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    Trade Winds, for Wind Ensemble

    This is Trade Winds, the piece I was doing a week ago. I finished it. Like most of my pieces, it's notoriously short. I get my statement, and let you deal with it. lol. So here it is. Trade Winds.

    http://www.box.net/shared/oesy81z044


    Score http://www.box.net/shared/jvoepihgv5

    I got some questions about why I called it Trade Winds. If you lsten to a lot of it, the winds are taking turns playing and bouncing back from the original statement. Like call and response effect.
    Yours Truly,
    TubaJediMaster
    May the Fourth Be With You

    My demos:
    http://www.box.net/shared/ejtluyupfb

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    Re: Trade Winds, for Wind Ensemble

    Nice piece. Probably a grade 3 level except for the orchestra bells which probably qualify for a grade 5/6 level.

    brsmith
    www.brsmusic.net

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    Re: Trade Winds, for Wind Ensemble

    Should I make the bells easier to bring it down to the same level? I mean, I really liked the color it added, but I don't mind sacrificing for continuity.
    Yours Truly,
    TubaJediMaster
    May the Fourth Be With You

    My demos:
    http://www.box.net/shared/ejtluyupfb

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    Re: Trade Winds, for Wind Ensemble

    In complete sincerity and respect - you start with such a simple subject and beautifully grow and expand it adding many different colors and voices to a very fine brass swell with interesting chord progressions. The percussion and bell worked well; gave an adventurous feeling toward the end. Just the finale alone, I believe you could expand. Not to worry - I am having my own troubles with expanding themes recently.

    Great work!

    M
    "...Wiktor's a Jekyll-Hyde personality..." - Lycos Music
    http://www.miserymadebeautiful.com

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    Re: Trade Winds, for Wind Ensemble

    Very nicely done. Rendered well too, better than I seem to manage. I wouldn't change the bell part much at all, but speaking as a publisher, having an optional bell part that's a little watered (and in this case, I don't think it needs much watering at all) would be completely appropriate. But in terms of the composition, it has really nice growth and development. I think that if you wanted to, there is room for some further exploration with it, but even on its own, it works quite well.

    I often have ideas or chunks that I will write that will be self sustained ideas that may sit there for a while, sometimes for months, before they get merged or expanded with other things. In one case, I had about a a minute and a half of music that I put together last October, almost fully scored and ready to go. It didn't come together in its final 7.5 minute form until mid July. I knew that there was going to be more, I just wasn't ready at the time.

    In all, nicely done.

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    Re: Trade Winds, for Wind Ensemble

    Excellent! Nice piece to listen too!

    Best Wishes,
    John

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    Re: Trade Winds, for Wind Ensemble

    Gosh I agree with John, can't believe it!!!. I really enjoyed this, especially as we discussed it earlier, having the score is really good, I like to follow the music.
    Derek
    Things may come and things may go but the art school dance goes on forever
    NOW WITH Cubase 5, JABB,GPO, Fender Strat, Ibanez RG, Yamaha Fretless Bass, Framus Archtop, The Trumpet and Mr T Sax, together with GREEN SEALING WAX


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    Re: Trade Winds, for Wind Ensemble

    Wow thanks all. I appreciate the comments a lot. I spent most of my time with the last section. One thing I really struggle with is fast sections, so I really wanted to get this one right. It's short, but it gets the point across, without being to redundant.
    Yours Truly,
    TubaJediMaster
    May the Fourth Be With You

    My demos:
    http://www.box.net/shared/ejtluyupfb

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    Re: Trade Winds, for Wind Ensemble

    This came out quite well, Ben, quite well indeed!
    There's some really golden dialogue work in it;
    and a beautifully developed and controlled build
    and progress to it. And that closing section works
    great against the prior material.

    As for length, Ben, there's no virtue in it for its
    own sake. A piece should be as long as it needs
    to be to say what it has to say, and not a note
    longer. As is, this is well balanced, to the point,
    and well proportioned.

    My best,



    David

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