Composers' Forum

Music Composers Unite!

Michael Staff
  • Male
  • Idyllwild, CA
  • United States
Share on Facebook

Michael Staff's Friends

  • Sam Umar
  • Peter Daley
  • Tyler Hughes
  • Matt Le Mare
  • Doug Lauber


  • 1.
    Dreams of a Somnambulist

Michael Staff's Discussions

Concert Piece

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Staff May 29, 2011. 2 Replies

This piece started in Sonata-allegro form but gradually evolved into a fantasy-like piece. Does it work from the listener's view? Do the themes lend themselves more toward a stricter form? Have I…Continue


Michael Staff's Page

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?
Classical, Serious, Contemporary
Is music your main income source?
Sort Of - Music Related
Where do you live?
Idyllwild, CA, 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.
The majority of my works are for solo piano which I perform myself, and occassionally for chamber and orchestra. Although my music is not truly atonal, I experiment with multitonality and chromaticism in much of my music.

Michael Staff's Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Michael Staff's Blog

First Fugue

Posted on March 24, 2011 at 11:33am 9 Comments

Im just starting my first fugue as a project in counterpoint. Does anyone have any experience in this area who could offer some suggestions before I get started (since all I have at this point is my subject)?

Comment Wall (5 comments)

You need to be a member of Composers' Forum to add comments!

Join Composers' Forum

At 3:00pm on January 20, 2012, Tombo Rombo said…

Just listened to your Somnambulist piece.  Very enjoyable!  From the sound of the page turn in there it seems you actually played it as well, which is certainly refreshing round these parts.  Very consistent, solid, entertaining composition.  Bravo!

At 7:02am on June 6, 2011, Peter Daley said…

Hi Michael,

I started by playing in piano/keys/Hammond organ in my local church, Bethel United, Apostolic Pentecostal Church. It was a hard slog as the competition was great but healthy. My training started there, I learned to play by ear, improvisating, arranging, playing hymns, conducting, MDing, even leading the choir and vocal training. I soaked it all in and immersed myself in music as much as i could. I spent hours practicing everyday and was encouraged to got to college and university. There were many discouraging times but i persevered as i new that music was and is what i want to do. I have a degree in Composition where i learned orchestration and writing for various instruments/ensembles, such as string quartets, big-band, running a gospel choir and incorporating horn sections and even eastern instruments, as well as African idioms into my music. I like to cross genres when composing and producing wherever possible, as it brings out new flavours all the time. I have a Masters in World Music which involved studying various kinds of music genres, Cross Cultural Studies & Music Philosophy; oh and loads of assignments...but i'm glad i did it in the end :-). I work with a variety of artists/groups/projects/organizations now nationally and internationally. I've just produced an EP for another artist on my record label

Currently i'm working with an African writer who is writing a play to be shown in theaters from September 2011 and I'm working with an international artist on a Jazz/R&B project, plus a bit of teaching- i like to keep busy.


What future projects do you have coming up, or planning?

At 12:47pm on May 28, 2011, Doug Lauber said…
Interesting music. I appreciate your performance ability.
At 7:45am on May 25, 2011, Peter Daley said…
Hi Michael, thanks for the friend request. I like Dreams of a Somnambulist composition. I want to study a little more in the 12 tone genre, starting with piano then moving on to an ensemble. How did you get started in music?
At 3:38pm on March 22, 2011, Tyler Hughes said…
Welcome to the Composers' Forum

Sign up info

Read before you sign up to find out what the requirements are!


© 2021   Created by Gav Brown.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service