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    • Okay, so I am writing this "Adagio" piece for piano and cello after a bout of composer's block. At the beginning 8 bars, I have a very rhythmic theme in C major. This rhythm gives the feel that it is at an Allegro tempo. But the tempo that is notated is an Adagio tempo, thus the Adagio in the name of the piece. There are 3 options that I could do as far as the tempo is concerned. Here they are: Option 1: Adjust the time signature to make it fit into an Allegro tempo This is one of my options, changing the time signature to make it an Allegro tempo. There is just 1 problem with that. My piece is in 3/4. If it were in 4/4, I would change it to 8/8. If it were in 2/4, I would change it to 4/8. But changing to 6/8 is going to change the meter from triple to duple. If I change it to 9/8, I would have to calculate how much a dotted eighth and a sixteenth in the original 3/4 would correspond to in 9/8. And of course, this would mean changing the name from Adagio in C major to Allegro in C major Option 2: Adjust the melody so that the syncopation is on the eighth note rather than the sixteenth note This keeps the notated tempo and time signature the same. And it makes the piece sound like it is at an Adagio tempo. But then, my already long notes such as dotted half notes are probably going to be too long. So, I don't know how well this option would work. Option 3: Leave the first theme alone and let the second theme give that Adagio feel to the piece This conserves the entirety of the rhythmic first theme as it is. To contrast the rhythmic first theme, I would have a more lyrical second theme. This second theme would feel like it is at an Adagio, subverting the Allegro expectations of the first theme.  Do you have any suggestions as to what I should do for my piece to resolve this tempo disagreement? Here is the first theme:
    • Here is the first movement of my first piano concerto. Any criticisms are welcome and wanted, as I've only started composing about a year ago (also to help shrink my ego a bit). Thank you all in advance!
    • I forgot to add, its not even close to done.
    • Hey guys. I decided to upload the audio of a piece I am making for a friend (Hence the strange name).
    • Really cool. Sort of James Bond meets Front 242. But you've got to have a solid bottom going through the whole thing. The drums are kind of naked.
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