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On 11/11/2021 at 10:11 AM, Quinn said:

I did two sets anyway, more for fun as the theme is so short so the variations are short. It's possible to develop the variations (i.e. by inversion, splitting it etc) but also beyond the theme itself.

1 full orchestra

2 chamber orchestra. 

Both have guitar solos, #2 a piano piece; and are 5 variations each.

But as for the rubato guitar it's being an absolute pig getting it into notation. To make visual sense it splits into 4 voices. I spent an afternoon/ evening wrestling with it and ended up with just 2 bars. I might split it into two staves. Of course, one learns a lot as a result so let's hope it goes better. Either or both sets may have to come without scores other than those solo pieces as the orchestration need cleaning up a lot first - things like out of laziness I wrote the 4 horn parts on one staff where the dynamics of each didn't vary etc.




Sorry for the late response, I have been pretty busy. Glad to hear you have done so much, and it is okay if you can't provide a score I guess.

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On 11/7/2021 at 8:04 PM, PeterthePapercomPoser said:

I have been working on this over the past couple of days.  We'll see how it turns out and if I can finish it before the deadline!  🤞


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On 11/29/2021 at 11:25 PM, Quinn said:

Ok.  I sent the mp3 by PM. It treats pdfs differently in PMs than on the forum, so here's the score (that I can finish). It's registered with PRS.

Tomorrow is the closing date!

BTW The date in the pdf file title is wrong. I forgot to change it when doing the pdf thing.


Don't worry, the date has been extended.

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On 11/30/2021 at 1:49 AM, PeterthePapercomPoser said:

Wow!  Nice job @Theodore Servin and @Quinn!  I'm not sure if I'll get to review these pieces anywhere else in the forum so I'll just do it here.

Theo - What a great and emotional tour the force your Impromptu has been!  Making use of the theme in many clever and quite salient ways - the link to the original is hard to miss.  The theme being stated in high relief in the beginning sets the stage for quite a lucid and affecting development that resembles Rachmaninoff.  The piece follows an arc of rising tension, climax, and denouement which leaves one feeling satisfied and like one has been on a complete musical journey in itself.  Thanks for your participation!

Quinn - The score looks good but I thought there was a guitar part in it?  Or was that the part that was deemed impossible to notate satisfactorily?  I know you posted your composition mp3 somewhere a while back and I heard it maybe twice or so but then it was removed?  I'd love to hear it again!  Thanks for participating!

As for my own piece - I was fashioning a Piano Trio in A minor but it's not finished and I am far from happy with it.  I don't know if I'll work on it more sometime in the future or not.


You still have 2 weeks left, I'm sure you can come up with something great. 🙂

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