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    Mafia Reloaded

    Hi,

    I am new to the forum and thought I'd go ahead and post a piece for some feedback. This piece is called "Mafia Reloaded" and was inspired by the waltz from the Godfather. All the sounds are from GPO and I used Sibelius to compose it and play it.

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/song...songID=5762280

    Please, let me know what you like with it or what you think could be improved. (Both with the composition itself and the performance).

    Thanks,
    Lydia

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    Re: Mafia Reloaded

    Nice orchestration. Lots of variety. Toward the middle there's a section with, I think, flutes and strings that seemed a little "thin" to me. Hmmm. Not sure how to describe it. Maybe it needs a little fill in the middle voices. But don't take my word for it. I'm a total newbie to composing. Overall, I thought it was very good. Keep up the good work.

    --gary shannon

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    Re: Mafia Reloaded

    Thanks Gary! I think I know what part you mean.

    I played this piece for a friend a couple of days ago and he suggested adding accordion. I don't have any good accordion samples, so I don't think I want to do that, but I could always add some more woodwinds at that point - or brass. Right now it is only strings and woodwinds.

    Thank you,
    Lydia

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    Re: Mafia Reloaded

    A warm welcome to the forum, Lydia!

    This is quite a strong introduction of your work, most certainly.
    Able orchestration, well composed, evocative and on the mark
    for your subject matter -- this is good writing and good rendering
    that would find itself quite comfortable in film or overture.

    Keep it coming!

    Best,



    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    Re: Mafia Reloaded

    Thank you David. That is very encouraging.

    ~ Lydia

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    Do people ever criticize music titles on this forum? I guess they do now. Lydia, i love your work here it is absolutely gorgeous, i'll listen to it many times.

    BUT, I have a lot trouble associating beautiful music with a gang of creepy murderous thugs, to me the name doesn't seem to fit the music. I know The Godfather had a beautiful score, but even back then i thought something seemed wrong with that picture. Guess i would like your title better if it were called finishing off the mafia or something like that.

    David

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    Re: Mafia Reloaded

    David,

    To be honest I have thought about re-naming it several times, but the most exciting name I came up with was "Waltz in G minor" and I thought it seemed too boring...

    I never thought about the possibility of still using Mafia somewhere in the title but not in a way that it seems like it will be an actionfilled piece...

    I will think about it some more.

    Thanks,
    Lydia

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    Re: Mafia Reloaded

    I really liked this. Very cinematic.

    I don’t know about Mafia, but there is something dark about it. Maybe more of a ghost story or mystery set in the late Victorian age.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: Mafia Reloaded

    Hi,

    this is wonderful work, both in terms of melodic and harmonic sensibility and rendering!

    Since you asked for comments: My studio monitors are not installed this week and maybe it is just a problem with my laptop speakers, so I may be totally wrong. But I would check the lines for the common rules of avoiding parallel fifths, fourths, voice changings etc. At first listening I would guess there are a few situations where the flute and the first violins seem to be in conflict both jumping to a fourth etc.

    I don't remember all the rules since I compose by ear nowadays but I think there are some things that irritate me a little in the voicings.

    Hannes
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    Re: Mafia Reloaded

    Hi Lydia, Welcome!

    Lovely piece, I particularly enjoyed the sweeping strings, especially at the start.

    Well done and thanks for sharing.

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