Greg Brus replied to Sylvester Wager's discussion Percussion issue with a Full Score in Finale 2012.
"Whenever you add a new instrument, you should create new one in Instrument List too... then give it appropiate patch and channel number.
As for percussion, the easiest way is to use a drum set line... cymbals are as usual there. Everything else…"
May 22, 2012
Loren Lieberman replied to Sylvester Wager's discussion Percussion issue with a Full Score in Finale 2012.
"Arghhh!....Such agony! I have found that the less I interfere with Finale's channels, the better off I am. Problems occur when I add staves -- since I write for full orchestra, Finale has trouble assigning a new channel for the staff, and my…"
May 22, 2012
Sylvester Wager replied to John Galt Carey's discussion John Carey -- Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
"So your name is John Galt? Are you a violist? The second question is important, since most of us aren't violists and cannot properly judge the viola part as bona fide concerto-stuff. I really cannot say. It looked feasible on paper, perhaps too easy…"
Feb 13, 2012
Tyler Hughes replied to Sylvester Wager's discussion How many concerts in the style that you compose do you attend?
"I attend many many concerts. Almost to many at times, both on and off my universities campus. I have season tickets to the local symphony orchestra so I never miss a concert. If Im not going to the concert, Im usually in it in some way. I also…"
Feb 13, 2012
Sylvester Wager replied to Sylvester Wager's discussion How many concerts in the style that you compose do you attend?
"The last concert I went to was Feb. 1st. I heard Susan Graham, a mezzo with a strong pianist, Malcolm Martineau. 
Here is what they decided to to in Carnegie Hall, a big place that needs sure bets. The draw, of course was the singer, but the…"
Feb 13, 2012
Sylvester Wager replied to Sylvester Wager's discussion How many concerts in the style that you compose do you attend?
"Thanks for your reply, and your attention paid to your task! Yes, being a sponge is about 90% of what a composer might go to a concert for. To learn what works - what no longer works - to see how people react to pitches in concert. I'm sorry your…"
Feb 13, 2012
Johan Roeraade commented on Sylvester Wager's blog post First Blog Post: When does classical music become boring?
"Indeed an interesting question, which could be discussed at length. I do not think at all that jazz and classical music distrust each other. Both classical and jazz musicians have a deep respect for each other. It is just that these two different…"
Jan 30, 2012
David Archer commented on Sylvester Wager's blog post First Blog Post: When does classical music become boring?
"To me, interesting music tells a story. This could be emotional, thematic, or abstractly musical, but ideally I need to be able to follow it (or some strand of it) through on the first listen. The best music rewards listeners with layers and depth…"
Jan 29, 2012
Michael T replied to Sylvester Wager's discussion Poor, lonely Jazz category. And we owe so much to Jazz: every day of our lives.
"I have to agree with many of your sentiments. Unfortunately we have passed the point of no return. I have often thought that the invention of recording was the beginning of the end of 'Concert/ 'Classical'/ 'Art'/ 'Serious'/ 'whatever you call it'…"
Jan 24, 2012
Sylvester Wager replied to Sylvester Wager's discussion Poor, lonely Jazz category. And we owe so much to Jazz: every day of our lives.
"Lively, interesting discussion. I remember Nina Simone incorporating baroque style into her work.
The importance of these, and other elements is hard to deny a regular audience: a perceived form; a perceived sense of tonic-dominant (even through…"
Jan 24, 2012
tropicalontour commented on Sylvester Wager's blog post First Blog Post: When does classical music become boring?
"It baffles me that classical music and classical composers don't use more electronic instrumentation or samples that have been radically processed and manipulated.  Such a wealth of tonal colours.  Is there a reason why that I am unaware of?"
Jan 23, 2012
Michael T replied to Sylvester Wager's discussion Poor, lonely Jazz category. And we owe so much to Jazz: every day of our lives.
"Classical music is taught differently from Jazz because it is different.
Jazz is all about improvisation. Classical is all about interpreting a text.
There are points of contact between the two but they are essentially different. 
In fact, now I…"
Jan 22, 2012
Jon Brantingham replied to Sylvester Wager's discussion Poor, lonely Jazz category. And we owe so much to Jazz: every day of our lives.
"I respect your opinion, but I disagree. I wonder how all those people feel about what they are playing? I know for myself, I am a very, very amateur jazz musician. Can I play Giant Steps in all 12 keys? No. I can barely get by on the blues in all…"
Jan 21, 2012
Tombo Rombo replied to Sylvester Wager's discussion How many concerts in the style that you compose do you attend?
"Thanks for sharing your thoughts Slyvester.  I go to far too few concerts myself, but am usually inspired, or at least given a new perspective on music, each time I do.  Might be good to go to more!"
Jan 20, 2012
Jon Brantingham replied to Sylvester Wager's discussion Poor, lonely Jazz category. And we owe so much to Jazz: every day of our lives.
"Check out this video. I love the first line "What part of me is in my compositions? The lower part."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIfdaygMeA4&context=C38048d9ADO..."
Jan 19, 2012
Geoff Gallegos/Double G replied to Sylvester Wager's discussion Poor, lonely Jazz category. And we owe so much to Jazz: every day of our lives.
"Jon Brantingham said:
James, I liked that you mentioned Bach and how it can sound like jazz with the right person. If you ask me, look at the way Bach writes his music, and tell me he's not "playin over the changes." There are some figures he writes…"
Jan 19, 2012
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  • Hi Sylvester,

    Thank you very much for visiting my site and listening to my music. I have listened to much of yours as well and I can hear years of successful study. You are really a terrific musician and your music is very moving for me. I intend on listening to it much more over the weekend when I don't have to work. Hope you will accept my Composrs' Forum friends request.

    Thanks again,

    Dan

  • Thanks a lot for listening Sylvester!

    Many of my pieces are originals and others are knock-offs. Many libararies and music supervisors need some that sounds like...

    Listen though your music too and I love your piano music. Especially the sad film music

    Take care

     Tom

  • Thanks Sylvester. I agree.  I live in that intersection.  

  • Wonderful music " Puppy play " I loved it . Could you  send me pdf file? 

    pcma1970@gmail.com.

  • You've got some fantastic creations, Sylvester!
  • Hello Sylvester your skills are very good and you communicate them well thank you for sharing.
  • Very beautiful music! Thanks for sharing!
  • Great music Sylvester!...I very much enjoyed your colorful harmonic structures.
  • Thank you for listening and for the compliments. I have never heard of Martin Denny or that other fellow, Spike Jones. I'll have to check them out.
  • Sylvester,

    Just listened to Rhapsody in C,. Excellent! You have a wild sense of harmonic motion but none of it seems like it's from left field because it is so well integrated. Very enjoyable, thanks for sharing!

    Tom
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