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About shamirtheviolinist

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    Hello everyone! My name is Shamir and I am a 14 year old composer.
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    The United States of America
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    Composing, Reading, Swimming, Playing my violin
  • Favorite Composers
    Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich,
  • My Compositional Styles
    Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century, Original
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  1. Hi everyone, It's been awhile since I've been on this forum and I can say that I've really grown as a composer! Anyways, I'm starting a piano concerto (kinda). The orchestra is too small for me to comfortably call it a "concerto" even though it is a three-movement work written for a solo instrument accompanied by an orchestra. I say the piano concerto is small in the sense of the orchestra. It's being written for standard classical orchestra (2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, and strings). But a piano concerto that I've written if scored for a late romantic period orchestra (2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, and strings). As you can see, the orchestras are a little different from each other. Should this piece be labeled as a piano concertino? Help!! -Shámir
  2. This has officially become one of my favorite piano concertos OF ALL TIME!!!!!!
  3. Hi everyone! I have once again fallen in need of your help. I don't have access to a piano to help me compose any 'real pieces'. Everything that I write is simple and I think that by using a piano, it would help me in the most tremendous of ways. Since I am a child, I cannot but a piano and my parents won't buy me one. I play the violin, could that help with composing? How many of you don't compose with a piano? If you don't, what's a good way to compose without one? Thank You! - Shamir
  4. Hi everyone! I started to research different ways of composing music and have came across the golden ratio/ Fibonacci sequence. I've watched numerous videos that explains it but they never showed me an example. May anyone show me how to compose step-by-step using the golden ratio/ Fibonacci sequence? Thank You! -Shamir
  5. Hi everyone! Another problem has came up since I started composing. My pieces are short. When I say short I mean 20 measures or less short. Its seems as if when I hit the 20th measure, my ideas are leaving me like hearing left Beethoven 😂! I sit at my computer and try to think of something else but, nothing pops up. So, I leave the composition for a few weeks and start something else. Eventually, I come back to the first piece and still, nothing pops up. I'm not writing for many instruments at a time so instrumentation isn't the problem. As stupid as it is to compare myself to such geniuses, I see what composers like Beethoven and Mozart were writing at my age (14) and I start to lose my desire to compose entirely because I feel that since my compositions aren't as good or lengthy as theirs, why even compose at all? For example, I started a string trio just a few minutes ago and decided to listen to others just to get the full idea of what it means to actually write a string trio. I find Mozart's Divertimento for String Trio K. 563 and Beethoven's String Trio No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 3; both are about 40 mins long and full of amazing melodies. Immediately, this both excites me about writing my own and discourages me because I know that my trio won't turn out like theirs. How did they do it? How did they write 40 min long music that is also amazing? Can anyone help me to follow that same path? Thank You! - Shamir
  6. How did you create that beautiful background in the pdf? Beautiful concerto btw!
  7. Hi everyone! Listening to many composers has inspired me to write like them. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and Shostakovich were all masters at their craft. I'd love to write like these men but, I also need to know how they write. I've tried studying scores but nothing seems to help. If someone would be gracious enough to individually list and name different characteristics of the composers that I named would be greatly appreciated! Thank You! P.S. My apologies if I'm asking for to much.
  8. Hi everyone! I am a beginner composer who needs help finding my own voice. I find myself writing music that I've already listened to. How did you guys/girls find your own musical voice?
  9. Hi Everyone! My friend recently asked me to write a double bass concerto for her! She told me that she wanted it in G major; I said I will write it for her but the problem is... I HAVE NEVER WRITTEN FOR SOLO DOUBLE BASS IN MY LIFE!!! Can someone please tell me how to write for double bass. Things like scordatura, chords, do's and don't's will greatly be appreciated! (By the way, this concerto is in a classical style so instrumentation is early classical as well.) If you want me to upload it, let me know! Thank You!
  10. Hello everyone, I have listened to Piano Concerto No. 5 in E♭ major, Op. 73, by Ludwig van Beethoven and, have fallen in love with it. After listening to this I have decided to write one of my own! Listed below are the characteristics of it. Key: A♭ major Tempo: 110 bpm Time Signature: 4/4 Instruments: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets (in B♭), 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns (in F), 2 Trumpets (in B♭), 2 Tenor Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone, Timpani, 1 Grand Piano, Violins 1, Violins 2, Violas, Violoncellos, and Contrabasses. I have chosen these instruments based on other piano concertos that I have listened to in the past, like Tchaikovsky No. 1 and Rachmaninoff No. 2 and would like to imitate them. This is my first piece of music that is being written for full orchestra. Any and ALL tips and tricks about orchestration, writer's block, creativity, creating new themes, motifs, or writing fun and exciting and fun, new music are very well needed! Please feel free to comment below about any and everything about anything about the piece. Thank You!
  11. If you want to write a piano trio it might be useful to learn about counterpoint and making sure that all the parts blend in together.
  12. Hello everyone! I am new to this website and I was scrolling upon google searching for a website just like this and I found it! Anyways, I have a dilemma. I am a 13 year old composer who has been composing for about a year and a half now. I have made a conscious decision to transition from computer composing to hand writing my compositions. So, I have been looking for SPIRAL BOUND manuscript paper that has 25 STAVES OR MORE for a symphony that I am writing (I know what you are thinking, "You are only 13 years old you don't need to write a symphony at this age". But I actually started the first movement and it is going really well.) So if any of you have any suggestions on what manuscript paper to buy please let me know as soon as humanly possible! THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
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