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Famous Composer Challenge

See if you can answer correctly all these challenge questions about famous composers. If you correctly answer 20 challenges, you are an Honorary Music Master.
Answers will be posted in February.

1. Which composer’s name translated into English is Joe Green.
2. Which composer wrote a piece with real whale song?
3. Which composer wrote an opera parody with a title taken from Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio” and “Marriage of Figaro”?
4. Which composer wrote a symphony about Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) during World War II?
5. Which composer wrote the music for a ballet about a puppet?
6. Which composer wrote the music for another ballet in which a mechanical doll needs to be wound up several times to continue dancing?
7. Which composer wrote music for an opera about a lady named "Butterfly"?
8. Who wrote music about the planets?
9. Which composer wrote music about a bee?
10. Which composer wrote music for an opera that includes a sword swinging singing warrior woman?
11. Which composer wrote a symphonic poem about his native country, a composition that was once entitled “A Scandinavian Choral March” in order to avoid censorship?
12. What composer was a virtuoso pianist who wrote a famous Hungarian Rhapsody?
13. Which pacifist composer wrote a composition in remembrance of the dead from WWII?
14. What composer is credited with a composition technique using all 12 tones of the scale?
15. Who wrote music about a troll mountain king?
16. Who wrote music based on a poem about a forest half human-half goat creature?
17. Who wrote music for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”?
18. Which composer who wrote a jazzy composition about how the world was formed?
19. Who wrote a composition for classical guitar and orchestra inspired by the gardens of a resort?
20. Which composer was a first for winning an academy award for best musical or comedy score?
21. Bonus extra credit: What composer wrote semi autobiographical music about a piano lounge singer?

To help you out, here is list of composers you can match up with the questions
A. Benjamin Britten
B. Claude Debussy
C. Tan Dun
D. Edvard Grieg
E. Alan Hovhaness
F. Gustav Holtz
G. Franz Liszt
H. Darius Milhaud
I. Jacques Offenbach
J. Rachel Portman
K. Giacomo Puccini
L. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
M. Joaqun Rodrigo
N. Peter Schickele
O. Arnold Schoenberg
P. Dmitri Shostakovich
Q. Jean Sibelius
R. Igor Stravinsky
S. Giuseppe Verdi
T. Richard Wagner

New signature motif contest oct 4, 2014 ending Jan 15

NEW CONTEST (Oct 4, 2014)
***Design YOUR OWN MUSICAL SIGNATURE MOTIF Contest***
Put your name to music. That’s right, immortalize yourself in musical notes. You could have your own signature musical motif just like some of the great composers. All you need to do is compose an original composition assigning the letters of your name to musical notes. Be creative and use any rhythm and harmonies you want as well as any length of composition and any instrumentation. Use any system you want for assigning musical notes to letters. As an examples, a simple cypher for converting letters to notes might be as follows:

Letter: A b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
Note: a b c d e f g a b c d e f g a b c d e f g a b c d e
Octave 1 octave 2 octave 3 octave 4

Thus, if your name were ‘chinadoll’, your musical signature would be:
C A B G A D A E E
So, give it a try for fun and submit your cool tune to this new wacky contest. Anyone can join. End of the contest will be Jan 15.

Comments Contest, make comments and win

Yowza yowza yet another contest,
yes another contest, there can’t be too many.
This one recognizes and rewards those who comment the most in the chinadoll groups. The contest starts Oct 28 and runs through November. Everyone in the ‘laugh silly’ and ‘Downy Yellow Dingle Dork’ groups are automatically entered. The way the contest works is as follows:

Each word in a comment to another member’s post (music or discussion) within the ‘laugh silly’ and ‘Downy Yellow Dingle Dork’ groups gets one point.

But wait, that’s not all! A 5 point bonus is given each time any of the following words are used: “DYDD” or “banana” or “Dingle Dork.”

Oh, heck, because I am really nice, let's say you get another bonus point if you also join Sonofjunk's groups 'hsm' or 'in my opinion' or if you join Rockn's 'Everyone's' group.

At the end of November, the administrator will play accountant and count up all the words entered by each of the commenters and announce the winners. The winner gets the incredible indescribable impressive “Gold Banana DYDD” award.Yay. Have fun.

New contest! Ends January 1!

Ok, as Chinadoll has given us the permission to make our own contests (or at least I hope he was( if not, just delete this)), I decided to try it out. In this contest you will have to make a story with sound effects. There is only three rules; I cannot take part in this, have fun, and the main character must be annoyed as much as possible. The winner will be determined by me putting myself in the person's shoes and rating the annoyingness on a scale of 1 to 10, with the person with the highest amount of points winning. In the case of someone getting the same amount of points as another person, a tie-breaker will be made. There is no limit to how many entry's you put in and the contest will end on January 1. Also, if you need some help, look at my song "I Hate Flies" for some examples. So in the meantime, wanna tell me some jokes?

The 2014 Year in Review

The 2014 year in review
This has been an interesting year filled with many wonderful compositions submitted to several music contests including for the best Silly composition, for the best Critter themed contest, a signature motif (still time to enter!), a tasty banana recipe contest, and exciting comments contests and discussions. Take a look at our “Laugh Silly Hall of Fame Contest Winners.”
Along the way, there have been numerous fascinating discussion topics including one asking the vital question “Is Laugh Silly a legitimate art form?” and “How long does it take you to decompose?” among others.
Members have taken the great initiative to start their own contests or discussions. Shewcrafter started a discussion called “Great Group.” Shewbacca started the Quest to find the DYDD discussion and one about funny text art. Rockn started a contest for the most annoying composition.
This has been the year of the escape by the DYDD and the courageous efforts of a few to recover the lost bird. There arose some speculation about the existence of lost Pacificus scrolls detailing an ancient civilization of Dingle Dorks as well as the possibility of the existence of other variants including the Downy Purple Dingle Dork, the carnivorous Red Tailed Dingle Dork Hawk, and the ancient 27 ton Orange Dingle Dorkasaurus.

Interesting Quartet Pieces

Hello!
I am an eighth grade viola player. ME and 6 other people are looking for a song to play at GMEA Solo and Ensemble this year.

If you can help me, the song:
-Must have 1st and 2nd violins, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass Parts.
-Cannot be an arrangement of a modern tune.

Are there any other middle school students who can give us a fairly simple song to learn and master, hopefully earning us a high rating.

(We play fairly well, so don't be afraid to give us something challenging. :)


THANK YOU!!!

critter contest 10-16-14 ending Dec 15

Quite few compositions in this group seem to be about various types of critters -toads, mosquitoes, birds, horses, does sponge bob count as a critter?- do let's have a new exciting contest. You are invited to submit your original critter composition, about any creature you want, as many entries as you want. First, second, and third place winners will be announced after Dec 15. Doesn't this sound exciting? It should since we already have some really great pieces that are of course automatically entered into the contest. As always, we like music that is funny and silly so get those compositions entered and good luck to all.

Funny Text art!!

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My string quartet - would appreciate advice

Hi all,

I recently posted my first attempt at a movement for string quartet: http://musescore.com/rpbouman/string-quartet-in-a-minor (videoscore: http://musescore.com/node/480266, youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3g0QgJarSE).

I would really appreciate comments from string instrumentalists, like

1) is it playable?
2) how hard is it?
3) is the notation (dynamics, pizzicato, arco etc) clear?
4) how does it sound? Would extra instruction be required to highlight important lines?

Thanks in advance, and kind regards

Roland

new contest 7-18-14 ending Oct 31

New contest 7-18-14
Ok, admittedly, the last contest was a fiasco but this is a real contest, honest. There will be no reanimated judges, no secret invisible winning compositions, no fake winning free trip to a tropical paradise. Instead, here is the deal:
1. only compositions that are actually visible to all can be submitted and entered.
2. The administrator chinadoll (who will not be allowed to enter the contest) will be the sole judge.
3. Entries must be original compositions.
4. Each person entering may submit multiple compositions.
5. Any composition either already posted or newly posted between 7-18 and 10-31 may be entered. to enter, just post a composition or request that one already posted be entered.
6. Entries will be judged based on originality/novelty, humor, silliness, and fun.
7. All compositions will receive a detailed critique of at 30-50 words in length (if that matters to you) by the administrator
8. The prize for the winner will be the honor of winning.
9. The contest will end 10-31-14 and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced at this site shortly thereafter.
10. of course, all this is assuming anyone actually enters the contest...

A simple method for improvising 2 and 3 part canons

in Canons

@googlekopf (http://musescore.com/user/22621) introduced me to this short but extremely insightful videoseries on youtube on how to improvise Renaissance style canons. I encourage everyone to watch them all - it will cost you less than 15 minutes and your life will be better :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n01J393WpKk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxJa9YDP3MU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu_-OfAABHw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w664qFsO9gg

The method presented is extremely simple and the result is guaranteed not to offend the ear. It might not be beautiful but it is at least a very good start, especially since you can literally improvise it.

I just tried it out myself and with just a few minutes I got this result:

http://musescore.com/rpbouman/a-simple-3-part-canon-stb

Enjoy! And share your results as well :)

EDIT: Here's another background article that treats this method:

http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.13.19.2/mto.13.19.2.cumming.php

Auditions for The Musescore Virtual Orchestras

I want to start on a huge project, that requires the help of everyone! Much like Eric Witacres's Virtual Choir, I will be compiling recordings of a large number of people, into one track.
Auditions have started and will run through the 13th of June. The piece we will be performing is most likely going to be one of my original compositions and will be a huge undertaking.
As of right now, we are short of String players and Vocalists. If you are interested or would like to audition, the link is below and you can email me, at the email below.
The link is http://musescore.com/groups/virtual-orchestra-group
My email is: xak_robinson@hotmail.com
Thank you for everyone's support !!!
Hope to see you in The Musescore Virtual Orchestra!

Strings and Winds Needed

If you haven't heard already, I will be holding auditions for "Musescore's First Virtual Orchestra".
I want to start on a huge project, that requires the help of everyone! Much like Eric Witacres's Virtual Choir, I will be compiling recordings of a large number of people, into one track.
Auditions have already started and will continue until june 13.
I need a large number of string players and wind players, so if you're interested, join the group below and comment on the "Yay or Nay" Discussion

If you are interested, the link is http://musescore.com/groups/virtual-orchestra-group
If you have any further questions, my email is: xak_robinson@hotmail.com
Thank you for everyone's support !!!
Hope to see you in my orchestra

Violin concerto:Secondmovement almost finished slow&fastsections

My entry in the post-romantic postBarber violin concerto stakes!I love the 2nd movement.
Still working on orchestrating the first movement which at 382 measures seems too short.It has 3 main themes in exposition but they are not developed are they?Old-fashioned sonata form doesn't have to be followed but I did want to have some guide for structuring the material. the recap comes with 1st subject repeated in F major instead of opening Gmajor.There was other material I wanted to repeat :maybe I will.It flows very well (the way I want it to)so maybe I should let it alone -it ain't a big post- romantic concerto- it's a small one .I like it very much .I have a theme for the finale but haven't felt like composing anything new! i would like some sophisticated listeners for it but I feel it flows so well maybe anyone would like it.