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Cloud Shrouded Dawn

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ivyree Rosario yesterday. 21 Replies

This is the rough draft for a composition that is admittedly partially inspired by another thread here (the one that introduced me to some really great music, and particularly that of Thomas Tallis).…Continue

Questions about polishing a score...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Dexter on Thursday. 18 Replies

Regarding the nuances of proper notation, I have only learned a few things... I do know to always give wind instruments rests to breathe, and that a harp diagram is only necessary if the music strays…Continue

Does anyone know who composes similar to this style?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emily F. Singleton Feb 5. 8 Replies

In an effort to add a comparison to my bio I am writing, I need to find a composer with a writing style similar to mine. I am posting the score and mockup mp3 of one of my earlier pieces. It is very…Continue

How to write a bio or cv without any achievements to put in it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by MM Coston Feb 14. 9 Replies

Not sure if anyone here ever had this problem but searching online was no help on this one. Since I'm starting to submit a few of my better works to ensembles and maybe a competition or two, I've…Continue

 

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MM Coston replied to Ivyree Rosario's discussion "The Sound Of Your Warmth" Demo
"There are a number of things I like about this piece such as the way the music unfolds and then morphs just enough to keep it interesting. I also like the mood. Usually when I listen to music my overactive imagination fills in parts that…"
18 hours ago
MM Coston replied to Marc Eugene Farmer's discussion Kinda Happy- Suggestions/Critique Request
"I like it overall. I agree with Keith, it was a little disappointing when the percussion dropped out, I kept expecting an occasional accent. I also agree that adding a low end would be nice.   I didn't find the end of that section wimpy.…"
yesterday
Ivyree Rosario replied to MM Coston's discussion Cloud Shrouded Dawn
"So lovely! Gives me a sense of peace; it's like waking up on a gray sky morning, feeling the cold breeze on your clothes and watching the clouds go slowly with a bit of silver lining from the sunrise. Thank you for this wonderful piece."
yesterday
Tim Marko replied to MM Coston's discussion Cloud Shrouded Dawn
"m28 is perfect!  That's exactly how it should look in a 3+2 grouping. Producing a proper score is an art form in itself.  I still struggle with it and every time I think I know something, I find other alternatives.  Just as…"
yesterday
MM Coston replied to MM Coston's discussion Cloud Shrouded Dawn
"Thank you so much, Tim. I think I understand now. I've edited the score so that every 1 and 4 beat is showing since the measure split is 3-2. I ran into a little problem with measure 28 so I elected to split the quarter rest into 2 eighth rests…"
yesterday
Tim Marko replied to MM Coston's discussion Cloud Shrouded Dawn
"OK, here goes.  (Forgive the anticipated length.)  I've attached a pdf of some examples and will try to talk you through them. rhythym%20sheet.pdf Divisions in rhythm can be looked at as groupings of 2, 3 or 4.  2 and 4 are…"
Sunday
Tim Marko replied to MM Coston's discussion Cloud Shrouded Dawn
"Much nicer looking!  2 small nits; bar lines should match the brackets, single line for fl, eh and bsn, single line for vcs.  Rehearsal marks don't need to start at the beginning.  Move A to where you have B etc.  The…"
Sunday
MM Coston replied to MM Coston's discussion Cloud Shrouded Dawn
"Thank you, Tim for taking the time to provide the notation example and explanation. I've attempted to fix the score to adhere to those rules. Most of them make sense except the major subdivision. I have, perhaps mistakenly, inferred from the…"
Sunday
Tim Marko replied to MM Coston's discussion Cloud Shrouded Dawn
"Funny,  I don't even bother putting back on the bookcase, just leave it here next to me! Saves steps lol."
Saturday
Julie Harris replied to MM Coston's discussion Cloud Shrouded Dawn
"Thanks for the link to the Indiana Style Guide, Tim.  That is so interesting! I always use Gould as my final reference.  I get my exercise lugging that book back and forth from the bookcase.  For those of you who might not know who…"
Saturday
Tim Marko replied to MM Coston's discussion Cloud Shrouded Dawn
"Indiana Style Guide"
Saturday
Tim Marko replied to MM Coston's discussion Cloud Shrouded Dawn
"Thanks Julie, I agree that the style and format of title pages are subject to publisher nuance, but I do think they are important.  As I said, I would never present a work for consideration without one.  Not so for posting to a forum. I…"
Saturday
Julie Harris replied to MM Coston's discussion Cloud Shrouded Dawn
"Good calls on most of the notation topics, Tim.  The one that competition judges jump on most frequently is "showing the beat division".  So, yes, 5/4 time should be divided as 3+2 or 2+3, but rarely 4+1 or 1+4.  It's…"
Saturday
Tim Marko replied to MM Coston's discussion Cloud Shrouded Dawn
"MM, This has improved greatly since your original post.  Good for you! Since you questioned in your other post regarding notation, I hope you don't mind, but I took the liberty of doing some quick edits to your score to show you some of…"
Friday
MM Coston replied to MM Coston's discussion Cloud Shrouded Dawn
"Thank you, Julie and yes, you may.  Your pages are enlightening and helpful. Thank you for sharing them. The outline was something of a game changer. The problem hadn't been a lack of vision for the piece but rather that I kept changing my…"
Friday
Dave Dexter replied to MM Coston's discussion Questions about polishing a score...
"Exactly! I wanted to get away from it and focus on notation, the original point, which I was trying to help out with. Anyway, this isn't helping, delete if you wish."
Thursday

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Chamber Ensembles
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Georgia
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I am a self-taught amateur composer who has been writing scores since late 2016 as a vehicle to develop my own style and theory for chamber music compositions. My music is often, but not always, what I call "hyper-melodic" which is polyphonic to the point that any underlying chord progressions are actually another melody. I also often use untraditional cadences, harmonies, and a form I invented called "Dramatique" which features multiple movements with untraditional key changes or other key elements such as instrumentation.

I am inspired by the history of music theory, ethnic music and historical or archeologically discovered scales.

Because my music is not the textbook variety, I think that the way to further my music and style is to get feedback from other composers. This is also important because since I wrote the complex pieces, I know what parts to listen to which makes the piece coherent. However, for someone who hasn't heard the music, it may not sound so great. So far only a couple non-musical friends have said the music is pretty... which doesn't really give me anything to work with.
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