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Orchestral work Competition. CANCELLED

Started this discussion. Last reply by Art Lowell Jul 26, 2017. 230 Replies

Dear Forumites,Ray and myself regret to inform you that this competition is as it says in the header, cancelled.We still think it was a worthy adventure because the winner could well have benefitted…Continue

3 Preludes and..wait for it...FUGUES- Extended with 3 more

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Jun 28, 2017. 85 Replies

WARNING : Ear Classification Rating - contains mild to strong dissonance and no tune you can hum. Not useable in a trailer context. Recommended ear strength - seasoned 20thC+ (and curious,…Continue

Good Internet Resource on technique.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Pearson May 16, 2017. 17 Replies

Hi All, I found this the other day and thought I'd post it for those who haven't seen it.It's an archive of theory books that can be downloaded for free.Here's the site...…Continue

String Bowing explained-videos

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Mar 30, 2017. 5 Replies

Hi All,String bowing is an essential part of the compositional process as is all phrasing and articulation, because it  reveals your true musical intentions. .You don't have to be precise about…Continue


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Mike Hewer replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
"Can’t help you there Socrates re the re-hairing (that sounds odd). I found my cheap trio invaluable, especially when working out stops higher up the fingerboard because of the more extended reach for the fingers, the higher you go. I can now…"
14 hours ago
Mike Hewer replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
"You've said all that needs to be said Socrates. The man was a genius. I've known and loved these pieces for many years and it's great to now have a score, so thank you for that. Just a quick digression, I used to play guitar and when…"
Mike Hewer replied to Dave Dexter's discussion I'm packing up my house, suggest music for me!
"good luck with the move Dave...try this. John Adams..Short Ride in a Fast machine."
Mike Hewer replied to Bob Porter's discussion What is Contemporary style music?
"I'm actually one of those closet conspiracy folks who strongly suspects there were advanced pre-Ice Age civilizations we have yet to discover... Given how old the Earth actually is, it is certainly possible. The problem would be finding and…"
Mike Hewer replied to Ingo Lee's discussion Flight of the Bumble Bee
"Outrageous and brilliant."
Mike Hewer replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Quietude
"Hi Stephen, It was nice to listen to, with a Bach like serenity in places and quite dignified. However, I found myself wishing for some pianistic devices, rather than what began to feel like a four or five part harmony exercise. I am going to assume…"
Mike Hewer replied to Bob Porter's discussion What is Contemporary style music?
"Just for fun... Sir Thomas Beecham replying to the question of whether he had heard any Stockhausen: "No, but I think I've trodden in some." While Copland was in Hollywood in 1934 writing tuneful music for a Sam Goldwyn movie, he met…"
Mike Hewer replied to Timo Schuemer's discussion Fantasie No. 3
"Hi Timo, Just speaking about the notes, it had a touch of late German/Austrian romanticism about it to me. It is quite powerful musically speaking and in that regard, excellent in my view. As John says, if you needed anymore specific critique or…"
Apr 17
Mike Hewer replied to Julie Harris's discussion Soliloquy for Flute and Piano
"Well Julie, whatever guided you here worked out allright. The flute is so sensuous and evocative as a solo and even with midi, that comes across. One can always tell when listening to atonality if the voice is experienced, confident and able to…"
Apr 16
Mike Hewer replied to Bob Porter's discussion What is Contemporary style music?
"Lawrence, Atonality has harmony, it might not be harmonious to some, but vertical thinking exists. Likewise, ametric rhythm has tempo, the regular pulse is just obfuscated as I mentioned earlier."
Apr 16
Mike Hewer replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion 300 MASTER BOWMEN (a round)
"Hi Socrates, Fun stuff. If it were mine, I would put a crotchet rest on the first beat of bars 4, 7, and 10. It sings a little better like this (for me of course), gives them a breathing space and assuming the boxed numbers are the canonic entries,…"
Apr 16
Mike Hewer replied to Bob Porter's discussion What is Contemporary style music?
"Hi Socrates, Your literary and poetic knowledge exceeds mine by many factors and is thoroughly entertaining and educational. I can't answer you question about Pound and Cummings artistic motivations but can easily imagine agendas because…"
Apr 16
Mike Hewer replied to Bob Porter's discussion What is Contemporary style music?
"I immediately thought of E.E.Cummings after reading your post Socrates. What do I think about justification in modern concert music? Well I think Boulez and his music is genius, but his dictatorship and pronouncements were an arrogant mistake,…"
Apr 15
Mike Hewer replied to Bob Porter's discussion What is Contemporary style music?
"If we are talking about modern concert hall music, then don't forget the emancipation of rhythm. The lack of discernible pulse is as alienating as the lack of consonance for some. I know I've quoted John Adams before on this, but I believe…"
Apr 15
Mike Hewer replied to John Driscoll's discussion Holst's Japanese Suite
""That walk sounds nice!  Pastoral symphony next"? Yeah, but Vaughn Williams 3rd, not Beethoven! I do 3-4 miles a day which gives me plenty of time to catch up on my listening list. Which reminds me, I must put Holsts' Cotswold…"
Apr 12
Mike Hewer replied to Bob Porter's discussion Another orchestra thing
"Hi Bob, While I liked the concept and the progression, (reminded me of Beethovens 7th), I personally found some  issues with the scoring. For example, the octaves between clt and bsn at B16 and in similar fashion at b 24 between vla and vc, are…"
Apr 12

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Television, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
From Gregorian Chant to the 21st cent. Also Sinatra, Fitzgerald et al and Jazz.
Is music your main income source?
Where do you live?
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
Trained at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Worked in media for about 30 years and won many awards.
Now concentrating on writing more serious concert music.


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At 6:19am on January 24, 2018, Robert Harvey said…

Mike; thank you so much for your comment re my Sonatina - that means a lot considering what an accomplished writer you are (looked at your site)  - I wrote it to relax a bit after battling through the wind quintet, and used an easy language based around 1 motif. I can't help sounding a bit English although a 'starting block' inspiration for each movement was based on pieces I was teaching the dedicatee; Haydn/Debussy/CPE Bach. Will listen to your clarinet concerto and partita in depth - they sound great, and to my ear capture that language that sits easily with a tonality but is not burdened by it - love Judith Weir for that!



At 2:57am on June 4, 2017, Rod Moulds said…

Thank you very much!

At 12:17pm on October 14, 2016, Ray Kemp said…
Yes Mike, I get where you're at in your life. I turned down my chance of performing music as anything other than semi-profession way back in 1967 although had another chance with a group in 1969 but. I decided to keep the day job in engineering. 20 years ago my wife's uncle who played sax in various London ensembles from Joe Loss to performing harmonics for rock bands in recording sessions told me not to get too deeply involved in theory and sight reading. He reckoned it would kill whatever inspired my tunes. I'm just having fun in my music room (den) and enjoy collaborating with others in producing their music. I have to admit, sometimes folks read my posts as being angry but nothing could be further from the truth. I'd just like them to push themselves a little harder.
At 1:19pm on October 12, 2016, Ray Kemp said…
Mike, I listen to your clarinet, percussion and string work where I then wonder what all the noise is about elsewhere on the board here. You really must have spare time on your hands to bother posting here amongst so many never will be wannabes.

Kind regards
At 7:25pm on October 4, 2016, Tyler Hughes said…

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