Forét Enchantée

I've been asked to compose around 3.5 minutes of music for an upcoming ballet called Forét Enchantée that will premier late April through early May. My deadline is this Saturday, and I need your ears. The ballet is about an enchanted evening in the forest in which the characters are represented by precious jewels and emerge from the forest at sunrise into the modern world losing their innocence but never forgetting where they came from. The first 2 minutes is about the death of the Wise Old Elder of Trees, and I'm not sure what the last part is about to be honest with you, lol. I just wrote it thinking of my daughter.

So I need your ears to let me know if you think it is finished or it needs something else. I provided a link so people with iPad's can listen to it also. Since this short composition is so important to me, and I need your input, I will make you a deal. If you listen and comment on this piece, I will comment on your work posted also since I see a lot of new works posted recently. I haven't posted comments since I have been so busy with this commission. Thanks guys and gals! :)

~Rod

https://app.box.com/s/vu1lswc4alsrucaevabhgzm3v9hl11cf (Edit April 28)

Video of the 2nd half showing reduced score: https://youtu.be/5cUlgNl26zA (April 17th version)

(edit April 28: remixed balanced the mix especially brass, and added ethereal voices and celesta.) 

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  • For those who are interested, I used CineStrings Core, CineWinds Pro, CineBrass Core and Pro, CinePerc Core and Pro, Soundrion Olympus Micro Choir, Forest Kingdom, and 99 Sounds. This was my crash course in learning Cubase in 2 weeks. I played every note for the playback. 

  • Hi Rodney

    These are two impressive pieces.

    The first part which you had previously posted seems more vivid now.

    And box works really well for us lying in bed iPad users.
    My main criticism is the connection between the two, they don't fit together.

    Perhaps if you mix some of the sounds/elements into both parts it would help.
  • Man, I threw that horn counter melody in the loud part too quickly. Imma going to have to rework that.
  • I like it. I think it sounds nicer than before.

    The ending of the first part sounds like it's missing a bass drum stroke, though... or something of that sort, representing the final collapse of the tree. (And also for dramatic effect. :-P)

    As for the two parts seeming to be disconnected, I wonder if it's possible to hold the last note of the first part as the background music and sound effects shift to a different mood. Perhaps even hold it in diminuendo until the new theme appears. That would give it a kind of continuity, methinks.

  • P.S. another off-hand remark: the opening notes sound like the opening of Tchaikovsky's 6th symphony... the first time I heard it, I was almost expecting that symphony to follow. :-P  This is just pure coincidence, of course, and not really anything important to do with your music. I just thought I'd mention it for fun.

  • Thank you Michael for commenting! In "Death of a Tree" I took out a lot of lows and raised the mids and highs for "sparkle and light." Yes, I like Box also, I like using my iPad also especially on the go. I was thinking of you. I know what you mean by they don't fit together. It's almost like one is fantasy and the other is real. H.S. recommended a final bass drum stroke at the end of the first part, and you recommended some connecting sound elements. I used it to connect the two parts also and continued the sound throughout the final section. It is very hard to connect these two sections, I know. It was a concern of mine also. That's why at first a had a brief pause so the sound could be edited, but let me know if it feels more connected now. I also tried continuing the rain at the soft horn tutti, but I wanted to hear and feel my horns more and the rain felt like it was getting in the way. 
     
    Michael Lofting said:

    Hi Rodney

    These are two impressive pieces.

    The first part which you had previously posted seems more vivid now.

    And box works really well for us lying in bed iPad users.
    My main criticism is the connection between the two, they don't fit together.

    Perhaps if you mix some of the sounds/elements into both parts it would help.
    Forét Enchantée
    I've been asked to compose around 3.5 minutes of music for an upcoming ballet called Forét Enchantée that will premier late April through early May.…
  • I worked on the low brass more, especially tuba, lol, worked on the horn counter-melody, and added that bass drum as the rain fades for you.

    P.S. I love Tchaikovsky's 6th, even subconsciously. ;)

    ~Rod 

    H. S. Teoh said:

    I like it. I think it sounds nicer than before.

    The ending of the first part sounds like it's missing a bass drum stroke, though... or something of that sort, representing the final collapse of the tree. (And also for dramatic effect. :-P)

    As for the two parts seeming to be disconnected, I wonder if it's possible to hold the last note of the first part as the background music and sound effects shift to a different mood. Perhaps even hold it in diminuendo until the new theme appears. That would give it a kind of continuity, methinks.

    Forét Enchantée
    I've been asked to compose around 3.5 minutes of music for an upcoming ballet called Forét Enchantée that will premier late April through early May.…
  • I thought I would share this, last night I was working on the low brass parts thinking, "Wow they sound powerful!" Then I woke up this morning and was like, "Crap, who let a drum corps in ruining my symphonic work?" I then had to lower them and mellow them out a little... or a lot. ;)

    Thought I would share.

    ~Rod

  • The chorographer loved the piece saying, "It's an entire ballet in 3.5 minutes!" Now she wants me to expand the work into a full ballet maybe for next year. I was so nervous waiting for her reply after I sent the work, but now I am completely relieved.

    I did a new edit today working out the harmonies in the trombones and strings, I warmed up the tuba, added the strength of the bass trombone and cimbasso, and added choir to try to connect the two parts a little more.  

  • Congratz!

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