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Vagn Holmboe (1909-1996)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Liz Atems Jul 26. 14 Replies

I've mentioned him as a major influence on my personal style, so I thought I'd throw his name out there to see whether other people here are familiar with his work and what they think of it.He is…Continue

Fugal Variations in C Minor

Started this discussion. Last reply by Liz Atems yesterday. 21 Replies

This is a work that I began as a composition exercise, in preparation for writing a fugal variation to Gerd Prengel’s Beethoven sketch. It was originally to be a short, self-contained fugue based on…Continue

Let's talk about DAWs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Smith Jul 8. 84 Replies

Yes, I know I said I wasn't really interested in considering a DAW at this time. But given all the trouble I've had with Sibelius and NotePerformer, and given that the experts can't even be sure…Continue

Seeking a workaround to NotePerformer timing problem

Started this discussion. Last reply by Liz Atems May 18. 24 Replies

Don't get me wrong, NotePerformer has many excellent qualities and when it works right, it produces beautiful demos. But in certain contexts, its design causes a serious problem: loss of ensemble…Continue

 

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Liz Atems replied to Saul Gefen's discussion Symphony In C
"Saul, this is beautiful! I like the opening theme and the way it is developed. At first I thought the harmony was too static, but you do go into the dominant for a while midway. There were a few places I thought the pizzicato strings could stand out…"
25 minutes ago
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations in C Minor
"Another minor tweak this morning, to the dynamics in the final cadence. A link to the rendering of the current version and the score are in the OP."
yesterday
Liz Atems replied to Michael Lofting's discussion Remembrance
"Link appears to be unplayable on my Mac (even though .aac should be recognized by the OS as the format is used internally by Apple)."
yesterday
Liz Atems replied to Gav Brown's discussion Open discussion - Why do you compose in the style you do?
"Ambitious dreams are good to have - when I was much younger I had a few symphonies planned out, mostly inspired by Nielsen, who was my favorite composer back in the day. Nothing ever came of them. Today I don't think I could ever actually…"
yesterday
Liz Atems replied to Nigel Campbell's discussion New Piano piece - Should I add strings?
"Hi Nigel, Well, it's your decision. ;) I kind of agree with you though, the emptiness of the solo piano is quite effective and adding strings would detract from that. Have you considered doing more with the rhythm? The repeated notes of the…"
yesterday
Liz Atems replied to Gav Brown's discussion Open discussion - Why do you compose in the style you do?
"Thanks for the link to Gregorio's fugues - so far I've listened to the C Minor Fugue (4 voices) and Chimera. I enjoyed both immensely and will have to give them more listens. I imagine he posted the scores here at some point, but…"
Saturday
Liz Atems replied to Nigel Campbell's discussion New composition including a felted piano
"Hi Nigel, Very nice! I enjoyed especially the atmospheric strings at the beginning, which you bring back later on to very good effect. My first impression was that the piano doesn't do much, but you do vary the repetitive pattern in subtle ways…"
Thursday
Liz Atems replied to Saul Gefen's discussion Adagio for Strings
"Hi Saul, The hymn-like theme is lovely and very expressive. I wish you had done more with it! I have only listened once, but my first impression is that it sounds like a theme and variations movement. The theme itself seemed to be varied hardly at…"
Thursday
Liz Atems replied to Ali Riza SARAL's discussion Brass Trio vs. Wind Trio based on Inchoatam
"Hi Ali, I found much to like in your Wind Trio (as Ingo said, your Brass Trio version of the work gave a Track Not Found error). It seems to be based on a contrast between legato lines in counterpoint, and stark chordal interjections (for lack of a…"
Thursday
Liz Atems replied to James Richardson's discussion Japanese inspired soundtrack - 'Sansui'
"I really enjoyed this piece. You have a good ear for instrumental color, and the gradual addition of the different lines and the way they were scored were very effective. The percussion then added just a touch of drama. It is peaceful, lyrical,…"
Jul 28
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations in C Minor
"Hi Tim, The only master channel limiting that I do is within Sibelius, using the NP mixer. I play everything back now at -4.0 dB. I have no idea which scale that uses, and to be honest, I don't know anything about the different scales you…"
Jul 27
Timothy Smith replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations in C Minor
" Hi Liz,  You file very likely was attenuated by SC. All of those services will limit what the algorithm thinks is too loud. It's a fine line really to get within their specs and stay loud enough to be heard ok at mid volume on most…"
Jul 27
Liz Atems replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations in C Minor
"Thanks, Tim, for the feedback! I think there are two possible reasons for the difference: one is just that SoundCloud did some attenuation on my file in their post-upload processing. I don't know for sure if that is true, and your Death Shadow…"
Jul 27
Timothy Smith replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations in C Minor
"This sounds much better Liz! I hesitated to comment on mix volume prior because I reckoned it was low on the list of priorities as compared to say, arrangement and parts mixing. The Google upload seems much better  in terms of overall loudness.…"
Jul 27
Liz Atems replied to Rich Townsend's discussion Hi From Rich
"Hi Rich, and welcome!"
Jul 27
Liz Atems replied to Rich Townsend's discussion Two Resolutions - comments please!
"Serene and almost other-worldly. Very pleasant to listen to. My impression was that not much happens, and there is very little independent motion in the vocal parts that I could hear. That is not necessarily a bad thing of course, especially in a…"
Jul 27

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
20th century
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Vermont, USA
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 studied theory and composition with William Albright and William Bolcom at Michigan during the 1970s, but lost contact with the performing community and stopped composing after graduating. Recently I discovered MuseScore and used it to revise a string quartet from my student days. I plan to continue to compose in my spare time and would like to interact with more experienced and professional composers.

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At 6:47pm on February 21, 2020, Timothy Smith said…

Welcome Liz. I think I sent a friend request. This was simply to offer putting your work to instruments libraries.

At 8:44pm on February 12, 2020, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Liz!

 
 
 

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