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Everything posted by TheMaskedTrumpeter

  1. I write music as a way to communicate. I write music as a way to preserve memories onto paper. I write music to evoke emotions. I write music because it's pure.
  2. I got a new composition teacher in college because my old one retired. I write very melodic based stuff - very catchy melodies that make people whistle it later on, and that's what I like to do. My new teacher says everything I write is "too based on pitch". Does anyone have any advice on how to handle this situation?
  3. I don't usually really plan. If I try to write a piece a certain way, I struggle. I just write as ideas come to me. Usually I can work with just a few motifs and make a piece out of that.
  4. I'm nearing completion on mine; just needs some fine-tuning.
  5. I think I'd like to give this a try. You say it is acceptable to use a theme already written? Does the instrumentation matter?
  6. Hello, I would also like to apply for the position of Reviewer. Although I have only been composing a little over a year, I am learning, and I think being a reviewer would help me learn from others in addition to (hopefully) others learning from my advice. Soon I will be attending college as a composition major, so hopefully I can learn techniques from reviewing different pieces as well as share techniques with others that I learn on my musical journey. My top forum of choice would be Concert/Marching Band. That's what I write 95% of my music for. I've composed pieces played by college and high school concert bands, and I've arranged a few DCI show tunes into Marching Band instrumentation by ear. I play both high and low brass instruments, and I have great expertise on what brass players can handle. I also ask around a lot, and I'm pretty educated on woodwind techniques as well. For that reason, my second forum of choice would be Chamber Music, especially for brass and woodwind uploads. My last choice would be Incomplete works. I sometimes help my friends get through "writer's block" with different suggestions, so this would probably be the best choice. Once I get into college, Choral and Vocal could be an option as my Composition teacher is a choral writer. Thanks for reading!
  7. Sorry if this sounds stupid, but what is considered an "electronic element"?
  8. I'd really like to learn Violin. I play trumpet and euphonium currently, and I've tried my hand at guitar and sax. Violin, piano and guitar are probably my top three instruments that I would like to learn.
  9. I usually can't get any good ideas if I just sit an try to write. My best ideas come to me when I just play around on the piano usually. Sometimes melodies hit me during the school day, during lunch, etc. I remember those melodies, and then I come home and start the piece.
  10. Sorry about that, I thought the initial deadline was this weekend. I have the piece written, but not recorded. Will definitely be done by the new deadline. Was planning on recording tonight. Probably will anyway.
  11. An update on my entry - It's beginning to come along nicely. It's going to be a solo for euphonium.
  12. My band director doesn't want me posting scores on here for the copyright reasons. I usually only post scores of pieces that have been publicly performed or incomplete pieces.
  13. I don't know if I did this correctly, but here are two entries Virgil: Old - http://forum.youngcomposers.com/t22242/virgil/ New - http://www.youngcomposers.com/pg/Music/TheMaskedTrumpeter/composition?entry=22824 Joyful Tidings!: Old - http://forum.youngcomposers.com/t21907/christmas-piece-for-band/ New - http://www.youngcomposers.com/pg/Music/TheMaskedTrumpeter/composition?entry=22828
  14. Thanks guys for all the suggestions, however spirited the debate may be. This week I'm going to get with my theory teacher and look into the best options. He'd probably be willing to take me to some of these places to see what would be the best fit for me.
  15. Thanks for all the replies; they've all helped me a lot. hova - I've been planning to double major in Music Composition and Music Education. The only other field that interests me is weather, and interestingly enough, Florida State offers a degree in meteorology. I'm an all A student in the top 10 of my high school class with an SAT score of 1910 (1280 verbal/math). Performance wise, I'm very solid on both trumpet and euphonium. Have been just a few points shy every year of making Georgia's All-State. My band director and AP Music Theory seems to think I can get in anywhere with my composition and playing abilities. His suggestions have been North Texas, Florida State, Troy (he attended Troy), etc. Others, however, seem to thing Georgia Southern would fit me just fine. I don't want to go too far from home, and I'm trying to weigh which option would benefit me more - staying close to home - or moving on to something bigger and better.
  16. I live in Georgia, and I've been looking into Florida State, Troy and Georgia Southern, because it's about an hour down the road. I don't really want to go far from home, (Florida State's probably about 2-3 hours away), but my friend from my school who I often collaborate with is attending Georgia Southern, and we want to stick together. So many things to consider, and time's running out.
  17. October by Eric Whitacre Beowulf by Francis McBeth Ride by Sam Hazo Haven't played, but read - An American Elegy - Franch Ticheli A Dakota Rhapsody - Mark Camphouse
  18. I've a senior in high school, and I've finally decided to major in Music Composition. The problem is, I'm not sure where to go. When looking at people in the composition field, does the school attended really matter all that much? Thanks.
  19. As a high school composer, I traditionally write for band. Our band is playing a Christmas Piece I wrote on our upcoming Christmas concert, and a local university is playing a piece this Thursday. Don't be scared to spread your piece out there.
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