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Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Lofting Sep 9, 2020. 4 Replies

My vision was of a young girl in a wheelchair alone in her room. In her imagination she rises up, dances ballet, before finally sinking back into her wheelchair.Continue

Bird with a Broken Wing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Smith Sep 5, 2020. 3 Replies

And now for something completely different, for me anyway.First time using GarageBand on my iPad.Continue

Five by Five

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Lofting Sep 8, 2020. 5 Replies

I accepted an invitation to write a short piece using only five unique chords.Two things about this:1. It uses substituted dominants based on flattened supertonics and2. Apart from a couple of…Continue

In Winter

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joost Visser Sep 4, 2020. 13 Replies

Originally written for a competition here. Song for bass and small group, words from John Updike’s poems.Asked to do a piano reduction so here ‘tis.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
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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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Michael Lofting replied to James Gilmour's discussion Wayfaring Stranger and Shall We Gather at the River, for SATB Choir and String Quartet
"Hi James. Listened through twice. I purchased Prague choirs a couple of months ago but haven’t done anything of substance as I use notation software mainly so really interested in what you’ve done with them. Sounds good. I am a string…"
21 hours ago
Michael Lofting replied to Heyoka's discussion Exploring Virtual Instruments and Plugins in 2020
"Virharmonic has a sale on their choral libraries. i don’t use a DAW except for experimenting with but I couldn’t resist playing with these choirs. (Just using Cakewalk BTW)"
Nov 13, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Heyoka's discussion Exploring Virtual Instruments and Plugins in 2020
"Virharmonic has a sale on their choral libraries. i don’t use a DAW except for experimenting with but I couldn’t resist playing with these choirs. (Just using Cakewalk BTW)"
Nov 13, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Bielka's discussion How to write a song easily?
"Thank you for that. Useful thoughts."
Nov 11, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Gav Brown's discussion Contest: “Colors” - ENTRIES RULES AND DEADLINE
"Sorry Niela but everyone has seen the name of your entry. it needs to be renamed so as to maintain anonymity with entries."
Nov 7, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed contest: “Colors”
"Must work on my Synesthesia but I am in."
Oct 23, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Saul Gefen's discussion Autumn
"It’s its simplicity which makes this piece so beautiful."
Sep 23, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Tillerich's discussion Music - short to write and long to listen to....or the other way round
"When I read your comments it reminded me of the time I played second fiddle in a production of Showboat. I had whole pages of vamp with copious use of the bar repeat sign ‘/.  We did ten evening performances in 35c+ heat with no…"
Sep 23, 2020
Timothy Smith replied to Michael Lofting's discussion Remembrance revised ending
"I liked the 2nd version a lot. Now all you need is an accompanying video!  Nice work which fits the idea of remembrance to a tee!"
Sep 22, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Gav Brown's discussion The Dance Begins for Viola, Cello, and Double Bass
"Hi Gav  liked the dance part of this piece and, as a viola player, quite happy with instrumentation. i thought that the intro was a little long, you could cut the first eight bars I think. Unless they’re still moving the set…"
Sep 20, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to gregorio X's discussion Sarabande - for Piano (3'40")
"I liked how you wrought intense emotional feel out of a form that can seem elegant but cold. The piece just flows with development that keeps your interest all the way through. Not sure about the introductory bars though. I didn’t feel that…"
Sep 20, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Solos Of The Sea Solo Violin B
"Sounds good, can’t argue with the price. all solo strings have their strengths and weaknesses I think. How are you finding Taylor btw."
Sep 18, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Five songs from A E Housman for tenor and piano
"Hi John. I can see that this has been a labour of love for you. Like the choice of material. One thing I have done with settings is not to be worried about breaking up the structure of the lines. ”On—- your mid-night pa-let…"
Sep 17, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Stanley King's discussion Seeking collaboration
"Hi Stanley. I was raised a Catholic but now I am an atheist. But I am surprisingly a pro lifer but probably for different reasons than you. I wish you well in your endeavour. Unless you would like the challenge of working with me....."
Sep 15, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Michael Lofting's discussion Remembrance
"Thanks Myron. Now I have to try and get it performed, not an easy task nowadays."
Sep 15, 2020
Myron replied to Michael Lofting's discussion Remembrance
"Beautiful piece of music, Michael. I loved how you developed the melody with the harmonies. "
Sep 14, 2020

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