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    This might be interesting since wildest fantasies are allowed!

    Although I cannot compose and probably never will be able to, I still feel an urge to compose certain pieces of music. I write down the orchestral forces and movement tempo markings, and then admire these sketches! Even some melodies and harmonies, too. So I've got a nice list of pieces I'd either like to compose myself (in my dreams), or hire a composer to do it for me, like in the good old Mozart's and Haydn's days.

    I'm sure some of you here do similar things. Share your ideas!

    For example, these are some of my ideas for 'future compositions':

    Symphony No.1 (for Mozart's orchestra)
    A Metal Symphony in C minor (a Mozart's orchestra but with 4 horns, 4 trumpets, 2 Wagner tubas, 1 tuba, gong, cymbals, glockenspiel, piano and cymbalom)
    Symphony No.3 (for large orchestra - partly atonal and with electronic instruments)
    Concerto for Electric Guitar and Orchestra
    Concerto for Organ, Brass and Strings
    Concerto for Irish Bagpipes and Orchestra
    Triple Concerto for Piano, Contrabass, Timpani and Orchestra

    Concerto for Sunglasses and Strings (dedicated to Mirror Image )
    Concertino for Whistler and Chamber Orchestra (my best friend has unnatural whistling abilities, and I always joke about writing a concerto for him as soon as I learn to compose...)
    Partita for Strings, Timpani and 8 Solo Instruments
    Solemn Variations on a Theme by Franz Liszt, for orchestra and mixed choir
    Hockey, a symphonic poem
    Mouvement macabre, for piano and orchestra (on a motif by Liszt)
    Casual Variations on an Elgar's Fugal Subject, for piano
    ''For the End of Summer'', a song cycle for soprano and baritone, choir and large orchestra (my own words)
    ''A Difficult Love'', a song cycle for tenor, strings and harp (words by A.E. Housman)
    ''Jama'' (''Pit''), for bass, piano trio and side drum (after a long poem by I.G. Kovacic)
    ''Rat'' (''War''), for tenor, horn and synthesizer (after a poem by a friend of mine)
    Terzetto for Violin, Clarinet and Musical Saw (dedicated to Edward Elgar - the forum member of course )
    Prelude and Wedding March, for organ
    Requiem in intima, for SATB soloists, string quartet, harmonium and a bell in A
    Sonata for Cello and Piano
    String Quartet
    Piano Quintet

    + many voice-and-piano songs on words by famous poets (Lorca, Pessoa, Wilde, some Croatian, Serbian, Slovenian and Bosnian poets)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisztfreak View Post
    This might be interesting since wildest fantasies are allowed!
    What a fun idea! I'd love to hear your fantasy pieces, especially the electric guitar concerto.

    I'll give it a shot, though I have only the vaguest idea what I'm talking about.

    Concerto for two wordless sopranos and orchestra (two so they can spell each other on the long notes fading in and out.)

    Concerto for mono synthesizer and orchestra.

    Suite for Microtonal Ensemble
    1. Common Practice Theme
    2. Theme splitting into 24 tones
    3. Voice Leading in 24 tones
    4. New Harmonies.
    5. 24 tone theme and variations
    6. Coming Home (Common Practice Theme revised).

    I would also love to create an entire new genre of common practice music that incorporates a lot rhythmic ambiguities and complexities, more so than harmonic ambiguities.

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    I'd settle for being able to compose really good fugues :\

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    Quote Originally Posted by nefigah View Post
    I'd settle for being able to compose really good fugues :\
    Once you try you realize how hard it is and finally start admiring Bach.
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    Symphonies.

    That's really about it. I dunno what else I'd want to write, though I'd love to expand the viola repertoire a good bit.
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    Um... Wildest fantasies? Probably a quartet for 3 moderately distorted 7-string electrical guitars and a 5-string bass (ok, not really wild, but it's as wild as I can think of, probably). Which reminds me that I should really get a book on composition someday soon...
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    I am in the middle of composing my fairytale commission right now. I've done about 4 minutes of the first movement of my concerto for double bass. This is a work for Amsterdam Concertgebouw Principal Dominic Seldis.
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    My dream yet to come true is to write an opera based on the story of Ajax, the greek hero in the Iliad.

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    I'm not a composer, but if I was, I'd do something similar to Elgar's Enigma Variations - a piece made up of portraits of my friends. It may even be for a jazz group...

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    I would like to be able to compose a piece that would be popular enough to break into the pop music charts - and even make No 1!. And at the same time make pop fans realise that other types of music are not that boring after all.....Fantasie indeed!!!

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    Ah, if I ever become a good composer, I want to write Some orchestral works, but mainly I want to write music for my favorite instrument, the piano.
    "Birds sit motionless on their branches. The world is slumbering! It grows cool in the shade of my fir-trees. I stand and await my friend, I wait for him for our last farewell. O friend, I long to share the beauty of this evening at your side. Where do you linger? Long you leave me alone! I wander here and there with my lyre on soft grassy paths. O Beauty! O endless love-life-drunken world!" ~ Das Lied von der Erde - Der Abschied (Li Tai-Po/G.Mahler) <---Click to Listen

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    I'm working on a composition right now for a septet of trumpet, electric guitar, percussion, violin, bass, trombone, and french horn. It's going to be based on my experiences traveling by train from Georgia to Louisiana. I'm working on a movement of the piece where I came across a town called "Meridian," which is one of the saddest cities I've seen. This city was at one time a very prominent place in the South. It is located in southern Mississippi. What is unusual about this town is that many of the buildings are boarded up. Very strange indeed.

    I'm still in the process of writing it and coming up a name title for it, but here is what the movements are going to look like:

    Movement 1: Prelude: All Aboard - Georgia Morning in May
    Movement 2: Alabama - I. Birmingham, II. U. S. Steel Desert
    Movement 3: Ghost Town (Meridian)
    Movement 4: New Orleans - I. Nightlife, II. Daybreak, III. The Blistering Heat
    Movement 5: The Return

    There is also a good bit of improvisation in this composition. I look forward to refining the movements that I have written in the next few months, then it will be on to compose Movement 4.

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    Some very interesting ideas already! Now I'd like to hear the music behind those tempting titles... Weston, that fantasy Concerto for Two Sopranos, and your composition, Mirror Image, which I hope will materialise soon. Also the Double Bass Concerto by post-minimalist. I'd really like to hear the instrument in a long solo role - that's why I'm going to write that Triple Concerto of mine!
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    A concerto for piano and guitar that,if he were still alive, Segovia would play. I suppose John Williams and Sharon Isbin could do it!

    Jim

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    JIM, that's truely splendid! and I'm not tslking about the concerto but the avatar change!!!!

    @Lisztfreak

    Here's a little taste of the Concerto. It's about a quarter of what I've written so far.

    Bass concerto

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