I’ve finally had some time to complete a track, a nice creepy, macabre one, just in time for Halloween!
My creative vision for this was the idea of an old tale in your town of an abandoned castle in the woods on the outskirts that is haunted. You and a friend work up the courage to go see if it’s true. As you hike through the woods, you come to a clearing, and indeed there is a manor house! You go in and begin exploring the different rooms until you come upon a room that seems to be glowing with a strange light. you open the door and see a scene of goblins and ghouls all dancing wildly to some strange music. It almost seems comical, until the demon lord appears and…what happens next?!
For the composition, I had so many different ideas and so I tried to create a main melodic theme that I vary each time the music changes in the A section; this is meant to be exploring the different rooms of the castle. This builds to the B section, which takes on the tempo di minuetto, 90bpm, then concludes with an epic barrage of deep strings and brass, signaling the appearance of the demon lord.
I didn’t write a key signature for this, as there are so many chromatic chords, using minor 2 intervals to create the dark, tense sound. However, the main root I always come back to is Gm ending the piece on a Gm/maj7 to give the feeling of, “what happens next?” Mostly though, the piece plays around with G harmonic minor/D Phrygian dominant for classic Baroque/evil effect.
2 Bb clarinet
4 horns in F
2 tenor trombone
Composed with Dorico Pro with Noteperformer
iZotope Neoverb, Ozone 9