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:
Or something more or less descriptive. Whatever your imagination can conjure, no matter how traditional or outlandish.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.
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!