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Weird orchestral piece competition

1. You must join before August 17 by announcing so in the comments. 
2. You must submit some form of link to your piece before September 17
3. Your piece must be original, not an arrangement or variation.
4. On August 17th the orchestra will be announced. The strings will remain normal, but the other sections will be different.
5. You must not overly disclude any instrument.

You will be judged on your understanding of the instruments, so it is worth looking them up.

Collaborative Symphony (Arrangers can be used as well as composers)

I would like to see who would be willing to work on this. It will have these four movements:
I  Adagietto -Allegro con fuoco: parts to reserve { introduction (claimed) ( Adagietto, D Æolean or Phrygian), A theme (done) (Allegro con Fuoco, D Æolean) , B theme (Choose tempo, A Ionian, Mixolydian, Dorian, or Æolean) , Development (Choose tempo and mode)(claimed), coda (D Ionian, Bundled with transitions), transitions}
II Lento e Cantabile {A theme (claimed)(Lento, E Ionian or Mixolydian), B theme (claimed) (Not faster than Andante or slower than Largo, More must be related to E Ionian or Mixolydian (whichever one the A theme is in) ) variation on B theme (Between Larghissimo and Moderato), coda (E Lydian), transitions}
III Scherzo: Vivace Trio: Andante {Scherzo theme (done) (C Ionian) , trio theme ( D Ionian) , outro (D or E Locrian) }
IV Finale Allegro con Brio {A theme (D Æolean, Allegro con Brio), Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3 (claimed), Coda (D Ionian) }
Please request one of the sections in brackets.  Soon I will get the score set up so people can work on it. By the way, the person doing the introduction needs to wait until the A and B themes are done before fully creating the introduction.

If you are unfamiliar with large orchestras, you can compose for some instruments and let an arranger make the other parts.
 While editing, everyone must use this soundfount: (uncompressed)  (7zip)
One you have claimed a portion to work on, you need to request access to the file by clicking on the triple dots, then sharing, then more options. In the message space give a link to your Musescore profile and state which portion you have claimed. Then while you wait for your request to be accepted, prepare. After your request is accepted, reply to your comment and state that you are now working it. Download the file and do your work. When you are done, note so in the comments and upload the file to Google Drive. If you do not rename it, the new file will automatically replace the old one. Use system text to indicate where your work starts and stops. You will also need to add your name to the composer list and the copyright statement in score properties.

I also need someone with a pro account to to upload the finished work to his/her profile and share it with this group and many others.
If someone wants to make a piano reduction for the symphony that would be great too.

Here is the link to the score:

If you don't know very much about modes, watch these videos:

A few additional things:
1. Tempo markings must be 100% Italian; no numbers.
2. Unmetered tremolo must be marked with Wienesaki for violins and trill sign for all unmelodic percussion. (Use trill line for multimeasure rolls.)
3. Please mark if monophony or homophony is with purpose, otherwise someone might add countermelodies.
4. I will try to check this discussion 2-3 times a day to answer questions.
5. Use the master comment plugin to use comments:
6. Use pictograms to tell the percussionists which instruments to use.
7. Déjà vu from within the symphony is welcome. i.e. stealing a tidbit of the B theme from the first movement to incorporate into a countermelody for the trio would make it feel more connected. Don't overdo the copying, but do please provide little bits of déjà vu.

Of Etiquette

So after being on Musescore for 18 weeks, 3 days, I’ve noticed a couple things that the average user should apply, to make everyone’s time on Musescore enjoyable and productive.
First of all, the system is rigged for “pro users.” In a random selection of 27 pros, the average number of followers was 220, when a similar sample of well-known non-pro-users turned up none with even 200 followers, 10% below the AVERAGE of the “pros.” Now, a case can be made that non-pro-users are not as committed composers, therefore not being as good. However, a composer’s piece seems to be legitimized if that little pro icon is down by the user’s name. Musescore users, especially pros, should not be prejudiced by not looking at a certain composer’s material if that user is not a pro.
So here’s my solution to this problem: be courteous. That’s all. There should be some etiquette that gets applied. Here is my list for how EVERY user should treat every other Musescore user:
I – if a user follows you, check out their music. You may be surprised with what you hear.
II – if a user favorites a work of yours, check out their music. If they like your music, it shows that you have similar tastes.
III – if a user comments on a piece of yours, check out their music. If they took the time to listen to a piece of yours, they deserve your respect for being a good audience.
Now, this list is not comprehensive. Just be courteous, and do what you would want others to do to you. The golden rule is key here.
I hope that those who read this pay attention to it, and take it to heart. There are so many great non-pro-users who don’t get the recognition they deserve, simply because they are not a pro user.

Thanks for reading this rant. :)

Does anyone know of Arabian dances in symphonic pieces?

I am making a symphonic variations piece about a family who travels the world. I was able to dig up quite a bit of Spanish style symphonic pieces to study but I have not been so successful with Arabic pieces. I have found the Arabian dance from Grieg's second Peer Gynt suite and the one from the Nutcracker, but that is it. I would like some recommendations. If anyone has any tips on Swiss waltzes, that would also be appreciated. Feedback on what I have composed so far (England and Spain) would also be great.

In search of Orchestral Arrangers

Dear Musescorers,

I have an annoucement to make.
Because of the quantity of songs that I make and the exceedingly numerous, unfinished drafts I've got and my poor orchestration skills T.T, could someone kindly arrange a few pre-selected piano pieces of mine?
That will be really wonderful! ^^
Credits will be given to the arranger.

Pm if interested,



Looking for feedback on two interesting pieces I wrote

Hey guys! I’m looking for feedback on two pieces I wrote, both of which are very modern, unique, and my best pieces in my opinion. The two pieces are very different: one of them is a long piece for concert wind ensemble, and the other is a short lament written for just three strings. Anyways, I’d really appreciate any comments on these, and the links to them below. If you like what you hear, feel free to listen to or comment on my other music, as well:

Thank you! Have a great day!

Help on literally anything and everything!

Hey guys! I was hoping to receive comments and feedback as much as possible regarding anything and everything about a few of my original compositions. If you don't have the time, you don't need to listen to all of them - just pick some that sound interesting to you and tell me your thoughts/ideas for potential improvements if you have time (of course, if you want to listen to/comment on all of them, I'd really love that :D ). Here are the pieces, as well as brief descriptions of each and their length. Hope you enjoy!

"Into the Midst of the Sea": My piece for concert wind ensemble. It brings to life different aspects of the ocean and the emotions we feel when we experience the sea (16 minutes): 

"Piano Sonata No. 1 in D": My first piano sonata, organized into 3 movements in the key of D (my favorite key), which has a rather unique sound for a piano piece and describes feelings of nostalgia, wistfulness, and joy as time goes on and change occurs (14 minutes): 

"Spring Flowers": A piece for string quartet and piano which showcases the beauty of spring and the happiness of the season (5 minutes): 

"Returning Home": A piece for trumpet quartet that I uploaded to honor the anniversary of me starting to compose music a few years ago. It was inspired by Dvorak's "Going Home" chorale and was the first dedicated piece of music I ever composed (and still one of my favorites, because of how fun it is too play, as a trumpet player) (3.5 minutes): 

"Adventure": A piece for solo trumpet that I performed live this year at San Jose State University. It tells the story of how adventurous our lives can be, and should offer some challenge to trumpet players wanting to play it (4 minutes): 

"Max and Chloe": An arrangement for guitar ensemble of the main theme to the popular video game "Life is Strange" by DONTNOD Entertainment, which is a piece I've always loved (3.5 minutes): 

Thank you for taking the time to read this long message, and (hopefully), for listening to my music. It really means a lot to me, and I hope to hear back! Thanks!
-Ben Ledochowski

One theme, a million of music!

  Hi everyone!
After see a video about "leitmotiv" in music, i have tried to write musics with very different ambiances, but with the same theme. (according light modifications)
It is a very good exercice! It's train you to search and get the perfects instruments and the good chords.
So i challenge you : how many different music can you write with a single theme? (in theory, an infinity ^^)
You can get my tries here :
It could be nice that you use the theme i used ;)