Tried to update the subject line of the thread I posted earlier to let people know this piece was back online (had server trouble when I first posted it), but it wouldn't take...
Anyway, here's the latest version of this piece I'm working on, with the evocative working title of... GPO080704
I have two questions about this...
As this has been developing, it seems to have taken on some mysterious and dramatic qualities that are vaguely similar to some of the flavors the Viking saga I had done a while back. I'm wondering if this could be the second movement of what eventually could be a full symphony. Is there really any 'criteria' for what makes up a symphony other than typically having four movements? I've heard some symphonies where each of the movements didn't really refer back to the others or have any specific connection other than perhaps a general kind of theme or sound or unified dramatic quality. Is it the kind of thing where a symphony is a symphony once you say it is? Or once you've got four movements, slap 'em together and call 'em a symphony? I'm sure some composers have some 'outlines' or 'plots' in mind before writing something extensive like that, but I'm just wondering if there are any guidelines for this kind of thing. Not that I won't necessarily break them, anyway, but I'd at least like to know if I am!
Secondly, before I go any further than where I am, I am asking for some feedback as to whether you think the new section beginning with the gong at 3:22 would be considered "jumping the shark" on this piece. I wanted to get out of the woods on that droning harp part somehow and move it to something more upbeat, and I do like the new part on its own, but I'm just not sure if I like it coming after what's before it. Sometimes I do and sometimes I'm like... I know I stated in the "criticism" thread recently that I usually prefer to trust my 'artistic intuition' when creating music, as opposed to looking for too much outside feedback, but at this point it's kind of a hung jury in my brain, so I'll gladly open it up for some opinions.