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Glenn Simonelli

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About Glenn Simonelli

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    Intermediate Composer
  • Birthday 05/18/1956

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  • Biography
    Glenn Simonelli began studying piano at age 6. He studied music composition at Indiana University. Mr. Simonelli has written many pieces for choruses and ensembles. He has had choral works performed by the Potsdam Childrens’ Chorus in upstate New York and by Corabna Frula, a youth choir in Zagreb, Croatia. His jazz compositions have been performed by student ensembles in Potsdam, NY, and in Bloomington, IN. He is married with three adult children and currently lives in Ossining, NY.

    Samples of his musical compositions can be heard at http://feltemp.com/Songs.html.
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    Ossining, NY
  • Occupation
    Elementary Science/Engineering Teacher
  • Interests
    Music Composition, Ancient Numismatics, Hiking
  • Favorite Composers
    Chopin, Liszt, Robert Fripp
  • My Compositional Styles
    Mostly jazz and pop, with classical influences when I'm trying to impress someone.
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    Sibelius 7, Reaper
  • Instruments Played
    Piano, guitar, french horn, tenor sax, recorder

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  1. Glenn Simonelli

    Fear No Fifth

    I tried combining the winds and horns in pairs and squashed the drums. Hopefully it will be easier to read now.
  2. Glenn Simonelli

    First guitar piece

    When I click on the link I get a "Page not found" message.
  3. Nice. I like how you work all the dissonant intervals into what is essentially a calm, pleasant piece. It creates a lot of mini tension/resolution moments--almost like ripples--within the overall structure.
  4. Glenn Simonelli

    Fear No Fifth

    That's a great idea. Maybe I'll go back and try combining the different instruments on 1 or 2 tracks (and squashing the drums down to one track) to improve readability.
  5. Glenn Simonelli

    Fear No Fifth

    I've attached the score. Before all you trumpeters and trombonists start attacking me, allow me to explain something. I've tried for years, mostly unsuccessfully, to get people to perform my music. Eventually, I got tired of writing music that no one will ever hear. So a couple of years ago I gave up worrying about all the nuances of making a piece playable and decided to concentrate on just getting the best-sounding electronic example of the piece possible (using the fairly limited electronic resources that I had at my disposal). This way, I could at least post them to the internet. The synth solo, for example, was originally a trombone solo. I changed it to synth because the trombone sounds on Sibelius are not very good. And yes, I know that the trumpet and trombone parts would be pretty annoying to have to play, and I would never write parts like that if I thought anyone would ever have to perform them. But since I no longer worry about people having to play these parts, I just write what I think sounds good coming over the speakers and don't worry about the musicians. Lame, yes. But if no one has to play them then there's no harm done. I hope. Also, you'll notice that I write each element of the drum set separately. That's so that I can get a better balance during the mix down. All that said, here's a pdf of the score.
  6. Glenn Simonelli

    Fear No Fifth

    Thanks, markstyles. I'll try to post the score when I get home tonight.
  7. Glenn Simonelli

    Fear No Fifth

    I've just finished a new song for large jazz ensemble called "Fear No Fifth." After mucking about in the 1950s/early 60s for my last couple of songs, I think I've finally graduated into the mid-1970s with a Tower of Power-type big-band something-or-other. I guess it's basically a blues with an extended vamp during the solos, the type of song that Count Basie or Duke Ellington could have knocked off in about a day and a half; I've been working on it since March. Anyway, I hope you like it. I can post the score if anyone's interested.
  8. Glenn Simonelli


    I think Chopin's Prelude in e minor (Op.28 No.4) evokes feelings of shame. But maybe that's because I'm such a sloppy piano player.
  9. Glenn Simonelli

    Sibelius 8?

    Thanks for he tip. I just checked it out. Looks interesting. At $129, the price seems very reasonable if it improves my horn and string sounds. My composing computer isn't connected to the internet, so I've written to technical support to see if I can download the software to an external hard drive and then upload it from there. I know the 30 day free trail needs an internet connection, but I'm hoping that if I purchase it outright it will work without being connected.
  10. Glenn Simonelli

    You And I

    Thank you for responding to my questions. I appreciate your advice, and someday I will look into booking a professional orchestra. I have to admit that I'm a little jealous that you can do this professionally, but the piece clearly shows your talents, so it's no surprise. Is this piece going to appear in a movie or video production soon? If so, I have two more questions. 1) What guidelines were you given; were you shown any part of the production or video clips before you started composing? 2) How long did it take from first receiving the assignment to completing the recording?
  11. You might check out Pro Tools. It's designed to work with Sibelius, which you already own.
  12. Glenn Simonelli

    Sibelius 8?

    I use Sibelius 7. I noticed that there's a new version 8. Have any Sibelius 7 users upgraded to 8? Are you pleased with the upgrade? I'm satisfied with Sibelius 7 for composing. My only reason for wanting to upgrade is to get better sounds when I render the songs. In particular, I'd like to get more realistic-sounding strings and better solo trumpets and trombones (although brass sections as a whole seem okay). Also, the piano on Sibelius 7 sounds a little bit muddy to my ears. Does version 8 offer any improvements in these areas?
  13. Glenn Simonelli

    Tip Toe Through the Night

    Thanks for the information. I'm not familiar with MixCraft 8. I'll have to look into it.
  14. Glenn Simonelli

    Colaborative playlist to share our work

    How do we add a video to this list? I have one I'd like to add:
  15. Glenn Simonelli

    Earning an income as a composer

    One more piece of advice: Dedicate half your working time to composing, the other half to self-promotion. Sorry if this sounds cynical, but that's the way things are--you have to get people to hear your music.