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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

Tags: music, spanish, piano, Lines, Stephen

The Road to Perdition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Mar 23. 18 Replies

Some of you will recall that I posted a discussion with the same title as this one a few weeks ago. I am re-posting due to several requests both here on CF and on YouTube to extend the piece. This I…Continue

Tags: atonal, symphonic, music., avant-garde, music

The Road to Perdition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lawrence Aurich Mar 1. 40 Replies

Being a traditionalist who believes in the mathematical truth that there are sufficient possibilities in traditional musical scales and modes to write into eternity without repetition, why should I…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Feb 9. 3 Replies

I'm having some difficulty transferring a Musicxml file into Sibelius. There's an 'Import XML file' button which, when pressed, simply looks blank and does nothing (a bit like me when I'm tired).Can…Continue


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Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Adios! La Alcaidesa
"Thanks Timothy for your useful comments. I suggested earlier that maybe it could be adapted for two guitars in order to simplify the performance of the piece. But, as has also been noted, some of the notes are outside the range of the Flamenco…"
Jun 6
Timothy Smith replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Adios! La Alcaidesa
"Nice work here. I guess any comments on augmentation would be only opinions and subjective. I feel like I say that a lot lol.  If you really want guitar I suggest something very simple. Make it a duet."
Jun 5
Stephen Lines replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Sail Away, Ladies for solo viola
"Very jolly tune which you appear to have treated as a quasi air with variations. The first variation that occurs after the second pause (you have a penchant for pauses in your music which I feel are sometimes unnecessary) seems a bit early in the…"
Jun 4
Stephen Lines replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion SOHO 3 a.m.
"Hi Dane, I'll forget your description as requested but would add that the last time I visited Soho was in the 70's - and the last time I visited New Orleans was in the 90's...this music is very evocative and took me straight back to…"
Jun 4
Ingo Lee replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Adios! La Alcaidesa
"Hi Stephen, I like what you have written here. It does have a flamenco/Spanish classical guitar flavor which is appealing and well written so you have achieved your goal I believe. I think piano is fine for this, there are certainly examples from…"
May 30
Stephen Lines replied to Matt Baker's discussion Orchestration from Piano
"I agree this is a good example of how one should approach orchestration - it's clear that a good working knowledge of every orchestral instrument is required in order to make informed choices. A combination of reading and listening (and…"
May 30
michael diemer replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Adios! La Alcaidesa
"Bob, my entire image of you is shattered. Actually, I've always thought it is largely irrelevant which way you play it. Any which way but loose, as the saying goes. I mean, you still need both hands. As for my harp parts, well, 50 years from…"
May 29
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Adios! La Alcaidesa
"Ah yes, my avatar. I forgot. I am right handed. The photo is flipped around because I liked the composition better. As a matter of interest, though probably only to me, that guitar is one I built. What a hoot. But I don't write for guitar, nor…"
May 29
michael diemer replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Adios! La Alcaidesa
"I tried adding to my comment but it didn't save. Just wanted to point out that everything I said about guitar technique was in reference to the left hand (or right hand, if you're Bob Porter, Jimi Hendrix or Paul McCartney). But the hand…"
May 29
Jon Corelis replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Adios! La Alcaidesa
"     Guys. May I suggest that if you don't know the instrument, don't write for it ...  Interviewer: Doesn’t it embarrass you to see Bobby trying to learn how to play slide on stage? Jerry Garcia: Um,…"
May 29
michael diemer replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Adios! La Alcaidesa
"Guitar was the instrument I know best, but even so if I decided to write for it, I would have my guitar in hand as I did so, to make sure the music was playable, not to mention interesting. I once did write songs, which I played on my guitar, but…"
May 29
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Adios! La Alcaidesa
"Nothing wrong with giving a guitar piece a shot. Did you happen to watch some players, or look at some guitar music first?  Your piece could be for whatever instrument you want. I don't believe that music has to be flashy or complicated to…"
May 29
Stephen Lines replied to Matt Baker's discussion Orchestration from Piano
"Dane has put a lot of work and effort into responding so well to your music Matt. I like what you've written and I agree entirely with Dane's suggestions. When I first listened I thought very much along similar lines to Dane but, sadly,…"
May 29
Stephen Lines replied to Jon Corelis's discussion The Solitary Reaper for Soprano, Flute, and Cello
"Super words indeed that describe the almost indescribable feeling that beautiful music can engender in the listener. I for one find it extraordinary that music of the highest quality can leave some listeners cold which others respond to rapturously.…"
May 29
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Adios! La Alcaidesa
"What form do you suggest Bob? Is it fair for me to assume you're a pianist as well as a guitarist? I must admit I know nothing very much at all about fretted instruments but couldn't resist trying. It wasn't until Socrates commented…"
May 29
Jon Corelis replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Adios! La Alcaidesa
"Thanks for the advice, I'll keep it in mind for my revisions."
May 29

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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?
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.

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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.




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?


String Quintet/String Orchestra Op.2 No.1

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



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 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.

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