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  1. Thanks jawoodruff, maestrowick, and Quinn for you reviews and suggestions! I might look at exploring the extended techniques that you refer to in future compositions for clarinet, insofar as they might suit the boundaries of the definition of a 'soliloquy'. Thanks jawoodruff. Some years ago (2013) I had prepared a definition of the 'soliloquy' as I see it, for the program of a concert in which some of my soliloquies were performed. I think that reproducing it below would best describe what I have in mind when composing soliloquies. Let me add that they are the product of inspiration and not prior intention. "I call many of my pieces by the name of "Soliloquy" which to me signifies a short (aphoristic), reflective, often calm, and sometimes sad, piece written for one instrument (or sometimes a set of instruments behaving as one). These pieces often serve as a kind of character sketch of the particular instrument for which they are written, and/or to present a single musical statement/argument in a brief yet parsimoniously meaningful manner."
  2. This is my "Soliloquy for Clarinet No. 20". Here is the link to my previous soliloquy for clarinet: https://www.youngcomposers.com/t36672/soliloquy-for-clarinet-no-19/
  3. Congratulations @jawoodruff for your second set of sententiae! These are pretty inventive and original. You are on your way to becoming a prolific composer of sententiae! It feels good to have some "competition" in the composition of sententiae! I guess that raises the bar a bit while at the same time making the form more established in the repertoire.
  4. These are very interesting short pieces @maestrowick, very similar to my concept of the sententia. And to think that you composed these nine years ago, two years before I composed my first sententiae and used the name 'sententia' for the first time!
  5. Congratulations @jawoodruff on your four sententiae for Flute, Oboe, and Cello. I think you have gotten the hang of composing sententiae! I enjoyed the pieces, especially the fourth one, even though it was the shortest.
  6. Thanks maestrowick for your review and your appreciation of the form of the sententia. Nice to hear about your short studies in the style of Bartok. As for the idea for "paragraphs", I guess that the traditional forms of music are already "paragraphs" and more!
  7. Thanks jawoodruff for your opinion on the sententiae. There is no specific form that I am deliberately attempting to follow in composing sententiae. I guess the overriding principle is the brevity of the movement and the lack of development. Many of them could be through-composed, because in this type of composition, one doesn't have a a lot of space-time to repeat ideas. I do not give too much importance to the form. In fact, the form or concept of the sententia was born from a fragment I had composed for string quartet and didn't know how to continue with it. It was great as it was. And so, I thought of the new form of the sententia. That was the first sententia of a group of three. And I have composed many more after that. It would be interesting how another composer would interpret the sententia form. And so I would be very interested to hear any examples you might compose. Just make sure that they are not long. Most of mine are between 30 and 45 seconds. And you can feel free about the form. In case you did not read my description on the title page of the score, I am quoting below the description of the sententia as I see it, a description that I usually provide on the title page of any set of sententiae that I post, and that I try to update and edit from time to time, as the concept evolves and develops. "The 'sententia' is a musical form I originated in 2013. The word 'sententia' (plural: 'sententiae') is the Latin for the word 'sentence'. The Oxford dictionary defines 'sententia' as "A pithy or memorable saying, a maxim, an aphorism, an epigram; a thought, a reflection." For me a 'sententia' is a musical utterance of a thought that is complete in itself, like a sentence. It is also an utterance that finds no need for any elaboration or development. Hence my sententiae are short pieces that come in sets and are often related to each other in some way. Just like between the movements of a multi-movement piece, I would expect that performers observe a short pause between one sententia and the next. And I would expect that there be no clapping from audiences."
  8. This is my "Three Sententiae for String Trio Op. 325". It is my 2nd set of sententiae for the ensemble of string trio. Here is the link to my previous set of sententiae for string trio:
  9. Hi Noah, Thanks for your review of my piece. I listened to your 5 lively "daydream"-s and enjoyed them. Well done to you also!
  10. Thanks Gustav Johnson and Tónskáld for your reviews of my piece. I appreciate them (also KJ's) especially since we are all in the same competition together and it would perhaps be difficult to be objective in one's judgements of other entrants pieces! Thanks Gustav for taking the time to review the piece movement by movement. I appreciate the feedback, and your admiration of my work. Thanks Tónskáld. Interesting common point between our two entries! Let me add that I found your entry pretty impressive. I appreciate your feedback even more knowing you are a violist. I am happy to know that you are a big fan of my music!
  11. Yes, I noticed that! Indeed! Thanks! I enjoyed listening to your piece also, with its lively and rhythmic theme. Thanks, and good luck to you too KJ!
  12. This is my "Five Sententiae for Viola Op. 324". It is my entry for the YC Fall 2019, "Poor Form" competition. As I have explained in the title page of the score, at least the 5th movement is much longer than the usual length of my sententiae due to the requirement of combining the previous 4 movements' styles/developments/processes.
  13. Hi DanJTitchener. Sorry to inform you but all works posted prior to the April-May 2016 renovation of this website have been deleted. I had posted 181 pieces. But fortunately I had backups on my PC of everything I had posted. I hope that you had backups too. If you don't have backups, contact chopin and he might be able to send you some of your posted pieces from his own backup.
  14. Count me in as a participant, hoping that I will be able to finish my piece within the next 16 days!
  15. Thanks for your review, appreciation, criticism, and suggestion.
  16. Thanks for your review and compliments as well as criticism regarding the piece.
  17. Thanks for your review. I thought the title "Reverie" said something about it, in the sense of the meaning of '"reverie" as the musical form defined in the Oxford dictionary as "Mus. An instrumental composition suggestive of a dreamy or musing state." (Oxford Talking Dictionary, 1998). "Since the piece was composed 7.5 years ago, I do not remember much about the circumstances of its composition.
  18. I had never heard it. But there is some resemblance in the contour of the two pieces.
  19. That last movement is also my main worry and would be the the main reason if in the end I decided not to participate in this competition. I just feel it is too artificial and artistically restrictive to have to combine all the preceding movements' "branching processes". Besides how is "in some way" to be interpreted in the phrase "in some way combining the branching processes of the other movements", not to mention "branching processes"?
  20. Another issue that comes up is: what are we to name the work as a whole and the individual movements? Are we free in that regard? Can I name the individual movements "Sententia", a name I have given to many short pieces of mine? And should I do so, would I be allowed to add a title page including a definition of "sententia" as I usually do with my other examples of sententiae posted in YC? These are some additional questions that occurred to me and regarding which I would appreciate clarifications.
  21. Thanks for the clarification. I'll see what I will do. I still have some time to decide whether I will enter the competition....
  22. About 6 seconds long including the final rest. Without it, it is a little less, 4.8 seconds. If it is a problem, I might work on and post it as a piece "inspired by this competition" and not enter it in the competition. The movement is not finished by the way. I am still revising it and now it's about 50 seconds long. But the problem might recur in the next 3 or more movements.
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