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A piano solo accompanied (eventually) by a strings section (violin, viola, and cello) and French horn.
Grade Level: 11
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Other
Instrumentation: Piano (at the moment)
Key: Ab Major
Meter Signature: 6/8
Tempo: Dotted quarter = 120
Status: Work in Progress
File 1: application/octet-streamDownload


#8 Travis Ramsey 2017-04-04 21:20
Hi Bella,

I hope that you enjoyed the process of writing and revising with music-comp. Even though your piece wasn't selected for Opus I hope you'll keep composing!

#7 Travis Ramsey 2017-03-21 20:43
Hi Bella,

I haven't heard from you in a while. So this is just a friendly reminder that the Opus deadline is next Thursday. Is there anything else I can help you with?

#6 Travis Ramsey 2017-02-23 19:44
Hi Bella, Great news! I found your file in the shared folder, the XML downloaded without any problem, and it opened on the first try in MuseScore. So that was awesome. Better news, your piece is really wonderful. I appreciate the attention you paid to using the "just right" amount of repetition, the way you began with simple chords and progressions and branched further out the farther into the piece you got, and the break from the "moto perpetuo" 6/8 piano chugging along into a new second theme. Bravo!
A few suggestions as you keep working::
1. I think that the chord in measure 63 is actually a C-flat major chord, but it looks like you wrote it with a B-natural in the bass. It could also be that you wrote it with a C-flat and all the exporting and importing changed it back to a B...
Next suggestion: I agree with you that the very opening of the piece is in a 6/8 feel, but more and more as you develop your material I hear 3/4 emerge. This is confirmed by your second theme, which is in 4/4, and reinforces the idea that there are three 8ths per beat, not two.
An inspiration: do you know this Bach piece? Your measure 97 reminds me of it and I think you should mine his work for ideas. Pay special attention to when he uses an arpeggio and when he uses non-chord tones. It's even in the same key!

Any questions I can answer about your work as we go? And remember, please post a new file with the date formatted like Matt suggested so that I will know where to look next time. Well done!
#5 Bella Lopez 2017-02-23 10:19
I was having some issues exporting the piece -- but I have it all figured out now and sharing will be much easier. Thanks so much!

Let me know if there are any issues,
#4 Travis Ramsey 2017-02-22 21:30
Hi Bella,

Is the shared folder working for you? I have access to it, but I don't see any files yet. In case I didn't mention it, I'm happy to work in museScore.
#3 Travis Ramsey 2017-02-19 11:39
Hi again Bella,

I have access to the shared folder that Matt created for us. Could you upload your work there in MuseScore so we can get started?


#2 Travis Ramsey 2017-02-16 20:05
Hi Bella, I'm Travis and I'll be your mentor. I have downloaded your file, but unfortunately I can't do anything with it because I don't have Sibelius (I have Finale). But not to worry - if you export the file as an XML file I should be able to make that work. Is that something you can figure out how to do?
#1 Bella Lopez 2017-02-09 11:08
I would love to use musescore for this -- my band teacher was nice enough to save it through Sibelius, but if you have any tips on how to export musescore to be compatible for submision, I would love to know.

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