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Scherzo and Variations for Piano and Orchestra (revised & with score)


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Hello everyone!  I have finally revised my Scherzo and Variations for Piano and Orchestra in MuseScore 3!  I composed this piece on paper back around April when the corona-virus quarantine first hit.  I imported the midi I made on my old machine into MuseScore and revised it and published a score (although admittedly - it's still not perfect).  Thank you to everyone who showed an interest in this piece even with the poor quality of my old mp3 - you've given me the motivation I needed to do this revision!

FYI:  Each section of this piece is followed by a solo piano cadenza-like part.  The Scherzo theme is in 6/8.  Variation I is in 2/4.  Variation II uses irregular meters and frequent meter changes.  Variation III is a slow 3/4 version of the theme.  Variation IV is in 2/4.  Variation V is the finale and is a fast 2/4 version of the theme.  It explores the triplet idea in fast runs up and down the keyboard.  I didn't write this piece to be particularly difficult nor virtuosic but the final variation is the most difficult and there are moments in the other variations that are difficult.

I welcome your criticisms, feedback or observations!  I personally think that Variation IV is the weakest harmonically and the contra-bassoon part is a little boring.  Let me know what you think though and thanks for listening!

For the old, lower quality version of this piece go here:  

 

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Nice piece that has a unique style and sound to it. I like the textures!

The one thing I can think of is that it's a bit hard to hear the different passages playing at the same time. Like it sounds a bit muddy, might be the MIDI sounds also. How about panning the instruments just a bit (Right and Left), so the sound gets more separated. I don't know if that would work? And see what reverb is on the sound. In this case, perhaps dry is better than a room reverb, for instance.

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7 hours ago, Olov said:

Nice piece that has a unique style and sound to it. I like the textures!

Thank you!  I am glad to hear that you found my style in this piece unique.  When composing, I felt like my melodies were inspired a bit too much by video-game music but I think I orchestrated it quite differently than that.

7 hours ago, Olov said:

The one thing I can think of is that it's a bit hard to hear the different passages playing at the same time. Like it sounds a bit muddy, might be the MIDI sounds also. How about panning the instruments just a bit (Right and Left), so the sound gets more separated. I don't know if that would work? And see what reverb is on the sound. In this case, perhaps dry is better than a room reverb, for instance.

I think you're totally right about all that - I just do not have the capability to do anything about this currently with MuseScore 3.  I am hoping however, that when MuseScore 4 comes out some of these capabilities will be added to the program as it will be both a notation program and a sequencer simultaneously from what I heard.  Thanks for your input!

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