Relaxing Music Entry - A New Dawn
So i had a bit of time on my hands with a few new libraries that i wanted to try out. So i thought i would write an orchestral piece that tried to convey a calming nature while aslo keeping thematic development.
My inspiration for this piece has been simply this…
Since this Covid lockdown most of the traffic and background noise has stopped and its really effected me. its so nice to wake up and hear the birds in the woods at the back of our house, and the animals in the fields that surround. we even heard a fox the other night which was lovely, as theyre quite solitary animals around our parts (north Wales).
Libraries i used were;
Spitfire Studio collection
Addictive keys Grand Piano
Spitfire Drama Toolkit
So as I said before I’ve really enjoyed nature, but i realised that this amount of peace has been gradual. so we moved from uncertainty (at least in the UK) to a place of certainty, which brought with it an opportunity for embrace. In the same way i wanted to convey this in my piece so my initial concept was to move from a sparse harmonic context to a more rich texture, while also keeping the sense that the music was becoming more vibrant.
I did this by firstly outlining chords with clusters. pedal tones then solidify the home key to give the listener a reference point, while melodic motifs surround the tonic, creating more diverse but slightly disjunct counterpoint. The piece gradually moves towards a sense of unity, where all parts have a clear harmonic structure, which also being quite complex and dense. I did this by outlining 2 chords as the foundation and then built compound chords on top of them hinting towards Dorian, but never solidifying that modal shift so that I keep that calming sense of tonality. after the climax i continue the now established melody and simplify the harmony, which finally clarifies the melody for the final time. through the piece the melody was hinted in nearly every instrument, wether in inversion, retrograde or plain Jane doubles I tried to keep it developing throughout. This made it a lot of fun to do and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring myself during the process. Its not often that we get a chance to do that so I’ve lavished every second.
Big Thank you to Mikael for putting these fun competitions on… love it!