Minuet 1'45"

An exercise. I don't want to let go of standard diatonic harmony (even if this doesn't obey all the CPP rules). A classical-styled thing has to have harmonic clarity, limited chromatics.

So I ran this up. I'm honestly tired of more complex music and things like this seem so much easier to write. It went straight into the daw which I can set up to allow whole-project editing in a single editor panel.

The orchestration is less conventional but it can be balanced without cheating.

And...I'm not sure if it conforms to a classical minuet. It has its main chunk, a trio for 4 players, then the main chunk. Sounds bland to me. Is it the right format?

Point is - I'd truly appreciate if anyone knows if I've stolen the tune from somewhere. It wasn't my intention. Pieces like this are a bit of a muchness so - 'onnist, guv, I don't think I nicked it.

Thank you for any comment.

Minuet260820 192.mp3

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  • Very nice I could imagine the minuet step dance, if I may give some small notes on mix, at min 1:27 the string section becomes a little too loud and takes away the chill that the whole track has going for the listener. and on the whole reduce the strings... maybe you could use a less bold articulation or reduce the number of players in the section to mellow things a bit. good luck!

  • Hey, 8Rivers,

    Thank you for listening and your comment.

    I see what you mean during the closing moments. They're chamber strings: 6 6 4 3 2 and I had trouble getting 'body' out of them, almost reinforced them with the flute that was doing nothing at that point. As I was using an alto flute it would have been a bit high.

    If I were preparing the orchestra I'd ask them to play a little quieter. I'll try reducing the velocities - adds up to the same thing.

    When I finish a piece I usually put it away for a few weeks before checking if it needs a final touch up. This time I picked it before it was ripe! 

    Thanks again,

    There, I've taken the edge off it. I don't want it too quiet as it's the last "round".

    V2 - in the next post. Can't add a file to an edited post.

  • Modified version. No musical difference, just the velocities of the closing phrase strings.

    Minuet v2 260820 192.mp3

    https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/8608638057?profile=original
  • Dane, this little miniature of yours put a smile on my face. I liked the rather kaleidoscopic scoring and the way you varied the minuet section in the reprise... and the tierce at the end was charming. Overall had the feel of a throwaway, but I hope you don't. ;)

    And no, I don't recognize the main theme. It's characteristic enough that probably some Baroque or early Classical composer penned something very much like it, but I doubt it's a direct quote from anyone.

  • Nice and stately.  The melodic and harmonic diversions make it quite unique; I don't think you've to worry about "stealing" somebody else's tune!

  • Dane, if you'll explore this classical side of yours you may encounter precious gems along the way.

    This was marvelous.

  • Hey, Liz,

    Thank you for listening and your nice comments.

    Well, it was an exercise - partly to learn to work directly into a daw with this kind of 'light' work. (I can set the editor up with one window that covers the whole orchestra.) I won't throw it away; instead may tart it up a bit inc a more orthodox orchestra. One never knows when someone might want a piece like this! 

    Cheers,

    Dane

    Liz Atems said:

    Dane, this little miniature of yours put a smile on my face. I liked the rather kaleidoscopic scoring and the way you varied the minuet section in the reprise... and the tierce at the end was charming. Overall had the feel of a throwaway, but I hope you don't. ;)

    And no, I don't recognize the main theme. It's characteristic enough that probably some Baroque or early Classical composer penned something very much like it, but I doubt it's a direct quote from anyone.

    Minuet 1'45"
    An exercise. I don't want to let go of standard diatonic harmony (even if this doesn't obey all the CPP rules). A classical-styled thing has to have…
  • Thank you for listening and helping assuage my worry! It seems more of a formal dance than a classical symphonic movement but I'm unsure if I have the format right. 1 1/2 minutes seems a bit short for a dance - but then it was an exercise in working with diatonic harmony.

    Thank you,

    Dane

    H. S. Teoh said:

    Nice and stately.  The melodic and harmonic diversions make it quite unique; I don't think you've to worry about "stealing" somebody else's tune!

    Minuet 1'45"
    An exercise. I don't want to let go of standard diatonic harmony (even if this doesn't obey all the CPP rules). A classical-styled thing has to have…
  • Saul, good morning,

    Thank you for listening and I could well be taking your advice here. You are master of your art and I'm inclined to take note.

    Cheers,

    Dane.

    Saul Gefen said:

    Dane, if you'll explore this classical side of yours you may encounter precious gems along the way.

    This was marvelous.

    Minuet 1'45"
    An exercise. I don't want to let go of standard diatonic harmony (even if this doesn't obey all the CPP rules). A classical-styled thing has to have…
  • Human mind has this habit of accepting something false if it is said enough times and we listen to our mix many times over and over again so we become a little blind to our pitfalls I do exactly what you do I  wait at least a couple of days and revisit the song and I'm sometimes abashed by some flaws in the mix that I didn't see before.

    Yes the last part has become much better and again, great job composing this!

    Dane Aubrun said:

    Hey, 8Rivers,

    Thank you for listening and your comment.

    I see what you mean during the closing moments. They're chamber strings: 6 6 4 3 2 and I had trouble getting 'body' out of them, almost reinforced them with the flute that was doing nothing at that point. As I was using an alto flute it would have been a bit high.

    If I were preparing the orchestra I'd ask them to play a little quieter. I'll try reducing the velocities - adds up to the same thing.

    When I finish a piece I usually put it away for a few weeks before checking if it needs a final touch up. This time I picked it before it was ripe! 

    Thanks again,

    There, I've taken the edge off it. I don't want it too quiet as it's the last "round".

    V2 - in the next post. Can't add a file to an edited post.

    Minuet 1'45"
    An exercise. I don't want to let go of standard diatonic harmony (even if this doesn't obey all the CPP rules). A classical-styled thing has to have…
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