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CF newbie question about Message

Started this discussion. Last reply by Raymond Kemp Mar 2, 2013. 1 Reply

If I go to someone's page, click "Message" and enter a message, how and where would I view any reply from that person?Continue

First post and first attempt at string quartet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Harris Feb 28, 2013. 12 Replies

These are also posted at my page. Instead of uploading a second time, should I have linked to those to save server space? If so, then how?Gurth the swineherd and Wamba the fool are characters in Sir…Continue


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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
jazz, classical, anything serious
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Eugene, Oregon
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
Retired wage slave, 68, jazz guitarist for hire on and off since 1959, classical guitar only from 1978-2005, back to jazz 2005-present. A dozen or so significant originals for solo guitar, couple hundred arrangements and transcriptions for small groups and solo guitar, two books published by Amsco (Music Sales Corp.) Always wanted to do "classical" music, would have played violin. Retirement and software tools enable me to live the dream. Studying Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), writing a string quartet, arranging for a bop group (Bop Shop) and seeking to offload those responsibilities onto the new guy in our gypsy jazz group called Hot Club Eugene (no "of").

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What makes for a successful piece of music?

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 2:09pm 2 Comments

After reading Paul Hindemith's A Composer's World I came to believe that the composer's customer is the musician, and the musician's customer is the audience.

Since we may assume that the composer is herself first and foremost a musician, we can assume that she should know when a piece is in some way satisfying to play. The appropriate audience picks up on that, and the enterprise succeeds.

If she wants mostly to create something satisfying to play, she will keep at it…


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At 10:58am on March 3, 2013, Janet Spangenberg said…

Hi, Spencer, thank you for being my friend. ;o) I'm basically a newbie here, too, as I signed up a couple of years ago, but only recently got active.

You asked where to find my music... I have a couple of videos on my page. If you click on my picture, that will take you there. Then scroll down the page past the comments and profile info to come to the two videos. Beyond that, I think I've only posted one thing in Music Dissection (can also be found on my page on the left side where it shows Discussions I've started). It's a flute duet (which I have since rewritten) turned String Quartet. The fanfare Julie mentioned is in one of her discussions, where she announced a competition for an upcoming concert.

I really enjoyed your string quartet, and look forward to hearing more of your music!

At 3:02pm on February 27, 2013, Tyler Hughes said…

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