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    Lesson 5 Exercises

    Here is one of the Lesson 5 exercises from stevebryson.

    Score

    http://homepage.mac.com/stevepur/GPO...teve_score.pdf

    and .mp3 file

    http://homepage.mac.com/stevepur/GPO...tave_steve.mp3

    Steve writes: "The background you supply is really lovely and inspiring, but so short! It was a challenge to match the mood."

    Excellent work Steve! A very suspenseful 3-4 octave melody. Thanks for sharing this.

    Gary Garritan

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    Re: Lesson 5 Exercises

    Here is Robert's exercies for 3-4 octave displacements using the stringed instruments here:

    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...cking-test.mp3


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    Thanks Gary for creating the exercise threads! It's nice to have a place for us students to share without feeling lost in the high-end discussions.

    For completeness, here are the rest of my lesson 5 exercises. Gary posted ex. 1 for me above.

    Here's exercise 2 (where we just do as we are told):

    http://homepage.mac.com/stevepur/GPO...-3-6-steve.mp3
    http://homepage.mac.com/stevepur/GPO...teve-score.pdf

    exercise 3 (which was also posted in the Lesson 5 discussion):

    http://homepage.mac.com/stevepur/GPO...e-steve-v2.mp3
    http://homepage.mac.com/stevepur/GPO...e-v2-score.pdf

    Summary exercises 1 and 2 are

    http://homepage.mac.com/stevepur/GPO...ngs1-steve.mp3
    http://homepage.mac.com/stevepur/GPO...ngs2-steve.mp3

    The score for summary exercise 1 is

    http://homepage.mac.com/stevepur/GPO...teve-score.pdf

    The second summary exercise has lots of parts so it would require some work to produce the score. Unless someone asks I'll avoid that work.

    In summary exercise 2 I used 2-octave doubling, with violins I on top, violins II and violas at unison in the middle and cellos on the bottom.

    It took me a while to understand that the summary exercises are a study in how a melody can change character, depending on context and orchestration: quiet vs. heroic. It took some extra effort to find a melody that worked for both. Very nice exercise!

    Comments always welcome.

    Thanks again for this wonderful course.
    Steve

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    Steve and Robert.

    Thank you so much for posting your work. I am learning a lot just by listening to what you composed.

    I am a newbie at all this orchestration stuff. I am doing the exericise myself first and then listening to what others (i.e., you) have done.

    I look forward to hearing more of your stuff and more stuff from anyone else willing to post.

    Beverly

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    Thank you all again for indulging my lateness. Lesson 5 sure had a lot of exercises, and I think it was very helpful to be able to try similar things in different situations.


    5.1 - Melody in Octaves

    http://www.filelodge.com/files/hdd4/...ave-robint.mp3

    Melody in triple octaves, thus: Violins I, Violins II, Cellos, Basses. Because of the range, I couldn't find anywhere to put the violas that sounded good, so I gave them a little rhythmic figure instead.


    5.2 - Melody in 3rds and 6ths

    http://www.filelodge.com/files/hdd4/...3-6-robint.mp3

    Here I stuck pretty close to suggestions. Violins I in lower thirds, with violins II doubling an octave below. Flutes double the 1st violins, and clarinets double the 2nd - though the clarinet part is somewhat simplified, to allow the violins to weave in and out of it a bit. It's subtle, but a nice effect I think.


    5.3 - Cellos Above Violins

    http://www.filelodge.com/files/hdd4/...ins-robint.mp3
    score: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...iolins-rob.jpg

    This exercise beat the crap outta me. I'm not a music major and my theory is weak - add that to the problem of the violin's range and the funky key, and I spent hours counting on my fingers over and over again to make sure I had the intervals right. The final solution has the 1st violins starting a 6th below the cellos, and then the 2nd violins enter at the end of the 3rd measure, resulting in both 3rds and 6ths. Except they trade it off... it's complicated. I haven't posted sheet music for most of my stuff because I'm using Sonar Home Studio which is useless for producing a score, and Finale Notepad, which is better, but very limited. Here, I felt the extra work was definitely warranted. I'll provide score for any of my other exercises by request.


    Summary Exercise 1

    http://www.filelodge.com/files/hdd4/...gs1-robint.mp3

    First violins carry the melody alone - and in a very similar direction to Steve, I must say. I did listen to his exercise once, but a few days before I did it myself. I like to think the music naturally drew us that way, and it wasn't a lack of creativity on my part.

    I definitely agree with Steve about the direction of the two halves of the exercise, and the "pastoral" quality of the first versus the "heroic" quality of the second. Actually, my fiance immediately commented that my melody sounded a lot like film score, and I have to admit it reminds me a little of Star Trek. Or, at least, like any of Jerry Goldsmith's more romantic scores from the 60s and 70s (Star Trek, The Blue Max, etc.).


    Summary Exercise 2

    http://www.filelodge.com/files/hdd4/...gs2-robint.mp3

    Version 2, and sounding even more like space opera. Melody in double octaves - Violins I, Violins II/Viola, Cello. I originally tried placing the violas in unison with the cellos, but it was too heavy. The power is in the middle, with the 1st violins soaring on the top, and the cellos subtly anchoring the bottom.

    Thanks for listening, this is a lot of fun (and very helpful!). I'm trying to catch up as fast as I can.

    -Robin

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    Re: Lesson 5 Exercises

    Very nice Robin! All of your exercises show mastery of the material in the lessons. Some beautiful melodies!

    Thanks for posting these. At this rate you will catch up very quickly.

    Gary Garritan

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    Re: Lesson 5 Exercises

    Hagai has submitted his Melody in the Strings, Three and Four Octave Displacement Exercise.

    Here is his mp3:
    http://www.garritan.com/ RK/exercises/HagaiDavidoff-MelodyStrings-3-4octaveExercise.mp3


    And his score:
    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...veExercise.pdf

    Excellent work again Hagai! It seems like you are gleaning a great deal. Keep up the good work.

    Gary Garritan

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    Re: Lesson 5 Exercises

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    Hagai has submitted his Melody in the Strings, Three and Four Octave Displacement Exercise.

    Here is his mp3:
    http://www.garritan.com/ RK/exercises/HagaiDavidoff-MelodyStrings-3-4octaveExercise.mp3


    And his score:
    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...veExercise.pdf

    Excellent work again Hagai! It seems like you are gleaning a great deal. Keep up the good work.

    Gary Garritan
    That url tag somehow ended up in the wrong spot, here it is fixed.
    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...veExercise.mp3

    Fine work Hagai! Welcome to all the new people. I agree with Beverly, I'm learning much by listening to all these great examples.

    David

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    Thanks Garry and David.

    It's fascinating to see the different approaches, and hear the diverse results from other people's MP3's.
    Give us more....
    Blessed Be,
    HD

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    Hagai has submitted his Melody in the Strings, Thirds and Sixths Exercises.

    Here is his mp3:
    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...thExercise.mp3


    And his score:
    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...thExercise.pdf

    Again, fabulous work Hagai! Very nice melody. Thanks for sending these in and keep up the good work.

    Gary Garritan

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