So I'm an amateur composer, but Its something I really love to do, and I had played the game Runescape for 2 years, and I fell in love with a certain Piece from it, simply titled "Fanfare" I loved the energy and the mystery of it... of course, I was hearing it in like, 16 bit sound... so it wasn't really all that great.
So years later here I am writing it out as an Orchestral March. I say orchestral because I included Strings + Harp in the score, but I think it could be done as a field march if you had a synthesizer in the PIT.
I have had practice with things before, and I used a lot of elements my band director stresses, especially "Exaggerating" the dynamics. Seeing as this is computer sounds here, I thought I'd TRY to get it close to a real performance. Someone of my status does not usually have access to an orchestra, sooo... yeah.
This is also my first time writing a percussion part for 5 bass drums, snare line and cymbals. I used to ignore percussion, but It adds so much, but I feel I am not so good at it.
In a city protected by the white nights of Fallador Castle, there is much to be contented by. A financially rich and beautiful city with a fair and strong king to lead. But, there may be secrets lurking about, and beneath the city, the mines are often troubled.
Fanfare features 2 Strong central themes, one that is very exciting, and one mysterious. It features a piccolo solo on the secondary theme, and a cannon of both themes to end.
Critique I'd like:
Overall effect of piece, what could make it better overall? Stronger melody ect.
Percussion, seeing as its my first, where did I go right and wrong? What things would have made it better? If you'd like, you can have the file, but you will need the FREE Finale reader from finale.com OR Have a finale product from the 2010 line (I Have Printmusic 2010).
And anything else. If you listen with stereo headphones, you'll notice I did some Left-Right switches for effect, and I need some advice on orchestral placement. I Figured as a recording this "Swell" effect would be effective.
(Files attached: Song (MP3) and Score (.MUS for finale) You can either download the song, or hear it on my page here.
Thanks a ton in advance!
Here you can see the original version from the game. I think I left out some inner voice parts, but I didn't really like them in the original anyway! Lol.
and this is My version on flute and piccolo (and fife version):