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    Suite in D minor

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Small Ensemble, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
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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 played piano 10 years. I moved to Europe and had to leave my piano behind, but made some medieval and renaissance music arrangements on an old keyboard, as well as writing ideas for future use. Then at last I got a new piano, a new music program and have not looked back.

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At 1:23pm on June 12, 2016, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings Annie,

I like your music. It seems well thought out, and makes a beautiful statement.

Thanks for sharing.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 10:51am on July 20, 2014, Mark Gosney said…

Hi Annie, thanks for listening to my music and sharing yours!  Your music and playing is very beautiful, with a lot of baroque influence and feel.

I haven't been on here in quit a while and for some reason just stopped by, I need to update the music that I have on here.

Take Care!Mark

At 9:07pm on July 15, 2014, michael diemer said…

Annie, try highlighting the selections you want to listen to in my (or anyone's) player, then hitting the start button. see if that works.


At 10:46pm on July 14, 2014, michael diemer said…

Hi there Annie, I just saw your comment. If you are composing by instinct, then you have the rarest of gifts. Education is just an afterthought. Of course one can learn much in school, but the trade off is that your individuality may be submerged under the overwhelming influence of your teachers. Still, it's not an easy path to follow. But you have made a grand start!

Thank you for your kind words on my music. Not sure why you couldn't hear Skating. I'll check into it. The other piece is just the first one-third of the second movement of a three-movement suite. I have written two of them. I call them symphonatas because they started out as sonatas, then I orchestrated them. I have the opposite problem most people have: I find it harder to write for one or a few instruments than for the orchestra. I guess it's just because I love the orchestra so much.

I will be posting Solstice soon. It's the first movement of the three movement suite called Three Winter Scenes. It will sound better than Skating because I have a new computer and some new sample libraries.

As for my composing, like you I do it intuitively. I can't explain how I do it. This sometimes makes it hard for me to offer constructive criticism to others. I can't tell them what to do, because I don't really know how I do it myself! I'm sure you understand as you seem very similar in your approach. So I usually limit my reactions to how a piece affects me. With your music, I really enjoy the intricate counterpoint you are able to create, something I have always considered to be the most difficult aspect of composing.

Well that's it for now, take care and keep working!


At 10:30am on July 14, 2014, michael diemer said…

Just listened to your trio, Annie. Sounds like a trumpet, trombone and tuba (although it's hard to tell from the sound samples). Once again, wonderful counterpoint that transports us back several cenuries. Imagining it on real instruments, or even better samples, I think it would be very impressive (not that it isn't now!). thanks again for sharing a delightful piece.

At 1:28am on July 14, 2014, Farouk Mallah said…

Nice music you have there, best of luck :)

check out my music

Cheers :)!

At 9:08pm on July 9, 2014, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Annie!

At 8:49pm on July 9, 2014, michael diemer said…

Annie, J.S. Bach once said, with characteristic humlity, "What I have done, anyone can do." For eight minutes and thirty-one seconds, you have done what Bach did. Our Forum is graced by your presence. This piece is perfect, and a delight to listen to. Is it modeled after any particular style from the Baroque? For example, do I hear a French influence? It has a wonderful flow to it, effortless yet precise. Is this an actual performance, or a midi realization? Either way, the performance is outstanding. It calls to mind Ravel in his Baroque stylings, a modern look back at these wonderful and enduring forms. Can you give us some info on the titles to the movements? Are they dance forms? What kind of counterpoint are you using? Any background you could supply would be interesting. Thank you for sharing this, and feel free to post more music!

At 11:14am on July 9, 2014, michael diemer said…

Welcome to Composers' Forum, Annie! Great to have you aboard! Looking forward to hearing your music.


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