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Military Music and its Ancient Traditions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Oct 21, 2016. 2 Replies

There are pleasures associated with Great Britain having a long and illustrious history. An example of which was an announcement in the Daily Telegraph, Court & Social pages on 11th October 2016…Continue

American Folk Song Suite

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Jun 27, 2016. 12 Replies

As promised in an earlier post I have finally produced my American Folk Song Suite. Prior to its commencement some of you were kind enough to offer suggestions regarding what songs to include, advice…Continue

American Folk Song Suite

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines May 18, 2016. 17 Replies

I've recently completed an English Folk Song Suite for orchestra which I thoroughly enjoyed doing. So much so that I'd like to have a crack at arranging an American Folk Song Suite.I have a list…Continue

Wessobrunner Gebet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines May 4, 2016. 4 Replies

Some of you may have noticed that Tyler Hughes has recently posted his interpretation of this piece for piano and choir - coincidentally I have just finished a version of this 'Creation Hymn' (but…Continue

 

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Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Military Music and its Ancient Traditions
"I grew up playing trumpet in school. So I was in concert and marching band. We performed in parades and football halftime shows. In marching band, the "show must go on" no matter what. I was sick during one major halftime show in the LA…"
Oct 21, 2016
Michael Lofting replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Military Music and its Ancient Traditions
"Bagpipes were considered a weapon of war until 1996. A piper was captured at the battle of Culloden and taken to trial as a traitor to the crown. He argued that he was not carrying any weapons just his pipes. The judge, not wanting to release him,…"
Oct 20, 2016
Stephen Lines replied to Jonathan Baldwin's discussion First Commission!
"Many congratulations on your first commission. FZ and others are exactly right in advising you to discover the skills/limitations of the player. If the instrument is a BBb tuba it will have different characteristics to that of an Eb tuba....in 1965…"
Oct 13, 2016
Stephen Lines posted a discussion

Military Music and its Ancient Traditions

There are pleasures associated with Great Britain having a long and illustrious history. An example of which was an announcement in the Daily Telegraph, Court & Social pages on 11th October 2016 in which I couldn’t help noticing  mention of an inaugural Scutari Dinner held by the Corps of (British) Army Music at the Royal Military School of Music (RMSM), Kneller Hall where, we are informed, "the band performed the National Anthem appallingly".However, my initial surprise and horror turned…See More
Oct 13, 2016
Stephen Lines replied to Kristofer Emerig's discussion Geodesic for Horns
"Dave, You will see in my post at the top of page 3 of this thread that I identified this bloke as being OO - I got a foul mouthed heap of invective from him as a result. I actually don't give a tuppeny damn if he's Father Christmas/Santa…"
Sep 19, 2016
Stephen Lines replied to Kristofer Emerig's discussion Geodesic for Horns
"Well now Christopher T-Rex Emerig...it didn't take long to flush you out now did it! Unpleasantness isn't what I like to receive so I'll just stick to discussions with the good guys on this forum...and of course that excludes 00 in…"
Sep 16, 2016
Stephen Lines replied to Kristofer Emerig's discussion Geodesic for Horns
"I've just listened to this for the first time - it took me a couple of bars (measures) to realise it's written for/performed by a brass ensemble. This is what I consider to be 'clever' music but I have several reservations about…"
Sep 15, 2016
Stephen Lines commented on Stephen Lines's blog post English Folk Song Suite No.1 & American Folk Song Suite No.1
"Thank you Tim. I'll reload the link to the American Suite and see what happens. Intelligent listening enabled you to pick up on the interplay and overlapping of three different tunes at F....I don't know quite how I found that these would…"
Jul 1, 2016
Tim Marko commented on Stephen Lines's blog post English Folk Song Suite No.1 & American Folk Song Suite No.1
"Stephen, First, the link to the American Suite didn't work.  I found it through the original post, but this one couldn't be found. I liked both of these.  Your English Suite had a very "British" feel to it which suited…"
Jun 30, 2016
Stephen Lines replied to Tyler Hughes's discussion Composer Hangout
"Excuse my ignorance, but what the heck is a Google hang out session when it's at home?"
Jun 29, 2016
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion American Folk Song Suite
"Maxwell Smart....I had to look him up, poor old agent 86; but I think you are putting yourself and fellow Americans down a little. Bernstein is one of my favourite composers and his music is certainly brash, loud and ummmm....American...but I love…"
Jun 27, 2016
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion American Folk Song Suite
"I suppose if I were writing a 15 minute piece in 15 minutes, I might run out of "puff". But in real life, I get to stop and regroup as often as I need to, then forge ahead to the end. As I compose, I get to rise above my limitations. I get…"
Jun 27, 2016
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion American Folk Song Suite
"I've given further thought to your comments about Americans doing a big roll-off and we Brits coming down a bit at the end of a piece - it's either something very artistic in us or maybe we simply run out of puff - take a little recovery…"
Jun 26, 2016
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion American Folk Song Suite
"Well, it surely is a charming piece. Yes, arranging is most definitely a a different art form. It seems to me that a tune may be hackneyed (or listened to a lot) because each person has a special relationship with it. When you arrange it tastefully,…"
Jun 26, 2016
Stephen Lines posted a blog post

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

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.(English)https://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/184944.html(American)…See More
Jun 23, 2016
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion American Folk Song Suite
"I wanted to introduce something relating to the Blues and Greys and/or the Mason Dixie line and I really like the Stults piece so included it for that reason, although I do realise there are many rather more appropriate pieces I could have chosen. I…"
Jun 23, 2016

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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?
Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Hampshire, England
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
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.
Website:
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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.

(English)

https://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/184944.html

(American)…

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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?

Enjoy!

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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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