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Tethys Overture



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This probably turned out to be the largest scale project even though it went by very, very quickly.

I didn't intend for this to be an overture initially. At first, it was just what you hear in the first minute or so, written as a bid to do background music for a project (I lost out when they decided they wanted rock music instead). I eventually added the march theme in the middle a week later since it related to the first one by being virtually the same thing but in a new time signature.

This was all back in September. I hadn't had time to work on it for a while, but I did realize I had enough related themes lurking about amongst my music that I could tie a few together into a larger work, which would, of course, need an overture. So, on December 20th, I wrapped everything together and wrote in the ending.

By the way, I did not use ANY loops of any kind. Everything you hear was entirely notated note by note in Finale.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
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Finale 2007, Garritan Personal Orchestra Lite
WiFiWalrus said 4680 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
I'd love to here that played by a real orchestra. I assume you made a score since you used Finale.
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Andronis said 4680 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Yep, there's a nice and readable real score from which I could produce individual parts to print out since it was indeed made by Finale.

Thanks for listening! :)
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kristyjo said 4680 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Great Overture!
Starts out very Wagnerian. Then I really like the 3/4 time in the lower brass. The themes are really nice and flowing. Very melodic! Although I don't mind the GPO voicings, there are some in there that really label this 'software instruments.' It would be neat to hear this played by a real orchestra. (I see WiFiW also feels that way.)
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Andronis said 4680 days ago (December 21st, 2006)

Thanks so much for listening and for your generous compliments!

As for Garritan, I can't say I'm overly fond of it myself, but I didn't pay any extra for it and if I do go spending money on new virtual instruments, it's going to be for a choir of some sort so I can get to writing choral music for local churches but hear how it would sound as I write it.

I really do hope I can have more of my music performed live. My organ & trumpets piece has actually had two live performances this year, which both went alright although I can't say the recording for the first one turned out very good (the second one was also recorded, but I don't know how I'd go about getting a copy). However, digging up a whole orchestra is a bit trickier. Still, this one could actually be done with a traditional theatre pit orchestra in theory rather than needing a whole large one.
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Mystified said 4680 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Some realllly nice work here!

So cool to hear what you have been working on.
I hope you can find a way to hear more of your work performed live, as well :)

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Andronis said 4680 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Thanks so much! I'm particularly glad to know you've gotten to hear this, since you brought me over here almost a year ago now. I hope to catch back up on your music that I haven't gotten to listen to yet.
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drakonis said 4680 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Impressive scoring
Nice work here, I like the strong orchestration throughout this, nice choice of instruments and use of dynamics. There were indeed some Wagnerian sections, but that's not a bad thing, since you avoid the muddiness he often gets. Also little snippets of Holst in the woodwinds, cool. The only part I didn't like as much was the last 1/4, where the theme was really really nice, but it seemed played too fast for the woodwinds to play comfortably... maybe you want to slow the tempo there slightly? overall, this is a really ambitious piece, well written, Kudos! Someday I'll get there! Don't wait up, though. :-)
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Andronis said 4680 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
As for the last part
Regarding the last part, it's probably just my lack of RAM muddying things up. The woodwind parts other than the clarinet solo are really just repeated two note patterns, and shouldn't be too difficult to play. Unless of course you're instead referring to where the clarinet runs with the horns and trumpets.

Special thanks to you, by the way, for your commentary when this piece was JUUUUST getting started several months ago. Probably not a whole lot to recognize since then, but thta might be from your helpful insight! Thanks for that and thanks now for listening and your insight again. :)
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Audiologic said 4673 days ago (December 29th, 2006)
The first, I guess I'll call it a movement, sounds wonderful with the brass and harp together.

The second thing that stood out to me overall is the flute solo. Nice space there.

Like drak said, the theme is great at the end. However, I do like it's tempo. It keeps the fast / slow theme going. If anything maybe find a different melody for the woodwinds, but their speed didn't bother me. Maybe for a real orchestra it would. I don't know though.

All the transitions are well done and thought out.

Very well done in it's entirety. I would also like to hear this with a real orchestra.

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Andronis said 4673 days ago (December 29th, 2006)
Thanks for taking the time to check this out and for your insights.

As for the woodwind melody, you're referring to the clarinet solo?
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said 4247 days ago (February 27th, 2008)
Tethys Overture
Lots of musicality and talent in evidence here. Keep writing!
Feter said 4195 days ago (April 19th, 2008)
Tethys Overture
this is just superb ..magificent writing and
arrangment as well ..Idont use finale I do
Sibelius ..and glad to hear you wrote that note by
note ..just like me ..I truely enjoyed that
thnx alot ofr the gem !
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