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    Describe an unwritten symphony, please?

    Hey NS friends! I haven't composed anything in a while, and I was hoping to have a bit of fun for my next piece.

    If you have any spare time, I'm looking for anyone to write a brief description or two of the first movement of a symphony as if it already existed and you were writing a Wikipedia entry on it.

    For example, you might say:

    The first movement begins with a cheery tune on the oboe, reminiscent of a Sherman brothers song. But suddenly thunderous brass enters, the tempo quickens, cymbals clash on every measure, and the orchestra descends into a dark waltz in C minor. The snare drum emerges with strange rhythms, and a dark melody, introduced on the violins, quickly spreads through the orchestra like a dark disease. After 10 minutes of dizzying arpeggios, the movement ends quietly, with the oboe playing its opening theme, but slow and limping and shifted into a minor key, as if whatever joy it had at the beginning has been driven out by darkness.
    Or something more or less descriptive. Whatever your imagination can conjure, no matter how traditional or outlandish.

    Then in a couple weeks (if anyone replies) I hope to create a final description by randomly choosing pieces from each description I can obtain, so the final description is sure to be wild fun. I will take on the description as a serious composition assignment, and try to compose to it as strictly as I can. I’m sure I’ll fail some parts (like if you write “the orchestra then descends into an 8-part fugue”), but it will be fun (and perhaps educational) to try!

    Then, if you also have time to compose any music yourself, you could do the same thing with the descriptions and it would be... fun... maybe?

    Kind of like a "challenge" except it's completely a "self-challenge" with no competition aspect at all.

    Let me know what you think, and if you have any small moments of spare time, I'd love some interesting descriptions. Thank you!
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
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    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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    Re: Describe an unwritten symphony, please?

    The first movement starts with a plaintive flute melody reminiscent of a shepherd sitting on a hillside contemplating his life as it is at that moment. Sun comes up along with the strings in a moving counterpoint joined by the other woods as his flock stir and start to graze.

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    Re: Describe an unwritten symphony, please?

    The First movement starts with distant gunfire and the sound of screaming rabbits. The chorus enters (over a woodwind ensemble) with a five part chorale on "kill da wabbit" (something like Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries", because anybody else's "Ride of the Valkyries" just doesn't really cut it). We are carried along with the chase until the hunter's quarry is cornered. There is a huge explosion of sound.

    The Second movement is a Funeral March for A Bunny Rabbit. No voices in this movement.

    The Third movement (scherzo) begins with a huge string tremolo in quartal harmony which quickly moves into a 3/4 jazz dance, uptempo. After 32 bars huge chromatic clusters intrude into the easy 3/4 dance feel. Near the end twelve rodeo clowns and one economist enter from the back of the hall and make their way to the stage while chanting "left, right, left, left, right..." over and over. Once they take the stage there is a deafening silence. There are approx. 6 beats of silence then the entire ensemble, chorus included, stands up, turn its collective back to the audience and wags their rear ends five times before turning back around and getting seated for the fourth movement.

    The Fourth movement begins with a massive sfzorzando piano crescendo timpani roll - a la Carmen Dragon's "America." The entire ensemble, chorus singing the lyric (fully harmonized), plays "Shave and A Haircut, Two Bits!" The ensemble puts down their instruments and applauds itself enthusiastically.

    During the onstage applause the audience is served chilled orange juice by scantily clad young women wearing French maid costumes.
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    Re: Describe an unwritten symphony, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by reberclark View Post
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    During the onstage applause the audience is served chilled orange juice by scantily clad young women wearing French maid costumes.
    Overall, good idea. But I would prefer scantily clad young men.

    Richard

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    Re: Describe an unwritten symphony, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by rwayland View Post
    Overall, good idea. But I would prefer scantily clad young men.

    Richard
    Ah yes...I suppose it could be edited to read "scantily clad young people."

    Good idea!
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    Re: Describe an unwritten symphony, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by reberclark View Post
    Ah yes...I suppose it could be edited to read "scantily clad young people."

    Good idea!
    Quite so!

    Richard

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