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  1. Yes the title is parenthesis. It intends to present something unspeakable and speechless. I had other intentions at first but do not dare to speak it out. The piece is composed 10 years ago when I was a naive teen. The structure is simpler in a ternary structure. The recording is also recorded 2012 by myself in my school’s music room. You can hear the school alarm sound at the near end!! It’s also full of slips and wrong notes. But I cannot find or produce a better recording. This recording is so honest and pure. Even now I can play it much better in terms of technique, I can never produce that honesty anymore, so I will just retain it here. Without @Omicronrg9’s encouragement, I would not post the piece, thank you Daniel! Hope you enjoy the piece, and I welcome commentaries and comments on it. Thank you and have a nice day! P.S. I have provided the YT link here in case some one loves to visit my channel!
  2. Hi, I've been workin on this fugue, trying to apply my new knowledge. It's in G major, and there's controversy. In the subject the dominant note (D) appears quite clearly in measure 3. Is it supposed to be transposed tonally, i.e. a fourth up (G) instead of a fifth (A)? I didn't. As you can see in bar 8 it is as an A. It really is an ambiguous case "by the book". Since the D appears prominently but already in the third bar. So I tried to make the answer as you can see, and as it sounded good it stayed that way. The structure is: Exposition, where the 4 voices enter and the countersubject is written in invertible counterpoint. Divertimento, sequence or episode (measure 22) that modulates to the dominant (D). Counter-exposition (measure 26), using inverted subject and countersubject. Divertimento (m. 36) using Corelli's Leapfrog with the subject motive with other schemata and Cudworth cadence (which I like to use a lot). Stretti (m. 44) and mini-exposition with pedal note. Divertimento (m.58) in the subdominant area with plagal cadence and new Cudworth to return to the tonic. Coda (m 65) with perfect authentic cadence. As always happens to me, I'm sure I've missed parallels all over the place. But hey, someday I'll get closer....
  3. Hi Everyone, here's a piano piece I composed about walking in the woods. Let me know what you think. Thanks!
  4. 15th PIANO COMPOSITION COMPETITION FIDELIO 2022 VIA THE INTERNET 15th PIANO COMPOSITION COMPETITION FIDELIO 2023 VIA THE INTERNET (Divided into musical styles) Entering this competition is very simple, all you have to do is to record your own piano solo composition and send the audio file to one of the following email addresses: concursofidelio@gmail.com You don't need to submit the score, just the audio file. In this competition you are both a competitor and judge, choosing the winner by voting at home for the best work. All the voting results are sent to you via email so that you can check both, the votes given and received by everyone.. During the voting process the contestants also receive comments on their works. The organization has decided this year for the first time the following change in the voting system: The results of the first, second and third round and semifinal round will be decided by the participants, on the other hand the results of the final round will be decided by the participants and also by an external jury of composers. Very important: The composition submitted cannot last more than four minutes and forty seconds. Only the entrants vote to choose the winners. Prizes: 2000 euros and more divided into two categories. Entry fee: 25 euros per one composition submitted. (maximum allowed per category: 5 compositions) 15 euros each submission for two or more compositions You can participate with your name or pseudonym. You must be the author of the composition submitted. The competition is divided into four styles or categories so that you compete against works of similar style: 1. Tonal, Classical, Romantic,Jazz, Impressionist, Ragtime.Minimalist, Experimental, New Age...any style is accepted 2. Atonal, Contemporary (Some Tonal parts are allowed) No matter how far you are. This Competition is via the Internet. Pianists from more than 30 countries join this competition every year. You participate from your house. ENTRIES DEADLINE BEFORE STARTING TO VOTE: September the 29th 2023 Click on the following link to register in case you are interested. You can also listen to the past year's winning works: https://concursodecomposicionparapianofidelio.com With best wishes Antonio Ruiz Asumendi (organizer) Organized by Taller de Músicos y Artes Plásticas, Centro Integral de Música y Artes S.L de Madrid www.tallerdemusicos.com Fidelio edit. Deadline: 29 Sep 2023 Entry Fee: 25.00 Currency: Euro (EUR) Web site: https://concursodecomposicionparapianofidelio.com/
  5. A bit of a throwback piece: I believe this was the second piece I wrote after coming out of a rather worrisome bout of composer's block, some time around February 2023. I was in somewhat of a rush to write this piece (for no other reason other than I wanted to get it done as soon as possible so I don't fall back into a creative slump), and I had gotten it done in three days. After finishing the piece on the first day, I was compelled to add more and more content until it felt right to me, and spent the third day adding finishing touches. It is my longest piece to date (so far), at around 7 and a half minutes. Compared to my earlier pieces, this one is more harmonically diverse, and contains several modulations to different keys (shocker!). This piece is written in a (sort of?) ABCDA form (although I did not envision it as such at first): I named it 'Contemplations Atop a Mountain High' as I felt the piece's meandering nature sort of felt like the remembrances of a person contemplating the nature of their existence before rejoicing in it as the dawn breaks. I was inspired a great deal by the works of Liszt (especially the Allegro pastorale from his Album d'un Voyageur) and the nocturnes of John Field; I lifted the name 'Idyll' from a piece Arnold Schoenberg wrote before his plunge into atonalism. Would appreciate some feedback on this!
  6. It's that time again. I may have gotten weird with the score.
  7. Edit: I changed the structure of the piece a little bit after posting this on youtube and used the fast section as a sort of coda for the piece. The new final version is attached as an audio file.
  8. Here comes the 3rd movement. I needed to post this so I can move on with my life lol. Links to previous movements. Hope you would enjoy and comment. Btw I should hold my promise, see if I can tag you @Awsumerguy
  9. Hi all, A few weeks ago I posted a piece called Ninlil. I liked it too much to leave it just as a short piece stuck there all on its own. I always had the idea that it was a musical depiction of Ninlil, the Mesopotamian Goddess of the sky and in this incarnation, representing the wind. I started thinking of a suite of short pieces to represent various goddesses connected to the weather. So here is the second piece in the suite, "Elurra" . It's the Basque word for snow. The goddess in this case is Mari, La Dama de Murumendi. An ancient Basque goddess responsible for wintery weather. Here she is merrily making the world white. Hope you like it 😊 Listen to Elurra by Mark McDonald on #SoundCloud https://on.soundcloud.com/p8syo
  10. Link to first movement: The second movement to my C minor piano sonata is a work of great trial and error. For those just simply want to listen, please do. For those tempted by spoilers, here's such: I managed to record a semi-decent playing of the 3rd movement, so that should not take too long to be released later.
  11. Hi again, ladies and gentlemen. It's a pleasure to me to make yet another spam post for you to value, comment, and listen. Naturally, I come with my next nocturne, composed during March and finished more than a year ago (already!), on 24 March, 2022. It is dedicated to a close friend of mine, David Lozano Leiva, who is also a musician (guitarist, and amateur composer as me). The traditional nocturnal character of this nocturne is as present as it was on my last one, so yeah, close to none but perhaps a bit more than the 7th of this set. Not my best, neither my worst, but I'll leave that judgement to you. As always, any feedback, opinion, comment, greeting, as meaningful or meaningless as you yourself consider it, is very welcome. I'll leave the video here and the mp3/pdf below. Kind regards to you all and thank you in advance, Daniel–Ømicrón. 55 - Nocturno Nº8.pdf
  12. so umm... music is one of my ways of procrastinating, believe it or not This sonata is written with my friends and my own struggles in mind. I won't go through the details of the piece as I believe analysis should be objective, but I would offer some of my experience and comments about this piece. fingerings and metronome marks are for guidance only, even I myself am not able to don't follow everything on the score. my recording of this movement takes 10 minutes but it's only 6+ minutes played by the computer, so seems like I took quite some time irl in playing the piece I find it very hard to interpret this movement, there is a lot of silence and "nakedness" if you get what I'm saying... but I don't do music for a living, so I'm not going to suffer from practice-till-perfect "ad lib" - add your own cadanza bars 161-163 - feel free to turn the bass into an octave if you play the Bosendorder imperial lol it seems like a problem for me is that my first movements are full of dissociated ideas (just like me as a person...) The introduction part of the movement had been set in stone for a while, but the exposition and recap of the movement was rewritten for a 3rd time, I basically discarded the first two ideas... but managed to fit the entire development section from how I wrote it the first time, so in fact you could even say I wrote the development of the sonata before the exposition, and it really shows. feel free to comment or critique, hopefully I'm receptive (you could tell I'm a rather stubborn person...) EDIT: I found out the spoiler function, so I will provide some more aspects regarding the creation of this sonata. Be warned though, spoilers ahead, even when this is just a discussion of the first movement, it will touch on aspects in later movements, not just the first one. If you prefer to listen to the whole thing before reading, you might want to do so after I have posted all the movements. 1. overall structure of the movement. I won't state bar numbers because I think the double barlines do a great job already 2. harmonic motifs Tell me more if I have missed other things in my own music (that is if you are prepared to be spoiled for this movement and the next ones..) Link to second movement:
  13. Hi everyone! I am presenting the fourth movement of my Piano Sonata no.2 in A-flat major. The previous 3 movements are now all sorted in the post of the 1st movement one so if you are interested, go and check them out! This is my favourite movement of the entire sonata. First it's in C sharp minor, my favourite key. Second it really has something personal in it. The structure of it is very simple: 00:03 First Part, melody in right hand and octave accompaniment in LH 04:13 Second Part. original melody to the right with added Lamentoso in RH 07:34 Coda. Is that a dark reply to the first movement? The movement is named a "Lyrics" for me. Chinese poems are known to be lyrics, rather than long epics like those of Homer or Milton or Goethe. I'm trying to adapt the rhythm of Tang Poem, Lüshi here which contains five or seven words in each sentence with standard rhythm to recite it. It also contains many couplets. With reference to it I have a standard rhythm maintaining all over the movement and is having many couplets musically. In the first part the LH keeps having the octave accompaniment which can be boring but for me it helps create an unsettling feeling. In the second part, the original melody in the RH of the first part is transferred to the LH, while a lamentoso is added in the right hand. The coda returns to the first part version of the meldoy, but look at the ending. Is that a dark deeply or quotation to the con delore section of the first movement, b.82-98? The tragedy uncertain there is confirmed here. I myself feel like this movement is quite unrelated thematically to the rest of the sonata. But it's related in a different way. It represents the real hurdle in the subconscious finally emerges in front of you. The unsettling C# minor (Db minor) is hinted all over the first three movements: The con delore section (b.82-98) in first movement, that surprising Db minor cadence near the end of the second movement (which by the way is the answer of why there's agitation there), and the coda of the third movement tainted by Db minor. All prepares for this movement. I find this piece somewhat similar to the second movement of Schubert's D960, which is also in C sharp minor, but only after finishing this sonata. The movement for me is very dark hence very personal. I'm sure I have something dark personally and here it's expressed authentically. I literally get depressed every time after listening to this movement. How do you feel? Do you feel this movement boring or so with so slow a tempo and unchanging things? Let me know! As usual I'm going to attach the PDF and mp3 of the movement: Piano Sonata no.2 4th mov 26-04-2023.pdf Piano Sonata no.2 4th mov.mp3 (Please ignore the first three lines of p.1 as it's from 3rd movement!) And as usual I will attach the youtube video here of the scored version of the movement. There's some delay of the visual here though LoL... Please subscribe my channel! (Self advertising LoL!!!!!!!!!) Hope you all "enjoy" the movement! The fifth movement and the finale of the sonata will be a long way to go, as I don't start practicing it due to busy schedule and other accompanying stuff to do. See you soon! Henry
  14. Hi guys, this is the first (complete) piece I have composed. It was inspired by the painting "The Raft of the Medusa" by Théodore Géricault, which I found whilst I was surfing the internet for inspiration. I'm hoping to use it as part of a larger work later on, but here it is as it stands. The piece is in ternary form (A-B-A), with the A section being in G minor, and the B section being in the Dominant(D Major). The A Section is supposed to invoke the dispair that the sailors on the raft must've felt as they were sailing, and their cries for help. The B section is supposed to be some sort of cheer up song, that the sailors sing (and waltz to), to try and cheer themselves up. Eventually, the despair and pain of their ordeal overwhelms them, and they stop singing, and start crying for help again, hence the repeat of the A section. I do hope you enjoy my piece, and I would appreciate some feedback on it, Yours Faithfully, Expert21 P.S. I apologise in advance for some of the discrepancies in the notation, I hope to fix it when I have more time.
  15. I've just finished a new piece today! Here's a waltz that I had written for a competition (I didn't submit in the end, the entry fee was too costly), in Ab major. At first I had planned for it to have been for solo piano (inspired very much by Chopin's waltzes), but eventually I added a solo violin part for (at least some) more timbral variety. Would appreciate some good criticism: this the first waltz I've written, and also the first in my (obviously limited) oeuvre to 'explore' the circle of fifths. Hope you enjoy, and let me know what you think! 🙂
  16. I wrote this in 15 minutes, and you can definitely tell. I hope you like it though! I tried playing around with some interesting rhythms in this but I hope they don't detract too much from the actual piece. prelude.mp3
  17. Here is a score I composed half on keyboard and half on computer. Enjoy!
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