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  1. The commentary: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XjX0yMazVzH6XcO-FSe-CPkdG7vQYDqSbsNlkV14RCY/edit?usp=drivesdk
  2. Yes it is actually. I'm kind of trying various styles in this work. It will be very boring trying to keep to just one style and is pretty restricting.
  3. After a two-year hiatus, for the month of December I decided to go back working on this set of 26 minuets which I have been working on off from 2016 to 2017, and stopped in 2018 when I have other things to work on. Here's the status of the minuets as of April 2018: Anyway, after that and up till December, I have gained new musical knowledge and experiences which can be reflected in this new version of the set. More dynamics are added, the pitch range has also been expanded as well and incorporating other forms (Rondo and Sonata) into a few of the minuets as well. Many of the musical ideas for the minuets are taken from several sight-reading books, string quartets by Mozart and Haydn and other composition and theory workbooks. It has been quite a lot of fun finishing the set, exploring new musical ideas and many major/minor keys, and through this I have grown as a composer. I plan to move beyond the piano and work on a set of preludes and fugues for string quartet after this. I also hope to live record these minuets one day, especially the whole tone (XXV). Any suggestions on how to improve, or if you need to understand some of my thinking behind the minuets, you can say so in the comments. (I'm still working on a commentary by the way, but need to tell you that the last uses two different octatonic scales for the minuet and trio respectively.) For those who are not able to listen to the whole set, I suggest looking into these: II (A minor), IV (E minor), VI (E minor), VII (A major), IX (E major), XII (G sharp minor), XIII (F sharp/ G flat major), XIV (E flat minor), XVI (B flat minor), XIX (E flat major), XX (C minor), XXIII (F major), XXIV (D minor), XXV (Homage to Debussy), XXVI (Homage to Prokofiev).
  4. This idea sounds quite promising. I wonder if the preludes can be connected in some way, like a recurring base motif like the Goldberg Variations.
  5. Hello. I thought of having the community to do a collaborative project in the form of 'theme and variations'. As I was writing this, I was just aware of two similar collaborative projects, one of which happened nearly a year ago. I thought of initiating this project again after reading about the Diabelli Variations by Beethoven. I suggest reading the attached forum post to know about theme and variations. This project is open to all, whether amateur, beginner or advanced. Theme and instrumentation The theme attached is for piano, but anyone can rearrange it into a string quartet, a piano trio or any ensemble up to 8 instruments. You can make slight modifications to the actual theme if you want to, even if you are doing for piano only. (includes adding new voices, dynamics, transposing into another key etc) Other rules You are allowed to compose as many variations on the theme as you want. If you are composing three or more, try to have a fugue/fuga included. If you are rearranging it or making modifications to the initial theme, please include the modified/rearranged theme as well. You are allowed to compose in any style, but preferably not jazz or pop. Also remember to add tempo markings, dynamics and other directions if necessary. The theme attached does not have much of these so you can interpret it differently in any way you want it to. After you have completed your variation(s), post it/them into this topic. There must be a PDF file of the score and; Midi file and; MP3 file. I will like to see how different composers can develop the same material in different ways. I believe no two variations from different composers can be exactly the same. Theme.mid
  6. Probably because of the key and the slow tempo, the theme is quite nice and beautiful. It is also rare to come upon pieces written in 5 or 6 flats/sharps. Can there be a pdf of the score, or you dont want to show it?
  7. Hmm what is the string piece that you derived this piece from?
  8. 26 Minuets for the Piano-V.mp326 Minuets for the Piano-V.mp3Hi. It has been long since I have posted or visited this site, because I was very busy. I have, meanwhile, started a set of compositions called '26 Minuets for Piano'. Why 26, if you ask, if there are only 24 major and minor keys? Well, the other two are whole-tone and 12-tone. This task is quite challenging, and I have only managed to complete at least about 60% of it. Progress has been quite slow recently as I still have other stuff. Any feedback and comments are appreciated. (By the way, the harmonies are still like sh*t so please forgive me for that). I will add the reflections and explanations for each piece in the future once I had finished everything. Note: I am still deciding between two versions for VI (B minor). The first short one is rather contemporary while the 2nd one is rather more baroque. The VI is meant to be fugal by the way. Incomplete: VI (still making a decision), VII ( I am still revising the first section), XVI, XXVI
  9. It is quite 'eastern' at the start. I think you used a harmonic minor at the start. I don't quite like the harmony though. To extend and develop, you can do an inversion of the melody, augmentation and diminution, embellish with a few trills or turns. Hope to see an extended version of this piece! Hope it is rather more exciting to hear.
  10. For me, I like neo-classicism. I am interested in 20th century music. The String Quartet is quite nice, with the nice bass played by the viola.
  11. I should say, the Minuet is nice to hear despite its simplicity. The prelude is quite emotional. The 'March' is not really a march. A March has a steady rhythm
  12. I had made the sound better. No._1_1.mid
  13. The ostinato could be cut down more as it is boring for more than 4 bars. Add some percussion to the piece too to add some bang to the piece! Also, can you adda score? However, it is still nice to hear with the ostinato and light melody by the flutes.
  14. A nice variation of the original! Though I wish it is slightly faster. The staccato reflects the light mood to the piece.
  15. Quite nice! Though I wish there's a pdf score.
  16. A quite modern piece to hear. It is actually to montonous for me with little tension, although the semiquavers for the strings is quite interesting.
  17. A bit too much dissonances for me for violins, though I liked 20th century pieces besides classical music.
  18. A semi-classical yet Impressionistic piece to be appreciated. Nice work.
  19. A nice piano study which is modern in style. Where's the score though.
  20. I would have expected an orchestra with the solo tuba instead of piano. It could have been a tuba-piano solo. Nice tunes by the way. It is rare that someone compose a melody for tubas, even a nice one. Tubas are normally left behind at the bottom (on the orchestral score for brasses LOL).
  21. The 1st part is nice, reminds me of cadenza for a concerto.
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