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I have been making songs on GarageBand, and I wanna post them to my YouTube channel, but I’m too shy to do it. I didn’t want to be embarrassed by anyone. I have 12 songs. I made my own 3, I made 8 from video games, and 1 I made my own but I deleted it.
If anyone has any ideas on making new songs, feel free to text me back.

Feedback on Mozart arrangement

I have always loved Mozart. Ever since I was a baby, I was exposed to Mozart. I love how he is able to effortlessly compose beautiful music. His music looks simple on the outside. But he tricks you with that simplicity. The first Mozart piece I ever learned on the piano was K 545 during my second year of piano lessons. 

Speaking of K 545, I am arranging it for a string quartet. It only took me 2 hours to arrange the whole first movement for string quartet. Here is the link:

https://musescore.com/user/50070/scores/5553807

What do you think of it?

Would like some feedback on K 545 arrangement

I have arranged Piano Sonata K 545 for a string quartet. It only took me 2 hours to arrange the entire first movement. The last time I have made an arrangement this quick was when I arranged The Four Seasons for a flute and piano duet. All my other arrangements have taken days to months to complete.

I only have the first movement of K 545 finished so far but if it took 2 hours to arrange the first movement(which is by far the most complex movement of the sonata), then it shouldn't take all that much longer to arrange the second and third movements. Maybe I will even get the sonata arrangement finished by tonight.

I would like some feedback on my arrangement for string quartet. Here is the link:

https://musescore.com/user/50070/scores/5553807

When should I update my Pathetique Sonata score?

If you don't know already, I am orchestrating the Pathetique Sonata. Here are the steps I went through before actually writing down my orchestration:

1) Play the Pathetique Sonata

This partly comes from me being a pianist for 10 years, focusing especially on Beethoven and Chopin, but you may be surprised just how much it helps to play the piano before you start orchestrating. At least for me, playing it helps me know when to emphasize the bass and a lot of other things besides. But there is only so much I can get out of my own interpretation of the piece.

2) Listen to other interpretations

This helps because my fortissimo might be different from another pianist playing that same fortissimo. With this, I can see what different pianists all have in common when playing the piece. These commonalities, I will probably want to emphasize in my orchestration.

3) Listen to an orchestration or 2 if possible

This again helps me see commonalities but this time with a wider scope, a full orchestra instead of a solo pianist. I haven't been able to find orchestrations of the Pathetique Sonata for a while but I have found 2 of them recently on YouTube(but they are both a single movement, and one of them by Bruckner, isn't even the complete first movement, still can't find any orchestrations of the third movement so I guess I'm on my own when I get there)

4) Look at the piano score and analyze it with an orchestrator's eye

This is what I did in March when I wasn't composing for the March challenge was analyzing the piano score that Beethoven wrote. But I wasn't viewing it harmonically or formally. No, I was viewing it with the orchestrator's eye, trying to see which out of 4 bass notes in a chord would be better for the bassoon, when to have instruments divisi, and overall decide on the movement by movement instrumentation.

After this is when I started actually writing down my orchestration in Musescore. The exposition only took me about a week because I was thinking in groups, both horizontally and vertically as well as treble vs bass and all those other classifications, instead of individual notes. But the development is taking me forever. It has been 10 days since I updated the score and I have barely gotten any progress orchestrating the development. Just the Grave interruption of an otherwise typical sonata form so far. Haven't gotten to the key signature change yet.

I even took a break from orchestrating for a week to focus more on my smaller composition projects such as my own Piano Sonata in C minor. But still barely any progress. It is like I suddenly went from going at a hare's pace to going at a turtle's pace right as I went from the exposition to the development. This is why I'm debating about when to update the score. On the one hand, if I update it when I finish the development, I will get feedback sooner about the development and how I orchestrated it and I like getting feedback, even if it is as simple as "Conserve the pulse and get rid of the octaves" or "You made a harmony mistake in bar x".

On the other hand, the recapitulation is mostly the exposition stated verbatim(although there are some differences, like the closing theme being in C minor instead of Eb major, the overall melodic contour is conserved), so if I update the score when I finish the first movement including the short coda(even if it takes another month to do so), I can get that load off my shoulders and focus on the more lyrical second movement which will have fewer instruments overall than either the first or third movements. 

So I was wondering if you had any ideas as to when I should update the score. And if you want to listen to what I have orchestrated so far, here's the link:

https://musescore.com/user/50070/scores/5526550

Sorry for such a long post but I am one of those people who tends to go into detail in conversations.

Do you think EA will screw Jedi Fallen Order up?

EA has proven to ruin what could've been a great game multiple times. They don't make it as cool as they built it up to be. And in order to get the full gaming experience of something lots of times you're going to have to spend incredible amounts of money. Now with the release of the New Jedi Fallen Order game coming in November. I'm very skeptical. But EA is working with another company on this game, so I'm not sure how it will turn out. What does everybody think?