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new contest 7-18-14 ending Oct 31

New contest 7-18-14
Ok, admittedly, the last contest was a fiasco but this is a real contest, honest. There will be no reanimated judges, no secret invisible winning compositions, no fake winning free trip to a tropical paradise. Instead, here is the deal:
1. only compositions that are actually visible to all can be submitted and entered.
2. The administrator chinadoll (who will not be allowed to enter the contest) will be the sole judge.
3. Entries must be original compositions.
4. Each person entering may submit multiple compositions.
5. Any composition either already posted or newly posted between 7-18 and 10-31 may be entered. to enter, just post a composition or request that one already posted be entered.
6. Entries will be judged based on originality/novelty, humor, silliness, and fun.
7. All compositions will receive a detailed critique of at 30-50 words in length (if that matters to you) by the administrator
8. The prize for the winner will be the honor of winning.
9. The contest will end 10-31-14 and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced at this site shortly thereafter.
10. of course, all this is assuming anyone actually enters the contest...

A simple method for improvising 2 and 3 part canons

in Canons

@googlekopf (http://musescore.com/user/22621) introduced me to this short but extremely insightful videoseries on youtube on how to improvise Renaissance style canons. I encourage everyone to watch them all - it will cost you less than 15 minutes and your life will be better :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n01J393WpKk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxJa9YDP3MU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu_-OfAABHw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w664qFsO9gg

The method presented is extremely simple and the result is guaranteed not to offend the ear. It might not be beautiful but it is at least a very good start, especially since you can literally improvise it.

I just tried it out myself and with just a few minutes I got this result:

http://musescore.com/rpbouman/a-simple-3-part-canon-stb

Enjoy! And share your results as well :)

EDIT: Here's another background article that treats this method:

http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.13.19.2/mto.13.19.2.cumming.php

Music for a young band

in Brass

I am looking for some music for my young band to play at concerts and competitions.
I need 3 Cornet/Trumpet parts, 1 Euphonium part, 2 Baritone parts, 3/4 Trombone parts, 1 Tuba part and 2 Horn parts. I do not mind if their is not all the parts since i can do them myself. I just need inspiration.

Thanks! :)

Lyrics revisited

in Lyrics

I have noticed that although this is the lyrics group only the songs I have posted on here have lyrics! I write/compose music based upon the lyrics, so I would welcome the idea of lyricists posting their lyrics that have no music written for them for collaboration on new songs. Writing good saleable lyrics is difficult, and not to many people will like my lyrics, so I could use help in writing better lyrics also. So ..... lyricists, post new lyrics for collaboration on musical composition, and assist others to become better lyricists.

Auditions for The Musescore Virtual Orchestras

in Lyrics

I want to start on a huge project, that requires the help of everyone! Much like Eric Witacres's Virtual Choir, I will be compiling recordings of a large number of people, into one track.
Auditions have started and will run through the 13th of June. The piece we will be performing is most likely going to be one of my original compositions and will be a huge undertaking.
As of right now, we are short of String players and Vocalists. If you are interested or would like to audition, the link is below and you can email me, at the email below.
The link is http://musescore.com/groups/virtual-orchestra-group
My email is: xak_robinson@hotmail.com
Thank you for everyone's support !!!
Hope to see you in The Musescore Virtual Orchestra!

Auditions for The Musescore Virtual Orchestras

I want to start on a huge project, that requires the help of everyone! Much like Eric Witacres's Virtual Choir, I will be compiling recordings of a large number of people, into one track.
Auditions have started and will run through the 13th of June. The piece we will be performing is most likely going to be one of my original compositions and will be a huge undertaking.
As of right now, we are short of String players and Vocalists. If you are interested or would like to audition, the link is below and you can email me, at the email below.
The link is http://musescore.com/groups/virtual-orchestra-group
My email is: xak_robinson@hotmail.com
Thank you for everyone's support !!!
Hope to see you in The Musescore Virtual Orchestra!

Strings and Winds Needed

If you haven't heard already, I will be holding auditions for "Musescore's First Virtual Orchestra".
I want to start on a huge project, that requires the help of everyone! Much like Eric Witacres's Virtual Choir, I will be compiling recordings of a large number of people, into one track.
Auditions have already started and will continue until june 13.
I need a large number of string players and wind players, so if you're interested, join the group below and comment on the "Yay or Nay" Discussion

If you are interested, the link is http://musescore.com/groups/virtual-orchestra-group
If you have any further questions, my email is: xak_robinson@hotmail.com
Thank you for everyone's support !!!
Hope to see you in my orchestra

Violin concerto:Secondmovement almost finished slow&fastsections

My entry in the post-romantic postBarber violin concerto stakes!I love the 2nd movement.
Still working on orchestrating the first movement which at 382 measures seems too short.It has 3 main themes in exposition but they are not developed are they?Old-fashioned sonata form doesn't have to be followed but I did want to have some guide for structuring the material. the recap comes with 1st subject repeated in F major instead of opening Gmajor.There was other material I wanted to repeat :maybe I will.It flows very well (the way I want it to)so maybe I should let it alone -it ain't a big post- romantic concerto- it's a small one .I like it very much .I have a theme for the finale but haven't felt like composing anything new! i would like some sophisticated listeners for it but I feel it flows so well maybe anyone would like it.

Notating for Beatboxing?

In a lot of my arrangements, I intend them to be performed by my 8 person a cappella group and our beatboxer. Is there any standard way to notate what I would like him to do, besides just going in with drums and renaming the line to Beatboxer? I'd be interested to see someone else's solution to this.

Hi

Hey there, I'm new to this group. I play the alto saxophone but I'll be switching to french horn a couple weeks into school. I'm switching because the alto saxophone is really boring to me now. I can't wait, I've played a little bit of french horn before and it's awesome! And I might be keeping my username the same, because I like it, lol. So, if you have and tips and things like that, that'd be greatly appreciated!