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La Folia

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines May 2. 43 Replies

I must confess I have added the following discussion to another website but hope you also find it interesting.La Folia (pronounced lah foh-LEE-ah) which literally means madness, folly or…Continue

Quietude

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Apr 24. 8 Replies

Clearly this is a play on the words 'quiet' and 'etude'. After publishing 'Orion The Hunter' my wife commented: 'Can't you write something a little less bombastic and masculine and aim for the female…Continue

Orion The Hunter

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Apr 19. 9 Replies

I was inspired to compose this after listening to a couple of horn pieces on another site. Any suggestions for improvement would be very welcome. Many thanks in advance. Continue

Petite Suite for Bb Clarinet and Piano

Started Jan 7 0 Replies

One of my New Year's resolutions is to have this composition recorded and broadcast on radio (any radio channel will do!) This version is for clarinet and piano but there is an alternative…Continue

 

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Stephen Lines replied to Fredrick zinos's discussion Most important composition
"Ummmm I think I have Fred.....what was Em's decision, I can't find it on this thread. (I'm interested because of a dialogue on another thread, Fred, nuff said)."
May 13
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion ELEMENTS CONTEST - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
"Well done Gav, good topic, excellent admin, cool prizes....much appreciated. Thank you."
May 13
Stephen Lines replied to Fredrick zinos's discussion Most important composition
"Ummmmm, what choice? Have I missed something?"
May 13
Stephen Lines replied to Fredrick zinos's discussion Most important composition
"I’m indoors simply because the cricket match I was watching has been cut short....because it’s drizzling outside....ugh!"
May 12
Stephen Lines replied to Fredrick zinos's discussion Most important composition
"Yup, tenuous indeed, but that’s showbiz I guess!"
May 12
Stephen Lines replied to Fredrick zinos's discussion Most important composition
"Red River Valley!!!! I think you'll find a bit of that in the attached....it's after some musical drivel and precedes some other of the same. There's somewhere in the UK called The Drivel Valley (or is it The Ribble Valley) who knows,…"
May 12
Stephen Lines replied to Fredrick zinos's discussion Most important composition
"Ah! The human mind is a wonderful thing indeed and largely evolves as the result of the sum of an individual's experience (a bald statement that intentionally avoids the nature/nurture debate). The composer that I find most satisfying to listen…"
May 8
Stephen Lines replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion MODULATION (up a tone starting with La Folia)
"Socrates, this is a neat explanation made all the more clear by placing it into its correct historical context. Personally I love modal music and its ability to instantly transform one's appreciation from a purely western to a more easterly…"
May 5
Stephen Lines replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion LA FOLIA MODULATION up a tone
"Socrates, Interesting stuff as always with you. I often find that ascribing harmonies to 2-part writing is a somewhat moveable feast. You ascribe III to m3 which I see and hear as tonic harmony in its 1st inversion. m4 marked bVII I see/hear…"
May 2
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion La Folia
"OK Em....trust me to jump to conclusions....I think maybe I have discovered I am a bit of a MCP after all. No matter, it's a pleasure to meet you and thank you very much for your interesting comments."
May 2
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion La Folia
"'....madness, folly or empty-headedness...' great pun, not that I've had the pleasure of identifying/meeting/talking to/discussing anything with this fellow Gustin prior to this post..."
May 2
gregorio X replied to Stephen Lines's discussion La Folia
"John, too funny!    (*you sly synchronistic punster)"
May 1
Julie Harris replied to Stephen Lines's discussion La Folia
"HOWL (Hoot of wild laughter)"
May 1
John Driscoll replied to Stephen Lines's discussion La Folia
"La Folia indeed!"
May 1
Julie Harris replied to Stephen Lines's discussion La Folia
"Yep.  And he is gone.  Again.  Now we can get back to what variations really are!!"
May 1
John Driscoll replied to Stephen Lines's discussion La Folia
"Steven, you're making up "rules" again that simply DO NOT EXIST.  You should take some time to educate yourself about variations are.  Here is a link to the Wikipedia page, which has a lovely example from Mozart of exactly…"
May 1

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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 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.

(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.

At 9:00am on November 27, 2013, Tyler Hughes said…

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