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Variation on a theme contest (Ended)

It is about the time of the anniversary of the death of my beloved grandfather. As I think I have not done enough deeds for him before he passed away, I would honour him with a contest. I would like you to make a variation on this theme by Schumann. I gave you historical background on the piece in the description of the work. 

https://musescore.com/hazim_azlan/theme-for-contest-31-december
Edit: Link closed due to the end of the contest

Rules:
This must only be for piano solo
The variation must be under 4 minutes and longer than 30 seconds. 
You may use any form in your composition: sonata, rondo, theme or variations
Have fun!

Winners will  have a follow from me and maybe have their piece placed in my upcoming Carnaval suite for solo piano. 

The contest will end on 6 January (Happy birthday Scriabin!)
Extended to 10th January

Good job to MadDuck for winning this contest!
Piece:https://musescore.com/quack/variations1

Hi y'all!

 I uploaded a scherzo for solo violin , check it out:



https://musescore.com/user/30906161/scores/5815070


It's really horrendous !


Hope you enjoy!

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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?