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bkho last won the day on May 24

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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. In the end, you have to have an audience. Though my exposure to modern music is admittedly low, I did study music composition at the university level and was generally discouraged by the seeming attitude of modern composers (at least whom I was exposed to) where their style was more as a deliberate attempt to be iconoclastic rather than pushing music to evolve in a more natural way. To me, no one personifies this more than John Cage. When you're considered a great composer and your most famous work is 4'33" of silence, there is something seriously wrong. As another example, during my time in college, a pianist friend of mine was asked to premiere a new work for four hands by the composer in residence at the time. The work was for "prepared piano" so it involved various coins and other objects in the piano and the piece itself was virtually unplayable as written so she and her partner didn't really practice it much at all. They were understandably nervous when then the performance came and they completely mauled it to their admission. So when the composer came up to them after the performance, they were bracing themselves for being chewed out. Instead he commended them for a wonderful performance that was even better than he could have hoped and asked if they would be willing to premiere another piece in progress which they politely declined.
  2. I need to somehow kick myself back into composing regularly and past competitions have inspired me to write some of my better works so I'm definitely game.
  3. Very nice. This is certainly quite playable, actually wouldn't be too difficult to perform at all. What solo violin samples do you use?
  4. Delightful. The piano part is relatively understated, more of a complementary part of the ensemble rather than a featured soloist and not too difficult. This would be fun to perform for an intermediate level ensemble.
  5. Welcome back my friend!

    1. bkho



    2. maestrowick


      write anything new?

  6. I'm a doctor for what's its worth. Please everyone, relax. Certainly, there is concern particularly for the high risk elderly and those with complex medical issues but for the vast majority of people, this is really similar to a bad flu which is also high risk in elderly and patients with complicated medical issues (yet people still don't vaccinate for this......). Take the usual precautions by good handwashing/hygeine, avoid large crowds when possible, and look after your loved ones who are higher risk. The hysteria can be worse than the disease itself.
  7. Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and Beethoven's Symphony no. 7
  8. Kind of reminds me of Beethoven's variations in C minor which takes a simple harmonic progression and varies in a multitude of interesting ways but definitely with some Lisztian flair as previously noted. Well done.
  9. I had to do a double take as I actually posted a moment musical on my youtube page with the exact same picture! Yours is very different from mine (I went more Schubertian, yours is more of the Rachmaninoff way). Very nice work!
  10. It's Trevor Pinnock. The CD cover is at the end of the video.
  11. I have been a longtime member, one of the earliest members on this site even before Chopin took it over when it was a very different iteration. At that time I was truly a "young composer" though I suspect I'm one of the older members on this site now (I only know of one other member who is definitely older than me....). Music is a very serious hobby for me and I studied music in college, though in real life I'm a doctor (a neurologist) and am particularly fascinated between the link of music and the nervous system. Unfortunately, because of the demands of my professional and home life, I have not been as active as I would like but always remain an admiring member from a far at the amazing music contributed on daily basis. This has been a remarkably durable community, that despite natural ebbs and flows, there has always been a strong core membership that has kept it going. My own music is strongly grounded in Western classical music of the 17th-18th century though I'd like to think in my original voice and not as simple pastiche.
  12. Kind of you to offer but I agree, no extensions should be offered. It would not be fair to the entrants who have worked hard to comply with the criteria already set. Anyway, my issue was more of some family medical issues that arose (fortunately appear to be resolving well) that required my focus so I was little beyond the initial sketching phase anyway.
  13. Very nice. Sounds Beethoven inspired, especially with the C minor key and the recurrent triplet "fate rhythm" that is so common in his music. My only minor critigue is that it's doesn't sound too march-like to me, I would probably characterize it more as an overture.
  14. I deeply apologize for the short notice but I will be unable to meet the deadline. Best wishes to all the participants!
  15. Lovely piece. There is a dearth of works that feature the viola and this works very well.
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