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Sibelius

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

What does a conductor do?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Feb 12. 50 Replies

This is one of the most common questions that I have been asked over many years. If anyone else has had difficulty in giving an adequate/eloquent response may I humbly suggest the answer is here -…Continue

Die Soldaten Von Celle - Military Quick March

Started this discussion. Last reply by Saul Dzorelashvili Feb 4. 1 Reply

This was composed as a competition piece in my final year as a Student Bandmaster at the Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall) in 1977 (previously published by Music Masters in around 1980 -…Continue

Horn Concerto in Ab Major

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Feb 2. 16 Replies

This is my first (of two) horn concertos composed in 2011. I have recently modified it in places and have remixed it as best I can using the mixer in Sibelius, having recently learnt more about it…Continue

 

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Stephen Lines replied to Michael Hamby's discussion Looking for feedback before release
"Love it, very atmospheric and exciting music. Imbalance between piano and cello(?) in opening theme - less piano and more cello I think. Second theme (Fire?) has a terrific horn melody soaring up to the sky (but do I hear them going a bit above…"
yesterday
Stephen Lines replied to michael diemer's discussion In The Garden
"This is certainly impressionistic and it's always interesting to me where any composer heads off to at the end of each 'section' of their piece, and of course your multi-directional approach is a case in point. Sometimes I will spend…"
yesterday
Stephen Lines replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion Ride West
"A bit histrionic young fellow - if it would ever occur to me to take credit for someone else’s work I’m fairly certain it wouldn’t be yours. Please just calm down and try to be a little more civilised. I was simply trying to do you…"
Tuesday
Stephen Lines replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion Ride West
"Saul, You are a very splendid chap but I think you have misunderstood the reason for my YouTubing your Chanukah - I did explain it was the simplest way of showing you my suggestions because of file size restrictions that prevented me attaching the…"
Tuesday
Stephen Lines replied to Stanley King's discussion Angry!
"Aaaaarghhh!!!  Yup, been there done that - it just shows, music can be quite therapeutic. (Are you angry with yourself or your three identical brothers - are you overcrowded in your bedroom wardrobe?) Stephen"
Tuesday
Stephen Lines replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion Ride West
"Saul, You will see I have responded directly via email."
Tuesday
Stephen Lines replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion Ride West
"Hi Saul, These alterations are of course very straightforward to do - most things are when one is in the possession of the appropriate information. It is inevitable when transferring files from one format to another that some things will either get…"
Sunday
Stephen Lines replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion Ride West
"Further to my prior message, please refer to bar (measure) numbers rather than YouTube video markings - it is very difficult to keep having to jump from Sibelius to YouTube whilst keeping my place in the score. Incidentally, prior to talking to you…"
Sunday
Stephen Lines replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion Ride West
"Hi Saul, The length of the piece is determined by the tempo and all I have on the original is an allegro marking....how many bpm do you want? Some of the detail was lost when transferring from xms to Sibelius.....at one point a middle quaver in the…"
Sunday
Stephen Lines replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion Ride West
"Hi Saul, Please check your CF mail - I have sent the arrangement of your Chanuka to it. Regards, Stephen"
Saturday
Stephen Lines replied to Marco Di Stefano's discussion The 6th Extinction Crisis - BIFSC 2019 - 100% Spitfire Audio
"Thanks Marco - I'll subscribe for sure and look forward to seeing the video. Regards, Stephen"
Saturday
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Report Editor Problems Here
"Mine still won't work! Desktop PC/Windows 7/MS Edge. Stephen"
Saturday
Stephen Lines replied to Marco Di Stefano's discussion The 6th Extinction Crisis - BIFSC 2019 - 100% Spitfire Audio
"Thank you for that information - I have subscribed and will be entering any new competitions that come up. However, having said that, if I'm up against music of this extraordinarily descriptive and emotive quality I might be flogging a dead…"
Saturday
Stephen Lines replied to Marco Di Stefano's discussion The 6th Extinction Crisis - BIFSC 2019 - 100% Spitfire Audio
"Marco, Excuse my lack of knowledge, but what is BIFSC? Stephen"
Saturday
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What does a conductor do?
"If you're thinking of Orpheus he went a bit deeper than that."
Feb 12
Gav Brown replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What does a conductor do?
"I’ve always thought Necroica was his best undertaking"
Feb 11

Profile Information

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:
www.scoreexchange.com/profiles/Stephen-Lines

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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 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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