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What is your favourite violin concerto?

Happy new year everyone! 

Did you know, on this day, the German composer Johannes Brahms premiered his Violin Concerto in D major with Hungarian violinist, Joseph Joachim in 1897? This concerto which has been claimed by Polish violinist, Henryk Wieniawski as an "unplayable" work while Spanish violinist, Pablo Sarasate refused to play the work. Now it is one of the greatest violin concertos ever written and it is very famous today.

Here is a link to my favourite recording of this concerto played by Itzhak Perlman:

What is your favourite violin concerto? Tell me below.

What do you hope never changes?

Is there anything in life, that you hope it just stays the same?

I hope that the way we celebrate celebrations never changes. I mean I do not want to celebrate Christmas in twenty years with hologram trees, Amazon packed presents and eat roast chicken made by automation. I can also imagine in the future that we will not have that much gatherings anymore as everyone will just video call each other in their living rooms. And there will be kids receiving presents in the form of Fortnite battle passes. For me, it would be bizarre to think of such idea.

Welcome to the Official CMC Group

 Welcome to the official Classical Music Contest Group.

Composing Contests:
Any can upload their score to a contest as long as it fits into the contest description. You can also make your own contests as long as it is not a spam. Do not spam your compositions into a contest. Anyone who spams or trolls will be kicked out of the group. So please do not spam. You can only upload 3 or fewer scores per contest. Follow these rules & you can be in this group. Tell your friends, family, even people you don't know, about this group. But wait. There's more, join within the next 15 minutes & you will become a group admin, just pay separate processing & HANDELing. I hope you enjoy this group.

General Discussions:
You can also post general discussions (as long as they are not spam). You can ask questions, upload scores, ask for advice, ex. Just keep it family-friendly.

Posting Scores:
When you post scores you must tell who composed it. DO NOT SPAM!

Basic Comunity Rules:
Make sure that when you post a discussion that it is family-friendly & is not spam. 

Things learned using a church pipe organ

Over the last 6 months of preparing music to make MIDI files then performing it during church services, I (a brass player and singer, not an organist or accompanist) have learned a few things. I hope my sharing helps others while bringing a smile.

1) Most hymns found in your hymnal don’t take into consideration that the singers occasionally need to breathe. Unless yours consists solely of Olympic swimmers, marathoners, and other world class athletes. Moreover, an organist or accompanist who has been doing it for years now innately knows where to add a slight hesitation to allow the congregation to get a breath. Adding these pauses to an electronic score - not so easy. First, you need to find the appropriate duration. Then, since these programs don’t like having more than 4 beats in a measure when you set a 4/4 time signature, you have to realign by substituting equivalent valued notes (quarter note becomes 2 tied eighths or dotted eighth tied to a sixteenth, etc.) to get the music back in sync.

2) Talking about sync, because you are throwing in extra beats for an intro and pauses between verses, to get the best chance at alignment you convert any beat to an equivalent series of tied notes when the value is greater than a single beat based on the time signature. That means nothing bigger than a quarter note for 3/4 or an eighth for 6/8. Surprisingly, this significantly speeds up the note entry process for most hymns. Since the goal is to generate a MIDI file for performing, the prettiness of the score is unimportant.

3) Adding a 1 beat rest at the start and a 1 beat rest at the end makes the copy and paste operation to add multiple verses and an intro easier with most software.

4) A virtual pipe organ is not the same as a physical pipe organ and allowances have to be made. When playing a score, the organist doesn’t actually give notes their full value as it takes time to lift a finger then press the next note’s key. Otherwise, successive notes of the same pitch would have the new note ending exactly at the same time as the new note is starting. If that occurred, the notes effectively become tied together. To avoid this, Musescore shaves 1 clock tick(there are usually 480 ticks in a quarter note) off the end of each note, adding a gap but allowing the next note to start on time. A REAL PIPE ORGAN IS NOT A VIRTUAL PIPE ORGAN!!! 1 tick is not enough time for it to close then open the air flow to a pipe. Depending on the age and condition of the pipe organ, this might require 10-20 ticks, perhaps more. Fortunately, unless the music has moving parts against the melody, most hymns only need the melody line adjusted as this is what most of the congregation focuses on. The 2 methods I’ve used so far are a) manually going through the melody line of the MIDI file and shortening when the pitch is the same or b) modifying the score by shaving a sixteenth off then adding a tied dotted triplet sixteenth followed by a triplet thirty-second rest. Method b is easier except those shorter duration tied notes directly contribute to the alignment and synchronization problems in points 1 and 2. Still, on a song that needs many adjustments, it’s still faster. (Note: method b adds a 20 tick gap. Reducing the note duration in half would reduce that to a 10 tick gap. That would require a software that allows using sixty-fourth notes.)

If you have access to an organ that also plays MIDI files, I’d love to hear any tips you have!