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4 short autumnal valses for guitar solo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Socrates Arvanitakis 17 hours ago. 7 Replies

These four short pieces for solo guitar were originally planned to be six.  Well, when I leave something partly finished it's very hard for me to get back into the mood and complete it, but sometimes…Continue

VARIATIONS ON A CELTIC AIR (Solo Harp)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Socrates Arvanitakis May 3. 8 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

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Apr 23. 3 Replies

12 Sonate da Chiesa a tre (part I 1-4)Why Corelli?It is only a matter of opinion in the end of the day, but my first answer would be: Why not Corelli? And probably I would leave it at that.I chose…Continue

 

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Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion MODULATION (up a tone starting with La Folia)
"Hi Mike and thanks. I am into minds about this thread. It started off as an insight into modulations so yes, by all means feel free to publish your thoughts and insights on various aspects of the subject. It is about modality and modulation in fact.…"
17 hours ago
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion 4 short autumnal valses for guitar solo
"Thank you Marco. It is as you say, hard to get into the mood again for me, but at least I have kept some melodic lines for the other two pieces, and if the opportunity comes I will have another go at them. The tempi of the first three pieces I had…"
17 hours ago
Mike Hewer replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion MODULATION (up a tone starting with La Folia)
"hi Socrates, For geeks like me (and especially you...:-) this is a wonderful read. I don't often read much music theory these days because it is hard enough just writing the darned stuff but I am enjoying your posts and pdfs and finding them…"
17 hours ago
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion MODULATION (up a tone starting with La Folia)
"My second attached PDF continues with the exposition of the division of canon on its seven prescribed steps, before any negotiation on the sizes of intervals can begin meaningfully. I am still considering the Pythagorean diatonic scale in its hard…"
22 hours ago
Marco Di Stefano replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion 4 short autumnal valses for guitar solo
"Hi Socrates, is a lovely job, I liked it a lot Actually I have the impression the fourth piece was not written to initially close the suite, it is true that it leaves you like if another one should start :) but I understand what you mean sometime…"
yesterday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Tillerich's discussion Writing a Passacaglia
"On the other hand if you want some extreme but ancient examples you could follow here this one for three viols: Is it or is it not a passacaglia? To my ears and brain it is. Essentially just three descending notes (F, E, D) can keep the piece going…"
yesterday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bob Porter's discussion What is Contemporary style music?
"As you say Fred. There was common musical language in baroque, classical and romantic music which generated common practice and common easily understood opinions. Since the turn of the 20th century, Debussy, Stravinsky, etc, there is no common…"
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Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion MODULATION (up a tone starting with La Folia)
"(UNABLE TO ATTACH PDF OR DELETE PREVIOUS TEST POST) Hi Em, Sorry for my rush reply a few days ago, I was in a hurry. At the moment I am not, but I already experience very gross problems in my internet connection, very slow indeed even to change or…"
Thursday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion 4 short autumnal valses for guitar solo
"Thank you all again for the additional feedback.   Gregorio, I didn't like to mention Chopin, but there's a man with whose music I was in love very much. (It is not that I'm not anymore, but I don’t have time to listen to…"
May 13
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion MODULATION (up a tone starting with La Folia)
"Hi Em, I just came in wanting to post in another thread, but I saw your post first. I am pressed for time as I am preparing to travel, but very briefly I can say first, thanks for your interest in this thread which I hope will lead us somewhere in…"
May 13
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Ingo Lee's discussion Suggestions for my fugue
"Hi Ingo, I had a quick look at the score, I did not hear it yet, but I will. I only want to ask one thing now: I am not a keyboardist at all, but do you mean this piece for three instruments or for one keyboard instrument. In the second case, if the…"
May 13
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Gav Brown's discussion ELEMENTS CONTEST - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
"Congratulations to the winners, to all participants, and to Gav for offering and organizing so well competitions such as this. I have enjoyed all your music."
May 13
Mike Hewer replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion 4 short autumnal valses for guitar solo
"Socrates, I'm just listening to Williams play Barrios-Mangores 3rd waltz. I hadn't heard of him, but what lovely music, played with such perfection it is doubtless a Platonic archetype for…"
May 13
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Fredrick zinos's discussion Most important composition
"Roger his real title is Lord Russel (not Mr. Russel) and whether lost soul or not he is the Nobel Laureate for peace (1950), apart for his contribution to philosophy, mathematics, literature, social history, etc, etc, and to me one of the most…"
May 12
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Fredrick zinos's discussion Most important composition
"Right, " Useless Drivel" as a characterisation is workable, but only as an individual's opinion of what is useless in contrast to what is useful. Unfortunately I cannot create a category and dim it as "Useful Drivel" in…"
May 12
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Fredrick zinos's discussion Most important composition
"Philosophy, religion, word games, poetry, are great parts of my music, Julie. (religion has played a great part in other composer's output, politics similarly). Let me at least give my own definitions to what I write. This is I hope an adults…"
May 12

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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
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Main stream, Jazz, traditional
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Yes!
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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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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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