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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

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Stephen Ferre posted a blog post

Chaos

I deleted a couple of things on my SoundCloud, so I could fit on my piano concerto "Chaos". It's not like a normal concerto where it battles with the orchestra. Here it is the engine of the orchestra. It wasn't originally a concerto, but the piano part became so important that I needed to give it solo billing. This is a midi (NotePerformer) version. I've had to approximate some of the free sections and fake the key clicks, but otherwise it is pretty accurate. …See More
Friday
Stephen Ferre posted a blog post

The Black Pool revisited

I've recently revised (again) my Water entry for the last contest, The Black Pool. Some were disappointed by the ending, and so was I, so I've hopefully made it more interesting. It's also a better playback medium. https://soundcloud.com/sferre701/the-black-pool-1I'm also hoping to post my piano concerto, Chaos, as soon as I can free up a little more space on SoundCloud.See More
Sep 28
Stephen Ferre posted a blog post

Symphony No 3

I've created a realization of my Symphony No 3 using NotePerformer3, and have uploaded it to SoundCloud for a limited time, since it is 27 min long and is hogging space. If anyone wants to see a score, just ask.https://soundcloud.com/sferre701/symphony-no-3Comments welcome.See More
Aug 30
Stephen Ferre replied to Gav Brown's discussion Collaborative Project Proposal: Treatise on Atonalism
"I would be happy to be involved in the discussions. That said, I start teaching tomorrow, and have a concert of my music to prepare for at the end of September. I don't know yet how much that entails, since I'm neither conducting, nor…"
Aug 26
Stephen Ferre replied to Elias Fredericks's discussion String Quartet
"I've recently started using NotePerformer3 as my playback engine for Sibelius, and I have to say the results are spectacular. I don't know it it is as good as East/West in a DAW, but I've gotten great results from a simple playback of…"
Aug 26
Stephen Ferre replied to Gav Brown's discussion Collaborative Project Proposal: Treatise on Atonalism
"Schoenberg, for one, described his music as pantonal. There are parts of his serial works that can be described as tonal or, at least, have tonal references. I think it is very difficult to completely avoid tonal references altogether. Webern,…"
Aug 26
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

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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.
Website:
www.stephenferre.com

Stephen Ferre's Blog

Chaos

Posted on October 19, 2018 at 11:01am 0 Comments

I deleted a couple of things on my SoundCloud, so I could fit on my piano concerto "Chaos". It's not like a normal concerto where it battles with the orchestra. Here it is the engine of the orchestra. It wasn't originally a concerto, but the piano part became so important that I needed to give it solo billing. This is a midi (NotePerformer) version. I've had to approximate some of the free sections and fake the key clicks, but otherwise it is pretty accurate. …

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The Black Pool revisited

Posted on September 28, 2018 at 9:58am 0 Comments

I've recently revised (again) my Water entry for the last contest, The Black Pool. Some were disappointed by the ending, and so was I, so I've hopefully made it more interesting. It's also a better playback medium. https://soundcloud.com/sferre701/the-black-pool-1

I'm also hoping to post my piano concerto, Chaos, as soon as I can free up a little more space on SoundCloud.

Symphony No 3

Posted on August 30, 2018 at 7:35am 1 Comment

I've created a realization of my Symphony No 3 using NotePerformer3, and have uploaded it to SoundCloud for a limited time, since it is 27 min long and is hogging space. If anyone wants to see a score, just ask.

https://soundcloud.com/sferre701/symphony-no-3

Comments welcome.

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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