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"Anthem" - For Orchestral Strings and Brass (w/ Piccolo Obbligato)

Hiii forum.

 

So i don't really get a chance to compose "good" things often.  I must be totally inspired. This is one of those times :)

 

Attached is the MP3 for "Anthem" . Kind of... a simple name. Subject to change. I imagine the first movement of it as the orchestrated anthem for a foreign country I've made up. The second movement features some of the best technique in counterpoint i've personally ever done, which is not saying much!

 

Anyway, I'm looking for criticism in the areas of: 

1 - The piece is devoid of woodwinds, except the piccolo solos. When my mother listened to it, she said it "Needed more instruments". Obviously she is not very music savvy, but she may be on to something. What do you think?

 

2 - I'm still stuck using garritan as my sample library but I've taken a different path to editing it. I am unable to successively use any DAW in exsistance, so i've used audacity. Do you notice any weaknesses in the production quality? Might it be a good idea to add some extra samples in to fill out the sound a little in your opinon, or no? NOTE: I tried to split the HQ mp3 in two parts but the files were still too big, so I had to upload the full thing in medium quality.

 

3 - Anything else you can think of. Does the piece make sense? Are there any parts of the piece that could use a different texture or color to make it more interesting?

 

Please let me know anything you think about it. I'm trying to make this my best piece yet so any comments are welcome :)

 

[Also, i can't put my finger on the work i would use to describe the second movement... Irish? Folk-hymn? Anyone? :P]

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Hey, just a quick question...how do you get the wind chime/mark tree effect at the end with Garritan?
Its under Percussion Toys, and I believe it's the G# just about the treble staff.

Chen Qi Hang said:
Hey, just a quick question...how do you get the wind chime/mark tree effect at the end with Garritan?
You mean there's a track called Percussion Toys? I've never seen that before. The only wind chime I have seen is the one under General Percussion Midi I think, and it sucks because it is not the long glissando kind, it's the super swift kind.

Chris Rodier said:
Its under Percussion Toys, and I believe it's the G# just about the treble staff.

Chen Qi Hang said:
Hey, just a quick question...how do you get the wind chime/mark tree effect at the end with Garritan?
Yes the toys track. I believe it's the same sound as the GP, but you have to give it a long note value. like Two wholes tied. Make sure it's at a loud dynamic too :3

Chen Qi Hang said:
You mean there's a track called Percussion Toys? I've never seen that before. The only wind chime I have seen is the one under General Percussion Midi I think, and it sucks because it is not the long glissando kind, it's the super swift kind.

Chris Rodier said:
Its under Percussion Toys, and I believe it's the G# just about the treble staff.

Chen Qi Hang said:
Hey, just a quick question...how do you get the wind chime/mark tree effect at the end with Garritan?
Hmm I can't seem to find this track called "Percussion Toys". Mind telling me where to find it? I tried giving the GP mark tree a long note value, but it still sounds swift =S

Chris Rodier said:
Yes the toys track. I believe it's the same sound as the GP, but you have to give it a long note value. like Two wholes tied. Make sure it's at a loud dynamic too :3

Chen Qi Hang said:
You mean there's a track called Percussion Toys? I've never seen that before. The only wind chime I have seen is the one under General Percussion Midi I think, and it sucks because it is not the long glissando kind, it's the super swift kind.

Chris Rodier said:
Its under Percussion Toys, and I believe it's the G# just about the treble staff.

Chen Qi Hang said:
Hey, just a quick question...how do you get the wind chime/mark tree effect at the end with Garritan?

Asuming we both have GPO : 

 

Aria ---> GPO ---> Standard ---> Percussion ---> Percussion Toys : Piano note G#6 (The only G# availible to the sound bank)

Chen Qi Hang said:

Hmm I can't seem to find this track called "Percussion Toys". Mind telling me where to find it? I tried giving the GP mark tree a long note value, but it still sounds swift =S

Chris Rodier said:
Yes the toys track. I believe it's the same sound as the GP, but you have to give it a long note value. like Two wholes tied. Make sure it's at a loud dynamic too :3

Chen Qi Hang said:
You mean there's a track called Percussion Toys? I've never seen that before. The only wind chime I have seen is the one under General Percussion Midi I think, and it sucks because it is not the long glissando kind, it's the super swift kind.

Chris Rodier said:
Its under Percussion Toys, and I believe it's the G# just about the treble staff.

Chen Qi Hang said:
Hey, just a quick question...how do you get the wind chime/mark tree effect at the end with Garritan?
this is really good! you have a nice way of using the orchestra, very subtle and well thought out. nice touches on the strings. really nice writing!! the piccolo solo is beautiful you have a great ear for melodic wiriting! i love it. if you haven't allready, check out martinu's 1st symphony. very lush writing you might like!

chris -

Really liked your use of percussion with strong march rhythms in the first movement, and also the counterpoint between instruments.   I loved the melody in 2nd movement.  The  piece could easily have been an American Revolutionary War movie score.

All three sections sounded good - the orchestration is solid and I don't think it lacks anything in texture.  It is a very smooth and polished piece. 

 

Couple of points:

 

1. An anthem needs to have lyrics and although the last section sounded the tightest it fell a bit short of being singable, in my opinion.  A lot of anthems started out as hymns or drinking songs, so you might want to listen to some of these.  You have a fine overture to a movie, but not quite an anthem.  You should perhaps make up some lyrics and fit your melody to that.

 

2. An anthem is typically played by a marching band so you might want to re-tool it for woodwinds instead of strings.  The percussion should have a stronger beat and more of a continuous presence - something you could march to.  

 

Re-work the instrumentation and I think you could try selling something like what you have to a drum and bugle corps. or college marching band for half-time shows. 

 

If you still want this to be an anthem - start with the words.  South Sudan might be in the market!  :)

 

 

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