What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Portland, Oregon, USA
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 am an amateur pianist who, at age 61, started composing music in the classical tradition. Actually, I did write a few small snippets when I was in my teens. In my 40s, I joined an English country dance band and write four little waltzes—things around 32 bars long, just a melody and chords. I also wrote one or two pieces in the contra dance style. That was it, until I started working with MuseScore and creating some serious music (I've since graduated to Sibelius). My first piece was for an oddball collection of orchestral instruments. I planned to use the music as background for a little video I had made, but the music went its own way. Just to keep things simple, my second attempt was at a symphonic suite. This time I did a lot of reading on composing and instrumentation. Realizing that getting an orchestra to perform a piece by a novice composer was going to be difficult, I have started writing for smaller ensembles: currently, string quartet, wind quintet and violin/cello. My composing style is instinctive, relying somewhat on my basic knowledge of music theory but mostly on having heard or performed a lot of classical pieces over the years.I have relied on feedback from one or two friends with a classical music background. I look forward to seeing what my more experienced fellow composers are up to!