Composing a String Quartet, want some feedback

So I only have a few measures of a first movement but I hope to expand   this into a full 4 movement string quartet. Thing is, I find it hard to   get the combination of being in sonata form and still being  interesting  when it gets past duets into trios and quartets. I know it  should be  easier because I have more freedom with a string quartet than  with a  piano sonata but no, I have always found piano sonatas easier  to  compose.

Here is my first draft. You can see that I go from a   Tutti to the cello playing solo which really brings out the warm sound   of the cello. I plan on having the other instruments come back one by   one until I reach Tutti again. So here is the link:

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a day ago

Composing a Nocturne

So you know how I composed a nocturne before? It's now on my YouTube channel if you want to check it out. Here is the link to my previous nocturne if you want to listen to it:

But I am planning on composing a second nocturne and uploading it here. I know that it has to be evocative of the night but is there anything else I need to take into consideration when writing a nocturne?

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6 days ago

What key to modulate to with the F#?

So my waltz is in D major and the first phrase group, which is a period structure, has a melody ending on F# and harmonically, it ends on first inversion tonic. Both of these lead towards a modulation happening. I could modulate directly to 3 keys using this F# as a pivot note. I could also indirectly modulate to yet another key this way. F# to E minor I don't really view as a possibility even though that is technically possible. In the same way, the diminished chord doesn't lend itself to being modulated to. So this leaves me with 4 possibilities as to what to do with the F#. Here are the direct modulations:

F# -> F# minor
F# -> G major
F# -> B minor

And here is the indirect modulation:

F# -> F# minor -> A major

G major is so typical to modulate to using an F#. F# minor though is the mediant of D major and the mediant is not often modulated to. B minor is the relative minor and a relative modulation is common but not via the third of the original tonic becoming the fifth of the new tonic explicitly written out in the melody and harmony. A major is a typical key to modulate to from D major. But this involves first going to the mediant of D major which is also the relative minor of A major and then going to A major.

Which of these 4 keys do you think I should modulate to using the F# note in the melody?

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20 days ago


Hello, I am very new to using muse score.  ( I've had it for about a week)  I am writing my past high school's drumline a cadence and want it to be just a bass drum cadence.  I figured it might be a little odd to have a bass drum cadence but have huge rests on the snare, tenor, and cymbal lines.  Anyways, my question is, how do I delete instrument lines that I am not using?

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21 days ago

Goodbye - "Hachi: A Dog's tale" (FEEDBACK) ; Piano & String Orchestra

Have any of you seen the movie "Hachi: A Dog's tale"?
Well, I've taken the liberty to transcribe (or do the best I could) the main theme called "Goodbye". The movie is very emotional and part of that is because of the music, composed by Jan A.P Kaczmarek.
I could not find any sheet music (besides some for piano, which was sort of inaccurate anyway) so I decided to transcribe it myself.

I'd love feedback though! Thanks in advance!

Here it is:

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21 days ago

I need help with an anthem

Hi, I'm relatively new in the composition, and some friends requested me to do an anthem for a roleplay country, and I can't. Could you guys help me please?

Btw I have the lyrics, the thing I need is the music.


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27 days ago

Working on a waltz

This and other dances in general I have kind of been avoiding for the  first 10 years that I composed. But I figured that if I am going to  start composing dance music, waltzes would be great to start. I decided  on a tempo of 90 BPM, so like Andante Moderato in the Italian  terminology, to make it not so difficult for people to play once it is  finished. I also decided on a key of D major because I compose a lot of  my pieces in flat keys so I figured I should balance it out with some  sharp keys.

I know these things about a waltz that apply more or less specifically to a waltz:

Most have a 3/4 time signature(though some have a 3/8 time signature and others are at 6/8)
Most are at a moderate speed
Left hand pattern is usually 1 bass note followed by the chord the bass note is in
A lot involve pedaling, though not all do
Waltz is dominated by melody

But  I still find writing dance music to be hard, even though it is a  shorter length composition than a sonata. Minuets are the hardest for me  so far(I tried writing a minuet before and it didn't turn out well). My  phrases and melodies in general also tend to be on the long side. So I  might end up with a 10 minute waltz instead of a 5 minute waltz. 

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26 days ago