Eric Fretheim replied to Simon Godden's discussion Your least favourite composer
"You forgot the one Schwarzenneger played... Al B. Bach.

For me, I've got a particular dislike for John Cage, but this thread is about composers, so I'll have to come up with someone else... I'll have to say Hindemith. He wrote a few things I can…"
Dec 30, 2009
Eric Fretheim replied to Adrian Allan's discussion Can Anybody Proof Read My Orchestral Score ?
"The pdf still looks odd to me, but I was able to read the Scorch on the Sibelius site.
Personally, I mark my violas 'Va.' (I noticed you had abbreviations for everything but them after page 1.)

The pizz on 1st Vn at m. 20 is going to be very dark…"
Dec 30, 2009
Eric Fretheim replied to Mike's discussion Writing for horns
"You're not alone. I think I went almost a decade trying to write out orchestral scores on 16-stave folio manuscript paper (which is expensive!) before I learned I just couldn't do it that way. Probably why I never finished anything but piano stuff…"
Dec 30, 2009
Eric Fretheim replied to Mike's discussion Writing for horns
"It is no coincidence at all that the composers you name (with the exception of Xenakis, for whom I don't know) played either piano or violin, instruments that have no need for transposition.

I don't doubt the conductor's score is in concert tuning…"
Dec 30, 2009
Eric Fretheim replied to Mike's discussion Writing for horns
"I second this, but also recommend buying it in the three-volume set along with its companion works, 'The Essential Dictionary of Music' and 'The Essential Dictionary of Music Notation'. Much of the contents are stuff you very possibly have in other…"
Dec 30, 2009
Eric Fretheim replied to Mike's discussion Writing for horns
"I had edited my post above to add some info about clefs, but looks like I crossed the 15 minute time limit while typing (Why so short? I've been on forums that gave you 24 hours!)

About the Alto Clef:

The Cello does NOT read Alto Clef. What you…"
Dec 29, 2009
Eric Fretheim replied to Mike's discussion Writing for horns
"Just to be sure, I grabbed my Dover copy of Rite of Spring, which is a reprint of the Russian state publishing house edition. Not a good choice, since Stravinsky didn't use key signatures, :) and loved using every possible variant of of winds he…"
Dec 29, 2009
Eric Fretheim replied to Adrian Allan's discussion Is there really such a thing as "inspiration" in composition ?
"Nothing I do comes out without a significant amount of hard work, and it would seem to any observer as if I were creating everything from scratch, and yet I couldn't tell you how I actually came up with any of it. Truthfully, it feels to me like my…"
Dec 24, 2009
Eric Fretheim replied to Mantas Savickis's discussion Heavy Traffic for symphony orchestra
"Add in my applause at the end there, please. Very good stuff. Was this an assignment for school or a personal project?"
Dec 17, 2009
Eric Fretheim replied to Eric Fretheim's discussion FAQ or Noob Alert?
"I'll do that, thanks. I need to get some MIDI stuff rendered and formatted in MP3. Just guessing, but I bet scanning pages of my terrible handwriting out of my manuscript notebooks wouldn't cut it here :)
I do have a few MP3s around somewhere on…"
Dec 17, 2009
Eric Fretheim replied to Eric Fretheim's discussion FAQ or Noob Alert?
"I'll read them. Thanks!

Douglas Edward said:Hi there! Well I certainly am not a veteran of this forum, but some rules and uploading info can be found in the sub directory of the Forum link which you might have already seen. Here are some direct…"
Dec 16, 2009
Douglas Edward replied to Eric Fretheim's discussion FAQ or Noob Alert?
"Hi there! Well I certainly am not a veteran of this forum, but some rules and uploading info can be found in the sub directory of the Forum link which you might have already seen. Here are some direct links:…"
Dec 16, 2009
Eric Fretheim replied to Eric Fretheim's discussion FAQ or Noob Alert?
"Sure. I've been composing music (mostly symphonic and chamber, and most of it tonal or multitonal. I've also made an attempt at a musical) most of my forty eight years, but rarely finishing any of it.

I still enjoy the struggle though. I suppose…"
Dec 16, 2009
Eric Fretheim replied to Jacob Royal's discussion Tempo and Key
"Does anyone else have this problem? Stravinsky sprang immediately to mind. Followed by quite a few others. I think you're fine. Go with your strengths."
Dec 16, 2009
Eric Fretheim replied to Mike's discussion Tempo markings and key signature qeustions
"Triplets seem to dominate, so I second keeping the dotted note for the tempo. Musicians are going to find the 16th in the time sig a little odd, since they're used to seeing 8th notes in triplet time signatures, so I also second the idea of doubling…"
Dec 16, 2009

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  • Thanks for your input on my piece. Most of your astute suggestions have now been followed and it's great to hear from a string specialist.
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