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New Adagio for Strings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines yesterday. 7 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

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

 

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Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion New Adagio for Strings
"Thank you Ingo, I’m very pleased you like it and I find it interesting to see how different people react to the same piece. I guess as Gav says it’s all a matter of taste. Personally I agree with Dane that it’s not quite the…"
yesterday
Ingo Lee replied to Stephen Lines's discussion New Adagio for Strings
"Hi Stephen, you have a great piece here, for me certainly it is educational.  I love how you handle 5/4, it sounds natural with a twist, very cool. And a beautiful variety of harmony colors to hold our weak attentions. I'd say go for the…"
yesterday
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion New Adagio for Strings
"Hi Dane, many thanks (as usual) for your interesting comments, and thanks for listening. I agree with your view concerning the piu mosso - it needs to be extended into a full section and then possibly a reiteration of the opening with a codetta to…"
Saturday
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion New Adagio for Strings
"Hi Gav, many thanks for your persistence and comments. You are correct, it does meander a bit, maybe I should rename it Meanderthal or similar. I note what you say about the silent breaks - a feature I use sparingly in much of my musical outputs...I…"
Saturday
Dane Aubrun replied to Stephen Lines's discussion New Adagio for Strings
"I suppose it comes down to expectations. My experience of it was quite different. The likelihood of comparing it with Barber's Op 11 Adagio seemed inevitable but I was closer to Sculthorpe's "Lament" and "Sonata for…"
Saturday
Gav Brown replied to Stephen Lines's discussion New Adagio for Strings
"Hi Stephen, I gave it four listenings over the past couple of days. Overall, an interesting work which I felt had one major drawback, which I would characterize as "lack of forward momentum." The slow tempo, combined with the spaces in…"
Saturday
Dane Aubrun replied to Stephen Lines's discussion New Adagio for Strings
"Hi Stephen, No detailed comment to make. It's a lovely piece, wonderful harmony with some most interesting turns. Whether it's me or not I don't know but in 5/4 it seems to float along taking advantage of the rhythmic variation this…"
Friday
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New Adagio for Strings

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 on board some excellent comments from CF members that have considerably improved the final article.If you can spare 6 minutes or so to listen you should surface feeling calm and relaxed, at least I hope so.Many thanks in advance for taking the time out to listen and maybe comment.…See More
Thursday
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

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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.

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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

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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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