oh, NO..it's Snorlax again
Here is a traditional, old-school march with a bit of a back story...please enjoy!
All three of you who have been following "The Snorlax Saga" on trash TV know that a flood wrought some major havoc with my basement a bit over four years ago.
We spent a lot of time walking up and down the stairs to the basement as we struggled to salvage books, scores, instruments, pictures, treadmills, etc.
As people were going up and down the stairs, and passing boxes up and down, they found a rhythm of sorts that suggested a 6/8 march tune to me.
When work was done a few days later and the basement was 100% emptied, I wrote the tune down, completed it, and decided to call it "High and Dry."
A word about the obbligatos that you hear on the repeated strains--I improvised them on the euphonium as I played the arrangement in Overture, then wrote them out. I decided to put two of them in the flute part because I didn't want the euphonium to hog up ALL the good bits and wanted to change up the texture/range somewhat. The last one is shared by flute and euphonium the second time. It kinda has an Irish 6/8 feel to it.
The tune, I think, is very happy and upbeat...definitely a compensation for the distress...when life gets crappy, write a tune that's happy . It's very much in the old march tradition in harmony and structure.
All Kontakt 2 COMB: Flute, 4 clarinets, cornet (open & muted), 4 mellophones, EUPHONIUM, tuba, percussion.
John Philip Snorsa