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  1. A Letter to My Father.mp3 A Letter to My Father.pdf I recently put the finishing touches to a piece I composed back in 2008, “A Letter to My Father.” This piece is actually the third movement from my string quartet “Jackdaw.” Therefore at its heart it is based on the life and writings of Franz Kafka, like all the other music in that quartet. However this music has special meaning for me as well (also like all the music in that quartet). It feels especially meaningful during this current time in my life, when my own interactions with my father have become so very strange. Kafka’s Letter to his Dad When Kafka was about 36, he wrote a nasty letter to his dad. Apparently his father Hermann was a pretty difficult guy, constantly ridiculing Kafka for being a weakling, while refusing to care one bit that his son was a genius. Kafka’s stories are real mind-benders. The realities they portray are just “off” enough that they feel like they could be real life. One can recognize the landscape, envision oneself living in that world, but something in the reality is very wrong. Sometimes it’s hard to put one’s finger on… but impossible to ignore. Like the work of H.P. Lovecraft, the stories have the power to make one doubt one’s own world, to make one doubt mankind as a whole. It’s delicious writing, and frankly still horrifying to this day. Despite young Franz’s clear talent, Poppa Kafka just didn’t respect his son, and he made that known at every opportunity. By age 36, Franz was tired of Hermann’s crap. He busted out some paper and really let Dad have it, for 45 hand-written pages. In his own way, Kafka believed that this letter would help heal their relationship, but in reality the letter was full of complaints, accusations, and invective. He plumbed the depths of his own hurt, and wrung the emotions out onto the page. If the letter is to be believed, Hermann was a toxic and narcissistic hypocrite, an abusive tyrant who never gave his fragile son even a kindly word or friendly look in all his life. The writing is heart-breaking and so very relatable, ripe as it is with a certain timeless pain that has been felt by so many sons across so many generations. In one episode, Kafka describes a traumatizing experience from his childhood: one evening at bedtime he was begging his father for some water (perhaps even being a bit bratty about it), when his father, always a large and intimidating man, burst into his bedroom without warning and, in a rage, grabbed the small boy and locked him outside on the balcony with nothing on but his thin cotton sleep shirt. Kafka writes: I was quite obedient afterwards at that period, but it did me inner harm. What was for me a matter of course, that senseless asking for water, and the extraordinary terror of being carried outside were two things that I, my nature being what it was, could never properly connect with each other. Even years afterwards I suffered from the tormenting fancy that the huge man, my father, the ultimate authority, would come almost for no reason at all and take me out of bed in the night and carry me out onto the balcony, and that meant I was a mere nothing for him. Franz Kafka, from Letter to His Father Not only is this a sad story of parental mismanagement and emotional scarring, but it is also such a great insight into why so much of Kafka’s writing features nameless, faceless authority figures who carry out irrational sentences with a total lack of empathy or emotional connection. Moments that feature characters like that are some of the more disturbing vignettes from his stories; they make it all too easy to picture oneself being dragged away by faceless agents of the state who have no sense of human morality or concern for life. Kafka was able to translate his tragic daddy issues into terrifying metaphors for what it’s like to live in modern society. Now THAT’S how to cope with a bad upbringing. Kafka’s father Hermann Franz Kafka as a young man Let’s all write letters to our dads! Funny story: I had to send a letter to my own father recently. Mine was not as nasty as Kafka’s, nor was my father anywhere near as abusive as Hermann. But father-son relationships can be all varieties of strange, and mine definitely falls on that spectrum. I won’t go into the details here, but suffice it to say that at pretty much the same age as Kafka when he wrote his letter, I found something about my father’s behavior and treatment of me that I found questionable, and so I wrote a letter that I wish I didn’t have to write. It delivered the message, though I’m not sure it did anything to heal our relationship. When Kafka completed his letter, he hand delivered it to his mother, and asked her to bear the letter to his father. Her mother read it once and immediately decided to hide it forever. As much as Kafka might have hoped his manifesto would help heal old wounds, his mother felt differently, and refused to take any part in provoking the monumental explosion that would likely follow should Hermann ever read it. My own letter was delivered directly to my father, though I’m actually not sure he read it. One can never know these things when direct communication becomes impossible. Long story short, this music ain’t just about Kafka. I hope someday someone writes about how I skillfully took my familial pain and transformed it into timeless art we can all relate to. Whether or not that ever happens, I will say this: writing the music always makes me feel better.
  2. Trying to recognize and reject the concept of sonata form by presenting transformations of the same motif's in a continuous dynamic every-changing cycle. Looking for constructive feedback... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlarRvohpI0
  3. Hi Everyone, This string quartet was started on a freezing December night last year(2017). I finished the piece this month because I was working on other pieces. (I know it is strange to publish a Winter-themed piece now in summer ) In the first half of the piece, I tried to introduce dissonance to address the seriousness of winter, while trying to make the melody as crystal clear as icebergs. Towards the ending is of much warmth and harmony, which symbolize the end of WInter and the return of Spring. Hope you enjoy the piece! HoYin P.S. I am writing the second movement for the quartet. (Done:D) https://soundcloud.com/hoyin-cheung-1/sets/string-quart-v-winter-2018
  4. This is the second installment of my pieces that were previously published here on Young Composers forum but got deleted during the renovation of the website in late April - early May 2016 and that I am choosing to publish again. As the pieces number 181, I am being cautious at to what I publish this second time. Concerning this set of sententiae, what distinguishes them is that they are the first set of sententiae I ever composed. Therein lies their importance. I think that of the six sets of sententiae for string quartet that I have composed, this is still the best set. Here's how I introduced the pieces back on April 10, 2013 when I first posted theme here: 'Sententia' (plural: 'sententiae') is the Latin for the word 'sentence'. I am naming these pieces 'sentences' since they are pieces that do not manifest any trace of development, nor do they aim to do so. All they do is utter a statement, a sentence - which the Oxford dictionary defines as "A series of words complete in itself as the expression of a thought ... conveying a statement, question, exclamation, or command." a definition which perfectly applies to these pieces. I chose the Latin word 'sententia' to name them because its meaning is broader than its English translation of 'sentence', defined as it is as "meaning, sentence, maxim, epigram" - the other three definitions also applying to some degree to the kind of piece that I have in mind, a piece that is more substantial than a simple, straightforward (and often inconsequential) sentence. Of these three sententiae, my favourite is the second one, which is also the one that I think the most completely embodies my idea of a 'sententia' (the first one still somewhat utilizing the formulas of my soliloquies and bagatelles with its repeat and clear ending, while the third one shows a hint of development). I am posting them as a group since I believe that sententiae, being short and devoid of any development, are best presented in a group. Yet each sententia is complete in itself and in the musical idea/feeling/thought that it seeks to convey. Here's the link to the first old deleted piece that I shared: https://www.youngcomposers.com/t36633/three-fugatos-for-harpsichord-op-222-old-deleted-piece-1181/
  5. This is my 6th set of sententiae* for string quartet. I had posted the previous ones here, but they were deleted during the renovation of the website in May 2016. Maybe I will post one or more of the previous four sets sometime in the future. *The 'sententia' is a musical form I originated in 2013. The word 'sententia' (plural: 'sententiae') is the Latin for the word 'sentence'. The Oxford dictionary defines 'sententia' as "A pithy or memorable saying, a maxim, an aphorism, an epigram; a thought, a reflection." For me a 'sententia' is a musical utterance of a thought that is complete in itself, like a sentence. It is also an utterance that finds no need for any elaboration or development. Hence my sententiae are short pieces that come in sets and are often related to each other in some way. Just like between the movements of a multi-movement piece, I would expect that performers observe a short pause between one sententia and the next. And I would expect that there be no clapping from audiences.
  6. Hi, my name is Dimitrije and I am a 13-year-old composer. This is my second string quartet (you can listen to the first here). I would love to hear your opinion on this piece.
  7. Hi! I am a 12-year old boy that likes to compose music. This is my first string quartet. It is written for two violins, viola, and a violoncello. I hope you will like it. Feel free to leave your opinions in the comments - every feedback means a lot to me.
  8. My third Opus 2 quartet, it's particularly influenced by Haydn in the first and third movements. I wrote this back in September of 2017. I always appreciated feedback, so don't hesitate! Sorry about the trills in the third movement, Musescore's trills are not so good.
  9. Hello, all! Here is a single movement work I wrote for string quartet. I entered this into a call for scores that a professional string quartet hosted. Out of it, I got this recording (along with 200 dollars)! Let me know what you think! Feedback always welcome!
  10. We would like to invite you to have a look at the announcement of the IV Florence String Quartet Call for Scores. The Call for Scores provides to the composers opportunities with the String Quartet of La Scala (Milan), Accord Quartet (Budapest), Lutoslawsky Philarmonic (Lomza, Poland). in addition to publication of the score and of a CD of the recording. www.callforscores.com
  11. A piece I wrote one day during the summer holidays. https://youtu.be/IPhrPxi4l8Q
  12. Here's a string quartet in F major. Sorta like a ABA format with a slow section in the middle. Honest comments would be greatly appreciated. Also, please follow me if you'd like more Neoclassical or Neoromantic music. This version was created using Finale. However, a string quartet will be playing this (hopefully) during winter break so I'll reupload once they're ready.
  13. Here is the next in my series of "Animal Sketches". This depicts a fly being ensnared by a venus fly trap. The MIDI rendering for this one is pretty terrible, so sorry about that. In rehearsal this evening, I had the violin I's play tremolo on all of the notes that didn't have a trill (except for the final measure); this made it sound a lot more "insecty". I am really trying to do a lot more composition. I know my stuff is pretty basic, which is why I'm open to any ideas ya'll have to share with me. Also, if you have a suggestion for an animal sketch you'd like to see me do, please let me know. I can definitely at least give it a try.
  14. This is my "Conversation for String Quartet No. 2". Here is the link to my "Conversation for String Quartet No. 1": https://www.youngcomposers.com/t33779/conversation-for-string-quartet-no-1/
  15. So after writing music for quite some time, I realized that I haven't formally tested out the Minuet and Trio form. Thus, I've decided to give it a go to see what would happen. Reviews would be nice! Hopefully it'll be part of a bigger work (such as a multiple movement string quartet). Format of composition: Theme - Trio I - Trio II - Coda
  16. Some composer (Think it was Strauss since it was from Berlioz's Treatises of Instrumentation edited version), once said that to write an orchestral piece, one must start by writing a string quartet. What are your opinions on that remark? For those who write compositions that are more to the orchestra rather than the chamber side, where did the learning process start and what steps did you find were the most important on the way (e.g. getting critiques or getting your music played). Once again, the reason I'm posting these questions is to get people thinking about what they do and to share ideas + tips. This is why the forum was set up, no?
  17. My second in a set of three string quartets, Op. 2, in the style of roughly the 1780s. Enjoy! Opus 1 has been finished for a while, three piano sonatas, and I will likely post them soon. I also finished the third quartet, but I have not entered it into musescore yet. NOTE: There are two glitches in the first movement, there shouldn't be a D at the end of the exposition, its only a pickup to the development, and the B-flat seventh chord before the recap is a beat too late.
  18. hello, This is my new string quartet composition. Just listen, and share your opinion! Thanks! :)
  19. Hello everybody, It sounds very interesting to me when we have a collaboration project in the form of Theme and Variations. For the ones who don't know what this form is: you compose one or more variations on a stated theme. A clear example is Mozart's Dodici variazioni su 'Ah, vous dirai-je Maman': How does it work? You can compose as many variations on the given theme as you want. There are a few rules / points: Only write for the string quartet (1st violin, 2nd violin, viola, violoncello). Not all variations have to contain all instruments, so you can also compose a variation for string trio (violin, viola, violoncello) or a solo passage. Make sure that the theme is recognizable or at least fragments of it. Every style is accepted: contemporary, classical, Pop, Jazz, minimal etc. Variations may not be longer than 2 minutes. When you have finished a variation, please post it in this topic with the following files. This namely saves a lot time for me to edit the final version. PDF file of the score and; Midi file and; MP3 file. You can be as creative as you want! Theme ''Oh! Kom maar eens kijken!'' Oh! Kom maar eens kijken!.pdf Oh! Kom maar eens kijken!.mp3 Oh! Kom maar eens kijken!.mid If you are interested and want to compose a variation, please sign in for this project by answering yes in the poll above. Good luck! Participants: ----------------------
  20. JoeViola

    The Dance

    I wrote most of this piece about a year ago, but I have arranged it for string quartet and modified it since. The Dance.mid To see more of my music visit www.soundcloud.com/joeviola2
  21. I thought it would be really cool to write a collaborative string quartet (2 violins, viola and cello). A few rules to follow: 1. I want to warn you that the score I upload (.xml format) is very likely going to be visually unappealing and may contain visual notation mistakes. I use a special notation program due to a disability (please do not ask me what this disability is, as it's information that is too personal to mention on the internet). Therefore, I cannot correct these mistakes myself. If anyone is willing to help me correct these mistakes, that would be awesome. 2. Any forum member may contribute as much as they want in any style, as long as we ensure smooth transitions between contributions. You can contribute as many times as you like. 3. I will decide when the composition is finished, but you are welcome to end it if you like. Collaborative String Quartet.xml
  22. A string quartet that I completed on the 16th of June. It is in the classical style, inspired by the quartets of Mozart, Haydn, and Kozeluch (A very underrated composer who was more popular than Mozart during his life).
  23. Hi everyone, here is the first movement of my 4th string quartet. Feedback is welcome!
  24. Hi everyone. Here is the second part of the first movement of my fourth string quartet. Comments/Feedback are most welcome.
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