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Orchestral work Competition. CANCELLED

Started this discussion. Last reply by Art Lowell Jul 26. 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. 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. 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


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Mike Hewer replied to Julie Harris's discussion Double, Triple and Quadruple Stops
"If Bethany wants one of the d's to sustain in the upper parts on the end chord, then re-arranging the upper vln parts will be necessary too. The 2nd vln could play either the g and d 4th double stop  or the d and c 7th to ensure this."
Mike Hewer replied to Julie Harris's discussion Double, Triple and Quadruple Stops
"True enough Greg about open strings. The best way would be to have the open low strings written as a crotchet with an open tie. For a solid sounding final chord though I would not add the top g to the cello and give the vla that g with the e above…"
Mike Hewer replied to Julie Harris's discussion Double, Triple and Quadruple Stops
"Julie, I have only had a look at the vla part so far and although John is correct in saying that the 5ths are hard to tune, because they are fingered with one finger across 2 strings at an angle, they really are common enough and useable and the…"
Mike Hewer replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"Manfred (and Julie) I think having PP can be an advantage, but only if it is trained. I do not have PP  but do have a keen relative pitch and am able to create in my head to a good extent, although I do need to physically hear too, especially…"
Mike Hewer replied to Bob Morabito's discussion "OH sounded GREAT yesterday..What happened???"
" need to step back regularly to avoid that time compression, and consult the "big picture".  I couldn't agree more John. It is very important to keep a track of where you are in a piece and where you are headed. Spending…"
Nov 16
Mike Hewer commented on Stephen Ferre's blog post Remembering the Night Sky
"Hi Stephen, The work took me elsewhere for 14 mins. I was curious to note that the piano part did a lot of doubling, was that a practical consideration or just what you wanted? What organising principles did you use in this? Great performance,…"
Nov 14
Mike Hewer replied to Bob Morabito's discussion A Basic Guide to Orchestral VSTs
"Good point Joshua, I forgot about Synchron. At last, VSL will have a violin 2 section! VSL is still going to be expensive though."
Nov 14
Mike Hewer replied to Bob Morabito's discussion A Basic Guide to Orchestral VSTs
"Steve, I've worked with Logic and Mac my whole pro life, you have made a good choice in my view. I also had 2 giga studios at one point and had the same sounds that you have listed. If your flush, I can recommend Spitfire products, orchestral…"
Nov 13
Mike Hewer replied to Bob Morabito's discussion Per Nørgård and his infinity series
"Stephen, That's an impressive cv and website. Any chance you could post some of your work here, perhaps in a blog? Norgards 4th + 5th symphony are the only 2 works I have listened to as I have them on CD. Yet another composer on the bucket…"
Nov 13
Mike Hewer replied to Julie Harris's discussion Introducing Julie Harris
"Julie, Upshaws Le Collier is gorgeous. I love the fact that your little students are into this, there is hope for modern (even though this is old!) music. I once saw a bit of the opera on TV but do not know that (yet), but I do have and love Eclairs…"
Nov 11
Mike Hewer replied to Julie Harris's discussion Introducing Julie Harris
"A few years later I bought Olivier Messiaen's book "The Technique of My Musical Language" which became my prized possession.  I spent all my waking hours poring over this book, written by one of the most generous and original…"
Nov 10
Mike Hewer replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Two choral octet recordings
"As the man said, quite simply beautiful.  If ever anybody was in doubt about what study can do for a composer, then listen to these. Dave has absorbed what technique he needs and is using it to underpin and help his expression, just as it…"
Nov 8
Mike Hewer replied to William Fritz's discussion Unmeasured Prelude Notation?
"Sounds good Will. I recently wrote some preludes and fugues for piano that had no signatures and found the idea very freeing. The rhythm was free to do whatever the motifs demanded of it with occasional barlines now and then. The barlines were…"
Nov 8
Mike Hewer replied to William Hu's discussion Four Sketches for Piano
"Hi William, I enjoyed these pieces. Your writing is idiomatic and very assured and your playing very very good indeed. The prelude was great with shades of Brahms and Chopin and I loved the syncopation. The nocturne had a very nice expression,…"
Nov 7
Mike Hewer replied to William Fritz's discussion Unmeasured Prelude Notation?
"Hi John, I do not know the Couperin Preludes, but they sound very intriguing. Proportional representation does sound like your best bet. Is it just held durations you want to be open to interpretation? What about rhythm and time signatures in…"
Nov 7
Mike Hewer replied to Dave Dexter's discussion I'm getting played on ClassicFm! excite!
"The mini-barline at the end is known professionally as a "mistake" Surely you mean a deliberate mistake! Pros do not make mistakes...:-0 Well done on the broadcast, I'll be listening."
Nov 6

Profile Information

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 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 K Bigglesworth 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 K Bigglesworth 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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