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bkho last won the day on November 20

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About bkho

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  • Birthday June 8

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    I'm a neurologist that practices in the Boston area who loves to write music in his spare time. I played the violin and viola growing up and loved playing in orchestras. I was a music major in college.
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    Music, Reading
  • Favorite Composers
    Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Dvorak, Mahler, Bruckner
  • My Compositional Styles
    Tonal with influences from Baroque, Classical, and Romantic styles
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    Finale 2014
  • Instruments Played
    Violin, Viola

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  1. Ambitious indeed to rescore a scene with an iconic soundtrack but I thought you did a great job. I completely agree with LostSamurai's comment about needing some change in the music when the stormtroopers board. The music was great in building up the opening scene but doesn't quite work as well when looped into the action part of the scene. Also a bit of a let down that the music drops out when Vader enters.
  2. String Quartet No. 1 in Cm

    I like it quite a bit. My only bit of feedback is that parts at times seem to drop in and out without a clear reason. For example, measure 27, when the descending figure in the viola and second violin fails to resolve in the next measure (at least to my ears) and later in the work, parts just pop in for a couple measure then drop out. However, I really like the balance between the players, particularly the viola part which actually does a fair bit of heavy lifting in this movement which I'm sure your violist will appreciate. I took the liberty of putting your midi file through garritan string soundfonts which aren't great but I thought made it sound a little better.
  3. Overall, I liked it! My recommendation would be continue with the descending triple figuration in base though that's just a matter of personal taste.
  4. Donethur, your opening follows a common harmonic progression in many classical works so that's why it probably sounds so familiar. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
  5. "Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal." - Igor Stravinsky. Even you did unconsciously recreate a melody that was someone else's, just know that you are in good company.
  6. O Holy Night arrangement

    A lovely arrangement. I took the liberty of applying garritan soundfonts to the voices with pipe organ accompaniment. I hope you like it.
  7. I agree about the Beethoven influence. Reminds me a little of Beethoven's Egmont Overture.
  8. I agree, sets the mood perfectly!
  9. Thanks for listening! Thanks for listening! Sorry the grace notes got annoying, believe or not, an earlier draft had far more of them but I realized I was getting carried away.
  10. This a short piece I recently finished after digging up an old theme. As the name implies, it is strongly influenced by Schubert's famous Moment Musical in F minor as well and is structured similarly though I wonder if it is too influenced by the Schubert's work. I kind of got lazy with the ending, I hope to come up with a better one. Score is attached but as always, is a little rough.
  11. I experience lulls in composing quite a bit. Generally what I do is revisit an older work and try to work on that for a bit. I also listen to a lot of music and try to see if something I hear could work well, even copying it directly to my work and then reworking it in to something more original. When I am really stuck, I'll completely switch gears and find that re-arranging a popular tune or writing a set of variations can sometimes jumpstart the creative process.
  12. Piano Concerto ''Octaves''

    Great piece! I love the unrelenting driving energy that permeates through the work.
  13. I write in concert pitch then transpose after it is finished. Thank goodness for notation software!
  14. Same Melody Twice

    Most composers have recycled themes. Schubert in particularly did it all the time. If it was okay with him, probably okay for anyone else.
  15. I'm a big Dvorak fan but I also never warmed to the cello concerto. I also never got into Brahms' symphonies, except for the first. I'm also not a huge fan of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. I recognize that is an impeccably constructed work but it is just too "clean" for me if that makes any sense.