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Introducing Stephen Ferre

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Nov 9, 2017. 1 Reply

I used to be a heavy forum user, but I've been just incredibly busy lately, so forgive me if I don't respond too often. I don't have the time or sanity to engage in long discussions right now. It…Continue

Tags: improvisation, aleatoric, modernist

 

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Stephen Ferre replied to Bob Porter's discussion What is Contemporary style music?
"I think we are trying to over-simplify things.  Post-1970, very few composers were writing serialism. Some of us are writing post-serial music or set-based music. Minimalism, on the contrary, became popular then, but now it is nearly 50 years…"
Apr 25
Stephen Ferre replied to Bob Porter's discussion What is Contemporary style music?
"Popular music is anything composed for mass consumption, i.e. may be on the radio. Contemporary puts it in our time, as opposed to parlor songs around the turn of the last century, or dances (waltzes) 40 years before that. For me, though, modern…"
Apr 23
Stephen Ferre replied to Bob Porter's discussion What is Contemporary style music?
"I think we need to distinguish more between Contemporary and Modern music. Contemporary is anything written in our time. Where I used to teach offers a degree in Contemporary music, but it means contemporary popular music. While modernism is also a…"
Apr 23
Stephen Ferre replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"I think we can all agree that each of us has a variety of reasons for wanting different lengths of time. I DO have a music job - two of them, in fact. Yes, it will take me only a couple of hours to write my entry, but finding those couple of hours…"
Jan 16
Stephen Ferre replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"I don't know if you have me as a commit for water, but I think I will. It takes me a long time to write, so I'd probably vote for 3 months."
Jan 15
Stephen Ferre replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"I would like to be involved, but I don't know if my teaching and freelance schedule will permit. If I do submit, it would probably be water. (I've already done fire.)"
Jan 6
Stephen Ferre posted a blog post

Labyrinth

News2/16/18 Labyrinth will be performed by the Society for New Music All-Stars in Syracuse, NY. Park Central Presbyterian Church 7:30 pm, and will be recorded for commercial release the following week.Labyrinth is a semifinalist for The American Prize (Music for Orchestra, professional). I should hear soon whether it is a finalist. There is a 5 minute demo of it on my Soundcloud.…See More
Dec 5, 2017
Julie Harris commented on Stephen Ferre's blog post Remembering the Night Sky
"Thanks for the score, Stephen. This is a great addition to my "Listening List" for my composition students, who range in age from 6 to 67, mostly have perfect pitch and and mostly sleep, drink and eat serious music. They are insatiable for…"
Nov 15, 2017
Stephen Ferre commented on Stephen Ferre's blog post Remembering the Night Sky
"Thanks, Mike. I'm not sure which doubling you are referring to, but near the beginning it is for acoustic purposes, with the piano punctuating entries, both of the saxophone and the other instruments. Later on, it is for emphasis and filling…"
Nov 14, 2017
Mike Hewer commented on Stephen Ferre's blog post Remembering the Night Sky
"Hi Stephen, The work took me elsewhere for 14 mins. I was curious to note that the piano part did a lot of doubling, was that a practical consideration or just what you wanted? What organising principles did you use in this? Great performance,…"
Nov 14, 2017
Stephen Ferre replied to Bob Morabito's discussion For or Against: Entrance Fees for Composing Competitions
"I'm of two minds on this. As a composer, I never want to pay to have someone look at my work (or listen to it). I'm never likely to earn my costs back on most of my music as it is. If I spend 500 hours writing a piece at $25 an hour,…"
Nov 13, 2017
Stephen Ferre commented on Stephen Ferre's blog post Remembering the Night Sky and Nørgård
"A link to the score is posted on a separate blog, since I can't put an attachment on a comment."
Nov 13, 2017
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Nov 13, 2017
Stephen Ferre commented on Stephen Ferre's blog post Remembering the Night Sky and Nørgård
"Basically, I was given the full score both printed and digital form and told to match the instrumentation of Nørgård's second cello concerto, Momentum. That was it. The second movement was almost already in that instrumentation,…"
Nov 13, 2017
Stephen Ferre commented on Stephen Ferre's blog post Remembering the Night Sky and Nørgård
"Try this Spotify link for the Nørgård: https://open.spotify.com/album/49IntbbuwquL8OyvS5splR"
Nov 13, 2017
Julie Harris commented on Stephen Ferre's blog post Remembering the Night Sky and Nørgård
"Colin, I was able to listen to the Helle Nacht links with no problem.  I'm in the US, on a PC with a Firefox browser.  I posted a link to Voyage into the Golden Screen on another thread, but here it is again.  This is the second…"
Nov 13, 2017

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Orchestra
Is music your main income source?
Yes!
Where do you live?
Cincinnati, OH
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I'm a composer and professional music engraver, working for major (mostly European) music publishers. I also teach on the faculty at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. My most recent work is arranging/orchestrating music for one of the publishers that I regularly work for. I've just gone through a frantic period of commissions that were perform earlier this year. One will be recorded next February.
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Labyrinth

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 8:00am 0 Comments

News

2/16/18 Labyrinth will be performed by the Society for New Music All-Stars in Syracuse, NY. Park Central Presbyterian Church 7:30 pm, and will be recorded for commercial release the following week.

Labyrinth is a semifinalist for The American Prize (Music for Orchestra, professional). I should hear soon whether it is a finalist. There is a 5 minute demo of it on my Soundcloud.…

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Remembering the Night Sky

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 5:09pm 3 Comments

Remembering the Night Sky

This is a non-printable pdf of the score as requested by Julie Harris. A printable version is available on CreateSpace and Amazon. Feel free to comment. I do plan on making a few small changes before the next performance.

Here is the link to the video again: …

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Remembering the Night Sky and Nørgård

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 9:46am 6 Comments

Someone requested that I post some work. Since little is available on YouTube, here is the only piece (aside from an improvisation) that is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si9TfP1JpYc&feature=youtu.be ;

This is a video of the premiere of Remembering the Night Sky with Diane Hunger on alto saxophone. Be warned, the video hangs with a couple of minutes left, but the sound continues. (I've never had…

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My Piano Concerto

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 10:09am 0 Comments

I've been working on a piece that began for wind ensemble (that had a lot of piano), then it became a piano concerto (with orchestra), since I received a commission for one.

Now I'm back to thinking of it for wind ensemble. That version is probably closer to being finished, as all the added stuff for piano was "extra".

I hope to get through it this spring.

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Welcome! Excellent music!

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