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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
    Neoclassical; Chromaticism
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    MuseScore 2.3.1
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  1. HoYin Cheung

    A Letter - Four Hands

    Just by listening to the opening, I initially thought that it would be tranquil, relax-music-type throughout the piece. But it isn't I love how well-redeveloped the motive is, and the way you build up the emotions considering it is a short piece. It sounds like a couple who have been separated for a long time because of a war, but they don't have much time to share their experience as they have to leave each other again. So desperate but got relieved knowing the beloved half is still alive and safe.
  2. Hello Everyone, After some years of struggle, I finally have the confidence to compose a concerto for my instrument, Violin. As opposed to my previous Piano Concerto, this time I included the Brass and Woodwind sections to make it more orchestral. It starts with slow themes and with around 3-4 minutes of development, it enters the faster section. If this movement would be at least 10-12 minutes long, do you think it builds up quick enough to draw the attention of the audience? I planned to make it the first movement, but I doubt if it is a good choice since most of the Violin Concertos start with a fast movement (e.g. Allegro Moderato). Moreover, do you think my orchestration is satisfactory? Is the theme attractive? It would be great if you can leave some comments as I really want to know if I am on the right track. Thank you:) Best, HoYin
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    Piano Concerto 2nd Movement

    I love the theme! Even it is just part of the movement, I can feel the warmth and reminiscence of my youth (when I was still a high school student).
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    Chromatic Sketches

    @Monarcheon @Quinn Yes, for sure there should be 5-6 timpani or it wouldn't work well, I guess. And 2-3 players required, too. I should have specified more clearly on the score. At most excerpts, the phrase is going up or keep alternating between 3-4 notes. So to make it playable, the players may have to distribute their parts well, such that one of them can be playing while others are re-tuning their timpani, and so on.
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    Underrated Romantic Composers

    I would praise Moritz Moszkowski too Moritz (Maurice) Moszkows (1854 - 1925) was a German composer, pianist, and teacher of Polish-Jewish descent. I particularly like his Piano Concerto No.1, because of both the breathtaking melodies and well-balanced arrangement. Although I am not a pianist. but I can see his works are great for pianist to show off. Also: Ernest Chausson (1855-1899) was a French romantic composer. His wrote a few orchestral pieces, concerti as well as ensemble works. Personally, Poème for violin and orchestra is very nice.
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    Etude No.2

    Hello Everyone, This is another experimental etude I wrote recently. The whole piece consists of many modulations. Again, there are syncopations and irregular time signatures. I have included some notes in one of the pdfs. Hope you like it and I appreciate your comments! Best, HoYin
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    Chromatic Sketches

    Hello Everyone, I wrote this piece out of boredom today and is sort of an experimental piece on timpani and the effect of chromatics and scale stacking. Hope you enjoy it! Best, HoYin
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    Piano Concerto No.1 - Movement II

    I am glad you love this piece. In fact, I am a violinist but I am more used to compose piano works. I am touched by renowned piano concertos so I decided to write one in my style. Perhaps my melodies are a bit stack and are hard to perform it, so I often overlook the technical issues. I would give pianists more freedom on pedals, but my works are even made to create a harsh-sounding ambiance. So there are less assigned pedal markings. And it is more important to make the melodies stand out (often the highest notes and seconds in higher registers should be emphasized also).
  9. Hi everyone, I have finished composing the Second Movement of my Piano Concerto No.1. This is my first attempt to write a slow movement for piano. Hope you like it and any comments are appreciated! Thank you! Best, HoYin (P.S. Link to 1st Mov.: )
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    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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.