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  1. 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! 🙂
  2. 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
  3. Yet another improv, i worry im boring people with these! I'll stop doing it soon, I.promise! I've started writing down my compositions/improvs again. I have a couple of minuets I'll upload soon, I just get so distracted when I sit at the piano. I've composed, via improv, a piano sonata in C major, I was thinking of the third movement when I improvised this. It reminds me of Haydn, I want the third movement to be light hearted and playful because the second movement I composed is in c minor and I use every trick up my sleeve to pull on the heart strings. I wish I recorded myself playing it, I worry my memory of it could get corrupted because it has more complex counterpoint. The first movement is like a piano concerto and is full of flashy runs in both hands. It has a Mozartian air and I use some of his signature moves but it has enough of me in it so it's not a cringey pastiche. Well I hope not! The improv here is a 'first run' so it's full of hesitation and mistakes but it made me smile when I listened back to it so I thought I'd upload it, I've been quiet for a few days so why not. Cuckoo!
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Brand new release! 11 Variations on an original theme for solo piano. Starts Classical, becomes Romantic, and ends in 7/8! Hope to lift your spirits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3coQsksLiE Thanks!
  8. Hello everybody! This is my new piece as a result of my orchestral piece break. I said in my latest post that I was going to upload a prelude, that is still coming, but I kinda wanna try composing a vocal work, so here it is! Searching the material for this work was tough, but I stumbled upon an impromptu poem performed by a character (Scrump Toggins) while watching a roleplay session on WildRP. If I get enough material, maybe I will make a full song cycle, but who knows. Also, there's a quote from a piece that I've uploaded here somewhere in the piece, have fun finding that lol Anyways, this is my first time ever trying to compose a vocal work, so all feedbacks and opinions are appreciated. Enjoy! (P.S Y'know, if anybody wants to sing this I'll gladly provide the instrumental version 👀)
  9. Thanks to @PeterthePapercomPoser and @luderart for the ideas in this. It was my first dabble at using the mystic chord and a #4b7 mode, as well as trying out a short undeveloped form. I like the result, and hope you do to.
  10. Hello Guys, Here's my new piece of music, Spring Night. I'm really interested in your opinion!
  11. Here it is, as short as possible to say something.
  12. Another bagatelle I compose all day everyday, I am starting to rack up the scores! Enjoy!
  13. Last piece of my 1st opus. Constructive criticism is warmly welcome!
  14. Let me introduce my Ballad No. 3 (E flat major) for solo piano. When I wrote this music, I wanted to make the composition as melodically expressive as possible. I also tried to make as clean chords as possible without harsh dissonances. I hope this Ballad will not look too old-fashioned. I just wrote the music I wanted to listen to. If someone liked it, I will be very happy.
  15. Hi everyone! I am here to present the third movement of my Piano Sonata no.2 in A-flat major. Previous two movements are also posted in YC and you can have a look in them if you're interested: The third movement opens with the opening theme of the first movement in a more flowing manner with some counterpoint. It also plays with the texture of the second movement with the movement almost non-stop with the quavers except some cadential moments. The pdf and mp3 files are attached as usual: Piano Sonata no.2 3rd Movement.mp3 Piano Sonata no.2 3rd mov 26-04-2023.pdf The movement is in sonata form without a development, since nothing needs to be developed here as an Intermezzo: 00:00 Exposition, 1st Subject 00:31 Transition (?) 01:15 Exposition, 2nd Subject 02:01 Recapitulation, 1st Subject 02:26 Transition (?) 02:53 Recapitulation, 2nd Subject 03:40 Coda, roads leading to the main hurdle... (Even I myself am not sure where is the beginning of the transitions and 2nd subjects since there's no medial caesura...) For me this is my least favourite movement of the sonata. I feel like it's less emotional and authentic here than any other movements. But of course this can be a bias. The youtube video is also attached here: After this movement it's time for the real hurdle and my favourite movement of the sonata... Even though it's prepared and hinted throughout the previous movements but the coda of this movement cannot tell less of it... Stay tuned... Henry
  16. For the past 18 months I've not been active much musically. I'm back now and bursting with ideas. This piece began as a minuet but ended up an improvised fantasy. I composed the minuet ages ago and recently had access to my piano so I hit record and played it. I was playing from memory and had dumb fingers where Ive been away from the piano for so long and I forgot how to play. So it begins hesitantly and annoyingly I forgot how to play the coda of the minuet so began improvising from that point onward. I transitioned to the trio but it sounded nothing like a trio as I improvised but I liked the ideas I was coming up with and carried on. By the time the minuet returns at the end I found my confidence again. Cant believe I earned the 12 year badge, has it really been that long?! Are there many others still here who joined back then?
  17. 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
  18. Here's a short waltz that I'd like to share with everyone. The original score was created last 2014 as a soundtrack for a video project in college. It was originally for a couple string instruments. In 2019, I transcribed it for solo piano. In the process of transcribing, I accidentally swapped the treble clef of the right hand with the bass clef without changing the note order, thus changing the entire tone of the main melody. It sounded off at first but then I thought, it's not bad at all! So I took that "accident" and incorporated it into the final version of this piece (you'll notice that measures 41 to 56 is like a copy of the main melody but different). Then a few days ago, I finally decided to complete this version. I had fun revising this one, and I hope you enjoy it as well 😁 Waltz in C Major.mp3 Waltz in C major.pdf
  19. I present the first five Symphonic Sonatas - beginning in reverse chronologic order. Symphonic Sonata No. 5 in Bb
  20. Short original piano composition called "Please!". It is my first composition after a break of 2 years. It is inspired by the music of composers of the romantic era. Another big inspiration was the painting "Lamia" by John Waterhouse. It has the following structure: A - B - C - A' A : Main theme in C Major B : Secondary theme in d sharp minor C : Transition from B to A' in c minor A' : Dramatic variation of A in C Major Thank you for listening! Feel free to comment 🙂
  21. It's that time again. I may have gotten weird with the score.
  22. 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
  23. Dear all, This is a piece I wrote back then, in 2021, for a call-for-score competition of a piano performing competition. This is meant to be a part of the repretoire performers can choose from for their programme. Unfortunately, the competition is heavily impacted by the pendemic and I cannot listen to the live/ streamed performance of this peice. Here is my original note for this work. "This toccata is the second work in the composer’s recent piano series which explore polyrhythmic motif development. The piece starts with a simple, tranquil theme and it evolves into a fast quasi-fugue. Later, the passionate 3-against-5 passage enters with contrasts to the first motif. After the appearance of both motives, variations follow and direct the development for the rest of the toccata. " HoYin
  24. Hey everyone, this is a project I did for my Theory: Intro to Harmony class. We started with just a chord progression, then added texture and a melody. I'd love to hear any feedback, and if anyone thinks of a title, please let me know
  25. Uno de estos días... One of these days. A simple piano piece, with its twists .... That's the one of my dogs (calle Happy) is.
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