William J. Joel replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Contest: “Colors” - DEADLINE PASSED
"I'm in!"
Oct 10, 2020
William J. Joel replied to Jörfi Terríson's discussion Atonal piece for choir
"One of the aspects about spoken language is that it is most often melodic, even though the "melodies" most often do not adhere to a more typical definition of melody. I find this work to offer an interesting exploration of vocal motifs."
Mar 8, 2020
William J. Joel replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ENTRIES HAS PASSED, CONTEST CLOSED, VOTING TO BEGIN SOON!!
"BTW, how many "winners" will be announced? Top three for each element? Runners-up? Just asking."
Jan 7, 2018
William J. Joel replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ENTRIES HAS PASSED, CONTEST CLOSED, VOTING TO BEGIN SOON!!
"If there's still room, I'm in! And I choose Air."
Jan 6, 2018
H. S. Teoh commented on William J. Joel's blog post New (relatively) trio
"Do you have the score for this piece? I'd like to follow along and perhaps give some feedback.
But based on what I heard, I like your opening motif, it has an interesting flute line. I'm not so sure about the viola/bass parts; the viola writing…"
Mar 9, 2015
H. S. Teoh commented on William J. Joel's blog post Frustration
"I share in your frustration. :-) I might be in an even worse situation as far as composing goes... I have a full-time job, church obligations, and other things that basically leave me with barely enough time just to write the music down, let alone…"
Mar 9, 2015
Al Johnston commented on William J. Joel's blog post Frustration
"My solution is to produce and publish my music on Youtube, Al Johnston's Novaclassica.  The page gets a pretty good following, albeit not within academic circles (probably). But I have trouble with "academic music" to begin with. What I find…"
Mar 9, 2015
Janet Spangenberg commented on William J. Joel's blog post Frustration
"I share the frustration of there not being enough avenues for new composers' music to be performed. Like Bob, that's the way it's always been, certainly within my own lifetime. It's not hopeless though, but it does take persistence, and developing…"
Feb 22, 2015
William J. Joel commented on William J. Joel's blog post New (relatively) trio
"Bob,
Thanks for the comments. Please note, mostly what I've been submitting to are calls for scores, but not really competitions. I shy away from them unless they look truly interesting. And I ignore any call that has an entry fee.
The only…"
Feb 14, 2015
William J. Joel commented on Oisín O'Neill's blog post First Full Composition.
"A wonderful piece of ambient music. Some thoughts ...

Middle interlude, about 3/5 of the way, goes on for too long. consider trimming it back.
Ending, starting at about 7:40 (or so) seems to come down to a nice closure, then keeps going. Consider,…"
Feb 12, 2015
William J. Joel commented on William J. Joel's blog post Frustration
"Yes, I have contacted an amateur orchestra, via their musical director, and though the response was kind, the message was that my music was too hard for them. Of course, that was only one contact, but something makes me feel that amateur ensembles…"
Feb 12, 2015
Michael Lofting commented on William J. Joel's blog post Frustration
"Hi William
Understand how you feel as I have a number of pieces not performed yet.
One avenue for a classical composer to try is an "amateur" orchestra.
Usually have contact details on their website.
the conductor will be the one deciding what gets…"
Feb 12, 2015
William J. Joel commented on William J. Joel's blog post Frustration
"The age thing is something I often run into when the call is for works by NEW composers. What I have found is that "new" = "young", which is what urks me to no end."
Feb 12, 2015
Janet Spangenberg commented on William J. Joel's blog post Frustration
"Yeah!"
Feb 12, 2015
Sylvester Wager commented on William J. Joel's blog post Getting your stuff played
"Don't expect much, if it isn't happening already. Put your work on the Internet, in very public places, if possible.
I use most of my work today as soundtracks for videos that I edit. At least it gets played - by me! People who are not composers…"
Feb 11, 2011
James Oppenheimer commented on William J. Joel's blog post Getting your stuff played
"I have the same problem. I write a lot of stuff for choir, and I find that many people will take the score, thank me for it, and then I never hear anything more. If I ask them, they often turn out not to have had time to look at it.
 
Also, I find…"
Jan 18, 2011
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