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WAGNER'S RING (a political/philosophical question for all of us)

Started this discussion. Last reply by gregorio X Feb 6. 38 Replies

I just came across this. It is an article, imo, about the future of all live art music and about the future of all of us either as performers, composers or both.My basic thought is that if they can…Continue

DEJA SCRU 1 (song for Soprano, Tenor, Guitar, Violin, Violoncello)

Started Jan 22 0 Replies

This song is based on an obscure tune out of J. Playford's "DANCING MASTER" entitled "GHOSTS OF EVERY OCCUPATION"- London 1651.I use a lot of my own melodic invention here incorporating also the…Continue

THE TABLE NEXT TO MINE (song for Tenor, Guitar & String Quartet)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Socrates Arvanitakis Jan 17. 9 Replies

This video withdrawn-new video further down.Digitizing past summers' verse-melody manuscripts never ends!One of my main challenges here (as in all lengthy poems) was how to contain all ten stanzas…Continue

VARIATIONS ON A CELTIC AIR

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ingo Lee Aug 18, 2017. 6 Replies

The following is a set of variations for solo harp on a well-known Celtic tune. "Bonny at Morn", which I want to input as an instrumental prelude to a song cycle of erotic content, so the title in…Continue

 

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Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion PENSARE AL PASSATO (just a sonnet)
"This piece updated, some ponts corrected and given in 2 translations."
14 hours ago
Socrates Arvanitakis posted a blog post

THE SEAMAN THAT I NEVER WAS

Note: certain literary references are live links to wikipedia“GECKO” BarMAKRY-YIALOSMonday Afternoon 8/12/2008 THE SEAMAN THAT I NEVER WAS The seaman that I never was,is traveling forever,although I feel to him so close,I have not been too clever. I thought that there should be a link,to have a double existence,but I have missed it in a blink,due to my single persistence. The seaman that I never was,lives in another solid place,perhaps in…See More
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Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Mariza Costa-Cabral's discussion Music in honor of Syrian refugees' situation
"Nice piece of music Jon! I felt that it was capturing just with sound colour all the predicament of these people-images being a bonus of cource. Thanks for posting."
Feb 9
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Polonaise
"Hi Laurence, I was having a quick look in the forum and I opened your thread. I did not have time to listen, i' ll come another time for that. I opened your pdf for a look and i noticed some irregularity in the viola part 3rd bar-3rd beat. The…"
Feb 8
gregorio X replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WAGNER'S RING (a political/philosophical question for all of us)
"Hi Emily. My attempt, with my last comment, was to frame electronic music beyond the sampling of instruments, and simulating 'the real thing'.   I am suggesting that it is (or can be) a medium unto itself.. a compositional medium…"
Feb 6
Emily F. Singleton replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WAGNER'S RING (a political/philosophical question for all of us)
"I think electronic music is a noble and worthy profession, as long as it remains as its own genre and does not take over the classical style I love. There are many techniques and ideas that can only be clearly expressed or explored through recorded…"
Feb 5
gregorio X replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WAGNER'S RING (a political/philosophical question for all of us)
"Thought I'd throw in the idea that with some (electronic) composers,  the 'realistic' sampling of instruments is not really the focus, but to write something that specifically utilizes the immense possibilities of electronic…"
Feb 5
Julie Harris replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WAGNER'S RING (a political/philosophical question for all of us)
"Brava Emily!!! You just made my day.  I wish you lived closer so we could collaborate!  You describe with great poetry and elegance the world I have been nurturing for several decades.  Keep on performing and keep on composing. …"
Feb 5
Emily F. Singleton replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WAGNER'S RING (a political/philosophical question for all of us)
"There is something to be said for live ensemble performances, both large and small. Seeing the energy with your own eyes at a live performance, feeling the atmospheric changes, and hearing the music fill the concert hall... it is simply…"
Feb 5
Lawrence Aurich replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WAGNER'S RING (a political/philosophical question for all of us)
"Maybe we can predict the future by studying the past.  A century ago music was acoustical and live.  In the roaring twenties we had musicals, opera, symphonies and of course jazz.  1927 was the first talkie and the beginning of movie…"
Feb 5
Lawrence Aurich replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WAGNER'S RING (a political/philosophical question for all of us)
"U.S. copyrights extend to 70 years after the death of the composer.  The trend has been to make copyrights longer.  Music I have sung recently state that the music cannot be copied or put on digital software without the consent of the…"
Feb 5
Manfred Goop replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WAGNER'S RING (a political/philosophical question for all of us)
"Great stories, Emily and Julie.  Does anyone have an opinion about groupmuse.com?  It's an web site where people coordinate holding house concerts. I went to one once, it had about 15 people, which I think is about average. It makes a…"
Feb 5
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
Emily F. Singleton replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WAGNER'S RING (a political/philosophical question for all of us)
"Yes, it is wonderful to read the stories you share here, Julie. I perform regularly at the local farmers market, nursing homes, Alzheimer patient care facilities, hospitals, and retirement homes. The joy that it brings young children and senior…"
Feb 5
Julie Harris replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WAGNER'S RING (a political/philosophical question for all of us)
"Thanks so much, Emily, for your insight and viewpoint, which totally agrees with my experience.  I too see the abundance of artists and classical music lovers you talk about.  It's SO EXCITING!!! I work with composers aged 6 - 18…"
Feb 5
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WAGNER'S RING (a political/philosophical question for all of us)
"Dave, it is just as you say: the worrisome next step."
Feb 5

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Main stream, Jazz, traditional
Is music your main income source?
Yes!
Where do you live?
Greece and UK
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I studied at Middlesex University (BA) and London University (Mmus), composition and ethnomusicology.
I am a classical guitar player and I also play the bouzouki, mandolin, recorder, Cretan lute and a little the fiddle.
I am both a traditionalist and a modern composer.
I have composed various works (still in manuscript) and at the moment I write a lot of (tonal/modal songs) based on my own lyrics. It is those that I intend to submit for criticism and help in the first place and also I find some of the threads and discussions interesting and I would like to participate occasionally.
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2, 3, 4 STRING QUARTET no. 1

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The first of my completed string quartets. Serial techniques used throughout.

Quartetto%20Per%20Archi%20no.%201%20%20I-II-III.pdf

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THE SEAMAN THAT I NEVER WAS

Posted on February 15, 2018 at 5:39am 0 Comments

Note: certain literary references are live links to wikipedia

“GECKO” Bar

MAKRY-YIALOS

Monday Afternoon

8/12/2008…






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A Lover's Wish

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 7:30pm 2 Comments

Just one of last year's songs on lyrics by a poetess that I like very much.

A LOVER’S WISH…

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SUNSET IN RIALTO

Posted on May 14, 2017 at 1:22am 0 Comments

Just an old song of mine in a home recording from last summer. Me and a friend on guitars and him also singing it as my voice was quite out of order. Since it has Greekk lyrics I give a rough translation

VENEZIA…

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At 4:44am on March 8, 2015, Ray Kemp said…

Socrates,

Leave Oh Oh alone.............he's a straight up and down nut case.

Ray

At 10:52pm on September 23, 2014, michael diemer said…

Solstice was not intentionally composed as theme and variations, but I can see why you might think that. As for the other two, only Skating is up there yet. I'm going to rework that, and then revise the third movement, Late February. thanks for listening.

At 10:44am on September 20, 2014, michael diemer said…

Socrates, the music for Solstice is in my player on my page. you need to have Adobe Flash Player installed to run it.

At 8:45am on September 18, 2014, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Socrates!

 
 
 

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