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Hello everyone - I am enjoying this Forum already..... some really useful and interesting articles / info.

I began improvising as a little child, and it developed into a love of composing. I went on to study at the London College of Music. I especially love writing piano music, choral and vocal, as well as sometimes instrumental. I also like writing poetry, and now often combine a poem, piano music and some of my nature photos (a much enjoyed hobby) to make tiny little videos to relax with, many of which are on Youtube, if anyone has any time to spare from their own writing ! Hopefully I can post one or two for people to enjoy sometimes (?) when I find the correct category to post them. 

I am inspired by nature, as well as human emotion.... 

Styles vary from very lyrical and melodic, to more sparse, with lots of emotion. 

Below are a couple of samples: Waltz - Inspiration from my Spotify album "Tranquillity" and Requiem sung by the New Priory Singers.

I look forward to discovering lots of other lovely people and their music here too....

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Hi Suzanne.

Thanks for sharing your work. I enjoyed listening to both pieces.

Welcome Suzanne,

Some nice work there. Look forward to hearing more. May I ask what you studied at the LCM?

Cheers,

Dane.

Thank you Harmonius and Dane, for listening, and so glad it gave you both some pleasure. I will add some more things gradually, as it is nice to share the music we create. Strange, how composers, artists and creators of all things, have a human need/desire to share it with someone. Still we are in a nice place, it seems to all do that here. 

In answer to your question Dane, I studies composition and piano, at the LCM. Were you by any chance a student there too?

I look forward to now listening to some of both of your works too...

Hi Suzanne, Welcome.

I'm not able to open up and play these two works you posted. I don't know what is the issue.

So sorry, I have had feed-back from some who obviously were able to listen. I have no idea why. I am not sure if we are allowed to send email addresses via this site, but would be very happy to send you recordings that way. 

Alternatively, "Chloe" can be heard on my Spotify album .... I can also post a video of me playing it, in one of my little "Concerts from the Music Room" given during lockdown. I hope some of these alternatives will help !

Thanks so much for your interest, and at least trying to listen ! We will get there !

Thanks Suzanne,

I was able to listen using a different browser. It didn't work on the Safari but worked on Firefox.

The first piece doesn't sound like a Waltz to me, but its your work and you can call if as you wish.

In about half way of the piece it begins to wonder too much, as if departing from the original theme and feel of the music. I guess this was done on purpose but it does lose the 'one line' feel of the piece.

Besides that the music is pleasant to listen to and very nice.

I listened only a little bit of the Requiem because of the recording quality. Its difficult to make a thoughtful opinion when one can't hear the music clearly. 

Thanks for sharing,

Regards

So sorry it wasn't your cup of tea, but I didn't actually post here for a critique, just to share....  I will post things for a critique in the appropriate section from time to time, ... very useful at certain times. I chose this piece to put here as it is actually the most popular one on my Spotify album, and has been a favourite on several occasions in concerts.... but that is why music is so interesting.

Sorry for the Requiem quality. Sadly, is is the ONLY choral piece I have that has been recorded where the music performance came close to the score...  and all others are simply Sibelius files, and are wordless, which is no good for sharing unless there is a score involved. The recording is pre-digital age,  the latter of which I think we have all become accustomed to. Hopefully one day, I will be able to share my other choral pieces at some stage.... if I can get performances. The performance was actually beautifully sung by an excellent choir, at Tyburn Convent, Marble Arch, as part of a fundraiser for them. 

There is more to the Requiem movement... this is just a small section, as an example of my work...

Hi,

I didn't say that its not my cup of tea. I did say that its pleasant to listen to and nice. I only pointed out a few things which I thought should be pointed out. I didn't know that you were not looking for criticism on this, I just realized that after reading your reply. If that is the case, you can ignore my previous reply.

Best Wishes


Suzanne Munro said:

So sorry it wasn't your cup of tea, but I didn't actually post here for a critique, just to share....  I will post things for a critique in the appropriate section from time to time, ... very useful at certain times. I chose this piece to put here as it is actually the most popular one on my Spotify album, and has been a favourite on several occasions in concerts.... but that is why music is so interesting.

Sorry for the Requiem quality. Sadly, is is the ONLY choral piece I have that has been recorded where the music performance came close to the score...  and all others are simply Sibelius files, and are wordless, which is no good for sharing unless there is a score involved. The recording is pre-digital age,  the latter of which I think we have all become accustomed to. Hopefully one day, I will be able to share my other choral pieces at some stage.... if I can get performances. The performance was actually beautifully sung by an excellent choir, at Tyburn Convent, Marble Arch, as part of a fundraiser for them. 

There is more to the Requiem movement... this is just a small section, as an example of my work...

I think most people here are happy to listen and comment on a piece which may be far from perfect recording- or rendering-wise; and will try to "listen through" the technical side. Such is my thing. I may comment on weaknesses I think could be remedied like a soloist in an ensemble not prominent enough and such - it all depends on what's being asked for. On site, impromptu recordings can be a bit iffy so allowances are needed. Not everyone has a studio with Neumann mikes and a mixer desk the size of a double bed! 

So just go on and post as you will. Don't be discouraged or anything as you seem to be doing fine.

Cheers,

Dane.

Thanks Dane,

Wow, wouldn't it be lovely to have a mixing desk.... preferably with a superb recording to tinker with ?! One day... you never know.... yes, i will keep sharing, and likewise listening to everyone's music, whatever the quality.... teaching via Skype and Zoom, with many lessons pupils sounding like they are playing from the bottom of a pond, has certainly taught me to "listen through' "duff" sounds ! Anything goes !

Hi Suzanna,

Beautiful expression on the piano.

Thanks you Tarun, 

One thing i like about this forum, is when someone "new" comments on something, it makes you interested to see what they have written (although I do sometimes just "pick something randomly")... so, I decided to visit your page..... and i am so glad I did, for I discovered the gem of you  "Aarushi - Spirit of Time".... for me it absolutely captured that vastness, as Aarushi gazed up at the stars. I could see them above me. The harmony moved wonderfully slowly, creating that huge sense of timelessness, with the continuous chime, like the passing of time... clever writing, which achieved what it set out to... well, enough analysis (my dissertation many years ago was analysing music about landscape.... so sort of can't help but fall into that) .... often, music is best just absorbed for what it is.... and this for me was very beautiful. Really looking forward to the others that follow......

Suzanne

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