Études d'après Compositeurs No.6 in D-Flat Major - (Midnight Dreams)

1 part14 pages09:282 days ago118 views
Piano
This is the sixth étude of my Études d'après Compositeurs set, arranged after Liszt's Transcendental Études No.11 (Harmonies du Soir). I have titled this piece "Midnight Dreams" as the calming arpeggios remind me of a peaceful, tranquil night. Meanwhile, the grandiose, expressive, harmonic middle sessions remind me of vivid dreams. After the exciting climax, the piece ends with a peaceful and tranquil note, indicating ones' dream is almost over. In order to create a playback as close to human interpretation as possible, I have placed over 500 hidden tempo and dynamic changes in total. I have put a lot of effort into this étude. Please feel free to comment and let me know your suggestions.

Waltz No.1 in G Minor

1 part6 pages03:2914 days ago225 views
Piano
This is the first waltz that I have ever composed. Please feel free to comment and let me know your suggestions. The lovely second theme (from Measure 75 to 90) are from Sofiane Kerrakchou's Waltz No.1.

Études d'après Compositeurs No.4 in F Minor - (Vehemence)

1 part14 pages04:52a month ago251 views
Piano
This is the fourth étude of my Études d'après Compositeurs set. It is my arrangement of Liszt's Transcendental Études No.10 (Appassionata). Vehemence refers to strong emotions or great energy/force. This is the first word that has popped up in my mind when I listened to this étude. Therefore, I have named this étude "Vehemence". I have put a lot of effort into this piece. Please enjoy and feel free to critique or comment.

Molto espressivo

1 part2 pages03:306 days ago31 views
Piano
Please support my music: Digital: https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/publishers/ayden-mcdonald-sheet-music/3005874 Physical: http://www.blurb.com/user/AydenKael Seven Elegies: V - Molto espressivo Composed sometime in late October 2017 pays homage to Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier Fugue in A minor. There are three contrasting sections each employing the same melodic material. The main melody begins a retrograde version half way through its thematic development – after the first triplet. This work explores the different registers of the piano and their subsequent tone colours.

Études d'après Compositeurs No.3 in A Minor - (Winter Storm)

1 part12 pages03:23a month ago208 views
Piano
This is the third piece of my Études d'après Compositeurs set. This étude is based on Chopin's famous Winter Wind Étude. The étude is titled "Winter Storm" because I have transformed the breezes in the original piece into a full-fledged winter snowstorm. I have put a lot of effort into this. Please feel free to add it to favourite and comment.

Études d'après Compositeurs No.2 in G-Sharp Minor - (Echoing Bells)

1 part11 pages04:01a month ago193 views
Piano
This is the second étude of my Études d'après Compositeurs set. This étude is after Liszt's Paganini Étude (aka La Campanella). This étude is named "Echoing Bells" because the continuous and repeated high notes seem to be responding to one another. This reminds me of echoing bells in churches. This takes a lot of work and time. Please feel free to listen and add a comment :)

Études d'après Compositeurs No.5 in E Minor - (Voyage)

1 part10 pages03:2411 days ago214 views
Piano
This is the fifth étude of my Études d'après Compositeurs set. This étude is arranged after Sofiane Kerrakchou's Études No.3. This etude is titled "Voyage" as the etude resembles a great adventure. The stormy and volatile beginning and ending mark the hardships of the voyage of an adventurer. Meanwhile, the sweet and joyous middle section symbolises the joy of discovery throughout the journey. Please feel free to comment and give me your suggestion.

Ballade No.1 in A-Flat Major

1 part18 pages07:018 days ago344 views
Piano
I am really proud of this piece. Not only it is my first ballade, but also my first attempt at composing longer, more elaborate piano works. Although the ballade has a home key of A-flat major, I have changed the key at various places in the piece. The piece is written in the form of "theme and variations". It is also interesting to note that I have incorporated many new techniques in this piece. For example, this piece marks the first time that I have explicitly used the so-called "Three-hand Effect" (Measure 135 - 161) I have really put tremendous effort into this piece. Please feel free to comment and let me know your suggestions.

TARANTELLA FANTASTICA- For Concert Band

27 parts15 pages02:463 days ago73 views
Piccolo, Flute(2), Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet(4), Alto Saxophone(2), Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet(3), French Horn(2), Trombone(3), Tuba(2), Contrabass, Timpani, Percussion(2)
Hello all! I've had this idea for quite some time, and I finally finished it. Without further ado, Tarantella Fantastica! These are the program notes I wrote up for it: The tarantella is a lively Italian folk dance, characterized by an upbeat tempo, 6/8 metre, and the use of tambourines. This piece takes the concept of a tarantella and, over its course, gradually morphs it into the musical equivalent of a Pablo Picasso painting. It begins with a fanfare-like introduction, transitioning into the main theme (stated in the clarinets, then doubled in the saxophones). The main theme develops, making the first of many modulations up the circle of fifths into D minor. The piece then crescendos into the first “variation”, setting the theme in 3/4 against a 6/8 accompaniment. After modulating up into G minor, the clarinets and the saxophones state the first 16 bars of the original theme in retrograde, followed by a harmonically wandering trumpet solo. The brass echoes a melody stated by the clarinets earlier, with the saxophones playing accompaniment- only the second time around, the roles of the accompaniment are reversed. This segues into another “variation”- a bold, lurching tarantella in which traditional orchestration roles are reversed, with the “traditionally melody” instruments playing the onbeats and the tuba and low instruments playing the offbeats. The trumpets then state the melody accompanied by atonal splats of sound, and after that split off and harmonize in minor seconds on either side. The horns briefly rip the general shape of the melody without the correct notes, and the piece concludes with a colorful reharmonization of the melody in the full band. The only constant throughout the entire piece is the tambourine- the hallmark of a tarantella. Not gonna lie, this didn't turn out quite how I wanted it to, but I like it anyways. Listen, comment, and enjoy!

Études d'après Compositeurs No.1 in B-Flat Major - (Dance of the Spirits)

1 part13 pages03:11a month ago196 views
Piano
This is the first étude in my Études d'après Compositeurs set, arranged after Liszt's famous "Feux Follets" This version is intended to be the most difficult playable piano piece ever written. Although it may seem impossible, each individual part is playable (really close to human limits, though). The piece is named "Dance of the Spirits" as it reminds me of playful dances performed by mischievous spirits at midsummer night. A lot of work has been put in this piece, please enjoy and leave a comment.

Sonata in C major I. Allegro con brio

1 part16 pages10:1414 days ago359 views
Piano
Here is the first completed draft of my first sonata form movement for the piano. Most of this work was written in early 2016. Movements (others will be posted soon): I. Allegro con brio II. Andante III. Prestissimo

Sonata in A minor I. Allegro maestoso

1 part11 pages07:20a month ago344 views
Piano
Here is the second completed draft (still a WIP) of my sonata form movement for the piano in A minor. Movements (others will be posted soon): I. Allegro maestoso II. Andante cantabile III. Allegro scherzando IV. Not started

Consolation No.1 in D Minor

1 part3 pages03:1113 days ago138 views
Piano
Just a break from the virtuosic pieces. A simple yet beautiful piece inspired by Liszt's Consolation No.3. Consolation refers to something that makes someone feel better amidst a sad moment. Therefore, I have started the piece in D minor (a sad key) and ended it in F major (a positive key). Please feel free to comment and let me know your opinions.

Ave Verum Corpus (Original) - SSATB

6 parts6 pages03:49a month ago59 views
Voice(5), Piano
This is my first choral work. Its lyrics are based on the famous Eucharistic hymn "Ave Verum Corpus". A lot of composers, like Mozart and Liszt have their own versions of it. So I decided to make my own version of it. :) Please feel free to comment and critique.

Anliegen (Wish)

2 parts3 pages01:2416 days ago31 views
Oboe, Piano
Hello all and here's my second Lied (actually spelled correctly this time!) It's a setting of Goethe's Anliegen (the word doesn't translate the best, but it's about "wish"). It's rather short, because the poem is rather short. Here's the poem: O schönes Mädchen du, Du mit dem schwarzen Haar, Die du ans Fenster trittst, Auf dem Balkone stehst! Und stehst du wohl umsonst? O stündest du für mich Und zögst die Klinke los, Wie glücklich wär ich da! Wie schnell spräng ich nihauf! The poem doesn't actually have a translation anywhere in English, but it's something around O beautiful girl you, you with the black hair That you step to the window, stand on the balcony ! And are you standing there for no reason? O are you standing for me And unlocking the door? How happy would I be there! How quickly I would jump up there! Anyways, listen, comment, and enjoy!

Scintillate - Variations on a Theme by Daquin

1 part14 pages08:46a year ago970 views
Piano
Three Concert Pieces No. I - Scintillate Variations on a Theme by Daquin Please support my music: Digital: https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/publishers/ayden-mcdonald-sheet-music/3005874 Physical: http://www.blurb.com/user/AydenKael This work was conceived in August 2015 whilst establishing a profound interest in orchestral writing and virtuosic piano music. Thus, it was originally composed for piano and orchestra, however after an unsuccessful revised version it was arranged into a solo piano work in early December 2016. The solo version expands upon virtuosity, structure, harmony, and length. Scintillate reached its final product in early 2017, with slight changes mid-year. Scintillate – to emit flashes of light; sparkle: be animated, witty, clever – this title has always been, no word best articulates the style and expression of this work.