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Orchid for piano, Rock drums, and small orchestra

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Nov 23. 10 Replies

Hello Colleagues,This piece is the first thing I’ve written for more than 5 instruments and includes a string quintet and a wind quintet in addition to the piano and drums. I’ve heard a few attempts…Continue

Composers' Forum Annual License Renewed

Started Nov 4 0 Replies

Hello Colleagues,Our annual license has been paid for the year (until Oct 31, 2021). This was only possible through donations from our members and thanks again to all who contributed!GavContinue

Contest: “Colors” - ENTRIES RULES AND DEADLINE

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Nov 24. 85 Replies

Colors - write a piece of up to two minutes duration on the theme of one of the following colors: red, yellow, blue, orange, purple, green, black, white. The piece can be in any style for any…Continue

The Dance Begins for Viola, Cello, and Double Bass

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tillerich Sep 23. 11 Replies

Hello Colleagues, this is one of a series of 3 pieces written to be interstitial music at a dance concert hosted by my local composers group, the Baltimore Composers Forum. It was to be played…Continue

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Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Contest: “Colors” - ENTRIES RULES AND DEADLINE
"For those signed up for the contest: 11 entries are in so far! Deadline for entries is 1/3/21 at 5 pm EST."
Nov 24
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchid for piano, Rock drums, and small orchestra
"Hi Ingo, funny you should mention it as a dance track as I recently submitted it for a dance concert that's going to be held in the fall. We'll see if that works out. NotePerformer is unbeatable, you get instant, realistic feedback on it.…"
Nov 23
Ingo Lee replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchid for piano, Rock drums, and small orchestra
"Great piece Gavin, I like it!  A neat blend of orchestral and drums, could be soundtrack or a dance track I think. Good use of theme and development, interesting rhythms and harmonies and it all fits together well. Orchestration works well…"
Nov 23
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchid for piano, Rock drums, and small orchestra
"Hi Fabio, I gave the pieces you mentioned a brief listen and they didn't stand out to me. I have also heard some attempted orchestrations-after-the-fact of Yes which also did not stand out. It's clearly a challenge to blend the…"
Nov 23
Fabio Biolcati replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchid for piano, Rock drums, and small orchestra
"One more thought. Instruments from the rock world has generally a strong bias on classical works (I'm speaking of art music, not string sections added to songs); drums in particular has great attraction for everything around. Most of the times,…"
Nov 23
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchid for piano, Rock drums, and small orchestra
"Thanks so much Kjell!"
Nov 22
Kjell Prytz replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchid for piano, Rock drums, and small orchestra
"Hi Gav, congrats to an excellent and lovely piece of music. I appreciate the drums very much, it is like part of modernity. Most enjoyable. /Kjell"
Nov 22
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchid for piano, Rock drums, and small orchestra
"Thanks Fabio for your comments, I appreciate that the integration in your estimation worked as that was a prime goal in how I wrote the piece. Rock drums are such an interesting and colorful instrument, almost a mini-percussion orchestra unto…"
Nov 22
Fabio Biolcati replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchid for piano, Rock drums, and small orchestra
"Quite interesting, Gav. Integrating instruments from rock into orchestral/chamber ensembles has been always hard, even in the other way around. You did a really good, not trivial, job here. I enjoyed listening to it. Best"
Nov 22
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchid for piano, Rock drums, and small orchestra
"Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment Geert, Spy jazz is a big favorite of mine, and though I didn't think of it while writing this piece, it sounds like that influence came through anyway. I think it's fair to say I think from…"
Nov 21
Geert ter Horst replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchid for piano, Rock drums, and small orchestra
"Hello Gav, This is a very enjoyable piece. The first association as to its genre that comes to my mind is the opening music of a James Bond movie. It is a long time ago that I watched some of them, but I was always curious about the introductory…"
Nov 21
Gav Brown posted a discussion

Orchid for piano, Rock drums, and small orchestra

Hello Colleagues,This piece is the first thing I’ve written for more than 5 instruments and includes a string quintet and a wind quintet in addition to the piano and drums. I’ve heard a few attempts to included Rock drums into classical pieces and they mostly seem to be about using it as a metronome, which I find dull, so I wanted to have the drums be more dynamic than that, and intertwined as an ensemble player, coming in and out like other ensemble instruments. My focus was to learn how…See More
Nov 21
Gav Brown replied to Papageno's discussion Allegro for violin and cello
"Sorry, I don't use them, so don't know"
Nov 19
Gav Brown replied to Papageno's discussion Allegro for violin and cello
"It's the quality of the midi sound. "
Nov 19
Gav Brown replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Come Ye Lofty
"Hi Jon It's Christmas-y and a jolly good tune! Well done! Gav"
Nov 18
Gav Brown replied to Kjell Prytz's discussion Orchestral piece with a Spanish touch
"Hi Kjell, It is nicely orchestrated (a strength of yours I think) with that Atavistic quality I have heard before in past works of yours I have listened to. Thanks for sharing! Gav"
Nov 18

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I've been composing music since I was 19. My main influences include Ragtime, Jazz, and Progressive Rock.
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A delightful piano composition - Peacherine Rag

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 12:47am 0 Comments

I started composing because of the music in the movie "The Sting" - the ragtime of Scott Joplin. His music is not only great sounding, but a fun fit fit for the fingers - physically enjoyable to play. Here's a piece which was not in The Sting, but which is a delightful example of his work - about 3 minutes long -

http://youtu.be/Z8c8eFXNolg

Shatner of the Mount

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 7:35pm 0 Comments

I think it's hilarious, perhaps you will enjoy it too

http://youtu.be/HU2ftCitvyQ

Some Water Music

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 1:10am 0 Comments

Another composer has posted recently on the forum about a piece he wrote inspired by French music which is about fountains. I won’t post this on his thread, which is about his composition, but thought you might enjoy it - ragtime composers liked to compose on this theme too, and one of my favorites in this genre is a piece written by a guy named Robert Hampton called “Cataract Rag.” (Cataract is a synonym for Waterfall). The middle section (starting at about 1:50) particularly is delightful…

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The Laser Farm Dialogues

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 5:14pm 0 Comments

Hi all,

Joe Wall is a Baltimore composer who does interesting things. I once got to see a multimedia presentation of this piece by him, about how, as a small child, he mused on the satellite program. I've never forgotten it. I find it meditative and hypnotic. I've been looking for it for years online and finally found it. The last few words spoken I particularly find affecting. Hope you like it.…

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At 8:45pm on November 12, 2020, Heyoka said…

thank you for the welcome, Gav :) grateful to have the possibility to connect and share with other composers. 

At 11:29pm on November 4, 2020, Harmonius said…

Thank you, Gav.

I'm looking forward to exploring the site and joining the community here.

At 7:18am on October 24, 2020, Mikael Sondered said…

Thank you. Gav

kindly, Mikael

At 8:39pm on October 23, 2020, James A. Goins said…

Thank you, Gav.

At 12:09pm on October 23, 2020, NIELA MILLER said…

Is this where I drop the score and mp3 for the color contest?  Need explicit instructions, not a techie!

At 3:57pm on August 29, 2020, James White said…

Thank you for the welcome. Looking forward to  getting know you and the other members and sharing wonderful music and ideas.

At 7:57pm on August 22, 2020, 8Rivers said…

Thanks man

At 11:44pm on August 17, 2020, Harmonius said…

Thank you!

At 12:51am on July 23, 2020, Gary Hetherington said…

Thank you so much Gav, Nice to be here

At 9:10am on July 7, 2020, Douglas Locke said…

Thank you.  Hope to make some new friends and learn.  One of the reasons I joined was hearing all the music and the different styles.  Very interesting. 

 
 
 

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