Godwin Friesen replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"Yes, it should continue. I'll pay 20.
Ads would be fine, if they're all music related!
I still really want to do a contest one of these times!"
Aug 7, 2019
Godwin Friesen replied to Godwin Friesen's discussion A Course for Ensemble Composition
"These are really great points, and they are definitely things that I am going to work towards as a composer.
Thanks for the inspiration!
H. S. Teoh said:
The course outline looks reasonable, though I have to say that in my experience, the most…"
Jun 25, 2015
H. S. Teoh replied to Godwin Friesen's discussion A Course for Ensemble Composition
"The course outline looks reasonable, though I have to say that in my experience, the most important component of composition is to be clear in your mind what you want. I would minimize the use of the piano to a verification role (i.e., to check that…"
Jun 25, 2015
Godwin Friesen replied to Godwin Friesen's discussion A Course for Ensemble Composition
"Thanks for this response, Bob, you've given me some good stuff to think about.
Bob Porter said:
Godwin,
Well, I suppose it's a start. I don't know how things are in Canada, but in the U.S., there are no music programs in elementary or middle…"
Jun 24, 2015
Godwin Friesen replied to Godwin Friesen's discussion A Course for Ensemble Composition
"No, I know that there are, and have been, many fantastic composers who don't use the piano at all. Take a look at my reply to Tyler for a little more information about what the course was designed for, etc. Rodney Carlyle Money said:
So, are you…"
Jun 24, 2015
Godwin Friesen replied to Godwin Friesen's discussion A Course for Ensemble Composition
"Thanks for this response.
Just so you get a little more background, my research about composing methods was all part of a class I just finished yesterday as a high school student (gr. 11). The class was a semester-long independent research project…"
Jun 24, 2015
Tyler Hughes replied to Godwin Friesen's discussion A Course for Ensemble Composition
"I think their is a problem with your research in that in created a false dichotomy as well as a few assumptions about each form of composition. 
First, though you conceded to using both methods, I think its much more complicated than what you laid…"
Jun 23, 2015
Rodney Carlyle Money replied to Godwin Friesen's discussion A Course for Ensemble Composition
"So, are you saying someone cannot be a composer unless they can play the piano?"
Jun 23, 2015
Godwin Friesen replied to Godwin Friesen's discussion Two short pieces for concert band
"You are right, the first piece was composed on piano!
The reason I'm asking for your opinion is because I am trying to discover which method of composition is superior, (although of course composing should really use a mix of the two). I am doing a…"
Jun 10, 2015
Godwin Friesen replied to Godwin Friesen's discussion Two short pieces for concert band
"Thanks for this reply. These pieces were arranged for the specific instrumentation of my school band, but I also have a version of this music for full orchestra, horns, tubas and all. (It's just not as edited because I haven't had anyone play it…"
Jun 10, 2015
Godwin Friesen replied to Godwin Friesen's discussion Two short pieces for concert band
"Yeah, sorry about the many missing instruments. I arranged these pieces specifically for my school band (gr. 11), and I haven't yet had time to expand the score to include every instrument. 
Even though these pieces are in an incomplete stage, do…"
Jun 10, 2015
Rodney Carlyle Money replied to Godwin Friesen's discussion Two short pieces for concert band
"Where the frack is the tuba and percussion?
~Rod"
Jun 9, 2015
Godwin Friesen replied to Godwin Friesen's discussion Is there a superior method of composing for orchestra?
"Thanks a lot for this reply!
It's a great inspiration for me to hear how others compose, and there is a lot I can learn from your process of composition and orchestration.
H. S. Teoh said:
This is a tough question.
The advantage of composing on the…"
May 29, 2015
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Godwin Friesen's discussion Is there a superior method of composing for orchestra?
"An excellent and very comprehensive reply, Teoh!
Well, what can I say? I agree and feel well covered."
May 29, 2015
H. S. Teoh replied to Godwin Friesen's discussion Is there a superior method of composing for orchestra?
"This is a tough question.
The advantage of composing on the piano first, as you said, is that it's easier to work with if you already know how to play the piano. It also lets you focus more on the music itself, as opposed to getting lost in the…"
May 29, 2015
Godwin Friesen replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion Ressurection for Marching Band (Brass/ Woodwind Parts Score and Sound Only)
"Wow. This was inspiring.
I don't know if percussion is even necessary for this piece, but if you know you want to add some, the instrument that I think would add the most is suspended cymbal (although I'm not sure if this exists in marching bands).…"
May 29, 2015

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