I just put the finishing touches on my rendition of a song I've been working on a few weeks. It actually has two versions: for baritone with text that I wrote, and then I took the solo line and wrote it out for a high cello solo. It sounds equally well in both versions I think, but this is the one that's most readily available to share
The initial composition started with the actual words. Then a melody emerged from them. I then started writing the orchestral accompaniment, and it began a new life all unto itself. The melody influenced the orchestra, the chords and countermelodies I chose influenced the melody. It was a wonderful bit of playing between being flexible and allowing one to affect the other.
In essence, there are multiple solo lines playing. There's the main line, and there's also a duet going on between the english horn and bass clarinet. I panned them respectively to the left and right while leaving the cello in the middle so it would provide an interesting aural space.
The instrumentation is: Cello, English Horn, Bass Clarinet, Horn in F, Tuba, Glockenspiel, Violins I & II, Violas, Cellos, Basses.
I'll leave you with the mp3 and the text to lead the piece along as you listen. Maybe it'll make the instrumental version more meaningful.
The Last Reward
Walking the well-traveled road again
Digging my feet through the worn dirty lines
Kicking up dust, humming tunes to the wind
Thinking up thoughts controversially mine
Dragged by a magnet to home’s comfort calls
Thoughts of warm fires, frosty windows, and how
Pleasantly wandering down the long halls
Stalls my long strides, catch my breath again…
Trudging forward, heading norward, homeward bound
Going toward my last reward, never found
With the journey edging onward, what stopped my eye
A strand of long grass from the cracked broken street
Slender emerald grown from the earth, dead from my touch
Reborn again as a small jeweled bird
Fly to the end of the world
Fly through the uncharted mountains
Fly and come back to my palm