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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.