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Serenity Laine's Discussions

Karlheinz Stockhausen, his stature, and a recent performance of his work, "Freude for two harps and voices."

Started this discussion. Last reply by Serenity Laine Dec 23, 2016. 4 Replies

Now, only a few years after Stockhausen's death, we can recognize his stature as the greatest composer of the second half of the twentieth century, and the beginning of the 21st.Here is a fairly…Continue

Salvatore Sciarrino (born Palermo, Italy, on April 4, 1947) is an Italian composer of contemporary classical music.

Started Nov 21, 2016 0 Replies

Here is a brief (one and a half minute long) excerpt from Salvatore Sciarrino's work, Quaderno di strada.…Continue

Discussion of Composer Mark Andre: heir to Lachenmann, Grisey, Stockhausen and Bartok, or heir to insanity?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Serenity Laine Oct 7, 2016. 85 Replies

This discussion of MARK ANDRE has been posted in Honor of Lara Poe, Kristofer E., Bob Porter, Ingo Lee, Dave Dexter, Joseph Harry, H.S. Teoh, Greg B. Fredrick z, Rodney M and Ray. I wanted to thank…Continue

Helmut Lachenmann

Started this discussion. Last reply by Serenity Laine Nov 13, 2016. 533 Replies

Please feel encouraged to discuss this composer, and say what you think about him, his works, or his aesthetic theory, as partly suggested by the quotes below, or by other quotations.  If I question…Continue

 

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Serenity Laine replied to Marijn Hartkamp's discussion Please give suggestions for this symphony.
"Hi Dave.  I believe we were talking about Marijn's Symphony.  I don't think any kind of "rape" is really the issue here. [Dave you spoke of Raping the language, though your message seems to have been taken down]. …"
Feb 14
Serenity Laine replied to Lara Poe's discussion Violin concerto
"Thanks for your reply, Lara. It helps me understand the work better.  I look forward to hearing the live performance.  Good luck on that.  I am very interested to hear the use of the quarter tones in context. "
Feb 14
Serenity Laine replied to Lara Poe's discussion Violin concerto
"Hi Lara,   I was pleased to see you had put this piece up, and I am examining the sound of it carefully and slowly.  I have a few questions, not about the tonality, but about timbre, dynamics and tempo.   First let me explain how I…"
Feb 9
Serenity Laine replied to Marijn Hartkamp's discussion Please give suggestions for this symphony.
"Thanks, Marijn for this work.  I would be interested if you could say whether you consider your work to be a "parody" or satire of Mozart, or a respectful imitation.  I think you intended the latter, but I could be wrong of…"
Feb 9
Serenity Laine replied to Marijn Hartkamp's discussion Please give suggestions for this symphony.
"There is a great to praise in this work.  But before I said much more, I'd just be curious to know why anyone would think of this as a parody?  That is, if we define a parody as, "an imitation of the style of a particular…"
Feb 8
Serenity Laine replied to Gav Brown's discussion CF new proposed contest - EMOTION - call for opinions
""Whatever emotion is said the most will be the theme of the proposed contest. Please reply on this thread with a one-word-answer if interested." Joy."
Feb 8
Serenity Laine replied to Ray's discussion The Euphonium, my favourite brass instrument
"I don't know about "the tuba guy" you are talking about. How about:   Jose Vicente Franco Landete's arrangement of the Tocatta and Fugure for Tuba Quartet:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i0tQckoKUo   What about…"
Feb 7
Serenity Laine replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"I agree with Lawrence when he says, "Too much space and the piece is dead and boring.  Not enough and the listener is left unrewarded or unfulfilled. ...  After all the notes are written, all the tempos are adjusted, and all…"
Feb 7
Serenity Laine replied to Gav Brown's discussion CF new proposed contest - EMOTION - call for opinions
"I agree with Michael Lofting: " . . . why not allow the entries to express the emotion that is the title of their piece?" This allows for the fulfillment of the contest goal, while also encouraging a maximum of creativity for the…"
Feb 7
Serenity Laine replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion Heat: the melting of an icecube
"The string ostinatos didn't sound right to me, as much as I liked your sparing use of the pizzicato, which came later.   So, I started over, and played your piece simultaneously with Beethoven's Second Symphony, and with a…"
Feb 5
Serenity Laine replied to Ray's discussion The Euphonium, my favourite brass instrument
"A nice composition for Tuba and Piccolo, for those who like this sort of thing.  I do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkNZldE6Y2Y Galina Ustvolskaya - Composition №1 'Dona mobis pacem' Канал пользователя…"
Feb 5
Serenity Laine replied to Kristofer Emerig's discussion Fugue.. alas, the forgotten art.
"This is very worthy of Scarlatshtokovich. I mean that in the most positive sense."
Jan 23
Serenity Laine replied to Olivér Kovács's discussion Time Travel
"You are most welcome, to be sure. It was my pleasure to listen and to comment. "
Jan 15
Serenity Laine replied to Olivér Kovács's discussion Time Travel
"Thank you.  I believe this piece of music accurately portrays certain aspects of time travel, as they occur, using a device that alters "Time And Relative Dimension in Space."   This seems similar to, or loosely to resemble,…"
Jan 15
Serenity Laine replied to H. S. Teoh's discussion A fugue in 1 voice? Ludicrous!
"  Of course you can have a fugue with one voice, or even a half a voice, or no voice at all.   The definition of a fugue contains these words:  it's a piece "in which a short melody or phrase (the subject) is introduced by…"
Jan 15
Serenity Laine replied to Stephen Brown's discussion Requiem for the Victims of Religious Violence for String Orchestra
"Hello RS, Thanks for your response. "perhaps the implied meaning was actually 'in the name of religion'." Perhaps it was.  Anything is possible.  One might have said so. "That is how I interpreted it. A title is…"
Jan 2

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Web, Multimedia, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Capetown, South Africa and in Spring Hill, Florida
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I put a new picture up. It's not really me, but a painting, a kind of a representation of how I might imagine myself to be. A bit older and more mature, perhaps.

My name is Serenity Laine. I'm a white South African woman, born in the English Speaking Community, raised in Capetown, where I went to school and to University.

I am an amateur composer. I first learned to play short pieces on the piano and organ. I always wanted to know how they were created. Eventually I learned more complex pieces. I especially liked playing simple works by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck on the Organ, such as his variations on Variations on Est-ce Mars. I tried to compose some similar works. I also liked playing Haydn piano sonatas. After a while, I wanted to compose like Haydn, but I am unsure of that now.

I took some music and composition courses at Rhodes University, in Capetown. Soon I came to admire the work of Michael Mosoeu Moerane, who was a well known graduate there. His Symphony in G is one of my favorites. If you haven't heard of him, you might call him the Aaron Compland of South Africa. Music was not my main field of study at the University, though I have always wanted to compose more than just amateur sketches.

I will share one of my latest pieces, which is still sort of amateurish. I want now to go beyond this style, and learn from other composers on this forum. I would like to learn ways to make my music more relevant and less simple sounding. This piece is a Scherzo for Flutes and Harp. I just created a Sound Cloud web site. So you can listen to the work at the web site link you asked me to provide.

I hope this piece shows people that I might have some potential to compose good music. Hopefully it shows me capable enough to be a member of this forum, so I might share my musical ideas and learn from the other more advanced members.

At present, I live near in a small town in Florida. In my spare time, I like to go to the University Music Departments in the States, just to see what people are learning and performing. My parents travel a lot. This means often I have the opportunity to travel with them. And it means I can also visit different music departments all over, in North America and Europe.
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At 4:55pm on October 30, 2016, Rick Riccled said…

Hi Serenity, thanks for the friend invite, I hope we can have nice discussions on Music and things and I hope I can show you what creative work I do. 

Look forward to hearing from you. 

Ricc.

At 12:20pm on October 30, 2016, Bob Morabito said…

Thanks Serenity..and one can only hope that things do change:) Enjoy your day!  Thanks Bob

At 5:08pm on August 19, 2016, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings Serenity,

I like your piano work in Prelude No. 5. It has some nice musical changes. Thanks for sharing.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 10:33pm on August 12, 2016, Gav Brown said…

Welcome aboard Serenity. See PM from me regarding the issue you raised -

At 6:51pm on July 7, 2016, Tyler Hughes said…

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