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JohnKiunke

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About JohnKiunke

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  • Biography
    I was born in 2001, I got into classical music in 2013, I have been composing since 2014, but only seriously composing since 2016.
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    Male
  • Favorite Composers
    Mozart, Haydn, Kozeluch, Clementi, CPE Bach
  • My Compositional Styles
    Viennese Classical
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    MuseScore
  • Instruments Played
    Piano, Clavichord

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  1. What are pieces everyone else likes that you don't?

    HATE Canon in D Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is not extraordinary and SO overplayed 2nd movement of Mozart's KV 467 - Good piece, but not as good as many of his concerto movements
  2. String Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major

    Thanks for the feedback! I was also having problems with the beginning of the second movement, and only recently noticed that it's because of the Eb in the 2nd violin. And the awkward leap, I actually included a grace note when I wrote it on paper, and just forgot to put it into musescore. :)
  3. My second in a set of three string quartets, Op. 2, in the style of roughly the 1780s. Enjoy! Opus 1 has been finished for a while, three piano sonatas, and I will likely post them soon. I also finished the third quartet, but I have not entered it into musescore yet. NOTE: There are two glitches in the first movement, there shouldn't be a D at the end of the exposition, its only a pickup to the development, and the B-flat seventh chord before the recap is a beat too late.
  4. String Quartet No. 1 in C major

    Thank you all for your replies! I'm writing three of them as my Opus 2, (I will post opus 1 shortly, which is three piano sonatas) and this was my first real string quartet, so I may have been a little too cautious. I agree that it's not a very energetic piece, and needs more counterpoint, which I will try do improve on in my next quartets, and I will definitely try to add more variety of form and instrumentation in all of the movements, a skill I hope to improve by experience and study of other composers's works. This was sort of a prototype quartet, so I will definitely individualize the genre for myself once I have the basics down. Thanks again!
  5. Masterclass: Figured bass harmonization

    Awesome to see figured bass getting it's proper recognition! But I think it might've been helpful to include figures as a reference point.
  6. [Open discussion] Young Composers Magazine

    I know nothing about editing, but maybe it could have articles about advice and techniques, or maybe catalogues of compositions, perhaps a list of works from each month by composer? It sounds really exciting!
  7. String Quartet No. 1 in C major

    A string quartet that I completed on the 16th of June. It is in the classical style, inspired by the quartets of Mozart, Haydn, and Kozeluch (A very underrated composer who was more popular than Mozart during his life).
  8. learning music composition

    My biggest mistake as a beginner (I still am very much a beginner) was that I though a book would tell me how to compose. The only methods that have immediately improved my own skills are playing figured bass (it gets you familiar with progressions and tendencies of chords without the dry reading material and exercises), following along with scores while listening to the piece (helps with orchestration and form, it can get boring sometimes so I suggest taking a pencil/stick/pen and "conducting" the music, which is much more fun) and third, once you have basic knowledge of how chords work (which you probably already have) the only way to get better is to compose every day. I suggest setting a schedule, for example I compose for about 10 minutes to an hour every morning, depending on how motivated and full of ideas I am. I just started with a schedule and I've been able to write 3 short piano sonatas, a string quartet, and a small symphony movement in just over a month. Consistency is key.
  9. Agnus dei in Bflat

    This is very good! I also write in this style, but I'm not so advanced yet...
  10. Wow! This is extremely good! It's nice to find another classical style composer!
  11. Any book based on Fux's Gradus, Rameau's Treatise, and for classical era composers like myself, Gjerdingen's "Music in the Galant Style"
  12. What Does Your Catalog Look Like?

    I've written probably around 40 "pieces", but I was most prolific when I didn't really know the first thing about composing, so I just call my early pieces sketches. There are only 3 pieces I consider to be complete compositions, the Capriccio in C major, which I posted, an allegro in B flat major, and 2 Minuets for Keyboard. (All written after November 2015). I wrote a Keyboard Suite in C major, but there is no unity of style and it's very obvious I had little experience. I won't be assigning opus numbers until later this year when I have some sonatas and chamber pieces under my belt.
  13. The Myth Of Originality?

    Don't worry at all. I actually encourage you to copy other composers. That's what Mozart did with Abel and JC Bach, and what Haydn did with CPE Bach, and what Beethoven did with Haydn. And before long, they found their own voice whether they were aware of it or not.
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