I've been toying with the theme of this piece for a few years now. It's a version of the Hebrew hymn/prayer "Ani Ma'amin". There's just something about it that appealed to me. While working on…Continue
I had this piece on my homepage, but took it down a while back. I wasn't satisfied with it as it was.I reorchestrated parts and changed some things. I'm happier with it now and wanted to know what…Continue
"Charley, This is what John was suggesting. It keeps the part from going into extreme ledger lines and has an overall neater appearance. (Note the clef changes).
Hope you don't mind that I did this. Hope it…"
"If you use C4 as a designation for middle C, the viola and the guitars low c is C3. Because it was in treble clef, he actually wrote a G#3. In alto clef this places the note on the first space of the staff.
Does that help?"
"John has a good idea. Most advanced viola players are able to read treble clef, so when you extend the range, it's not uncommon to switch clefs. The goal is to keep the page clean and eliminate ledger lines.
Cellists often move to…"
"The only thing I see is your final double stop in the cello. To play this would involve spanning a string, so it wouldn't be playable as written. If you lower the G# an octave, or raise the C# an octave it should be alright."
"Sorry for taking so long to reply to this.
The whole work is exquisite, Julie. I have to admit, the "Hush-a-bye" was my favorite movement. Anticipation to finally hear the theme was perfectly created. (Would it be possible to see a score…"
"Well done Stephen.
I like what you've done with this "simple" theme. Nice variety to the variations, but like Socrates, I would like to hear what it could be with some variations in the harmonic movement as well.
Again, well done."
"I'm looking forward to hearing the entire work.
Will this segue into the next scene, or is there a break? (Just curious)
I'm slowly working my way through the other scenes and interludes you have so far and they are all very good."
"i would be able to harmonize it better than any of you.
Only a fool would make that kind of statement!!!
People on this site who have been doing way beyond anything you have even imagined wouldn't dare make such an asinine statement."
"Brandon, BRAVO!!! This is a wonderful piece for Concert Band/Wind Ensemble. It uses the forces and instrumentation of this ensemble very well.
Greg, concert band scores are written as transposed scores and up until recently, in the…"
"Many remember his swing classics, but Duke Ellington created a number of longer more orchestral works. Many were not well received at the time, but are great examples of "orchestral jazz.
Black, Brown and Beige"
"I like this piece for it's simplicity. I think the length is right.
The dynamics have been compressed I think so not much difference between pp and f
On thing missing is the phrasing (Think of every note being accented). MIDI will sound a lot…"
What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
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My background is in education and performance. Trumpet was my major instrument. I have performed with symphonys, chamber groups, big bands, combos, and even picked up elec bass and traveled with a country band. Worked a bit in the studios when live players were needed also.
I taught primarily at the high school level.
My desire to compose came from spending many years as an arranger back in the day of pen and paper, (followed by attending rehearsals to fix all the oops!)
I am now working to fill the gaps in my education as it relates to composition, and trying to develop beyond the I-IV-V7-I mentality. (It's getting better I think!?!)
I discovered many years ago that ego is the biggest obstacle to learning, so any comments or criticisms are not only appreciated, but welcome. I look forward to both. I am also working to learn DAW and use of the computer for production.
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Thank you for the feedback! I do not have much experience with orchestration, so I am very grateful for your critique. I haven't touched that piece for a while but will be making adjustments to it as it comes along.