Orchestral piece with winter memories

Greetings,

winter has just ended and it has been so lovely with lots of skiing. I used the winter inspiration to finalize this orchestral movement.

The first part was much inspired by Smetana's Moldau where he after a tentative introduction plays a folky melody. He wrote this peace while he was working in Gothenburg, influenced by swedish folk music.

For the second part I have borrowed a theme from my countryman LE Larssons's pastoral suite. I adore it and have suggested it to be our national hymn. Maybe you recognize it.

So here is my work. 

https://soundcloud.com/user-295725564/winterland-1

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  • Hello Kjell,

    It's a lovely work.

    Without a score I can only comment on my impressions. 

    The opening invokes wide-open spaces to me rather than winter. (I suffer winterphobia. It's a hysteresis thing: when the temperature gets below 10C I drop into hibernation mode but don't come out until it reaches 15C in the Spring.) 

    The score seems reliant on brass a good deal. Nice build-ups: 3'01". Again at 6'30" roughly. And at 8 minutes the ending is pretty powerful, the rallentando very effective as you centre in on the cadence. 

    Harmony is most engaging. I wasn't too sure about orchestral balance. You have strings but I can't tell how they fit without a score - however, that isn't my business to comment !! :) The overall effect of the work was splendid.

    Congratulations.

    Dane. 

    ps, Spring is just around the corner, thank goodness!

  • Very nice work, Kjell. Lots of musical ideas glued together to a harmonious piece. It's pastoral for the 100 %. I guess that's what you feel best at ease and comfortable with. 

    Jos

  • Thank you Dane for your truly inspiring feedback, it makes me glad. And yes spring is soon here, already first flowers coming up here. My next post will therefore be the piece "Primroses flourish".

    See you,

    Kjell

    Dane Aubrun said:

    Hello Kjell,

    It's a lovely work.

    Without a score I can only comment on my impressions. 

    The opening invokes wide-open spaces to me rather than winter. (I suffer winterphobia. It's a hysteresis thing: when the temperature gets below 10C I drop into hibernation mode but don't come out until it reaches 15C in the Spring.) 

    The score seems reliant on brass a good deal. Nice build-ups: 3'01". Again at 6'30" roughly. And at 8 minutes the ending is pretty powerful, the rallentando very effective as you centre in on the cadence. 

    Harmony is most engaging. I wasn't too sure about orchestral balance. You have strings but I can't tell how they fit without a score - however, that isn't my business to comment !! :) The overall effect of the work was splendid.

    Congratulations.

    Dane. 

    ps, Spring is just around the corner, thank goodness!

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  • Thank you Jos,

    yes pastoral impressions for me. I cannot find inspirations from anything else but it lasts to many thing.

    Good to hear from you.

    /Kjell

    Jos Wylin said:

    Very nice work, Kjell. Lots of musical ideas glued together to a harmonious piece. It's pastoral for the 100 %. I guess that's what you feel best at ease and comfortable with. 

    Jos

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  • Excellent work here Kjell, your development, orchestration and counterpoint here are very well done. I was wondering, this piece comes across as being both planned and spontaneous at the same time which is hard to do, can you explain your approach here?  Do you write themes and sketch out sections or do you organize things on the go as you write the piece?

    Thanks for posting and discussing.

  • Hi Ingo, thank you very much for your encouraging reply. Very good questions with a nice observation. Indeed, there is some structure to start with, usually developed on the piano. But then when getting played back by the digital instruments a full new sound picture opens up inspiring to try new ideas, sort of in a spontaneous way, just following emotions. Most of these ideas are crap and thrown in the trash can, but a few things remain. 

    Music is primarily emotions for me and as you notice it is therefore hard to analyze. I guess emotions and analytics are contrary or complementary.

    All the best to you and look forward to your music.

    /Kjell
    Ingo Lee said:

    Excellent work here Kjell, your development, orchestration and counterpoint here are very well done. I was wondering, this piece comes across as being both planned and spontaneous at the same time which is hard to do, can you explain your approach here?  Do you write themes and sketch out sections or do you organize things on the go as you write the piece?

    Thanks for posting and discussing.

    Orchestral piece with winter memories
    Greetings, winter has just ended and it has been so lovely with lots of skiing. I used the winter inspiration to finalize this orchestral movement. T…
  • Hi Kjell,

    Truly enjoyable piece.  Easy to listen.

    Excellent orchestration and rendering.

    There are more rall. than accel. Rall. are beautiful at first but later they loss their charm.

    It needs some other tricks also...

    It seems you have a horror vacui tendency.  A simple instrument or a small wood winds group

    may have a pure imbued color which could sound better in some places, at least relax the

    heavy load of many instruments.  Where are relaxes? in contrast to tensions...

    Well done.

    Ali.



  • Ali Riza SARAL said:

    Hi Kjell,

    Truly enjoyable piece.  Easy to listen.

    Excellent orchestration and rendering.

    There are more rall. than accel. Rall. are beautiful at first but later they loss their charm.

    It needs some other tricks also...

    It seems you have a horror vacui tendency.  A simple instrument or a small wood winds group

    may have a pure imbued color which could sound better in some places, at least relax the

    heavy load of many instruments.  Where are relaxes? in contrast to tensions...

    Well done.

    Ali.

    Orchestral piece with winter memories
    Greetings, winter has just ended and it has been so lovely with lots of skiing. I used the winter inspiration to finalize this orchestral movement. T…
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