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  1. I started writing a suite for Solo Piano with the theme of 12 months of the year. I also am writing a poem related to each month as an epigraph for each movement. This first post will be about the January Movement. I do multiple things to get across the feel of January. Here is what I do and what it represents: Grace notes and staccato: Snowfall Slow tempo arpeggios: Walking through the forest Episodes of G minor and a single episode of C major: Lamentation, like "Oh, when will it warm up? It is so cold out here that I could freeze if I didn't have this coat on. I really hope it is soon." Major key melody in octaves or with full chords underneath(most of the time D major, but other keys are also used): Hope Minor key melody in octaves: Hope is extinguished Major over minor polytonality: The question of if there is hope Trills and/or alternating bass: Shivering, the combination of trills and alternating bass portrays more shivering than either trills alone or alternating bass alone, loud dynamic, even more shivering Fast scale motives of 4 notes each, rising: Wind Gust False ending - Leads into a Coda Pedaled arpeggio across the keyboard followed by quiet chord - True ending of the piece How well do you think I portrayed the cold weather and the feel of the month of January? And what do you think of my January poem that is right above the score? Also, what key do you think I should have the February movement in? Oh, before you can answer that, here is what I am planning as far as keys: January: D minor Other months: Some key trajectory that smoothly takes me to my target December: D major And here are the keys I have thought of maybe having the February movement be in: G major - Major subdominant of D minor A major - Dominant of D minor C major - Unrelated harmonically to D minor, but close in proximity to it(I don't consider the I - ii relationship to be a close harmonic relationship at all) Bb major - Submediant of D minor F major - Relative major of D minor D major - Parallel major of D minor If it helps, here are the keys I have thought of having the March movement be in: D major F major Eb major Bb major I know that I don't want to hit the D major key too early on in the piece, otherwise it might sound like the ending(most minor key pieces I know that end in the parallel major delay the parallel major until the last minute or in multi-movement works, the last movement. And Beethoven, the composer of most influence on me, he sometimes sets up a Picardy Third only to later say "Nope, I'm going to end this in the minor key it started in."(I know for a fact that he does this in the first movement of his Fifth Symphony and the Rondo of his Pathetique Sonata). So, anyway, what do you think of my January Movement of this suite and the poem that corresponds to this movement? And, any ideas as to which of the 6 keys I proposed for the February movement should be the actual key of that movement? Because, that is what I will be composing next is the February movement. I plan for the February movement to have a warm tone(thus the major key), a feel of love, a more obvious melody, and sort of a waltz feel to it(definitely will be in triple meter), there will still be some of those trills and alternating bass to evoke the cold temperatures, but not as many.
  2. This "Beginner's Piano Suite" marks my so-called '3rd Opus", which sounds so odd to say. (The idea of having an "Opus" sounds awful self-important to my ears, but at the same time, it gives a sense of beginning, middle, and end, and the thought of "I'm done with this, I'm moving on to something else" is liberating, so I really like that aspect of it!) Here's a little backstory. For one thing, I was tired of making pieces of piano music that were extremely difficult to play, and I have a fondness for pieces that are simple, straightforward, and "tell a story", so to speak. So I tried to tone down virtuoso writing as much as possible, and focus on "what" I wanted to say, instead of "how" to say it. I took some inspiration from the idea of video game music, thinking of a scenario or character and having that be what started me off. Most of them are played at a really slow tempo, which is inherently easier to play. A couple are more up-tempo, and probably offer the greatest challenge. Some sections may be tricky, and might be cheating to have in a "Beginner's Piano Suite", but I did my best. It's not a very long suite. There are seven pieces, and to listen to all takes maybe 15-20 minutes or so. Here they are: https://app.box.com/s/3i5d36uhkfwmd0gj5b84jmqplhoioebp [Op. 3 No. 1, "Dawn's Lullaby" WAVE File] https://app.box.com/s/0ecvpduruu110pa9ukksgty2bqmlt8jx ["Dawn's Lullaby" PDF] https://app.box.com/s/9rknasfzt22sdm8kcqx1ot7jzq7ei9y7 ["Op. 3 No. 2, ""A Lamentation" WAVE File] https://app.box.com/s/nfclmphylif5ztavoq7t1d5h5p6y6ifq ["A Lamentation" PDF] https://app.box.com/s/csiounws38ep6waojlityorrdofgt3z1 [Op. 3 No. 3, "Cynical" WAVE File] https://app.box.com/s/rrdfpfkmwortupqtqb1hqh581u16kevb ["Cynical" PDF] https://app.box.com/s/oa840nl7vfyadcv3ey0302fwotrar8h3 ["Op. 3 No. 4, "The Fireplace" WAVE File] https://app.box.com/s/p8haj6opgevr8g90v2i0z9b2qitdxxz9 ["The Fireplace" PDF] https://app.box.com/s/yumtrw9w5rlppww2pi5m0dix24a206jg [Op. 3 No. 5, "Resistance" WAVE File] https://app.box.com/s/fg5mr8o4x6ydnsloqp5q6a82vcrgcz09 ["Resistance" PDF] https://app.box.com/s/5ilpdnvqx27gyj05l7atnyc3d9ar414c [Op. 3 No. 6, "Remembrance" WAVE File] https://app.box.com/s/vgaadllbnc1izmm7meits7vzom2x9rmc ["Remembrance" PDF] https://app.box.com/s/tv8akqk6i409ibxz3i5187571syxwpjn [Op. 3 No. 7, "Adagio" WAVE File] https://app.box.com/s/qhompslta6x3wzh1owzj2a6g7tu74a2m ["Adagio" PDF] Thoughts/comments/criticisms all welcome. Thank you!
  3. I have decided to make a progress post for my suite so that I can get feedback on each of the movements without having to make multiple posts. This starting post will be about the first movement of my suite. I initially planned for the melody to not be in ternary form while the harmony was in ternary form, but the melody ended up being in ternary form. I chose the key of G major because it sounds warm to me. To reinforce this, I decided on the instrumentation being string quartet + piano. I use a sequence to modulate from G major to D major as a transition into the B section. So, I guess you could call it ternary sonata form, whatever that means. I include a short canonic passage in the B section of the piece after I have established D major as the tonality. Afterwards, there is a short transition back to the A section. This emphasizes the subdominant and even includes plagal motion. After the themes of the A section are played, there is a passage that includes 2 creschendos. And then the movement ends with a plagal cadence at fortissimo. What do you think of it? Did I get that warm, sunny quality that I was aiming for? Here are the mp3 and pdf:
  4. This is a set of preludes I composed and recorded for the piano, and the set tells the narrative of a maritime journey, detailing the calm sea, the time spent on the ship, the lighthouse on land, the seabirds, and finally the port. I made these pieces the bulk of my newest album, and it can be found here. Thanks, and let me know what you think.
  5. I've posted these before but I though I'd share it again as I made some minor edits since it was last posted on some of them. This is a set of six pieces dedicated to my daughter that I wrote around the time she was born four years ago. The keys of the pieces (loosely) spell out her name. They have a pretty large range in terms of difficulty since I initially set out to write short simple pieces suitable for an intermediate level piano student but over time, they evolved to become more thematic in nature loosely depicting a childhood scene. Here's brief description of each one: No. 1 in C major - A simple sonatina movement, perhaps depicting a child's first steps on their own. No. 2 in A major - A waltz-like piece, perhaps hinting at a young child dancing with her doll (my daughter loves to dance). No. 3 in B-flat major - A fast scherzo somewhat capturing the happy chaos of young children playing together. No. 4 in B minor - A hybrid rondo-variation form. The A theme is supposed to depict the child in various moods over the course of the day as he spends the day with his mother, starting off a little grumpy when he wakes up and ending quietly as he is put to bed. No. 5 in E minor - A set of simple variations on "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" which used to be my daughter's favorite song as a toddler. Not surprisingly this is her favorite one. No. 6 in G major - A march celebrating the transition from childhood to young adulthood.
  6. Hey guys, sorry for not posting recently. I've just moved to start going to school for organ performance, but I've been getting back into composing over the past weeks. Here's a project I've started and finished during that time.
  7. I'm new to composing music the traditional way. I normally write music through MIDI sequencing in Cubase. I have done some tests with traditional notation in the past, but I think this score is my smoothest. I didn't know whether to post this in the large ensemble forum or the choral-vocal forum, but I thought it was safest to post it here. This is a suite for SATB and strings that I composed in Musescore. Although I did fly it into Cubase and made a more studio quality version.
  8. It's interesting to study these dances, their rhythms, etc.... I wrote this just to learn. They don't follow the baroque rules about form or harmony. Some people ask me to write the chord names, so I leave them.
  9. These are some pieces based on natural things that I see or imagine.
  10. This is what happens when you have to write daily pieces and you get bored with writing crap. I'm quite proud of this work, even though it may not be conventional in any sense of the word. I hope you enjoy this one!
  11. This is another little piece of the suit about my cat activities. This time about the hunting. Yes, I prevent them to do it, and kill little birds, etc... Nature. I've written more pieces but I won't upload them all. This is just one last example. It's funny to compose thinking of them.
  12. Hi I've been working on something simple but funny (for me). Inspired in the life of my cats, I'm doing a king of little suite for flute, clarinet and piano. The clarinet is not transposed in the score. Well, music for me is this, too... T I've written too pieces (working on more): Awakening: the moment when the all come back from the dreamworld. Purring: including the sound of Dexter.
  13. This is a little sketch that is not in any form or style. If anyone has suggestions and comments, please give them. Thanks! Revision notes: Thanks everyone for the comments. Here's the next edition of it. Again, I'll take any feed back -Thanks
  14. Hello everybody, I have finally finished my Suite ''Seizoenen'' for Solo Piano (Op.36). Dutch: Seizoenen = Seasons. Maybe you have already heard some movements, but I wanted to post the composition in its complete version. This composition is set in four movements each presenting a season. I tried to make my associations with the seasons as clear as possible. I. Winter (Winter): Presto animato. II. Lente (Spring): Allegro vivace. III. Zomer (Summer): Andante sognante. IV. Herfst (Autumn): Lento melancolico. My favorite movement is the Zomer, because for me the music fits my idea of the hot Summer. Enjoy the listening! Feedback would be very appreciated and helpful! Maarten
  15. Hi all, This is the third movement of the Seizoenen* Suite for solo Piano, which is called Zomer.** *Seasons. **Summer. The Summer is for me the period, when I can relax. In this period we namely have a long school break (6 / 7 weeks). I wanted to let this association with the Summer sound in the music. Feedback would be very nice! Maarten M.Bauer - Suite for Piano''Seizoenen'', Op.28 III. Zomer.pdf
  16. Hi all, I received some interesting feedback on my Melody for piano ''Winter''. One of the comments was by @Gustav Johnson. He encouraged me to compose a suite based on the seasons (Dutch: Seizoenen). The Suite is called Piano Suite ''Seizoenen.'' The Winter is the first movement and can be found here: http://www.youngcomposers.com/t34743/melody-for-piano-winter/#play.The Lente (Spring) is the second movement. I tried to imitate typical Spring elements, such as whistling birds and animals that wake up from hibernation. Feedback would be very nice! Kind regards, Maarten
  17. Symphonic Suite No. 1 is a collection of pieces I originally composed during my time at the University of Michigan. I was constantly told by my good friends and Sinfonian fraternity brothers, Jamal Duncan, Armand Hall, and Damien Crutcher, to write for symphonic band. I eventually drew upon my time at my alma mater to compose for this idiom, which gave me my love for playing, my love for classical music, and my desire to compose. Chorale and Prelude was the last piece composed for this suite. It was originally written as my final-exam project in my Baroque counterpoint class with Kevin Korsyn. It was easily made into a piece for saxophone choir. After realizing the suite was incomplete with the later three movements (Marziale, Hymn, and Gigue), I composed additional material (F major) in 2012 to prolong the piece and give it more color. Marziale comes from my tuba-euphonium quartet, Quartet No 1, which was composed for three friends of mine: Kristof Schneider, Tony Halloin, and Todd Shafer. It was inspired by the Hindemith Trombone Sonata, which I first heard performed in 1994 by my brother, Bradford Mallory. Hymn was originally written as “Jesus is Lord.” It was commissioned as a band piece by Frank Perez and Graceland University and premiered December 8, 2011. An alternate version with choir was premiered by Edward P. Quick and the Michigan State University New Horizons Band. Gigue also comes from my tuba-euphonium quartet. I loved Kristof’s sound on euphonium and was thoroughly impressed with Todd’s and Tony’s range on tuba. Their abilities inspired me to compose habitually. This piece was also inspired by the Violoncello Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach and Second Suite in F: Fantasia on a Dargason by Gustav Holst.
  18. Here is my suite in nine-parts about Dante's Inferno and the circles of Hell he describes. I rewrote the entire suite, as I had previously written in only six days. Much of the suite is different, and this time I included a brief introduction about every piece and the suite as a whole to give you, the listener a better idea of what is going on. Let me know what you think!
  19. A suite made up of sketches 58, 62, and 78. I like this better than the first, personally, since I actually studied this type of music before these sketches, instead of mindlessly writing what I thought this type of music was. Enjoy!
  20. OK, this Suite has many more pieces, but to show what can be done with exotic scales (and much more if they were in the hands of an expert) this three (short) are enough. Jewish scale, Romanian scale, Harmonic-Ionian and Harmonic-Eolian scales, "Bizantina" scale, Lydian-eolian scale and Locrian (yes, it is present in our folk music). Some of them will semm odd to you. All are here:
  21. So instead of posting multiple threads, I just compiled them in a series.... More will be uploaded later...
  22. Some time ago, I wrote music (piano solo) for the silent movie The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, synchronizing music and image and, by the way translating the titles into Spanish. After that, I extracted two suites. This is the first. From m. 140 to m. 153 you will notice a quotation (harmonized in a peculiar way) of a song by The Beatles from Sgt. Peppers: For the Benefit of Mr. K... It corresponds to the scene of the fair in the movie. Of course it is very different to listen and to wath it.
  23. A short, tense Bagatelle in D Minor for String Orchestra (+ Triangle), the second movement of a Suite still in progress. The form is roughly A-B-A, with the A parts in Agitato cut time, D Minor, and the dreamy B part Assai Meno, written on the contrast between mute sustains and pizzicati/short sforzandos. Apart of some notational distractions (I forgot the 8vb in the Violas, last bars and to write divisi in a couple of Vl.I passages, let me know If you note some scoring errors (I'm not a string player). Audio and score: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0E-f7GmxXE
  24. So this uploaded this piece a couple of months ago (original in the archives). I have added an another movement, and I think I can say now that this work is pretty complete (barring some minor revisions). Impromptus are collection of short orchestral pieces that I have written (on a whim basically) in the past year and a half. They consist of short movements each with a unique mood and form. The 3rd movement (the Berceuse) was inspired by a theme by Christian Perrotta (I'll link his original theme below). The instrumentation is fairly the same throughout the whole piece. Let me know what you guys think, and thanks for listening/commenting! Christian's theme: http://www.youngcomposers.com/music/listen/7827/Tema (Challenge No. 4)
  25. I attached the final two movements as just MP3's, as I have yet to upload them to YouTube. This is my most extended piece of music, which was completely over the period of about 6 days. It consists of nine movements for orchestra based around Dante's Inferno, a description of Hell. The score may need some revision, but the work as a whole is ~160 pages, so minor revisions are to be put off. Enjoy, and check out my YouTube channel for a more in-depth description of some of the individual pieces.
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