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CCC#1 - First Competition!

I will announce the details of the first competition when we reach 30 members.

Please invite your friends, and suggest people for me to send direct invites to, so that we can reach that goal as quickly as possible!

Edit: 
Coundown to 30: 34/30
Update at about 1am BST: It is quite late where I live, so I'll be posting the competition in the morning.
Edit 19 Apr: I'm not updating this counter anymore. Competition coming soon. :D

CCC#1 - "The Watzmann" and Admin/Judge

The wait is over! The first competition is here!

That didn't take long! Thank you to everyone who has joined the group in the last 24 hours or so. :D

So, I have a couple of things to talk about, the first is announcing the competition, the second is regarding Admins and Judges etc, so I want to quickly apologise for the lengthy post.

But let's start with the fun bit!

CCC#1 - "The Watzmann" by Caspar David Friedrich.

"The Watzmann" is a painting by artist Caspar David Friedrich, made in the mid 1820s. It is a fantastic landscape painting, and although I know nothing about art, I absolutely love this painting.

This challenge was inspired by a composition task I was given at school, where we had to write a piece of music inspired by a painting. I chose a different painting by Caspar David Friedrich, which inspired me to look up some more of his art to use for this competition.

So, the challenge is fairly simple: Write a piece of music inspired by this painting, "The Watzmann". I look forward to seeing what you can come up with.

A few quick rules/details:
1) You may use any ensemble of instruments.
2) The piece must be between 1.30 and 5 minutes long.
3)  The piece must be original, not an arrangement.

You will be given a mark out of 10 for your piece, along with some feedback. You have until Sunday 19th May which gives you one month to complete the piece. I will announce the winners as soon as possible after that.



Admin / Judge

So, basically, if anyone would like to be an admin and judge in the competition, please message me. Your job will be to help me mark the scores, and make sure the group runs smoothly. Obviously, you won't be able to participate in any competitions which you help judge, so sorry about that. If no-one wants to, I can do it myself, but it would make things a lot easier for me, so message if you're willing to help. Thanks!

Conclusion

There. I apologise again for the long post. I'd never get away with this on RSA. :/
Thanks again to everyone who helped boost this group to 30 members yesterday. :D
I look forward to seeing all of your entries to the competition. Obviously you don't have to, but if you are entering, it would be helpful if you could just let me know in the comments. Have fun!

- Joe
 

First Orchestration, In Progress but would like some feedback

You could say that I am conquering my Pathetique Project. That's right, I am writing the Pathetique Sonata for a symphony orchestra. My score has this instrumentation:

Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bb Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
Horn in F
C Trumpet
Alto Trombone
Tenor Trombone(which just shows up in the score as Trombone)
Bass Trombone
Tuba
Tympani
1st violins
2nd violins
Violas
Cellos
Double Basses

Here is the link to it. I will also add it to the group's Sheet Music in case you want easier access to it.

https://musescore.com/user/50070/scores/5526550

I have already gotten a lot of feedback on the Grave and so I'm mainly wanting feedback on the first theme at this point.

Why Compose In Certain Keys

Hey Everyone!

I'm working on my first few pieces and learning a lot in the process. 

I'm trying to figure out how to pick a key for a song. Is there a general rule of thumb that happy songs are written in certain keys, sad songs fit into others, moody songs fit in the rest.  

How do YOU select the keys for your songs?

Also what resources really helped you when you first started out?

I feel pretty good asking you guys, because I have a lot of respect for the songs that are posted here.

Thanks Guys

2 NEW CHANGES IN JAY AND JOHN'S CHALLENGES!!!

Some changes are in effect for making this group better, and more rewarding for our competitors and winners!

1. We will be providing feed back for each score instead of only 1st place winner to specify strengths and weaknesses in your scores for future reference. 

2. We will be keeping a list of JAY and JOHN'S CHALLENGES' winners in a separate discussion as a "WALL OF FAME" for recognition of first place winners, and as motivation for competitors.

Also Jay and I are reviewing your scores to decide the final winner this Saturday! And trust me when I say, it's not an easy decision. xD Thanks everyone!

-John & Jay