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Waltz - 1'50"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kjell Prytz yesterday. 14 Replies

- for midnight.A break from chromatic music. Diatonic.And NO MORE Italian instructions - promise! Except words already adopted into English, like "tempo".Perhaps it could be developed to make it a…Continue

Piece for Strings, Cor Anglais and Horns - with score!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tarun Prajapat Feb 18. 7 Replies

Good morning,A moody piece not so far from tonality. (I may have posted it before – if so a long time ago. Apologies if so.)Point is, I used its .xml to try to produce a score with notation software…Continue

Talk about VSL service!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Aubrun Feb 5. 8 Replies

Once again I have only praise for it.When I had a query with Spitfire it took over a week to get a reply.Last night a VSL update was messed up. The host software seemed to be lost. It brought me to a…Continue

Song Without Words - mezzo + strings.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Aubrun Jan 24. 10 Replies

Hello there.A modern-ish work.I'd started an experimental quintet but the voice inspired me to write a stand-alone piece exploring various strings timbres. Unfortunately my sample library doesn't…Continue


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Kjell Prytz replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Waltz - 1'50"
"I like it very much, this short and adorable piece. The waltz rhythm is nicely hidden to be revealed by the listener. Lovely. Cheers, Kjell"
Dane Aubrun replied to Tarun Prajapat's discussion The Climb
"Hello again, Tarun, Another accomplished episode.   It's tense, dramatic, carefully avoids 'resolution' so the tension keeps up, adding little by little until, as if the participant has arrived it quietens, as if taking a…"
Dane Aubrun replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Waltz - 1'50"
"Ingo and Ali, hello again, Workflow? Having to click at least 4 keys to get in just one dotted note or several clicks of the mouse? I sense a big difference between creative flow and workflow. A pencil dot on paper in a rough timeline is hugely more…"
Sahir Haider replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Waltz - 1'50"
"Dane, I think the idea of using bass clarinet instead of bassoon is very refreshing and effective. I actually had the opening theme of your waltz in my head today when I woke up. One way to measure the success of a piece is how much a listener wants…"
Dane Aubrun replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Waltz - 1'50"
"Again, may I be excused combining replies into a single post? That notation software nightmare never ends, dealing with the fact that it falls apart while parsing an xml and can't cope with some unknown error - more below. Thank you all for…"
Ali Riza SARAL replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Waltz - 1'50"
"Hi Dane, On your difficulty in using the notation software; epistemology is important.  How you approach the problem in order to solve it. I understand that you try to test different softwares and then choose one of them. The problem is you may…"
Sahir Haider replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Waltz - 1'50"
"One of the wonderful things about this piece is how you achieve the desired effect with such economy of means. I could almost imagine Webern writing a tonal waltz and coming up with something like this !  I particularly liked the oboe and bass…"
Ingo Lee replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Waltz - 1'50"
"Had to come back for another listen! Flamenco uses phrygian mode, a little mid eastern vibe with some 1/4 tones here and there too, not much for waltzes though. You're on beyond phrygian here though I think. Everybody talks about work flow,…"
Ali Riza SARAL replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Waltz - 1'50"
"Hi Dane, Beautiful.  Thank you for sharing. It is still a mood music.  Good material to think about. It is melodic but not completely romantic to me. It has a sense of wit (to me). Ye it could be a bit longer, maybe 15 sec…"
Gav Brown replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Waltz - 1'50"
"Hi Dane, Ambient in the sense that the pulse of 3/4 time comes across more strongly than the melody, this piece seems to me to be effective. I had a distinct impression that it would be good music to walk around inside a dark haunted house to…"
Dane Aubrun replied to Sean Pollaro's discussion Finding work as an infant composer. Where to go?
"I echo Ingo's views about us here. I realised early on that no way could I earn a living as a composer - which seems to be more about who you know than compositional skills - and the wealth to afford you the right contacts. (They say…"
Tarun Prajapat replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Waltz - 1'50"
"Hi Dane, What can I say, just another superb little number. If you had an album, I'd buy it. I'll leave the detailed analyses and critiquing to those who actually have musical knowledge. But from your humble fan, I hope a few blunt…"
Dane Aubrun replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Symphonic Poem - THE SUN
"Hello Gerd, Another example of your commensurate skill at all aspects of composition: proportion, balance, production. In the absence of a score I can't comment on details (not that I would anyway without cause!). Purely my response it came…"
Dane Aubrun replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Waltz - 1'50"
"Hello all, Apologies I haven't been back sooner to acknowledge these encouraging comments - my time has been taken up struggling with notation software. The sellers should give vouchers for free aspirin and codeine. So - thank you for…"
Dane Aubrun replied to Ali Riza SARAL's discussion A love song for voice, mandolin, block flute and classical guitar
"HI, Ali, Nice to see you again. I was going to drop you a note but knew you were busy - and here you are! A most pleasant song and a lovely poem to work with. Nice that it slowly transformed into the major from round about bar 100. I haven't…"
Feb 20
Dane Aubrun replied to Tarun Prajapat's discussion Eva - Kali the Destroyer
"Another great piece, Tarun. My main crit is you have to do something about the ending. It just breaks off at 2'27". There has to be something very big you can finish with, something sustained and maybe crecscendoing if there's enough…"
Feb 20

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Multimedia, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Southern 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.
As an amateur violist I've used membership of local ensembles and orchestras as a way of getting pieces performed. I tend to an impressionistic style but never write off the chance to break away and do something "contemporary" or light or even 'pop'. My music education put me off serial techniques well and truly and probably did more harm than good. As for composing I still sketch on paper - no notation software is fast enough nor allows me to spread different tries on the table to edit. I then do mock-ups on Reaper relying heavily on its midi editor. I hope to comment and bring some pieces to the site if things work out. I tend to limit my things to around 5 minutes as I've found people are often happy to afford that time or less - and it's easier to get them played: local groups seem more willing to fill in spare moments of their gigs with the work of local composers. That's me!

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At 2:59pm on May 23, 2019, Stephen Lines said…

Incidentally, I see you live in southern England (why I thought you were American I really don't know). I live in Hampshire, where do you live if you don't mind me asking?

You are very encouraging with your comments about others' work (including mine) - I wish I had the same facility as sometimes I think I come across as somewhat unsympathetically critical.

Best regards,


At 2:52pm on May 23, 2019, Stephen Lines said…

Hi Dane,

I see from one of the threads that you compose on paper and don't know how to produce PDFs. If it helps, my printer has the facility to copy and save as a PDF - the printer itself wasn't expensive (around $100) but the ink refills admittedly cost a small fortune. You might consider shopping around and buying something similar.

All the best,


At 8:56am on January 4, 2019, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Dane!


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