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Kiki-Opus 33

Composer Name: Kiara Kirkland
So far my piece is written for piano and voice. It is a call and response with the piano doing the call and the voice doing the response. This is my first composition. I would like and any and all feedback. Thanks!
Grade Level: 3
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Piano and voice
Key: C
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 120
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title
Located in: Opus 33 Grades 2-5


#4 Kiara Kirkland 2018-02-22 14:35
Hi Matt!

I've done a lot since I've last replied! I decided to have a 2-bar phrase that repeats twice with a du-di-de-di in it (sixteenth notes) for the marimba. For bars 5-8 i decided to have the marimba be the melody and the piano be the accompaniment.


#3 Matthew LaRocca 2018-02-09 07:00
Hi Kiki!

I love the change! I think it will pair so nicely with the piano, and be a lot of fun.

They sound great together, and I like the addition of the left hand to the piano part.

I would suggest that you change the marimba part so it's not the same each bar. They love playing faster too, so putting in some eighth notes could be really nice. But in general, you don't need to repeat thing exactly...switc h them up a little bit to keep everyone on their toes!

I think a call and response leading up to a big ending where the instruments are playing together is a wonderful and well thought plan. It gives you a good direction for proceeding with your music. You're doing great, so just keep going!

#2 Kiara Kirkland 2018-02-08 14:42
Hi Matt,

Thanks for the feedback!. I changed the voices to marimba because I didn't want to write lyrics. I started adding some left hand parts for the piano. I think I want everyone to play together in the next four measure. I'm going to try to make something up that everyone can play the same notes at the same time. Then I think I will do a different call and response. Should it end with the instruments playing together or not? Any other things I need think about?

#1 Matthew LaRocca 2018-02-07 08:39
Hello Kiki!

My name is Matt, and I'll be working with you on this Opus. I'm so excited that you're writing with Music-COMP, and I love what you've got so far.

You've got a nice plan for your music, and at this point I'll ask a few questions.

1. What words are you going to use for the voice? That's really important. What ideas do you have?

2. Will you be using the left hand of the piano at all?

3. Will the piano and the voice ever be playing together?

Give these some thought as you keep writing - especially what the voice will be saying. And have fun with it! Try sining words to your notes as they play over noteflight. This will help you figure out what sounds good and works well for you.

Happy composing, and let me know if you have any questions!


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