A little symphonic poem

This started as a little lullaby intended for a programmable music box I bought from Amazon. The box is completely diatonic (i.e. "white-key") and works with manually punched paper rolls. The original piece is kept intact in the initial celesta solo.

When I realized that making the punched rolls was a ton of work and the playback was extremely unsatisfactory, I decided to recycle the lullaby into a piano piece. I decided to write an "answer" by adding previously unheard Bb's, and the piece kept evolving until it exploded in that first demented trumpet solo. At this point I decided that the piece was orchestral in nature, and that it represented a dream.

I then added the central theme (presented by the bass clarinet), representing a witches' Sabbath, and after some development I made the opening lullaby reappear in a new key. Finally, I concluded the piece with a small coda featuring another dream-like celesta solo over muted strings.

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  • Hello Albert,

    hearing your piece, I get angry, angry with myself that I cannot achieve something similar. The textures seem to be very clear, and what wonderful melodies. Have to take a deeper look.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Jan

  • Hi Albert.

    Such a talented composer you are. Great sense of form and feel-building.

    Bravo.

  • Absolutely Amazing work!

  • Thank you all! :)

  • What a marvellous piece !  I loved most of it. The transitions are so seamless. Your gift for painting pictures through music is quite evident.  The only tiny bit of "critique" I have is regarding the very ending (last few seconds) which I found a little unsatisfactory compared to the rest of the piece. I'm not even sure if I can exactly pin-point why (it's certainly not anything technical), perhaps it just felt a bit rushed or a little bit less thought put into it (sorry, if this is an incorrect assumption). But as the composer of this piece, if you're satisfied with that ending, that's ok. There are even great masterpieces which are not "perfect" in every section.  Your piece is wonderful in its totality, and who knows, when I re-listen, I'll come around to liking the ending too.

  • Thanks Sahir! You're right, I kind of rushed a bit the process when writing the ending. Actually, I wanted the piece to end in the same key as the beginning, but just didn't know how to proceed, so I left the music as it was. I don't discard changing it a bit.

    Sahir Haider said:

    What a marvellous piece !  I loved most of it. The transitions are so seamless. Your gift for painting pictures through music is quite evident.  The only tiny bit of "critique" I have is regarding the very ending (last few seconds) which I found a little unsatisfactory compared to the rest of the piece. I'm not even sure if I can exactly pin-point why (it's certainly not anything technical), perhaps it just felt a bit rushed or a little bit less thought put into it (sorry, if this is an incorrect assumption). But as the composer of this piece, if you're satisfied with that ending, that's ok. There are even great masterpieces which are not "perfect" in every section.  Your piece is wonderful in its totality, and who knows, when I re-listen, I'll come around to liking the ending too.

    A little symphonic poem
    This started as a little lullaby intended for a programmable music box I bought from Amazon. The box is completely diatonic (i.e. "white-key") and wo…
  • Very impressive and most appealing.
    Congrats to you for this excellent composition. It could have lasted longer. So engaging.

    /Kjell

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