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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. @jawoodruff Given that I worked on the piece with my teacher (a graduate assistant) for the past few months, he didn’t have a lot to say about the finished product. His comments mainly were directed towards the individual sections as I was writing them. That being said, he didn’t mention the sort of odd nature of having two introductions, as you pointed out. I do agree that it seems a little weird because of that. However, I like the feeling of the “Let there be light moment” followed by the absolute stillness of introduction 2. In the jury itself, the faculty didn’t comment on this piece, other than to ask some basic questions about why/how I wrote it.
  2. In addition to what the others said, I wanted to say that I love how detailed your notation is! All the articulations and everything seem really intentional. Nice sketch!
  3. Cool piece! I wasn't expecting the cello solo! If you had shown me this piece and asked me to guess the title, I don't know if Cloudy Dreams would have come to mind, but I think it definitely fits. I also enjoyed the sound effects throughout. Thanks for sharing!
  4. First of all, sweet looking score! Lol I enjoyed hearing the piece. It's not the style I am used to composing in or listening to, but I did think it sounded really interesting. I thought the fact that much of the piece was spent with just small groups of instruments playing together was really great. Self-restraint in orchestration is hard to manage. When you have a big score, it's tempting to want to fill it up all the time. Nice work!
  5. I definitely got Christmas vibes from this! I could picture this going nicely in a film. I think that sometimes when you have the violins doubling the piano melody, it seems a bit redundant to me. But that's mainly my own preference. Nice job!
  6. I think you've created a very lovely piece of music here. I don't have the knowledge at this point to make any intelligent critiques about the style, but I can assure you that I enjoyed the composition and hope you will consider uploading a score for it sometime so we can see how it looks notated out. Nice work!
  7. First of all, thanks for sharing, and I'm sorry no one has reviewed your piece yet! It's very beautiful. I really enjoyed the part starting at M. 46. Overall, I thought this was a lovely setting of the text to music, and I'd imagine a choir would love to sing it. Nice work!
  8. It sounds nice! I would consider using pizzicato in your strings at some point; it would work well with the "1, 2, 3" accompaniment. Other than that, I think you're off to a good start here!
  9. As others have noted, your piano writing is extraordinary! For me, composing for piano is a real challenge, but your composition sounds like it just flowed straight from the fingertips of a the best pianist out there- amazing! You also seem to handle writing for orchestra quite nicely. This is definitely one of the finer works I've seen on here, and I hope it gets all the recognition it deserves. Great job!
  10. It seems to me you have two basic options: 1) Create a quick-paced melody that's very bouncy and dance-like. 2) Create a bigger, more grand melody that stretches over entire measures and rests on top of the quicker 6/8 texture. Either way, it's up to you; perhaps you'll find something completely different to do. It all depends on what the piece is for and what your general idea is for it. Good luck on the rest of it!
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    Thanks for sharing! I thought this was a cool piece with some really interesting and effective choices in instrumentation. While the same chord progression repeated again and again, I was always pleasantly surprised by what combinations of instruments you decided to use at any given moment. Also, the structure of the piece was very nice. It had clearly defined sections that all were related but had their own personalities. Great work!
  12. I've gotta say that based on the strings, it sounds like 4/4 to me. OR it could be a really slow 3/4. Lol, good luck deciding!
  13. This music is not what I write personally, but I definitely think it sounds great! What software did you use to write it? I think the backdrop of the bass/beat combined with the lyrical string melody is really effective, and it didn't get old at all. I could have kept listening to it for awhile. I might suggest adding in some harmonies with more string instruments (like, another violin, viola, cello, and double bass all playing a rhythmic pattern with whatever chord you're using at the moment). I think this would go really well in a game or action movie. Excellent music!
  14. Cool piece! First of all, I really like that you put the harmonic analysis in the score. It's cool to follow along with that. So, I don't feel that I have any technical suggestions for you. A lot of it sounded rather sparse to me; I'm not sure how else to say that. There were lots of very "open" sounding sounds, and it got a little to persistent for my tastes. That being said, I also think it's clear you know what you're doing, and I think this would be really great to hear performed in a concert.
  15. I really like that you are composing this with a smaller orchestra in mind. I think being able to scale down and restrain from going all out is really a great show of self control. For me, the harmony didn't have enough variety. Now, that added to the sort of dooms-day sound, which is what you were going for, I'm sure. But I just felt like it could have gone to more interesting places. Also, just be aware that a lot of choirs don't have many basses who can really reach those low notes you've written. It doesn't mean you can't write them, but you should be aware that you're spending a lot of time way down at the bottom for them. Nice job!
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