Michael Lofting replied to Suzanne Munro's discussion sound libraries for choral works comparable with Sibelius
"Here’s a small choral piece StaffPad and Voxos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXKnir4oxfc "
Apr 2
Michael Lofting replied to Suzanne Munro's discussion sound libraries for choral works comparable with Sibelius
"Hi Suzanne.

I had been using Noteperformer with Sibelius, I think it does a good job of interpreting phrasing. Sounds are better than default Sibelius.

I also got “Voices of Prague” when it was on special a few months ago. Haven’t checked the…"
Apr 2
Michael Lofting replied to BRANDON WALKER's discussion "Bloom" for String Quartet
"Hi Brandon

Very nice pieces.

intense lyricism with just enough going on that doesn’t muddy the sound.

I know it’s StaffPad, what solo set?

and I’ve had to put in empty bars myself even with the new “comma”."
Apr 1
Michael Lofting replied to Jan-Frederik Carl's discussion Piano miniature
"Liked its dark, dramatic energy.
My only suggestion would be to consider a few bars in the middle, peaceful, tranquil before launching back in to the end."
Mar 18
Michael Lofting replied to James Gilmour's discussion Wayfaring Stranger and Shall We Gather at the River, for SATB Choir and String Quartet
"Thanks for that James. I have now been able to get UVI working with Sibelius! James Gilmour said:
Michael, I have not found any tutorials about using VOP with Sibelius. The way I did it was to set up a manual sound set in my Playback…"
Jan 28
Michael Lofting replied to James Gilmour's discussion Wayfaring Stranger and Shall We Gather at the River, for SATB Choir and String Quartet
"Hi James 

7th are fine for tremolos. The easiest ones are where the fingers are going up with the strings e.g. 1st finger on D string, 3rd finger on A string. Trying then to put 2nd finger on the E string is possible but not practical at speed.…"
Jan 25
Michael Lofting replied to James Gilmour's discussion Wayfaring Stranger and Shall We Gather at the River, for SATB Choir and String Quartet
"Hi James.

Listened through twice. I purchased Prague choirs a couple of months ago but haven’t done anything of substance as I use notation software mainly so really interested in what you’ve done with them. Sounds good.

I am a string player so…"
Jan 24
Michael Lofting replied to Heyoka's discussion Exploring Virtual Instruments and Plugins in 2020
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Nov 13, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Heyoka's discussion Exploring Virtual Instruments and Plugins in 2020
"Virharmonic has a sale on their choral libraries.
i don’t use a DAW except for experimenting with but I couldn’t resist playing with these choirs. (Just using Cakewalk BTW)"
Nov 13, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Bielka's discussion How to write a song easily?
"Thank you for that. Useful thoughts."
Nov 11, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Contest: “Colors” - DEADLINE PASSED
"Sorry Niela but everyone has seen the name of your entry.

it needs to be renamed so as to maintain anonymity with entries."
Nov 7, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Contest: “Colors” - DEADLINE PASSED
"Must work on my Synesthesia but I am in."
Oct 23, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Saul Gefen's discussion Autumn
"It’s its simplicity which makes this piece so beautiful."
Sep 23, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Tillerich's discussion Music - short to write and long to listen to....or the other way round
"When I read your comments it reminded me of the time I played second fiddle in a production of Showboat.
I had whole pages of vamp with copious use of the bar repeat sign ‘/. 
We did ten evening performances in 35c+ heat with no Airconditioning and…"
Sep 23, 2020
Timothy Smith replied to Michael Lofting's discussion Remembrance revised ending
"I liked the 2nd version a lot. Now all you need is an accompanying video!  Nice work which fits the idea of remembrance to a tee!"
Sep 22, 2020
Michael Lofting replied to Gavin Brown's discussion The Dance Begins for Viola, Cello, and Double Bass
"Hi Gav 
liked the dance part of this piece and, as a viola player, quite happy with instrumentation.

i thought that the intro was a little long, you could cut the first eight bars I think. Unless they’re still moving the set around.

Also I think…"
Sep 20, 2020
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  • Hi Michael I just saw that you have been trying to reach me.

    Yes, Schubert is a great influence in my music, see for instance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zah63pD4CEc

    which is a deliberate effort to imitate his style of writing.

    I find myself most at home when I write in the styles of others, since I concider myself much more of a theorist than an actual inventive composer. I have also been inspired by the likes of Schumann (Robert and Clara), Wilhelm Stenhammar, Carl Nielsen, Ture Rangström, Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, Fanny Hensel, Carrie Jacobs Bond, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Emma Louise Ashford and several English composers in separate vocal works.

    My Night songs cycle is a real blend of different influences where one can clearly hear Schuberts "Gute Nach" op 89 no 1 in the form of the first song, Carl Nielsens "Underlige aftenlufte", in the accompaniment and melody of the second, Schuberts Schäfers Klagelied op. 3 no 1 in the form of the third, and English late romantic writing in the melody of the fifth.

    Yes I am a baritone, but a lyrical one, which means I have a rather high top register. Normally I would concider my range as stretching from A up to f1, but under the right curcomstances I can stretch the register down to a low F# and up to a high g#1, I for instance sing the Schumann Waldgestrpäch op. 39 no 3 (page 5 and forward) in the original key, as well as Sibelius Svarta Rosor op 36 no 1 (beginning), although the second example is much tougher than the first to perform rangewise. 

    I would be delighted to take a look at anything you write for voice. It would be very nice, since I enjoy your music a lot.

    Let's speak again later.

    All the best 

    David

  • Thank you for your comment :)
    i hope to compose something new soon that i can post here :)
    Kind regards :)
  • Thanks for your comments on Misty Forest, Michael!

  • Hi Michael, This below is the content of an email I sent in reply to yours a couple of days ago...I have just realised I sent it to a 'do not reply' address so here it is again in case it didn't reach you first time:

    Thank you for your email, it's good to hear from you.

    Yes, there's lots of stuff there on Score Exchange, some better than others. I guess having had what turned out to be the good fortune of being ill-health retired at age 55 (good because I made a full recovery not long afterwards) I was able to take up composing full time; and then went crazy once I'd obtained Sibelius software which of course makes life so much easier.

    I tend to work on one piece at a time upon which I fixate...even to the extent of letting it get in the way of playing golf (another passion)...but if I get stuck I find it helps to unlock my brain if I start sketching out something totally different.

    You might only be able to work part time but still manage to produce some terrific music. I guess the only way to make a satisfactory living is to get involved with writing for TV (even if only writing jingles) or, better still, movie sound tracks. There are some genius musicians out there in the ether who can't manage to scratch a living by composing...I guess much luck is also required.

    Anyway, thanks again for your interest...I'm sure we will talk again many times in the future.

    All the best,

    Stephen

  • Hi Michael

    If you are at all like me and the 4tet is in your head, you won't sleep till you get it notated. Good luck  :)

  • Hi Michael, Thanks for the .wav.  I've got it imported and will work on it this evening.

    D

  • Hi Michael

    Thanks for the welcome.  That is South Curl Curl Beach.

  • Michael, thank you so much.  I appreciate your comment!  Thanks for listening...

  • We're all good, my friend!
  • hanks for watching, michael. The piece is highly programmatic in that it is about an actual part of manchester where the residents lived in dire poverty. The mood I tried to convey was one of hope, or the overcoming of adversity in the dark grime of the city. Many of the buildings still remain, as you can see. Still trying to get somebody to play the music, though!

    I will take the time to listen to your music now. Thanks again

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