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Hey guys! I'm new to this group and I figured I might as well put my music out there now! I am a percussionist and am most prominent in writing for mallet percussion, but I also love to write for band, choir, and musical theater! Feel free to check them all out and give me feedback. 

("The Ticking Clock"; mallet percussion quartet) 

https://musescore.com/user/15257336/scores/5818747
("The End"; mallet percussion quintet) 

https://musescore.com/user/15257336/scores/5818761
("Change on the Horizon; concert band/wind ensemble) 

https://musescore.com/user/15257336/scores/5818723
("Speak to Me; SATB+Piano) 

https://musescore.com/user/15257336/scores/5506919
("Sunset"; musical theater; 2 mezzo sopranos, 2 violins, electric guitar, piano, and drumset) 

https://musescore.com/user/15257336/scores/5883150

My second composition! :)

 Well, that sure was quick.... my second piece... A study for classical/acoustic guitar, the instrument that i really play! Dont be fooled by the simple structure because it is hard, especialy to make a good fingering (probably gonna take some notes out to make it more simple and playable for guitar). Inspired by me i guess...? I just went with my flow and followed a great deal of advice from my first piece. Structure wise i feel it is obvious - A in D locrian (say whhaaaa)/pentatonic minor as well (in some parts) with a modulation to Bb major and a bridge to section B in D minor with a bridge to repeat the study until the coda. Sounds like a boos theme who went to brasil for carnival to me lol.... but idk...well enjoy! :) 
 
https://musescore.com/user/15015156/scores/5927114

20th January Musical Cryptogram

My friends sometimes ask me to translate his or her name into a musical composition. I must confess that I love these activities as it forces you to make a melodic line out of it. So my challenge is:

Make a piece of music out of a name (can be anyone's)
Pieces should be longer than one minute and less than 3 minutes.
If those who are confused in how to use cryptograms then here is one way you could do this (French method):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_cryptogram

I would judge your pieces based on originality, how beautiful it is and bonus if difficult names are used. 
Please in your titles that you need to state the name of the person
The winner will have their piece upvoted and will be followed by me.

Here is an example where the piece uses a musical cryptogram:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-q7vYIpItA

Your submission will be due at 15th February

Writing a Scherzo for String Quartet, which minor key to use?

So I am writing a Scherzo in the key of Eb major for a String Quartet. And the question came to mind of what minor key to use for the Trio section. I'm pretty certain that I want to do a shift from major to minor, since most Scherzi have either a shift from major to minor or vice versa as you get into the Trio section. But the question is what minor key to use for the Trio? I see these as my options:

  • Eb minor - Parallel minor(notating it as D# minor would make it slightly easier for strings, right?
  • C minor - Relative minor
  • G minor - Mediant minor(which I generally consider to be distantly related but not as distantly related as say C major and Bb major)
  • Circle of fifths motion - These would include Bb minor(the minor dominant) and Ab minor(which for strings should probably be notated as G# minor), F minor could probably be included here too(ii of Eb)

I'm thinking that maybe I should use C minor as my minor key, since that keeps both the close relation and the ease to play, while easily adding some dramatic contrast(especially when combining this with a time signature switch, as I will be doing in my Scherzo in Eb, where the Eb major Scherzo and Coda are in 2/4 and the Trio is in 6/8). But, I don't know for sure. So, I was thinking that maybe I should ask the people in this group which minor key they would prefer to have come after Eb major in the Trio section of a Scherzo.

For some added context, several times in the Eb major Scherzo section, I tonicize Bb briefly before going back to Eb major

So would you prefer that I use the key of Eb minor since the majority of Scherzi have this parallel key switch? Or would you prefer that I use C minor because it is easy to play? Or would you prefer that I move to the Mediant minor of G minor because it kind of reminds you of the Bb major that has previously appeared in the Scherzo? Or would you prefer that I move by Circle of Fifths to a different key?   

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

Every time you enter a score into the contest, you need to upload it to the sheet music section of the group itself. It will make it easier to find them to judge. Also, you need to rename them to say CMC Contest. For example
"CMC Contest #5 Sonata in C Minor". Please reply if you read this if you are confused reply as well.

Sincerely,
CMC.