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The Rolling Countryside



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This piece was a composition I made for my Music Theory class. (careful, it starts quite abruptly) It's short and simple, but what made it fun was that everyone got to conduct their composition and have it played live by our classmates. A first for me, and I have to say, this version doesn't hold a candle to the live version. There's just so much expression and nuance in a real performance.

The assignment was to write a 16 bar (at least) continuous binary piece, for a quartet. So this is a simple continuous two-reprise binary piece (AB), each 8 measures long. The instruments available to us were based on who played what in the class. I chose the contrabass, cello, viola, and trumpet, since it covered the entire range. It was very cool for me to be able to conduct it, and hear it played back. It didn't phase anyone else in the class, but I was quite nervous. I'm a minor so I'd never had this opportunity before. Apart from the cello missing a few staccatos, it was wonderfully sight read. If you're into this kind of music, I hope it's enjoyed. :)

Next goal... conducting a full orchestra!
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 3113 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
the rolling countryside
obviously a very well arranged and perfomed little number. accomplished feel and sound. cheers graham
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filmscoremike said 3113 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
Re: Ciasm
I appreciate the comments Ciasm! Thanks for stopping by!
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paul f. page said 3113 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
This is lovely...
While you may have composed this for a class project, it nevertheless shows your understanding of the binary form as well as how to orchestrate for the instruments available to you. And though you are not completely satisfied with the "digital" instruments and rendering of this piece, you did quite a nice job mixing and blending so that you end up with a most-satisfying little composition/recording at the end of it all. It is very nice to see a young musician who's interested in learning about music theory and the technical aspects of music composition. Look forward to hearing more of your work.
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filmscoremike said 3113 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
Re: Paul
Thanks Paul! It's been fun learning the theory, and putting it into practice. I was thinking today that I should take what I've learned a step further, and create a piano sonata or something. Would be a fun challenge, and a nice cap to two years of theory study. Glad you enjoyed this, and I look forward to the next piece as well!
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richard13 said 3113 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
Bravo Mike!
You must be enjoying your classes, as this is pretty without being syrupy, and rolls along quite nicely.
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H3nry said 3113 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
Nice cue.
Has the feel of rolling thru the country on a bicycle, perhaps. I'd be nervous too about conducting. All I've ever done is semi-conducting this binary digital LSI Philharmonic.
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Demeter7 said 3049 days ago (February 12th, 2011)
I'll bet it
sounded brighter and more sensual when played live and I'll bet you were excited. I like it very much and I'd love an expanded piece based on this. Thanks.
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filmscoremike said 3049 days ago (February 12th, 2011)
Re: Demeter7
I was definitely excited. (and nervous!) I never considered expanding on this... but.. who knows! Maybe I will. Has some nice melodies I could see playing well with a full orchestral sound. Great to hear you want to hear more from it! Thanks for stopping by.
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