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Steve Chandler's Discussions

Toccata, no fugue ;-P

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer on Friday. 3 Replies

New works for piano

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adrian Allan Aug 3, 2014. 8 Replies


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Choral piece with live performance recording

Hi All,This is a choral piece I wrote probably 5 years ago. It finally got performed a week ago and this recording is of that performance. This is a volunteer group from a community choir I sing tenor in. In other words we asked for volunteers to stay late after normal rehearsal to learn and sing this one piece. We had one bass, one baritone, two tenors and a bunch of ladies so the balance could be better. The performance isn't perfect but overall we did a good job singing a hard piece.…See More
19 hours ago
Steve Chandler replied to Amol's discussion Please help me understand Beethoven (or counterpoint in general)
"This discussion all stems from Fux's Gradus ad Parnassum first written in 1725. It was old fashioned then. In addition it was aimed primarily at composition for voices and in fact most of the rules of counterpoint are intended as rules for…"
Steve Chandler replied to gregorio X's discussion Nocturne in Fugue in B minor (first draft)
"Nice fugue, it builds, but am I right in not perceiving any modulation? That could be the source of Mike's perception of the ending being somewhat left hanging. Is there a score we could see?"
Steve Chandler replied to Lennart Östman's discussion String Quartet no 3 - movement 2
"Simply delightful!. Agree about the pizz, but not a big problem if you can find a real quartet to record it."
Mike Hewer replied to Steve Chandler's discussion Toccata, no fugue ;-P
"Tonality was the wrong and misleading word, I meant finality. In context with a following movement, it'd probably all make more sense though. Yeah, a bit faster and more ritmico than the soundcloud version, then it'd live up to its name…"
Steve Chandler replied to Steve Chandler's discussion Toccata, no fugue ;-P
"Hi Mike, Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment. Are you saying the recording on Soundcloud wasn't fast enough for you or my actual performance? This piece was originally written for synthesized strings as the 2nd movement of a…"
Steve Chandler replied to Dave Dexter's discussion It's Star Wars Day, so have some John Williams
"The challenge with evaluating John Williams is that so much of his music was composed as a film score and was subservient to the action on the screen. In Bach's cantatas the music was subservient to the text. While that adds a small constraint…"
Mike Hewer replied to Steve Chandler's discussion Toccata, no fugue ;-P
"Very quirky piece Steve. I discerned bits of Tin pan alley harmony interspersed between the florid figure, is that the Steve Martin reference??? I think it would be more exciting and showy if the tempo was upped- a good player could reasonably go up…"
Steve Chandler posted a discussion

Toccata, no fugue ;-P

Hi All,I've only become more active here in the last few days, so I thought I'd post some music as a way of reintroducing myself. I'm linking two performances of my Toccata. The first (on Soundcloud) is a virtual rendition put together in my old PC version of Logic, the second is a video of me actually playing it. The video suffers from two terrible flaws, my only okay technique and the video camera has automatic gain (that can't be defeated) so dynamics are, for the most part, lost. The…See More
Steve Chandler replied to Daniel Zarb-Cousin's discussion Fantasy for Orchestra
"I really enjoyed this piece, nice work in all aspects. Good luck when you submit this to the composition competition, however, I'd be concerned that such a competition is looking for a composer with an original/unique voice. Still you've…"
Steve Chandler replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion Bach
"Nobody knows who or what inspired Bach's music, not even the man himself. There is no way to know, which is what makes the question less interesting to me. People will make up stuff (religion) to explain such phenomena or adhere to strict logic…"
May 17
Steve Chandler replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion Bach
"And December 25th was Mithra's birthday, what's your point?"
May 17
Steve Chandler replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion Bach
"Hi Roger, Good point. WRT Bach, Divine would mean his concept of Deity, plain and simple God (as he understood the term). Bach wrote Soli Deo Gloria on his manuscripts, meaning to the Glory of God, and yes he was deflecting any glorification from…"
May 17
Steve Chandler replied to Tom Jensen's discussion Fugue in Inversion and Retrograde
"Hi Mike, I guess you didn't listen to my Crazy Fugue, I may have struggled in writing it, but I was trying to craft a piece with a dramatic arc. My statement about atonality being anathema to fugue was with regard to the traditional procedure…"
May 14
Steve Chandler replied to andrew thornton's discussion Musical development: album or competition?
"Myself, I have taken the album route, but at this point feel I'm good enough for any competition. So now (at 63) I'm entering competitions. In my life there have been experiences that especially contributed to my growth as a composer. One…"
May 14
Steve Chandler replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion Bach
"A great resource on the music of Bach and specifically its theological underpinnings is John Eliot Gardiner's Music in the Castle of Heaven. There's significant discussion of the cantatas (especially the Leipzig cycles) and most…"
May 14

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Small Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
The Great Midwest
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I compose music in the classical tradition. In the past I composed music for synthesizers and virtual orchestras. After a while I decided that I preferred real musicians. At this time I compose primarily for piano.

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Some political commentary

Posted on November 30, 2009 at 7:39pm 0 Comments

President Obama makes his case for more troops in Afghanistan tomorrow night. I’ve got bad news for him; nobody will like what he has to say. The Republicans won’t like the fact that he took two months to decide. That’s not being a decider, it’s not decisive to take that two months to do the manly thing. In fact it’s positively French to take two months to do a manly thing. We Americans want our Presidents manly (and definitely not French). The Republicans have the monopoly on all things… Continue

Orchestral Music

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 10:10am 0 Comments

It seems in these parts orchestral efforts count for something. So I've posted the first two movements of what I consider my symphony, Yesterday is History and Tomorrow is a Mystery. I've already posted the third (final) movement, Today is a Gift. That's the order in which they should be heard, Yesterday, Tomorrow and then Today, it's all about living in the now. This piece was based on a sentence of psychobabble that I appreciate, "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift,… Continue

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At 4:31am on March 19, 2015, Michael Sayers said…

Hi Steve, look who is here!

At 5:21am on December 19, 2012, David Unger said…

Thank you, Steve for sharing this music with us. I shall return again to hear more of it. But this far I am taken by the "g minor prelude and fugue" and "In such a small place". Wonderful! Once again thank you!

At 5:22am on October 5, 2011, Michael Thomas Huspek said…
Amazing music! I feel so blessed to hear your wonderful music. You have an amazing music gift.
At 9:02pm on August 24, 2011, Paulo cesar Maia de Aguiar (Br) said…
Wonderful works
At 3:18am on July 25, 2011, Jon Gunnewegh said…
I find your prelude and fugue in g minor a wonderful piece, very impressed.
At 1:58am on September 15, 2010, Rican Lee said…
beautiful work.
At 9:04pm on September 10, 2010, Sylvester Wager said…
Most of my videos were edited/rendered through Adobe Premiere Elements 7. The music tracks were recorded using a portable digital recorder - sometimes using mics, other times via a Yamaha keyboard using MIDI. The WAV files are easily to work with in PE7.

While I am not all that successful, I think that making videos and using your own music is a good way to publish music so it can be listened to by anyone. ...s
At 10:04pm on September 8, 2010, Sylvester Wager said…
I listened to the America piece: the chord choices you made did not suit the soprano and alto, which were often quite traditional. And so the rhapsodic piece seemed to have idiosyncratic chord choices (which is common, usual, okay): but I did not feel "convinced."

I am listening to your Rhapsody. It has some smart moments in it. The digital performance makes the music harder to stick with. I like the ideas. Again, I am not sure about the harmonic language: it goes from traditional to atonal. I feel a lot more convinced in this work. I like the last few minutes a lot.

The Wobbly Waltz is nice. I follow it easily, and understand a direction. Really good work.
At 12:53pm on August 15, 2010, John Mercer said…
Done - (at least an hors d'oeuvre.) . I hope to put more up soon.
At 4:29pm on December 27, 2009, Andy Schofield said…
Hi Steve.....and a happy Christmas to you.....Got my computer up and running properly again now. I did contact Jeffrey Beigel thank you on Facebook and he has replied..........not had any further comments yet....waiting with I couldn't sned the MP3's for him as they were too big for my ISP to allow but did point to my webpage where I've posted the Concerto on a Player........the link is as follows.....there's a couple of choral things on there too. I'd be interested in your own comments on the Lyrie which was a challenge to write with electronic voice samples but did work in the end.

Now I'm up and running I intend to get round this site a bit more again now.....starting with some of your dots.....Thanks again for the contact.....hope Jeff can find time to listen.......will get back to you soon
Many thanks

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