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String Quartet No.3 - Adagio In G

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin Keating Dec 9, 2012. 6 Replies

My third string quartet.  An adagio in G, it should play at 60bpm.  For some reason changing the setting in MuseScore didn't change it in the midi, so I had to change the playback speed in the A/V…Continue

Tags: adagio, quartet, string

Confused as to how to determine key.

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Jan 27, 2013. 18 Replies

I have a piece I'm working on (a theme with a couple variations, adagio, 4/4, not very complex) and I'm actually confused as to what key I'm writing in.  When I write a lyrical song with chords…Continue

Tags: flats, sharps, signature, key

String Quartet No.2 - Andante in Am

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin Keating Nov 25, 2012. 5 Replies

This is my second string quartet.  The style here is probably way outdated for most, but I like.  Not too complicated, pretty simple, only a minute & a half.  I've been playing the Canzonetta…Continue

Tags: cello, andante, viola, violin, string

Books on theory and composition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jana Cole Dec 27, 2012. 10 Replies

I'm learning music theory and composition on my own at home.  I find that I understand little of the specific technical aspects that composers here talk about.  I learn mostly from books as well as…Continue

Tags: textbook, modulation, authors, theory, composition


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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Small Ensemble, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
At the moment, Baroque, Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Holland Patent, NY
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I've written over 250 lyrical folk/rock style songs over the years. Since picking up the violin 5 years ago, I've taken a real interest in learning to read notation and how pieces of music are actually put together. I use MuseScore to compose on my Mac. I like writing fiddle tunes, shorter classical and Baroque style pieces. I've also written a couple string quartets.

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String Quartet No. 1 (Night Quartet)

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 7:47pm 1 Comment

This is my first String Quartet.  Subtitled "Night Quartet," it began as a very short solo violin piece I'd written called "Night Sonata" which I expanded into a quartet (2 violins, viola and cello).  The viola was the hardest to fit since I don't play viola and had trouble deciding whether it should follow the cello or the violin.  Nor do I play cello, but I understand how bass guitar fits in our band.

In the end I think it worked.  I'm learning theory and composition on my own a…


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