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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
    9 points
  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
    6 points
  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.
    6 points
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. @Tónskáld @Monarcheon @Noah Brode Thank you all for making this possible. 🙂
    5 points
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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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  17. 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
  18. 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
    4 points
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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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  23. 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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  25. Enjoy this mental experiment.
    4 points
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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 🙂).
    4 points
  29. 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
  30. 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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  31. 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
    4 points
  32. I am very happy you enjoyed it 🙂
    4 points
  33. I'd like to enter as an entrant entering the entrance of entrants
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  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
    4 points
  37. 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:
    4 points
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. I think the best word to describe my music is "neo-romantic." I write music that I feel is easy and pleasing to listen to - not necessarily 'light music' but not avant-garde. My style is not so similar to Romantic composers as to be reminiscent of any one, rather in a review I received here I was told that: "One minute I'm hearing Mendelssohn's influence, the next a little Tchaikovsky." I believe it was @J. Lee Graham who said that, a composer who is obviously also a traditional tonalist. My biggest works are largely Romantic. There are some minor 20th century inflections t
    4 points
  42. 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
    3 points
  43. I decided to make a calm and cozy melody because that's fun! 😄 Critique is very welcome!
    3 points
  44. Possibly, but I was thinking it could be a bit more open-ended than a strict theme-and-variations piece (which we did as a competition theme a few years ago, except in that one, everyone chose their own theme). Like composers could feel free to add themes of their own to the music, and use the provided melody / fragment as a starting point. @Ivan1791 also mentioned a competition based on the seasons. I can add that topic to the list, if there are no objections. I'm also with you on the question of the ensemble. I don't think it is a great idea in general to put specific restrict
    3 points
  45. This is a draft of a piece I just finished. I was inspired by looking at the stars the other night. This is why I added so many high sixteenth notes; they reminded me of twinkling stars. I also added a short variation of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in the beginning of page 2. As for the name, it’s a reference to when you wish on a shooting star. I really need advice on how to make this better and longer in the final version. I need to lengthen it by 2 minutes and I have some ideas but I want to hear other people’s ideas. Thanks.
    3 points
  46. Thanks for everyone who voted for my piece in the competition, if people want to see it again or say something about it you can do that here. Have a nice day 🙂
    3 points
  47. This is a reconstruction of the first movement of Mozart’s Symphony 42. The manuscript was discovered under the sound board of an old harpsicord sent in for restoration. As is well known, Mozart was always hiding his manuscripts as he knew Salieri was always sniffing around nicking his tunes but this manuscript was thought lost. The manuscript appears to be a rough draft. There are inconsistencies in the musical style. A diary note left by Mozart tells us why. Approximately translated from German it reads: “After a harrowing half hour with my teetotal publisher I had lunch with Donizetti
    3 points
  48. Here is the link to my string quartet that I wrote in February, performed wonderfully by the Tippett Quartet. Do like, subscribe and comment what you think...! I'd love to hear it 🙂
    3 points
  49. Saw an interesting comment in a post in the upload where someone was trying to describe their music in terms of whether they were 'neo-baroque' or not. So, figured it'd be an interesting discussion to be had -but... I don't want to just see a one word explanation of your music. So, I'll describe how I view my work -my language, my view, nada nada nada- and then you can follow suit. In other words, let's make this a valuable discussion. I consider my music to be chiefly modern. By that, I use a harmonic language rich in dissonance and outside of the traditional concepts of tonality (notice
    3 points
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