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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Antics for Elementary Band - Samples of each movement

I interrupted several projects that I am working on to compose a short part of each movement of Antics for elementary band. This composition is being composed as part of a commissioning consortium where each participant contributes a small amount towards the commission fee and receives local premiere rights for up to a year after the composition is completed. The deadline for joining this commission consortium is January 15, 2015 and the rest of the piece will be composed after that date. For more information about the consortium, please visit http://www.cooppress.net/page9/page385/index.html

The first movement of this two-movement composition is "Dolphins in an Aquarium." The general description of this movement is that it is in a moderate tempo and primarily legato. The whole step eighth note motif represents the dolphins swimming. The rising pyramids in intervals of a perfect fifth represent the dolphins leaping out of the water.

The second movement is "Squirrels in a Park" and its general tone is lively and staccato. The movement begins with the low instruments playing a repeated chord built in 4ths. The playful melody appears in the upper woodwinds and trumpets in the key of Bb. Both movements utilize the percussion for rhythm and color.

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. Be sure to use full screen mode to see large score more clearly. 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/Antics_blog.html

As always, your comments are appreciated.
Dr. B

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