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I'm excited to finally announce our fourth competition!
This time, compose a duet for contrabassoon and piccolo. (I got the idea from a music lecture I watched, and thought it would make for a fun competition theme.)
- All of the notes must be within the respective instruments range
- The total length can be anywhere between 1 and 5 minutes long
- Comment a link to your submission below
- Each user may only submit one entry
- Voting will begin on June 1st, 2019

Have fun! :)

CCC#1 - "The Watzmann" - Update (1 week extension)

So a couple of people have asked for an extension for the first competition, and as we've only had a few of entries, I've decided to give you 1 week to complete your compositions. The one's we've had so far have been excellent, so keep 'em coming!

You now have until Saturday 25th May to complete your compositions. This is an extra 6 days, so be grateful. ;D

I will announce the winners on either Saturday on Sunday, depending on how long it takes me to mark them all. Well done to everyone who's entered so far!

Should I let my canon modulate?

So I am writing a 2 voice canon so that I can get your feedback on it(and in this case it is literally 2 voices as I am using soprano and tenor voices, an octave apart from each other). It is a canon at the octave, one of the simplest interval canons, though you certainly can have a canon of the second and so forth. A canon of the tritone is theoretically possible but without being super careful, it is going to be dissonant throughout and the key will be ambiguous. Thus, this is usually not considered when talking about interval canons. Maybe someday I will try to do a canon at the tritone but for now I'm sticking to canons of consonant intervals.

Here is the progression that I am basing my canon off of:

V IV iv ii° V i

A typical progression for a minor key. My canon is in C minor. I have done 3 harmonization iterations(making sure to make it a smooth melody as I am doing the harmonization and making most leaps outline either a triad or a dominant 7th chord) and I am finding that my canon is wanting to go to Eb major. But ii° doesn't make sense in Eb major because it is chromatic(B natural in the chord where there is a Bb in the key signature) Also, the iv chord kind of makes sense, especially since it comes after IV in a plagal progression but going to tonic is delayed by 2 chords. And the tonic is minor, not typical for a major key unless you are like Beethoven and love those sudden shifts from major to minor. 

And Eb minor is a weird key to end up at from C minor. It is only a 2 step relation because it is Cm -> Eb -> Ebm, a relative modulation followed by a parallel modulation. If going by key signature alone, Eb minor and C minor are very distant keys(3 flats distant) I would want to avoid this sudden jolt into Eb minor(especially given that the last note in the tenor that I have so far is a C). So it is like, at the beginning of it, it wants to modulate to Eb but then towards the end it wants to go back to C minor. I will upload and post my incomplete canon so you can hear it for yourself and also give feedback on any mistakes that I have.

But should I let my canon modulate or should I keep it in C minor for it's entire length(which is 50 bars)?