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Title: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on June 12, 2016, 05:45:39 AM
I've got tens of compositions (and transcriptions and arrangements) stocked up, so I'll slowly be publishing them on Musescore. You can listen to my works on Musescore's website (the audio will not be mastered there). I will not be publishing my pieces in order of composition. If enough of you request downloadable files, I'll start stocking up my Google Drive.

Very nearly all my pieces are for solo piano--it's at the point where I have piano versions of songs I eventually want to transcribe for bands.

Compositions on Musescore
https://musescore.com/user/9996931/sets/2213611

Classical
Marche-Sonate
It's a march, complete with repeats. Wait...no...why isn't it going into a trio? No! Noooooo! It's actually a sonata-allegro! ...That really sounds like a march.

Little March
Switch from Marche-Sonate at the correct time to this song, then back, and--all of a sudden--the combined songs really are a march!

Scherzo Infernale
A blazing fast standalone scherzo and trio, this is rather heavily influenced by Alkan's Scherzo Diabolico.

Out of Strife (Comes Hope)
As seen in its subtitle, this march is strongly influenced by Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance marches, particularly his 3rd such march. But unlike that march, Out of Strife (Comes Hope) ends victoriously!
Despite being subtitled as a piano solo version, no other arrangements of this piece currently exist.

Fire and Ice Polka
Composed in the style of the Strauss family's polka(-schnell)s, this polka(-schnell) aims to be a crowd-pleaser.

Trumpet Exercise
...This is more here for the sake of completion than anything, but this exercise to improve trumpet embouchure (without changing fingering) is one of my first attempts to write for instruments other than the piano.

Bad-Tempered Dances
One of my earlier pieces, this bad-tempered rondo contains a series of dances.

Bell Carol
Named because of its resemblance to fast renditions of Carol of the Bells, this is one of the earliest pieces I composed. The central section is significantly slower than the flanking sections, though.

Piano Sonata in D Minor ("Piecemeal")
Spoiler
Movement 1: Inexorable
  • Musescore: https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2456601
The weightiest of the four movements and the latest to be composed, this sonata-allegro is more than 9 minutes long counting repeats. It is stern and, while turning towards happiness, inexorably marches to its doom.

Movement 2: Rondo Oscuro
  • Musescore: https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2453651
The first movement to be composed--and the only one I ever publicly performed--this rondo emerges from the shadows with a simple first theme and explores various other moods.

Movement 3
  • Musescore: https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2453661
This is a simple, old-fashioned minuet with a rollicking trio.

Movement 4: Tribute
  • Musescore: https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2456391
This sonata-allegro is actually a tribute to Super Paper Mario. While not actually using any of its music (as I had not listened to the soundtrack at the time), it contains leitmotifs for several important characters and roughly outlines the plot of the game.
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Etude in D Minor ("Eil Ton")
This colourful piano etude depicts tumultuously flying over crashing waves. Practice your arpeggios and chords at once with this etude!

Sonatina in C Major ("Pastorale")
Another of my earliest pieces, this is soothing and cheerful fare.

Sonatina in F Major ("Classical")
If you're into thoroughly classical music, this typical sonata-allegro is for you. This is one of my earlier works.

Piano Sonata in E Minor ("Scherzando") (Unfinished)
Spoiler
Movement 1
  • Musescore: https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2502811
This is an aggressive, scherzo-like sonata-allegro. It starts with a jolt to attention--stark chords, followed by a daring flurry of ascending notes. Perhaps its second theme group, which initially appears in G major, is the call of the Wild Hunt. The Wild Hunt takes an even darker turn by the end of this piece.

Movement 3
  • Musescore: https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2502741
This scherzo and trio is affable and genial.
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Suite in E Flat (Unfinished)
Spoiler
Movement 2: Hidden Royal
  • Musescore: https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2527171
With many mood changes, this sonata-allegro depicts the story of a prince who attempts to explore his kingdom incognito, only to see his royal status exposed in front of everyone, including the lover he had met on one of his incognito trips. Eventually, he accepts both his royal duties and his strong desire for freedom (the reason he tried exploring incognito in the first place).

Movement 3: Chargers
  • Musescore: https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2527001
Depicting the wild rides of a knight and his companion fairy, this is a rough scherzo with a sprightly trio.
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Kids On the Monkey Bars
This experimental piece depicts children singing (badly) as they play on the monkey bars.

Piano Sonata in F Major ("Cosmos") (Unfinished)
Spoiler
Movement 1: Sun
  • Musescore: https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2552556
This enthusiastic sonata-allegro depicts the sun.

Movement 3: Stars
  • Musescore: https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2552486
This fleet-footed scherzo and double trio depicts the stars.
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Funeral March No. 1 in B Flat Minor
This is a stark and tortured funeral march with a lyrical, slightly troubled trio.

Angry Dance
More of a dance excerpt than anything else, this angry dance is the result of accepting a challenge to compose something with exactly 100 notes in it.

Song Without Words No. 1
Like Felix Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, this is a short, song-like piano piece. Its genial melodies are reminiscent of Christmas carols.

King Thrushbeard
Composed for a contest in https://musescore.com/groups/soloinstrumentchampionships/discuss/2653921, this piece for solo bass clarinet depicts the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of King Thrushbeard.

Tarantella No. 1 in C Minor
This snappy tarantella in sonata-rondo form constantly plays with its sense of key.

March of the Empire
Depicting an evil empire and a rebel force that hopes to beat it, this march boasts impressive power and emotional range, but it should be within reach of intermediate to early advanced pianists.

The Abyss
Yet another of my earliest pieces, this brief tone poem depicts the calm of the deep sea.

A Sonata-Allegro in Under 2 Minutes
Exactly as advertised, this especially swift and terse piece fits an entire sonata-allegro in less than 2 minutes, including repeats.

Rocket Piece No. 1
One of my earliest pieces, this sonatina starts off with a Mannheim rocket theme and is paired with Rocket Piece No. 2.

Rocket Piece No. 2
One of my earliest pieces, this rondo starts off with a Mannheim rocket theme and is paired with Rocket Piece No. 1.

Etude-Coronation March in G Major
This coronation march of a piano etude focuses on beat subdivision.

Going Distances Polka
This quick, snappy polka covers a lot of ground in less than 2 minutes.

On This Side of Death's Shores
This is the result of accepting a challenge to write a non-WIP piece in 10 minutes or less, this time with a custom soundfont. This piece sounds particularly good on mellow pianos and worse on bright pianos.

Concert Band & Marching Band
Percussive March
An unorthodox march in rondo form, this march is strongly reminiscent of 20th-21st-century concert band music...and ends up near-quoting 2 too many other works, IMO.
Despite being subtitled as a piano transcription, the concert band version of this piece currently does not exist.

Daring March
Another unorthodox--perhaps daring--march, this is in unconventional instrumentation and not-quite-conventional form.

Ragtime
Improv Rag
The first rag I ever composed (but the second I ever published), this is strongly influenced by Joplin's famous rags. ...Except for the fourth strain, which is strongly influenced by tap dance music and "This Land Is Your Land".

(Mottled) Penny Rag
The second rag I ever composed, this starts off sounding like silent film music but broadens emotionally as it progresses. Eventually, it returns to the first strain, but by then, it is broken and forever changed.

Unseelie Rag
The third rag I ever composed, this evokes images of daring, mischievous, even malicious fairies. Its incredibly fast passagework reveals influences from both Felix Mendelssohn and George Gershwin.

D-Reamy D-Rag
A slow drag, the influences on this rag are less clear than in several of my other rags...except in the third strain, which sounds like tangos and flamenco music.

The Other Ragtime March
What do you get when you cross a rag and a march? This!

Sonata-Rag
What do you get when you cross a rag and a sonata-allegro? This!

Alien Briar Rag
Beware: this rag is full of bizarre, striking, and utterly alien chord progressions.

Simplicity Rag
An easy rag for relative beginners, this is meant to be sight-readable at full speed.

Seelie Rag
Perhaps evoking images of considerate, reasonable fairies, this rag also involves incredibly fast passagework--this time in a highly jazz-like manner.

Alpha Bravo Foxtrot
This swift foxtrot conjures a slightly military atmosphere, and it even attempts to strafe the listener at one point.

Ragtime Evening
A purposeful return to old-style, Scott Joplin-like rags, this piece is a serenade of a rag.

Jazz
Took 5 to the Wing
The first full jazz piece I ever composed (but nowhere near close to the first I ever made themes for), this is rather like an improvisation on the chord progression that Ridley and Meta Knight's themes share in the style of the Dave Brubeck Quartet's "Take Five".

Relaxing Jazz
This is the result of a challenge to write a non-WIP "relaxing" piece in 31 minutes or less. It uses an unorthodox-for-jazz set-up of electric piano, trumpet, alto saxophone, and especially cello.

Rock/Metal (Includes Crossovers)
It's Only Us Together
Rock? Pop? Latin? Does this song even care what genre it's in? It struts and sways around exotic harmonies and rollicking rhythms regardless.

Toccata No. 1 in E Minor ("Alla Metal")
Beware: as a classical-metal crossover piece, this is pretty unpleasant-sounding, especially if you're not used to listening to heavy metal.

Regressive Form
The "Regressive Form" in the title is sonata-allegro form, but that's the only thing that's classical about this heavy metal piece.

Drum Solo Time!
This is the result of accepting a challenge to write a non-WIP "original" piece in 10 minutes or less. Premise-wise, think of the drummer of a Dream Theater-like band having a little time to improvise.

Avant-Garde Sonata-Allegro
This sonata-allegro is so avant-garde that its first theme group is atonal (well, because it's for solo drum kit), yet its second theme group is not (blame the glockenspiel). It has the mixed meters, key shifts, and drum kit use of progressive rock, but perhaps not much else.

Video Game Music Loops (With Special OST Endings)
Thunder On Boss (Boss Theme)
A generic boss theme for a hypothetical video game that does not (yet) exist, this is sure to fire up all player characters in-game! (Final, bonus, and special semi-final boss themes I compose will convey some of the personality of the boss.) Bars 79-111 (everything after the repeat) are the OST-only ending.
Despite being subtitled as a piano transcription, no other arrangements of this piece currently exist.

Theme of the Light Warrior (Special Boss Theme)
A special boss theme for a fan character I made, this is the first video game theme I ever composed, which is why it sounds like classical music. Bars 45-72 (everything after the repeat) are the OST-only ending.
Despite being subtitled as a piano transcription, no other arrangements of this piece currently exist.

Out and About (Overworld Theme)
A first/Level 1 overworld theme for a hypothetical video game that does not (yet) exist, this march-like theme goes for a grand, orchestral feel. Bars 61-93 (everything after the repeat) are the OST-only ending.
Despite being subtitled as a piano transcription, no other arrangements of this piece currently exist.

Fraught Forest (Special Level Theme)
This is a dark forest level theme for a hypothetical video game that does not yet exist. This forest is supposed to make you feel tense, uneasy, and agitated.
Despite being subtitled as a piano transcription, no other arrangements of this piece currently exist.

10 Minutes' Worth of Stressful Racetrack (Racetrack Theme)
This is the result of accepting a challenge to write a non-WIP piece in 10 minutes or less. This is in the style of a racetrack theme from a F-Zero-like video game. ...Yeah, I wasn't able to write any harmonies or a proper OST-only ending in the time provided.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: BlackDragonSlayer on June 12, 2016, 08:33:21 AM
(Mottled) Penny Rag
  • Musescore: https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2213561 (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2213561)
The second rag I ever composed, this starts off sounding like silent film music but broadens emotionally as it progresses. Eventually, it returns to the first strain, but by then, it is broken and forever changed.
Ooooh; that was quite an exciting adventure! I like it!
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on June 19, 2016, 04:32:23 AM
Here goes...my first published VGM loop! ...For video games that don't exist.

Thunder On Boss is an exciting, aggressive generic boss theme. You can listen to it and view the sheet music here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2297126)! Downloadable content available in Google Drive upon request.

EDIT: I just released It's Only Us Together here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2301611)! While I'm uncertain about whether this is actually a rock song, and the melody is pretty much unsingable as-is (I cannot hit the highest note in Bar 77 and can barely hit the highest note in Bar 76, but I can hit all the highest notes in the first several bars, and those go lower than Low C), I find it pretty hard to NOT start sashaying to the song.

EDIT June 20, 2016: Just released Marche-Sonate, and you can view and listen to it here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2305641)! One of my prime examples of musical humour, it convinces listeners that it's a regular march, then reveals that it's actually a classical sonata-allegro.
Also just released Scherzo Infernale here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2305971) and the march Out of Strife (Comes Hope) here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2306021)!
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on June 24, 2016, 08:13:20 AM
I've finally released the first rag I ever composed--the Improv Rag, which you can listen to and view here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2317231)!
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: daj on June 24, 2016, 09:45:57 AM
Whoa! Didn't expect to hear what I heard.

Just took a listen to the Thunder on Boss and Improv Rag! It was a just-for-funsies thing, but there's so much substance in those two little works that I'm going to do a proper review!...after this nap. You interrupted my nap plans with good music, haiz.

I will say three things though! ^^

Your harmonies and your structural ideas are very Beethoven-esque. I will definitely elaborate more on that, but I think it's really cool haha.

You play with chromaticism really well. The Thunder on Boss is full of awesome examples. Once again more on this in the full reviews.

Um, the only thing I would criticise is the texture. You love thick chords, and I kinda began writing pieces that way too. But learn a bit of four-part writing, try a few more pieces, and suddenly you might realise that you can't throw in too many notes in an instant, especially if they're close together, and more so if they're lower in the reigster.

But these are creative tracks that deserve listening, so many wows and thanks for the music! Be back soon~
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on June 30, 2016, 06:01:08 AM
Looking forward to your full review, dajwxp!

In the meantime, I've published my Fire and Ice Polka, which you can view and listen to here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2339566)! IMO, it is not one of my better pieces, though...
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Pianist Da Sootopolis on June 30, 2016, 07:33:03 AM
Listening to the Scherzo atm.
Meh... Repetitive, loud and harsh, and without any particular melody... Sorry, but I'm not feeling this one, especially the middle section.
It's only us together is pretty neat.
The Marche-Sonate isn't bad, but IMO it (along with much of your work) suffers from too much texture, which, aside from being unpianistic, ends up sounding muddy by itself (to say nothing of sustain pedal use).
Idk, maybe I'm just incredibly salty rn, lol.

Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: daj on July 01, 2016, 02:38:21 AM
Video Game Music Loops (With Special OST Endings)
Thunder On Boss (Boss Theme)
  • Musescore (Piano Transcription): https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2297126
A generic boss theme for a hypothetical video game that does not (yet) exist, this is sure to fire up all player characters in-game! (Final, bonus, and special sub-final boss themes I compose will convey some of the personality of the boss.) Bars 79-111 (everything after the repeat) are the OST-only ending.
Despite being subtitled as a piano transcription, no other arrangements of this piece currently exist.

proper review!~

Dekkadeci - Thunder on Boss
hmm, interesting name.

b. 1 to b. 16 starts the piece off fantastically. You've got the textural contrast, which is awesome - but more importantly, you introduced the theme (I'll call it 'A') right away, you repeated it exactly with more rhythmic soundness and intensity, and it worked. The transition at bb. 16 comes at a pleasant surprise too ^^

b. 17 to b. 20 just works. Hypermeter and metric displacement and all, but to heck with it - it sounds amazing. You've created lots of textural contrasts, killing the stability of the music and making it an extremely effective transition to the main section.

The main section from b. 21 to b. 36 (I'll call it 'B') has a nice and catchy melody and a nice, simple harmonic progression! But it's also here that things start getting muddy - reason being that you use textural contrast for emphasis instead of the more traditional accents...and it kinda works. In an electronic boss theme you can tweak the frequencies a lot and have an insane bass riff in tandem with the bass line. But in a piano part it's a lot less effective. Low notes in the register you chose are...muddy. You don't get the same rhythmic drive if you take them out, but you lose a lot of the mud. Eh, your call here.

Oh, cool harmonies at b. 35 to b. 36 btw! Unstable harmonies make for good transitions ^^

Breakdown at b. 37! I liked it a lot at first. Textural contrast is nice. Buuuut I think you could have left the octaves out and stayed with single notes. Because, you know, mud. It's way too thick down there for a breakdown section, aaaand when you start throwing in triads around b. 39 the break loses its effect.

I'm completely in agreement with your Beethoven harmony at b. 43 to b. 46, but I think the semiquavers...don't really sink in. Not too sure why. Think it kills the tension you were building.

b. 47 to b. 62 bother me a little...because there's not a very strong sense of phrasing/musical progression. I haven't studied the theory enough to describe this well, but I think you give us listeners too many false climaxes. The dominant A major chord carries along some expectations (to resolve to the tonic) to it, and when you don't deliver that time after time in such a short segment of the music, it kinda serves as the ultimate killjoy. It's like denying an orgasm, as an old conductor I once worked with liked to say. The part from b. 59 to b. 62 was a little cringy, hehe. I see the German 6th at b. 62, buuuut you let the music resolve to the VI chord for way too long. It felt weird. Haha.

b. 63 to b. 70 though, are really good. Harmonic instability all the way to the ic - V - i cadence. Good use of chromaticism (Beethoven would be proud), fantastic use of rhythmic variation (the triplets work), and a very smooth return to the A section.

We have a repeat here~

Return to the extension of the A theme, cross the repeat for the second time, and we reach a familiar section at b. 87  to b. 94. This one works really well. Once again, good use of chromaticism - I won't analyse all the chords, but you played with harmonic tension really well. The best surprise came at the end of this phrase - you started out really strong, you never really gave us a resolution until the end, but at the end you cut the tension. It transitions to a "soft" coda nicely.

The ending is...okay. I would have preferred something much bigger, because you never really brought back the thickness of the B section in the coda and the ending sounds smaller than the middle section. I guess it's okay to have a not-so-good ending, because a VGM loop wouldn't really need an ending...but heck.

Overall, great, creative work! Some work on the textural side, check out your phrasing a bit, and you have something pretty nice ^^



Listening to the Scherzo atm.
Meh... Repetitive, loud and harsh, and without any particular melody... Sorry, but I'm not feeling this one, especially the middle section.

The Marche-Sonate isn't bad, but IMO it (along with much of your work) suffers from too much texture, which, aside from being unpianistic, ends up sounding muddy by itself (to say nothing of sustain pedal use).

Since it's appropriate, I thought I'd just bring in PDS' comment ^^

Yes, absolutely. I took a listen to the Scherzo and the Marche-Sonate, took some comparisons with the Thunder, and I thought, "hmm, mud."

Texture! It's okay to have really thick passages, but you may want to consider a pretty simple move - drop some notes here and there for better contrast. You'll pick up a bunch of skills that help you mold musical texture to your will at some point...but for now, do consider that notion. It's kinda funny, because when I first started writing my composition teacher bashed me (really hard, btw) for too much texture, and I was like, "hah, screw you" buuut after a bunch of self-listenings and whatsoever I decided to cut some notes. He was kinda right. Hng.

...Okay, he was right. Frikkin' hell.

It's a little problem in the Thunder too, though less so because you did make some nice contrasts in between sections. I think the reason why you want large chords - if I may make a quick assumption - is that you want intensity. Texture was a pretty fun way to create intensity when I first started too, hehe. But over time you might realise why it doesn't work, and believe me - there are so many other subtle ways to do it. So yeah, don't mind the bashing for now; we all love you! But do explore a little.

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Idk, maybe I'm just incredibly salty rn, lol.

ahaha aren't we all sometimes
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on July 11, 2016, 06:11:09 AM
In reflection, Thunder on Boss was composed in a metal style, and I was definitely improvising sections and sticking them together. I'm actually not that fond of what dajwxp calls the B section because I think it sounds too much like Bravely Default's "That Person's Name Is".

I published two more pieces today, and they're definitely for different audiences.

The Little March here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2380451) is a companion piece to the Marche-Sonate and is meant to be the theoretical trio for the older piece's first theme. While using the same tempo, time signature, and tonic, it contrasts in style.

Toccata No. 1 in E Minor here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2380481) is labelled ("Alla Metal") for a reason--it's a crossover between classical and metal. Unless you're into harsh-sounding metal, I think it'll be one of the most dissonant and unpleasant songs I'll ever compose.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on July 16, 2016, 06:46:42 AM
I published another video game theme today! This time, it's for a fan character of mine, and you can listen to it and read more about the character here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2398231).
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on July 18, 2016, 03:33:16 AM
I published my first slow drag today--D-Reamy D-Rag, which you can listen to and view here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2405301)!

EDIT: I guess I may as well mention that I've written a piece for an instrument other than the piano: the trumpet. Beware: as this (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2427951) is an exercise to improve trumpet embouchure, and trumpet players should play it without changing their fingering at all, it basically has only trumpet C's, E's, and G's in it.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on July 28, 2016, 05:50:47 AM
I'm starting to publish some of my earlier pieces (ones I completed years ago), and one such piece is Bad-Tempered Dances, which you can listen to here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2439576). I personally find it slightly repetitive, but your opinion may vary...
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on August 02, 2016, 12:07:28 AM
Another of my earlier pieces (although I revised it today just before publishing it) is my first complete piano sonata, "Piecemeal". You can see all its movements here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/sets/2456606) and read about the movements in the OP.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on August 04, 2016, 06:02:53 AM
Yet another earlier piece (I'll publish my more recent pieces soon, I promise) is my Etude in D Minor ("Eil Ton") here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2464681). While the piece is filled with arpeggios and chords, it aims to keep listeners' interest by evoking imagery of crashing waves.

EDIT: Here's a more recent piece of mine--Out and About, an overworld theme you can view and listen to here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2468376)! ...Sigh, the video game for and orchestral version of this piece still don't exist...
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on August 08, 2016, 12:46:32 AM
The earlier piece publishing spree continues with one of my earliest pieces, Bell Carol. Resembling a sped-up rendition of Carol of the Bells, you can view and listen to it here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2477306).
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on August 09, 2016, 05:30:30 AM
I'm putting this in a separate post to notify you all: I like messing around with established musical forms, including fusing two forms together.

The Other Ragtime March is one such fusion of musical forms, where I blend march form and ragtime texture (and arguably form, as rag forms are influenced by march forms). You can view and listen to it here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2485106).

EDIT: I published two of my pieces today--one earlier piece and one later piece. The Sonatina in C Major ("Pastorale") here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2492551) is the earlier piece, while Fraught Forest (Special Level Theme) here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2492166) is the later piece. Fraught Forest is a dark forest level theme that you can rearrange and put in your game if you want.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on August 12, 2016, 03:53:33 AM
I published another earlier piece today--the Sonatina in F Major ("Classical") here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2495911), for all your "sounds-just-like-composers-from-the-Classical-period" needs.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on August 14, 2016, 12:08:32 AM
Yet another of my earlier pieces is one of my incomplete piano sonatas, "Scherzando". You can see all its complete movements here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/sets/2502886) and read about the movements in the OP.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on August 16, 2016, 06:02:18 AM
Finally, another piece that isn't for solo piano! The Daring March is here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2511606) and is in unconventional instrumentation for a march! ...Yeah, a complete lack of percussion parts makes this sound less like a march than it could.

...Oh yeah, it's also one of my earlier pieces (though one I've revised).
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on August 18, 2016, 06:04:00 AM
Another fusion of musical forms I've composed is the Sonata-Rag here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2518551)! This time, it's a rag in sonata-allegro form, complete with ragtime's relentlessly repeated sections and the sonata-allegro's use of development.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on August 20, 2016, 11:34:56 PM
Still another of my earlier pieces is an incomplete piano suite, the Suite in E Flat. You can see all its complete movements here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/sets/2527021) and read about the movements in the OP.

EDIT: I've published one of my most experimental pieces today--Kids On the Monkey Bars here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2535411)! Normally, my sense of tonality isn't that fuzzy, but the kids are bad at singing...
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on August 27, 2016, 11:22:55 PM
Still another of my earlier pieces is an incomplete piano sonata, "Cosmos". You can see all its complete movements here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/sets/2552571) and read about the movements in the OP.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on August 30, 2016, 02:53:52 AM
I don't just compose fast songs--this (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2561156) is a funeral march I've published today! It's in B flat minor.

EDIT: If you actually want more dissonant and unpleasant-sounding music from me, I've published the Alien Briar Rag today here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2572776)!
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on September 12, 2016, 03:03:30 AM
Want another atypical rag? The Unseelie Rag here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2612441) is an atypically fast rag!

...Want to hear what I can do with exactly 100 notes? Listen to the Angry Dance here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2628521)! It's very short, though...
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: NocturneOfShadow on September 12, 2016, 03:30:31 AM
HEATHEN
THOU SHALT PLAY RAGTIME AT 80 BPM AND NO MORE
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Pianist Da Sootopolis on September 12, 2016, 03:57:22 AM
I'm sensing a lot of inspiration from Beethoven's Op. 26 on the funeral march.
IMO, it's one of the few pieces of yours that your very heavy writing style works well for. Nicely done :)
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on September 27, 2016, 03:00:29 AM
If you want to hear me try out composing song-like pieces, the Song Without Words No. 1 here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2673851) isn't a bad start!
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Oronoco on September 27, 2016, 04:54:13 AM
I see what you mean when you say it reminds you of Christmas. It's so festive, and I can see all sorts of people in fuzzy coats at a shopping mall in December looking in all the windows for Christmas presents.

It's really nice to wrap up something that you've had in your head for a long time, isn't it?
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Pianist Da Sootopolis on September 27, 2016, 07:58:14 PM
My same criticisms. Your somewhat okay melody is drowned out by thick, heavy chords. That works well in things like funeral marches, but not stuff like this.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on October 04, 2016, 03:30:44 AM
Want to hear a song I composed under contest-related time pressures? Listen to King Thrushbeard here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2705176), which was composed for https://musescore.com/groups/soloinstrumentchampionships/discuss/2653921!
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on October 05, 2016, 06:04:43 AM
Yet another of my fusions of musical forms is my heavy metal piano piece Regressive Form here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2709726), which contorts sonata-allegro form into verse-chorus form (including a solo).
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Pianist Da Sootopolis on October 06, 2016, 01:11:45 AM
That's nice to listen to (for the most part), but the way you have it written is physically unplayable at many spots in that tempo..
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on October 06, 2016, 01:38:29 PM
That's nice to listen to (for the most part), but the way you have it written is physically unplayable at many spots in that tempo..
I tested out both the verse and chorus at full speed, and the 16th notes do have to be played closer to a shake than completely accurately. However, the rest of the piece is accurately playable (even if the most difficult remaining parts of the piece are passages like the LH accompaniment in the 4 bars before the repeat). If anything, I'd say that fast octave runs like in The Other Ragtime March are harder, and the corruption of Bonetrousle in The Polka of Your Best Friend is nearly impossible to play.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on October 11, 2016, 12:45:47 AM
Want a less chordal, easier-to-play piece that still sounds impressive? Try the Tarantella No. 1 in C Minor here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2745096)! (Warning: I'd say this is still RCM Level 9 or above, but at least it isn't a finger-breaker that's above Level 10.)
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on October 24, 2016, 05:20:18 AM
Want something so easy that it's sight-readable at full speed for once? Then get the Simplicity Rag here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2807581)! (Like ragtime in general, it's still pretty chord-heavy.)
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on October 25, 2016, 05:30:00 AM
March of the Empire here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2813416) may not be completely sight-readable at full speed, but it should be impressive-sounding yet relatively easy to play.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on November 02, 2016, 05:33:51 AM
If you're here to listen to difficult piano music, the Seelie Rag here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2851751) may just be up your alley!
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on November 12, 2016, 10:27:31 PM
The Jazz section of the OP is finally open with this piece, Took 5 to the Wing (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2907081)! ...Yeah, it sounds like Ridley and Meta Knight's themes.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on November 21, 2016, 03:26:49 AM
Today, I published my earliest composition I'm willing to release, The Abyss (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2950521). It's short, it uses a lot of pedal, it's easy to play, and it can sound quite beautiful...
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on December 06, 2016, 04:23:58 AM
The Alpha Bravo Foxtrot here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/3035091) is close in feel to a quickstep and goes for a (slightly) military mood.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on January 16, 2017, 02:06:15 AM
Ragtime Evening here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/3239891) is rather like a serenade in ragtime. It's highly influenced by old-style rags, especially Scott Joplin's.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Brassman388 on January 16, 2017, 06:27:30 AM
it's neat.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: AmpharosAndy on January 20, 2017, 10:51:16 PM
I love a good bit of ragtime :D I started out composing by doing loads of rags! My favourite that I've listened to is the Simplicity Rag and - controversially due to the whole point - I think it could be even better if it were a tad less simple XD I know how silly that sounds... Just a bit more left hand activity wouldn't go amiss.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: AmpharosAndy on January 21, 2017, 01:55:08 PM
I'm going to give some tips for a couple of moments in Ragtime Evening that could be improved in order to make it even better. I really like this piece and it's something I'm considering learning, which is why I'd like to address a couple o' things. The big blobs of text may look daunting but I'm just helping out :)

Bar 7 falls flat because there's no change in harmony and not much is happening - you could change the bottom B to an A to add the minor 7th flavour, as I have shown below (highlighted in blue)
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(http://i.imgur.com/RgfSGda.png)
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Bar 10 is also static after the melody stops, which is fine because the melody needs a break - however the accompaniment needs to be more interesting to make up for it. Quick example below using different textures and some chromatic falling parts.
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(http://i.imgur.com/2D1brLD.png)
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Bar 12 sees the end of the phrase and a triplet rhythm in the melody. This rhythm is a little unusual in relation to what has been happening so far and seems out of place, to me - I've rejigged it so that the resolution onto the top D is delayed and therefore keeps the momentum going for a chromatic fall to the first note of the melody. (This is just a quick example and I'm aware you couldn't do this due to the repeat) I've also experimented with a more excited bassline underneath the static chords when the melody restarts, which is in the picture too.
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(http://i.imgur.com/jJlSANh.png)
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Just a general comment on ragtimes: avoid using the same striding left hand accompaniment more than three times in a row, which you have done, mostly. There's a lot of differing left hand activity in this piece so it isn't much of an issue - Always break it up with what I call rundowns/runups on the fourth chord: example bar 49
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(http://i.imgur.com/yQLPdNP.png)
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Feel free to rant about my stuff back if you feel I'm being mean XD Hopefully it's not come across that way!




Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on February 04, 2017, 05:21:04 AM
No patience for long pieces of classical music? A Sonata-Allegro in Under 2 Minutes (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/3347966) is exactly as its title says!
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on February 13, 2017, 06:55:03 AM
Interested in some of my earliest compositions? Turns out that, even in Grade 5 or 6, I was aware of musical forms in Rocket Piece No. 1 (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/3402356) and Rocket Piece No. 2 (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/3402376).
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: AmpharosAndy on February 15, 2017, 11:33:35 PM
I'm guessing that's around year 6/7 then....?

They're actually very good for that age. I like 'em! Especially number 2, catchy stuff. I can see a kind of relation to the stuff you're doing now as well :D
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on February 28, 2017, 04:08:34 AM
Just finished one of my works that I started years ago--the Etude-Coronation March in G Major here (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/3485176)! ...Yeah, I'm no longer enamoured with filling a musical section with transposed versions of the same theme, unlike what you'll hear in this piece...
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on April 27, 2017, 01:28:22 AM
I've composed another polka, for fans of that genre and of fast classical music--it's the Going Distances Polka (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/3802811)!
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on April 29, 2017, 09:28:32 PM
If you want some insight on how I tend to improvise hummed tunes on the spot, check out the first 17 bars of 10 Minutes' Worth of Stressful Racetrack (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/3818511)! I decided to improvise in the style of a F-Zero-like racetrack theme for this piece, which I had only 10 minutes to compose. The rest of the bars were rather copy-and-paste.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: AmpharosAndy on May 01, 2017, 10:13:27 PM
Wow that's pretty good for 10 minutes! Very catchy and definitely F-Zero like. I don't know if I'd be able to do anything like that in such a short space of time. Do you plan to do something with it now or just leave it as it is?
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on May 05, 2017, 02:53:20 AM
Wow that's pretty good for 10 minutes! Very catchy and definitely F-Zero like. I don't know if I'd be able to do anything like that in such a short space of time. Do you plan to do something with it now or just leave it as it is?
I'm planning on leaving it as-is right now.

On the other hand, with this new 10-minutes'-worth-of-work-for-a-contest, Drum Solo Time! (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/3851716), I've finally gotten enough inspiration to start actively composing one of my kookier ideas.
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: BlackDragonSlayer on May 05, 2017, 03:05:54 AM
Drum Solo Time! (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/3851716)
*Whiplash intensifies*
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on May 09, 2017, 03:17:59 AM
I've now published the piece I referred to in this quote:
<snip> I've finally gotten enough inspiration to start actively composing one of my kookier ideas.

That kooky idea is a sonata-allegro with an atonal first theme group and a tonal, major-key second theme group that behaves as if the entire sonata-allegro is more conventional and in a major key--Avant-Garde Sonata-Allegro (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/3875141)! ...So I'm bad enough at composing atonal music that I figured I may as well stick to drum kit for it...
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on May 13, 2017, 05:43:04 AM
Want relaxing jazz? Want something that took me roughly half an hour to compose? Here's Relaxing Jazz (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/3899601) for all those needs!
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: AmpharosAndy on May 13, 2017, 04:43:46 PM
The Avant-Garde Sonata-Allegro is probably the best piece of yours I've heard so far! Lots of interesting rhythms and interesting harmonic moments. I would love to hear this performed at some point :)

So I'm bad enough at composing atonal music that I figured I may as well stick to drum kit for it...
I'd think that your strong classical influences would make atonal writing easier? All that structure and planning etc.

As for the relaxing jazz, the cello strikes me as an unusual choice especially because of the lack of activity in the sax and trumpet parts. Why not throw that melody on one of those? The held notes in the trumpet aren't necessary with the held piano chords + they'd be too distracting/overpowering. Very good for half an hour, though! Keep it up :D
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: Dekkadeci on May 19, 2017, 05:42:02 AM
I'd think that your strong classical influences would make atonal writing easier? All that structure and planning etc.
I keep fretting that even the most atonal chord progressions I use can be interpreted tonally (I've tried writing 12-tone rows with tonal implications, and IMO, it's shockingly easy).

Anyway, here's my newest piece-I-composed-in-10-minutes-for-a-contest:

On This Side of Death's Shores
This is a slow, quiet, and sad piano piece, meant to sound much better with a mellow piano soundfont than Musescore's default brilliant one. I'll probably end up using a similar basis for a future piece, "On the Other Side of Death's Shores".

Putting the custom soundfont on the Musescore website version (for easier judging) took way too long and forced me to make a YouTube account. Should I leave my YouTube account in a dusty corner or put more of my stuff on it?
Title: Re: Dekkadeci's Compositions
Post by: AmpharosAndy on May 19, 2017, 12:17:56 PM
Gah! All these 10 minute compositions make me want to do it XD I guess I'm doing a few of those today ;)

I really like the custom soundfont, though. Sounds way better to me.