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VARIATIONS ON A CELTIC AIR

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ingo Lee 18 hours ago. 4 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. 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. 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

JETTY (song in 5/8)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Jun 22. 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

 

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Ingo Lee replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion VARIATIONS ON A CELTIC AIR
"Socrates, I can't comment on harp technique and I don't know what your lyrics are and as you say it doesn't matter here. I can say that I like this piece.  It is static harmonically but you have a good variety of rhythms and your…"
18 hours ago
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bob Porter's discussion Poor harpsichord.
""all art is quite useless", one of Oscar Wilde`s aphorisms  good innocent fun though, till loosing its innocence, and becoming either progressive or reactionary, like its commentators and participants-this thread gives me the urge to…"
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Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion VARIATIONS ON A CELTIC AIR
"Thanks folks for commenting, points taken. Fred, I hope to put the missing gin or tonic (whichever the case) in the lyrical side of things :-)"
yesterday
Lawrence Aurich replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion VARIATIONS ON A CELTIC AIR
" Because he wanted to be dominant in that bar."
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Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bob Porter's discussion Poor harpsichord.
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VARIATIONS ON A CELTIC AIR

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 the header has changed accordingly to "Horny at Morn".What may be termed as "erotic" in some people's morality, may be termed as "pornographic" by other people's moral standards, so it would seem that Catulus is a great erotic poet to some and a degenerate pornographer to others. All this at present…See More
Sunday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Anyone with experience or knowledge of SATB choral quartets/octets? I need aid :)
"Dave, I forgot to mention that playing in parallel 5hs and 8ves is for certain idioms (both popular and classical) of the very essence.  Also certain idiomatic instruments like the guitar are asking very much for certain passages to be played…"
Saturday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Acoustic (classical) Guitar
"Sorry, some confusion there... Op. 1 Mauro Giuliani"
Friday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Acoustic (classical) Guitar
"Op. 1 Mauro Giuliani"
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Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Acoustic (classical) Guitar
"Giuliani op 1"
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Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Acoustic (classical) Guitar
"Hi Stephen, I just thought that building a guitar chart by copying notes to tablature hexagrams  may be confusing a little at first so I came up with this (see attached PDF).   A FEW (preliminary) COMMENTS   Up to the 12th fret the…"
Friday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Acoustic (classical) Guitar
"Just don’t give up, Stephen, please. The 20th century has witnessed the re-emergence of the guitar as a main and very admirable concert instrument with mass following. And it was the first historical era (Bach's precedent is unique in the…"
Aug 10
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Anyone with experience or knowledge of SATB choral quartets/octets? I need aid :)
"Just think of this, Dave: Between 1600-1900 we call it the era of "common practice" and not without a reason. Composers did stick to the same harmonic/contrapuntal rules for those 300 years to a big degree, but still manage to create their…"
Aug 10
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bob Porter's discussion Poor harpsichord.
"Probably nothing new to it. 30 years ago, basking in Green Park station I met a tin whistle player who sounded his tiny instrument like brass something-trumpet like. I ask him how he does it and he smiled and showed me his two front teeth…"
Aug 10
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bob Porter's discussion Poor harpsichord.
"Hi Gregorio, I don’t want to overstress the point of contrapuntal clarity because as you say the instrument involved can be any keyboard instrument (referring to the 48) and also because if we bother to listen a little more carefully, the…"
Aug 9
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bob Porter's discussion Poor harpsichord.
"Yes Roger, “The Smile of Mona Liza”, was very successful in the USA and Europe in the 60s & 70s and one of the most famous collections that M. Hadjidakis ever wrote. It surely is Mediterranean to my ear also and more specifically…"
Aug 9

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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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