Happy first day of spring to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere! Because I'm seasonally confused, I just finished orchestrating this piece about autumn, and I'd like to get some feedback on it.
I'm pretty happy with everything in this piece EXCEPT the first 1'50". I'm curious what you think... is the first section up to par with the rest of the piece? If not, what didn't you like about it?
Comments on the orchestration are also welcome. As anyone who has written for it knows, concert band/wind ensemble can be difficult to balance... especially when attempting to write softer, more nuanced music like this.
Here are the cursory program notes (also included in the YouTube video)
This piece began life as a choral setting of William Allingham's "Autumnal Sonnet." Immediately after completing the choral version, I decided to explore the same musical material using a very different medium.
While the choral version focuses on the poem's underlying themes of loss and memory, the wind ensemble version focuses more on its surface imagery, using the band's rich variety of colours to paint a vibrant autumn landscape. From the sombre, reedy opening section (which might evoke the more drab colours we associate with autumn), more exciting textures start to emerge--first dark and brooding in the middle section (starting at 1:50 below), then bright and piercing in the brassy climax.
While this piece follows the form of the choral version, it is not a note-for-note transcription. In order to give the band's various sounds more time to speak, this version ended up being an entire minute longer!
Lastly, please listen ONLY with headphones or good desktop speakers. As a general rule, listening to classical music with laptop, phone, or tablet speakers is a bad idea, and that definitely goes for this piece.