Well. . . After many, many hours of writing and many, many hours of recording, I finally finished a piece that I wish was finished before the 2004 Holidays. But it's done now! FINALLY!!!
It's an exercise in "Modern Composition" and "learn as you go" orchestration. It's been a very LOOOOOOOOOONG while since I written anything semi-serious like this. I must say, though, that I'm happy with the results despite the time and effort it took me to write this piece. Why did it take so long??? Atrophy!! I was exercising compositional muscles that haven't been used in a long while! And like every other muscle in my body, atrophied muscles are tough to stretch and pull and regain tone. And because I know the work involved in strengthing atropied muscles, I tend to avoid it!
Oh well. . .
The title of the piece is Common Conversations #1. The theme of this piece haunted me for a long time before I wrote it down. The melody came first for this number. I'm sure that similar melodies can be found in other works. That's o.k. with me. My goal was to "color" the melodic theme to make it "different" using arranging skills, orchestrational skills and compositional skills. . . all of which were atrophied!! YIKES!
Here's an mp3 file link:
Common Conversations #1
At this point, I want to publically thank Gary Garritan for creating such a wonderful tool. This is 100% GPO used with Steinberg's SX 3.01. Working on this was sheer joy for me!
Ted Fiebke, RN
P. S. Although I've taken all sorts of composition and arranging classes, I've never studied orchestration. That's my next step as I excercise these musical muscles. . .ouch!