Who would've thought Spring could be so philosophical

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Difficult (Grades 7+)
7 minutes
Modern classical music
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This piece here is just plain MAD!.. What I did was write a one bar bass line on the harp. Paste it for loads and loads of bars, and every so often change the key randomly, eliminating the accidentals.. Then I just wrote what my heart was wanting to write. All done i the matter of 9 hours. =)

What is the meaning of this then? I hear you ask.. Well, up until 10 minutes ago, none. I wrote this piece randomly with no meaning. Of course, having 'compulsiveness of autism' as the physchologist described my unknown mental illness, i disected the piece as to find a title.. The following is what i found.

The piece in general represents Spring. The timbre of the instruments remind me of this season right away. Also, wind came to mind. But Spring suits the philosophical side appropriately. the structure of the piece also clearly has connotations with the season: The random changing key signature signifies the fact that spring is constantly changing from the coldness of winter into the warmth of summer. These changes are not predictable and do not necassarily flow as do these key changes.

With the relation to Spring present, I disected further.. The harp part never changes (apologies to those who play harp, maybe you could bring a magazine or something to read while playing the piece?) It does fit with the key signature, but it doesn't change. What does not change in Spring?.. humans. The harp represents humans, and their monotonous life. We see spring almost as a burden, not as a glorious transformation and part ourselves from it. Keeping to what we know, and not adapting in anyway from the winter into the summer unless it is turning down the central heating or indulging in new attire. The Flute represents Ground life in Spring. All the animals that spend there time on land, awaking from hibernation and being re-born ready to start their new year until winter comes again. The Alto saxophone represents Air life. The birds and insects who spend the majority of their life swooping and bumbling through the skies. For them spring means a time to bask in the abundance of the plants and animals being re born. It is also a time of rest for those who have migrated for the winter and are now returned home. The String section coincides with these as the strings represent the land itself. all non-animal entities that aren't part of the waters. These give life to the re-born animals and is re-born itself. The changing of spring would not happen if it wasnt for the birth of the plants. This is the foundation of spring and is to the foundation of the piece. The strings never glorify themselves above the other instruments, but are there as an accompaniament, just as the land and plants accompany the animals during the change. the glockenspiel represents the water which may have been frozen during a cold winter and is now thawing into lucious streams and rivers, always flowing never staying the same, always changing. More importantly though, is the aquatic life, the oboe. Again new life and re birth is the main change here, but also living in harmony with the water is essential, after all, it is their home. this is why the glockenspiel is often echoed by the oboe. all instruments are needed together to make the piece, inthe same way, all life forms are needed to produce Spring.. well all but humans. The monotonous life of humans is mocked in this piece, and it essentially shows how indepent humans are among the rest of the world. We are too busy to be part of it which is saddening.

But yeah email me for seperate parts.. and please comment.. enjoy.. much love xx <3

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