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HoYin Cheung

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About HoYin Cheung

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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; Contemporary (Still exploring)
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    MuseScore 2
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  1. Miniature

    Hello everyone, This is a short experimental piece on the theme of Doraemon. Just for fun. HoYin
  2. Hi everyone, I am inspired by the cold weather today, so I jot down some notes here. How would you comment this short excerpt? Thank you. HoYin
  3. @ilv Thank you again:) That might be some SoundFont issues but I did write all notes not lower than G3. I think it would be better if I play it - I write this piece for 4 violins so I can record a piece of mine by myself, finally. Definitely requires some practice, though. (It has been a tough time for me to find a good string library, so I may give a try on the instrument) @zhenkang Thank you for the idea. I guess one problem of this excerpt is that I used too many dissonances that are too close? Like I have used some second's or seventh's in the same octave. Is that the issue?
  4. Hi everyone, I am quite frustrated doing revision for a midterm exam, so I write a short excerpt (incomplete) for 4 violins:P Nothing more about that haha Please tell me it's a good theme for a separate piece:) Thank you! Regards, HoYin
  5. Piano Concerto No.1

    Thank you all for the comments! @Sepharite @zhenkang The muffling sound may due to my Soundfont (Orchestra Soundfont 2 COMBO), and/or my average Mixing techniques:P I tried changing the Panorama Position and Reverbs of the instruments. The fixed version is as follows and I am not sure if it makes the strings less blurred. @zhenkang Thank you for the response! At the moment, I am not too familiar with the Winds and more experimentation is needed. So I didn't add the wind section this time. I surely will add the Wind section in the future to make the piece richer in texture ;) @ilv Thank you for the appreciation! I cannot find a good appropriate term for this kind of concerto though, but it's definitely contemporary since the orchestra is not necessarily an accompaniment of the Piano:)
  6. Piano Concerto No.1

    Hi Everyone:) This is my latest Piano Concerto No.1, written for Piano Solo and String Orchestra. Currently, the Concerto only have 1 movement, Presto - Vivace - Presto - Allegro. (Please tell me if you want me to write 1/ 2 more movements:D) This is my very first concerto of this kind, and I am tempted to experiment the balance between Strings and Piano. I also attempt to use some chromatics and implement my favourite tuplet-against-duplet rhythmic pattern throughout the piece. Not sure if both techniques are appropriately done? This is my first time writing excerpts for Solo Piano, and I think I made it feasible as possible? Will it be too easy for a pianist to show-off? (I suppose someone will say so:P) Also, what do you think about the music in general? Particularly the development? Thank you! HoYin
  7. Piano Concerto Attempt

    Thank you for the comments! Yes, the work is still in progress and I have continued writing these 2 days. Initially, I was afraid of the addition of "connection" would lead to the loss of momentum, so as you have mentioned, I just keep adding new ideas instead of developing every motive too much. Glad to see it works! I added some melodic part also:)
  8. Learning Violin in order to improve composition?

    @Maarten Bauer hmm, I think I have the same problem with Wind music! Despite the fact that I am not a pro in composing, I have learnt Violin for 10 years and I have some experience in orchestras. So I may leave a comment here and hopefully that could help you:D One amazing aspect of string music is the variety of bowing techniques, which gives different degrees of articulation of the notes. Usually, string players will adopt a specific set of bow techniques at a certain tempo. For example, in fast passages, say few lines of 16th notes, we may play the notes in Spiccato and Sautillé, i.e. to play notes by bouncing the bow off the string, in order to give more clear and articulated presentations of the passages. In contrary, one may use slurs to make a sentence more connected. Other than articulation, Pizzicato, Ponticello, col legno are unique techniques for string instruments. String harmonics are good too. Especially for solo string excerpts, using such (bowing) techniques can really provide some texture and characters. However, in my humble opinion and from my personal experience, it may take years to get familiar with the above techniques, which is not cost-effective if you aim to apply those techniques and write good string pieces in short term. But if you really want to get a glimpse of those techniques, instead of learning on your own, I would suggest watching Youtube demo videos. I would say YT channels such as BarnesandMullinsUK are a good example of that. Of course, it is always good to learn a new musical instrument to know the actual way of playing. For instance, it is technically impossible to slur cross string. Knowing such problems can help you to write the string music in a playable manner (in case you don't want to consult your string player friend too often). Fingering is also something you may want to know deeper about. It is possible to produce a note at the same pitch but with different fingerings/ on different strings, on a string instrument. Despite the same pitch, they have different tone colours. Playing notes on A and E strings are usually brighter than doing so on the D or G strings. Other than tone colours, alternative fingerings may sometimes help the player to overcome technical difficulties. For example, it is impossible to slur from B3 (on G-string, the lowest string) to B4 (on A-string, the second highest string) across the D-string, but it is feasible to do so by shifting the fingering upwards along the G-string. But as mentioned before, it may imply the change of tone colours when you change the fingering. And that's the time you may need some string background to experiment with the fingerings, when you write the melodies.
  9. Hi Everyone, I have started writing this piano work including a Piano solo and the string orchestra. I think I have introduced some themes into it, but are the themes insufficiently developed? Most of the time I tend to end a theme too quickly (maybe?) and start another, causing poor connection between them. (For example, mm. 29-30, 69-71, 89-90, 95-96 are such transitions) I don't have much knowledge about "bridging" motives, so I sincerely ask for some suggestions for it. Is the harmony good too? Any other comments are appreciated:D Thank you! Regards, HoYin
  10. "Transition"

    Thank you for your comments, Monarcheon and Luis Hernandez! Yes, the music is wrong in m. 45-46 because of the technical issues when I transpose the line to another clef. They should be in octaves higher/lower. Indeed I used more chromatics in this piece and I also find it hard to control them at the same time. It's a bit hard to strike a balance between making each part smooth melodically while keeping them less dissonance. Any suggestions? And yeah, I may add some line to make some break for the movement. I should try to start new motifs in those slower lines and build up momentum while re-entering the main theme, right?
  11. "Transition"

    Hello everyone, It's been a long time since my last upload here (My last post is my String Quartet I). This year has been a hectic year and I don't have many composing ideas. But I do have some feelings upon the changes in my academic prospect (+) and the relationship with a lady friend (-) (Unfortunately we don't talk anymore). So I decided to write this String Quartet to remind me of these incidents. Currently, I have written one movement for it only. The string quartet, in my opinion, is more dramatic than my first one. Hope you all enjoy it:) It would be great if you can kindly leave some comments. Regards, HoYin P.S. I was using the default sound library of Musescore but I changed to Florestan String SoundFont in an attempt to improve the quality of Strings in my track. Tell me if the soundfont is good:P