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I wish to ask you for some comments about a symphony that I am revising.
Originally written in 1996, it is a Beethoven-style work for chamber orchestra in four movements, as follows:
It was actually my first composition, and as I had studied only solfeggio before, it came out full of ingenuities and mistakes (i.e. no legato markings, wrong instruments range, bad harmony etc.).
But it has always been close to my heart. Therefore last year I started to revise it, in order to orchestrate it for a larger ensemble and to turn it into a professional, real-instruments-executable score.
I started from the last movement, the one I love more. You find in attachment the score in PDF and an MP3 generated using SIbelius.
I would like to know your opinion, positive and, more important, negative, about:
Thank you for help.
It is set low, as I didn't want to flatter myself with a Carnegie Hall-like listening experience. :))
You need to get better sound so we can listen to it and hear the parts. Turn up the reverb. Adjust the instruments in the mixer so they are at midrange. It the highest level is 12 put them at about 7. Do you have instrument samples installed. I use Garitin Personal Orchestra. There have been other good ones suggested on the forum. You get better orchestral sound if you use orchestra sections not solo instruments.
Otherwise I hear some good melodies and structure. You need to work on accompaniment. Beethoven is a great place to start. The constant repetition of chords under the melody is too monotonous. Follow what Beethoven does.
In the opening the whole orchestra rests should be eliminated. You might use one grand pause at the end of a piece, but these sound like gaps in the playback. These are just some basics to get started.
I apologize for my late answer, but I am starting a new job, and my music time has suddenly disappeared! :)
Bob, you hit the point, thank you. Your comments are of the kind I was looking for.
Actually, I didn't wish to write like Beethoven: this symphony originally came out by itself in a short time (in 1996). Probably it is Beethoven-like because I love him and 30 years ago I used to spend hours listening to his music; the music I had in my head came from that listening.
Your comments are really invaluable and need thinking, especially the one on beat 96. Thank you very much for them, I will turn them in my mind and, hopefully, make a good use of them.
Lawrence, thank you for your comments, I appreciated. :)