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Introducing Stephen Ferre

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Nov 9. 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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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
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
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
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
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
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Nov 13
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
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
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
Julie Harris commented on Stephen Ferre's blog post Remembering the Night Sky and Nørgård
"Hello Stephen- It's great to "meet" you online and to hear more about Nørgård's music and your own. I enjoyed your Remembering the Night Sky very much.  I'm especially drawn to this work since several of my…"
Nov 13
Colin Dougall commented on Stephen Ferre's blog post Remembering the Night Sky and Nørgård
"Hi Stephen No luck following the MVt's I - IV links, getting "video not available not availble" error message. I'm listening to your Night Sky piece, no luck yet finding a recording online of the Voyage - no sign of it on Apple…"
Nov 13
Stephen Ferre replied to Bob Morabito's discussion Per Nørgård and his infinity series
"I've posted a blog that includes Remembering the Night Sky, as well as links to my orchestration of Nørgård's Helle Nacht. BTW, most of his Symphonies are available on Spotify. There are also a couple of new recordings of his…"
Nov 13
Stephen Ferre replied to Mitch Newton's discussion Atonal music and naturals
"I've never heard on anyone saying don't use naturals in atonal music. On the contrary, there are composers that say put an accidental in front of every not (except those immediately repeated). You can see this in scores by Boulez and…"
Nov 13
Stephen Ferre replied to Julie Harris's discussion Introducing Julie Harris
"Yes, I posted elsewhere today about Nørgård, and Voyage to the Golden Screen is the earliest, purest form of the infinity series. I studied with Per, and know his music very well. In fact, I helped translate a book about his music into…"
Nov 12
Stephen Ferre replied to Bob Morabito's discussion Per Nørgård and his infinity series
"If you want to hear the infinity series in action, listen to Voyage to the Golden Screen, which is about as pure a form of it as it gets. You also get it very clearly in the second symphony. There is an unpitched infinity series in I Ching. If…"
Nov 12
Stephen Ferre replied to William Fritz's discussion Unmeasured Prelude Notation?
"As far as notation goes, you have some options, depending on what you want your computer file to do.  If you are only going for the visual product, you could go all proportional, using just noteheads and showing the relative duration with bold…"
Nov 9

Profile Information

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 biographical information about you as a composer):
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.
Website:
www.stephenferre.com

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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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At 9:25pm on December 4, 2012, Gordon Francis Blaney Jr. said…

Welcome! Excellent music!

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