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"il vento (the wind)" for piano, choir & orchestra… a tribute to the late, great, “il maestro” Ennio Morricone and my submission for the September 2020 “Nostalgic Music Contest”.
About this composition if you are interested:
The theme I used was “the wind”, which I thought suitable for the flowing repetitive figure in the piano.
I used the following musical elements to help convey the “Morricone” film-score sound:
- repetitive figures (in the piano and doubled in other instruments)
- use of fender guitar
- use of vocal sounds (choir, solo soprano)
- use of triads (in the acoustic guitar and other instruments)
- sound effects (I used a loud “oil drum” sound combined with other percussion for various hits throughout the piece)
I extensively used minor 6th interval voicings, which to me sound nostalgic or sentimental (think Love Story Theme). I believe it’s the use of the minor 6th over minor AND major chords here that give the piece it’s sad, yet hopeful reflective sound.
The form is ABA. The first A section being the primary theme (Dm - G, F, G, Dm - G). The B section modulates a whole tone higher and intensifies with a variation of the minor 6th motif and brass/percussion stabs. Em evolves back to Dm. At the climax of the B section and the piece, Dm figures morphs into a new sound: Bb/D, then to an even newer sounding Eb (to tritone A!) and finally back to our familiar and powerful F, G turnaround. The last A section sticks only with the Dm - G progression as things simplify and fades out with “the wind”.
While it’s fun to share this post-creation analysis, I hope you don’t think about any of this detail when listening and instead simply enjoy!