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JETTY (song in 5/8)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer yesterday. 10 Replies

This is an old song of mine in Greek text. It started off as a simple vocal idea accompanied by guitar and mandolin (a 3 minute song), and it ended up recently like what follows. Apart from questions…Continue

Valse in Am & Fugue in A

Started this discussion. Last reply by Socrates Arvanitakis Jun 9. 28 Replies

I have written a lot of verses in my life and it is a big race for me to try setting to music as many as I can.A lot of songs result, usually accompanied by chamber ensembles or just one instrument.…Continue

Technical Request

Started Jun 2 0 Replies

Technical request for admins I wish we had a pdfview facility for musical quotes in different threads. It only takes a few lines of HTML code, but it can be found free as a routine in HTML boards.It…Continue

AFTER BIG BANG

Started May 15 0 Replies

Fugal writing seems to be in fashion currently on this forum, so here is a vocal one (I could not turn it into a song cause I did not have any more ideas on the lyric side).Any comments/criticisms…Continue

 

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Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Amol's discussion Please help me understand Beethoven (or counterpoint in general)
3 hours ago
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Amol's discussion Please help me understand Beethoven (or counterpoint in general)
"Hi Amol, a reply just on J. J. Fux   Fux wrote his book as a kind of instruction on composition. He came up with the idea of species counterpoint though, as a didactic method. So far so good, but there it is in the outset of his concept the…"
4 hours ago
Mike Hewer replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion JETTY (song in 5/8)
"hi Socrates, You are welcome, thank you. Re b250 and similar, the last 2 (quaver) beats should be in one bow (a slur across all 3 notes) with the stacc. dot on the last one. Two up-bow strokes are not required, nor necessary - the one bow will give…"
yesterday
Socrates Arvanitakis posted a video
Mikis Theodorakis at 91, a few days ago, conducting one of his famous 60ies songs. Thanks maestro!

Mikis Theodorakis conducting 2017 from x-andra photography on Vimeo.

Mikis Theodorakis conducting 2017

Michael "Mikis" Theodorakis ( born 29 July 1925) Greece's best-known living composer conducting probably for the last time on June, 19., 2017 No screening in TV channels without prior consultation No distribution via youtube
yesterday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Tom Jensen's discussion Fugue in B minor Tranquillo
"Hi Tom, I've enjoyed listening to this. I did not listen to it as a fugue (obviously it is one) but more as a piece that creates a certain mood of relaxation, the same as Bob said. I like the triplets c. 0'50'' and…"
yesterday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion JETTY (song in 5/8)
"I think I've done with this one. Mike Hewer, thank you very much for all your suggestions and help. I put them all to good use, mainly on three areas: I changed two sections from pizz to arco in the beginning. They do give a pleasant feeling of…"
Wednesday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Carlo Anthony's discussion Young composer. First time sharing collection. Feedback very much wanted.
"sorry, demon of the printing press strikes again, Isidore (bishop) of Seville (c. 560-630 A.D).   :-)"
Wednesday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Carlo Anthony's discussion Young composer. First time sharing collection. Feedback very much wanted.
"Hi Carlo, After so much good and sound advice and criticism that you have been offered so far in this thread from all composers I could hardly add anything. I listen to 6-7 of your pieces and I found something good in all of them. Obviously I have…"
Wednesday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Brock Martin (The Driftersoul)'s discussion For the those with a little spark in their heart.
"Such as? I mean, Vivaldi is to me a bit of a maverick but only as a priest, not as a musician, and M. Marin (if you've seen the film "tout le matins du monde") when he compared his music to that of his teacher he called himself an…"
Tuesday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"In both cases no Dave. One of my best romantic composers is Hector Berlioz who could only play (very badly) guitar. On the other hand, some of the composers I really admire and consider my mentors were just folk musicians without any…"
Tuesday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
""This is another reason why for me, notation playback is merely a note checker. I have no doubt things will improve over time, but until then, I'd advise all composers to take what they are hearing in their music to be nothing but a very…"
Tuesday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"Yeah, all these are fair points and well observed. Not going back though to Sib 4, let's see what the future holds."
Tuesday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"Neapolitan mandolin range"
Tuesday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"Sorry Bob, for the solo first example, as you say, I wanted to make my point very audible. :-) But you did not miss much, as the movement is rendered much better imo in the NP example. You see, in the first ritornello that I heard, the violins were…"
Tuesday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"Very true, Mike. I have fallen, or rather I should say, forced to fall into that trap on some occasions, by just the limitations of the programme or the ignorance of programmers behind it, although I knew that what I was doing was wrong. I use…"
Monday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"Workflows! What the hell are they? It would be nice to have one sorted out, I'm still trying…   If I compare the biggies of score writers, i.e. Sibelius, Finale, and the new arrival Dorico, probably Sibelius is still the best deal…"
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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.
Website:
http://www.helicon.gr/

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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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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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Posted on December 12, 2015 at 7:30am 0 Comments

A DEEP SEA

Posted on November 30, 2015 at 8:01pm 2 Comments

Although changes of tempo and fermatas are included in the PDF and are part of the performance instructions they have been avoided in the XML and MP3 files as they would hinder the synchronization of sound and video (for some reason that I have not discovered yet), but they are realized in this live recording of 2002 when I had an alto voice available.

Sorry about the cello sound, I was just improvising on an old Yamaha guitar synth that was about in the studio, but then I lost it.…

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At 4:44am on March 8, 2015, Ray 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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