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I came across a very old picture that I think was a victory parade from the end of WWII and I wanted to do something powerful and patriotic with a victory theme.

The backbone of the piece is like the backbone of Ravel's Bolero as it is the same throughout the piece.

The first part is the build up to the second part victory theme. Some key changes and a choir for the end give it a lift.

I hope you enjoy it.

Victory Parade

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Lovely melody. Well defined rhythm. Very enjoyable.

If I may make some suggestions:

I think woodwinds could be used to fill in the high register?

I know it is a march but maybe vary the rhythm a little?

Thanks Stanley, I did use woodwinds in the piece but they are not very clear in the mix.

Glad you enjoyed the piece though and thanks for the feedback :)

Yes. Another grand cinematic score - well done!

- Driving rhythm and build up. Big entry tor the choir.

At first it sounded foreboding, more like a surrender but then built up to a pretty triumphal ending. I noticed the comment about the woodwind further up but from what I could hear it doubled the strings for reinforcement. I don't think there are problems with the mix. You definitely balance the choir with the orchestra ok.

Splendid.  

Thanks Dane, I see what you mean about the first part, it does seem dark which is the lead up to the main victory theme. I supposed that the last few days of a war would have been a bit uncertain the suddenly it's announced the war is over.

Yes the woodwind, brass and strings all follow the main theme.

I do love using choirs in some pieces as they tend to uplift the piece.

I am glad you liked the overall piece and that's for listening and your views :)

Dane Aubrun said:

Yes. Another grand cinematic score - well done!

- Driving rhythm and build up. Big entry tor the choir.

At first it sounded foreboding, more like a surrender but then built up to a pretty triumphal ending. I noticed the comment about the woodwind further up but from what I could hear it doubled the strings for reinforcement. I don't think there are problems with the mix. You definitely balance the choir with the orchestra ok.

Splendid.  

Hi

To me the first half was more funereal than victorious. Second half had a thumpingly good tune and I could imagine everyone throwing there hats into the air.

Cheers, Colin

Thanks Colin, It is sometimes hard to get other people to 'see' what I see when I am writing a piece. At least the second part gave you the that image of how I saw it.

Thanks for listening and giving your views, much appreciated :)

Colin Dougall said:

Hi

To me the first half was more funereal than victorious. Second half had a thumpingly good tune and I could imagine everyone throwing there hats into the air.

Cheers, Colin

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