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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. Maarten Bauer

    String Quartet No.3 ,,Friends''

    Thank you! The ut stands for the C in the scale.
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    String Quartet No.3 ,,Friends''

    Thank you Luis!
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    How to compose music?

    First of all, great that you want to learn to compose! I can share my composing advice. When I started to compose, which is circa 2,5 years ago, I did not know anything about music theory. I did play saxophone and I learnt to play keyboard. So, I was familiar with reading notes and chords, but harmony, form, counterpoint etc. were terms I never had heard of. To be clear: my first compositions were garbage, but I am so glad that I wrote them. Every 'mistake' you make, will help you with composing the next piece. Experience and doing it is the key. I started to imitate and copy Mozart's first minuets so that I became familiar with standard forms and harmony. Furthermore, I listened to all kinds of music. Since you say that you already have some knowledge of theory, I think you should just start composing. When you do not like the result, do not delete it, but look why you do not like it and what you could change so that you will like it. Good luck!
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    String Quartet No.3 ,,Friends''

    Hello everybody! I am very busy with my final exams and auditions, so that is the reason why I have not been online for a while. Anyway, I composed a new 'neoclassical' composition for string quartet. Each movement is based on the letters of one of my friends' name. I used the letters A, B, C, D, E, F, G and Ut, Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti. The duration of each movement is pretty short, because I wanted to have the movements in balance. Some themes are namely pretty hard for me to compose more than two minutes. Enjoy and please comment! Sharing your opinion means a lot too! Maarten
  5. Maarten Bauer

    Birth of a Star

    I love it! The main theme is great and it can be recognised very well, which is a key thing in this composition. You use it all the time, but it does not irritate or bore me at all. You take the listener on a musical journey. Well done!
  6. Maarten Bauer

    CMV: Music is intrinsically worthless.

    So , why would we then compose music?
  7. Maarten Bauer

    Concerto per vioino e archi in a minor

    Although I love that you (try to) follow the rules of baroque music, I think that you can do a lot more. Maybe try something neo-baroque with new harmonies techniques and other instruments.
  8. Thank you! It is very helpful to know that you did well in writing double stops in this passage.
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    Concerto per vioino e archi in a minor

    Although I really like the baroque feeling and the music contains many baroque elements, I do not like the first movement to be honest. The music in the first movement sounds more like a collection of baroque elements put into one pieces and not like a very creative composition. For me, there is lack of good melodies and you particularly use cadences, which is indeed very baroque, but baroque is not only about cadences. The second movement pleases me more, because I like the harmonies and counterpoint. Still, I miss a clear melody like in Bach, Vivaldi, Händel etc. Furthermore, I think that you over-use the retardation species in counterpoint. In the adagio there are some places like m. 174 2nd Violin, where I do not like the D natural against the preceding D sharp. Maybe you could fix this in some way. The melody in the last movement is pretty nice, but you do not seem to develop it nor use it in the solo violin parts. Moreover, I think you could have modulated to other tonal centers as well. I like the counterpoint thoug!
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    Zdravas Mária(Ave Maria)

    Lovely Ave Maria. The music moves me despite the electronic sounds. I am sure that a real performance will move other people as well. Well done!
  11. Maarten Bauer

    Masterclass: ORCH 103 - SAXOPHONE WRITING

    #12- Pedro Iturralde - Pequeña Czarda (1929) This is a beautiful example of modern Spanish / Latino music for saxophone. It appears that Although the music might sound easy, it certainly is not. Particularly, the last section, when the saxophonist needs to play a melody in the altissimo register and glissandi. Intonation can be hard too. Note that there is almost always legato when a saxophone needs to play a fast passage, because this is much easier than staccato or 'normal' playing ways. Note the beautiful cadenza, in which the performer plays with different fingerings, which slightly change the pitch of the note. Furthermore, the saxophonist uses key clicks, which also produce pitches in the form of the melody. Pedro Iturralde - Pequeña Czarda for Alto Saxophone and Piano (1929)
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    [MELODRAMA] Ali Baba

    Thank you for your opinion! Do you consider yourself Persian as ab Iranian? I am really interested, since the 'formal' Persian empire does not exist anymore in my knowledge. Thanks! I love exotic scales too! Currently, I am experimenting with gamelan music, because my roots are from Indonesia and I feel a connection between this sort of music and me.
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    [MELODRAMA] Ali Baba

    Hello! For some workshops at the conservatorium, I needed to write a very simple piece based on world music. So I decided to write my third melodrama about the fairy tale Ali Baba and the forty thieves. I did not compose a piece about the whole fairy tale, because it needed to be a short piece. The composition ends with an open end. The number of instruments can change, so I decided to cluster the instruments as much as possible. Here is the Dutch text with translation: Ali Baba is mijn naam. Ik ben de rijkste man in heel Perzië. Hoe? Dat zal ik u eens vertellen. Op een dag reisde ik door de woestijn. Het zand brandde mijn huid en de zon verblindde me. Ik besloot met mijn kameel even te rusten in de schaduw van een rots. Totdat ik stemmen hoorde. [Spreek Arabische klanken] Ze zagen eruit als rovers. Ik volgde ze na. Ze liepen naar een rots. En ze riepen ,,Sesam open u!'' En de rots brak open. Toen de rovers binnen waren, verstopte ik me achter de rots. Ik wachtte tot alle veertig rovers weer buiten waren en in het donker sloop ik naar de magische rots toe. En bij de rots aangekomen riep ik de woorden ,,Sesam open u!'' De rots ging open en ik ging naar binnen. Binnen kon ik mijn ogen niet geloven. Bergen met goud, zilver en edelstenen. Ik ben steenrijk! Wahaha! Maar hoe krijg ik het mee naar huis? Ali Baba is my name. I am the richest man in whole Persia. How? I am going to tell you. Once upon a time, I traveled through the desert. The sand burned my skin and the sun dazzled my eyes. I decided to rest a while in the shadow of a rock. Until I heard voices. [Speak Arabic sounds] They looked like thieves. I followed them. They walked to a rock. And they called ,,Open sesame.'' And the rock broke open. When the thieves were inside, I hid myself behind a rock. I waited until all forty thieves were outside again and I sneaked to the magical rock in the dark. And arrived at the rock, I called the words ,,Open sesame!'' The rock opened and I entered. I could not believe my eyes inside. Mountains of gold, silver and jewels. I am rich! Wahaha! But how am I going to bring this all home?
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    "Angels & Earths"

    Wonderful music! The only comment I can give you is that I would like to hear a more real sounding choir. Like Ilv said, there is a fine balance between repetition and variations. For instance, the claves add so much more depth to the music. Great decision to add them!