Kevin Keating replied to Jonathan Davis's discussion Julianna's Theme - Romantic Piano/Orchestral
"Loved this. I agree on the balance issue. For some reason, especially around 1:30 - 1:50, the vast expansive scene to me feels like it's showing me a Sahara Desert scene. Can't explain why, but it just does. Excellent work. Please finish it."
Jan 12, 2013
Jana Cole replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Books on theory and composition
"For 4-part writing, I like to look at Bach's chorales."
Dec 27, 2012
Jana Cole replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Books on theory and composition
"I studied a book of Palestrina motets years ago that was very helpful:
Ten Four-Part Motets for the Church's Year (Edited and Translated by Alec Harman, Oxford University Press 1964)
 
Also, this for sure:
The String Quartets of Bela Bartok (Boosey…"
Dec 27, 2012
Kevin Keating replied to arcadesonfire's discussion Affordable/free user-friendly composing software?
"I use MuseScore too. I like it."
Dec 25, 2012
Kevin Keating replied to Jon Brantingham's discussion Orchestral Work in Eb Major
"Very nice. I particularly like the adagio first 3 minutes. The beginning of the transition is ok, but as Bob said, I'm not sure if both pieces go together without some development. I like the abrupt changes in dynamics in the allegretto. I liked…"
Dec 16, 2012
Michael Edwards replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Confused as to how to determine key.
"     I'm sure there are plenty of textbooks and even web sites that go into this stuff - so you don't need to go back to school to learn more about it.  I taught myself most of this more theoretical stuff - never really set out to: it just sort of…"
Dec 15, 2012
Kevin Keating replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Confused as to how to determine key.
"Thanks guys. Really wish I could go back to school and study this stuff. I'm finding that the same piece can be viewed or composed differently depending on the composer's take on it. For me, every time a question is answered it presents at least one…"
Dec 15, 2012
Greg Brus replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Confused as to how to determine key.
"Kevin Keating said:
Thanks Greg. So if I understand Locrian mode corectly as having a lowered 2 & 5, then Bb & Eb are both part of the Am Locrian scale since B is 2 & E is 5. However, you called it "A" Locrian and not "Am" Locrian.






I called it…"
Dec 15, 2012
Michael Edwards replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Confused as to how to determine key.
"     When I posted above, I was purely guessing, based on the given information and not having seen the score.  Having seen it now, I can be more definite.  Forget my guess about passing through G minor, which was suggested by Eb and F# being…"
Dec 15, 2012
Kevin Keating replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Confused as to how to determine key.
"Ok thanks. I'll just leave it as is."
Dec 15, 2012
Dust Composer (Ronald Hutasuhut) replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Confused as to how to determine key.
"It's using E in Am and Em chords; there's only one Eb note at b27. It's more like Am with chromatic notes, Bb and Eb. If Bb is considered as legit note, then it would be C mixolydian scale. "
Dec 15, 2012
Kevin Keating replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Confused as to how to determine key.
"Thanks Greg. So if I understand Locrian mode corectly as having a lowered 2 & 5, then Bb & Eb are both part of the Am Locrian scale since B is 2 & E is 5. However, you called it "A" Locrian and not "Am" Locrian. In A the 2 & 5 are also B & E which…"
Dec 14, 2012
Greg Brus replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Confused as to how to determine key.
"It's pretty much A Locrian. A, because the Am chord is the central one and anyone can hear that, and Locrian because the Bb isn't an alteration, it's a legit note in the scale."
Dec 14, 2012
Dust Composer (Ronald Hutasuhut) replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Confused as to how to determine key.
"Ya Kevin, it'll do. I played it with piano, sounds good to me.  "
Dec 14, 2012
Kevin Keating replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Confused as to how to determine key.
"Here's the pdf. I think it's ok as written in Am.Theme For A November Night.pdf"
Dec 14, 2012
Father Jason Emerson replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Books on theory and composition
"I like Kent Kennan's text Counterpoint. It's not too thick, but very solid. His Trumpet Sonata is a great mid 20th Century Sonata as well. Plus, you can't go wrong studying Mahler's scores over and over. I would start with the fourth movement of his…"
Dec 12, 2012
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