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VARIATIONS ON A CELTIC AIR

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ingo Lee Aug 18. 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. 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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Aug 31
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"It looks very nice indeed Rodney! What is it, a hand writing font? (I’m not sure, but I don’t think that there are such things in Sibelius ☹) The music looks quite interesting also, is it the solo part of “Innocence Lost” ?…"
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Aug 19
Ingo Lee replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion VARIATIONS ON A CELTIC AIR
"Socrates, there is a website run by a harpist that will help with harp technique questions.  Dave Dexter posted about it in the past.  I don't have the link that he posted, but it might be this…"
Aug 18
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion VARIATIONS ON A CELTIC AIR
"Thanks for your comments, Ingo. My main effort in this prelude is to introduce the tune with no association of invented harmonization or anything else, so I try to keep things clean and traditional-diatonic as observed in any traditional…"
Aug 17
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…"
Aug 16
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 :-)"
Aug 15
Lawrence Aurich replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion VARIATIONS ON A CELTIC AIR
" Because he wanted to be dominant in that bar."
Aug 15
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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
Aug 12
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…"
Aug 11

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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, Biggles 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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