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Monday, September 8, 2014

Movie Music - Movement 3

This is the third movement and final of a 3-part flexible instrumentation composition at a high school level. It is being composed through a commissioning consortium where each participant pays a small fee that is partially refundable and receives score and parts, local premiere rights and an inclusion in the dedication. For more information about the consortium, please visit http://www.cooppress.net/page9/page395/index.html 

The composition is being created so that there would be a Part A, B, and C and each part would be available for C, Bb, Eb, F, bass clef, and alto clef instruments so that the piece would be playable by a wide variety of trios from standard to unusual. There are three movements planned: Theme Music, Love Song, and Chase Scene.

I am creating the piece using a three trumpet instrumentation. My reasoning is that I wanted three instruments with a narrow range and endurance challenges. I figure if the composition works for this combination, it would work in any combination. Just to test this out, I created a flute, clarinet and alto saxophone version from the trumpet version and it transferred well just by putting the flute up an octave.

Most movies have some sort of chase scene so it was logical for me to include music for one in my composition. The Presto tempo, staccato notes and accented notes all create a sense of fast action. I began with a single instrument representing the person being chased. Gradually more instruments enter representing the pursuers. This effect is repeated several times throughout the composition indicating that the person being chased has temporarily outfoxed his pursuers. The music from measures 9-17 occurs several times representing the pursuers closing in on the target. The section that begins at measure 36 provides a contrast as the melody itself in legato. One could think of this section representing a straight-away where there is less danger, however, the underlying staccato accompaniment indicates that the subject is still being pursued. Measures 50 to 56 grows in intensity as the subject is coming close to being captured, however he eludes his pursuers once more. The opening sections repeat as the chase goes on. At measure 92-97, the pursuers are closing in and in the last two measures a dissonant chord is used to represent either a crash or the capture.

I export my Sibelius Music Notation file as a movie (new to version 7.5). I also use Noteperformer software for the sounds. These are sample sounds, but the software also includes an algorithm that reads ahead in the music and phrases the music according to context, therefore making the realization closer to live performance. I  upload these videos to youtube and embed the video for each movement. I hope that this technology allows the reader to have an easier experience and a more realistic performance. To see and hear what I have discussed, go to http://www.cooppress.net/Movie_Music_blog.html

As always, your comments are appreciated.
Dr. B

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