Even though I kept expecting some key modulations which never happened, I enjoyed the way your arrangement began deconstructed, then slowly evolved into the straight rendition of the waltz at the end. Really nice, simple concept, that progression of development.
Your version's dirge-like quality reminded me of how this song was used to great effect in the 1960's film "On The Beach." Remember that? - End of the world, and the small group of surivors we get to know were in Australia.
Thanks for listening, Randy.
My goal was SIMPLE, ince my pieces sometimes evolve into complicated, intelated chaos.
I remember a plethera of War movies during that time. I think they all hinged on time available for John Wayne and Gregory Peck...
Interesting how it all kind of pulls itself together. I think if you had the flute repeat the “tag line” (‘and we’ll go a-waltzing Matilda again” or whatever) all by itself, a little slowed down, very sad would sound great.
As far as sad sound “Waltzing Matilda”’s go, any ever hear the song “And the Band Was Playing Waltzing Matilda Again”? Very sad ant-war song.
Trent; thanks for listening. Despite all of our efforts to impress, simple usually trumps all others.
David; thanks for listening. My vision was mostly about under-statement-how the original developed and how it relates to the well known...
Anti-war ideas were mostly over my head during Vietnam. I had recently discharged from a tour in a Navy Band and had little patience for protests. I grew up in the 50's when everyone followed rules...
I get it now!
I was not familiar with the original so don't have that for any reference. This reservation of instruments and those spaced, short statments by the snaredrums really worked extremely well for setting a solemn and contemplative mood. I think this is what makes the coming together at the end, such a powerfull statement even though it too is somewhat reserved.
Impressive composition and arrangement, and i agree you have the instruments sounding very well in this!