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Maarten Bauer

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About Maarten Bauer

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    Seasoned Composer
  • Birthday 05/02/2000

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  • Biography
    Sine musica nulla vita; without music no life. I have been composing since one and a half year and I try to develop myself as fast as possible to find my own 'voice.' Never have I had any composition classes, so one may say that I am an autodidact composer that learned from the internet, by studying books, but above all by listening to all kinds of music. Next school year I have my final exams and I am going to follow the pre-study of composition at the conservatorium ArtEZ (Zwolle, NL). I am very enthousiastic and I cannot wait!
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    The Netherlands
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    Music, architecture, painting, drawing, language, poetry, literature, philosophy
  • Favorite Composers
    Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Ravel, Wagner, Debussy, Glass, Bruckner
  • My Compositional Styles
    Experimental, avant-garde, neo-classical, minimal music
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    MuseScore, Noteflight
  • Instruments Played
    Piano, soprano saxophone and alto saxophone

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  1. Since I am listening this on my phone, I am not able to look at the score. This feedback will therefore be relevant only to the sounds. The first part was really interesting! One tone that does not sound boring after a relative long time is hard to achieve. I think you could compose an entire composition with only this first section. Around 1.10. The bassoon plays a mysterious melody, which could be made even more effective when you add more layers to it, harmonically and contrapuntally. It sounds too empty for now, but you can do a lot with it. The part around 2.00 when a piano suddenly joined in sounded too out of context for me. I would leave it out or compose a smooth transition that introduces the piano sound with its antrimetric figures. I really liked the orchestration! (sounding). Overall, I think you can do a lot more with less. In other words, you state too many new ideas and melodies. You do not really develop the music, only sometimes. Try to go deeper in the music and try to see what you can do with only one part of the composition. For example, the first part. At the moment it sounds more like a random collection of melodies that do not have much in common except the ensemble. Maybe that is because it is not finished yet. Do not get me wrong. You have great ideas, but they need some polishing. Furthermore, I think you can leave out some melodies and replaces those empty parts with developments of the remaining parts. I hope this helps you further!
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    Interesting etymology! I think shame is a fear to not be accepted for things you do and things you are. This fear exists due to cultural norms. I am also struggling with realizing shame in music. Perhaps something like a melody first stated very present and forte, but then shame appears and the melody gets uneasy, piano and shy.
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    Three questions I would like to discuss with you: What is shame exactly? Why does shame exist? How could you symbolize / realize shame in music? Do you have any examples in music?
  4. Well played. To be honest, I do not like the cadenza. But, that is my taste. I shall try to explain you why. The cadenza itself is good and there is a beautiful line of development in it. There is nothing wrong with the cadenza itself. It is the context. In other words, in my opinion your cadenza and Mozart's composition are two different worlds; two different planets. The cadenza is too romantic for me to sound logical in context with Mozart's music. Probably caused by many modulations. It simply does not have the 'simplicity' that Mozart's concerto has. There is a huge gap between the concerto and the cadenza in it. For me, the gap is too big. However, maybe you want to create two planets. Maybe you want a Mercury and a Venus. When that is the case, well done. You achieved this very well. Once again, I want to give you constructive feedback and help you further. There are, undoubtedly, many people who would like this cadenza, but for me it just does not sound correct. It is a feeling that is hard to describe. The piano playing is wonderful and the cadenza is fine too! Maybe try a cadenza by a late romantic composer. 🙂
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    [Live performance] De Zeppelin - Septet, Op.79

    I could not agree more with you! The conservatorium, however, expects that at the end of my study, I have created a sort of original style. In other words, I need to be able to compose real 'Bauers'.
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    Short & Sweet - for piano and double bass

    Very nice little piece! It makes me smile indeed! Well done!
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    [Live performance] De Zeppelin - Septet, Op.79

    Gracias! I am still looking for my own language as you may have noticed already. Therefore I write in so many different styles. I actually like almost all music styles, but to create something completely original is very hard. Gracias!
  8. Hello everybody! This composition was an assignment for a prize I won: Royal Conservatorium The Hague Award for Young Composers. The assigment was to compose a piece linked to a painting by a Dutch painter. The basis of this composition was my fourth symphony, which can be found here: https://www.youngcomposers.com/t35185/symphony-no4-randstad/?tab=comments#comment-1186673577 Here is the description from the program (translated): The painting and music The Zeppelin (below) was painted by the most famous Dutch painter of the magical realism, Carel Willink. Willink lived from 1900 until 1983 and he thus survived both world wars. This undoubtedly influenced his way of painting, because his works are often obscure with thick dark clouds and grey colours. Predicting gifts are often given to Willink, because The Zeppelin is a warning to all the Dutch or even all Europeans for the danger of the Nazis. The zeppelin is the symbol of Nazi-Germany and the painting was made in 1933, the year that Hitler came to power. Four joyful Dutch men wave to the Graf Zeppelin, but they are not conscious of the darkness and obscurity around them. They enthousiastically welcome the enemy, the Germans, in the Netherlands. According to Willink, the zeppelin means evil, but the people do not realise it. This false bottom is realised in my music. A clear contrast between the happy Dutch men and Willink's obscure prediction is made by using mosaic form. This form causes confusion and sudden changes in atmosphere, which Willink applied too in his painting. *We only had 30 minutes to rehearse the piece, so there are some minor errors, which is completely understandable. Opinions and feedback are really welcome! Best regards, Maarten Bauer
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    Main opera criteria

    @Monarcheon @pateceramics @aMusicComposer, Thank you for your interesting responds! The reason I am asking this, is that I am planning to compose an opera about my root countries: Indonesia & The Netherlands. Hopefully, I will get it completed some day and performed too. Fingers crossed!
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    Hello Mark, First of all, sorry for my late reply. Don't feel sorry about the saxophone piece. There is no deadline and it is no must. Only do and start it when you want it yourself. If you need help, I always want to answer your questions! To be honest, I cannot compose music to order too. . . That will be one of the main struggles at the conservatorium, I fear. My solution is to travel to a location that I do not know very well. Then the ideas and inspiration come back. Best regards, Maarten
  11. Very nice and restful composition. I am impressed by the young age when you wrote this. The music sounds very romantic and I can hear that you play the piano as your instrument. Don't you? Your piece sounds so pianistic and there is a considerable focus on harmonic progressions. Well done!
  12. As far as I know, it is slightly harder to play flatterzunge below low D, but you do not need to worry about this. There is namely a solution: throat flutter. ''Throat Flutter can be very useful in the low register and softer dynamics for a clearer tone.'' Source: https://www.flutexpansions.com/flutter-tongue
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    Great to hear from you again! Marvelous! Normally, I would say that there are too many broken chords, but in your piece, it does not disturb me at all. The music sounds VERY romantic and I believe that I can hear your love for Lily (and the other animals). The modulations are wonderful and effective too! The contrast between the fast part and slow part is a very good choice. The only feedback I can give is that I would have liked some more indications in the form of articulation. Very well done! I would like to hear something orchestral from you!
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    Andante For Strings in C# Minor

    I really like the music and harmonies! Some tips: Place the flute above (not below) the strings). In general, the score needs to be looked at again regarding lay-out. Articulation would help! Why do you call this an Andante for string when it includes a flute? The flute part is very minimal, so you either could just leave it out or give it some more notes to play. In my opinion, the flute adds a nice texture to the music. As Luis said, some counterpoint cannot do any harm. Good luck!
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    Performed At Last

    In my opinion, there needs to be a balance between music that can be enjoyed by playing and the level of the piece. I understand what your reviewer says, but I would then rather say that musicians can have fun, because they can participate in the whole of the piece and not in their part.