Here is the start to the third movement of my “St. George and the Dragon”. I hate to post something this early on, but it’s been a pain to get this to this point.
I know, it’s pretty simple – the canon on Chopsticks I posted a couple of weeks ago was more complicated. So why was it a pain?
The two main themes (the trumpet theme and the one at the end with the harp background) came from the original “St. George” that I did years ago. The old way, which was harmonized pretty much on I and V, was so stuck in my head that I couldn’t do anything else with them - I fought for weeks to get something at least a little different. Now that this first time through is finished and I can do variations on these themes it should be easier.
Again, as in the other movements, a lot of modal and medieval stuff to go with the topic.
Anyway, this movement is titled “St. George”. It is purposely pretty simple as I’m making his a bit of a two dimensional storybook hero. Also, I want the music to be very light compared to the funeral march in the second movement.
Anyway, here is the rough first 1:43 of the Third Movement of St. George and the Dragon:
I wasn't so sure about the beginning, but my how this piece became a favorite at 26 seconds in. I can really imagine this in a storybook hero context like you mention. This is truely outstanding. Very nice Trent. I like where the whole St. George thing has gone.
I most likely will rework the introduction a little. I want to keep the same feel but the soprano line gets a little monotonous. I also plan on bringing something like this back in the middle. Well sort of: it will start like this and then go someplace totally different.
I have the whole thing blocked out in mind. Now all I have to do is get it on paper and recorded…..
Thanks Gary. A year ago I never would have guessed I would be trying my hand at something of this scale yet as soon as I start playing with GPO this whole thing just kind of gelled. So thank you for such a wonderful product.