Violin 2 from Orchestral Piece No.2 - "Monster"

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2 minutes
Genre
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.

I’m always keen to get feedback, particularly if you’re playing any of the larger chamber or orchestral pieces or singing anything I’ve written for choir. I’d particularly like to hear any recordings or see videos! There is no charge, copyright or performing rights issues - feel free to copy and perform for free, just don’t pretend you wrote it! I get many printed downloads my music, so it must be popular, but rarely any messages. So don’t be shy, I’d love to hear from you as feedback is very important to a composer, both to hear what it is people like and critical comments on what doesn’t work or you think could be improved - both kinds of feedback are very helpful.

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