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Hello. I left without saying anything but I've started to use a new notation website called Flat. On Flat I am able to put up as many things as I want so I will be putting up all of my Hamilton sheets there from now on. I will still look at the Hamilton group on here to see all the sheets you guys work on. My account name is still the same on Flat: xman2156

Drum arrangements for Hamilton songs?

Hey composers,

I'm in the process of writing a score of the entire Hamilton score for concert band (https://musescore.com/user/5828726/scores/3170986). It's going okay, but the drum notation is kicking my butt, as I am not a drummer :( . If you guys could help me by providing me with some drum sheet music for Hamilton songs, that'd be great. I've watched YouTube videos and stuff, but it doesn't help me much. I'll give you guys credit in the score's description

Thanks!

JavierMelon14

Competition for Non-Pro Users!

Hey guys,

Last year I did a competition for non-pro users in which the winner received a pro account for a month as well as a few other things.
I am starting up the competition again! 
So if you are a non-pro user that would like a pro account, please head to this link: 
https://musescore.com/groups/isaac-glover-non-pro-composition-competition
There will be a discussion (the only one in the group) that will tell you what you need to do in order to enter. 
If you won in the previous competition, you will not be allowed to enter into the competition again. If you previously entered but didn't win you are more than welcome to go again this year!

Hope to see some submissions soon!! 

Getting stuck figuring out a countermelody

As you can probably tell, I have a main melody and I want to add a countermelody. And, though it isn't explicitly said in the title, I also have a bass line. Here is my melody(Key of the melody is in D major but the piece it is in is in G major, thus the 1 sharp key signature):



And here is the bass line I have going with the melody:



As you can see, I have the piano part in full chords and the cello playing just the roots of those chords.

Here it is together with the melody. Full instrumentation of the piece is shown.



As you can see, I have the melody in the first violin and with good reason. Outside of solos, the only instruments in a piano quintet expected to go into the third octave(which the melody does) are the piano and first violin. The violist or second violinst might do it, if the section is a solo. That isn't the case here. But if you listen to this melody and bass by itself, it sounds bare. And while I could theoretically make a canon out of this melody to make it sound less bare, the results of that are to put it lightly, displeasing. I tried transpositions by both interval and time and just couldn't find the perfect one. All the ones I found had dissonant strong beats which defeats the purpose of turning the melody into a canon in the first place.

So canon is out the window. I could turn this into a fugato, but then where is the subject? Is it the first 5 bars? Is it the whole 20 bars? How does a whole note work as part of a countersubject? So fugue is basically out the window as well. This leaves me with only 1 contrapuntal solution left. Countermelody. Sure, fugues have countermelodies. But there is an inherent structure to the fugue which is similar to sonata form. If I just try to write a countermelody, there is no inherent structure. The structure depends on the melody, and sometimes, it might be non-existent. You can see looking at the picture of the score here that I have up to 2 octaves of space for a countermelody.

But I am stuck as to how to go about writing this countermelody. I know rhythm is part of it. But, given how slow the melodic and harmonic rhythm is already, I don't think rhythm is quite the importance as it would be if say the tempo was fast and involved 16th notes. The tempo here is moderate and the fastest notes are eighth notes. The fact that the fastest notes are eighth notes means that I probably shouldn't go any faster than eighth notes in my countermelody/countermelodies. But is there an easier way than just trial and error to find out what countermelodies work both harmonically and melodically? I am thinking of starting the countermelody(first countermelody if I end up wanting more than 1 countermelody) at bars 5-10 of this section of my piece.

There are a ton of different melodies I could try using as a countermelody here. Some would be going fast enough that they would sound like the main melody, even though that isn't my intention. Others would barely be a melody. Still more would require that I change my bass to fit it. And others might not work at all, even with a change to the bass.

Do you think this is a good movement structure for my Suite?

I have been working on this Weather Music suite for a while now and I think I have decided on a good movement structure. Here is the overview of the movements.

First movement

Here I'm aiming for a warm feeling, like a sunny day kind of warmth. So far,  I have decided on string quartet + piano for the instrumentation.

Characteristics

Warmth of the sound(which I think primarily comes from my choice of having a string quartet in this movement)
Harmony is in ternary form
Melody is improvised and doesn't follow a specific form
Moderate tempo(which adds to the warmth of the sound)
Ends with a Plagal cadence(I'm aiming for a bit of finality but not total finality, thus the Plagal cadence)

Key

G major

Second movement

I'm thinking of having this movement represent windy weather. As such, a  flute piano duet makes sense for this movement. And it will probably have these characteristics:

Characteristics

Allegro tempo
Tension
Minor key?
Melody that sounds a bit chaotic on its own
Harmonic grounding to the melodic chaos

Key

D minor?

Third movement

This movement, I am thinking of having represent cloudy weather. It makes sense if the second movement is to represent windy weather. As for instrumentation, I have no idea. I'm thinking of having these characteristics to it:

Characteristics

Andante or Adagio tempo, not sure yet
Perhaps end on a diminished 7th to lead smoothly into the Storm movement?
More reserved dynamically speaking(forte becomes a rare dynamic in this movement)

Key

G minor?

Fourth movement

This is the movement I started working on first and I plan for this to be the most intense movement of the suite. That's right, this is the Storm movement of my suite. I decided on piano solo for this movement. I figured that since the pianist has rarely gone solo so far in the suite, that it should have its own movement to shine. As a result of this, here are the characteristics that I decided on:

Characteristics

Scalar passages with leaps
Fast octaves
Forte becomes more of a default than an exception
Presto tempo
More diminished 7th chords
Quite a bit of staccato

Overall, this will be the most Beethovenian of all the movements.

Key

C minor

Here, I would have a calmer sounding interlude after the storm, not really it's own movement

Fifth movement

This I'm thinking of having represent snow. Maybe not the most logical but it will still bring some happiness after the Storm movement. This is where I'm thinking of having flute + string quartet in terms of instrumentation. The pianist is probably going to need a break after the Storm movement

Characteristics

Lots of staccato
Overall higher sound(this is why I thought of adding the flute here)
Allegro? Andante? Moderato?

Key

Bb major

Sixth movement

I'm not sure what instrumentation to use here but it would be more mellow than the Storm movement for obvious reasons. Here are the characteristics it would have since it is a representation of rain:

Characteristics

Slower tempo
Minor key
Staccato
Very few diminished harmonies
More sad than intense

Key

E minor most likely

Seventh movement

This I plan on having feel very happy after the more emotional movements, like a rainbow. I also plan on having all the instruments that have had a role in the suite play in this final movement.

Characteristics

Most likely the longest movement
Might be in sonata form
Ends with a perfect cadence to give a sense of total finality

Key

G major

What do you think of my movement structure? Any adjustments that you would make to the movement structure?

Collaborative Symphony

Does anyone want to write a collaborative symphony where we write separate movements but fit within an idea and a theme? HELP STILL WANTED!
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Here is how we are going to do it, we will come up with a theme or an opening melody, which will we will have our movements based on. Once completed we will compose our movements, and when we're done, I will put them together and all people who participated will uploaded it with credits given.
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