Orchestra Piece

• May 20, 2020 - 06:09

Check out my first Orchestra Piece. Tell me what you think!



i would try to introduce a bit more variation especialy in the harp and string parts. I also dont think that the choir is really necessary, and in general i would use less instruments and give them more to do, othervise half of the orchestra has basicly nothing to do,
That is just my opinion, just keep writing, and eventually, maybe you will write something substancial.

By the way this is also my first orchestra piece, have not finished it yet, but anyways i am interested, what you think about it.

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In reply to by Cells123

I do agree with you. Basically all the parts just keep repeating the same thing over and over. I was just trying to experiment with different sounds since I've never written anything like this. I plan on writing another orchestral piece that will build off of this one. I will definitely be making the parts much more interesting. This was kind of a test. I would love to hear your piece but I can't open the file. Could you perhaps send another file that would work?

I really like your experiment, your "first Orchestra Piece".

At first I thought, just like Cells123, that it could use more variation. But later I realized that this piece could be very well the background music of a scene in a movie. If you imagine that no actors speak in that scene, but that someone travels from one place to another, it's nearly perfect. The piece builds up in drama, which also fits very well with the right scene.

When I listen to the music I see someone leaving his country without really wanting to leave, probably because his life is in danger, stepping in a carriage, horses starting to pull the carriage, relatives left behind, waving him goodbye, all having tears in their eyes, him looking outside the carriage window, raindrops on the window, scenery passing by, the carriage passing over bridges, passing lakes, shortly stopping at a border checkpoint, going through medieval towns, through forests, etc. At the end, where only the piano and the cello play, he steps out of the carriage. He's safe.

I don't like the part of the organ. Use it for a different scene. The return of Dracula? :-D

But as you said, it's an experiment. I think it's a good experiment.

Cells123 is right that half of the orchestra has little to do at the start, but if this was really the background music of a scene in a movie ... they won't be complaining for being paid while having little to do.

Don't hesitate to experiment more.

In reply to by barencor

Thanks! I've done a lot more experimenting with pieces since then. I am actually interested in like movie and video game music stuff. I'm hoping that someday I can get something going with my music. I do have to agree with y'all on the organ part now that I'm listening to it now though😂

In reply to by yonah_ag

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This type of music fits The Long Dark (video game). If writing music for video games is your thing, maybe contact the devs? ;)

Agree with what others have said about the organ part, it feels a bit "too much" in my honest opinion. While repetitive, it really would make great music for video games (and especially the type I mentioned), I think.

Nice work!

I would only suggest that whenever you have a dominant chord you wrote it as an actual dominant chord.

So basically:
Every G♮change it to F 𝄪 (For the dominant seventh chord of G ♯ minor, which is D ♯ 7)
Every B♭change it to A ♯ (For the same as above)
Every C♮change it to B ♯ (For the dominant seventh chord of C ♯ minor, which is G ♯ 7)

This way everything makes sense harmonically, as every chord in functional harmony is built up by stacking thirds (with the exception of suspended chords and "add" chords [add4 and add2], as well as other sounds produced by extensions made by "ornamentation" (grace?) notes.

D ♯ 7 = D ♯ F 𝄪 A ♯ C ♯
G ♯ 7 = G ♯ B ♯ D ♯ F ♯

And this works for every chord inversion.

From D ♯ to F 𝄪 there's a major third. ✔︎
From D ♯ to G♮there's a diminished fourth. ✖︎

They sound the same but work differently.

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