It's time again for a new Garritan Challenge ... No. 31!
When Leonard Bernstein wrote the music to West Side Story, he created a score that broke all previous musical theater molds. It’s almost impossible to categorize the music … there’s elements of classical, jazz, Latin, pop, dance and many other influences … the music was about as original as Broadway had ever heard.
One of the interesting devices Bernstein used was the extensive use of the tritone interval. Besides using it throughout the score, he prominently featured it in four songs … Maria, Jet Song, Cool, and Something’s Coming. The tritone is a very difficult interval to sing (let alone play!), so this was very unusual in 1957!
Challenge 31 uses the tritone in three of the four measures as the basis for the short theme. For contrast and balance, my large tritone leaps are either preceded or followed by a minor second.
If you're not familiar with tritones, they have a very distinctive flavor, and there’s several definitions (here's two) … three whole tones separating the interval, or, six semi-tones between the notes. In C-Major, this translates to C-F#. And if you stack a tritone above the F#, you end right back on C an octave higher. So another way to look at it is that a tritone splits the octave exactly in half. Also, in basic harmony, every root position dominant seventh chord contains a tritone between the 3rd and the minor seventh (in a C7 chord, E-Bb is a tritone).
Have fun with this! Although presented in C-Major, I’m not implying a tonal center. This obtuse melody will work in many tonalities. Feel free to transpose the theme for orchestration considerations, and you may arrange your music at any tempo.
I ask that the four measure theme be prominently featured, in the notated rhythmic pattern, at least once (but not necessarily the first four measures of your arrangement). IOW, as usual, let's all be able to clearly hear the source material at least once in each arrangement ... the rest is completely open to your imaginations!
Englishgent has once again graciously agreed to host the voting phase for the challenge (Thank You, Owen!).
Your arrangements should be between 1-3 minutes long.
All mp3 arrangements should be sent to OWEN@jinglecues.com.
Deadline is midnight, EDST, Monday, July 14th.
(Due to the long 4th of July Weekend here in the USA, I’m suggesting a tad longer for this challenge)
Notation and MIDI files are available below for download ...
Garritan Challenge 31 - MIDI
I hope you will give Challenge 31 a “tri”! ... Best regards and GOOD LUCK!!
(Like Rich, the creator of Challenge 30, I will sit this one out and enjoy your arrangements!)