I can't believe that I finally finished a composition. It's been two years since I finished an orchestral compositions of any length. To be honest with you, it really was an exercise in simply putting pencil to manuscript paper. In other words, the goal was simply to finish SOMETHING.
I started this piece in mid-January when it was snowing outside. (We got a LOT of snow this year! Yikes!). I titled it "Winter in Mid-January" because that's when I started this piece. To be honest, the music doesn't really fit the title so the name of this piece might change in time.
I utilized a combination of instrumental libraries, but the majority of instruments are either from GPO or JABB. All solo instruments and percussion are from GPO and JABB. I "augmented" the sound using instrumental sections from Kirk Hunter's Diamond Orchestral Library with the string section sounds from his newer Concert Strings 2 library. I've shared before that I mix instrumental libraries. To be very honest, I really like how GPO, JABB and the Kirk Hunter orchestral & string libraries mix together.
For good or for bad, all was done in 64-bit mode. Now that Native-Instruments has its Kontakt 4 in 64-bit mode and now that Garritan's Aria is in 64-bit mode, I can now utilize more RAM housed within my happy computer. In fact, I'm thinking about doubling the RAM! LOL!
Regarding the composition, it is what it is. I'm just happy to finish it. It's probably more of an exercise than a well written and well-developed composition. I kept the form really simple and concentrated on creating a specific mood with experimentation with melody/chord combinations, instrumental combinations, dynamic & articulation changes and tempo changes. There are a number of clear thematic melodies that I can use to create a set of compositions that can "go together" in some fashion. With this in mind, I hope to be spending more time with experimenting with compositional tools to help create a more developed and cohesive pieces as I continue on with the next set of orchestral pieces.
My goal?? To have a set of compositions to use as gifts for Christmas 2011. That was my goal for 2010 but never wrote anything to give to anybody! LOL!
Anyway, here's the piece. Please feel free to provide feedback to overall sound. Having JUST finished this piece today, another set of "ears" would be greatly appreciated.
Winter in Mid-January
Cheers. . .