Here is the entire theme called “Hymn” which is from the 2nd movement of my requiem “In Remembrance,” and once again I ask for your opinions. Should this stay for brass? Or would you score the work for band or orchestra instead? I am also thinking of adding more percussion especially in the Andante section when the work moves a little faster. I would love to hear your thoughts. This part of the requiem is in memory of my grandfather the Reverend Walter R. Burgess. Since he was a pastor his entire life I composed the work with the number 7 in mind which tends to be considered by most a sacred number. For example, the hymn is exactly 77 measures long, both the intro and ending are 14 measures long, and the work itself is almost 7 minutes depending on the performance. Thank you for listening and commenting.

~Rodney

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  • Hello Rodney. I thoroughly enjoyed this piece and you should be proud of what you've achieved with it. Number 7 is indeed a sacred number and this was very important to your grandfather no doubt.  Although I don't particularly like brass instruments myself, I enjoy the effect they have at the opening of your piece, which is why I write this comment! I don't have the acquired theory knowledge to comment on any technicalities, so I'll leave that to a professional. I would consider adding some strings in at some point. However, I can also see why you chose not to.

    Well done!

  • Hello Justin. Thank you so much for your comments and bringing up the possibilities of adding strings. That would give the work quite a shimmer to it! Even though you don't particularly care for the sound of brass, I thank you once again for taking the time to listening and suggesting adding strings to the score. That definitely gives me something to think about.

    ~Rodney

     
    Justin Jackson said:

    Hello Rodney. I thoroughly enjoyed this piece and you should be proud of what you've achieved with it. Although I don't particularly like brass instruments myself, I enjoy the effect they have at the opening of your piece. I don't have the acquired theory knowledge to comment on any technicalities, so I'll leave that to a professional. I would consider adding some strings in at some point. However, I can also see why you chose not to.

    Well done!

    "Hymn" from the Requiem "In Remembrance"
    Here is the entire theme called “Hymn” which is from the 2nd movement of my requiem “In Remembrance,” and once again I ask for your opinions. Should…
  • Just my opinion, Keep it brass.  What a glorious sound.  (Ok I confess, I'm a brass player and write a lot for brass!)

     

    Seriously, very well done Rodney.  Was this written for a particular ensemble and instrumentation?

     

    I'm looking forward to hearing more of your requiem.

     

    Tim

  • Normally not the type of music I listen to so I can only offer you an opinion bearing that in mind. The piece sounds ok to me - a memorable lead melody, pop-inflected harmony and rhythm (the 16th note-dotted 8th note I particularly like). and generally pleasant throughout. I can't comment on the specific questions you ask about scoring since I don't have any real knowledge to share, but I found nothing in the piece as it is presently scored too thin, too thick, or inappropriate-sounding. Best! -

  • This is very well written, and an effective reflection and tribute for the life of a loved one. The opening brass reflect the impact of this person's life; followed by his loss with the muted brass; the voices suggest both mourning and angels to me; ending with the brass again, appearing as the lasting ripples of the man's life. Beautiful.

    I think the brass is the right vehicle for illustrating the impact of this persons life. I can see how strings joining in at some point might make a nice addition for depth and color, but don't think they are needed. The added percussion would be an enhancement.

    Yes, you're grandfather would be pleased, and this is also a lovely gift to those still walking on Earth who knew him.

  • Thank you so much Tim for listening and commenting! It means a lot. This work was composed for a school of music in one of the universities in North Carolina. They wanted a large brass ensemble work for around 40 players including 2 tubas and 2 bass trombone players.

    ~Rodney
     
    Tim Marko said:

    Just my opinion, Keep it brass.  What a glorious sound.  (Ok I confess, I'm a brass player and write a lot for brass!)

     

    Seriously, very well done Rodney.  Was this written for a particular ensemble and instrumentation?

     

    I'm looking forward to hearing more of your requiem.

     

    Tim

    "Hymn" from the Requiem "In Remembrance"
    Here is the entire theme called “Hymn” which is from the 2nd movement of my requiem “In Remembrance,” and once again I ask for your opinions. Should…
  • Fredrick, thank you so much for your stamp of approval! I feel now that I am on the right track.

    ~Rodney
     
    Fredrick zinos said:

    Very effective. It absolutely works.

    "Hymn" from the Requiem "In Remembrance"
    Here is the entire theme called “Hymn” which is from the 2nd movement of my requiem “In Remembrance,” and once again I ask for your opinions. Should…
  • Janet, I need to hire you to write my progam notes! Thank you so much for your descriptive analysis of my little brass work. It's as though you understood the work even better than my own self.

    ~Rodney 


     
    Janet Spangenberg said:

    This is very well written, and an effective reflection and tribute for the life of a loved one. The opening brass reflect the impact of this person's life; followed by his loss with the muted brass; the voices suggest both mourning and angels to me; ending with the brass again, appearing as the lasting ripples of the man's life. Beautiful.

    I think the brass is the right vehicle for illustrating the impact of this persons life. I can see how strings joining in at some point might make a nice addition for depth and color, but don't think they are needed. The added percussion would be an enhancement.

    Yes, you're grandfather would be pleased, and this is also a lovely gift to those still walking on Earth who knew him.

    "Hymn" from the Requiem "In Remembrance"
    Here is the entire theme called “Hymn” which is from the 2nd movement of my requiem “In Remembrance,” and once again I ask for your opinions. Should…
  • Hey Gav, even though you don’t typically listen to this type of music thank you so much for taking a listen and commenting also. Just curious, what kind of music do you normally listen to and what do you mean by “pop.” I pray that you did not hear Britney Spears in this work, LOL, just kidding you; the harmony was more based on the traditional rules of Bach’s chorales and his works such as “Aria” also known as “Air on the G String.” I also tried to make a melody out of each voice instead of just a simple homophonic line. I almost like the tenor “melody” even more than the main melody. Thank you so much for listening Gav once again, my friend. It means a lot.  

    ~Rodney


     
    Gav Brown said:

    Normally not the type of music I listen to so I can only offer you an opinion bearing that in mind. The piece sounds ok to me - a memorable lead melody, pop-inflected harmony and rhythm (the 16th note-dotted 8th note I particularly like). and generally pleasant throughout. I can't comment on the specific questions you ask about scoring since I don't have any real knowledge to share, but I found nothing in the piece as it is presently scored too thin, too thick, or inappropriate-sounding. Best! -

    "Hymn" from the Requiem "In Remembrance"
    Here is the entire theme called “Hymn” which is from the 2nd movement of my requiem “In Remembrance,” and once again I ask for your opinions. Should…
  • I listen to progressive rock, jazz, heavy metal, ragtime, broadway, some classical (big fan of Copland lately), 60s-80s pop, and electronic chill to name a few. I like music from most genres. No, wasn't hearing Britney in your work, but it reminds me of ballad movie music of recent decades, much of which uses sounds that owe something to soft pop. I also mentioned the 16th-dotted 8th melody device you use, which is a convention found in lots of top 40 pieces. I can also hear the Bach in your work too. BTW I will stand up and defend rock/pop/other forms of radio music (including Britney) as an underrated source of inspiration for classical compositions. There is often a charming melody or pleasant chord progression in this music - and it can bring fresh ideas to me which is what gets my brain thinking about composing. Composers from the past often drew from the popular music of their time. Just because today's popular music is not a bunch of musicians playing peasant dances on acoustic instruments does not make it a legitimate form of expression.

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