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What a wonderful bird the frog are!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines 22 hours ago. 6 Replies

I came across this in Brewer's Famous Quotations yesterday and haven't stopped chuckling since - so thought I'd share it with you all.What a wonderful bird the frog are! When he walk, he fly almost;…Continue

Bramshill Concert Rondo

Started Aug 1 0 Replies

I have recently 'polished' this piece because it was initially composed in a great hurry (i.e. "Do you want it good or by Friday" syndrome). It was premiered by the British Police Symphony Orchestra…Continue

New Adagio for Strings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Jun 29. 13 Replies

Here is a just completed piece in contemplative mood that may be considered a mite romantic in places. Any suggestions or recommendations will be considered very seriously. In the past I have taken…Continue

Adios! La Alcaidesa

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Jun 6. 16 Replies

Originally this was composed for Spanish Guitar with Castanets accompaniment. Receiving feedback from a CF expert (i.e. Socrates) it seems that the guitarist would have to grow another couple of…Continue

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Stephen Lines replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion A bit of light music (1'42") Peggy's Boy. Very 60s-y.
"Let's hope it doesn't come to that - YouTube is great for what it does but I would be lost without the excellent dialogue that we have on CF!"
3 hours ago
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"Bob, I have never criticised anyone for being short of cash (been there myself), just one of life's many vicissitudes. My comment was based solely on your earlier post viz: I no longer feel the need to post music here any more. I do…"
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Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What a wonderful bird the frog are!
"Hi Dane, Playing in the upper register with minimum pressure is certainly what  I’ll be aiming for during my rebirth as a horn player - I used to get very tired years ago due to using far too much pressure due to a faulty technique -…"
22 hours ago
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"Bob, Are you saying that Gav should pay for this site out of his own pocket, year on year? He puts a lot of work into this and you seem to get a lot out of it - surely you can manage a few dollars/pounds/yen or whatever!"
23 hours ago
Stephen Lines replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Senex puerum
"A very interesting piece to listen to but I'm not sure 'live' vocalists would be too happy. There are numerous examples of difficulty of which some are the leap of a major 7th in the Sopranos at m.6 and elsewhere. Also several leaps…"
Monday
Stephen Lines replied to Lucas Oliveira Krumenaur's discussion Help on counterpoint
"Yep, I agree. The basics of counterpoint don't require years of study and a rudimentary knowledge would facilitate more effective writing - plenty of stuff online to help you on your way. I like the idea of putting your Dad's jokes to…"
Monday
Stephen Lines replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion A bit of light music (1'42") Peggy's Boy. Very 60s-y.
"Oh dear, too late. I've just come across this Dane but, as Margaret Rutherford said when alluding to a handbag: "There it was...….gorn!" Any chance of sending me a link? (spwlines@gmail.com). Stephen"
Monday
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Yes, Greg - there are possibilities but I've kept it tight because that's the way I see it (arranger's prerogative). The score is appended, so if you're that enthused by the idea why not supply an example of what you're…"
Monday
Dane Aubrun replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What a wonderful bird the frog are!
"Ah, Stephen.... this one almost slipped off the page. Well, some very nice news (aside always from the upheaval of the actual move to a new home)! Chelsea! Well, great news also that you'll be returning to playing. I did once attempt the French…"
Sunday
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"As requested, score attached."
Saturday
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"I guess the simple answer to that Bob, is because I don't want to! Incidentally, score attached."
Saturday
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Bob, This is not for performance as a sound file as far as I’m concerned...I use Sibelius simply as an indicator of what a live performance might be like....so it’s only representative. I have never once mashed up a score simply for the…"
Saturday
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"There are restrictions with Sibelius regarding drum kit and it’s lack of flexibility - even the tom-toms are difficult to bring to the fore. My experience of leading a big band for a number of years tells me that any half decent drummer would…"
Saturday
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Thank you Dane for your kind comments, I’m quite happy to append a score with Gav’s agreement!"
Saturday
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"As you realise the saxes at 1:09 are already harmonised - I haven't doubled the alto 1 parts an 8ve down in the tenor 1 because the lower part would clash violently with the dominant pedal effect in the trombones...I consider that thickening…"
Friday
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Those of you who listen with big, bat-like ears will hear the piece is actually arranged for Big Band - not orchestra. I was so impressed by Gav's initial composition that I requested his permission to arrange it and this is the result. We are…"
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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Hampshire, England
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.
I attended the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall as a Pupil in 1967-68 studying french horn under Alf Cursue - Alf was a specialist 4th horn player and a member of `God`s Own Quartet` which included Dennis and Aubrey Brain. On completion of the course I was appointed principal horn of the regimental Band of the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment. I again attended Kneller Hall (as a Student Bandmaster) from 1975-1978 after which I was appointed Bandmaster of 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment. Just 6-years later, because I perceived Army music at that time to be undergoing a rapid decline, I took voluntary redundancy.

After retraining I was appointed a member of the Directing Staff at the British Police Staff College (Bramshill) where I became responsible for running Simulated Operations Training of senior police officers from around the world in Critical Decision-Making Under Stress.

Whilst associated with the Police I studied for a Masters Degree in Police and Criminal Justice Studies and an Honours Degree in Psychology. Subsequently I was recruited by the Defence Evaluation Research Agency - now called QinetiQ - where I worked as a senior consultant within the Centre for Human Sciences.

I now compose full time in various genres but see myself in future concentrating on orchestral music and writing for the french horn - a second concerto has recently been completed.
Website:
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English Folk Song Suite No.1 & American Folk Song Suite No.1

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 2:14pm 2 Comments

These have been published elsewhere on CF but I thought some members might be interested in (and perhaps comment on) the contrast and appeal of these two arrangements. The American piece has been improved somewhat thanks to Bob Porter's input, for which many thanks.

(English)

https://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/184944.html

(American)…

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Richard Wagner

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 7:47am 2 Comments

Richard Wagner's answer to a question was: "9 - W"

Can any of you bright sparks out there stretch your minds and tell me what was the question?

Enjoy!

String Quintet/String Orchestra Op.2 No.1

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 10:12am 0 Comments

String%20Quintet%20Op.2%20No.1.pdf

String%20Quintet%20Op.2%20No.1..mp3

I have recently had the above composition reviewed by Paul Smith, Bob Porter and Per-Erik Rosqvist. They have made some very pertinent comments which I have taken on board with this latest…

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At 4:52am on August 10, 2019, Gav Brown said…

Sent personal e-mail address to your cf inbox

At 8:32am on January 22, 2019, Timothy Smith said…

Thanks for taking me onboard!

At 9:38am on May 1, 2016, Ingo Lee said…

Hi Stephen, you're right about needing friends, but friends with talent and helpful ideas like yours are especially welcome, so thank you for that!

At 4:01am on August 27, 2015, Richards Viveknath said…

Glad to.
It was a good recommendation.

At 9:00am on November 27, 2013, Tyler Hughes said…

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