Ballet Piece?

I don't know enough about ballet to know if this piece is suitable as a dance number. It's just one of many that I'd like to assemble and write a story-line for.

I only have vague ideas about all the nips and flips, girly-in-the-air hoists and pointy-toe things that ballet dancers do.

This is another piece I'm digging in boxes and trying to find the music for.

Gr-r-r-r.

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  • Let's try uploading the mp3 again . . .

    dance piece.mp3

    https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/8608208274?profile=original
  • Found the music!

    dance piece.pdf

    https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/8608208867?profile=original
  • Hi Greg,

    The music has a circus quality to it which could be very appropriate for ballet. Having never composed for ballet I have no idea if it would be effective. But the music is interesting and that's a start.

  • Circus music and ballet . . . h'm . . . hippos in tutus, alligators in tights . . . or was that Fantasia?

  • There! No more circus music. I turned it into a sleighbells 'n' horsies kind of tune.

    dance piece version 2.mp3

    https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/8608209476?profile=original
  • There! Sleigh bells. Or something like it.

    sleigh bells.mp3

  • It definitely has a different quality than before. I like the melody and shifting harmonies, and the rhythm was consistent throughout (something I believe is important for ballet). I have two constructive comments, the first is the sound font, your accompaniment didn't have the little bit if bite in the attack that you would expect from strings. My second comment regards the structure. I kept expecting it to land somewhere and when it finally did it was the ending. That's not necessarily bad, but it strikes me that more could have been done with it by landing and then taking off again in a different direction. Also, you repeated some phrases for dramatic effect, but I prefer my repeats to do something different the second time through. Of course whether that would be appropriate is dependent on the function of this music within the ballet. So is there a story here or were you just experimenting with the idea of composing for dancers? In general it's nice work with enough sophistication to keep my ears interested for a relatively brief time.

  • Thanks for your comments, Steve! The sameness of arrangement was simply to keep things simple for the notation programme. I'm working with very limited equipment. Even when working with Sibelius and Finale, my computer doesn't like VSTs for some reason. The play is glitchy and the sound only comes out of the left side. So . . . I deleted all my VTSs.

    This is an old computer with limited memory, too. I'm due a new one, when I'll get a much better sound card. Until then, it's all cheese.When I was working with analogue many years ago, my arrangements were much more complex.

    I wrote an epic Fantasy novel several years ago, and if I ever get around to writing a ballet, it'll probably be some sort of adaptation.

    The Harmony is something like a cross between Khachaturian and Hindemith's Minimum of Rules- nothing fancy. The idea was to have as deceptively simple an arrangement as possible.

    Steve Chandler said:

    It definitely has a different quality than before. I like the melody and shifting harmonies, and the rhythm was consistent throughout (something I believe is important for ballet). I have two constructive comments, the first is the sound font, your accompaniment didn't have the little bit if bite in the attack that you would expect from strings. My second comment regards the structure. I kept expecting it to land somewhere and when it finally did it was the ending. That's not necessarily bad, but it strikes me that more could have been done with it by landing and then taking off again in a different direction. Also, you repeated some phrases for dramatic effect, but I prefer my repeats to do something different the second time through. Of course whether that would be appropriate is dependent on the function of this music within the ballet. So is there a story here or were you just experimenting with the idea of composing for dancers? In general it's nice work with enough sophistication to keep my ears interested for a relatively brief time.

    Ballet Piece?
    I don't know enough about ballet to know if this piece is suitable as a dance number. It's just one of many that I'd like to assemble and write a sto…
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