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Noah Brode

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Noah Brode last won the day on August 10

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About Noah Brode

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    Intermediate Composer
  • Birthday 09/09/1988

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    Harrison City, Pennsylvania
  • Occupation
    Stay-at-Home Dad, Radio Host
  • My Compositional Styles
    Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, Overwhelmingly Amateur
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    MuseScore, Reason, Noteflight (when necessary)
  • Instruments Played
    Piano, Classical Guitar

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  1. Noah Brode

    Prelude and Fugue in G Minor

    Thanks @Monarcheon and @aMusicComposer. I have a lot of trouble with this form. It doesn't help that there are no really clear online resources that help one construct a fugue from start to finish (there are several that show how to write an exposition, but nothing I've found tells how to plan out episodes and coda). Thanks again. I may do an overhaul of this one.
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    Not feeling great about this submission, especially after hearing everyone elses very proficient fugues, but here it is anyway.
  3. This is one of the two prelude/fugues I offered to write for the sitewide project. I am not very good at writing fugues, so any helpful comments would be very much appreciated. Im sure there are plenty of mistakes.
  4. I would go for Option 1, but I will probably still do the Prelude/Fugue combo no matter what (if that's okay). I don't mean to sound preachy, but I think maybe we could all look on this as a learning experience about writing fugues, or at least counterpoint. I always like to take those opportunities when they come up
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    I think it would be more fun to have you give me a couple of random keys you need to be filled!
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    Preludes and Fugues.

    I will join as well. Will we each be assigned a key signature (or more than one, depending on the number of participants)? (Edit: I only ask because the number 24 immediately made me think of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier.)
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    Cataclysm (Summer 2018 Competition)

    @Sabriel Guindon -- thanks for taking the time to review! I'm glad you enjoyed it. You're right that I should have explored a romantic view of the cataclysm -- I think what the piece was really missing was a more emotionally wrenching section before the big finale. Thanks again for listening!
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    Cataclysm (Summer 2018 Competition)

    @Gustav Johnson and @Ken320 -- Thanks a lot for your feedback, and sorry it's taken me a bit to get back to you. Gustav, I think you've put into words an uncomfortable thought I've been tiptoeing around in my brain for a while -- that I don't really develop my melodies so much as pass them around the instruments and insert them into slightly different contexts. Thanks for the honesty -- it's really very helpful. You guys both wrote great pieces, and this competition ended up being a good experience for me despite the number of non-entries.
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    SUMMER 2018 Competition: Results

    Congratulations, @Ken320 on a well-deserved victory, and also to Gustav for a very worthy entry. If this were a college seminar, I would pray that we'd all be graded on a curve. Thanks as always to Monarcheon for her patient and tireless dedication to judging and reviewing for these competitions and the site at large. And Gustav hit the nail on the head when he said these themed competitions can really give you a creative boost, and a deadline is always a good motivator. I'd be in favor of continuing the competitions; I have no qualms with being either a judge or contestant as needed. Yeah @Monarcheon it's okay with me to use this for your project, although my write-up was pretty... cataclysmic 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎
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    The Emissary

    I love the mood you set with the beautiful violin melody emerging naturally from the piercing and chaotic woodwind chord. (Also, I’m really jealous of your sound library.) The harmonic flow is really graceful and beautiful without falling into cliche. It’s not necessarily the mood you’d expect out of an “end of the world” story, but given the narrative you provided, it makes a lot of sense. My only qualm thus far (about 7:00 in) is that we’ve had a lot of soft, sad, beautiful chords for a while without much contrast. The return of that piercing woodwind chord was really helpful in that regard. I really enjoyed the mood you set around 9:00 -- it sounds like an orchestra tuning, which makes sense given the story. At 10:00 we get some welcome rhythmic interest that changes the mood while fitting in with the overarching theme. The transition into the coda at 13:30 is a bit abrupt, but that’s something I’m often guilty of as well, so I won’t dwell on that. I do think you might have prolonged the coda a bit more to balance out the much longer rhythmic section that preceded it. Overall, I think you deserved the win with this piece. It was graceful and peaceful and hopeful, with a great narrative arc. It’s clear that you put a lot of work into your music and story, and the result was gorgeous in a way I didn’t expect from the theme of the competition.
  11. Hi Gustav -- Sorry it's taken me a little while to get in a review of your piece. After two listens, I really like it. I agree that some of your transitions need to be smoothed out, but I do think that each section managed to be unique while still relating to the other sections. I did get a pop music influence from the drum kit, and I wish it had been used more. There are some really cool piano parts that reminded me of pop passages too, though I think the piano could've played a more consistent part throughout as well. I think your ending could be built up to a little more dramatically, although I like what you've done there. One big issue for me was the sound library. I wish I could've heard this on a really good sound library! I hope you will post the final product!
  12. I'm sorry my little entry is late. I ended up axing about half of it last night because I wasn't happy with it. I'm not sure if I still qualify, but either way, I'm glad I joined. Here we witness as the Earth is struck by an enormous meteor, shaking the planet upon impact and causing a massive dust cloud that encircles the globe, choking out life. The humans who survive the impact are left to wander about the ruins of civilization, despondent and struggling to survive, until they realize that the first meteor was only the beginning of the shower. They are snuffed out as meteor after meteor strikes the planet. We are left with an eerie scene of shattered cities and empty homes, and desolate landscapes devoid of any and all life forms. I used the full orchestra because I thought it would lend a more epic power to the music, which I thought was necessary considering the assignment at hand. The main, chaotic motif is based on a C minor seventh chord with a split fifth and added ninth. There are not a lot of major chords in this one, for obvious reasons, but I did think that the brilliant explosion of the meteor deserved its ethereal-sounding Db major seventh with split fifth and added ninth. The G minor section also flirts with major modality as the people wonder whether they can rebuild (before their ultimate demise). The odd time signatures were meant to convey the utter terror and panic felt by the humans as they realized their impending doom. EDIT: The original score I submitted was in concert pitch. The score titled 'Cataclysm - Score - Corrected' is correct.
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    Hi all. It's been a while, but I think I'm finally emerging from a long hiatus from composing. A competition deadline would be good to spur me into writing something new. If this is still happening, I'd like to join as an entrant. If there are not enough judges to continue, though, I will volunteer as a judge.
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    That’s fine about the prizes! It’s great to just get such detailed and thoughtful feedback. You are right (as usual) in your criticisms. I would like to get Finale or Sibelius soon, although it is so expensive. It seems like it will be a necessary step forward if I want to progress (and have real people play my music). Thank you for the review!