My name is Antoine K., I write from Paris in France.
I am joining this forum because I am looking for sharing with, and reading more from, young composers. My experience in music is sparse and irregular. I have always been an avid music - especially orchestral music - listener but quit music school in my early teens, so my formal musical education is lacking in many ways. I have been playing in informal bands and making naïve music for many years though. In other words I've been a passionate dilettante (the most detestable brood), and very isolated when it comes to composing.
After finishing composing a piece for a very long time aside from my studies I realized I had no way to evaluate it and could not even say if it was disappointing or not or was worth the effort, and as I said I am too isolated to get educated feedback. So I decided I needed to either stop messing around at all or get back to studying music seriously. I chose the latter. This implies getting in touch with serious composers, because I want to see how you talk about your music, how you evaluate each other's music, the language you use, the kind of question you ask.
So here I am, thank you for your attention, I am looking forward to reading from you.
PS : Also I have a passion for Stravinsky, a very extreme passion.
This is an overture I might use for a pretend musical adaptation of a "A Star Is Born". I really love the movie so I thought I would write a bunch of songs to go with it and make it into a musical in some manner for fun. Although I haven't finished writing all of the songs. This overture contains the main song "I've Often Thought Of You" which is arranged in two different ways the first way being a humorous arrangement to symbolize the character Norman Maine's comical behavior when under the influence of alcohol and the second arrangement being more romantic and sentimental to accompany the lovely relationship between Norman Maine and Vicki Lester. I don't know how to orchestrate very well. To be honest I used Garritan's Instant Orchestra to get the sound so don't hate on me too much :P. I am not entirely satisfied with the sound of the orchestra at some points because it sounds like it lacks legato. I don't have a score because I don't know how to legitimately orchestrate however I will provide a lead sheet with the melody and harmony. Ignore the lyrics they have some typos and are not complete.
A Star Is Born Overture.mp3
1) Do you have a score? At a first listen, the music seems to be pretty good, well-structured in a very classical way, although with somewhat puzzling dissonances added here and there, especially towards the end. But the sound quality does a disservice to the work itself, especially during the sections featuring the bass tremolos, which seem to drown everything else. We could have a better idea of what the piece is supposed to be if we could read it while listening.
2) Is this related in any way to our Summer Competition? You've written a piece based on Shakespeare, so it might qualify if you wanted it to - but I didn't see you as an entrant, so it's your call. You can find the guidelines right here.