Timpani from Music for Harp, Violin, Cello and Orchestra - Version 2 (2016)

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Duration
8 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music and Classical music

This is an improved version of my earlier piece, originally written over 4 days in 2014. Revised in 2016. I have enhanced the orchestration and lengthened the ending which I felt was a little abrupt in the earlier version. This time the ending is very rich with interplaying material constantly blossoming out of different parts of the orchestra. It is a very tuneful piece, the basic structure being: 1. Introduction - the bubbling harp starts and tension builds with the main arpeggio rising and falling motif being suggested with some interruptions. 2. The first main tune bursts out in full then dies away into… 3. Solo cello and solo violin play a more plaintive and gently rhythmic melody against the harp and some subtle strings. 4. A tune in E minor is heard in oboe with bassoon against light strings and an emerging counter melody in cellos and violas, rising to a brief climax. 5. The melody is developed further by the soloists against tremolo strings and a low string off-beat pattern. The melody takes a slightly darker turn then fades away with the violin solo on high harmonics against trumpets sounding as if in the distance. 6. Build up and huge crescendo followed by sudden break and a large soft slowly pulled apart chord of G major 7th to G dominant 7th. Out of this emerges the soloists' strange rhythmic tune from earlier, but with subtle chromatic changes to make it more mysterious. 8. The bubbling harp figure from the start of the piece returns against which grows a very tuneful melody on oboe set against bassoon. 9. This melody grows into a full orchestral version, taken over first by the horns, then passed around the orchestra against melodies from earlier in the piece, particularly the arpeggio figure and variants of it. This gives a very lush sound with much interplay and redirection of focus around the orchestra with shifting textures. The tune is taken up again for one last build up before gently dying away.

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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