchestral session score II - any feedback appreciated
"That Ab should probably be a G#. Just about everywhere. I'm not sure how annoying this can be for the players, but it will read more fluidly after the fix IMO, and since time is money..."
Mar 21
Greg Brus replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Viola and cello double stop/divisi questions
"@earlier Triple stops actually exist if you play sul tasto (on violin at least). But they require a lot of pressure on the middle string and generally don't sound very good."
Mar 15
Greg Brus replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion A fugue in 1 voice? Ludicrous!
"It didn't contain the C word, so it's all good."
Jan 6
Greg Brus replied to Art Lowell's discussion Playable Harp Line?
"Read up on harp in Adler's orchestration, or someone else's. Really do. It's one of those instruments which will trip you up every second step if you don't have very good understanding of how it works on the most basic level."
Dec 30, 2016
Greg Brus replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion A fugue in 1 voice? Ludicrous!
"This would play well as solo viola, but calling it a fugue really is a pointless stretch :P"
Dec 30, 2016
Greg Brus replied to Roberto Cipollina's discussion Need help for a Double bass-percussion part
"All true."
Dec 29, 2016
Greg Brus replied to Roberto Cipollina's discussion Need help for a Double bass-percussion part
"You can probably do just fine with not changing the staff (sometimes performers get confused when score suddenly starts looking weird). However... from what I gathered from the picture you posted, you have one "pitch" for a knuckle hit,…"
Dec 29, 2016
Greg Brus replied to Mariza Costa-Cabral's discussion A character witness account of my friend Wesley L. Curry II
"Perhaps. You say yourself that one can't judge a person's character based purely on forum posts, so if we go with that (which I don't agree on, fully, but that's a topic for another day), then your account can't possibly…"
Dec 28, 2016
Greg Brus replied to Mariza Costa-Cabral's discussion A character witness account of my friend Wesley L. Curry II
"So, no holds barred, then? Because we shouldn't exclude people who do not adhere to certain standards? Right... For the record, Wesley wasn't "excluded" from the community, he caught a week long suspension after having crossed…"
Dec 28, 2016
Greg Brus replied to Bob Porter's discussion Holy cow! Argh, yet another fugue
"Gee, I go to sleep early this one time and all hell breaks loose... @Bob here's the issue as I see it. Your theme "completes" instead of sort of "projecting" harmonically into a response. So you're stuck going back to…"
Dec 23, 2016
Greg Brus replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"You can safely replace the tied 16th to 8th with a dotted 8th. Adds up to a full quarter with the preceding rest, so it's clean. As for the endings... personally I would just extend both notes by a 16th and have only a quarter rest on the last…"
Dec 21, 2016
Greg Brus replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"Measure 5 is insanity. It almost looks as if you deliberately made it as confusing as possible :P Here is a trick that might help when you don't have the "feel" for dividing and tying in a smart and clean way - just write out quarter…"
Dec 21, 2016
Greg Brus replied to Chris Alpiar's discussion Camaraderie!
"I'm a mod, not an admin. I mostly don't care about babysitting children who need their childish fights but this blew a bit out of proportion, which is why I took interest. To be fair what I had in mind is purging every single person…"
Dec 19, 2016
Greg Brus replied to Stephen Brown's discussion Requiem for the Victims of Religious Violence for String Orchestra
"Hm. Lament or lamentation then :)"
Dec 19, 2016
Greg Brus replied to Stephen Brown's discussion Requiem for the Victims of Religious Violence for String Orchestra
"Elegy? Lament? Threnody?"
Dec 19, 2016

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Multimedia, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
latin jazz, some movie scores, spectral music
Is music your main income source?
Yes!
Where do you live?
Poland
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
Currently: figuring things out.
Website:
https://soundcloud.com/greg-brus/

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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.

Cheers.

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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