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Find the zeroes.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Sep 17, 2016. 9 Replies

I know what it's like to post a piece and then wait eagerly for the first response.And sometimes nothing.Just been in the suggestions wanted discussions looking at posts that got no replies. Managed…Continue

and the winner is.........................

Started this discussion. Last reply by Olmnilnlolm Jan 15, 2016. 1 Reply

Bachtrack has just published stats on concert performances for 2015.Beethoven's fifth is the most played piece knocking Handel's Messiah from top spot.Mozart is the the most played composer.You can…Continue

Trombone Suicide

Started this discussion. Last reply by Socrates Arvanitakis Nov 20, 2015. 1 Reply

Eagerly awaiting viola version.

My first commision!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Lofting Oct 9, 2015. 6 Replies

Unpaid of course.Fred Zinos thought I could have a look at another Rilke poem after "How can I hide my soul from thee" so I have taken up the challenge.Hope this is worthy.Continue


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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Adelaide Australia
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.
Wanted to compose as long as I can remember and have been fortunate in the last few years to now have the time and opportunity. I also play violin and viola (not at the same time) with the Unley Symphony Orchestra, a community based group.

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At 2:10am on November 11, 2015, David Unger said…

Hi Michael I just saw that you have been trying to reach me.

Yes, Schubert is a great influence in my music, see for instance

which is a deliberate effort to imitate his style of writing.

I find myself most at home when I write in the styles of others, since I concider myself much more of a theorist than an actual inventive composer. I have also been inspired by the likes of Schumann (Robert and Clara), Wilhelm Stenhammar, Carl Nielsen, Ture Rangström, Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, Fanny Hensel, Carrie Jacobs Bond, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Emma Louise Ashford and several English composers in separate vocal works.

My Night songs cycle is a real blend of different influences where one can clearly hear Schuberts "Gute Nach" op 89 no 1 in the form of the first song, Carl Nielsens "Underlige aftenlufte", in the accompaniment and melody of the second, Schuberts Schäfers Klagelied op. 3 no 1 in the form of the third, and English late romantic writing in the melody of the fifth.

Yes I am a baritone, but a lyrical one, which means I have a rather high top register. Normally I would concider my range as stretching from A up to f1, but under the right curcomstances I can stretch the register down to a low F# and up to a high g#1, I for instance sing the Schumann Waldgestrpäch op. 39 no 3 (page 5 and forward) in the original key, as well as Sibelius Svarta Rosor op 36 no 1 (beginning), although the second example is much tougher than the first to perform rangewise. 

I would be delighted to take a look at anything you write for voice. It would be very nice, since I enjoy your music a lot.

Let's speak again later.

All the best 


At 2:13am on November 5, 2015, Bjarke tan said…
Thank you for your comment :)
i hope to compose something new soon that i can post here :)
Kind regards :)
At 10:58pm on June 15, 2015, Dave Ranck said…

Thanks for your comments on Misty Forest, Michael!

At 9:26am on June 3, 2015, Stephen Lines said…

Hi Michael, This below is the content of an email I sent in reply to yours a couple of days ago...I have just realised I sent it to a 'do not reply' address so here it is again in case it didn't reach you first time:

Thank you for your email, it's good to hear from you.

Yes, there's lots of stuff there on Score Exchange, some better than others. I guess having had what turned out to be the good fortune of being ill-health retired at age 55 (good because I made a full recovery not long afterwards) I was able to take up composing full time; and then went crazy once I'd obtained Sibelius software which of course makes life so much easier.

I tend to work on one piece at a time upon which I fixate...even to the extent of letting it get in the way of playing golf (another passion)...but if I get stuck I find it helps to unlock my brain if I start sketching out something totally different.

You might only be able to work part time but still manage to produce some terrific music. I guess the only way to make a satisfactory living is to get involved with writing for TV (even if only writing jingles) or, better still, movie sound tracks. There are some genius musicians out there in the ether who can't manage to scratch a living by composing...I guess much luck is also required.

Anyway, thanks again for your interest...I'm sure we will talk again many times in the future.

All the best,


At 11:52pm on March 24, 2015, Ray Kohn said…

Hi Michael

If you are at all like me and the 4tet is in your head, you won't sleep till you get it notated. Good luck  :)

At 8:58am on March 24, 2015, Dave Ostrowski said…

Hi Michael, Thanks for the .wav.  I've got it imported and will work on it this evening.


At 4:00pm on January 7, 2015, Dee Welch said…

Hi Michael

Thanks for the welcome.  That is South Curl Curl Beach.

At 7:29pm on January 6, 2015, Tim Clemmons said…

Michael, thank you so much.  I appreciate your comment!  Thanks for listening...

At 11:45pm on January 5, 2015, michael diemer said…

Nice job on She Is Warm, Michael. Wonderful writing for strings. Reminded me somewhat of Tchaikovsky.

At 4:57pm on January 4, 2015, michael diemer said…

Thank you very much for your comment on my piece. Yes, too long for the contest. but I'm not really into them anyway.


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