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John Elliott
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  • Albany, OR
  • United States
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  • 1.
    Children Gamboling With a Tumbrel (2007)
  • 2.
    AttEtude (1997, 2006) - For Conlon Nancarrow, though he's dead
  • 3.
    Seven Come Eight (2006)
  • 4.
    Still (2007)
  • 5.
    Caprice (2007)
  • 6.
    Burrasca (2007)
  • 7.
    Toccata passe-partout du salon
  • 8.
    Hedda Gabler Overture (2007)
  • 9.
    Tumult (2007)
  • 10.
    Bacchanal (2007)
  • 11.
    Don't Ditty Daddy Deux (2007)
  • 12.
    Simply November (2007)
  • 13.
    Canon Beach (2007)
  • 14.
    St. Finbarr's Sonata (2006)
  • 15.
    Sea Changes
  • 16.
    Brass Quintet No. 1 (2007)
  • 17.
    Franz Liszt's Last Flight (2006)
  • 18.
    My Truck Baroque Down (2007)

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Contemporary Orchestral
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Albany, Oregon
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 writing music since the early 1970s, and still have the bulk of my compositions dating back to 1973 (beginning with Book 2—all but a page or two from Book 1 has been apparently lost, but it's no real loss...really). But in the 1990s, I had gotten too busy with other things to continue composing.

But I decided to get back to writing music by March of 2006, and in short order I discovered Sibelius 4. I'm using v.6, now. (Finale was my desired software for over a decade until I bought it and used it and found it less-than-user friendly. Sigh... So I switched to Sibelius and I'm not looking back.)

While I have not yet been paid for any composition, I have been published (once -- in an online magazine) and I have composed for several theatrical productions. But mostly, it's for my personal expression and in the hopes something bigger will happen with the pieces someday.

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At 3:47pm on May 19, 2012, Nobuyoshi Tanaka said…

I like Stravinsky too! Yes, I feel it in your music :-)

At 11:15pm on May 18, 2012, Nobuyoshi Tanaka said…

I enjoyed listening your music. It seems like "neoclassicism" to me. Thanks!

At 2:03am on September 15, 2010, Rican Lee said…
beautiful work.
At 5:28pm on March 29, 2010, Yaiza Varona said…
Hi John!
Alas I found a little time to listen to your Symphony nº 1 in BM, sorry for the delay, crazy days!
I find it very personal and well structured, like the flute at around 3:00, and the violin around 5:50, and the increasing ostinato around 6:50....I like how the piece seems to flow with no effort, very nice work John!
At 7:35am on March 16, 2010, Yaiza Varona said…
Hi John !
Excuse the very tardy reply, I am busy as always. Just wanted to let you know I much appreciated all your comments on my work, and the time you took both to listen to my pieces and to write down your impressions.
Actually, I don´t know in what order you listened to them since I have my page here set up for random playing, the order in my album you can find in my webpage (actually it is just the order in which they were written).
About The Cat & the Hat, don´t worry the melody is original, built from editing some free loops. And the concert never took place! it is all an invention of mine, having fun with my computer :)
Thanks again for your time John, hope you are doing grand!
ps: big hug to your dog! :)
At 4:40pm on March 9, 2010, John Elliott said…
Oh, well thank you very much, then! In my world, "we" use the term "through line." (But people say I live there all by myself!)

At 4:33pm on March 9, 2010, Nemesis said…
Hey back!

"Red line" is my word creation :) It means that there is a structure in your score. On one hand the score seems self-contained. On other hand you put lots of emotion in it. So the result has quality AND entertaining.

Keep on moving
At 9:03am on March 9, 2010, Nemesis said…
Hi John,

I like the piano part in respect of "Seven Come Eight". Good score regarding the "red line" through the wohle execution.

Keep on moving
At 4:32pm on February 26, 2010, Christopher Sahar said…
Th eno comes from a 3 Cd collection called the early gurus of electronic music - 1948 - 1980
So I was mistaken covers a 32 year period but the composers highlighted span over 75 years considering their birth dates
At 5:47pm on February 13, 2010, Bethany Trainor said…
Hi John! Thanks for the friend request. Hmm...that is strange that is said I added 5 songs, but you only see four. Not sure why that is. Take care and I look forward to hearing more of your music!

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Brass Piece (under 2 min.) - What are you reactions to it?

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 12:40pm 3 Comments

I would like to get your reactions to this brass piece.

What I'm looking for at this moment is things like this:

- What does this make you think of?

- Does this remind you of any composer (~s)?

- Does this sound like a particular era or genre?

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