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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Socrates Arvanitakis on Wednesday. 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This video withdrawn-new video further down.Digitizing past summers' verse-melody manuscripts never ends!One of my main challenges here (as in all lengthy poems) was how to contain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

DON’T TALK ABOUT LONELINESS - song in 9/4

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Morabito Aug 6, 2017. 3 Replies

This is a ABC-CBA song of mine in 9/4 rhythm that some friends recorded last year.The A & B sections are in Hicaz mode and the central C sections in Sabah mode.I thought there was no point in…Continue

AUTO-ACCOMPANIMENT SOFTWARE CRITIQUE

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Jul 31, 2017. 4 Replies

This thread's theme may be related to questions arising from Ray's recent threads on musical intentions/resulting performances and main requirements towards producing interesting music, but I thought…Continue

 

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Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bielka's discussion Little Italy
"Thanks Bielka. I listened to four more songs and I found them all very well constructed and very charming musically. I also like the lyrics, quite imaginative but strait forward. Congratulations on "Palaman City", and "Le…"
Wednesday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion THE TABLE NEXT TO MINE (song for Tenor, Guitar & String Quartet)
"Thank you Bob, I'm glad you liked it and you found the light style of the lyrics befitting. It is hard work to me to write "lighter" sometimes. :-)"
Wednesday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bielka's discussion Little Italy
"Hi Bielka,    I like the tune and the lyrics quite well. It evokes Italy successfully to me with all those things you describe, which are quite a few, but you managed it within viable time limits and strophic structures. Well done! Thanks…"
Tuesday
Bob Morabito replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion THE TABLE NEXT TO MINE (song for Tenor, Guitar & String Quartet)
"Very nicely done Socrates--I just enjoyed listening to this very much and will return again. It all works together very well, and FWIW, I thought the lyrics were and still are fine, just as they are. Thanks so much for sharing! Bob…"
Monday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion THE TABLE NEXT TO MINE (song for Tenor, Guitar & String Quartet)
"Song revised as per above feedback. Unfortunately I cannot make big changes to the lyrics. (perhaps I like them as they stand :-)) Thanks to all.   THE TABLE NEXT TO MINE   Let's make some sober, serious  thoughts, I mean,…"
Monday
Mike Hewer replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion THE TABLE NEXT TO MINE (song for Tenor, Guitar & String Quartet)
"Hi Socrates, Your welcome mate. My mistake on the  b25-26 issue, I was listening/watching on an ipad and the resolution was not great for the video and I missed the arco direction, of course it is fine. You are correct that a faster change to…"
Sunday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion THE TABLE NEXT TO MINE (song for Tenor, Guitar & String Quartet)
"Thanks for your kind words, Colin. As I said to Stephen above, I am becoming more and more aware of the pitfalls of trying to write a story with light-heartedness in mood prevalent. This problem is one of the biggest for me in what I have…"
Sunday
Mike Hewer replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion THE TABLE NEXT TO MINE (song for Tenor, Guitar & String Quartet)
"Hi Socrates, As usual, your part writing is excellent. I just picked on a few things, three of which are practical and one subjective. The change from pizz to arco from b25 to 26 is too quick for the players to engage the bow. The simple remedy is…"
Jan 13
Colin Dougall replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion THE TABLE NEXT TO MINE (song for Tenor, Guitar & String Quartet)
"Hi Socrates I enjoyed listening to this, as I did with your last song. I would agree with Stephen's comments that the verse is more doggerel than poetry - this wouldn't matter so much in a throw-away pop piece but it does when your…"
Jan 13
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion THE TABLE NEXT TO MINE (song for Tenor, Guitar & String Quartet)
"Hi Stephen, Still in Spain? I hope you have a nice life there! I came to Greece last summer for a 3 month stay and I am already six months here due to family reasons, but next week I go back to London.   I agree with a lot of things you say…"
Jan 12
Stephen Lines replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion THE TABLE NEXT TO MINE (song for Tenor, Guitar & String Quartet)
"Socrates, Long time no speak - I hope you are well. This is an interesting and pleasing piece let down only by the rather poor voice production in SIB....even Note Performer doesn't bring it up to scratch. As ever, your guitar writing skills…"
Jan 12
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THE TABLE NEXT TO MINE (song for Tenor, Guitar & String Quartet)

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 within a time limit bellow five minutes, so that a song-size piece can result. I don’t always succeed in that.I used Sibelius + Note Performer for this one.Any comments/criticism, artistic or technical welcome.Thanks for listening.LEMONIA=>SUMMER BLAST=>A DREAM OF LONG AGOMONDAY21/7/2008 THE…See More
Jan 10
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to John Driscoll's discussion How to Write Your Music in a Notation Program and Have It Played by a DAW - AT THE SAME TIME
"Not knowing anything about the technicalities of the matter, or indenting to learn as being outside my scope of activities at present, I still liked what I heard a lot, John, both as a mockup and as an offer to this forum by whatever means you…"
Jan 10
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Lurian's discussion Looking for Poetry to write a Romantic Lied.
"btw, Nice town Udine! I only passed from there once, years ago, and I liked very much the food and the grapa! :-)"
Jan 10
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Lurian's discussion Looking for Poetry to write a Romantic Lied.
"I write a lot of verse in English and Greek (and occasionally in Italian), German I cannot handle, though plenty of my heroes are Germanic in character (or at least Gothic) and most of it is about romance. I don’t have time to set all that…"
Jan 10
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Emily F. Singleton's discussion Violin Sonata No.1 - 1st movement
"7/1/2018  Hi Emily, Just a few quick thought on a first listening (just ignore them if inappropriate)   The opening on the violin is very melodic and catchy (a bit more baroque to my ears rather than romantic, just my take)   the…"
Jan 7

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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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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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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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

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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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