I have written a score for a piece of mine in Sibelius and am now doing a mockup of it using East West's Hollywood Orchestra. I want to add some choir at a climactic point in the piece. I haven't…Continue
"Yes you're absolutely right.. not as much fun, nor anywhere near as complex and difficult!
Analysis will always reveal the different elements and layers and they can usually be described in terms of back, middle and foreground, melody and…"
"It sounds like we're on fairly similar pages, before I got interested in composing I was producing all sorts of music. But none of it's as much fun :) It really depends on the style of orchestral composing you're thinking of. You can…"
"Dave, thanks for clarifying earlier about that other member. I think I get it. And yes, being new it can be easy to assume that everyone else is somehow 'in the know'.
Interesting discussion since then. Although I've many years…"
"Indeed. I had thought the strings were all divided six ways from balls, same with brass, no clue what was going on (the fact this sometime happens isn't the point). Studying scores recently has added even more useful nuggets. "There might…"
"@Dave: In my young and ignorant days, I also assumed that every instrument in the orchestra plays an independent part. But now, with a (tiny) bit more experience, I can say that a very large part of the art of orchestration lies in knowing how…"
"Fascinating and wonderful to know. So potentially no harmonic support at all? Say SATB in 3/4 octaves, women taking the higher (and children even higher if needs be)? I love finding out that music, or rather orchestration, is (while complex) often…"
"Thanks Dave, yes choirs sing in 8vas too. One of the most powerful examples of this is in Faures REquiem, the libera me. I sang this in the choir at college and had shvers down my spine whilst performing, a testament to the music, but also the power…"
"That particular member has a habit of making suggestions on posted music along the lines of "Try playing it simoultaneously with another piece of music" or to quote recently "Of course you can have a fugue with one voice, or even a…"
"Right. Ok.. Seems to be some history here so I'll graciously refrain from making any comment, except to say that I love polytonality etc. but was a little puzzled by what this particular suggestion meant. "
""(1) A standard Pythagorean tuning for your main instrumental melodies, (2) an Arabic Empirical mode for another set of instruments, or secondary sections; and finally, (3) a chorus using an unusual East Indian (Hindustani or Carnatic)…"
What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Impressionist and other similar composers. Also progressive rock, 'composed jazz' such as Pat Metheny Group etc. etc.
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I started my musical journey by studying classical guitar through my teenage years and later studied with an Irish composer in Dublin. Took various courses in jazz theory and performance in both London and Dublin, also played in several bands including a jazz big band for whom I composed a few pieces. Produced two CD's of my own music and most recently completed 4 years of study with a professional composer through Skype lessons. I have composed several pieces for both large orchestra and smaller sections as well as more jazz/rock/ electronic material. Am presently composing a suite of pieces for orchestra, guitars and electronics.