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HoYin Cheung

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About HoYin Cheung

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  • Birthday August 2

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    An amateur composer which jots down notes to record musical ideas /personal experience that is worth reminiscing.
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    Hong Kong
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    Mathematics; Composing
  • Favorite Composers
    Chopin, Rachmaninov, Bartok, Shostakovich
  • My Compositional Styles
    Late Romantic; Chromaticism
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    MuseScore 2.3.1
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  1. HoYin Cheung

    Dreaming in a Maze

    Glad you enjoyed the piece! And that's out of my expectation for such a long analysis for my piece. Thank you. I will fix the technical issue you mentioned too.
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    Advice needed: Difficulty of String Parts

    I think the difficulty depends on the level of the orchestra and how the melody is. If there are many string crossings and/or position shifts (especially high positions and melodies across octaves), the difficulty is expected to increase. Generally, since the Violin II section is often an octave lower than Violin I, the difficulty should be lower. For your reference, I may give you some examples here to demonstrate the difficulty of a piece (as an amateur ATCL violin player+ orchestra player, and I actually played these pieces before) Richard Strauss's Don Juan I may rate it Difficult at places like the beginning or at A (00:34)/ (00:46) (Violin I section)/ Section C and more. As you may have seen in the score, the violin sections have to handle an inclining phrase across 3 octaves in just 1-2 bars, and which is only possible to play it with 2-3 position shifts. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Mov IV I rate it Difficult for Violin I and Difficult to Medium for Violin II. As you may notice, the difficulty of Violin I is considerable, but the difficulty of Violin II is reduced since it is an octave lower than Violin I part. However, fast position shifts are sometimes present in the Violin II part (and frequent in Violin I part), so it is less difficult but still challenging. Comparing it to Don Juan, arpeggios are generally harder than normal scales. And (lengthy) chromatic scales are harder than normal scales. Difficulty: Arpeggios > Chromatic scales > Normal Scales Strauss: Die Fledermaus I will rate it medium for the waltz part, but the string crossing at around 05:31 in the Violin II part is just a bit tedious and requires some practice. (I will update this list if I am free) If you don't mind, I can take a look at the score if you wish.
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    @Luis Hernández I love the harmony of this work! It would be great if a real ensemble plays it:D I can feel the struggle created in this piece. The use of 7th and 9th makes it modern and I found it special:) HoYin
  4. HoYin Cheung

    Dreaming in a Maze

    Hello Everyone, I wrote a short piano piece lately. It is depicting the journey of a child when he was trapped in the maze in his dream. Again, this is a tiny piece to further experiment with the modern style and try to create different ambiances. Any comments are appreciated:D Best, HoYin
  5. HoYin Cheung

    When do you get melodies?

    1) I often get ideas when I am relaxed and bored. A bath may help too On the other hand, for me, writing a piece of music is like writing an autobiography of myself. Whenever I experience some important/ life-changing moments I compose some music to record them. 2) It is easy to start a melody (theme), but it requires some effort to develop it into a complete work. Moreover, sometimes as I may have to discard the theme when I find it too cliche or boring. 3) As a classical music lover, I listen to plenty of music and will remember some of them. So when you are humming, you often recall those excerpts. Try to improvise a new thematic material that can follow the original excerpts smoothly but with a different style. Then you will get some creative themes there.
  6. HoYin Cheung

    String Quartet - Winter

    Hi Everyone, I have finished the second movement of the quartet! It is a dance-like movement. This time I added pizzicato into the work with a hope to extend the timbre of the quartet. Do you like this movement? Any comments are appreciated! The new soundtrack and score for Movement II are added in the top post:) I also created a Soundcloud playlist in case you want to listen to them at once. Thank you:D HoYin.
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    String Quartet - Winter

    Glad that you appreciate my work! :D Do you think there is anything I should improve too?
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    I am interested in this project, but I don't know if I am qualified enough to join it. Also is there a preferred time limit for this project? Thank you.
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    String Quartet - Winter

    Hi Everyone, This string quartet was started on a freezing December night last year(2017). I finished the piece this month because I was working on other pieces. (I know it is strange to publish a Winter-themed piece now in summer ) In the first half of the piece, I tried to introduce dissonance to address the seriousness of winter, while trying to make the melody as crystal clear as icebergs. Towards the ending is of much warmth and harmony, which symbolize the end of WInter and the return of Spring. Hope you enjoy the piece! HoYin P.S. I am writing the second movement for the quartet. (Done:D) https://soundcloud.com/hoyin-cheung-1/sets/string-quart-v-winter-2018
  10. HoYin Cheung

    Sonatina Arcaica

    @Luis Hernández This is a nice piece! I can feel the "heaviness" of this piece. I mean, it's like when you are bearing some burden related to some sad memories. For me, Tranquility and slow tempo make the effect. I am quite impressed with the use of Sen scale (or even pentatonic scales) in a sad piece - I haven't thought of that before.
  11. HoYin Cheung

    Fluid - Variations for Piano Solo (2018)

    Although piano may be the instrument I am the most familiar with besides strings, I am still learning the actual timbre of pianos. Sometimes I am not certain if lines with higher registers alone are clear enough to be heard and can stand out when heavy accompaniment is applied, so I add octaves (unnecessarily). Are there any tips for that? For the m.49 issue, I should have fixed that earlier. Now when I read the score again, I find some cross-hand issues that are to be fixed. Thank you for your reminder:) I know you have a good command of music theory, so I am willing to take further suggestions:) Other than the oddly placed thirds, is there anything I should be aware of too? I may try to rewrite section E to make it more varied then. I am still thinking about how to make the passage calm while keeping the rhythm though. For the crossed voicing issue, hmm, I would say that's one of my composing styles? When I write more sophisticated passages, I tend to add several layers of melodies which develop individually. They don't have to move together in the process, but for me, it is fine as long as those melodies unite at the end and make the journey complete. Hope it answers your comments:)
  12. Hi Everyone, Recently I have completed this piano piece which was untouched for a few years. It is a Theme and Variations piano solo piece depicting the fluidity of water, which is an analogy of one's life journey. Water can be shaped in different ways and has different destinations. Although the piece was done in different years (I did the theme and the first 3 variations back in 2014), I tried my best to make the style more coherent. Hope you enjoy the piece! Best, HoYin
  13. Bless you. Shall music be with you.
  14. I love this piece. It is so mesmerizing. It is a neoclassical work, right?
  15. HoYin Cheung

    Romance for Piano Solo

    I seldom do orchestration for a Solo Piano piece but I did it for this piece:) Enjoy!