Music Composers Unite!
Today, in the music world, there are more orchestras out there than you or I could even imagine. So I thought why not compose an orchestral composition for my next piece? Who knows, this piece might just end up going to the London Symphony orchestra. Well, probably not, but it was still worth the effort. The next piece I composed was orchestrated for an orchestra and is entitled Passage to Wonders.
This piece begins very dramatically with the stringed instruments attacking on the same note. As they decay, the flutes enter very mysteriously. And then, before you know it, the brass enters, along with the strings, and we are talking intensity! Within not even a minute into the piece, I attempt to create a dramatic, mysterious, and intense feeling within the listener. As the intensity decays, I establish a phrase with the bassoon and cello. As they repeat this phrase, I add more instruments and continue to build. The flute and violin finally give the listener the melody to the piece in a beautiful manner. Another sudden moment and the brass enters with the melody, but once again back in the intense feel. The french horn will follow in after the trumpets and replay the melody, until a small moment of dissonance is created and a short reprise of my opening statement. An unexpected timpani solo enters and leads up into the second portion of my piece.
The second theme to my piece begins with a bassoon and viola ostinato of a rather arabic feel. The flute enters emphasizing the arabic feel, with the oboe providing a countermelody. Once the oboe decays, the french horn will enter building up into a small return back into my first theme. However, this is only short as I return to the arabic feel once again, but I slowly lose that feel for a more soothing one. Suddenly, the soothing dies to be replace with intensity, but before you know it, it's back to relaxing, and then a crescendo into yet another timpani solo! The solo ends with a powerful entrance into my first theme, and now I keep replaying my initial theme with just different instruments. I build up each time by adding new instruments providing different harmonies until by the end, the piece is at its most intense, exciting, and dramatic all at the same time. I end the piece the same way I started it: the strings attacking the same note, except with the rest of the orchestra joining them.
Passage to Wonders is an extremely exciting, intense, and versatile composition of mine with a lot going on. I composed this piece at age 15. Take a listen to it and while you're at it, close your eyes, and let your mind take you on a passage to wonders!