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How to link a YouTube video to your score

Before musescore came up with the way to directly upload custom audio, going through Youtube was the only way to be sure the piece you post on musescore had the sound that you want others to hear. I have used that method. It is not as simple as uploading custom audio and does require a few more steps. Going through Youtube should work with the mp3 that you get from your buddy. The way to do it is as follows:
1. First you need a way to make a video. I have Movavi Video Editor.
I import my mp3 sound into the video editor. I also need a jpg picture to go with the mp3. Then, I click on export video
as an mp4.
2. Next I upload my mp4 to youtube at https://www.youtube.com/upload
and publish the uploaded video at youtube for public viewing. Be sure to copy the link they give you for your
youtube video.
3. Then upload your score at musescore. At this point, it won't have the right sound.
4. When you look at your uploaded score online at musescore score, you need to click on the three dots on the upper right of the page. This brings up a dropdown menu. Click on "manage audio sources." Click on this and a page comes up that gives you the option to "add an audio track." Click on this.
5. A page comes up that prompts you for your youtube URL, so enter it.
6. This should attach your Youtube video to the score. Be sure click on save at the bottom. You also have the option of having the video shown or hidden with just the audio sound associated with your score.
7. Now when you look at your score on musescore, it should indicate that it has a video attached. My https://musescore.com/user/127542/scores/5536063 has a youtube video attached, for instance.
8. And if all these steps aren't enough, guess what, sometimes it doesn't work and you need to start all over again.
I know it is cumbersome but as far as I know, this is really the only way to make sure your listeners hear that mp3 quality sound when they look at your score.

Introductions!

Here's a place to introduce yourself! just say a few basic things about yourself, your name (or username), how long you've been singing, any instruments you play, and just some facts about yourself!


I'm Phia, I'm been singing for about 11 years, I'm a Mezzo Soprano. I play Piano and a bit of guitar. I love reading, acting, and cake (Cause who doesn't like cake?)....

NEW CONTEST!

Hey, folks. Having reached the heady number of 10 members, let's have a contest. Who can post a piece with the best police whistle sound? In case of a tie, the winner will be the one who can have the piece include the most kinds of police sirens and whistle sounds (for instance a bobby's whistle or a traffic cop whistle or one from France) but it must have at least one police whistle sound. Be creative. All right, creative sound effects people, let's see what you got. I almost forgot, you have to also make the soundfont effect (sf2 or sfz) available to the group so they can use it in their own pieces. You can't just make a wav file and post it using youtube. sorry.

What makes a piece a bagatelle?

Now I know length is part of the answer. Nobody wouldn't consider a 10 minute long rondo to be a bagatelle. Bagatelles tend to be around 3-5 minutes in length. Also, from my experience(though this is biased towards Fur Elise and Bagatelle in C minor(the one at a presto tempo) because those are the 2 bagatelles that I am most familiar with), they seem to follow one of 2 forms most often. Those being:



Rondo form, usually ABACA instead of the more complicated rondos you see at the ends of sonatas such as ABACABA. This is how come, despite the short length, Rondo Alla Turka does not count as a bagatelle, its rondo form is more complicated than a simple ABACA and is much closer to Sonata form in its nature(that and it is the end of a Mozart sonata, just more often played by itself than with the whole sonata)

And:



Ternary form, sometimes itself split into Ternary form subsections, especially in the A section.

An example of a Bagatelle in Rondo form:
 
The most famous bagatelle in existence

An example of a Bagatelle in Ternary form:

This one has an A section that itself is in ternary form. In that sense, it is closer to a rondo, but I'm still counting it as ternary form because of the Scherzo and Trio structure of the bagatelle as a whole.

Another thing that I notice, at least in minor key bagatelles, is that there will often be 3 sections differing by key and intensity. One of the sections will be intense and in the minor tonic. Another section that is also in the minor tonic will have a more relaxed feel to it. And then there is a section in a contrasting major key, usually either the submediant, relative major, subdominant, or dominant, but sometimes the parallel major is used instead(as in the case of the C minor bagatelle).

But obviously form and length aren't the whole story, otherwise a lot of short, simple rondos would be called bagatelles. And granted there are a lot of bagatelles out there(especially Beethoven bagatelles), but the majority of short rondos aren't bagatelles, just rondos. 

So besides the piece being in either Rondo or Ternary form, being short, having 2 sections in the same key and another section in a contrasting key, and having the 2 sections that share a key differ in intensity, what makes it a bagatelle? Does it have to do with being in triple meter as opposed to 4/4 or 2/4? No, because some bagatelles are in 6/8 and that isn't triple meter(well, I guess it can be either duple or triple depending on context but usually 6/8 is duple meter with a triplet feel, not triple meter with a straight eighths feel).

So, I have found a lot of similarities amongst bagatelles in their form, key, and length, time signature types differ, but I don't seem to have found what makes a piece a bagatelle. So what is it that makes a piece a bagatelle?

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?

CCC#2 - "The Wanderer"

 CCC#2 is here!

Based on the results of the survey I sent out on Friday 7th June, it occurred to me that several of the themes which I suggested, and asked you to vote on, would in fact fit quite nicely together. Therefore, for this second competition, I have found another painting by Caspar David Friedrich, since the response for “The Watzmann” was very good. I am also going to give a genre of music (as wide as possible, but still something to go on) and a short story available in the file below.

If you would like to help judge the competition, or have any other queries, please message on Musescore, or via discord @jte#9811


Details of the competition:

- The deadline will be in 4 weeks time (Saturday 29th June)

- The genre, as chosen by the survey will be “Film Music”. This is deliberately a very wide genre in order to give the contestants freedom of creativity. There will be an award for the most original take on the task, as with the first competition. 
Obviously this theme can be interpreted to fit your desires.

- The painting (shown below) and the story are both in the google docs file. If you have any issues accessing this file, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to help.



Rules:

- Your work must be completely original/all your own work.

- Be nice when critiquing other people’s work. Constructive criticism is fine, but don’t be rude. If you do, you will be disqualified from the competition and banned from the group.

- All pieces and comments must be appropriate.

Please let me know if you’re planning on taking part. I’d like to have an idea of who might be competing.  

Thanks,
- Joe

Story:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uWsaQDDFUsNS4p-FO_7p91Lh8q0JiaO9Q-tSJvfPvLM/edit?usp=sharing

What do you think about this piece?

Hi, my music school just emailed me telling they've made a  local Summer Competition which deadline is the 1st of September, basically this competition consist of composing a piece which is 1 to 2min long (it doesn't matter which category eg. Piano solos, Orchestra, etc...), and the winner will win 100 Euro to spend in Music books and a free year of studies. 

So i've made this little piano concerto with strings that is about 1:20min long.

Could you tell me in comments what to change/improve and tell me if you liked? That would be really really appreciated! :-)

Updates: Finally finished this Concerto and i'm sincerely so proud of this! Hope this win althought there are very good composers in my school, so yeah let's see for the results in September! Thank you all for the support you gave to me!! 

Concerto: https://musescore.com/user/14519221/scores/5621075

What do you think about this piece?

Hi, my music school just emailed me telling they've made a  local Summer Competition which deadline is the 1st of September, basically this competition consist of composing a piece which is 1 to 2min long (it doesn't matter which category eg. Piano solos, Orchestra, etc...), and the winner will win 100 Euro to spend in Music books and a free year of studies. 

So i've made this little piano concerto with strings that is about 1:20min long.

Could you tell me in comments what to change/improve and tell me if you liked? That would be really really appreciated! :-)

Updates: Finally finished this Concerto and i'm sincerely so proud of this! Hope this win althought there are very good composers in my school, so yeah let's see for the results in September! Thank you all for the support you gave to me!! 

Concerto: https://musescore.com/user/14519221/scores/5621075

What do you think about this piece?

Hi, my music school just emailed me telling they've made a local Summer Competition which deadline is the 1st of September, basically this competition consist of composing a piece which is 1 to 2min long (it doesn't matter which category eg. Piano solos, Orchestra, etc...), and the winner will win 100 Euro to spend in Music books and a free year of studies.

So i've made this little piano concerto with strings that is about 1:20min long.

Could you tell me in comments what to change/improve and tell me if you liked? That would be really really appreciated! :-)

Updates: Finally finished this Concerto and i'm sincerely so proud of this! Hope this win althought there are very good composers in my school, so yeah let's see for the results in September! Thank you all for the support you gave to me!!

Concerto: https://musescore.com/user/14519221/scores/5621075