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About HoYin Cheung

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  • Birthday August 2

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  • Biography
    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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  • Interests
    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. Bless you. Shall music be with you.
  2. I love this piece. It is so mesmerizing. It is a neoclassical work, right?
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    Romance for Piano Solo

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

    Romance for Piano Solo

    Thank you for the comments:) Hope you all enjoyed it. This piece also gives me some new insights in composing.
  5. HoYin Cheung

    Romance for Piano Solo

    Hello Everyone, I have written a short piano piece, Romance today, for a lady I love. Any comments are welcomed! Thank you. HoYin
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    Does location effect your compositions?

    Yes, I think so. I am from Hong Kong and is ethnically a Chinese. In traditional festivals like Lunar New Year or Dragon Boat Festival, I often hear traditional Chinese tunes in celebration events or advertisements. Some ancient themed TV dramas also included Chinese background music to recreate some reminiscent ambiance. Moreover, many children are taught to sing Chinese folk songs, so there is some influence there. Other than those moments, I can seldom listen to those tunes nowadays. But I reckon I may get some composition ideas from the folk songs or maybe subconsciously get inspired by them. Also, it depends on the popularity of instruments in your region, and what your choice is. For example, in Hong Kong, both Chinese and Western Orchestras/ Instrumental training is available, but I choose Violin as my instrument. So I naturally write western music mostly.
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    Something Russian sounding???

    Does Rachmaninov count? His Piano Concerto 2 (1901) and 3 (1909) are quite Russian and spectacular too:) Also his Moment Musicaux (1896) and Vocalize (1915). Pictures at an exhibition was composed in 1874 though (since you are suggesting 1900s music).
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    Solo viola works, anyone?

    See this link: http://imslp.org/wiki/List_of_Compositions_Featuring_the_Viola IMSLP is a public-domain music library. You can find free scores on the site. Hope it helps!
  9. HoYin Cheung

    Piano Sequence

    I think your work is great. I seldom listen to / compose minimalistic music but permutations of notes are always interesting to me! (which reminds me of permutation in group theory in mathematics) I've just checked out Steve Reich's works and I find it inspiring! I think I will write a minimalistic work too. I am thinking if polyphony is contradictory to minimalism though.
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    How is this sound produced?

    Quoted from Wiki: "The piano is prepared by inserted coins between the strings in its upper register as well as being electrically amplified creating a ‘church bell’ sound". So the "amplifier" refers to the electrical amplifiers. But the source is in a book and I have no access to it.
  11. @Rabbival507 @Willibald Thank you for the comments! Seems that I always have the tendency to create "directionless" music. Actually, in my previous quartets such as "Frustration", listeners also criticize the lack of direction since my music is in polyphony throughout the piece. For most of the work, I have attempted to compose the theme first. However, most of the time (maybe as a part of my composing style) I tend to introduce new themes not much later than the earlier theme not to make long-winded developments of the theme. I think it is hard to strike a good balance here. Do you have any suggestions?
  12. I made some updates to the draft:) Please feel free to comments.
  13. HoYin Cheung

    Limits of a Viola?

    Practically viola has a similar range of violin but is shifted a fifth lower. However, viola commonly has a thicker and darker texture than violins.
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    CMV: Music is intrinsically worthless.

    So may I generalize and interpret the proposition as "Symbols have no intrinsical meanings"? All notes, alphabets or signs are made by humans and they all can have defined meanings. They are abstract and can have no meanings if we don't define it. But if we do define it with meanings like emotions, it does have meanings.
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    CMV: Music is intrinsically worthless.

    @Monarcheon Please allow me to rephrase your question to answer it more appropriately, so do you mean: (1) Music cannot completely reflect composer's emotion. (2) The audience has false interpretations of music with an incomplete reflection of emotions. --> (3) No musical work is to express emotions. My response: Indeed (1) is true. But I think the problem of (2) can be greatly improved when you can provide the experience and the corresponding feelings which motivate you to write this work. With this method, you can probably guide the audience or player to interpret the piece closer to your thoughts. But of course, when you want to keep your experience private (and thus less information is provided), the loss of emotion is considerable. For me, I would say I do write music to express my feelings. The loss of emotions is unpreventable but it is a form of art to record your experience and memories. Even when you create the music you may exaggerate it. However, as you create the music, often you are still influenced by the emotions. This creates a linkage between your memories and the music - no matter how the music is. And as you listen to the music again, you can still perceive the emotions presented by the piece as long as your memory is intact. So your musical work is at least meaningful to you. As an audience, false (or inaccurate) interpretation is common. While you meant to create your own music, as there are some errors translating your emotions, you tend to discover the music.