Dear composers,I've been struggling to find the right software to orchestrate my works. I have tried Reason on my Macbook Pro, but I find the sound way to unnatural (especially the violin parts). I…Continue
What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical music and light music
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
About Me (MUST be more than 10 words to be approved):
My name is Charlotte, I'm 17 years old and I live in the Netherlands. I play piano for about 9 years now and I started to compose I think six years ago. But it was only 4 years ago when I finished my first piece. I compose mainly by just playing around on the piano, but I want to learn more about composing or orchestration with the computer. That's I think the main reason why I'm here. I hope you can help me out, but I also think it might be interesting to talk to fellow composers to gain inspiration!
Charlotte, thank you for your kind comments on my work. I apologize for not getting back to you sooner, but the holidays are upon us.
The trios were written in an attempt to learn something about counterpoint. They were realized by electroinc means since I don't know any musicians real or imagined. none-the-less I think it is always wise to write with the proclivities of the specific instruments in mind, try to understand what sounds good on them and what does not, what they can do and what they can not do. Be mindful of bowing, and articulation in all instruments, and that winds and brass must breathe.
Important to know how to combine instruments. There are some books on orchestration that are very helpful. I happen to like Adler's books on orchestration but there are others that are just as good.
Keep stuyding. you can never know too much. In fact, that reminds me of a story. Composer Paul Hindemith was told that someone had a "masters degree in music." Hindemith laughed and asked "how can anyone be a master of music?"
keep writing.. write something every day. If you don't like it toss it out, but the experience of producing a lot will hone your judgement so that you only keep the best. Brahms once remaked that the hardest thing about composing is knowning what to throw under the table, that is, what to discard. Don't fall in love with your own work, be critical. Sharpen your knife.
Hi Charlotte, Welcome to the forum. Listening to your work probably reminds many of us here of where we were musically when we were your age. Simplistic innocence.The people here are excellent and will be more than willing to offer assistance share their experiences.