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First String Quartet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Dexter May 25, 2016. 4 Replies

This was an exercise in writing for a string quartet.  My goal was more in writing a solid piece rather than doing anything extravagant.  All comments are welcome.ThanksContinue

String Piece

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Lofting Sep 12, 2016. 1 Reply

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

Fantasie on Old 100

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Lofting Feb 28, 2015. 4 Replies

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

Soliliquy #1

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Marko Jan 4, 2015. 7 Replies

This is a work with a chamber group of 14 players.  I'm trying out some new ideas (for me anyway!)Any and all input would be appreciated.Continue


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Tim Marko replied to Charley Hankins's discussion Very short piece for viola and cello
"I just did a "quick and dirty" and recreated what Charley had in his score.  I merely wanted him to see what John had offered regarding the clef changes."
May 19, 2018
Tim Marko replied to Charley Hankins's discussion Very short piece for viola and cello
"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…"
May 19, 2018
Tim Marko replied to Charley Hankins's discussion Very short piece for viola and cello
"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?"
May 19, 2018
Tim Marko replied to Charley Hankins's discussion Very short piece for viola and cello
"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…"
May 19, 2018
Tim Marko replied to Charley Hankins's discussion Very short piece for viola and cello
"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."
May 19, 2018
Tim Marko replied to Charley Hankins's discussion Very short piece for viola and cello
"I agree with everything Dave said, except, the low G# is fine.  It's well within the range of the viola.  (Dave, he wrote in treble clef, it will be fine when he changes the clef to alto.)"
May 19, 2018
Tim Marko replied to Julie Harris's discussion Shortnin' Bread - Finding an American Voice
"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…"
Apr 27, 2018
Tim Marko replied to Stephen Lines's discussion La Folia
"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."
Apr 27, 2018
Tim Marko replied to John Driscoll's discussion 2nd Interlude from My Opera
"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."
Apr 27, 2018
Tim Marko replied to Ray Kemp's discussion Interesting take on 'Light Music'
"I've been waiting for part three.  These are interesting as well as quite humorous .  "
Mar 7, 2018
Tim Marko replied to Brandon Schwab's discussion Blastoff - Brandon Schwab
"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…"
Mar 6, 2018
Tim Marko replied to Gav Brown's discussion Celebrating Black History Month
"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"
Feb 18, 2018
Michael Lofting replied to Tim Marko's discussion String Piece
"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…"
Sep 12, 2016
Tim Marko replied to Gav Brown's discussion Great Songs
"Here's one from one of my favorite PR bands.  Gentle Giant. The best album to hear a good cross section of their music is "Playing the Fool". Vary eclectic stuff!"
Jul 7, 2016
Tim Marko replied to Tyler Hughes's discussion Composer Hangout
"Will you be posting the info for getting into the chat?"
Jul 7, 2016
Tim Marko replied to Dave Dexter's discussion I need some help from real live conductors regarding long crescendo markings
"Couple things to consider here. First, the score should be printed out in tabloid size (A3 where you are I believe).  This is going to give a lot of real estate to work with.  You can still make the staves large enough to easily be read…"
Jun 30, 2016

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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
Where do you live?
Alvarado, TX
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.
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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At 6:39pm on June 20, 2013, William Owens said…

I greatly appreciate the kind words, Tim.  I'm listening to your "Elegy for Strings" as I write this message and I must tell you I'm very impressed!


So good to have met you on this site.

At 10:35pm on July 16, 2012, Mia Momonouchi said…

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.

At 2:23am on March 27, 2012, Jon Gunnewegh said…
Thank you, I've never heard of claude bolling and for you to say I sound like someone i haven't heard makes me feel unique.

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