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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
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    Chopin, Rachmaninov, Bartok, Shostakovich
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    Neoclassical; Chromaticism
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    MuseScore 2.3.1
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  1. On the time limit, are the movements of maximum 5 minutes each, or the whole suite should be under 5 minutes? I didn't realize this problem after I finished a 4:55 long movement...
  2. I think that's fine. But from a player's view, you literally have to place your finger on 2 strings (say 1-1) and that can be hard to keep both notes in tune if your finger isn't placed properly. Another reason I think of may be tuning system?
  3. It is often for composers to add chords in Violin repertoires to enrich the harmony and enhance the virtuosity. However, there are rules ought to be followed in composing to make the work playable. Here I would like to share some tips in chord writing for Violins. 1. Open String Chords It is important to know the 4 open strings of Violins: G, D, A, E. [Fig. 1a] Technically, it is almost always possible to play a chord with an open string and a note on neighbouring string(s). [Fig. 1b] 2. Substitutions It is possible to substitute a note, with its equivalent on a higher positions on a lower string, in order to avoid string crossing problems. For instance, in [Fig. 2a], the first chord is not playable if we choose to play the B note on the A string (A1, first position), as it will skip the D string. However, it is playable if we substitute A1 by D3 (3rd position), and now it is a chord with notes on 2 neighbouring strings, G and D. Such technique is particularly useful for 9th and 10th, which I will mention in latter sections. For the fourth chord, this time if we pick the A note as an open string note (A0), both notes will lay on the same string. Impossible. Therefore, to make it playable, we can either substitute A0 by D4 while keeping the A3, or substitute A3 by D(Anything) while keeping A0. 3. Common Practice for Intervals For 3rd's, we use 0-2, 1-3, 2-4 or 3-1 (or in the reversed order). [Fig. 3a] For (perfect) 5th's (or equivalently diminished 6th's), we use the same fingering for both notes. (i.e. 0-0, 1-1, ..., 4-4) [Fig. 3b] For 6th's, it is essentially a 5th with the upper note shifting higher. So the fingering is 0-1, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4. [Fig. 3c] For 8th's, the most common fingering is 0-3 (when it involves an open string) or 1-4. [Fig. 3d] For 9th's, it is essentially an octave with the upper note shifting higher. So the fingering is 0-3/0-4 (when it involves an open string) or 1-4 (stretching 4th finger!). [Fig. 3e] For 10th's, 1-4 (intensely stretching 4th finger!). [Fig. 3f] These are some fundamental rules for chord writings on Violins. Questions or example discussions are welcomed. HoYin
  4. The theme is very passionate! It also very virtuosic (a lot of thirds, 8th and 10th) and I love it. Some technical tips though, Measure 50, 124, 131, even if playable, may have darker tone colour, due to the high position played on A and D string for the "base" notes. I speculate if M. 131 is playable. Given that most of the times Violinists play octives with the 1-4 fingering*, with 2 octaves it is impossible to play a chord at once. *I shall open another topic and share some tips on Violin chord writings.
  5. Hello Everyone, Today I wrote an impromptu, Theme-and-Variation sketch on the Lullaby, "Rock-a-Bye Baby". Wish all of you have a nice dream and enjoy the music. P.S. It is supposed to be quiet, despite the rendering algorithms Best, HoYin
  6. @Luis Hernández Glad that you love it and thank you! 😀Which part/ build up do you like the most?
  7. Hello everyone, This night every lunar year, the traditional Chinese tale says that the couple, Cowherd and Weaving Girl, meet each other to cherish their only Valentine's Day. Their romance is long-lasting and touching, yet luxurious... What they can do in the other days is to desperately dream of the beloved ones planets apart... This song is written inspired by the poem written by an ancient Chinese Poet, Qin Guan (秦觀). The poem was written to an ancient Chinese tune but the tune was lost. The poem (i.e. the lyrics adopted for this work) is as follows, Fairy of the Magpie Bridge Qin Guan Thin clouds are creating works delicate; Falling stars carry sorrows deep. Over the vast, vast Milky Way, Cowherd and Weaving Girl quietly meet. Meeting in such a clear and sweet autumn night, The rendezvous outshines many a worldly date. Tenderness flows in the soul’s retreat; Sweet hours melt their hearts away. The short-lived Magpie Bridge is unbearable to see, For on the magpie-paved bridge parting comes in haste. Ah, so long as love keeps, What differs, missing each other day after day! 鵲橋仙·纖雲弄巧 秦觀 纖雲弄巧,飛星傳恨,銀漢迢迢暗度。 金風玉露一相逢,便勝卻人間無數。 柔情似水,佳期如夢,忍顧鵲橋歸路。 兩情若是久長時,又豈在朝朝暮暮。 Hope you enjoy the work! P.S. That is my voice. Sorry for the wrong beats and my poor singing skills :P Best, HoYin
  8. Hello Everyone, This is my recent work written for 2 pianos. This works depicts two binary stars which orbit each other. As you may notice, the note A endures the whole piece and is one of the main themes. Rhythmic complexity is a feature of this piece. Hope you enjoy this piece of music and I appreciate your comments:) Best, HoYin
  9. I think you may look at the Caprices and Violin Concerti of Paganini if you want to see the (rather extreme/nearly full) capabilities of violin, e.g. the use of harmonics, double-stops, different bow techniques. Ysaye's violin sonatas are great too.
  10. @Tónskáld has suggested many great concerti from the Romantic era. I also recommand the following works, Wieniawski (All Violin Concerto) Ernest Chausson - Poeme for Violin and Orchestra Ravel - Tzigane For more modern choices, my list will be as follows, Bartok - Violin Concerto No.2 Bartok - Romanian Folk Dances Stravinsky - Violin Concerto Aram Khachaturian - Violin Concerto Berg - Violin Concerto Kabalevsky - Violin Concerto Martinu: Violin Concerto No.2
  11. I love the first movement and the cadenza.The orchestration is well-balanced, and the piano definitely has a good character and dominance here. Well done!
  12. Quite an experience.There are magical moments where it resolves well after chaos. (Dissonance, polytonality, polyrythem, name it as you may expect)
  13. @Luis Hernández Thank you:) Glad to hear that you love it. This work I have spent more time structurally, i.e. on single-motif development. I think I can do that in the second and third movement, but I am having a hard time in the first movement.
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