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  1. Yeah I suppose that's the problem. It seems like most people that come here post a piece they'd like a review on, but don't review many other's works. I'll do my best to be a hype man for future comps
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  2. Good evening everyone! I'm ready to present a new piece I have been working on for the last couple of months or so: Adagio for Orchestra. It’s a relatively short piece, not as large in scope as some of my other works I have posted here. Admittedly I’ve had a little bit of writer’s block recently, so I toned things back quite a bit and instead focused on simple themes and experimenting with an expanded orchestra, including Euphonium and Saxophone with the usual instruments. I'm interested in any and all constructive feedback. I had a few goals in mind as I composed this, feel free to chime
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  3. suite-r 3 improvisations 3 memories. I have a new love now. By the by: I am subtitling this work as "Reminiscences of An Extraordinary Genius". No, no, no, I do NOT mean myself, what do you think I am here, anyway, a self-absorbed, self-indulgent bozo of a human being and seeking the approbation, nay, utter worship, of my fellow YCers? No, no, no, none of that! What I mean to say with said subtitle is that I can and do remember an extraordinary genius with whom I used to share certain moments. Alas, that bird has flown. But as I said, I have a new love now and most is now r
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  4. Hello! I was commissioned to write an orchestra piece, and I have just finished my first draft of the piece. I would like to hear your comments/criticism. Keep in mind, I have a 3.5 minute max time (with a 10-15 minute rehearsal time, as it is for a summer concert), and I wanted to fit in as many textures and ideas as I could with easy to rehearse parts. A big part of my style is to create "samplers" of the many ideas I have and focus less on making it a completely cohesive "piece." I use a few melodies/bits that stay present throughout and build upon those. Thank you, and if yo
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  5. Yep! The part about adding tones to the whole half octatonic scale was a bit unintentional (that probably slipped past me during my proof-read HAHA) but yea I also felt during the composing period that the added tones really prevented it from sounding a little weird and awkward. Hmm, the half-whole octatonic sounds interesting, I should really try it out! Thanks for your feedback!
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  6. This piece gives me Tchaikovsky Symphony No.2 vibes (EDIT: I actually meant to refer to Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1) especially in the introductory euphonium solo and when it's followed by the clarinet soli. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 (No. 1) is subtitled "Winter Wind" ("Winter Daydreams") and that association holds true for this piece as well at least in my mind in the beginning. Later when the piece develops it doesn't sound quite as wintry. The string tremolos in the beginning feel "chilly" to me. I like how when the dirge returns and builds to a climax it still sounds mournful. I t
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  7. Nice job! I noticed you occasionally added tones to the whole-half octatonic scale that don't belong (like the G natural in m. 2). I guess it was important for you to include a natural 5th in there to keep the scale from sounding maybe a bit too augmented or diminished. Have you tried experimenting with the half-whole octatonic scale? It has a natural 5th in it as well as a major and a minor 3rd and a b7. I always preferred that one to the whole-half because of it's lack of a natural 5th. Anyway - cool result! It is quite dramatic sounding. Thanks for sharing!
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  8. Fair enough, it's just a thought. There was nothing magical about 150 though; might be worthwhile to experiment with tempos that aren't quite that fast, it's up to you. I like the idea, and I think it's pretty good as is, but if m.82 is supposed to be the climactic moment it doesn't quite feel that way to me. If anything it needs to be more extreme compared to the preceding sections. Maybe if at m.78, if instead of having the sixteenth note runs in the piccolo and glockenspiel, you had it in some of the lower woodwind voices (and maybe marimba?), then built up to m.82 and added the pic
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  9. I'd agree this could be extended, but if your aim was for short and sweet then maybe a little variation in texture would work well. Perhaps a less is more type thing. Maybe some rests in the left hand, or have some parts in the right as just single notes. Or if you like the melody as is, how about changing the intervals in some spots? Overall very enjoyable though, I'm hoping to hear more from you soon!
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