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Mike Hewer's Discussions

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 Farewell to Montse
"Dynamics Mr Arvanitakis? Apart from that, nice to see some decent bowing AND....double stops for viola. Nice one Socrates. I thought I'd get bored of the progression, but your nice arranging kept me in."
13 hours ago
Mike Hewer replied to Lara Poe's discussion New Wind Ensemble piece!
"Hi Lara, What seems quite simple on paper,  turns out to be mightily complex and taut and a bugger to follow the score on first hearing, especially as my eye was leaping up and down to catch whatever effects, or prominent parts I was…"
13 hours ago
Mike Hewer replied to Timo Schuemer's discussion Alma Deutscher
"The fact that she has been adored by adults who think any number above a dominant 7th is dissonant is disconcerting. It could and I stress the word could, hinder any development in her as she limits herself to pleasing her adoring audience who think…"
14 hours ago
Mike Hewer replied to Timo Schuemer's discussion Alma Deutscher
"She is very gifted, of that there is no doubt. My hope is that she leaves the compositional shackles of classicism behind her and finds the 20th and 21st century because she might well contribute greatly to the canon of works. I also believe that a…"
18 hours ago
Mike Hewer replied to steven gustin's discussion fugue in c minor
"Nicely done Steven, if you’d have played it with an extra 10 to 20 bpm, I would have enjoyed it even more so. Very well written and quite moving. http://mikehewer.com"
Feb 17
Mike Hewer replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"@John, I think that is a great way to use a DAW and let's remember, samples are only going to get better as computer power keeps adhering to Moores' law and when that reaches its end, whatever comes next will probably continue the trend.…"
Feb 13
Mike Hewer replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"Hi John, My god, your tale is almost identical to mine, except there was no NS in my day. I agree with most of what you say and would like to make clear that I am not actually against composing with technology. I just try to make some realise that…"
Feb 12
Mike Hewer replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
""Seriously, though, too much dependency on technology can really affect creativity.  I ask my kids to compose in their heads, designing and dreaming and hearing it first.  That's the art.  Writing it down is the…"
Feb 12
Mike Hewer replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"Rob, Depending on how comprehensive you want to be and what age group you are aiming at, what do you think about some basics in Notation software and composing with that, or even a DAW? Depending on the generation, some might be more inclined to…"
Feb 11
Mike Hewer replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"Hi Robert, I think you've covered most bases there and am assuming you include things like counterpoint, motivic work, synthetic scales, etc. under the general title of 'Aesthetic'. I also assume that under 'Consistency'…"
Feb 11
Mike Hewer replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"No worries Manfred, I didn't mean anything personal by that, I was just using an analogy, so sorry it wasn't clear - I had a picture of Wagner in mind in his scented room. Ironically, the formidable techniques he displayed in his operas go…"
Feb 6
Mike Hewer replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"Yes Manfred., music is also about what you say, most definitely. But intervallic tension and repose is also essential for flow, especially when creating non standard harmony and an appreciation of the degrees of consonance and dissonance is very…"
Feb 6
Mike Hewer replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"It seems to me that having a sense of degrees of consonance is a more relevant ability than perfect pitch for composing. This is absolutely correct in my view. But take it further and include dissonance. The more one can cultivate a sensitivity to…"
Feb 6
Mike Hewer replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WAGNER'S RING (a political/philosophical question for all of us)
"Daves' probably right, the heart is safe for now. A potential worrisome next step could have everything to do with the no-fail, I want it now generation. What follows is just a bit of riff. The attributes we have for excellence and the striving…"
Feb 5
Mike Hewer replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WAGNER'S RING (a political/philosophical question for all of us)
"Actually Dave, I think you have a fair point about recordings and Wagner (and the rest) - some might well have recoiled from a permanent recorded performance but of course it would have been an alien concept to them anyway. My hero Britten and many…"
Feb 4
Mike Hewer replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WAGNER'S RING (a political/philosophical question for all of us)
"Taking a position for a conversation on these matters, I would like to stress that I have nothing against using VSL or other libraries for mock-ups, presentations etc, and if I could afford any of them I would use them to write my scores and…"
Feb 4

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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 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!

cheers

Rob

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 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.
Ray
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
Ray
At 7:25pm on October 4, 2016, Tyler Hughes said…

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