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CF newbie question about Message

Started this discussion. Last reply by Raymond Kemp Mar 2, 2013. 1 Reply

If I go to someone's page, click "Message" and enter a message, how and where would I view any reply from that person?Continue

First post and first attempt at string quartet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Harris Feb 28, 2013. 12 Replies

These are also posted at my page. Instead of uploading a second time, should I have linked to those to save server space? If so, then how?Gurth the swineherd and Wamba the fool are characters in Sir…Continue

 

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Janet Spangenberg left a comment for Spencer Doidge
"Hi, Spencer, thank you for being my friend. ;o) I'm basically a newbie here, too, as I signed up a couple of years ago, but only recently got active. You asked where to find my music... I have a couple of videos on my page. If you click on my…"
Mar 3, 2013
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CF newbie question about Message

If I go to someone's page, click "Message" and enter a message, how and where would I view any reply from that person?See More
Mar 2, 2013
Spencer Doidge replied to Mohammad W.Alsaad's discussion (Agony Of Delight) - Epic Orchestral Attempt
"Mixing and mastering isn't a strength of mine other than to comment that I was able to hear what was going on under the melody reasonably well. What caught my ear was right near the end, the strings.  On composition and originality, I like…"
Mar 1, 2013
Spencer Doidge replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion "Hymn" from the Requiem "In Remembrance"
"Perfect just like it is for a big open acoustically live space and a solemn occasion. You kept it simple. That's what you want here. You have a general audience who wants to think about the person, the occasion, and the ambience while the music…"
Mar 1, 2013
Julie Harris commented on Spencer Doidge's blog post What makes for a successful piece of music?
"I think the key word in Spencer's premise is "successful", which of course will have as many different meanings as there are composers!   To me, a piece is successful if I enjoyed writing it, I'm not embarrassed by it…"
Mar 1, 2013
Gav Brown commented on Spencer Doidge's blog post What makes for a successful piece of music?
"My customer is the audience. Being thought well of by musicians and composers is nice too, but not as important to me."
Feb 28, 2013
Spencer Doidge posted a blog post

What makes for a successful piece of music?

After reading Paul Hindemith's A Composer's World I came to believe that the composer's customer is the musician, and the musician's customer is the audience.Since we may assume that the composer is herself first and foremost a musician, we can assume that she should know when a piece is in some way satisfying to play. The appropriate audience picks up on that, and the enterprise succeeds.If she wants mostly to create something satisfying to play, she will keep at it until it is no matter how…See More
Feb 28, 2013
Julie Harris replied to Spencer Doidge's discussion First post and first attempt at string quartet
"Wow, I now have three composers from CF on four of our programs!   Janet's wonderful "Harmonious Monk" fanfare started up the second half of our program two weeks ago, on February 16th; Ray's gorgeous…"
Feb 28, 2013
Janet Spangenberg replied to Spencer Doidge's discussion First post and first attempt at string quartet
"I enjoyed the read, and an additional listen. :o) Looking forward to more."
Feb 28, 2013
Spiros Makris replied to Spencer Doidge's discussion First post and first attempt at string quartet
"There is no problem with posting links. You can also embed a youtube video or a soundcloud sound on your posts, to let people listen without leaving this page. "
Feb 28, 2013
Julie Harris replied to Spencer Doidge's discussion First post and first attempt at string quartet
"Good eye, Tim!   I'm going to send you my scores to edit!  ;-)"
Feb 28, 2013
Spencer Doidge replied to Spencer Doidge's discussion First post and first attempt at string quartet
"Janet, if you're interested in having a look at Ivanhoe, note that I posted a YouTube video that plays this piece while scrolling text from the book. I think I'm not supposed to post links, so search "wamba ivanhoe" at…"
Feb 28, 2013
Spencer Doidge replied to Spencer Doidge's discussion First post and first attempt at string quartet
"Thank you, Tim, for spotting the enharmonic error m45 in the viola part. And thank you all for the great encouragement! Who knew that joining this forum would yield such a happy result so quickly!  Buoyed by optimism, I guess I'll post the…"
Feb 28, 2013
Tim Marko replied to Spencer Doidge's discussion First post and first attempt at string quartet
"This is very good.  The interplay between all four voices is wonderful, especially at B, when you finally bring the quartet together en masse. The only thing I noticed in the score was the use of a few enharmonics; ie m45, should that F# be a…"
Feb 28, 2013
Janet Spangenberg replied to Spencer Doidge's discussion First post and first attempt at string quartet
"Spencer this is absolutely delightful! I have not read Ivanhoe, and don't know the characters, at least not from the book. Perhaps I've just been introduced to them. ;-)  This sounds like a perfect accompaniment to a Masterpiece…"
Feb 28, 2013
Julie Harris replied to Spencer Doidge's discussion First post and first attempt at string quartet
"I listened again and had no problems getting to the end.   In fact, I've listened about five times now and enjoy it more each time!   I also looked over the score and at first glance, it looks good!   I'm very…"
Feb 28, 2013

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
jazz, classical, anything serious
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Eugene, Oregon
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
Retired wage slave, 68, jazz guitarist for hire on and off since 1959, classical guitar only from 1978-2005, back to jazz 2005-present. A dozen or so significant originals for solo guitar, couple hundred arrangements and transcriptions for small groups and solo guitar, two books published by Amsco (Music Sales Corp.) Always wanted to do "classical" music, would have played violin. Retirement and software tools enable me to live the dream. Studying Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), writing a string quartet, arranging for a bop group (Bop Shop) and seeking to offload those responsibilities onto the new guy in our gypsy jazz group called Hot Club Eugene (no "of").

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What makes for a successful piece of music?

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 2:09pm 2 Comments

After reading Paul Hindemith's A Composer's World I came to believe that the composer's customer is the musician, and the musician's customer is the audience.

Since we may assume that the composer is herself first and foremost a musician, we can assume that she should know when a piece is in some way satisfying to play. The appropriate audience picks up on that, and the enterprise succeeds.

If she wants mostly to create something satisfying to play, she will keep at it…

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At 10:58am on March 3, 2013, Janet Spangenberg said…

Hi, Spencer, thank you for being my friend. ;o) I'm basically a newbie here, too, as I signed up a couple of years ago, but only recently got active.

You asked where to find my music... I have a couple of videos on my page. If you click on my picture, that will take you there. Then scroll down the page past the comments and profile info to come to the two videos. Beyond that, I think I've only posted one thing in Music Dissection (can also be found on my page on the left side where it shows Discussions I've started). It's a flute duet (which I have since rewritten) turned String Quartet. The fanfare Julie mentioned is in one of her discussions, where she announced a competition for an upcoming concert.

I really enjoyed your string quartet, and look forward to hearing more of your music!

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