I auditioned at Juilliard's evening division, and was accepted for music composition. I began classes in January 2016.
Note: The video and PDF sheet music may not always be the same. I may tweak the expression markings to get a better playback for the video. The PDF sheet music will always indicate my preferences as a composer.
Exercise 1: Saoirse
This is a 2 minute violin solo, which I turned into a violin / piano duet. I'd never composed something on demand, while following a set of instructions, for an instrument I didn't even play. This was a study in "triumph and tragedy".
I also converted from using MuseScore to using Sibelius.
Exercise 2: Cidered in Vienna
This is a 3 minute violin / viola duet, and this was a study in "awkward moments". Story behind "Cidered in Vienna (and all covered with cheese)": A number of European greats (and one robot) bridge time and space to meet in Vienna and party. They promptly get snockered.
Exercise 3: Echo and Narcissus
This is a 3 minute violin / cello / piano trio, and this was a study in "passionate trios".
The story involves the loquacious nymph Echo, whose impertinence got her cursed by a goddess so that she could only repeat whatever anyone said. She encounters Narcissus and falls for him, only to be spurned in return. (Narcissus is later cursed by another vengeful goddess, falling so madly in love with his reflection in the water he wastes away.)
This is a dysfunctional story - a cautionary tale of "romance" as if viewed through a funhouse mirror.
Exercise 4: Ragweed Woogie
(Allergy season exasperates Chewbacca.)
This is a piano solo, with styles randomly picked out of a hat. I ended up getting Ragtime (never composed in that style before. :). The goal was to study the genre's defining characteristics and compose two minutes of music in one week.