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

Started this discussion. Last reply by gregorio X 1 hour ago. 80 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. 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. 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

Partita Concordia for string trio

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Feb 1. 22 Replies

Hi All,Thought I'd post this for your ears. The work is in 9 movements, all contrapuntal in some way and (for those with more delicate ears!) it's tonal. Inspired by Bach of course, but not really in…Continue

 

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gregorio X replied to Mike Hewer's discussion 3 Preludes and..wait for it...FUGUES- Extended with 3 more
"Hey Mike, just got around to hearing your last 2 postings. I loved the prelude #3.. It struck me as a moonscape. Strange, elegant, and beautiful. My current favorite! I felt that the fugue was a fitting reflection. I very much enjoyed the #4 prelude…"
1 hour ago
Mike Hewer replied to Marijn Hartkamp's discussion Piano Trio in E minor
"+1 on the xml file."
23 hours ago
Mike Hewer replied to Marijn Hartkamp's discussion Symphony in E-flat major
"Hi Marijn (again) A score would be useful if you want any critique on this, because the playback can sometimes mislead a composers' ears. As to what you have so far, all well and good, time to get on with the allegro!"
yesterday
Mike Hewer replied to Marijn Hartkamp's discussion Piano Trio in E minor
"Hi Marijn, What an extremely well written piece. You have a lovely sense of proportion and balance in your lines as one would expect from the genre. I have absolutely no criticism at all as it is very competent writing in a well known and loved…"
yesterday
Mike Hewer replied to gregorio X's discussion Fugue in Eb minor - ending extended-
"I' m ok with the end, the overall impression is one of completeness now. One thing I was struck with on fresh listening was the constant harmonic sway between tonic and dominant with a couple of supertonic moments later on. Not a criticism mind…"
Saturday
Mike Hewer replied to Tori Stark's discussion Gemini Theme and Variations
"Brilliant Dave..plenty of left hand pizz , tremelo pizz etc, all known as extended technique. A lot of players have cultivated more than one finger for pizz - a bit like up and down strokes with a plectrum I suppose-but that is just exceptional…"
Friday
Mike Hewer replied to Amol's discussion Please help me understand Beethoven (or counterpoint in general)
"Great post Socrates and a priceless link. My training in early polyphony came via Contrapuntal technique in the 16 thc by R.O.Morris. which was a less pedantic book than the species book by Swindon I also ploughed through. The Morris is an excellent…"
Friday
Mike Hewer replied to Tori Stark's discussion Gemini Theme and Variations
"Tori, You need to make the beat clear rhythmically in b27 and similar too, for both parts. At the key change at b33, you have tied a b flat over into E major. This leads to a slightly confusing interval of b flat to c sharp, it is best practice to…"
Friday
Mike Hewer replied to Amol's discussion Please help me understand Beethoven (or counterpoint in general)
" I'm going to hit them over the head with a celery. That's given me an idea for using vegetables in the root position....sorry, couldn't resist..:-)"
Friday
Mike Hewer replied to Tori Stark's discussion Gemini Theme and Variations
"  Tori, The pizz. between b149-156 are ok but from then in the semiquavers,  just impossible. Extended techniques like LH pizz. and slap /slurred pizz. might facilitate a little, but they are too advanced for you at present and probably…"
Friday
Mike Hewer replied to gregorio X's discussion Fugue in Eb minor
"Terrific Gregorio. It has a huge emotional strength to it and the overall impression is Beethovinian in stature. Please, please, pretty please, draw out the end a little more as it does not sound completely inevitable on first hearing, although I…"
Thursday
Mike Hewer replied to Tom Jensen's discussion Fugue in B minor Tranquillo
"Hi Tom, Another nice set. The first is lovely, but I felt as though it faltered a bit towards the end (from about 1'15" on) almost as if you were searching for the next place and as a result it lost a little impetus for me. The music…"
Thursday
Mike Hewer replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion JETTY (song in 5/8)
"hi Socrates, You are welcome, thank you. Re b250 and similar, the last 2 (quaver) beats should be in one bow (a slur across all 3 notes) with the stacc. dot on the last one. Two up-bow strokes are not required, nor necessary - the one bow will give…"
Thursday
Mike Hewer replied to Carlo Anthony's discussion Young composer. First time sharing collection. Feedback very much wanted.
"Carlo, I think Bob P makes a very salient point which you might want to consider. Lasse too has suggested another valid way forward. As I was writing my first post to you, I could hear Bob Ms' response almost word for word in my head and I am…"
Wednesday
Mike Hewer replied to Carlo Anthony's discussion Young composer. First time sharing collection. Feedback very much wanted.
"Hi Carlo, I err on the side of Steve and Rowy here as I think you might benefit from some training in linearity particularly. I think A Healthy Dose is terrific for the first minute, but after that the riff based approach tires my ears. Your harmony…"
Tuesday
Mike Hewer replied to Brock Martin (The Driftersoul)'s discussion For the those with a little spark in their heart.
"Socrates, You've mentioned 3 mavericks (Vivaldi, Xenakis and Messiaen) how about adding Tippett, Crumb, Holst, Gesualdo , Stockhausen etc. I suppose an alternative adjective to maverick might be genius. I agree with Socrates and a modulation…"
Jun 20

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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?
Yes!
Where do you live?
UK
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.
Website:
http://mikehewer.com

 

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

Thank you very much!

At 9:31am on October 20, 2016, Bob Morabito said…

You're very welcome Mike..GREAT music. And so glad you like the compilation:)

Have a GREAT day! :)  Bob

At 9:51am on October 19, 2016, Bob Morabito said…

HI Mike--Thanks so much for your interest, but sadly Im not able to post a score.

And BTW--your Violin Sonata is EXCELLENT! I enjoyed it very much:)

So nice hearing from you:)  Thanks Bob

At 12:17pm on October 14, 2016, Ray 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.
Ray
At 1:19pm on October 12, 2016, Ray 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
Ray
At 7:25pm on October 4, 2016, Tyler Hughes said…

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