Robert Hunter replied to Alexey Arkhipenko's discussion Music software video tutorials
"Thanks Alexey. These are very helpful."
Jan 10, 2015
Robert Hunter replied to gilbert engle's discussion virtual band with Sibelius and sound libraries
"Hi Gilbert:
I'd be interested. I currently use Sibelius for writing and playback and would be interested in any tips and tricks you might have to make playback sound better. I use East-West with Sibelius but am considering others like VSL and Berlin…"
Dec 31, 2014
Robert Hunter replied to Wesley Lawrence Curry II's discussion Name a composer of symphonies ALIVE TODAY in 10 seconds or less……..ready…….GO!
"The point is...?"
Aug 31, 2014
Robert Hunter replied to Wesley Lawrence Curry II's discussion Name a composer of symphonies ALIVE TODAY in 10 seconds or less……..ready…….GO!
"Eric Whitacre
Christopher Theofanidis
...are a couple of my favorites..."
Aug 29, 2014
Robert Hunter replied to 3n0k2z9tr31nu's discussion The Forum Made Me Do It!
"Hi TT:
I really enjoyed listening to this piece. I agree with Gav about the sitar feel. Meditative almost. Interesting mix of instruments and style. A harmonica would have really sent it over the edge for envisioning the cattle. Thanks for writing…"
Aug 1, 2014
Robert Hunter left a comment for 3n0k2z9tr31nu
"Hi T.
Thanks for your incredible compliment! I love what you've done with "Apples and Oranges" using mandolin. The mandolin is a beautiful instrument. Why did you stop playing them? I'm glad that my music inspired you to start playing it again. It's…"
Apr 21, 2014
Robert Hunter replied to Gavin Brown's discussion 2 Part Invention Contest: Voting begins this weekend
"does that mean compositions are due Dec.31?"
Dec 19, 2013
Robert Hunter commented on Tyler Hughes's photo
"Congratulations Tyler."
Dec 15, 2013
Robert Hunter replied to Gavin Brown's discussion 2 Part Invention Contest: Voting begins this weekend
"How strictly shall we adhere to the Bach format/structure?"
Dec 14, 2013
Robert Hunter replied to Gavin Brown's discussion 2 Part Invention Contest: Voting begins this weekend
"what's OP?"
Dec 14, 2013
Robert Hunter replied to roger stancill's discussion Nocturnes for 'lesser hands'
"Hi Roger,
Initial comment: you need to activate the right hand more - it could be carrying on much more melodic content.
More later...
RH"
Dec 11, 2013
Robert Hunter replied to Gavin Brown's discussion 2 Part Invention Contest: Voting begins this weekend
"Hi Gav:
I'd be willing to commit..."
Dec 11, 2013
Robert Hunter replied to Nathan Wakefield's discussion Mood Build
"It seems the opportune moment to develop would be around 2:10, where you change the ongoing motif of E-C-B to E-C-B-G# - there's lots of possibilities there - key change, development of the motif into a longer melodic strain, etc."
Nov 23, 2013
Robert Hunter replied to Nathan Wakefield's discussion Mood Build
"Hi Nathan,
I liked this piece, enjoyed how it slowly builds over time. Rather than have this simply peter out at the end, I can see developing this into a longer, more complex work.
R.Hunter"
Nov 22, 2013
Robert Hunter commented on Ursula Jasovec's blog post "orchestral" Darwinism
"I love this!"
Nov 9, 2013
Robert Hunter left a comment for Gisela Paterno
"Hi Gisela:
I really enjoyed listening to your "Two Part Motet" in Phrygian. I've never explored Phrygian, only Spanish Phrygian, so listening to your piece has inspired me to begin a composition in that mode. Thanks for the music, and the…"
Oct 10, 2013
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  • Greetings Robert,

    Your music is very sensitive and well written. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Very best,

    Larry Elliott

  • Hello - Glad that you enjoyed the recording.  Glad more-so that the feedback helped you decide that it was not a waste time to write and post the composition.  It really is a lovely piece that you came up with and Im sure that Im not the only person who enjoyed it (I recall that Mr. Zinos gave the piece a few nice words in his comments).

    My own sense on composing is that I do it because I enjoy the process of creating and structuring music and I enjoy listening to the results.  I decided to post my stuff on the off chance that there may be other folks out there who may enjoy it as well.  If there are, wonderful.  If there aren't, nothing lost because I still enjoy creating it and listening to it myself. 

    Your music had actually caught my attention before the contest likely because we seem to share some of the same musical influences (Copland and Reich).  I was not too surprised to learn that A&O was your piece.    

    Regarding the mando,I stopped playing about a year and a half ago after being a member of the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra for about 20 years.   The Orchestra is wonderful - if your'e curious, just do a YouTube search on "Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra."  After 20 years, however, the repertoire wore a bit thin for me.  The Orchestra, for the most part, plays music from the very early 20th Century - rags, fox trots, marches, light classical etc.  Lovely music, but not the most challenging or engaging.   I had been offering for years to work up a mando orchestra arrangement of Igor Stravinsky's Tango for piano.  That was a little too "modern" for groups tastes however.

    Thanks again for sharing your music and keep at it.  I look forward to hearing more.  All the best - Thomas Gaudynski   (I use my initials on the site rather than my full first name because oddly enough I am not the only Thomas Gaudynski in Milwaukee who plays music and composes.  The other Thomas Gaudynski from Milwaukee is a sound/performance artists whose work is more experimental and improvisational than mine.  Even though we have a few musical friends in common, weve never met.  Small world, but not that small I guess). 

  • Greetings from Milwaukee.  Ive taken a few listens to the pieces you have posted and I  enjoy your music very much.  I was quite impressed by your submission in the recent Two Part Invention contest.  In addition to being quite melodic and musical, yours was one of the few pieces that did not simply attempt to do a Bach imitation.   Your piece actually inspired me to do something I have not done for more than a year; I dug out my mandolins and started practicing.   I thought that Apple and Oranges would sit very nicely on the mandolin so out of curiosity, I recorded the piece as a duet for mandolin and octave mandolin.   The finished product is attached.  Im by no means a pro, nor am I the most expressive player, in the world, but I thought you might be interested in how the piece sounds on mandolin.  I did modify the bass part just a bit (raised a few measures up an octave) simply to keep the part within the "sweet spot" for the octave mando.  Other than that, I attempted to play the piece as written.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful music.   I look forward to hearing more of your work posted!        Apples and Oranges by Robert Hunter.mp3

  • Robert, once again you display your incredible talent for back and forth themes thrown around in different instruments.  This is truly one of your best, from the beautiful opening chords to the passage through many moods and the depth and quality of your instrumentation.  Love it!  What are you using by the way?

  • Quite excellent music. Being a manager of a architectural office, your abilities as architect and manager must perform a role in your life as a composer, because your music appears to be well-engineered and well-manged.

  • Hi thanks for your kind words... have a couple of new tracks up for your enjoyment.

    Been enjoying your stuff too! More soon.

  • Hey Robert, thanks for your comment! I'm really glad you enjoyed my music. I'm only a beginner and only rarely get some feedback. So yours is much appreciated!!!

    Yes, my profile pic is a photoshopped painting, originally of an English admiral. Thought it would be fun to replace his head with mine :-D

  • Thanks Robert :)

  • Thank you, Robert.  Right now I'm enjoying listening to your Symphony #2, Movement 1 - lots of good material!!  

  • Thank you so much for listening and for your positive comments!  I hope to have more time to listen to yours this week.  From what I heard briefly, though, I'm impressed with your use of orchestration and the software program skills you have!  Both things I want to learn and develop for myself...  Hope I can learn from you! 

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