Hello . . . .
Ugh! I JUST finished this longer composition about 1 hour ago.
I started writing this piece. . . ohhhhhhh. . . in January. (Sigh. . . . )
Click Here: The Menu (new title) .
This particular piece is an attempt to writing in "longer form"; to write something longer than 3 or 4 minutes in length which is how long my compositions generally last. This composition lasts about 7 minutes. So, the major goal for me in writing this piece was simply to practice composing (simple theme development, exploring a different form structure, etc., etc.). The basic form of this piece is A-A-B-B-A-B-interlude-C-C-D-D-C-D-interlude with B-A-A-B-B-ending. Before I wrote a note down on the manuscript paper, this is the form structure that I committed myself to use.
(I am soooooo rusty when it comes to writing music.)
Another goal for me was to explore orchestration a bit more deeply. I used my ear. In other words, I used the "let's try this and let's try that" method of orchestration. LOL!! If a certain combination of instruments sounded good together, it stayed. If a combination sounded completely horrible, it quickly got "erased". LOL!! I'm fairly certain that no music college offers the "let's try this and let's try that" method of orchestration. But until I buckle down and make the time to study orchestration (I plan on using the free course offered on this web site), this method is what I'll use. It's kind of fun and frustrating at the same time. When it works, it's fun. When it doesn't, and I end up deleting several measure worth of music, it's very, very frustrating.
Yet another goal for me in writing this piece was to explore blending together different sound libraries. The sound libraries used were, of course, Garritan's GPO and JABB! These two make up about 60% of the instruments heard in this piece. I also utilized an orchestral library produced by Kirk Hunter Studios which I purchased last December. It's the Diamond version. I like it. It seems to blend well with what I consider the "work horses" of my instrumental sound library: GPO and JABB.
Anyway. . . I hope you like this piece. It is long, or at least "longer", composition. I like it. No doubt, though, I need to keep on practicing composing. The more one practices that better one usually becomes. The composition itself is what it is. The mix, however, has room for refinement. It's a fairly rough mix. If you hear anything within the mix that might need improvement, please feel free to comment and offer thoughtful suggestions.
I thank you ahead of time for taking the time to listen to this piece.
And. . . as always. . . Happy Composing, Folks!!
Edited: I have changed the title of the number to "The Menu". It is the first of four (or maybe 5) compositions that, together, will be titled "Musical Sweet" (pun intended! ).