I began music composition classes at the Juilliard Evening Division in January 2016.
The video and PDF sheet music may not always be the same. Expression markings may be different to get a better playback for the video.
Exercise 1: Saoirse
This is a 2 minute violin solo, turned into a violin / piano duet. This was my first experience with composing 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".
Exercise 2: Cidered in Vienna
This 3 minute violin / viola duet is 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 3 minute violin / cello / piano trio is 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 picked 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.