Jeff Brien replied to Jörfi Terríson's discussion Song Cycle for Cello and Piano
"Hi Jorfi,

It's certainly an ambitious work in terms of harmony and structure. However, by denying us your inspiration, we are left to ponder it in an isolated fashion in a strictly critical way.

I think the real question is what your artistic…"
Nov 30, 2019
Jeff Brien replied to Vivaldi's discussion Violin Concerto in Bb flat major
"Your pieces are getting better my friend. There are some chapters right out of Vivaldi's playbook. I would suggest that this is not a violin concerto though. It is more of a concerto for strings with violin obbligato. Baroque concertos (and Vivaldi…"
Feb 27, 2013
Jeff Brien replied to Vivaldi's discussion People's disregard for other people's efforts
"To be honest, I find that artists are often the worst critics. For most, there is simply too much baggage wrapped up in their "analyses" resulting from various neurosis caused by over-criticizing their own work. These issues can be seen in comments…"
Feb 22, 2013
Jeff Brien replied to Vivaldi's discussion Baroque concerto in style of Vivaldi
"Vivaldi is my favorite composer Justin.
You were able to create a few interesting motifs that are Vivaldian. The piece starts off nicely. However, you don't build on it carefully enough. Vivaldi never confuses the ear with too many sounds and as…"
Feb 16, 2013
Jeff Brien replied to Jeff Brien's discussion what's a great DAW for a beginner?
"Great. I'll take a look at them. Thanks Ray."
Feb 13, 2013
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Feb 13, 2013
Jeff Brien replied to Jeff Brien's discussion what's a great DAW for a beginner?
"less than $300
PC
I would rather try a simple DAW as opposed to upgrading my system."
Feb 13, 2013
Jeff Brien replied to Michael R Symons's discussion Exposition for String Orchestra
"Michael, I think the answer to your first question is yes; there is too much material. It's difficult to follow the theme. I think this is because there is just too much movement in the work. There is a lot of competition and not enough cooperation.…"
Feb 13, 2013
Olmnilnlolm replied to Jeff Brien's discussion When is a composition "finished"?
"Thank you, Jeff, for your response to my post.
I was ‘suggesting that, perhaps, we are not composing the music. The music composes us. The "composition is 'finished' " only when we are fully composed."’
You replied by saying,
‘Interesting, but it…"
Jan 31, 2013
Olmnilnlolm replied to Jeff Brien's discussion When is a composition "finished"?
"Andrew Gleibman said:
When another composition comes to my mind, which is more interesting to finish.






Andrew's is a good answer, and often it is true.  However, sometimes a new piece is started, as I move to get some distance from the previous…"
Jan 30, 2013
Gavin Brown replied to Jeff Brien's discussion When is a composition "finished"?
"When I feel right about it, I guess! Jeff Brien said:
Thanks Gav, but you didn't really answer the question. You just changed the word to complete. How do you decide when one of your works is complete?  Gav Brown said:
Most music I write…"
Jan 29, 2013
Andrew Gleibman replied to Jeff Brien's discussion When is a composition "finished"?
"When another composition comes to my mind, which is more interesting to finish."
Jan 29, 2013
Jeff Brien replied to Victor Atanasov's discussion String Sextet(Or For String Orchestra)
"It's a great deal to take in at once. It's quite good Victor but a score would be useful. I agree that a string orchestra is preferable. It needs to be more intimate for a chamber setting. I'm also not pleased with the string samples, but then I…"
Jan 29, 2013
Jeff Brien replied to Victor Atanasov's discussion String Sextet(Or For String Orchestra)
"Hi Victor. I wanted to listen but I can't view youtube in China. Perhaps you can upload it to soundcloud or somewhere else?"
Jan 29, 2013
Jeff Brien replied to Jeff Brien's discussion When is a composition "finished"?
""I am suggesting that perhaps, we are not composing the music. The music composes us.
The "composition is 'finished' " only when we are fully composed."

Interesting, but it doesn't really get us anywhere. It's like saying, "the circle is only…"
Jan 29, 2013
Jeff Brien replied to Jeff Brien's discussion When is a composition "finished"?
"Yes. This definitely complicates the matter for modern-day composers. It's just too easy to make changes and hear them. It promotes mediocrity. Charlie McCord said:
Yea, when you've made a recording, It should be finished. But with today's world…"
Jan 29, 2013
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