Here's the 4th and final piece to my happy "Musical Sweet". It is, of course, titled The Dessert. LOL!
I managed to finish writing this piece (Yep! It's a pencil to manuscript paper composition!) just a few days before the 25th. As this set of 4 compositions ("The Menu", "The Appetizer", "The Dinner" and "The Dessert") is our main Christmas gift to our family and friends, I burned a LOT of CD's on the 22nd and the 23rd! LOTS of them! LOL!
I just converted the aiff file to an mp3 file to share here!
I think that this is MY favorite composition out of the four. It's short, for one. It helps calm me down as I listen to it (and the others) while driving home after a hard night's work.
From a compositional point of view, it is what it is. I tried my hand at using a canonic type compositional device to serve as contrast to the chordal/melodic structure found at the beginning and at the end. It was a lot of work just developing that segment of the composition. I need to practice canonic-type writing. But I think I got it to be almost "passable" from a compositional point of view.
From a rendering and mix-down point of view I welcome thoughtful comments and suggestions. All of the instruments seem to be heard in a nice way.
From an orchestration point of view, I used the double basses in kind of a "tight interval" to the lowest note of the wood-winds and brass of the "chordal structure" sections. It didn't sound muddy and I liked the richness that it created. For me, anyway, it helped bring a kind of "peaceful feeling" (well, it also ends on a nice major chord) that seemed kind of nice. I also used less percussion in contrast to the previous three compositions.
Anyway. . . here is The Dessert .
I thank you in advance for taking the time to listen to it. It's probably going to be a while until I write another set of compositions like the "Musical Sweet". We have some Too Live Nurse projects to create and complete. It was fun doing this, though. I also want to thank David for suggesting that I develop the first composition (now titled, "The Menu") into a suite of sorts. These set of compositions is probably not a real or traditional "Suite". But there are some thematic type stuff that can be found between the four of them that helps hold them together as a "collection" (the quartal melodic and chordal structures, mainly).
Again, thank you! And, Happy New Year!
Peace. . . . . and Happy Composing, folks!