@Rabbival507 Lol...I already realized after giving the piece a few listens that I was unintentionally inspired by the Hobbit soundtrack, but I only realized now that you could literally edit my piece to extract the beginning of Misty Mountains Cold... 😅 This is a pretty generic-sounding piece compared to some of my other compositions, but hey, having your melody compared to the Hobbit theme is (probably) a good thing. That theme is epic, and Howard Shore is one of my favorite composers --- I know I didn't indicate that on my profile; I just created it yesterday. Hopefully I'll be able to find time to edit it some more today. While I certainly like film music, I love the music of Romantic-era composers (Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Rimsky-Korsakov, Chopin, Liszt, etc.) even more. Obviously, film music has been hugely inspired by Romantic music, and I love both.
The first link I sent was actually the score. 😂 Strange how you couldn't open it; I copied and pasted it on another site and those people were able to open it. Whatever, I guess I could send you a PDF of the sheet music once I clean it up a bit.
Thanks for the compliment on the harmonies! I consider harmony to be one of my strongest points, since identifying chords and applying them to my music has always been relatively easy. My goal has always been to elicit strong emotions in my listeners, and harmony plays a huge role in that.
Also, let me know if the melody can be easily heard or if it's being drowned out by the other parts. Is the melody "catchy" enough? Coming up with a memorable melody has always been another one of my priorities.
In order to improve the dynamics, I think what I'll do is study the sheet music of similar pieces, so that I know just how loud or soft certain parts should be. I use flat.io, and unfortunately the String Ensemble soundfont on that site is a bit too bombastic-sounding whether it's forte or piano. I'll just do the best I can.
About European folk music --- I love that stuff; when I was in chamber choir I sang a good number of folk tunes. Since I like Romantic music, I guess it goes without saying that I'm a big fan of folk music. 😊
Thanks for your advice on "bad" pieces vs. unfinished pieces. It makes a ton of sense, and it isn't limited to music. I just gotta keep working at it and stop being so worried about it being perfect haha.
I didn't even think about how uncommon female composers are; I am familiar with a few female composers (like Soon Hee Newbold) but I can probably count all of them on one hand. I guess most women go into songwriting or pop music instead, which might put me at an advantage.
"A Hero's Tale" sounds pretty awesome, especially given that it's one of your earlier compositions! It sounds like something you'd hear in a tavern. You should consider making a guitar and pan flute arrangement of it.