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celloman99 last won the day on December 24 2018

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About celloman99

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    I began inventing my own music as soon as I started taking piano lessons at age eight. I tried many times during those first years to write down what I was coming up with, but I never could get the hang of it. Several years later, when I was fourteen, I began arranging music for my church's wind and string ensemble. I found that I was finally able to properly notate my musical ideas, and I've been composing and arranging ever since. I have been fortunate enough to be involved in several different ensembles which kindly play, and often times perform, my music, so I have quite a bit of experience with knowing how my compositions sound when played by live musicians. I am constantly trying to improve my technique and find creative ways to express ideas through music.
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  • Favorite Composers
    Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Stravinksy, Elgar
  • My Compositional Styles
    Classical, Modern
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    Finale PrintMusic 2014
  • Instruments Played
    Piano, Cello, Guitar, Ukulele, Recorder

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  1. It is always special to have a composition connect with an audience (/congregation) like that. You wrote a beautiful work which you should be proud of. Congratulations on this performance.
  2. Hi all, First of all, I have really enjoyed reading over what everyone had to say about this topic. This is how it works for me right now: To some extent, I know that everything I do is going to heavily rely on the music I've listened to and studied in the past, so in some ways, it seems like it would be better to just give up and stop trying to write music. The problem there is that people have enjoyed playing and listening to the music I've written in the past. Not only that, but I can also see a certain upwards trajectory in regards to some ambiguous creative quality in my music over the years I've been writing. To examine that quality element a bit, I would say it is nothing more than my learning gradually how to compose music to more effectively convey my artistic visions. I view this as the "craft" side of composing. On the other hand, people have always come up to me and said they really enjoyed my music, even at the very beginning of my compositional efforts. So, it seems there's some element to composing aside from "craft" which is also essential to "good" new music. That being said, I have noticed that acquiring more compositional skills/techniques/experiences has equipped me to be able to share an artistic vision with much more subtle nuances than before, thus making for more intellectually enjoyable pieces for me to compose, for the players to perform, and the audience to listen to. The only way which I have found to develop these skills is by pushing the boundaries of what I am currently comfortable composing. Now, what I am more concerned with other than originality is triteness, and perhaps this is what is truly meant by this discussion of originality. My feeling is that I can compose something which uses non-original elements in a non-trite way. The main thing that I know is that my own artistic visions are best portrayed through music, and the more musical tools that are in my composer toolbox, the more detail and nuance I can add to that vision. Anyways, perhaps that was too confusing, so here's the TLDR: What matters most is that the composer's artistic vision be original, heartfelt. The more tools available to the composer to craft that vision into reality, the better. The best way to get new tools is to push the boundaries of what music you're comfortable composing and listening to. Let me know what you think!
  3. Hey gang, I posted this piece earlier when I was in the middle of writing it. Here is the finished product. This is the piece I composed over the spring semester during my first semester of composition lessons at the university I am attending. Please enjoy and let me know what you think! (P.S. Evidently when you use Petrucci font in Finale, the tremolo stops working, so that's why it appears in the score, but is not in the MP3 [do the midi problems ever end...?])
  4. J. Lee Graham, 1. Very pretty first movement - there was a lot of pleasant moments which I think would make the listener enjoy the piece a lot and stay focused as they wait for those moments to be repeated. 2. Your writing here is quite nice, and easy on the ears. Something you might consider is to expand what's going on past a sort of "everyone doing everything together at the same time" mentality. I'm not saying that's how it was the complete time; for instance, at M. 37- you have the first viola doing a nice suspended rhythm thing over the bar lines. I think this movement could benefit from more such polyrhythmic writing. There certainly is nothing wrong with what you have, I just think it could be a bit more rhythmically developed. 3. You establish a very nice sound straight from the beginning, and I can't imagine anyone not being completely charmed by this movement in a performance. Some of your harmonies are really pretty, and you put a lot of work into the articulation. The trio section provides a nice legato contrast. This is overall a very nice, tight movement. I may be wrong, but I feel like it has the most clearly defined structure. 4. Right off the bat, I am concerned about the runs at places like 34 and 37. I am a cellist and just looking at that, at the tempo the recording is at, is giving me a little bit of a heart attack! I am not the world's greatest cellist though, so perhaps who you are planning on this being performed by will be able to do it. I would just be aware that it is a little bit complicated to play those types of runs so fast on stringed instruments. It can be done, it just increases the difficulty of the piece by quite a bit. As far as the movement goes, there seems to be a lot more going on harmonically here than in the other three...? I'm not really sure, but that's just what my ear is picking up. It's not necessarily a bad thing, just something to consider. Also, just to be clear, figures like at 348 with the repeated 16th notes are very playable, it's the longer runs as I listed before that cause my concern. Summary: I think what you've got here is a very enjoyable, very pleasant piece which would be a lot of fun to hear live. I think that even though you are composing in a very classical style, you could experiment a bit more with rhythm/harmony, however there were some nice moments where you did that, so I am inclined to think that you are very capable of it but perhaps decided not to for this particular piece. In any case, I enjoyed listening to it and hope you get some people to play it sometime!
  5. Hey there, Here is another piece which I have been working on this semester! I really need to come up with a fun title, so if anyone has any ideas, please share! Also, I am happy to hear any comments on this work. It is in four movements, and I hope that you enjoy each of them (my personal favorite is the third one - 'Largo').
  6. Guten Tag! This is one of the projects I have been working on this semester! Feel free to check out the concept behind it at this blog post: Composition Notebook: "Morning Birds" - the story. What I am attaching for ya'll is the full score (which includes the cues for the three different flute parts, but not the actual parts), one of the flute parts (so you can see what they look like), a MIDI rendering of all the orchestra and flute parts combined, and a MIDI rendering of just the orchestra part (Titled "Three Violin Version..."). One of the flaws of the combined MIDI file is that the flute parts are made up of several short fragments/'bird calls',as you will see in the attached flute part, and the players will be improvising which bird call they play when. In other words, it will be a much more organic process than a computer just playing them all in order, as happens in the recording. I think the MP3 of everything combined sounds pretty terrible and clamorous which is not at all the intent of the piece. I suspect that this chaos will be lessened considerably when real players are performing this. If anyone has experience writing this sort of thing, I would really appreciate any advice you'd have to offer. Also, I am happy to hear comments from anyone about this piece, whether they be about the orchestral writing, the special effects, or anything else. Thank you and enjoy!
  7. @pateceramics Thanks so much for all of these great suggestions! You are right that no matter how hard you work on the score, you learn a ton at the live rehearsals! I will definitely take your suggestions under consideration. I really appreciate you listening and giving such a detailed response. Thanks!!
  8. @Rabbival507 You are right that it’s a long piece to listen to and review. May I suggest that you simply select a few sections from it to review instead?
  9. Hey folks, This is my latest composition, Ruth. It will be performed by my church's orchestra sometime in the Spring or Summer. I am looking for feedback on this so hit me with anything you've got! I know each section is pretty short, but it's what I had to do in order to fit the type of concert it will be performed at. Thanks! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c3YJdnU_Lg
  10. Awesome! This was a lot of fun to listen to! Congrats on getting it performed by such great musicians. It sounds great.
  11. Really great piece! I think a whole concert program with different instruments performing short pieces like this would be really cool.
  12. Hey there, This sounds really great! The orchestration is quite nice to listen to, and the overall effect of the piece is very nice. Your orchestration skills are far above mine, so I have no critiques. I think that the overall tone-color that you achieve is really pretty and easy to listen to. Good job!
  13. Hey guys, sorry for not posting recently. I've just moved to start going to school for organ performance, but I've been getting back into composing over the past weeks. Here's a project I've started and finished during that time.
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