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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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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  9. Hi, I think he means progression. Again, I think he means in four-part harmony. It doesn't seem to have the same 'exercise potential' if it is four different variations. Hope this helps.
  10. It's but it's very nice. I have to marvel at your playing as well. The only thing is, there doesn't seem much variety - although I'll listen to it again and see.
  11. @J. Lee Graham Interesting about IMSLP. I use it to find obscure pieces which I wouldn't have found otherwise. Do you have to pay for a subscription to upload your music to it? I haven't really thought about self publishing. I had always thought if I was successful enough to be worth publishing I should go for a "real" publishing company
  12. I don't really know what to say. This is a spectacular work. The instruments are interesting and blended perfectly. Certainly, your decades as a composer have been worth it.
  13. Note: This is a hypothetical situation: Say I was writing an orchestral piece, and I was planning to give it to my local orchestra. I know that the 1st clarinettist is brilliant, so I write an extended solo which I maybe wouldn't have done otherwise. What do you think about writing music for a specific orchestra, who will hopefully be able to play it well? When doing it, do you think about the players themselves and their standard? Or do you just compose for orchestra/ensemble without having anyone in mind?
  14. Thanks for these ideas - there are some that I would never have thought about but work well and that I like! It's sad to hear that you couldn't finish your degree. I am thinking about studying composition at RCS but I do not know what style the professors are most comfortable with - hopefully not just experimental/contemporary! You started writing at about the same time I did, although you have been composing for longer. This is a wonderful site, where "young" composers can meet experienced ones like yourself to share ideas and make pieces better. It's been a pleasure working with you to improve not just this piece, but my ways of reviewing and criticising my own music - for this is the only real way I can improve. Thank you very, very much for you time and your suggestions, they mean so much to an aspiring composer like myself. Thanks again. Scott
  15. @DanJTitchener Thanks for listening and commenting. Glad you liked it! @J. Lee Graham Interesting suggestions, and some that I would not have considered! 1. Regarding the arpeggios in 42 and 43, I think what you have suggested works well. I had also thought about keeping the left hand in the previous pattern. I like what you have done with 44 and 45. I wonder if I might do this or something very similar in a revision. Obviously you have more experience than me - so your ideas have worked well! 2. I like the moving bass you have added, and the melody works well. I wonder about adding in a semiquaver "countermeasures" during the crotchets (It's difficult to explain, but I hope you see what I mean.) 3. I think what you have done hear is very nice and it fits, but personally I'm not sure about it. I don't like the appoggiatura but I wonder if we could figure out something in between - I know this but needs fixing. Thanks for making these suggestions - I really value your feedback!
  16. I have to agree with you for this comment, but I think what @Theodore Servin is trying to say is that there's no point having a teacher who paints using the colour green when you want to know about red. I have met composers in workshops who write atonal/experimental music and although they were good at teaching me to develop my tonal style, they were more comfortable with other composers who write "modern" music.
  17. Two lovely pieces! Ländler in D : You definitely capture an elegant spirit and the melodies flow well. I could imagine dancers easily! I think this one is a better Ländler. Ländler in G : The 1st theme is very nice but seems less danceable than the former. That said, it is more musically substantial and has greater potential concert value. From both of them, I can see your knowledge about dance music and the spirit behind the Ländler. I think they would be better if I was to see dancers, but you've done a nice job!
  18. I have thought about recording this, and I have been practising, but it will take me a while to learn some of the more difficult variations. Speaking about harmony, there are places where I wasn't satisfied: • Bar 42-45 • Bar 72 • Bar 209-210 Also, the chord progression (that features throughout many variations) D,C,Fm but this sounds better when played by a real person! Thank you again for taking the time to comment 😀
  19. @J. Lee Graham Thanks for looking at this again. I do agree with you that some harmonic changes could be better - I can hear some when I listen back, but it sounds better when I play it on a real piano. Perhaps this is the subtle variations of dynamics and tempo that cannot be given on a computer program?
  20. Like all your pieces, this is brilliant! I love the way you handle the relationship between the clarinet and piano. One of the things that I really love is how you appreciate the fact that the wind player needs to breathe, and your music's natural phrasing fits this requirement perfectly. Now, I only wish I was a clarinetist! Great job
  21. Thank you @J. Lee Graham, @JBegley and @SergeOfArniVillage for responding. @J. Lee Graham Which bits do you feel that the harmony is not properly set up? @SergeOfArniVillage Thank you for this comment. Do you feel that having a link would benefit the flow? I was thinking about another variation to add in anyway.
  22. Here is piece for alto saxophone and piano that I wrote to play with my sister. Any feedback would be appreciated!
  23. This is a very good start, as you are new to composition. One of the things that I look for in a piece is direction, and your music always seems to be going somewhere. However, I think there could be more flow. Some harmonic changes are quite abrupt. As a flute player, I can say that some of these notes are very low, and some may be impossible but I cannot tell just from listening. This is very nice - well done!
  24. Well done! Another brilliant piece from you. I too want to write an oboe concerto. Unfortunately, my flute teacher, who is a brilliant oboist, will be moving at the end of this month. I will not be able to give a finished project to her in person. The many melodies of this piece are wonderful. I think, as a woodwind player, the difficulty lies in fast scales which are more difficult to produce a clear sound on the oboe because of the double reed. High notes are difficult to play controlled and even. The 'frightful' trills in the second movement are actually one of the best moments, but because the oboe has been trill keys, they are having to change fingers completely. Thanks for sharing your music!
  25. Being able to get ideas is great, and many people compose entirely by ear. All you need to be able to do is transfer the notes you are playing onto a manuscript sheet. Take a video recording and you can see what notes you are playing which can directly help you. This comes with practice, so keep working at it. Good Luck!
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