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Act III Wedding Scene (Intro-Recitativ-Aria)


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I'm listening right now.

One thing I notice is that you tend to use only a small group of instruments at a time.

As far as I saw, you have a full size orchestra, use it.

Even letting some instruments play a single note once in a while can be meaningful.

For example, letting the clarinets do a soft trill in the background once in a while

can completely change the texture/atmosphere sometimes.


Pay attention to the register. 

Asking a wind instrument to play in an extremely high note for his register is like asking someone to sing in is highest register.

One can sing in is highest and lowest register but it takes lots of practice and effort, 

and even then it's still difficult and not that comfortable.

You can do it, of course, but you should keep that in mind.



You should try to sing the melodys you write.

If you don't have time to breathe then your players and singers won't have any too.

Maybe they're a bit overnatural as a result of years of practice, 

so they'd be able to sing/play longer than you,

but they're not unhuman.

They have to breathe sometime.


I like the part that starts here:



Ok I just finished listening to the whole thing.

My tip for you, if you want to get better at writing music,

is the same one I give to many because it helped me a lot:

For your next piece, try writing a shorter piece for less instruments.



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Dear Rabbival507,
thanks for all your advice, I take note of all of them.



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As a general rule, whenever you post a MIDI recording, it's good to have a score to go along with it. This is especially true with vocal music--we need to know what the words are! Do you have a score you can post?

From what I listened to, I think it's nice. It's a good imitation of the German romantic style (with a bit of classical thrown in) and you clearly know your traditional harmony and melodic composition. The orchestral writing also seemed to work well, although I'd have to see a score to know for sure, since MIDI can be misleading.

My best advice for the next piece is just to listen to (and, if you can, look at scores) to lots of music from different places and time periods (including 20th/21st century)--and don't be afraid to "borrow" things you like from it in your own compositions. Over time, this can help you develop a more distinct, original sound.

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