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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. Hi everyone, For those who don't know me my name is Camille, I'm French and I'm 17 years old. I'm familiar with classical music and orchestral litterature and I often compose for piano and orchestra. These last 3 months I composed a piano concerto in C minor. This is my big project of the moment and also the one that took me most time to compose. I create this topic to share the first movement of this piano concerto. It lasts about 17 minutes and follow a strict sonata form. I took the habit to compose a piano concerto per year and this is what I consider my most accomplished piece so
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  10. I have written a quartet for strings on which I would like the honour of some of your criticisms. This work has sprouted from almost a year and a half of counterpoint study. It is similar to a fugue; that is, it does tend to have fugal aspects; however on the whole, this is mostly a work of counterpoint with many interesting hidden ideas embedded within it. I can understand if you are unable to listen to the entire work, as it is almost 16 minutes long; however, if you give me some feedback on even a single contrapuntal passage, I would be greatly indebted to you. Thank you for your time and I
    5 points
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. @Tónskáld @Monarcheon @Noah Brode Thank you all for making this possible. 🙂
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  15. 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
  16. The Ballade in E-flat minor was written in 2021. Though it is written for solo piano, I had intended to write it for piano and orchestra, and may make a version of it for this ensemble in the future. The piece is about 8 minutes long. I hope you all enjoy it 🙂
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  17. Double fugue in gminor scored for 2x oboe, 2x bassoon in g minor. I think i will rearrange the fugue for two pianos... Written in the mid baroque style, so dont exptect those bach episodes 😉 Please telle me what you think. SimenN
    4 points
  18. 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
    4 points
  19. Hi everyone! I've been thinking about writing some stuff for fantasy inspired settings (like WoW, Skyrim etc.). I've come up with these ideas and there were quite a few of them, and thus I decided to put them all together in one suite. Any feedback is appreciated!
    4 points
  20. A blues-rock tune I composed inspired by classic bands like ZZTop as well as 70s/80s American car chase movies. Let me know what you think! A friend of mine from a local metal band recorded the electric guitar parts.
    4 points
  21. Yeah, I'm gonna stir the pot as I always do in these sort of questions but it's just being honest The goal of a composition is the same of all art: To create something beautiful and great. Rivaling nature and worthy of a God. A secondary goal would be to musically embody some sort of thematic concept or environment. For example, if my goal is to write a sweeping, romantic desert piece, but it fails to convince the listener of this idea, then it has failed in this regard. It's only excusable to fail at the secondary goal provided your not writing to accompany a film or something,
    4 points
  22. Hello everyone, Once again, it has been a long time since I've posted anything here. Over the past year, I have been recording my chamber works using the remote recording technique (where the musicians involved record their parts separately), and have just finished recording my Piano Quartet no. 2 in G minor in this manner. I have already posted a live recording of the second movement here (https://www.youngcomposers.com/t38945/piano-quartet-no-2-op-10-mvt-2/), but the quality was not that great. Here, the quality is significantly better, and more importantly, the piece is complete!
    4 points
  23. 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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  24. 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
    4 points
  25. 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
  26. 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
    4 points
  27. 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!
    4 points
  28. 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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  30. Enjoy this mental experiment.
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  31. 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
  32. 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. (
    4 points
  33. 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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  34. 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
    4 points
  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. I am very happy you enjoyed it 🙂
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  38. I'd like to enter as an entrant entering the entrance of entrants
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  39. 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
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  40. 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
  41. Sometime, my teacher called something I wrote "abstract music" because it was not written with instrumental voices in mind, but rather as a compositional exercise(in counterpoint). Having no better term at hand, I tried to express that your composition is abstract from the guitar and its playing style(what I also called "unidiomatic"). I also partially listened to your Soliloquy No. 33 for Violin and felt like it was certainly playable on violin, but did not make use of its special techniques. I am no violinist, of course, so I am inclined to trust your experience as a cellist. Maybe a few not
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  42. IMPORTANT OFFICIAL STUFF: THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK TO FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 AT MIDNIGHT. FURTHERMORE, THE TRADITIONAL JUDGING PORTION OF THE COMPETITION HAS BEEN ELIMINATED, AND MEMBER VOTING WILL BE THE ONLY SCORING METHOD. DO NOT POST YOUR PIECE AS NORMAL IN THE FORUMS. SEND IT TO ME ( @Noah Brode ) IN A PRIVATE MESSAGE AND I WILL POST IT FOR YOU ANONYMOUSLY. THEN, MESSAGE ME WITH YOUR FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD-PLACE PICKS, AND I WILL CALCULATE THE RESULTS AND POST THEM. Special thanks to Paper Composer and Tonskald for whipping the rest of us into shape here. 😁
    3 points
  43. Concerto Grosso in g major: Concerto grosso in g major written in the early italian school after Corelli for two solo violins, solo cello, strings and basso continuo. Written to my son Jonas. Key signature i used for this piece is G major (Everything rustic, idyllic and lyrical, every calm and satisfied passion, every tender gratitude for true friendship and faithful love,--in a word every gentle and peaceful emotion of the heart is correctly expressed by this key.) I. Grave - allegro. II. Adagio III. Vivace IV. Largo V. Presto Please tell me what you think.
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  44. My favourite soundtrack is: But I like so much game music that listing it would take forever, lol.
    3 points
  45. Hello again, friends. I've been in sort of a composing funk for the past few months, lots of life stressors and, really, an utter lack of motivation to blame. I was hoping to write something on a grander scale but I had to settle for solo piano once again. You know what they say: beggars can't be choosers. This is the opening prelude to what will likely become another suite for piano. It's written in harmonic language derived from non-heptatonic scales (my favorite, as some of you know by now), and, as such, may sound unpleasantly dissonant. The chords are quartal or quintal rather t
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  46. I would like to enter as an entrant
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  47. It makes a lot of sense if you think about it. In classical days, singers read off single sheet voice parts. The tenors just had the tenor part, no indication of what anyone else was doing, the basses just had the bass part, and likely all the basses were looking over each other's shoulders at a single copy by the light of one flickering candle... Think of how difficult it is to sight read if all you have is your part, without being able to relate it to the rest of what's going on. If you play the violin, you put your finger in the right place on the right string and you reliably get a cer
    3 points
  48. Hi everyone! I just found out about this forum and I knew I just had to join. This one's a few months old now, but I am quite happy about it (as a piece more than as a fugue). I would appreciate any feedback, as well as suggestions, criticism, anything really. Thank you all!Double Fugue in C Minor.pdf Double Fugue in C Minor.mp3
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  49. Thank you! I am going to put the PDF right now for you and everybody else, I very much appreciate the comment! have a nice day 🙂
    3 points
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