Xylophone part from Orchestral Piece No.2 - "Monster"

2 minutes
Modern classical music and Classical music

Some comedy horror for you…

Note that strings need to divide to play some of their chords!

I originally wrote this for piano violin and flute over 3 days, not expecting it to be a real piece - just having some fun and didn’t quite finish it. After a few weeks I thought this would sound quite good if orchestrated, so I added an intro and the last few bars and here it is.

This makes me think of a creepy monster who slowly wakes up then starts lumbering around his stinky cave up to all sorts of no good… Techniques used are plenty of dissonances, but with spreading out of the chords where necessary so that they are not too jarring, quick transferring of material between instruments, contrasts between low instruments (bass clarinet, contrabassoon and tuba) and high instruments, glissandi, high viola amongst upper strings playing lower, quick crescendos and decrescendos, double trills a semitone apart (doesn’t sound very tonal but works in context - this is a very tuneful piece which drives forward once the monster wakes up) spiced up with piano, solo violin and xylophone.

This is a favourite amongst my friends.

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