Music Composers Unite!
I posted this piece on the forum about 5 years ago for a discussion about modern notation and moving away from the "tyranny of the barline". Now I'm posting it to discuss modern harmony, per a…Continue
Hello everyone-I adore Bach, Mozart, the Beethoven String Quartets, Messiaen, the Stravinsky ballets, plus a host of others, old and new. Such a wealth of Western music! But I didn't grow up in…Continue
Hello everyone. As some of you know, I also run several other music sites that specialize in Music Education, in Film Scoring, and in international contests. I'm delighted to tell you about our…Continue
Hello everyone-I would deeply appreciate getting help from some of you knowledgeable string players or composers for strings. One of my students is writing a string quartet. Her second movement…Continue
A Short Bio
I'm a composer and composition teacher who enjoys being a musical ambassador for classical music! My students are all in love with classical music and so am I ... We also study and write jazz and film scores, which we think are all part of the classical umbrella.
The pictures in my slideshow are from some of our many concerts and studio offerings. We present a yearly Gratitude Concert to raise awareness about cancer and creating healthy lifestyles. One of our favorite topics is an anti-cancer diet. Each of our concerts is followed by a free, sit-down dinner of healthy food prepared by North Carolina's best and favorite chef, The Food Fairy. All of our concerts include newly-composed pieces by our students and other composers in the area.
Hope you can come hear us sometime!!!
--- Julie Harris
Tribute to Libba was written in honor of Elizabeth "Libba" Cotton, one of our local folk heroes. Libba grew up in Carrboro, NC, a wonderful little town I now call home. She taught herself to play guitar and developed her own distinctive picking style that would become famous. "Freight Train" is her most popular song, written when she was 11 or 12. Tribute to Libba is a theme and variation set built on her wonderful song and has echoes of the same train we still hear in Carrboro on quiet summer evenings. Tribute to Libba was commissioned by concert pianist Greg McCallum, and has been played all over NC and the US. One of the most interesting performances was in Raleigh, NC, on a program with Mike Seeger, the famous folk singer. Libba worked in the Seeger home when Pete, Mike and Peggy were young and later achieved international fame when Pete Seeger introduced her to the world. LIbba was quite a character, and is much beloved by folks around my home town!
Soliloquy was written in December 2007, as a study in sonority and overtones, and as an exercise in overcoming the "tyranny of the barline" and creating a rhythmic language based on the natural rhythms of bird calls and night sounds. Soliloquy was premiered in September 2010 at our First Annual Gratitude Concert, as a gift to the oncology department of UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC. The .mp3 is from Finale.
American Triptych was written in late 1999 - early 2000, as an exploration of American folk music, and especially tunes from the South. The first movement is based on a well-known fiddle tune called "Ole Joe Clark". The second movement, "Hush-a-Bye" combines night sounds with two beloved lullabies, "All the Pretty Little Horses" and "Hush Little Baby Don't Say a Word". The third movement is a romp through the Southern classic "Shortnin' Bread" and has a point in the middle where the entire section is repeated in retrograde - exactly backwards. American Triptych was recorded by American pianist Greg McCallum on his 2004 CD "Southern Quilt". It will be performed in European concerts in the spring and summer of 2013 by the wonderful British concert pianist Helen Burford.
Hello fellow composers-
MusicWiz.club is sponsoring an ongoing composition contest that offers some unique opportunities.
The "OnTime" contests will allow composers to have their music featured on a new app which showcases classical music, jazz and great composers. MusicWiz.club is dedicated to high-level music and musicians and helps composers get commissions, performances, prizes, and international recognition. We're not a forum, just a place for serious musicians to…Continue
Hello fellow composers!
In early March, MusicWiz.club invited composers from around the world to write a piece in honor of Spring. Thirty-three talented composers responded to the challenge, and wrote some incredible music. Our international panel of five judges narrowed the list down to eight, and now the public is listening to and voting on this superb short list.…Continue
I thought some of you might enjoy seeing/hearing the films and newly composed scores of the VirtualArtists Remix 2014 Film Scoring competition. One member of Composers Forum made it to the short list! Betcha can't guess which film and which CF member! ;-) We're voting now, until midnight EDT, Saturday August 30. Anyone can vote, now that the short list has been selected.
If you'd like to listen and/or vote, here's the link: …Continue
Happy New Year, everyone!
Hope your new year has been filled with exquisite music so far!!! Here's a new competition for you:
All the details are described in the above link, but it's essentially a competition for violin and piano duet. My favorite violinist, a superb musician, is graduating from high school this spring…Continue