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Three Texas Sketches

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Mar 25, 2015. 2 Replies

I did this awhile ago and have always wanted to hear it performed to see if it's any good. It's for brass sextet. I'd really love to get some feedback on this one. If anyone has a brass sextet and…Continue

A Father's Love for solo violin and piano

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Mar 26, 2015. 5 Replies

This was the second piece for solo violin I've attempted. I was trying to come up with a unique Christmas gift for my teenage son. Lol, at least he acted like he appreciated it. Hard to tell with…Continue

Flight Of The Bat

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Partlan Mar 29, 2015. 2 Replies

Wrote this for a friend of mine. I kind of like it, but not sure how playable it is. Continue

New Piece

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Partlan Mar 29, 2015. 10 Replies

I posted the beginning of a piece I was working on a few weeks ago. For better or worse I've finished it and would like some feedback. "Fractures" for wind ensemble. Thanks!Continue

 

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Larry Elliott left a comment for Tim swanger
"Greetings Tim. I like the orchestral textures used in your compositions very much. Keep it up. Very best, Larry Elliott"
Jun 10, 2016
H. S. Teoh replied to Tim swanger's discussion Flight Of The Bat
"I can't speak for the flute part, since I'm not a flautist, but one thought that occurred to me was to leave adequate breathing points. Your flute passages are a bit virtuosic, and in high register, so you probably want strategic breathing…"
Mar 26, 2015
H. S. Teoh replied to Tim swanger's discussion A Father's Love for solo violin and piano
"Will we get to hear the fixed version? I really enjoyed this piece, and would love to hear it in its final form!"
Mar 26, 2015
H. S. Teoh replied to Tim swanger's discussion Three Texas Sketches
"I liked it, especially the Mutton Bus. Very Texan-y, and lots of fun. Now, I'm no brass player, but I see that you wrote some pretty agile passages for the horn -- are you sure the horn player can pull off all those fast notes and trills? The…"
Mar 25, 2015
Tim swanger replied to Tim swanger's discussion A Father's Love for solo violin and piano
"Thank you, truly. I admit that I gave almost no consideration to the playability of the accompaniment when I was writing it, mainly because it was supposed to be just for my son and I couldn't imagine it ever being seen by anyone else. It was…"
Mar 25, 2015
H. S. Teoh replied to Tim swanger's discussion A Father's Love for solo violin and piano
"Very sweet theme, quite fitting the title. I liked it a lot. That said, please have mercy on the pianist!! You have quite a lot of chords that require an incredibly large right hand, or a lot of piano gymnastics with left hand alternately playing…"
Mar 25, 2015
Michael Lofting replied to Tim swanger's discussion A Father's Love for solo violin and piano
"There's a lot to like about this piece. I have a couple of suggestions. I am not much of a pianist and I am sure I couldn't play six notes in the treble at the end of bar 59. Same thing in bar 55 on. Need an enormous right hand in bar…"
Mar 24, 2015
Ray Kohn replied to Tim swanger's discussion A Father's Love for solo violin and piano
"Hi Tim As a violinist, I think the piece might gain more interest for the players if the fiddle were ti accompany the piano as the pianist played the theme in the 2nd half of the work. It is an attractive theme whose fiddle accompaniment might…"
Mar 24, 2015
Tim swanger replied to Tim swanger's discussion Three Texas Sketches
"Here are the scores"
Mar 24, 2015
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Mar 24, 2015
Tim swanger replied to Alexey Arkhipenko's discussion My first orchestral piece [Flying town]
"Nicely done! I enjoyed that very much. I'd love to hear more. "
Mar 24, 2015
Bob Porter replied to Tim swanger's discussion New Piece
"Yes, it is good music. And music with a purpose. Not all music can claim that. Thanks for the explanation. There is music that is just there. And there is music to a story. This piece is music to a story. That story gives meaning to the music. Good…"
Mar 23, 2015
Dave Ostrowski replied to Tim swanger's discussion New Piece
"Hi Tim, I read Bob's comment, and realized that I felt similarly about my perception of possibly fragmented melodic ideas, but said nothing.  Your explanation about where your head was at after your divorce, really casts some nice…"
Mar 23, 2015
Tim swanger replied to Tim swanger's discussion New Piece
"Thanks for the comments! Bob, I agree with your comments 100%! I usually use longer melodies and develop them extensively (sometimes too much). This was something completely different than anything I've tried before. I wrote it without a…"
Mar 23, 2015
Austin Joseph Lee replied to Tim swanger's discussion New Piece
"Hey! I think I'd kinda just echo the critiques these others gave. I do want to say though that I really enjoyed the transition at about 2:30. Also that I like the softness the instruments have throughout the piece, but wish that at that moment…"
Mar 23, 2015
Bob Porter replied to Tim swanger's discussion New Piece
"Tim, Thanks for posting this. I have very mixed feelings about it. I was immediately taken way back to my college days. All concerts were held in a huge "chapel". High stone walls, tons of natural reverb. Your piece brought back many fond…"
Mar 23, 2015

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Texas
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I'm a percussionist for a small local symphony. I have a BA in music education and taught high school band and choir for fifteen years before moving into the health care field due to budget cuts in the music programs. I began writing seriously about five years ago and am looking for honest feedback on my works. Composing is a serious hobby for me. I spend between 20-30 hours a week at it. I'd love to study composition privately and see if I do have any sort of future in it.

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At 4:57pm on June 10, 2016, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings Tim.

I like the orchestral textures used in your compositions very much. Keep it up.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 5:11pm on January 6, 2015, michael diemer said…

Your Bio sounds a bit like the movie Mr. Hollands Opus. Too bad about the budget cuts. But sometimes it's better to do something else for a living, that way music is your reward and recreation.

Listening to your first piece. I can tell you're a percussionist! But you handle the rest of the orchestra well also. It's great when a new member posts such accomplished music. you will be a valuable member.

At 10:57pm on January 4, 2015, michael diemer said…

 

Welcome Tim,

We’d like to hear your music! The main area for posting is the “Music Analysis and Critique” discussion, which is here:

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Before posting, please acquaint yourself with the rules, which are here:

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Glad to have you aboard and hope you enjoy the Composers Forum!

Michael

 
 
 

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