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  3. Austenite

    Piano Sonata No. 1 in E b, Op. 3

    Upon request of a fellow YC member, here's the complete Sonata with its three movements. I must admit that the first movement is my personal favorite - but I'll say no more, preferring to stand by for your comments. Thanks in advance!
  4. Yesterday
  5. luderart

    Soliloquy for Accordion No. 2

    This is my "Soliloquy for Accordion No. 2". It is, as its subtitle declares "In Memory of a Martyr for Freedom of Expression in the Arab World: Jamal Khashoggi". I am sure you have heard about the disappearance and death of the journalist all over the news for the past 20 days or so. It has preoccupied the news media of late. And increasingly it has appeared that he was brutally killed. His last article in the Washington post had an apt title: "What the Arab world needs most is free expression" (I provide the link below for those interested in reading it). As such - and as a citizen of the same "Arab world" that Khashoggi comes from, this is perhaps my first piece which can be described as a kind of "musical commentary" on current events. May his soul rest in peace. And may the Arab world - and the world at large - come to enjoy the free expression that he dreamed of. As such, this piece can also be considered as a step in the path or process of championing the right to freedom of expression and achieving the end of all oppression. Link to Jamal Khashoggi's last article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/jamal-khashoggi-what-the-arab-world-needs-most-is-free-expression/2018/10/17/adfc8c44-d21d-11e8-8c22-fa2ef74bd6d6_story.html?utm_term=.de0ae3ff2d95 Link to my "Soliloquy for Accordion No. 1": https://www.youngcomposers.com/t34266/soliloquy-for-accordion-no-1/
  6. SergeOfArniVillage

    Dreaming in a Maze

    I’m having to completely “rehear” it in my head as I listen. The arpeggios and scales really should be soft, and the right hand brought out over the accompaniment. So keep in mind what I have to say is not based on this MIDI rendition. The beginning part is very nice, and I think you do something really cool. You base it very clearly in the straight C major scale, and the only extra note you add is the diminished 6th, that Ab. That Ab becomes, in this intro, like a flicker of curiosty and intrigue in the child’s mind, an urge to investigate. It is weaved in some way throughout the piece as a convincing motif. Well done. However, in most cases, your uses of 5ths are really neat (as it is in most of this piece, and other pieces you’ve written), measures 15-19 are just plain ugly, no matter how I adjust it mentally (even the A# and D# ruin the wonder of the Ab motif) . I’d revise it to be more in line with what was already written beforehand, since the intro and A part doesn’t overstay it’s welcome, as far as I can hear, getting to the B section. The B section is awesome. The panic is well portrayed and crystal clear, and as usual, your use of 5ths is really evocative. I’m not sure, but I wonder if it might be even more effective at a slightly higher tempo, with a harsh rit. from 73-76 to transfer back to the C part? Maybe, again, I’m not sure. Regardless, really love how you handled this. C part is inspired. The conspicuous Ab flat is hinted at through the first few measures, and is finally recalled in passing at ms. 82. Some pedaling here would probably add to the mystery of the section, even if it’s just a little here and there every quarter note beat (some scales omitted). And D part, the Ab is now suspiciously absent, the child having learned that curiosity can be dangerous, and is now more cautious. (The F# is technically the same interval, but it doesn’t sound like it in context.) Great ending. A little nitpick and pet peeve of mine: it irritates me to see the same note being played on both staves at the same time. Mss. 4, 6, 27, (side note, ms. 28 would be easier to read if the last two beats switched staves, because the hands will need to switch at that point) 46, 50, 52, 59, 65, almost 87 (which won’t work at all without precise sustain pedal), all contain these same notes in both staves. It’s enough to be distracting. It gives the impression you composed the entire treble stave first, and added in and only focused on the bass stave afterward. Please add rests or omit notes in one hand to smooth out the score’s presentation and readability. And while you’re at it, listenable dynamics, too! I know it will always be “just MIDI,” but there’s a big difference between clunky midi playback, and MIDI that makes the listener think, “human performer, or robot? Hard to tell.” I really like this piece, I think it’s imaginative and thoughtful. Thanks for sharing ☺️
  7. SergeOfArniVillage

    Angel Eyes - Ganypheus (Piano impro)

    I was skeptical that electronica and jazz would work well together, and I was a little scared to click on the link. But you did a very, very tasteful job merging the two. You made the styles dance together, rather than clash. I think you held back just the right amount of electronic stuff, and it never overpowered the jazziness, as I feared it would. Very nice remix, thanks for sharing 🙂
  8. SergeOfArniVillage

    Lucid Dreams - colorful piano composition

    I appreciate that it’s simple and easy, a pianist could just sit down and play this immediately. I also like that there’s a few subtle things in the piece. The Em chord at 16, the Em at 17, then the B on the first note of the 18th measure with a lonely B in both hands, the ear may expect a G in its B root, but instead gets a straight Bm. (Maybe I’m over thinking it.) Nice touch, but maybe unintentional, because almost the entire piece is all chords and arpeggios in their root positions. There’s nothing wrong with that in itself, and perhaps that’s how you want it, but you may want to experiment with different root positions, and how they lead into different chord progressions. This was nice to listen to, thanks for sharing.
  9. Luis Hernández

    Lucid Dreams - colorful piano composition

    Nice standard piece. Not surprising from the harmonic point of view. Timidly, you change the texture for a short time from 1:30. I would insist on that because a constant pattern in the left hand makes this pieces a bit tiring (in my opinion).
  10. Yes it's the same work. Some modern point but I don't think it's experimental. I sould say it's tardo-romantic.
  11. Wait, what? You posted this same piece here a month ago. Did you put the wrong link? There’s definitely nothing experimental here. If you do want to resurrect your own piece from a month ago, just leave a comment on that thread asking if anyone has more thoughts to offer. Fewer duplicate posts is better.
  12. Glad you like it, I think it's a very nice short theme. This is so rare composition played, I think very few people know it, if any. Sheet doesn't exist for it, I played it by hearing. Even original soundtrack is not easy to find, considering this movie was 35 years ago, and it has excellent music. So it can be considered new and original and it can stay in this subforum, or admin can move it.
  13. Very cool! But this subforum is for original compositions, not performance.
  14. Sepharite

    Cinematic Cue (Star Wars)

    Sounds great. My thoughts are, when they reveal Luke it builds up but nothing happens, and then you build it up again when he takes off his hood. Building up and then tapering away is good for dramatic effect but once you do it too many times within the same scene, it starts to confuse the audience and subvert their expectations and is distracting. Overall, the music is great though, I really felt the emotion and climax of the scene, and its importance. Great work!
  15. Luis Hernández

    Star Wars - Carbon Scene

    Sweet music, and very appropriate.
  16. Luis Hernández

    Right Now

    I commented on previous works of yours. Apart from the surprising dissociation betwee the piano and the voice, i like your style.
  17. JoshRoehl

    Right Now

    This is a promotional single for my upcoming second album. Here is a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8MIAFFqJ2E&spfreload=5
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  19. Jared Steven Destro

    When The Night Speaks

    Excellent piece -- very organic progression of texture, harmony, structure etc. The harmonic language is very nice as well, in my opinion.
  20. Jared Steven Destro

    Pastel in B minor - Blue Portarit

    Thanks! You definitely make a good point -- I think I just over-think that stuff since I have such a clear idea of what I want from a performance.
  21. Nothing can ever beat John William's score but this is my quick attempt at this infamous scene.
  22. Absolutely beautiful. Cannot comment on how to improve but you did a tremendous job.
  23. Jared Steven Destro

    Oboe Sonata in D major - Fable

    Thank you so much for the kind words!
  24. Any tips on writing a string quartet would be welcome! Thanks! 😃

    1. aMusicComposer


      If you open this in a link in the Composer's Headquarter's, you will get more replies. As you have posted it as a 'status', it is only shown to people who look at your profile.

      Regarding the question, make the instruments equal. In the Classical era, too many string quartets were violins supported by string trio. 

      Use counterpoint, which really helps your lines be brought out.

      However, do not confuse your audience. Good voice leading will ensure they can follow the piece.

      My final tip (very clichéd 😀) is to not be afraid to fail! Post your piece in one of the forums and you will get much more personalised tips. The beauty of this forum is the wealth of different nationalities, musical cultures and ideals.


  25. It sounds like you manage a team of people that are not familiar with your libraries. Speaking as an individual I have wished for something like this, but after some time I became familiar to the point where I don't need such a system and it would have required a considerable amount of time to analyze and build and input - not to mention, maintain. It would be best spent just using the libraries until they are ingrained. Now, to serve a team, you will quickly find the shortcomings of Excel. is not a relational database management system, and your endeavor could become a full time job.. The Kontakt player has a Database tab, which I have never needed to use, and for the same reason: I'm just an individual. Have you looked into that?
  26. Donethur

    Piece for orchestra A

    Yes sure, I totally respect your opinion, it is fair as I mentioned 🙂 (by the way, Christopher Lee, the actor, participated in that metal band as a curious story). I wasnt composing since march, because my equipment died, and as soon I bought a new one, I picked some old compositions from the last year, and I worked over them, I respected their initial spirit and structure. This is the last one I composed, if you want to listen 🙂 it is a piano pìece inspired in F. Chopin, and classical music in general. Rgds,
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