Huntington Beach, CA
What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
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.
This is incredibly outdated, I'm 18 now, but don't have the time to right a new one: I'm Daniel, 16 years old, a soon-to-be-junior in high school. I started composing at around 10 or 11, with a program called "Noteflight." What I did was very small and trivial, but I was intrigued with the idea of composition. Fast forward to freshman year when my interest in composing was re-ignited, and I composed an 11 minute piece for a band project on "Sibelius," which each of the computers in the band room had. The piece actually is really bad and doesn't represent my recent work at all. But it did throw me into the world of composition, and for that, I am thankful. My work up to the point of spring break, freshman year, had been reminiscent of film scores or something like that. Can't put a pin on it but it was really not too great. And then Stravinsky happened... After listening to the rite 24/7 for the good part of spring break, I had a new approach on composition. I was more open to things that might have seemed odd before. Stravinsky remains one of my two favorites if not my favorite composer today. The pieces of his I like most are the ballet Agon, his Septet, Scenes de Ballet, and of course the Rite of Spring. The more recent stepping stone of my outlook on composition and music in general came with Alfred Schnittke, who currently may be beating Stravinsky when it comes to my favorite. Schnittke taught me an important lesson: to not try and run from the old ways, but rather to learn from them and take what you will (literally in some cases). Before Schnittke, I honestly was a bit of a pretentious idiot when it came to older music like Haydn or Beethoven, and I would immediately turn it down as though many might turn down modern music. And so, at this point, I like it all. All of classical seems to have something to offer, and just because I identify most with 20th century stuff doesn't mean I should limit myself to it. I decided to join this forum out of zeal, as a small piece I wrote for my violinist friend was played and recorded by him, marking the first performance of any of my work by a living human! All around I am just looking to learn from other current composers and receive feedback on my own work if possible.