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Yay!! New content on my blog! There is now a list of compositions, one containing a link to the 1st movement of my string quartet on YouTube. (Hey, look at that, there's even a link in this post).
As a precursor to an upcoming discussion on harmonies (or a "postlude," if you will pardon the musical pun), I wanted to rewrite "Mary Had a Little Lamb" again with the same melody but different harmonies, placed in such a way to put it in a minor instead of a major key. This wasn't too hard, as there are only three notes (4 notes in some versions) in the whole song. Here's the minor version of "Mary Had a Little Lamb:"
While this is the same exact melody, a change in the harmonies can give the song a different feel, in this case quite sinister and very dark. Since the melody used only DO, RE, and MI in the original key, I turned these into ME, FA, and SOL for the minor version.
I've utilized a similar technique for my Piano Sonata to help change the feel of different movements but to connect them together. The first movement is in A minor and starts out in the melody with a B-flat grace note going to the tonic, A. The second movement is …
I've been hoping to stretch my composition skills and at the same time create a useful resource for others. In order to do this, I've started a project to create a series of orchestral pieces that describing different emotions and moods. I'm going to start making the MP3 files available on my new website, and these will eventually be put into the Unreal Engine Marketplace for game developers to be able to utilize. Check out the video above (made using Unreal Engine and Blender) with some of this new music!
As I write these new pieces, I'll also describe some of my thought process for how I went about writing the pieces, and creating the feel. Stay tuned for the next article about "Warm and Calm."
In order to show more about the compositional process, I wanted to spend some time taking readers though my thought process while writing the different pieces in the emotions suite. For this article, I wanted to talk a bit about how I arrived at the decisions for different parts of the piece. If you haven't had a chance to hear it yet, you can check out the video on my YouTube channel!! (Shameless plug included today)
The first decision I made was on what kind of instrumentation I wanted. I wanted this to have the feeling of a full orchestra with some percussion to give it a richer, more diverse, and more full sound. So I created a Finale file that had all of the instruments I was likely to use and that I might use.
After that, I wanted to figure out what key area this should be in. I felt that B-flat would have a warmer sound to it (no particular reason: I just wanted B-flat).
After this came the more nitty gritty work: how do I create my emotion? I already had decided t…