Fight to the Bitter End!
Track description: A new and fateful dawn heralds a final battle to the death! The heroine raise her sword up high and calls the brave to follow her one last time. A calm, but sombre, preparation leads to heightened tension before the final onslaught.
My creative vision: I wanted to create a crescendo from a peaceful but subdued beginning to an epic climactic finish, that depicts a warrior’s prelude to battle and its powerful ending.
Composition overview: 4/4 in D minor, with almost constant ostinatos in the piano and string sections. There are 2 repeating motifs - the descending ostinato piano opening, copied by the solo violin and then main violins through the piece up until the epic battle melody. The duduk theme is repeated by the piano, also in the mid section before the battle. The ostinato string rhythm is echoed in the war drums and provides the rhythmic mainstay.
Main sounds: Although the majority of sounds are orchestral-based, I used 8Dio’s Aura2 to provide the rhythmic pulses in the more meaty mid section, to provide added bite, gravity and rhythm. Piano, strings, brass and Damage’s Apocalyptic drums form the instrumental foundation, with 8Dio’s Lacrimosa and Ethera Gold 2.0 providing the vocal parts.
Mixing this thing was also an epic battle and my ears have not forgiven me yet!
Do you hear “battle” when you listen to my piece, or does something else come to mind?