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Jay and I are reviewing scores right now and will determine the winner by tomorrow! Apologies to those who haven't made it in time. Hopefully you'll have better luck next challenge. Speaking of which, the next sign up for March challenge is now posted! Sign ups are now open. Remember to stay tuned for the winners of the February 2019 challenge of JAY'S AND JOHN'S CHALLENGE! :D

Scores entered: "Jaybird", "Intro", "Something", "Snowed In", "Hope Remains", "Wind", and one more score that will be posted by Cassinator momentarily. 

CC#2: Selfmade-videogame medleys

Hey guys!!  So I'm sorry for not being on as often as I'd like, school is supposed to be #1 priority here and all, but I've been wanting to do this for a long time: A videogame medley competition!

This is a longer, more complicated one, as you can tell.  Diverse orchestras are accepted, and solos are as well.  Be sure to label the separate themes and songs in the medley, and they should be around thirty seconds to one and a half minutes long, within lax parameters.  The total medley can be as long as you'd like, with as many pieces as you want.  It does not have to be a real videogame, and as long as it follows all other criteria.

Electronic music is discouraged for the sake of creativity, so no music under "electronic" or electronic guitars.  You are encouraged to name your "fake video game", and give a brief description of it.

I will be the primary judge of this competition, and will finish judging on February  23, for the sake of giving ya'll time to work on this.  You will be judged on a scale of 1-10, for effort, uniqueness, simplicity/complexity, description, and separate pieces time limit.

Have fun!  I can't wait to see what you guys have got!  (BTW if you're having trouble, taking some inspiration from themes like Minecraft, legend of Zelda series, or Terraria, all of which have full soundtracks on youtube, will work excellently for getting starting bases to work off of.)

Please post your song to this group and the link of it here.

RULES (Must Be Read Before Sign Up)!

Thanks for joining! If you're thinking of competing in this awesome group, there a few rules that must be announced before you sign up. 

1. No plagiarism! (No exceptions and will be removed).

2. No foul language (of any kind, includes bullying and offensive language otherwise you will be removed).

3. Must sign in first. If you compete without signing in, it makes things harder for Jay and me to ref.

4. Scores must be added to this group once completed so that we can have easy access to them.

5. NO randomly entering scores in if you haven't signed in! This will result in the unfortunate removal of the member and the score added. It makes things very hard and disorganized for us Admins.

6. Have a good time!!! :D

If you agree to these terms then type a "Y" if you agree, or an "N" if you don't agree. If you don't agree, unfortunately you will have to be removed. (These rules apply to those cheering on contestants as well). Doing this helps keep things organized and easier for Jay and me to keep things in check, and ready for a fun and friendly competition. Phew! Thanks everyone!


Need your help on some details

Hi !

So basically, I've been in this group for quite a while, and I'm still not sure whether or not I should publish any of my compositions ( I uploaded some, but they still are private). This is why I'm looking for your help :

Is this group safe ?
I mean, I'm quite afraid to publish any composition and then get them stollen from anyone, because, we're on the internet, and it is in free access to anybody. This is why my second question is :

How can I protect my compositions from being stollen ?

I did notice that there was a copyrights system, but I do not know or understand how it works >.<'

I hope I did not bothered you, and i'm really looking forward to your helpfull answers ^^

Thanks !

Advice on arranging an orchestral score for piano duet?

So, I am starting again with my arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite. I  was debating whether or not to do the whole ballet but I decided on the Suite because it is shorter and more widely known than the entire ballet it is based off of. 
Some movements such as the March fit almost perfectly into a piano duet not just musically but visually as well. On the other hand, there  is the Overture that starts the entire suite at an approximate tempo of  114 BPM and is very complex, with multiple ideas happening at the same  time. I couldn't possibly fit all the notes of the overture in a piano  duet. That would require at least a quartet of pianists to acheive.

I myself haven't looked at the piano duet versions on IMSLP because that might tempt me to just copy the existing piano duets note for note when I know that not every transcription for the same instruments has  the same notes. Yes, they will all have the same basic thematic ideas,  but the note for note detail might differ considerably between 2 transcriptions.

I have seen that myself with transcriptions of symphonies, especially if I compare the Liszt transcription of a Beethoven symphony with another transcription of the same symphony.

I have mainly been looking at the orchestral score and thinking:

Okay, which instruments go on which staves? Do I need a treble clef and a bass clef on both grand staves or can I have one of them just be the treble clef and the other be just the bass clef? Will clef changes be required?
Wait, what clarinet is Tchaikovsky using for this movement? Did I  just transcribe a bunch of wrong notes because I went into my default Bb  transposition when really, I was supposed to do an A transposition or  an Eb transposition? Okay, what note is that again? Reading alto clef  and tenor clef is so hard when the only way you have learned them is  relative to treble clef and bass clef.

As you can see, there is a lot of thinking involved in transcribing for piano duet and that is just a minority of all the thinking that is  going on that I showed in the post. I have gotten advice to go from the orchestral score to an abstract score to avoid the distractions of the  different instrument staves and then to my piano duet transcription.  But, I don't really have software that can do an abstract score. And I  have no idea how else I would do an abstract score. 

Here is the orchestral score I've been looking at:

So besides going first with the abstract score or looking at the existing piano duet transcriptions, how else can I more easily transcribe a complex movement such as the Overture for a piano duet?