This is the first thing I've written specifically for Concert Band. Before this, I was adapting existing music. This piece wouldn't have been possible without all the great help I've gotten here on the Forum about CB scores and using a notation program.
I produced the video first, using images of my topic of inspiration: tall buildings.
When I was around 5 years old, and starting to come up with little melodies on the piano, there was music I would hear when looking at pictures of skyscrapers. I cut out large paper buildings to put on my playroom wall so I could look at them and hear the music that I wanted so much to capture somehow.
All these decades later, the music I was trying to write back then isn't with me specifically anymore, but the idea for writing music inspired by large buildings is still with me. When I sat down to write something new, this memory I've described came back to me.
For people interested in the music video process: Since I started with the images first, I needed a way to insure that I could write music that would be synchronized with the pictures even before I'd written anything. So I settled on a tempo I wanted to work with, then produced a click track that I imported into Power Director, my video software. That way I was able to edit the video with pictures changing in time to the pulse. Later, when I was composing in Sonar, the imported video was in sync with my Sonar tempo map, and I was in control of having both elements, music and visuals, always working together.
It's a grade 5 piece, like my other two CB pieces have been, due mostly to multiple key changes. And, like the other two scores, I'm sure its chances of being accepted by a publisher are slim due to its complexity and quirkiness. But it was great fun to write, and, at the very least, a good exercise for me.
Now, with a newly created Concert Band template created in Sonar, I'm ready to reign in the excesses, and write something more like the successfully published scores I see online.
Meanwhile, here it is, and it is what it is. It's impressionist and rhythm based, and the music is an all-Garritan production, using the same lineup of instruments I've posted a few times now--all from GPO, COMB, JABB and IO. - In the second half you can hear the seldom used wind machine from GPO.