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    History of the Primates, Movts. 1-3
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    History of the Primates. June 2nd 1975, Royal College of Music, London
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    FUGATO rough sibelius version (from one act ballet SHE)

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Free score hosting site

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tillerich Aug 21, 2020. 3 Replies

can anyone suggest a free score hosting site alternative to scoreexchange ? They now charge for everything including work in progress. Cheers mates.Continue

Forthcoming talk on the Newtonal principle

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Capocci Mar 13, 2020. 2 Replies

I'm giving a short talk for the London Composers Forum on the Newtonal principle, and the technique of Thomes & Phaees, this coming Monday, 16thmarch. Please contact me if you wish to attend.Continue

Fugue on Parry's "Jerusalem"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Capocci Jun 16, 2012. 4 Replies

2nd try! - I can't believe *nobody* is interested in fugue!Continue


Started Aug 30, 2011 0 Replies

Hi all! Someone – I don’t remember who exactly - commented a while back on one of my posts that my technique/theory didn’t have enough musical examples, making it difficult to understand. In the…Continue

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Tillerich replied to Nick Capocci's discussion Free score hosting site
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Nick Capocci replied to Nick Capocci's discussion Free score hosting site
"Thanks for your reply. What I meant was that people can no longer download scores FROM the host free of charge. This is an impediment to the supply of knowledge!  I will check out the other sites you mentioned. Cheers."
Mar 14, 2020
Nick Capocci replied to Nick Capocci's discussion Forthcoming talk on the Newtonal principle
"Hello Dane. Thanks for taking the trouble to reply. I've  had hundreds of discussions , live and online, about this idea and am always willing to have one more! The point about the Newtonal principle and Thomes and Phases is that it…"
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Gav Brown replied to Nick Capocci's discussion Free score hosting site
"I am on ScoreExchange and haven’t been charged anything. Other sites I am on are Sheet Music Press and MusicaNeo"
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Dane Aubrun replied to Nick Capocci's discussion Forthcoming talk on the Newtonal principle
"Not really interested in that it seems to be revamping what many composers intuitively know and do without worrying about the mechanics and minutiae of how it’s done. A recent thread evolved into a discussion about just this and concluded that…"
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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
contemporary classical
Is music your main income source?
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Westgate, Kent
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Pupil of Humphrey Searle - seminal force in contemporary British classical composition. From Humphrey Searle inherited deep respect for atonal serial technique and Second Viennese School, leading to formulation of radical compositional technique, Thomes & Phases. Subsequently developed theory of Newtonality in order to explore the origins and wider implications surrounding emergence of atonality in Western music.

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LATE BEETHOVEN: the apotheosis of counterpoint

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 3:25pm 0 Comments

Suffering from what I call “contrapunctitis” (you won’t find it in the medical dictionary) I am naturally biased, but I believe free counterpoint to be one of  mankind’s greatest achievements. As an expressive device, it is without parallel in any other language with the possible exception of mathematics – its nearest relative. Of all its practitioners, Beethoven pips the others to the post. From the simplest diatonic devices of the earlier works through to the late fugues, no other…


Neither Schoenberg nor Hindemith really understood atonality. Did they?

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 4:20pm 6 Comments

A general thought dating from about 30 years ago, connected with musings on the nature of the "evolution" of musical language.

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At 4:16pm on June 13, 2012, Nobuyoshi Tanaka said…

I listened "History of the Primates". Wonderful! Great technique of musical texture.

At 2:30pm on August 14, 2010, Andrew Gleibman said…
Very fun and interesting fugato you presente here Nick!
At 4:45pm on August 13, 2010, Ario said…
May I ask a few Q's on your thesis?

1) Why Thomes? Why not melody... Phase I can only translate by "style", but your word is better : )

2) Why A, B and D? They seem to me, they are examples, rather than actual definitions...

3) The "coincidence"-chapter listed all possibilities of connection between Thomes and Phases (but the orders of the relativity, allow more possibilites).

4) Would you mind, sending me the Tanto Meglio score for study? I really need to understand your/your theacher's theory upon a concrete example.

I can send you a signed (+scanned) piece of paper, explaining that I will not misuse any copyright issues on your original work - As a proof for of my 'fair' purpose.

If I manage, I will send you a small piece of *my* original work, with the newtonal theory applied... (Alot of my friends, musicians and non-musicians, strive for a modern piece sounding less like Schönberg!).

I am very fond of your ideas, I do not approve 100%, but it seems to be a progress which I could not find the last time I was at our main library (in Vienna!)...

At 2:58pm on August 13, 2010, Ario said…
I like your work... Nice discussion you provoked back there.

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