ROUND SEVEN: Team

It's time for the long-awaited team challenge; a round that will test not only your composition, but your teamwork abilities also. The concept of this challenge is fairly straightforward - I have placed you all in groups of three, and over the next few weeks you will have to work with each other in order to compose a collaborative masterpiece. You can decide amongst yourselves how you want to go about this, but here are a few suggestions that might give you an idea of how to get started:

- Choose a method of communication. This can be anything, from email, to skype, to many other online communication sites. Choose something that works well for your group and that you can all access.

- Get one person to begin writing the very start of the piece, or perhaps a main motif. Then you can take it in turns to add your own sections/elements until the piece is finished.

- Then go back over it individually and make any small edits you think necessary. Feel free to help work on each other's parts.

- Dedicate one person to upload the piece to the group (or you can all upload the same thing if you like!)


And, of course, here are the teams:

BLUE TEAM:
@Jband 
@KeldeoJustified 
@toadvine 

GREEN TEAM:
@StandardUser101 
@Vigo Kovačić
@Camfrtt 

RED TEAM:
@eagri1967 
@Origamidos 
@mathmaniac125 

YELLOW TEAM:
@Aidancw2000 
@Cullian 
@Jakob Altmann


THE RULES:
1)
Everyone in your group must contribute to the piece.
2) The piece must be at least 2 minutes long, but no more than 10.


Try to get a start as soon as possible, because this is going to be a challenging task. Also, make sure to tell your group if you're going to be away/unavailable for a certain period of time, as they can work on their parts while you're not there, and allow you to work on yours either before or after you go away.

The deadline is 24th of June. I know this might not seem like a lot of time, but we need to start speeding up the rounds in order to finish the competition by the end of the year.

Best of luck!!

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13 days ago
30

ROUND SIX: Results!!

  
Well done to everyone, both the new contestants and the old - you all put forward really great pieces to fit the solo repertoire. Congratulations are due all around.
 
 
I didn't give comments on each piece this time, simply because there were so many pieces to get through. Whenever I deducted marks from the Realism category, however, I left a short note on the reason behind it, and if you have any other questions to ask about why you got a certain score, I'm more than willing to answer in the comments. 
 
 
Here are the scores:
 
 
"Piano Solo", by Origamidos
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 20
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 23
Total: 90
 
 
"Sonatina in G Major", by MKMusic123
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 21
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 21
Total: 89
 
 
"Piano solo in F minor", by clarinetistdavid
Creativity: 21
Complexity: 21
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 20
Total: 87
 
 
"Largo for Organ in D Minor", by Vigo Kovačić
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 23
Realism: 24 – (fast pedal runs might not be possible on some organs)
Effectiveness: 24
Total: 94
 
 
"Glass", by Aidancw2000
Creativity: 21
Complexity: 21
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 20
Total: 87
 
 
"Solo for Sopranino Recorder in A minor", by eagri1967
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 21
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 22
Total: 91
 
 
"Christmas Song", by somebuddy
Creativity: 20
Complexity: 21
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 21
Total: 87
 
 
"Sonata in D Major", by Camfrtt
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 23
Total: 93
 
 
"MSCC Round 6", by mathmaniac125
Creativity: 21
Complexity: 22
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 22
Total: 90
 
 
"Solo for Violin", by Jacob Altmann
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 22
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 22
Total: 91
 
 
"MSCC 6 Competition", by toadvine
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 22
Realism: 24 – (score needs tidying)
Effectiveness: 24
Total: 93
 
 
"Classical Piano", by Jband
Creativity: 25
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 24
Total: 97
 
 
"Impromptu No. 2", by Cullian
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 21
Realism: 24 – (score would be needed if work was performed)
Effectiveness: 22
Total: 90

"Solo for Tenor Saxophone", by KeldeoJustified
Creativity: 24 
Complexity: 22 
Realism: 25 
Effectiveness: 24 
Total: 95
 
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Which leaves the scores looking something like this:
 
1. Jband (97)
2. KeldeoJustified (95)
3. Vigo Kovačić (94)
4. Camfrtt (93) and toadvine (93)
5. eagri1967 (91) and Jacob Altmann (91)
6. Origamidos (90), mathmaniac125 (90), and Cullian (90)
7. MKMusic123 (89)
8. clarinetistdavid (87), Aidancw2000 (87), and somebuddy (87)
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Which means that...

@Jband - You have won yet another immunity title (you'll be safe from Eviction rounds for a while I think!)

@KeldeoJustified, @Camfrtt, @toadvine, @Jacob Altmann, @mathmaniac125 - Instead of just three, I'm going to let all five of you continue through to the next round - congratulations! Stay tuned for the next discussion =)

To all the other new contestants - Well done this round, even though you didn't quite make it through, you all entered great pieces and received great scores. Hopefully you audition again for next year's competition. Thankyou so much!!

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16 days ago
28

ROUND SIX: New Members // Immunity

As you know, my plan for this round is to gain more members for the competition and open our gates to the people who joined this group too late for the first audition process. To make it more interesting, I've decided that this round will be open to the current competitors as well as any newcomers.

The challenge is pretty free-choice centred, meaning that you're allowed to write whatever you like (within a few boundaries).

1. Your piece must last for at least 1 minute, but no more than 4.
2. It must be written for a solo instrument with no accompaniment (but it can be any instrument you like!)

Make sure to put in the effort for this round, because, like the original audition round, I want the piece to showcase your best abilities as a composer.

The three new competitors with the best scores will be accepted into the competition, and any others will sadly have to wait for next year's audition round in order to enter again, if they want to. 

As for the already existing competitors; the person with the best overall score in this round (whether they're new or existing) will win Immunity from the next eviction round they are placed in. @Jband already has one of these, let's see who'll win the next one!

If you want to invite any composers you know to join, please do! And don't feel limited - you can invite as many or as few people as you like. The more entrants, the better. @somebuddy, you can enter too!

The deadline is the 28th of May. Good luck!!

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a month ago
52

ROUND FIVE: Results!!

Well, it was a lot of fun to judge these five great inventions - I think something about having a set of rules to judge by excites me, even though I hate having to obey them when it comes to composing. Although a part of me was hoping that someone would get really inventive and enter an 80's synthesizer solo that technically followed all the rules, I was even prouder when I saw that all of you had managed to submit pieces that qualify as and even sound like classical inventions.

Here are the scores:

“Invention”, by eagri1967
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 25
Total: 96
Comments: Wow, what an absolutely incredible invention! I would even go so far as to say that the structure of this piece is equally if not even more pleasant than that of J. S. Bach’s inventions. Your use of counterpoint is not only accurate, but also nice to listen to, and the motif is repeated correctly and cleverly throughout the exposition, development, and recapitulation. Another thing I should address is your use of articulation, which really helped shape the phrases and add musicality to the motif. The sections were all depicted obviously, and most of all, it abides by all the rules. Great work!

“Invention”, by Origamidos
Creativity: 24
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 22
Total: 94
Comments: You’ve done really really well, considering music theory isn’t your strong-point, and your piece absolutely resembles a slightly more modern interpretation of classical inventions, which gives you extra Creativity points! I loved your chromaticism and the rhythms you used, and also the way you modulated keys. If I were to suggest something, I would recommend you make the differences between the melody and the counterpoint accompaniment more obvious. But other than that, a superb piece! Well done!

Invention in D Major”, by Vigo Kovačić
Creativity: 21
Complexity: 22
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 22
Total: 90
Comments: You did really well with the counterpoint, and also representing the motif in both hands. However, some things that would really improve this piece would be to make the melody more clear-cut, and also to make use of certain techniques - especially modulation!!! But other than that, a very enjoyable invention that would also prove a great exercise for piano/harpsichord players.

“Invention”, by StandardUser101
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 22
Total: 93
Comments: I found this invention quite interesting to analyse, particularly the modulation passages, which played fairly smoothly. Some more work on articulation and phrasing could polish up the piece nicely, but it’s still very enjoyable to listen to all the same. The chromaticism and 6-bar motif are both major strengths in this work.

Invention”, by Cullian
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 24
Total: 95
Comments: Much like a lot of the other entries in this round, articulation could lift certain sections of the piece, and add further musical interest. However, the wide range in this invention still provides some musicality, and it is very enjoyable to listen to. The recapitulation was done perfectly, and although the fact that it ends on a C major chord intrigued me, it still works well overall. Great job!

Congratulations to @eagri1967!!

The next round is going to be a people's round where other users will be allowed to enter the competition, and I'll post that in the next few days. Then we'll get back into some more full-group rounds. Well done to all!

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a month ago
8

ROUND ZERO: Auditions

So, in order to enter for next year's competition, there's just a few things you need to do...

First of all, make sure you've read through the "ABOUT THIS GROUP" section on the right of this page. There's lots of important information there.

Secondly, fill out this online form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdGajScyMXI_cxbk09qr_hvieTztcbjENRTUv-NKgQG-iqElg/viewform. I'll send you a conformation email as soon as I get your application.

And finally, start getting ready to post your audition piece. These are due by the 31st of December, and only the 12 best entries will make it through to the competition. You are allowed to enter with a piece you've written previously, just make sure to pick something that plays to your strengths.

Best of luck!

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6 months ago
25

ROUND FIVE: Invention

As well as being an Invention round, your challenge this time is to (literally) compose an 'invention'. An invention, in music terms, is a short composition using two-part counterpoint. Counterpoint is the use of two or more melodic lines playing simultaneously (similar to polyphony), written alongside each other harmoniously, and yet independent in their rhythm and melodic contour.

A great listening example for this is any of Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias (the difference being that the sinfonias use three-part counterpoint, rather than two).

Now this might sound like a very classical and theory-heavy task, but remember that this is an invention round, and as such you can interpret it any way you want. I don't mind if you end up with something that sounds like a 70's disco piece; if it follows the rules of an invention, then it's all good.
If you want to find out more on the style of inventions, the Wikipedia page is actually a good reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invention_(musical_composition)

THE RULES:
(1) The piece must use two-part counterpoint.
(2) It must be written on two staves - technically original inventions were always written for keyboard instruments, but if you like you could compose a duet for two single-staved instruments instead.
(3) The right hand (or top stave) must use only quaver and semiquaver notes, apart from the last bar, where it can use a longer note to finish on.
(4) The left hand (or bottom stave) can use any length of notes, but it must play at least two notes or chords in each bar (apart from the last one).
(5) Rests are allowed, and they can be of any length, however they shouldn't be overused.
(6) The piece should include three sections: Exposition, Development, and Recapitulation. You can find out more about these and how they should be used in an invention on the Wikipedia page I listed above.
(7) Lastly, it must be longer than two minutes in total, but no longer than six.

I know it might seem like there's a lot of rules there, but if you end up following them I can guarantee that it will greatly improve your piece.

@StandardUser101 and @Jband, as you won the advantage in this round, you have the ability to choose one of the rules listed above NOT to follow. Please make sure you say which rule you are going to ignore either in the discussion here or in the description of your piece.

And finally, since this is quite a large task and I think some people might be away for part of it, you have almost three whole weeks to post your piece. The deadline at this stage is the 24th of April.

Good luck, and remember to be as creative as possible!!

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2 months ago
26

ROUND FOUR: Results!!

Great job yet again! It was really interesting this round to see how the seven of you interpreted the stimulus differently, and also how completely different your pieces were to what I pictured you'd end up with! As you might remember, the entrant with the highest score this time will get an advantage in the next round, so best of luck!

“Au revoir, Arrivederci, Adios and Goodbye”, by eagri1967
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 22
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 22
Total: 91
Comments: Nice! I appreciated the melancholy feel of the beginning and end of your piece – it seems to fit perfectly with the given theme. I also think you did a really good job using the instrumentation that you chose, as all the instruments had a purpose to the piece and added something of their own, particularly the viola. A very compliant composition with the stimuli, and a good exercise in originality. Well done!

“The Train”, by Origamidos
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 22
Realism: 23
Effectiveness: 20
Total: 88
Comments: I liked how this piece followed a very different kind of goodbye to the others; most compositions tended to go with the typical “sad” approach, but not all goodbyes are going to be sad, in fact “goodbye” is a word that most of us say every day. So instead, I noticed, you went with the idea of someone leaving on a train, and used the instruments to mimic that instead – a clever idea! This was very effective, and led to a very creative composition. Unfortunately, I had to take a couple points from Realism to make up for a few small mistakes (such as the fact that a trombone only has the ability to play one note at a time, and you had it playing an octave). Other than that, really good!

“Auf Wiedersehen”, by Aidancw2000
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 21
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 19
Total: 87
Comments: A great composition! My favourite section was the theme you introduced in measure 15, I thought it was the most pleasing to listen to, and also reminiscent of a bitter-sweet goodbye. Some interesting notation, but apart from that it was well-written in its entirety. I would suggest, for a piece like this one, that you work on repeating themes and motifs – this creates a recognisable tune that can represent whatever the stimulus happens to be. Great work!

“Our Goodbye”, by Cullian
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 22
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 22
Total: 92
Comments: Very beautiful. I found it nice how much thought was clearly put into the structure of the piece. It was pleasant how you began with the clarinet and piano duet, before building in the other instruments. Really elegant transitions, especially the way it flows into the final section. Bravo!

“Gone”, by StandardUser101
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 23
Total: 94
Comments: Good work, yet another composition that didn’t go with the obvious choice. I actually really liked the use of dissonance in this, some of the chords worked really well in a very avantgarde sort of way. I loved the moments where you used the different instruments to mimic each other, this is a really great feature of all chamber music. Congratulations!

“Au Revoir”, by Jband
Creativity: 24
Complexity: 23
Realism: 24
Effectiveness: 23
Total: 94
Comments: Excellent job with the creative structure of this piece, not only do you begin with a very beautiful, thoughtful piano solo, but you then follow that up with the French-sounding theme, merging both ideas from the stimulus together. Great use of the instrumentation, and well done!

“Au Revoir!”, by Vigo Kovačić
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 23
Total: 93
Comments: Very nice! I can picture the scene you depicted in the description, the piece definitely has a period sort of feel to it. Good use of the instrumentation, especially for the harp and flute, which were clearly the instruments of focus. I really enjoyed the melody and accompaniment, but at times I thought it would be nice to have a third instrument playing an important counterpart, as opposed to just the quiet bass notes played by the horn. Overall, fantastic!

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As they both tied on a score of 94, StandardUser101 and Jband will both get an advantage in Round Five. Well done to all!

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2 months ago
17

ROUND FOUR: Set

Keeping it simple this round, your task will be based around a specific stimuli which I am about to give you. The seven of you will have to create a standard-length composition inspired by this stimuli, and using a specific amount of instruments as well. Here are the rules:
- Your piece must range from one to five minutes in length.
- It should be inspired and based upon the stimuli.
- And, you must use no more than four instruments. These must contain one woodwind instrument, one brass instrument, one string instrument, and one double-staved instrument (piano, harp, accordion, marimba, synthesizer, etc.)

The stimuli is a simple phrase: "Au revior, Arrivederci, Adios, and Goodbye".
Feel free to interpret this phrase in any way you like, and try to get creative with it!

@Jband - As you won the Immunity round, you get an advantage here. You are still required to use only four instruments in your piece, but you are granted the ability to ignore what families they are from. For example, you could choose to make all four instruments from the woodwind family.

The winner of this round will also receive an advantage in the next round. The deadline is the 11th of March. Good luck to all!!!

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3 months ago
32

ROUND TWO: Results!!

Unfortunately only one person entered in this round, as @somebuddy had to quit the competition, and @Cullian didn't submit a piece. This means that @StandardUser101 will automatically go through to the next round, along with @Cullian (if he shows up).

Here is the score for the only piece submitted:

"Light", by StandardUser101
Creativity: 24
Complexity: 22
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 23
Total: 94
Comments: I found this piece thoroughly beautiful to listen to, so well done! I can really hear that the piece was based on the picture you chose - when I listen to it I can picture the moon's reflection on the vast ocean below, and the soft, calming motion of the waves. The harmonies you used were well chosen and very aesthetic, which also suits the theme of the painting. Very well written and extremely pleasing to listen to, great work!

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See you in the next round!

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3 months ago
2

ROUND THREE: Results!!

Congrats to the three competitors in the first Immunity challenge - you did an absolutely spectacular job. As you know, the highest-scoring person will receive immunity from the next Eviction round they are placed in, as well as an advantage in the next round.

Here are the scores:

"The Road Not Taken", by Aidancw2000
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 22
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 21
Total: 91
Comments: Well done! I like the way you interpreted the poem, and I also like the theme you created for the piece. The cliffhanger ending was a creative touch, as was incorporating the uncertainty of the road not taken. Good job!

"Intermezzo" by Vigo Kovačić
Creativity: 24
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 23
Total: 95
Comments: A very beautiful composition. I really admire the type of piece you wrote - the tempo of an Intermezzo seems to suit the Autumn theme very well, and the flowing structure of the piece also fits in with the descriptive language used in the poem. Very calming to listen to, I could easily picture the autumn leaves falling from the trees. I look forward to hearing it continued in another piece!

"A Dream Within a Dream", by Jband
Creativity: 24
Complexity: 24
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 23
Total: 96
Comments: Excellent! I love the dramaticness of this piece, it really suits the idea of that dream-like reality Poe describes. The instrumentation was well-chosen, as the harp and strings add a mystical sort of feeling to the piece. Well done also on the vast use of compositional techniques, even rare things that you don't often find in music, such as telling the pianist to play any random key. This particular choice is actually very clever for the sort of dreamy feeling being conveyed at that point in the music. Overall, this is a very creative interpretation of the poem, and you've pulled it off extremely well!

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@Jband - congratulations on winning the first immunity! When the next round is posted you'll be made aware of you advantage.

Great job to all!!

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3 months ago
1

ROUND THREE: Immunity

Sorry for the lateness, I was having troubles with the eviction round earlier this week and I didn't think it was fair to post the invention round earlier than the other one. But here it is now :)

The contestants in the eviction round have been instructed to compose a piece based on a particular painting, of which I gave them three to choose from. I thought it would be fun if I gave the three of you a similar challenge, but with a little twist. Instead of writing your composition based on an image, you'll be basing it on a poem. Below I have given you links to three very famous poems, and it's your job to choose one of them to compose about. However, like in the eviction round, each poem can be chosen only once. So make sure to get in early and write which poem you plan on composing for in the comments below. When that poem is chosen, the second person to comment will have a choice between the two remaining poems. Once they also choose, the third and final person will be dedicated the only remaining poem.

The rest of the rules are like normal;
- Your piece must range between 1 to 5 minutes in length.
- You can use as many or as few instruments as you like.
- You should try to base your piece as closely to your interpretation of the poem as possible.

Here are the poems themselves...
POEM #1 - https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44272/the-road-not-taken
POEM #2 - https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44484/to-autumn
POEM #3 - https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/52829/a-dream-within-a-dream

Remember to give this round everything you've got, as the winner will receive an advantage in the next round, as well as immunity from the next eviction round they are placed in. The deadline this time is the 16th of Feb. Best of luck to all!

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4 months ago
13

ROUND TWO: Eviction

I'm super sorry for the long wait again - this time it was because I had a really extravagant idea as for what this round would be, and I was spending ages trying to make it happen. Unfortunately, my plan didn't quite work out and now I've had to change my ideas. I won't tell you what the round idea was, however, because there's a chance I might be able to use it for a future eviction round instead. My apologies for making you wait :(

As is, here is the description of the challenge you'll be facing this week:

Below I have given you links to three very distinct, very different, works of art. These three paintings vary from the depiction of a small village during wartime, to a still-life portrait of a bowl of fruit. Your task is to individually choose one of these images, and base your piece around it. Keep in mind that once one person has chosen an image, the others cannot choose the same one. Be quick and write which one you're doing in the comments, so we don't have any double-ups.

The rules are like normal;
- Your piece must range between 1 to 5 minutes in length.
- You can use as many or as few instruments as you like.
- You should try to base your piece as closely to your interpretation of the artwork as possible.

Here are the paintings...
PAINTING #1: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hiF-Xp-CM20mOEJFvE12KQNelMX4rpMU
PAINTING #2: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HoY3teZooT2al2tc4UI4Qj5txU7KCOKe
PAINTING #3: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1G6b-Ci7WEYlMxBKStsEw5KhC6Y63FNlm

Choose quickly, first in best dressed!

The deadline this time is the 16th of Feb. Good luck, I really want you all to do well :)

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4 months ago
12

ROUND ONE: Invention

Hi all,
I'm super sorry for the delay - I've explained the reason for my disappearance on the "Next Round..?" chat. I promise to be more on-the-ball with future deadlines :)

Now - here's the basis of Round One!
Your task this time is pretty straightforward: Create a piece using multiple of the same instrument, and nothing else. For example, you might write a cello quartet - consisting only of four cellos, or a fanfare written for sixteen French horns. Get creative!

THE SPECIFICS:
- Your composition must be at least one minute long, but no longer than five.
- You must use at least two of the same instrument. You can, however, use as many you like, as long as there's multiple of them.
- You cannot use any other instruments apart from the one you have chosen. This includes similar instruments (flute + alto flute).

Failure to comply with any of the rules will deduct 10 points from your final score.

The deadline this time is the 28th of Jan. I promise I won't be late :D
If you have any questions, ask away! Best of luck!

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5 months ago
29

Holiday Compromises?

If the MSCC is going all year, some of us will end up having to juggle between holiday and family time and the competition. Maybe we could have a compromise for those who are going on holiday? I know I'm going away camping from the 6/1 to the 13/1 I might miss part of the first round if I get in and that's a big problem.
If other people have this problem too, maybe this could be the place for letting people know we may be AWOL?

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5 months ago
3

ROUND ZERO: Results!!

Sorry for the delay, but I've finally gotten around to marking the pieces! I won't dawdle on for too long, but I just want to say great job to you all for putting in such great compositions. They were all really enjoyable to listen to. Also, because we don't have as many entrants this year (just eight of you!), I've decided that no one will be eliminated this time. Therefore, all of you will be moving on to the next round!

Here are the scores...

"Enigma", by Aidancw2000
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 20
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 22
Total: 90
Comments: Great work! You've done a marvellous job of writing for the ensemble, especially with the way you trade the melody and accompaniments amongst the instruments. The melody itself is very beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoy how it evolves throughout the length of the piece.

"Marina", by somebuddy
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 20
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 19
Total: 86
Comments: Nicely done! I like how you started the piece with very few layers, and then began to add more instruments and counter-melodies as it progressed. The best part with this is that whilst the main melody was repititous, I didn't once get bored of it due to the "catchiness" of the theme. And lastly, nice use of simple syncopation to create the upbeat feel - a well chosen tactic.

"Violin Concerto", by Cullian
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 24
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 23
Total: 95
Comments: Overall, a brilliantly composed concerto. It contains all the vital elements of a good concerto, complete with wonderful orchestral sections and prominent violin solos. Whilst there are occasionally some minor errors with orchestration that I could point out, for the most part you've done a fantastic job at using the orchestra to your advantage. Finally, very well done on the fluent key changes. You managed them very well and they sounded completely natural.

"Truth", by StandardUser101
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 20
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 23
Total: 90
Comments: Ah, I absolutely love piano trios, and this is no exception! I praise you on the structure of the piece, and the way you exchange the melody amongst the instruments at ease. It is most definitely very well done. Some of the triple stops on the cello are near-impossible, and would only be able to be performed in complex positions with complex fingering, and a very talented performer. However, given they are technically possible I have not deducted any points from your 'Realism'. Congratulations on this wonderful piece.

"Piano bounce", by Origami2
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 20
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 21
Total: 89
Comments: I must admit, it was hard not to start dancing when I was listening to this! I really love the bouncy little tune you came up with, and it worked well with the syncopated accompaniment beneath it. Good job changing the melody occasionally, so as to prevent it getting boring. This sort of music is bound to get anyone up and bouncing :)

"The Last Rose of Summer", by eagri1967
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 21
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 23
Total: 94
Comments: Your music really fits, and thoroughly encapsulates the poem. The guitar provides a beautiful accompaniment to Moore's poem, and the melody works incredibly well with it as well. It surprises me to hear that this is not the original melody, for it sounds as if it could be. When listening to your piece, I was always able to imagine it being sung, which is a wonderful achievment for all songs with lyrics. Well done!

"Lights, Camera, Jazz!", by Jband
Creativity: 24
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 24
Total: 96
Comments: Spectacular! This is a really great jazzy piece, with a cool caberet-esque touch to it as well. It's got syncopation, glisses, and a great bass line - everything that makes up a fantastic jazz number. Not to mention your very catchy melody, which I completely adore. If anything I just wish it were longer. Pass me a walking cane and a top hat, because this makes me want to dance :D

"Symphony in G minor - 4th movement", by V.Kovačić
Creativity: 24
Complexity: 24
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 24
Total: 97
Comments: I've already left a comment on this score in the past saying most of what I would otherwise say here - so all that's left really is for me to congratulate you once more on this magnificent piece. Great job once again!

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Well done to all of you; as I said, all of the pieces I listened to were really really good. Congrats :)

The next round will be posted on the 14th, when @somebuddy returns from holiday. If anyone has things that will interfere with that time, let me know asap. Other than that, stay tuned and good luck!

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