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  1. Thanks for your comment! Could you let me know which bars you found four pedal changes at a time? Thanks for letting me know about it...
  2. @isuckatcomposing Actually these pieces are much easier to sing than they sound...usually each part only have have to sing in major scale from the pitch where the atonal passage begins, and most atonal passages are no longer than two measures, so it is quite easy for each voice to stay in tune... Honestly, I kind of hesitated a bit about writing choral pieces in atonal music at the beginning, but I noticed lots of even more atonal, more difficult unaccompanied choral music from lots of composers such as Peter Maxwell Davies, Louis Andriessen, Arnold Schoenberg, Hans Werner Henze, Gyorgi Ligeti, and Augusta Read Thomas... But if you would still suggest I make easier pieces I can start making another 2-3 songs, as there is still few months left until the submission deadlines...
  3. Thanks for your comments! Does anyone have any other thoughts? 🙂
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    Psalm 23

    Hi! I wrote this piece for submitting to choral composition competitions in next few months... Could you give me any comments after listening to the piece? I'd really appreciate your help! (Attached are PDF score and computer-generated audio)
  5. Program Note (No Coward Soul Is Mine for Mezzo Soprano and Piano) Bronte wrote this famous funeral poem after being inspired by death of her mother and couple of sisters. In this poem the speaker courageously asserts that her soul is not afraid because her faith in heaven, embracing doubt, nature, death and immortality, arms her against fear from life’s uncertainties, and I tried to keep this in mind in setting the poem to this song.
  6. Program Note (Sleepless Souls for Violin, Bb Clarinet, and Piano) This piece is dedicated to 309 killed or missing passengers from the Sewol Ferry Disaster near southwest coast of South Korea on Apr. 16, 2014. The music starts with slow, lamenting melodic motives with some traditional Korean folklores, thinking of past memories with their classmates (most of the victims were high school students on the school trip). Then it becomes agitating in the middle section, describing the emergency where they were waiting for the rescue while the ship was sinking but the rescue team could not approach to the scene because of bad weather with strong current. After the climax, it returns to the beginning music describing the calm sea after the storm (calling their friends' names but no answers)… Link to the Wikipedia article about the incident: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_MV_Sewol
  7. Hi! I wrote this piece earlier this year based on Keats ballade poem (Poem summary from the Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Belle_Dame_sans_Merci)... Any comments will be appreciated! Have a nice day...
  8. Program note I wrote this music after recalling the lifestyles of new generation in 1990s I saw and heard when I was young. Called Generation X, this generation refused to conform to existing socially accepted ideas and expressed this with their freewheeling lifestyles. It was around that time when lots of new trends in fashion, music, etc., became popular, and these trends easily distinguish this generation from previous generation. I tried to make music describing their distinctive lifestyles, in lively, jazzy style, but also Sturm und Drang type passages describing conflict with surrounding world (in middle section).
  9. Hi! I wrote this sextet piece based on poem by W. H. Auden... Any comments will be appreciated! (BTW the tenor part will sound like humming because this is computer-generated audio)
  10. Hi! I wrote this piece for submitting to choral composition competitions in next few months... Could you give me any comments after listening to the piece? I'd really appreciate your help! (Attached are PDF score and computer-generated audio)
  11. Hi! I wrote this piece for submitting to choral composition competitions in next few months... Could you give me any comments after listening to the piece? I'd really appreciate your help! (Attached are PDF score and computer-generated audio)
  12. Hi! I wrote this three-movement piece after traveling to New York City this summer... Please leave me comments after listening to this piece (attached are PDF score and recordings)! I. In the Silence after Midnight around Ground Zero II. On the Night View of Skyscrapers from Empire State Building III. On a Midsummer Jazz Concert in Central Park
  13. Acually I got an interview invitation from one university yesterday (MM-Composition), but I had no idea how to prepare for the interviews over about month and a half remaining, believing that musical composition should be such a broad area and there must be lots of things to cover...At this time I'm going to prepare for questions on 1) My favorite composers and their representative works and musical styles 2) Principles of orchestration 3) Previously taken coursework about musical composition and theory 4) Why and how I began learning composition 5) Previously attended composition recitals, masterclasses, guest lectures, etc 6) How I have developed my musical language 7) Score identification 8) Music theory (mostly tonal harmony) 9) Ear training (mostly tonal harmony and melody) 10) Plans during the program and after graduation 11) Particular reasons for applying that university Do you think that preparing for the above should be enough? If not, could you recommend anything else to prepare you believe to be important but not listed above? Also, could you let me know which university is heavily testing on which part based on your previous interview experiences? Additionally, could you let me know what universities have specific exams on music history or theory as parts of their auditions? For those without such exams, do they mostly ask some questions on music theory during the interviews? THX-Edward
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