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  1. Young composers of the U.S. and Canada, The Capital Hearings 2022 Young Composers Competition is LIVE! We are welcoming submission of compositions for mixed, unaccompanied vocal ensemble of 12 to 14 voices. This year, our 8th Annual Young Composers Competition is eager to hear your thoughts on how Light of any kind interacts with your world. If you feel like you have something to say–or find that something you’ve already written might speak to us–we’d love to hear it! All U.S. & Canadian residents age 18-40 are welcome to submit a 2-5 minute original composition (arranged for mixed, unaccompanied choir) related to this theme, and we especially welcome submissions from unique or underrepresented perspectives – and in unique or underrepresented styles. More information on the theme, guidelines for submissions, and submission instructions can be found at this link: https://www.thecapitalhearings.com/competition/ Submissions are due by June 15, 2022, and a prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winner. All applicants will be notified of the final decision by July 15, 2022. Please direct any questions to composers@thecapitalhearings.com.
  2. For Good Friday. SAB and cello, or one hand of piano or organ if you don't have a cellist. Choirs always have a harder time finding tenors and basses than female singers, and the problem is worse right now, when so many older singers left due to the pandemic and haven't returned yet. So I thought I would write something with a baritone part that sits right in the middle of the male range. An actual baritone will have a few lovely notes on either side of the range that this is written, but this particular piece can be sung by a tenor without going too low, and also isn't too high for a bass. So whoever you happen to have in your choir, this should be performable, and in normal times, when the tenors and basses together are generally still pretty few in numbers, you'll get a nice balanced sound against the sops and altos. Any thoughts on my cello slurring, cellists? I played violin off and on, but I would love the take of current string players. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
  3. Here's one of the first choral pieces I've ever completed. Feedback would be great, thanks.
  4. I thought it would be a nice challenge to write something that alternates between solo, trio, and full chorus. In order to follow the natural rhythm of the text, the meter varies a bit. I'd love to hear any thoughts you care to share, particularly about my piano reduction. I'm definitely not a pianist. Are there any notes you'd want to put in the other hand? Thanks! Let me hear of Your loving-kindness in the morning, for I put my trust in You; show me the road that I must walk, for I lift up my soul to You. Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord, for I flee to you for refuge. Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God; let your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Revive me, O Lord, for your Name's sake; for your righteousness' sake, bring me out of trouble.
  5. Just composed this piece "Come away, come away, death" for SATB choir, a really short piece so hope you guys can have a listen through.
  6. Thanks for your thoughts! On a night of roses, stars bloom overhead. Miles ago and years away, a furnace burst into flame. The fox-bright black births a new point, smaller than a thought, a whisper of light. The universe is breathing, and we, heady moths, drunk on the scent, In and out, in and out.
  7. Long time, no see, everyone. Life has unfortunately pulled me away from here—and from composing, in general—for the last few months. Sigh. Sad times. However, I've broken my fast with this choral setting of an Icelandic poem. I apologize in advance for the quality of the recording; I had to sing all the parts myself and render them accordingly, which messes with the frequency:length ratios, so in some parts the voices don't quite match up. Next time I should hire a mixing artist, lol. And a professional choir. Anyway, I've attached the score so you can see how the piece should really sound. The harmonies are based on altered scales and may be rather harsh to some ears. The poem itself is called Strit, which means 'toil'—it's a poem that explores the vanity of all that we do here on earth. I tried to capture some of the bleakness in the harmonies and repeated phrases. I hope you enjoy, and feedback is always welcome! P.S., it feels good to be back
  8. Hey there, I'm new to this forum ☺️. I just wanted to put my latest work/composition "The Door Beyond" here. It is a mixture of a few old compositions of mine edited with logic pro to one big song. I am excited what you think about it.
  9. Happy New Year everybody, Today is the first day of submissions for the Walter Hussey Composition Competition (with entries closing on June 30th). The competition is free to enter, and this year is only open to composers aged 16-24 on June 30th 2020. There are two cash prizes available for the winning entrants, and the work will be premiered by Reading Phoenix Choir in March 2021. For full details, visit www.walterhussey.com but in brief: - The theme is New Horizons - SATB to SSAATTBB plus solo lines if you want - Ideally unaccompanied - Ideally <3 minutes (the choir sing everything from memory) - Entry is by submitting a pdf and accompanying audio file (anything from rubbish midi to a multitrack MP3 will do) to info@walterhussey.com - Maximum two entries per person Hopefully lots of you will decide to enter!
  10. It may be November, but church musicians have been thinking about Christmas music for months! Ho-ho-ho!
  11. Star Wars belongs to our cultural heritage. The music is truly phenomenal! Written by John Williams, the man that plays in his own league. He is one of my biggest examples and a never ending inspiration source. How great it is then to attend a live performance of the International Symphony Orchestra of Lviv and the National Choir of Ukraine 'Dumka' playing his music (and from Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Mykola Lysenko, Ramin Djawadi and Vangelis). It was mindblowing! In this video I'll do a short analysis of what is happening on the stage during the Imperial March, Darth Vader's Theme. The music track that has been released in 1980! Hopefully you'll enjoy it! And that it inspires you to write (more) orchestral music for film. Cause maybe on one day ... your work might be performed on stage by a symphony orchestra and choir like this 😉 https://youtu.be/t2L7cB5nRro From a theoretical point of view this composition is also quite fascinating! I can talk about it for many hours. Did you know: During the march all of the pitched instruments playing (strings, horns, and timpani) are at or near the very bottom of their range. The result is a very dark color to the sound. Harmonically, it focuses on the dark sound of minor chords and presents distorted versions of what would otherwise be normal progressions (i–#iv–#v–i in G minor) Melodically, the theme is constantly moving in the downward direction Fascinating!
  12. This is a piece for a capella SATB choir, 4- or 8-part. The recording will give you nightmares so listen at your own risk (I had to sing and record each part separately—with a little help from a pitch alterer for those soprano and alto notes). Don't get too crazy with the recording; it's far from perfect, and it's really just an approximation of what a choir might sound like singing it. I also made some changes to the lyrics so what's sung doesn't always match what's written. I'm mostly interested in feedback on the piece's musicality. I'm hoping it reflects the meaning conveyed in the lyrics (the score has those). Writing for human voices is probably my favorite form of musical composition, and I had a TON of fun putting this one together. If all goes well, it will be played at a local college's Christmas candlelight service! As always, I look forward to your input! Thanks in advance!
  13. Godlike_Ascend-02.mp3 Hi everyone ! 🙂 I am a 24 years old french composer, and I upload stuff on a YouTube channel. I discovered this forum and I wanted to share you some of my works, to got feedback on what is good and wrong. Feel free to tell me everything inspires you when you listen to my track ! The main idea with this music was a kind of "prequel" to "Divine Ancestry" by Adrian von Ziegler. How these Ancestors became "Divine" ? My answer is this music. My YouTube channel is called Andramaloth, if some of you are curious, here it is : https://www.youtube.com/user/DeepyMusics/videos
  14. This is a work for SATB Choir and Piano that I wrote in 2017 for a competition. It's a moving work, and I would love to see it performed someday.
  15. Hello guys this is my new song! i hope you like it! Any criticism is welcome!🎹
  16. Anyone have a minute to pick at my piece? Thoughts on the piano part are particularly welcome since I'm not a pianist. Thanks! Who can ascend the hill of the Lord? and who can stand in His holy place? Those who have clean hands, and a pure heart;
  17. This is an ode to family and home in uncertain times. The tracing of many loved feet over the same path in the yard is a visible, physical reassurance that everyone is safe and accounted for in an age when many people can't count themselves so lucky. We start out with each voice part in a different phrygian mode, gather ourselves together into A minor, and only at the very end shift definitely to a more certain sounding and strong C major. The piano part isn't very pianistic, but it provides sort of a bell tolling to keep the pitch true at the beginning, and then a continuous heartbeat as a reminder of exactly what is at stake when you love another person. As long as the heart beats we live in the knowledge that some day it will stop. I tucked one hidden line in, just for the basses. Everyone says, "I love the little path your feet have made between the door and shed. It says you were here, and here you'll stay. And the grass loves summer light too much to mind a little wear." And the basses say, "Warm grass loves summer light as I love you." Caring for other people wears us away like footsteps ruin the lawn, and that's what makes us love them. They change us. The heat of summer turns the grass brown and brittle and it sings with a thousand summer songs and smells like home. If you have any input, I'd love to hear it. Particularly on the section with the 3/4 and 2/4 bars. I know I like the way the rhythms sit there, but I'm not sure if I expressed them in the easiest way for the conductor. I tried conducting my way through it and this was the best I could do to get the stressed beats of the text to line up with the strong beats of the measure, but maybe some of the 2/4s should be 4/4?
  18. Hi! I don't post here much anymore, but I have a piece that I'm a little unsure about and would like some feedback on. The words are by H.P. Lovecraft (the weird uncle of modern horror fiction)--please have a listen and let me know if anything sticks out at you. The recording was made with Virharmonic Voices of Prague software so, while it's better than a MIDI, it's still not a substitute for a live performance (i.e. you'll still have to read the score and use a little imagination while listening). Score and audio are both in this video Thanks!
  19. Thats my rain prayer. The only rain we had where I live this year last around five minutes and it wasn't enough for me to enjoy it. Also I wanted to write something for choir (and the first idea had a trill in it). I tried to write something Jewish or Catholic but I don't like their god, so I made up a rain goddess to pray to. This is my prayer for SATB+Piano, Please let me know what you think of it. *Note that I didn't edit the audio so it's basically the midi from sibelius. I won't recommend listening to it, but I upload it for those who want to.
  20. The only real Ensemble piece I think I've ever written https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=61s&v=KRLE0oLd4IU
  21. Hello im novice composer from Argentina and i share with you one of my works. i accept critisisms, they help me improve and i hope you like it.
  22. Hello guys ! i hope you like it!, any criticism is welcome!
  23. I want my food, therefore I'll upload here my idea for choral music piece. I'm not sure if this one is going to have words or not, will think of that later and you can say your opinion about it. My questions for you: 1. Is that a good idea? (melody harmony etc.) 1.2 If not- what should I change? 2. How should I continue this piece. I mean, it's just two ideas presented one after the other and then together, it isn't a real music piece yet. so... what should I do with these materials? Thanks :P *Lets see if you notice the big difference between the pdf and the audio ;)
  24. Hello everbody, This is my first serious choral composition, which I composed to practise counterpoint and voice leading. The piece is an Ave Maria, but the language is Dutch, which made it quite hard to compose music on. It is a hard language regarding accentuation. Dutch text: Wees gegroet, Maria, vol van genade. De Heer is met U. Gij zijt de gezegende onder de vrouwen, En gezegend is Jezus, de Vrucht van Uw schoot. Heilige Maria, Moeder van God, Bid voor ons, zondaars, Nu en in het uur van onze dood. Amen. There is trouble with the audio in this topic, so here is the link: Nevertheless, I am pretty content with it. What do you think? Tips are welcome! Maarten
  25. Hello, friends! I am very new to this forum, and just thought I would put this setting of Shakespeare's 8th Sonnet out here. I am open to any criticisms or feedback you have to offer. I apologize for the sub-par recording. The choir did not have overlong to rehearse, and the tenor and sopranos are especially strident sometimes. Which may be partly my fault at times, but it wasn't all my fault! Haha.
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