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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Romantic-Impressionist; Classical; Baroque
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Maine, USA
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 am basically self-taught, which means I learned how to compose in non-traditional ways. Some of my favorite composers are Mozart, Beethoven, Sibelius, Debussy, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Vaughan Williams, Faure and Durufle. Some favorite pieces: Mozart's 40th, Sibelius' 7th, NRK's Scheherazade, the Requiems by Faure and Durufle; Ravel's Tombeau Du Couperin; Copeland's Appalachian Spring, and pretty much everything by Debussy. I began composing in the mid 70's, strictly on amateur basis. Necessity of earning a living has limited me to 5 completed symphonic works to date, but I hope to expand this when I retire. (Note: now retired). I use a very basic setup: small midi keyboard, Cakewalk By Bandlab (what used to be Sonar), Garritan, East West and Vienna sound libraries, and recently I added Cinematic Strings. And even more recently, Appasionata Strings.
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michael diemer's Discussions

Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer on Monday. 15 Replies

Something that has puzzled me a long time: How to notate a wind passage say, for horns, when you want to show the grouping and phrasing with slurs, but want the notes separate from each other. Mezzo…Continue

Non- Jazz Use Of Saxophones

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Sep 7. 2 Replies

Does anyone have an idea of how likely it is to get a non-jazzy rendition of a saxophone part in orchestral music these days? I occasionally use them in my music because of their unique sound,…Continue

Berceuse (Lullaby And Good Flight)

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Apr 13. 13 Replies

This is on my home page here, but because there is a brief pause between the second and third sections, someone could easily think it was over when the pause occurs. So I wanted to make sure people…Continue

Vienna Enemle Pro & Epic Orchestra?

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Feb 25. 11 Replies

Can anyone comment on this? I currently have Vienna Special Edition 1, plus GPO5, EWSO Gold and Cinematic Strings2. Using Cakewalk for my DAW (formerly Sonar). Would this be worth my while? Is the…Continue

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michael diemer replied to Valerio Dalla Ragione's discussion Sonata for Piano and Flute
"Some very imaginative writing for piano, at times reminiscent of Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake and Palmer, of which only Palmer remains). Other times I thought I heard some Debussy, especially his writing for the piano in his Violin Sonata (one of my…"
3 hours ago
michael diemer replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"Thanks for the detailed info Greg, very helpful. You're one of the people I was hoping would respond (in addition to Bob and Dane, who have also responded, and Rodney who only is around occasionally)."
Monday
michael diemer replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"Thanks Dane. I'll get around to changing the accidentals eventually. Notion is rather funky with that; if you change one it may alter others. So I end up having to re-enter the notes (I imported the midi file from my DAW).  I have learned…"
Monday
Dane Aubrun replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"If I may offer my tuppenceworth, there are 3 choices (just my view): 1) Leave it as it is (without slurs so the performers play each note separately  2) Write non legato over the passage (perhaps using a squared bracket like we do to show 8va…"
Monday
Ingo Lee replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"No problem Michael, I thought afterward I should have asked first if you minded having your work posted here, hopefully not. Thank you for sharing information here and contributing to the forum.."
Sunday
michael diemer replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"Thanks Ingo, that makes it easier for everyone. I found this online resource. It looks pretty decent to me: http://andrewhugill.com/OrchestraManual/notation.html"
Sunday
Ingo Lee replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
Sunday
michael diemer replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"Good idea Greg, here is the screenshot: https://app.box.com/s/xwc28k3cxlcsfzzz3ewc2mh334b59v7g"
Sunday
Greg Brus replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"I would use dashes until 0:10 (I assume the ending is supposed to be legato, so straight slur)."
Sunday
michael diemer replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"Here is what it sounds like:  https://app.box.com/s/cxvzemo6a04h4csw16ibiqca59zby9oc I had to give up on the pdf file to show what it looks like, after spending an hour. Lousy computer skills."
Saturday
Greg Brus replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"No markings = something like detache from a string player, notes are close together but each one has a clearly separate attack. Slur only = standard legato. Dots, dashes, dots+dashes etc only = varying degrees of clearly audible separation, notes…"
Saturday
Bob Porter replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"Sure. Non legato, but no slurs."
Saturday
Dane Aubrun replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"I'd have just put "non legato" above the start of the passage, slurred or not. "
Saturday
Bob Porter replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"It would make a difference what style the music is and tempo. If you don't notate it, probably some kind of staff text at the beginning of the section or piece will work. If you do decide to notate it, leave out the second dot. Players will get…"
Saturday
michael diemer replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"Thanks Bob. I got the feeling that they were primarily string markings. The meter I am trying to notate is basically double-dot. Like, a quarter note with double dots, so there is a sixteenth-rest before the next note. I guess I could notate it that…"
Saturday
Bob Porter replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"I think the problem is that those are all string articulations that have little meaning to brass players. Not that they can't apply. Marcato implies separation but also accent. I'm trying to imagine the type of passage for brass that would…"
Friday

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At 1:24pm on February 23, 2019, David Carovillano said…

Michael,

Just as honoured to share some great conversations with you.  We're all lucky that music is part of our lives, to whatever extent we pursue it.  Thanks for your kind words and much continued success with your work :)

At 11:12pm on January 23, 2019, Gav Brown said…

Welcome back, Michael!

At 10:57am on July 26, 2016, Art Lowell said…

Thank you for the welcome, Michael. I have actually been a member here for a couple of years, and I have posted all of my tunes. I'm not sure what location on this website they appeared in, but people did respond, so I know they got heard. I posted them in Music Analysis And Critique. I have enjoyed the input from the members here. 

At 3:26pm on January 8, 2015, Tim swanger said…
Thank you! I'm hoping to post more soon. I'm enjoying listening to others work, though I'm traveling at the moment and I can't access many audio files from my phone.
At 11:09pm on January 3, 2015, Greg Monks said…

Skating is a fabulous little piece, reminiscent (to my ear) of some of Jongen's works. It would make for an excellent National Film Board score.

At 10:03pm on January 3, 2015, Greg Monks said…

Thanks, Michael, I'll post there once I have the equipment/software for making PDF's of my music.

I can see now that I'll have to learn how to use Finale or Sibelius or both. I've had both for years, but have taken only a cursory look at them.

At 11:47am on December 25, 2014, Simon Hamel said…

Can't wait to trade fours on feedback man, I'll post some music soon. 

At 3:05am on November 8, 2014, René Torenstra said…

Thank you for welcoming me to the site and getting me started, Michael. I'm sure I'll see you around in the comment threads! Cheers, René

At 2:28pm on November 7, 2014, Pekka Vermasvuo said…

Thank you for your encouraging words Michael!

At 4:39pm on October 26, 2014, Pekka Vermasvuo said…

Thank you Michael!

I have already taken my time to read a number of interesting threads and blogs and get used to this forum. I will be posting some music at some stage - whenever I'm ready. 

I'm currently working on a very short virtual piano+strings+choir thingy which I hope to get to a stage when I can call it ready (not finished as they never are). I am still learning the ropes of "virtual  orchestration" and proper production practices. At the same time I'm  trying to learn how to properly structure the music and develop my usually shortish ideas to a longer pieces of music. I find it extremely challenging to get the musical balance right, especially with strings. Well, I think like with real instruments, it just takes a lot of time and requires practice and more practice to get it right. 

Pekka

 

Michael diemer's Blog

On "Skating"

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 10:30pm 9 Comments

Revised as of 1/28/15, Skating is my most finished piece to date. It's from a three-movement work called Three Winter Scenes.  It's an impressionistic piece, intended to depict skaters on a frozen pond or river, and attempts to capture the exhilaration of being outside on a cold but beautiful winter day, as well as the elements of snow, sun, clouds, etc. Sounds are Garritan, Vienna, Cinematic Strings2 and EWSO Gold, as well as some sounds from Sonar. While I strive for transparency,…

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Solstice

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 11:00pm 3 Comments

"Solstice" is the first movement of "Three Winter Scenes." It was written after a poem I wrote in my twenties called "Winter Sunset." The poem was about watching a beautiful sunset on a very cold day, and wondering where my life was going. The last lines were "Where were the clouds hurrying to? Their motion in that dark sky was all I saw." The music tries to capture the cold beauty of a winter sunset, and also the slow ticking of time down to the moment of the Solstice, the first…

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