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  1. Good evening everyone, I am excited to present a new piece I have been working on: "Sinfonietta No. 2 for Large Orchestra". I have been working on this piece since last December (with a few interruptions due to the pandemic and life in general) and just added the finishing touches this last week. I chose what you might call an "extended" sonata form, with a longer introduction, exposition of two themes, development, recapitulation, and resolution/coda. I am interested in any and all constructive feedback. Since I just completed this piece, I'm very interested and open to ideas on how it c
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  2. Here my new classic rondo in ABACABA' form. A has more a melody and accopaniment texture, while B and C have more counterpoint texture with some rythm and interval interplay violin-cello. Hope you enjoy it. Any comments are more than wellcome.
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  3. Good evening everyone! I'm excited to present a new piece I have been working on for the last month or so: Scherzo for Orchestra. I deliberately wrote this fairly quickly, with the intent to write something fun, conventional, and maybe even a little whimsical. I'm interested in any and all constructive feedback. I had a few goals in mind as I composed this, feel free to critique my success or failure on these: Write something a little more informal and accessible, with catchy, memorable themes. Start with a very simple idea, and build the entire piece off of it. The four bar
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  4. Hello! Here is a new piano sonata allegro movement that I've written during the pandemic. I'd welcome any feedback you might have. 🙂 Dan
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  5. IN A DIFFERENT WORLD YC Composer Competition - Summer, 2020 Thank you to all of the entrants for submitting their works. Everyone should be proud for finishing their pieces at such a high general standard of quality. And thank you also to my fellow judges for their work in this process as well. The competitions are one of the most engaging features on this forum, and help 'keep the blood flowing', so to speak, so I'm very pleased that this competition turned out to be so popular. And now, without further ado, I present the final scores from our competition. MEMBER VOTING:
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  6. Thanks everybody, i love all of you ❤️
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  7. IN A DIFFERENT WORLD YC Composer Competition - Summer, 2020 We live in a bit of an unprecedented time and it seems that many of us are, understandably, feeling many emotions ranging from anger to fatigue to even hope. Whatever your reaction, welcome to this summer's competition, where you'll attempt to express it as creatively as possible. I. Topic: Compose a piece that in some way mirrors one's reaction to the 2020 global pandemic and how it may or may not sway or adapt over time into something else. II. Eligibility: 1. You must be a member of the Young Composers forum
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  8. Hello, I will be posting the submissions for the Summer 2020 Competition as replies to this thread. I will send out a notice to all the entrants once all of the submissions have been uploaded. Each entry will be randomly assigned a letter (A, B, C, D, etc.). Thank you in advance for your patience, and congratulations to all of the entrants for completing your submissions.
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  9. METAMORPHOSIS YC Composer Competition - Autumn, 2020 I. Topic: All entrants must compose a unique piece that is based on the same melody. The fragment chosen by member vote is: Takashi Yoshimatsu, "Waltz of Rainbow Colored Roses" - https://youtu.be/3qihgGETXwc ***To be clear, entrants do not have to use the whole piece as the basis for their compositions, only the short fragment identified in the member voting post and now attached to this post. *** While a traditional "theme and variations" form is not required, judges will be looking for effective treatment and de
    5 points
  10. Hello, all! Here's my most recent composition. This is a more sonorous piano piece, less "dissonant" perhaps, though it's still based on the symmetrical scales of the prelude I posted recently. The title means "silver nocturne," and is intended to be liquid and smooth and placid, like rippling moonlight on a quiet lake. It will likely become incorporated as a "slow" movement into a larger work. The work features motivic, rather than thematic, development; you will notice the same motif weave in and out of the sections. Please let me know what you think of this. I'd love feedback of a
    5 points
  11. My first competition piece and first score. I stayed on a specific point and re used motives for the first time. Would love to hear what you think (also, I really appreciate the member voting, thank you so much!)
    5 points
  12. @Tónskáld @Monarcheon @Noah Brode Thank you all for making this possible. 🙂
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  13. Tried my hand at @Ivan1791's challenge just for fun and whipped up something quickly. I think it's pretty fun! The justification for the last variation is that each beat in the right hand uses (0148) which is the "dissonant" chord's pitch class set. Enjoy!
    5 points
  14. My Piano Sonata No.1 in F Minor composed in 2018. The sonata has 3 movements and is written in a romantic style. The first movement is in rondo form. The second consists of a prelude and a short fugue, and the final movement is more free in its form. The sonata is inspired by some of the works of Chopin and Beethoven. I'd be interested in any feedback. Sorry about the awful recording quality.
    5 points
  15. Hello, fellow composers! This is my first topic and first submission for a review of one of my compositions and I'm very excited to share this with you. I work with pen and paper, using a piano for the most part, and only in the later stages of each section of sketchwork do I continue refining the sketches through the Dorico interface. I usually expect to record this with professional musicians in some way or another, so I never spend any time fiddling with the digital performance of the work, to be honest. Because of this, the performance is decidedly robotic, but it still manages t
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  16. Fantasia i g minor. Fantasia for organ in the key of g minor. Multiple subjects and fugesubjects. Ps: The piece has not been editet yet, so there are som mistenkes. Both intentional and unintentional 🙂 Please tell me what you think SimenN
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  17. Yesterday I was hearing some Beethoven sonatas and I got inspired to write that short piece. It has a ABA' form. A in EbM, B in Ebm and quite contrasting in character. A' is a repetition of A but with triplet accompaniment instead of eighth notes. I have two questions: No idea about the name. Any ideas? Are there parallel 5ths on mesures 73-74? It looks like, but the passing note G creates a sense of different harmony, though it's in a weak beat. I could change the "tenor" line to avoid that, but I wanted to have the same notes before the deceptive cadence as on mesur
    4 points
  18. Here is my first symphony. I wrote it last month in the style of second half of XVIII centuries. I analize some Haydn and Mozart early symphonies to grab some ideas and make it coherent with that period, regarding form, time signatures, tempos and so on. It has four movements: Adagio-Allegro (4/4) Andante (2/4) Minuet (3/4) Presto (3/8) Duration: 20-21 minutes Adagio-Allegro Introduction in Dm->Am->Dm (Adagio). Allegro in sonata form theme A in DM theme B in AM. Development: first section based in theme A, second section
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  19. Awesome job everyone! My hope in these things are that the added weight of competition could bring out the best in all of us, especially with the isolation. I encourage all who participated to post your pieces as normal, I'd love to talk shop with some of you regarding your compositions. Well done Leonardo!
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  20. My thanks to @Noah Brode for taking the brunt of the workload off of my shoulders and successfully bringing another competition to its close. All entrants should be proud of their work and similarly pleased that your contribution is a part of all of our histories alike. An extra congratulations to those who consistently scored highly; having a panel of judges is certainly more consistent and enticing than one, and I hope we as judges along with @Tónskáld have done our part to ensure that your music was thoughtfully considered. Until next time, all.
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  22. Enjoy this mental experiment.
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  23. SUBMISSION F : Bassoon Concerto No. 2 So I wrote a bassoon concerto for this competition, meanly because I myself and my father are bassoonists so i know pretty well how to write for bassoon. I will probably write more movements to it, so see this as a 1st movement :). This piece is a special piece to me, it is a very challenging piece with a lot of long jumps and notes in a short period of time. It is about a lot of deep things that have happened and thoughts that i have had these couple of months. I had my first real depressive episode that lasted 2 months in which it was so d
    4 points
  24. Good afternoon everyone! I'm fairly new to the forum, so I thought I would share something I wrote to introduce myself. I wrote this piece last year and finished around November, but just now decided to make a score so I could share it with you all. I'm interested in any and all feedback, as long as it's constructive. It is a rather long piece, so I included an outline if you would like to listen in "chunks". I used what you might call an "abbreviated sonata form": There is an Introduction, an Exposition stating two themes, an abbreviated Recapitulation of both themes, and a Resolution. (
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  25. Here my new Choral work for voice, strings and organ. It has no lyrics yet, but it definitely has to be for some religious purpose. I think it is a very solemn, optimistic and bright piece. Any comments are wellcome (I also appreciate suggestions for the lyrics 🙂).
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  26. The kind of issues you've all expressed will easily work themselves out as long as we keep Leftist hands out of "the orchestra." It's human nature to forgive and even provide cover to "the aggrieved." But then we are easily fooled. And so we watch as they destroy our institutions one by one. Maybe it is the Boy Scouts, or the "school" or the freakin' New York Times. Maybe you don't have kids so killing the boy scouts is not a big deal. Likewise the New York Times, which is now a former newspaper. But eventually they get around to destroying something you really do care about. Once the Left get
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  27. This is a tone poem inspired by a work penned by Icelandic poet Jónas Hallgrímsson in 1843. His poem speaks to the frailty of life, the uncertainties that threaten us, and the watchful eye of God. The imagery evoked here is of a lone seagull flying out across the sea under moonlight, who meets his untimely demise in the jaws of a lurking shark. The phrase "Máninn er hátt yfir sæ"—the moon is high over the sea—anchors each stanza of the poem, providing a sense of steadfastness against an otherwise bleak tale. This I chose to be the title of the tone poem, and I hope the proceeding aural on
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  28. Hello! This was my shot at creating a few variations on the theme that @Ivan1791 posted in the 'Challenges' section of the site yesterday. One thing to note was that the flatted sixth scale degree in measure 5 (Ab in the original key of C Major) was important to the original composer. I did my best to keep it around in most variations, although the harmony differs from the original intent in some cases. In minor key variations, I changed this to a sharped sixth scale degree in order to maintain the 'borrowed tone' aspect. Let me know what you think overall! Thanks for listening. EDI
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  29. I am very happy you enjoyed it 🙂
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  30. I'd like to enter as an entrant entering the entrance of entrants
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  31. The opposition to pastiche composition has a common theme, one which I experienced at my school when I first developed an interest in it. It harbors the idea that music is the creation of an artist, and all art should contain artistic expression. Imitation of a style or composer from a bygone era, therefore, should not be encouraged for it will limit one's means to distinguish themselves within a school or tradition that countless others have already exhausted through their output. Whilst this argument has some merit, it is based on a number of misconceptions and assumptions that cannot b
    4 points
  32. I don't know why more people don't want to do competitions, you're GUARANTEED peer review and a bigger platform to share your music. I'm open to any ideas, I'm thinking solo piano or something similar and simple. Let me know if you're interested and in about a week we'll see who wants to participate and what theme we should use etc. etc. If there are obvious skill differences then we could break it up into groups, but come on people let's get a good group together and see what we all come up with.
    4 points
  33. Hello! Here is my submission for the Secret Santa composing event organized by @Jean Szulc and @Left Unexplained. It's titled "Left Unspoken," it's scored for piano trio, and it was inspired by my Secret Santa topic: the word mamihlapinatapei, from @TheCluelessClariney. In their own words: My piece comes in fairly short at just under 4:00. It is structured as a simple A-B-A format, with one more contemporary-sounding section sandwiched between two more CPE-sounding sections. I hope the theme comes across in the interplay between the violin and cello, particularly at the end. Made with
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  34. Here is my piece for the Secret Santa event. I finished it. And very quickly too. EDIT: @Left Unexplained said that I had to include the topic that I got as well as my piece, so here is the topic I got:
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  35. Here was my topic for the Secret Santa event: "I'll keep this topic simple -and fairly abstract. One of the things, in my music, that I often write about is life and death. So, the topic that I choose will be within this abstract area: life, mortality, death, rebirth, lessons learned in life, philosophy of life." Wasn't sure whether or not to include the author, so I'll abstain for now, but I hope you enjoy the piece... though it is admittedly very theoretical.
    4 points
  36. Hello everyone, It has again been a while since I have posted anything, and I have a new piece to show you all: the Fantasy-Variations in G-sharp minor. This piece was written in 2020. The theme is based on an aria from the 1967 opera "Grigory Melekhov" by the composer Ivan Dzerzhinsky. Ivan Dzerzhinsky (1909-1978) was a Soviet composer and pianist, best known for his operas and popular songs. His most famous work is the 1935 opera "Quietly Flows the Don" (based on the novel of the same name by writer Mikhail Sholokhov), which was a success at its premiere, and which launched Dzerzhi
    4 points
  37. I'm a doctor for what's its worth. Please everyone, relax. Certainly, there is concern particularly for the high risk elderly and those with complex medical issues but for the vast majority of people, this is really similar to a bad flu which is also high risk in elderly and patients with complicated medical issues (yet people still don't vaccinate for this......). Take the usual precautions by good handwashing/hygeine, avoid large crowds when possible, and look after your loved ones who are higher risk. The hysteria can be worse than the disease itself.
    4 points
  38. Here's something I composed about 2 years ago (and I think was my first post to this forum!). I recently went through and updated the score and audio, thought I'd put them here for others to (perhaps) enjoy. This was my attempt at a pastiche Romantic viola concerto. Violists don't have much in the repertoire, and I was looking to expand it. It hearkens back to my tonal days, and proves that I don't just compose modal music! There are three movements, like a traditional concerto: moderately fast, slow, fast. All told, the work is around 35 minutes long, so feel free to listen to it by move
    3 points
  39. Hello everyone, Here is my first piano trio, which I composed several years ago. This was really a challenge for me, with a lot of thoughts and a lot of work. Recently, I made a revision of the score, which I am posting here, (but there are probably still additional things to correct). The piece consists of three movements, following a classical style, with major influences from Beethoven, Mozart, and particularly, Schubert. I hope that you will enjoy this piece, and I am very interested to obtain your critical comments. Best regards
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  40. Indeed, Luis! "Brass... also reproduce choral writing better than woodwind; in much early music, brass, especially trombones, simply double the voices."
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  41. I like this idea of a more "absolute" music theme. Maybe restrict the overall form of the piece (sonata, rondo, etc.). Another idea is to have an orchestration challenge. Start with a piano reduction or something that's in only a few staves, and have the competition be to expand to a larger ensemble. The instrumentation could be either defined, or up to the contestants.
    3 points
  42. This piece was written to cope with the passing of a dear friend struck with covid, a young person whose loss will linger with her family and friends forever. There was a hope she might survive but alas, didn't. It was played (in the form posted here) at her funeral. Under ordinary circumstances it might seem over sentimental - and probably is - not like my usual compositions at all. But it had to be as it is. I posted it here because it would probably need a conductor to manage the tempo changes. For an orchestra of muted strings (aside from a brief solo)
    3 points
  43. I think it's important to distinguish between two very different things: orchestral music as an art form orchestral music as an industry As an art form, I think it is very important for people to always be experimenting with new ideas, and I always encourage them to do so, even if the end result is something I don't personally like (e.g. Schoenberg, et al.) Who knows, maybe the experimentation may eventually lead to something exciting, or may encourage someone else to discover something interesting. As long as someone considers their art form an expression of something mean
    3 points
  44. Would y'all please stop talking about balls on my thread??? Lol. Seriously, though, writing dissonant works of music ought to be the result of your process and not the reason. The scales I use are non-heptatonic and symmetrical, so my harmonies tend to be dissonant (lots of stacked fourths). The chords required to produce cadences (both perfect and inauthentic) don't exist in these scales, and the music comes across as eerie and dissonant in most places, or non-CPP at least. I don't think I'm ballsy per se, but I do recommend learning how music fits together before you begin tinkerin
    3 points
  45. Hi, Here a Waltz I wrote last week. Because of the mood I named just Spring Waltz. It's written for a late classical period orchestra: 1Piccolo, 2Flutes, 2Oboes, 2Bb Clarinets, 2Bassoons, 4Horns & Strings. I added also Glockenspiel and Vibraphone, because I like its percussive effect when doubling the winds. I think the style is also of the period. I appreciate your feedback.
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  46. I wrote this short piece to practice counterpoint, creating some rythmic variety between parts and using some rythmic imitation. I highly appreciate your comments, and let me know if I have some forbiten parallels or weakness in the voice leading, my goal is to learn and improve 🙂 I have also a question: my baseline usually enters after the hard beat with the rythmic main motif and the resolution of the leading tone is delayed and resolved one octave downwards. I'm also not sure if this I a legant solution, because the 4th suspension between the oboe and bassoon is missing because
    3 points
  47. Hi, here a classic bagatelle. I wrote the main theme some years ago and arranged it for piano in this quarantine days. I appreciate your feedback.
    3 points
  48. A prelude I have composed yesterday. I hope you like it!
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  49. Hello guys, I am totally new here and I am really impressed by discovering such an active forum with so many talents! I am really surprised, didn't know there was such a place on the web! Anyway, I am a youngish composer (31yo), I started composing around 2 years a go (but play the piano since many years). I have composed a good amount of stuff but my favourite is probably Math Piano Rock. This is inspired by Math Rock, a fast paced genre with frequent change of rythm and no lyrics (I hate lyrics!), but also Prokofiev and Bartok. The piece is *difficult*! The video below is performed by a
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