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The Road to Perdition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines yesterday. 18 Replies

Some of you will recall that I posted a discussion with the same title as this one a few weeks ago. I am re-posting due to several requests both here on CF and on YouTube to extend the piece. This I…Continue

Tags: atonal, symphonic, music., avant-garde, music

The Road to Perdition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lawrence Aurich Mar 1. 40 Replies

Being a traditionalist who believes in the mathematical truth that there are sufficient possibilities in traditional musical scales and modes to write into eternity without repetition, why should I…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Feb 9. 3 Replies

I'm having some difficulty transferring a Musicxml file into Sibelius. There's an 'Import XML file' button which, when pressed, simply looks blank and does nothing (a bit like me when I'm tired).Can…Continue

What does a conductor do?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Feb 12. 50 Replies

This is one of the most common questions that I have been asked over many years. If anyone else has had difficulty in giving an adequate/eloquent response may I humbly suggest the answer is here -…Continue


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Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion 10 Scores Found on Youtube
"Midnight on the Cliffs - pah! Easy to play once I've grown another four fingers. All of these are, in their own ways, outstanding and I can see precisely why you've selected also gives a better understanding of what you…"
16 hours ago
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Hi Everyone, Hi, From numerous sources I have been asked to describe what was in my mind when I wrote this piece. Simply stated The Road to Perdition is a kind of symphonic poem which describes in music the journey through life that most of us, and…"
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Hi Roger, Thank you for your comments, I'm delighted you enjoyed the piece. 2 cents worth! I value your thoughts far, far higher than that. It's always good to hear from you. Stephen"
roger stancill replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Hi Mr. Stephen, I thought the 1st 8 min. were dynamic and captivating. I enjoyed listening to the entire work though. The use of instruments and orchestration along with the 'musical' expression kept me curious to hear more. The ending was…"
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Greetings Kjell, What a super critique, thank you so much for commenting in such detail - I’m very pleased that I managed to hold your interest throughout. You have noticed that I think long and hard about how I might transit from one element…"
Kjell Prytz replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Hi Stephen, The Road to Perdition is an excellent work.Very modern with its marked rhythm with drums and influential brass. I couldn't help it evoked Mahler´s symphonies at times, in particular no 5. The variation in both melody,…"
Stephen Lines replied to Kjell Prytz's discussion Classical Waltz for String Orchestra
"Greetings Kjell, Terrific concert waltz here - if only I had the ability to create such a romantic melody. Strauss wrote lots of waltzes with a little tenuto in the rhythm and dancers seem to manage them very well so don't worry too much about…"
Stephen Lines replied to Jostein Kauserud's discussion Variations
"Hi Jostein, Thank you for posting this - you have a rather individual style of writing which can only be good. There are people on CF of widely divergent experience and abilities and it's interesting for us to see a nascent spirit in the…"
Stephen Lines replied to Stanley King's discussion Frivolous Phrygian Waltz (WIP)
"Hi Stanley, A bit of a whirligig here I think. It's quite fun and a good start to a piece for your project next year. My view is that the instrumentation is out of balance and the tuba isn't needed when you already have a bassoon. You will…"
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Stephen, I sometime get the feeling that "atonal" tends to mean dissonance for its own sake, and lack of tonal center just because. Dissonance in your piece always has a purpose. It always points the listener in the direction you want them…"
Mar 18
Stephen Lines replied to Bob Porter's discussion Rising
"A very pleasant and mellifluous work with good contrast (particularly around 3:07) and a satisfying finish. It would be good to see a score (if you have the wherewithal to produce one with your current software). If you see this as an overture would…"
Mar 18
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Bob, Thanks for this...I know YouTube is incapable of showing a full score which is why I also attached a pdf of it (see original post above). It's interesting that you don't think it atonal and that you define atonal music as difficult to…"
Mar 18
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Stephen, I guess the "4 quavers played to the ratio of 3" was not the kind of relief I was looking for. And yes, I was referring to the adagio as a respite. Although on my computer the youtube video was so blurry I…"
Mar 17
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Hi Bob, yes, you’re correct - this an important composition to me, principally because I have moved a long way from the rule bound world I inhabited for so many years - I have enjoyed the relative freedom allowed by atonality. Yes, the music…"
Mar 17
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Stephen, This is obviously an important work for you. Thanks for posting it. But I found myself craving for some real relief from the marshal, march like feel almost throughout. You tried near the 2/3rds mark. Some dotted, or syncopated notes might…"
Mar 17
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Ingo, I haven't previously come across that statement by Debussy but couldn't agree more with him if I tried....mind you I've only held that view for the past two or three years and certainly only wanted to conform to the rules prior…"
Mar 17

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Hampshire, England
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 attended the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall as a Pupil in 1967-68 studying french horn under Alf Cursue - Alf was a specialist 4th horn player and a member of `God`s Own Quartet` which included Dennis and Aubrey Brain. On completion of the course I was appointed principal horn of the regimental Band of the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment. I again attended Kneller Hall (as a Student Bandmaster) from 1975-1978 after which I was appointed Bandmaster of 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment. Just 6-years later, because I perceived Army music at that time to be undergoing a rapid decline, I took voluntary redundancy.

After retraining I was appointed a member of the Directing Staff at the British Police Staff College (Bramshill) where I became responsible for running Simulated Operations Training of senior police officers from around the world in Critical Decision-Making Under Stress.

Whilst associated with the Police I studied for a Masters Degree in Police and Criminal Justice Studies and an Honours Degree in Psychology. Subsequently I was recruited by the Defence Evaluation Research Agency - now called QinetiQ - where I worked as a senior consultant within the Centre for Human Sciences.

I now compose full time in various genres but see myself in future concentrating on orchestral music and writing for the french horn - a second concerto has recently been completed.

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English Folk Song Suite No.1 & American Folk Song Suite No.1

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 2:14pm 2 Comments

These have been published elsewhere on CF but I thought some members might be interested in (and perhaps comment on) the contrast and appeal of these two arrangements. The American piece has been improved somewhat thanks to Bob Porter's input, for which many thanks.




Richard Wagner

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 7:47am 2 Comments

Richard Wagner's answer to a question was: "9 - W"

Can any of you bright sparks out there stretch your minds and tell me what was the question?


String Quintet/String Orchestra Op.2 No.1

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 10:12am 0 Comments



I have recently had the above composition reviewed by Paul Smith, Bob Porter and Per-Erik Rosqvist. They have made some very pertinent comments which I have taken on board with this latest…


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At 8:32am on January 22, 2019, Timothy Smith said…

Thanks for taking me onboard!

At 9:38am on May 1, 2016, Ingo Lee said…

Hi Stephen, you're right about needing friends, but friends with talent and helpful ideas like yours are especially welcome, so thank you for that!

At 4:01am on August 27, 2015, Richards Viveknath said…

Glad to.
It was a good recommendation.

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