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I'll go first. I like to make things—not to express myself, but because I want to understand how things work. By writing music, I get to see the layers underneath. How does a brain work? After decades of profound drinking and thinking, I realized…
Jul 6
Rowy replied to Liz Atems's discussion Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 2b (Sinfonia Solenne)
"I see. Thanks, I didn't know what the DSCH motto is. I know German, but DSCH in my language sounds like douche (bag). This motto can't be such a big deal. It is usually I in C minor with the D as a suspension. I must have used it dozens of times. So…"
Jul 2
Rowy replied to Liz Atems's discussion Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 2b (Sinfonia Solenne)
"I don't know Shostakovich that well, nor this so-called "motto," but I think the importance of a motto or theme is exaggerated. It's just a seed, something to work with. Only in popular music, where the motto (or melody) is everything and the rest…"
Jul 1
Rowy replied to David's discussion Serenade for Strings
"That seems to be a major problem. Many composers are not able to share their music. That's one of the reasons to get formal training at an academy. It can be the start of a network. You need to be a people's person, though. Nowadays, you can use a…"
Jun 18
Rowy replied to David's discussion Serenade for Strings
"Ah, well, I should have mentioned that by "Baroque," I don't mean original Baroque music, although I do enjoy it very much. Rather, I refer to my personal version of it. I've been influenced by J.S. Bach (you might have heard of him), English…"
Jun 16
Rowy replied to David's discussion Serenade for Strings
"Well, it's not for me, but I never liked Dvořák. Suk isn't my favorite either. There's no pleasing me, by the way, because the older I get, the more I value clear lines, counterpoint, and the elegance of the Baroque. Fat piano chords give me the…"
Jun 15
Rowy replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion 'Fantasia Farewell' for Piano
"I use Finale too. You can choose a base key velocity in the playback settings. It's best to keep it low. I set it at 72 when the piece needs to sound brilliant and 66 when I want a softer sound. Furthermore, you would benefit from a DAW. In a DAW…"
May 19
Rowy replied to David's discussion string quartet no. 13
"That reminds me of something my teacher once said. He was 60 years old, a former prodigy who had written more than 1,000 compositions. He said something like, "You know, I think I'm starting to understand music a bit.""
May 19
Rowy replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion 'Fantasia Farewell' for Piano
"Hi Gerd,
Is this a MIDI render? If so, the virtual piano isn't doing it justice, and the MIDI could use some editing. I understand that in some phrases the left hand needs to be emphasized, but overall, the left hand is too loud. It overshadows the…"
May 19
Rowy replied to David's discussion string quartet no. 13
"My world is crumbling down thanks to you, but I forgive you. You probably didn't know what you were doing "
May 19
Rowy replied to David's discussion string quartet no. 13
"I've read that you're a self-taught composer. I always said that no self-taught composer would reach such a high level and you repeatedly proved me wrong. I hate you.
You must have studied music at a higher level. Come on, be honest, perhaps you…"
May 18
Rowy replied to Dave Dexter's discussion I'm on the radio soon. Bonzer!
"I'm studying TCL/TK. I've decided to challenge the AI experts with a combination of AI and an expert system. For that purpose, I need 100 compositions in my own steady style in midi. I'm almost there. As you might have guessed, I'm getting a bit…"
May 9
Rowy replied to Dave Dexter's discussion I'm on the radio soon. Bonzer!
"It's the same in all forums. It was even like that in the old newsgroups and bulletin boards. There's always a small band of people who post regularly and keep a forum alive. That doesn't mean the rest of the members aren't interested. As for…"
May 9
Rowy replied to Dave Dexter's discussion I'm on the radio soon. Bonzer!
"How did it go, Dave? I can't receive that station in my country, but was there a 'bump'?"
May 6
Rowy replied to Steven Linden's discussion Variations on "Happy Birthday"
"What a party! I enjoyed myself. I think I'm going to buy some beer."
May 3
Rowy replied to Ivor's discussion Is a score submission appreciated or even necessary
"I keep it simple. I write what I can play and ensure it's within reach for the average musician too. Once the composition is done, I create the score. Nowadays, since players often need to hear the music first, I also provide a sound file. That's…"
Apr 19
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  • Do you have anything to elevate my mood, having listened to your Funeral March? ;)
  • Excellent website Rowy. A good resource for beginners wanting to learn theory.
  • Welcome. I assume you're Rowy of Rowy.net? Enjoy the forum.
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