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 14, 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 14, 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 14, 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 14, 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 30, 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,
    Thanks for your nice and kind words about my scores and writing. You're righ..t it is still an adverture 2010 writing this kind of music. My passion is, impressionism, Jazz, light music. Thank you for your kind words about my Ballett score "La danse des amoreux" 4th Mvt. Listen to your music as well and must say just beautiful !!! . You have a very sensible taste of unique beauty.
    All my best
    Oliver
  • Thanks, Sylvester! My music is more in the pop genre, so it is all very compressed, which makes it sound pretty loud!
  • Hey,

    Rhapsody in C is a great listen, especially at the end, in which you play the final chord only twice. At first my mind was screaming for that third strike, but when I realized it wasn't to be I relaxed and accepted the resolution.

    As far as inspiration comes I would say it's a 50/50 draw at having a preconceived melody that approaches out of the blue. If I'm lucky enough I'll be near a recorder of some sort to which I can at least hum a melody. Otherwise, I play at my keyboard until I come across something that ignites my interest and then I spend time trying to develop it as much as I can initially. The developmental process is very laborious ( in a good way) and basically involves making a cd of current progress and then listening to it to and from work and trying to find out where it goes. I find that the composing part of my brain is most open and active when I'm driving.

    I look forward to hearing more of your works.

    Ryan
  • Hey,

    I've enjoyed listening to your music. I have a question as to what you consider art music?
    Also can you describe your initial inspiration moments. Do you have a preconceived melody or emotion you want to convey before you start writing or do you play until you come across something that peaks your interest enough to develop it further?

    Ryan
  • Hi Sylvester,

    I'm glad you liked some of my music. I took the time to enjoy some of yours as well. I'm curious about your video efforts and how you made that happen. What software did you use for video editing? Very interesting concept to bring back the silent film in a short format.
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