I just signed up for this list and received a message asking me
to introduce myself.
I was a software engineer and got my hands dirty in a number of
areas. Things went well and I managed to retire early.
I have played the piano (poorly) for about 50 years. At one time,
I banged out chords in a band that played for English Country
When I was a teenager, I tried to compose piano music, but never
got anywhere with it. When I was in the English Country dance
band, I wrote a few 32-bar waltzes. But I started really composing
classical music when I was almost 61. I started using MuseScore
and eventually graduated to Sibelius.
I've written a number of pieces for wind quintet as I have a
group of performer friends who come over and play my music. I also
have some other solos, duets, trios and quartets, as well as a
piece for orchestra that is scheduled to be performed in the fall.
Some of my works have been performed already, either formally or
informally; I even connected with a quintet in Germany (I live on
the west coast of the US), who have and will perform some pieces
You can hear my music at composer.freixas.org.
The introductory message from the list seems to think that you
all are interested in the hardware I use to produce music. It
doesn't seem that interesting to me—I have the usual assortment of
PCs (no Macs). MIDI controllers, headphones, speakers and cables.
I am using the latest version of Sibelius.