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bkho last won the day on November 20 2017

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About bkho

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    Seasoned Composer
  • 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. Sounds original to me as well. It has a similar character to Beethoven's Ode to Joy but it is clearly very different. Perhaps you're "plagiarizing" yourself from an earlier work? I've done that before, writing something and being convinced I subconsciously stole it from someone and turning out to be actually from a scrap of something I wrote and abandoned a long time ago (I have a bad habit of starting many things and finishing very few).
  2. bkho

    Prelude and Fugue in G major

    Very nice!
  3. It's nice but harmonically pretty static as it stays in G minor though out without much variation in the chord progression or any modulation. For a short piece like this, that's okay but after while you'll want to have have some contrast.
  4. I'd like a minor key please, C, D, or G minor.
  5. bkho

    Preludes and Fugues.

    I'm in.
  6. bkho

    Life Changer

    For an early work, there are nice elements. The melody is very nice and the harmonies are clean. However, as Luis pointed out, there are many areas which are likely unplayable for most pianists because of very large intervals as your middle voices are either too low for the right hand to play or too high for the left hand. Unless you are writing for someone with a huge fingerspan, I'd avoid intervals in each hand larger than an octave. For example, that F in measure 10 is unplayable, measures 13-20 would also be unplayable and there are a quite few other measures with similar problems. Also try to avoid parallel 5ths if possible, like at the end, which generally is avoided in tonal music and just has a blocky sound. But as I said, there are many aspects I enjoyed in your work and I'm sure your professor is quite honored to have someone write such a piece for him.
  7. Very nice! Few soloists nowadays write their own cadenzas, so this is very impressive.
  8. bkho

    Hows this waltz I composed?

    I agree with Luis, you should try to vary the left hand more. The parallel fifths make it sound blocky and heavy (and technically should be avoided whenever possible if you're trying to write in a conventional western tonal classical style. But a good effort.
  9. bkho

    Life Changer

    Do you have an audio file to go along with the score? It would help to provide some useful feedback, as least for someone like myself who can't simply hear the music in my head from looking at the score of a piece unfamiliar to me.
  10. bkho


    Interesting theme. I may try to give this a shot if time permits.
  11. It's okay, definitely "very heavily" influenced by Hans Zimmer. It's certainly very listenable but I'm not sure how a music college would view the lack of originality. However, your mixing abilities are in good display here.
  12. bkho

    Piano Trio in A-flat Major, Opus 18

    Love it, especially the second movement. The overall work reminds me of very early Schumann. As I would absolutely love to see the score, I respect your desire to protect your music. That being said, I have the opposite point of view, that the best way to protect my ownership of my music is to have it as freely available as possible. It's a lot harder to take credit for music not your own if it's been out there in wide circulation, though I don't really care about making money off my music. Though I would never imagine anyone stealing my music, it apparently has happened to me though the perpetrator was called out on it by another person who had already been familiar with the piece in question from hearing it since I have it widely available on many internet sites.
  13. bkho

    How much money has Beethoven made?

    If you are talking about money made by anyone via Beethoven's music and likeness, it probably is in the hundreds of billions if not more.
  14. bkho

    I Can't Compose?

    Ever composer goes through exactly what you describing. Mental blocks, difficulty in putting what is in my head to paper (or computer screen) etc., I experience this constantly. Honestly, I wish there was an easy way to do it, but for 99.9% of us, composing good music is hard. My advice is to just write and know that much of what you write is not going to be up to your standards off the bat. One of the great American composers (I think it was Samuel Barber though I can't find the exact quote) one said that most important tool for the composer is the eraser. In the end, it's always easier to take a bad piece and keep working on it and honing it to something better, then to come up with something great immediately. Study music that you like and emulate or flat out steal what you think works well and put it into your earlier efforts as you try to get better. Sometimes to try to get inspiration, I'll arrange a piece I like for a different ensemble as a way to learn from the music up close, or write a set of theme and variations where your compositional process is more focused. Save everything you write, no matter how small it is; sometimes coming back and looking at an old work in progress or fragment can be a source of inspiration.
  15. I'll also gladly test without pay. I'm sorry I hadn't gotten around to really trying it out. I definitely plan to do so once my schedule lightens up.