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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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f6zAycXcP0Continue

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?
Tonal
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Adelaide Australia
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
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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My little love

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 3:23pm 1 Comment

I was given this 'dour" little melody as an exercise in arrangement.

Everything I tried sounded funereal until I developed the strong 'cello line which I think really lifts the piece.

The idea for the middle section was that the singer of this tune shifts from happy to obsessive about his little love hence the strange (for me) harmonies as he descends into madness.

She is still warm

Posted on December 6, 2014 at 3:12pm 0 Comments

Here is my first "finished" orchestral piece.

She is warm was inspired by scenes from Shakespeare's Winter Tale.

King Leontes believes he has caused the death of his wife some sixteen years earlier.

After finally redeeming himself he is told there has been a statue made of the late queen.

The statue "magically" comes to life and at first afraid he touches its hand and exclaims "Oh, she is warm".

My first public performance!

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 2:59pm 0 Comments

V. Happy!



"Dear Mike,



At a recent meeting of the USO committee, I asked for a discussion about your work, "She is warm", and what the committee thought about including it on a concert program.

The committee supported the idea with enthusiasm; so I propose, with your permission, to include it on the Sunday afternoon August program next year - 2015.



As it stands at present, the program is -



A Midsummer Night's Dream overture - Mendelssohn

She… Continue

Less Troubled Times

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 3:28pm 0 Comments

This was written for a clarinettist friend of mine whose husband was involved in a terrible car accident and will probably never get full use of his legs again.

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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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zah63pD4CEc

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 

David

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,

Stephen

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.

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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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Michael Lofting replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion Bach
"The Brandenburg concertos have always been amongst my favourites, particularly number two. Hard to believe that Bach was all but forgotten until Mendelssohn (another "true" genius) resurrected the St Matthew passion in the 1820s."
Apr 14
Michael Lofting replied to Daniel DiMercurio's discussion What Piece Drives You to Tears?
"https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e09W8yU5Y6k When I first heard Elly Ameling singing this Brahms setting I had to rush out and buy the lp. Her beautiful clear voice gives such poignancy to this simple tune."
Mar 9
Michael Lofting replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion Heat: the melting of an icecube
"I like this more every time I hear it. Couple of comments on the score Where you break from the minim alterations to writing the semi quavers in full use crotchet alterations where possible (b17). Some parts in the wind and brass marked for 1 or…"
Feb 2
Michael Lofting replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Military Music and its Ancient Traditions
"Bagpipes were considered a weapon of war until 1996. A piper was captured at the battle of Culloden and taken to trial as a traitor to the crown. He argued that he was not carrying any weapons just his pipes. The judge, not wanting to release him,…"
Oct 20, 2016
Michael Lofting replied to Fredrick zinos's discussion Passicaglia for Strings
"This piece must be OK because I listened to the end without getting up to feed the goldfish. I mean listened through to the end BTW. It will be a sad day if this does not get played. Just a couple of court orders. The author is required not to…"
Oct 13, 2016
Michael Lofting replied to Gav Brown's discussion “Heat” Contest - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
"Curious to know who picked me as I entered hey nonny mouse lee? Am I that obvious?"
Oct 12, 2016
Michael Lofting replied to Mike Hewer's discussion Violin Sonata- 2nd mvt.
"Amazing piece. Great performance. And I enjoyed listening to it. Why? Because it has "soul". I suppose I mean that it evokes an emotional response (unlike my response to Lachenmann). Still prefer the string piece you posted earlier…"
Oct 11, 2016
Michael Lofting replied to Nikola's discussion piano composition 'A New Day'
"Hi Nikola The piece is pleasant and the video does suit it. Was thinking as I listened that there are no surprises here. My recommendation would be to use some mode changes, major to minor and back. Some borrowed chords would just add a little…"
Oct 10, 2016
Michael Lofting replied to Mike Hewer's discussion new member, first post.
"Hi Mike. This is a fine piece, good mood changes and drama to balance the slower passages. Don't give up tonality! Didn't like the passage from C to D, felt it meandering and aimless. Not up to the level of the rest. As far as divisi…"
Oct 8, 2016
Michael Lofting replied to Gav Brown's discussion “Heat” Contest - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
"Much deserved win for Alexey with his evocative piece. Video works well with piece too."
Oct 3, 2016
Michael Lofting replied to Per-Erik Rosqvist's discussion For four woodwinds no 1
"Yes, agree with Ingo, should go into suggestions/ revisions. Sounds to me like the introduction to melody starting on the clarinet based on initial rhythm 1-2&&-3-(4), 1-2&&-3-(4)-&,"
Sep 29, 2016
Michael Lofting replied to Gav Brown's discussion “Heat” Contest - VOTING HAS BEGUN!!
"So not November then. Suspense would have been intolerable!"
Sep 24, 2016
Michael Lofting replied to Serenity Laine's discussion Laura Poe mentioned Helmut Lachenmann
"I like a lot of "modern" music. Hope to bring a more modern feel to my music . But any music modern or not has to have "soul". I can't see any in this. And how is this "the little matchgirl "?"
Sep 18, 2016
Bob Porter replied to Michael Lofting's discussion Find the zeroes.
"I agree. I put everything I have into every note. Sad part is that it's pretty clear that I don't have much. But, anyway, I don't listen to everything posted. I tend not to listen to piano music, or string quartets, or solo…"
Sep 17, 2016
Dave Dexter replied to Michael Lofting's discussion Find the zeroes.
"I'm with Gav, when presented with a piece about which I cannot say either positive or constructive things - could be something complex that I can't add much insight to, or simply something I don't like or see the purpose of - I stay…"
Sep 17, 2016
Ray replied to Michael Lofting's discussion Find the zeroes.
"I sincerely hope that it isn't someone's self worth being challenged by any critique given towards their offerings to the forum. Allegedly, we all must not expect 'warm fuzzies' when receiving opinion but sorry.........there are…"
Sep 16, 2016
 
 
 

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