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I mentioned a while back that I was arranging various things now I have Sibelius 2. I am pleased to say the whole thing got way out of hand and I started composing. Anyway...I finished my first serious piece, dedicated to the rest of my quartet. It's a trio, so I can listen to them for once (not the other way round!) for 2 violins and cello. We're going to learn/play it in 2 weeks or so....if it's good I'll send to anyone who has Sib 2...if it's rubbish...I'll cry!!!

Anyone else had a go? anyone using Sibelius 2? any tips from real composers to plain violinists?

T_D

PS - it's my birthday tomorrow....$1,000,000 if anyone can guess my age...£1.00 !!! to my pupils

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Close....well not really!.... 1/4 a cigar!

I've done some things for novice ensembles too, this one could be quite difficult, sadly. If I write a piece for my jnr/intermediate players (I'm going to write a vln and pno sonata soon) I can let you know. I'll find out about converting to other formats - thanks for the idea.

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Does it save the score or the sounds? - because in real life *all* the things I've done sound much better than with my rubbish sound card tones...

T_D


Sorry that's too technical for me. I have no idea how these things work. I just know I can save as midi files so I can then play the stuff on my digital piano at whatever tempo I like to practise to. Trouble is the digital piano takes no notice of my rubato etc!!!!

Jane

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Hey thanks....closer than anyone else btw.

Really looking forward to hearing the piece...could be terrible I guess but...it won't be atonal or chessy!

T_D

unrelated

For any golf fans....

Congrats to Phil Mickelson winning the US Masters...what a superb finish...many English fans SO happy, most deserved winner in years.

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I don't understand much either! A midi file plays on midi instruments (like a elec' piano)...sure, I've wondered if you can actually print scores from midi files?

T_D


With Sibelius you CAN open midi files as scores (though they are sometimes very wierd prob depending on how they have been created I would think).

Have a go!

Jane

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Yeah, it was great seeing Phil M. finally win a major. His perseverance is a good lesson especially for us budding players. Ever notice how your left hand fingers kinda swell up feeling fat and slow after playing golf? I never golf the day before a rehearsal or performance.

The MIDI format records the sound; pitch, duration, volume, etc., and how that sound is to be produced such as attack time, release time, and instrument assignment. It also records some basic information about the whole piece such as tempo, key sign, and meter. MIDI doesn't record notation. Although, most composition software that can use MIDI input can create a score sheet just from the above data. However, it's usually not exactly what the composer had scored. For example, MIDI can't tell the difference between a noted(written) shorten quarter-note and an eight-note if the duration of the played note is the same.

Anyway, I use Orchestra Pro which like your software has many features beyond MIDI, but the only input I can take in is either another Orchestra Pro file or a MIDI file. So MIDI is the common file standard for digital music composition.

Anyway, would love to hear your piece, not to just appreciate it, but also having access(Maestronet)to the composer(you). How often do we get a chance to ask the composer what he/she had in mind on a certain phrase?

Looking forward . . .

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Thanks for the info...and it's interesting that 'if' a composer was able to answer questions direct about his/her piece it would make for good discussion/performance.

I've started on a new piece now...back to quartet again. I'm learning ever so fast on the programme and about my own compositional techniques too - ideally, I'd like to hone a 'style' without resorting to minimalistic repetition and blatant atonalism - my (ex) harmony teachers wouldn't approve.

I don't have any problem with playing golf and then violin, but I've been doing it for many years. I have a suspicion about how Mickelson did it....but it wouldn't be for public airing!?

I went to get some new irons today...ouch! too expensive for me...need a different career! (only joking)

T_D

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