First, let me have you listen to measures 1-28 before the discussion. Go to http://www.cooppress.net/aco_blog.html
My compositional style can best be described as conservative 21st century. This means that melody, harmony, counterpoint, and form, etc. are treated as an extension of what has come before, rather than a rejection of tradition. For example, my harmonic language tends to avoid extreme dissonance and while it is non-functional ( avoiding traditional chord progressions), harmonic rhythm and concern regarding the movement of chord to chord are important. My chords are mostly triadic with a strong preference for modes that have a lot of minor triads. I tend to avoid major triads mainly because of there strong connections with a sound often associated with earlier styles. But minor triads do not suit well for a celebratory piece. To solve this problem, I found myself using a lot of three-part chords built in perfect fourths. This sound added the necessary brightness for the celebration. Measures 2, 4, 8 and 9 have chords built in 4ths.
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