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  1. So I have three lieds I've written, and for college reasons I need to know which one is best. Please let me know which one you think is best! The first one- Der Wandrers Nachtlied ("The Wanderer's Night Song," both parts) https://musescore.com/owlman142/the-wanderers-nightsong Der du von dem Himmel bist, Alles Leid und Schmerzen stillest, Den, der doppelt elend ist, Doppelt mit Erquickung füllest; Ach, ich bin des Treibens müde! Was soll all der Schmerz und Lust? Süßer Friede, Komm, ach komm in meine Brust! Über allen Gipfeln Ist Ruh, In allen Wipfeln Spürest du Kaum einen Hauch; Die Vögelein schweigen im Walde. Warte nur, balde Ruhest du auch. ------------------------------------------- Thou that from the heavens art, Every pain and sorrow stillest, And the doubly wretched heart Doubly with refreshment fillest, I am weary with contending! Why this pain and desire? Peace descending Come ah, come into my breast! Above all summits it is calm. In all the tree-tops you feel scarcely a breath; the birds in the forest are silent. Just wait, soon you will rest as well. The second one: Anliegen ("Wish") https://musescore.com/owlman142/lied-2_5ish O schönes Mädchen du, Du mit dem schwarzen Haar, Die du ans Fenster trittst, Auf dem Balkone stehst! Und stehst du wohl umsonst? O stündest du für mich Und zögst die Klinke los, Wie glücklich wär ich da! Wie schnell spräng ich nihauf! --------------------------------------------- O beautiful girl you, you with the black hair That you step to the window, stand on the balcony ! And are you standing there for no reason? O are you standing for me And unlocking the door? How happy would I be there! How quickly I would jump up there! The third one: Wehmut ("Melancholy") https://musescore.com/owlman142/lied-3 Ihr verblühet, süße Rosen, Meine Liebe trug euch nicht; Blühtet, ach! dem Hoffnungslosen, Dem der Gram die Seele bricht! Jener Tage denk' ich trauernd, Als ich, Engel, an dir hing, Auf das erste Knöspchen lauernd Früh zu meinem Garten ging; Alle Blüten, alle Früchte Noch zu deinen Füßen trug Und vor deinem Angesichte Hoffnung in dem Herzen schlug. Ihr verblühet, süße Rosen, Meine Liebe trug euch nicht; Blühtet, ach! dem Hoffnungslosen, Dem der Gram die Seele bricht. ------------------------------------------------------ You are wilting, sweet roses - my love could not sustain you. Bloom for hopelessness then, for he whose soul is breaking from sorrow! I think mournfully of those days when I hung on you, angel, waiting for your first little bud and going to my garden early; Every blossom, every fruit I carried to your feet; and before your countenance, hope throbbed in my heart. You are wilting, sweet roses - my love could not sustain you. Bloom for hopelessness then, for he whose soul is breaking from sorrow! Thank you!
  2. I'm in the middle of applications right now, so I haven't been accepted into a program yet. Thanks for the advice though, I actually already took the ap music theory test (and got a 5) but I'll practice some of the other stuff you mentioned. Thanks again.
  3. I haven't been accepted to a program yet, so I would be competing against them to get in.
  4. So I recently made the decision to go to school for composition, and since then I've been feeling lots of self doubt that I'm not good enough or not as good as all the others I would be competing against. Keeping in mind I'm not actually in music school yet, I think it might just be fear of the unknown going from an amercian public high school stem-centered education to a fully music education, but this has been affecting my ability to write music recently. Has anyone else encountered this, and have any tips for dealing with it? Thanks in advance.
  5. This is a question I was thinking about the other day. When you're learning an instrument, you don't start by playing a Telemann concerto, you start by playing notes, and then scales, then arpeggios and scale patterns and etudes and such, because those make up the fundamentals of all music. How exactly does one "practice" composition? How do you do the composition equivalent of playing scales and scale patterns? An instrumentalist wouldn't only play fancy concert solo pieces, but that's essentially what we do in composition. Am I making sense?
  6. Hello all! I've been composing for quite some time now, but I'm new to this forum. It seems like a really cool place though. Here's my first Lied I've ever written, a setting of Goethe's Wandrer's Nachtlied. I got a complaint from someone else that the music is "too depressing" for the words, but I disagree with him entirely. What do you guys think? Comments on the music are also encouraged. Thanks in advance. The poem and its translation can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanderer's_Nightsong Also a quick note, the Gb chord in m16 is meant to function as an F# chord going to the B minor section, I just didn't want to use all those accidentals.
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