I'm that guy who stans people you've probably never heard of or people who aren't that popular and "hates" overrated composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, etc. I also write music (see my profile above), although my composition ability exceeds my actual ability to play the piano, my main instrument. Also when I say hate overrated composers/composers literally everyone has heard of regardless if they are a fan of instrumental music or not, I don't literally mean I hate them. In fact they influence my music a lot. It's just I've had these composers shoved down my throat so much that I have grown to dislike them. This is also why I am such an advocate for underrated composers. There's plenty of good music out there and I think it's silly to limit it to just a small group of composers, especially since there are composers out there who have done things even more spectacular than them. Like, if someone wants to limit their musical palette to overrated composers, then that's their business. But it's when those exact people try to tell me that no one else can pull off what other composers can pull of outside of their musical palette that pisses me off (excuse my French).
Ever since I was 3, I have always been mesmerized by music. Besides instrumental music, I am a huge fan of many other genres of music such as pop, rap, R&B, etc. My dream is to become a concert pianist and teach piano. I want to be the second coming of Charles Czerny, who is said to be the father of the pianoforte (and he's also one of my top 3 fave composers). I want to go to the Curtis institute of Music and further my skills as a pianist and a composer, although I am told that it is very hard to make it there so wish me luck if you will! The first instrument I played was actually the saxophone, and I started playing it at age 9. When I was 10 I started learning piano, and I went from Level 1 to Level 5 in a year and a half (ABRSM grade level). I quit the saxophone sometime around age 13 in favor of piano because I connected better to it and I felt it was a much more expressive and expansive instrument than saxophone (although this is a given). I really can't describe the connection I feel with my piano; it's honestly surreal - too surreal.
As for my composition style, it is very Romantic in the sense that it is music you would expect from the Romantic time period. I mostly consider myself Neo-Romantic just as other composers have considered themselves Neo-Classical for example.
- Transcribing Ferdinand Praeger's piano music.
- Reaching concert level as a pianist.
- Editing my more important works like my sonatas and publishing them, however as I am not at the level to sit down at a piano and play my music easily, this can't happen until I complete the above project.
- Going to Curtis Institute of Music.
- Performing and making recordings of Anton Rubinstein's chamber music as well as other underrated chamber works. This also applies to piano music I'm interested in.
- Transcribing Stohr Richard's piano music.
- Making my own editions of Handel's 8 Great Suites.
- Finishing my piano sonatas and other works.
- Achieving worldwide fame and success as a concert pianist.
- Transcribing more pieces and making more midis of scores
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I realize I could get someone to play my music for me, but my pride just won't allow another pianist to play my works (my more important works anyway) when I can't play them. The only exception would be my works for other instruments (i.e: my string pieces and I'll be allowing my symphonies to be performed as well). Although I won't be publishing all of my works anytime soon, below is a list of my opus, including the movements, what keys they're in and the dedicatee. If the work doesn't say (FINISHED, BUT NEEDS EDITING) next to it, then it isn't completely written yet. Also this isn't an extensive list; I'll probably come back and edit this and add more stuff so what you see is what you get.
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Sharp Minor
I. Sonata: Adagio Molto Pathetico - Allegro.
II. Scherzo: Presto Fuocoso ed Energico (G Sharp Minor). Trio: ?
III. Air with 9 Variations: Adagio Quasi Andante (E Major)
IV. Minuet: Vivace Assai. (A Flat Major) V: Intermezzo: Allegretto. (F Sharp Minor) - attacca > VI: 3 Part Finale: Toccatina: Vivo Molto Agitato - attacca > Prelude: Gravisssimo (D Flat Major). - attacca > Fuga a 4 voci: Allegro Assai.
Dedicatee: Noah Ponce.
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Minor (FINISHED, BUT NEEDS EDITING)
I. Allegro Fuocoso (B Minor)
II. Scherzo: Vivace (B Minor). Trio: Non troppo Sostenuto (G Major).
III. Adagio w/ 6 Variations (D Major)
- Var I. Poco Moto
- Var II. Piu Andante ma non troppo moto.
- Var III. Allegretto
- Var IV. Allegro ma non troppo. (D Minor)
- Var V. Andantino. (F Major)
- Var VI. Presto.
IV. Finale: Allegrissimo di Molto e con Espressione Possible.
Dedicatee: Elliot James Thomas Moore.
Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Sharp Minor 'Grand Elegie.' (FINISHED, BUT NEEDS EDITING)
I. Allegro Molto Moderato con Appassionata.
II. Andante. (A Major)
III. Funeral Waltz: Allegretto di Valse.
IV. Finale: Allegro Molto e con Brio - Presto.
Dedicatee: Prince Rogers Nelson.
Piano Sonata No. 4 in G Sharp Minor 'Celeste.' (FINISHED, BUT NEEDS EDITING)
I. Moderato Mosso - Allegro con Moto - Tempo I - Allegro con Assai Moto - Piu Allegro.
II. Romanza: Andante Quasi Adagio. (E Flat Major)
III. Scherzo: Allegro Vivace. (C Sharp Minor) Trio: Molto Tenuto con Assai Dolciss. (D Flat Major)
IV: Introduzione: Grave Assai. Finale alla Toccata: Vivissimo Pathetico ed Agitatizione.
Dedicatee: To the daughter I'll never have.
Piano Sonata No. 5 in E Flat Minor 'Tristemente'
I. Introduzione: Adagio Mesto. Sonata: Allegrissimo con Anima - Un Poco Piu Lento - Tempo I - Poco Piu Lento
II. Scherzo: Vivace Leggiero (F Sharp Minor). Trio: Moderato Assai (G Flat Major)
III. Adagietto: Alla Sarabande. (B Flat Major)
IV. Galop: Allegretto Vivo.
Piano Sonata No. 6 in E Minor: (FINISHED, BUT NEEDS EDITING)
I. Sonata: Allegro Mesto.
II. Scherzo: Allegretto Brilliante e con Espressione. (A Minor). Trio: L'Stesso Tempo. (A Major)
III. Adagio: Maestoso (C Major).
IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo. - Presto Tempestuoso.
Dedicatee: Gabriel Faure.
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Minor:
I. Sonata: Allegro non troppo, ma agitato.
II. Courante: Allegro Vivo (G Minor). Trio: Sostenuto. (D Major)
III. Andante: Pathetico e Con Moto (A Major)
IV. Rondo: ?
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A Minor. (FINISHED, BUT NEEDS EDITING)
I. Allegro Moderato ma con Moto.
II. Tarantella: Allegro Agitato ed Energico (E Minor). Trio: Meno Mosso (C Major).
III. Andante: Tranquilo (F Major).
IV. Finale: Allegro Animato e con Fuoco ed Appassionato. - Giojoso. - Tempo I - Stretto. - Presto con Brio.
Dedicatee: Johann Sebastian Bach, probably.
Piano Sonata No. 9 in C Minor
I. Sonata: Allegro Molto Agitato.
II. Quasi Marcia: Andante con Moto. (G Major)
III. Scherzo: Vivace Assai Quasi Presto (F Minor). Trio: Larghetto Cantado (D Flat Major)
IV. Gavotte: Allegro Vivace
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Minor
I. Sonata: Allegrissimo Agitato ed Energico
II. Andante: Con Duolo (E Minor)
III. Scherzo: Allegro Molto (D Minor)
IV. Rondo Grandioso:
Dedicatee: Edward James Simmons (my grandfather who I barely got to know. Hurts to this day :// )
Piano Sonata No. 11 in B Flat Minor
I. Sonata: Allegro di Molto e con Appasionato.
II. Scherzo: Allegretto con Spirito. (F Sharp Minor) Trio: Andante Assai (D Minor)
III. Adagietto: Con Espressivo (D Flat Major)
IV. Minuet: Presto Assai Energico (E Flat Minor). Trio: Lento (F Sharp Major)
V. Rondo: ?
Dedicatee: Michael Staff (my piano teacher; check him out on Youtube sometime ;) Also his webpage).
Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Minor.
I. Sonata: ?
II. Polonaise: ? (C Minor)
III. Allegretto Quasi Andantino: Con Gran Spiritoso (E Major)
IV. Finale: ?
Dedicatee: Jason Todd.
Piano Sonata No. 13 in E Flat.
Dedicatee: Undecided; possibbly Breanne Chain (a friend of mine)
Piano Sonata No. 14 in G
Dedicatee: Undecided; possibly Pytor Illych Tchaikovsky.
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D
Dedicatee: Undecided; possibly Anton Rubinstein but most likely to be Richard Wagner..
Grand Album of 24 Preludes and Fugues
No. 1: C Major
- Prelude: Andante Molto Moderato
- 4 voice Fugue: Allegro Energico.
No. 2: C Minor
- Prelude: Adagietto
- Fugue: ?
No. 3: D Flat Major
- Prelude: Allegretto alla Gallop.
- Fugue: ?
No. 4: C Sharp Minor
- Prelude: Allegro ma non troppo.
- ? voice (as I've only written the subject, I don't know how many voices it'll be yet. I still need to learn fugue form *laughs nervously). Fugue: Allegro Molto.i
No. 5: D Major
- Prelude: Adagio Giojoso.
- ? Fugue: Allegretto con Moto.
No. 6: D Minor
No 7: E Flat Major
- Prelude: ?
- Fugue: ?
No. 8: E Flat Minor
- Prelude: ?
- Fugue: ?
No. 9: E Minor
- Prelude: Andante Cantando.
- 3 voice fugue: Moderato con Moto.
As I'm still trying to learn fugue form, I'm going to stop at No. 9 for now. I'll come back and edit later as I'll probably be coming back to edit my opus catalogue often anyway :p
24 Modern Suites
Suite No. 1 in C
I. Prelude: Moderatissimo
II. Scherzo: Allegrissimo
III. Sarabande: Andantino.
IV. Valse: Allegretto Molto Vivo
V. Tocatta: Vivace Assai
Dedicatee: Undecided. Same deal with Op. 12; not gonna add much here since there's still much I need to learn.
Variations on a Theme by Rachmaninoff (from his Nocturne in F Sharp Minor, Op. posth) (FINISHED, BUT NEEDS EDITING)
Theme: Andante Cantabile
Var I: L'Stesso Tempo.
Var II: Allegro Energico
Var III: Andantino (A Major).
Var IV: Tempo di Polonaise, con Brio (A Minor)
Var V: Allegretto Appassionato
Var VI: Allegrissimo con Fuoco
Var VII: Andante Pastorale (D Major
Var VIII: Vivo Agitato. (D Minor)
Var IX: Sostenuto Assai. (F Sharp Major)
Var X: Allegro ma non troppo.
Var XI: Andante Giojoso e con Moto. (B Major)
Var XII: Allegro Molto Moderato (B Minor)
Var XIII: Vivace Scherzando. (E Flat Major)
Var XIV: Moderato con Moto (E Flat Minor)
Var XV: Recitativo - Allegro. (Atonal, then returns to the tonic for the Allegro, which is the actual variation :p the recitativo is more of an introduzione here)
Var XVI: Adagio Tranquilo. (B Flat Major)
Var XVII: Allegro Molto Maestoso. (B Flat Minor)
Var XVIII: Grave. (C Sharp Minor)
Finale: Allegro Vivace - Presto Fuocoso. (F Sharp Minor)
Piano Sonata No. 16 in C
I. Sonata: ?
Dedicatee: Carl Czerny for sure.
Piano Sonata No. 17 in A Flat Major
String Capriccio in A Minor No. 1 - Allegro Molto Maestoso
Fantasia (in F Sharp Minor). This piece is a free form sonata much like the Wanderer Fantasy in C by Schubert or the Fantasia Op.77 in E Minor by Rubinstein. It is divided into 4 sections
I. Adagio Dolente - Allegro Agitato e con Fuoco. attacca
II. Andante Molto Maestoso (C Sharp Minor). attacca
III. Scherzo: ? (D Major) attacca.
IV. Gigue: ?
Dedicatee: Probably Schubert.
Don't take the format for my Fantasia to heart as this is most likely not going to be how the final product looks, as I've just started working on it (yesterday; 6/1/17), but it should give you an idea of what it'll be like in the end.
Op. 19: Symphony No. 1 in E Minor
I. Allegro con Moto
Op. 20: A Piano Trio; haven't worked out the details yet. It may also end up being a set of trios.
Op. 21: 3 Nocturnes
Nocturne I: Moderato con Moto. (F Sharp Major) Dedicatee: Peggy Trotman
Nocturne II: Lento (F Minor) Dedicatee: Edward Todd (FINISHED BUT NEEDS EDITING)
Nocturne III: Andante Poco Moto (B Minor) Dedicatee: Gabriel Urbain Faure.
Op 22: A set of String Quartets. Same deal with Op. 17.
Op. 23: A set of String Trios; same deal as Op. 19.
Op. 24: Maybe a Piano Concerto. Keyword maybe because I find concertos a waste of time as they are really just meant to showcase the dexterity of the performer. There's nothing artistic about it lmao.
Op. 25: Dance Fantasie in Bb: Allegro con Spirito.
Op. 26: A set of piano intermezzi.
Op. 27: 6 Salon Pieces
Op. 28: 3 Ballades:
Ballade No. 1 in B Minor: Allegro Moderato. Dedicatee: Xaver Scharwenka.
Op. 29: My first piano quartet, or quartets if I feel like making a set out of it.
Op. 30: 3 Saxophone Sonatas (with a piano accompaniment)
I. G Minor
Op. 31: 3 Solo Violin Sonatas.
Op. 32: Theme and Variations No. 1 (No. 1 because this is an original theme).
Theme: Sostenuto Cantabile. Var I: L'Stesso Tempo.
Op. 33: 3 Melancholies (there's one on my youtube channel but I'm going to delete it at some point as well as the score and rewrite the opus from scratch).
Op. 34: 6 Grand Capriccios.
Op. 35: Not sure yet. Might be more nocturnes, might be more piano or string trios/quartets, or a continuation of my series of ballads and/or scherzos.
Op. 36: Dances of Death
Op. 37: Diaspora Variations aka Theme and Variations No. 2 in A Minor
Thema: Lento Dolente
Var I: Allegro Energico.
Op. 38: Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky for Orchestra (the theme is from his Swan Lake ballet Act II No. 2)
Op. 39: Piano Sonata No. 18 in F Major
I. Sonata: ?
IV. ? Dedicatee: Anton Rubinstein. </br>
Op. 40: The Twelve Olympians I. Zeus: Presto Tempesto II. Hera: Andante Sostenuto e Amorosa I'll add the rest as I get to them. </br> Op. 41: 2 Pieces Caprice No. 1 in D: Moderato - Molto Mosso - Andante - Come Primo, ma poco piu moto. - Presto Giojoso.
Nocturne No. 1 in F Sharp Minor: Andante Mesto. </br>
Op. 42: 6 Sonate Rivoluzionarie I. B Minor II. A Major III. D Minor IV. C Major V. E Minor VI. F Sharp Minor