Sean, who organizes the Challenge events, and I, agree that it's time for Something Completely Different with round #14.
As winner of Challenge 13, it's my job to post a theme for people to orchestrate and arrange for the next round.
Since we've had some especially quirky themes for the last two rounds, Sean and I decided it'd be fun to offer up a very simple theme which is even >GASP!< diatonic!
Here's the theme - a 16 bar melody in 3/4 time which is in a traditional folk mold. I have it in the key of C so it's obvious at a glance that the theme is diatonic. But entrants must feel free to shift it to any key they desire.
And here's the MIDI file set to the GM Piano patch:
This simple theme could be the melody for a song, it could be arranged as a lush Romantic style, in various cinematic styles, German Brass Band, but could also be so completely deconstructed as to be the basis for an atonal piece - The sky's the limit.
I want to make sure that participants don't feel they have to be stuck with the most obvious chord structure for this. It's a handful of notes which can be presented in ANY manner you want. Any key, any time signature, any style.
One of the few guidelines is that the entries be "a few minutes long." There's no specific length required, but past experience has shown that it can probably hurt a piece if it's much more than 3 minutes in length.
Sean will be posting any specifics he wants on this thread - I can say that the preparation period is usually about a month, and then a new voting thread is started after all the entries have been collected by Sean. We plan on including a specific cut-off date for the voting, so there's no confusion over that.
Some people didn't feel they could do very much musically with the last few themes - Hopefully this humble, diatonic melody will inspire them to join in this time.
Have fun--That's an order!