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  1. Sorry @Simen-N, A Minor is already taken. Could I give you E Minor?
  2. @caters I have signed you up in the post at the top of this thread. Feel free to take as long as you want, and don't worry about it not being amazing!
  3. @caters @Simen-N @zhenkang If you would like to sign up, please join the club called "Young Composers Preludes and Fugues Project", where you will find more information, instructions, and a sign up thread.
  4. That's it really. Listen to other concertos and see what they do. The sonata form with double exposition was most commonly used in the Classical period. Remember that this form was laid out hundreds of years ago, so you don't have to stick to it. My most commonly used form for a concerto is a sonata form, with an altered recapitulation and a long coda (which includes the cadenza.) If you are a pianist, then your piano writing will be good, so this will help you come up with ideas. I'm not quite sure about this. The concerto is based around contrast, and the symphony around unity. The point about the orchestra being smaller can, in some cases, be valid though. Good luck with both your concerto and your symphony!
  5. It's a nice piece. There is a nice melody and some beautiful harmonic moments. About the flute part: 1. It's very long and sustained on the high notes. A flute player would have trouble breathing. 2. There isn't much variety but that can be a good thing, depending on your personal style. However, a real player might get bored. 3. To be really picky, you have a lot of reliance on high C# and top F#. I don't know if you know, but hitting and sustaining these notes is a horrible task on the modern flute, although professionals can do it more easily. Thanks for sharing your lovely piece of flute music!
  6. It's a pretty spectacular piece - lots of virtuoso violin writing. I do, however, feel that the orchestra parts could be more interesting. From the piano score, I can't easily tell what is playing what, but I would pay attention to the wind and brass to make them more exciting. Also, the pizzicato strings seem to go on too long. The main theme is very catchy and joyful, and sets up the mood of the piece well. I like how at the start, it is heard in the violin, then the orchestra. The violin part is very difficult (well done for managing to play it!) but there are times when virtuoso moments seem little 'random'. I'm thinking about moments like the ricochet in the first section - it doesn't really seem like it has been set up and finishes quickly. Well done on a brilliant piece!
  7. It's a well known piece, and one that other people might want to see an arrangement of. I have a few little comments: 1. At the start, the thirds in the violins are fine until you get to about bar 9-10. I think they don't fit with the harmony as nicely (remember that strings sustain their sound, where piano decays.) 2. Some of the new harmonies don't quite fit - there are some interesting bass lines which don't really work. You could try making a theme and variations and put these in one of the variations. Unfortunately, they sound too removed form Mozart's style. I think you've done well. Just a little more clarity in the harmonies and this will be very good.
  8. I am a woodwind player before a strong player, and I know more about the woodwind instruments - their qualities, good ranges, practicalities etc. I felt that Eb minor worked with the first theme especially when it is played by the oboe. Thank you so much for these kind words. I spent a very long time making the second movement as good as it could be, and I am glad to know it has paid off! I will be posting the third movement when finished.
  9. A lovely, bright piece. Your melodies are simple but effective and there are some lovely harmonic moments. The trumpet part could have some more virtuosic moments, just to show it off a bit more. Well done!
  10. I think it's very nice. There are some great ideas in it and your string writing is pretty good. The only thing I would like to see is more independence between the parts, and a little more counterpoint. Is there a reason it's called "Coffee Rondeau?"
  11. The main piece of advice I can give you is to work out your form in advance, then come up with some ideas (they can be short) to fill each section. Learning how to develop well will help make you pieces longer.
  12. It is a nice piece. It has moments of beauty, and the whole things casts a strong emotional shadow. I like your melodies, but I feel your harmonies could be more complex. Overall, it's well composed.
  13. 1. It is nice, and there are exciting moments. It's a good opener which would make the audience interested in your music. 2. I agree with what @celloman99 said, but I feel that the style is a good break from the first movement. The actual chord progressions could be more "advanced" (for want of a better word) to make it more "complex." The moment with the viola suspensions is great. 3. This is a beautiful little movement. You have found freedom within the restricted form of the Minuet. The trio section has a great contrast, without being too alienated. This is a great break between the slow movement and finale, but still is a brilliant piece of music in its own right. 4. A joyful piece. It seems to be unpredictable without sounding forced or wrong. The main subject is quite simple - it could maybe do with a but of harmonic complexity - but it fits your Classical style well. It does fly past quite quickly, but the other movements have been slower so it is a good finale which shows off your players and, more importantly, your compositional skills. String sextet is a difficult combination to write for, but you have done it very well. No instrument becomes redundant at any point and the balance is good throughout. I am also writing a piece for the same combination, and I find it troublesome to manipulate. Well done on a great piece!
  14. @J. Lee Graham The second movement is finished on MuseScore. I liked this one when I wrote on manuscript, but MuseScore doesn't make a good job of it. I think it's the lack of expression and balance. There are technical imperfections, so that doesn't help! Any reviews would be appreciated. I'll post the third movement when finished.
  15. It's a very interesting piece. The way the voices come together has a nice effect, although as @Rabbival507 says, it could become too chaotic and lose the gentle morning effect. Your flute phrases are varied and interesting although repeated, and as a flute player they would come 'under the fingers' very well. Well done on a great piece!
  16. This is beautiful. There is great passion in even a fairly simple piece. The strings give a perfect added depth and around 1 minute where you have the melody over the top of the piano (sounds like a horn but I'm not sure) is very good. I feel like the ending is a bit prolonged compared to the rest of the piece. Maybe more development before that will help?
  17. Just before I start, I would just like to point out that this sort of topic should be in "Composer's Headquarters" and once you have finished your piece you put it here. That said, composition is creativity, and thus cannot be taught. Unfortunately, this makes starting out very difficult 😀. Really, the only advice I can give you is to listen to lots of music and see what they sound like. Also, investing in a composition book such as Music Composition for Dummies can really help you write. Waltzes themselves aren't too difficult because they aren't specific - your music only really needs to be in triple time. I would imagine that you have decent musical knowledge because you talk about "B Sections" and specific keys. In the end, remember that your first piece won't be great. Don't let this discourage you. Practice makes perfect. Actually writing is the only way to get better. Good luck with your piece!
  18. I will revise this piece later so I will probably add this in. I thought so! 😃 Hopefully I can get it played by a good professional orchestra! I will post the second movement in the future. I will keep it on this thread.
  19. Thanks @J. Lee Graham! Really!? 😀 I understand what you mean. I was thinking about adding something into this texture but I didn't know what. Would you suggest a Double Bass pizz bass line would work? Thank you very much for your time!
  20. This is a very interesting challenge. I would like to take part even though I am busy at the moment. Would we get a more specific set of rules later?
  21. This is the first movement of my third symphony, scored for orchestra. I'll upload the other movements when I have finished putting them on Musescore (they are on manuscript just now.) I hope you enjoy it.
  22. Hello Writing a piano concerto is a lot of work, and your first one will probably not be that good. Mine was rubbish, and I'm happy to admit that. I assume you would like to compose a Romantic era concerto - just based on your wanting to imitate Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. I would advise finding a book about orchestration and reading that while you write - Rimsky-Korsakov's is a good one although fairly old-fashioned. My only other tip which takes into account is to plan in advance. This takes away the likelihood of suddenly becoming stuck. Good luck! It's an ambitious project, but one which is very rewarding.
  23. It's lovely. The harmonies are great and it's a nice setting of the words. I wonder is your string parts could be more interesting - filling in some of the choir's long notes with a bit of counterpoint perhaps? Overall, though, it's a great achievement and well done!
  24. Yes. I have it and it's great to get started. Although I don't use it as much now I have gained experience, it was really valuable for me.
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