Okay - hear it is… some sad music. Okay, it’s not 100% sad. It is a bit hopeful sounding as well and thus the idea for the title and the music video, “The Last Hope”. I hope you enjoy it… being sad.
I wrote this piece using SATB choir and solo cello. This was my first time writing for choir and I was pleasantly surprised how rich sounding a choir (Voxos library) can be with the 4 “voices”. When I was writing it, it wasn’t sounding very sad (too hopeful) so I added lyrical cello (Tina Duo solo cello library). It was at that point that I found I could play the hopeful choir vs the melancholy cello voice and I thought it worked well. While I did find the choir created a beautiful sound, it was challenge for me to develop the piece without it sounding too much the same (another reason why I added the cello, to vary things up). I think this is something I will need to work on in the future when using voices.
The composition is ABA form. The second A is almost an exact copy of the first. While I don’t usually do copies of second A sections, I thought it seemed to work well here - having the repetition of sadness. Another interesting thing (at least to me) was that there were not any accidentals in the piece. I think helped to create some of the aura sounding nature of the work - no surprises harmonically.
My family will be happy that I have finally finished this piece with being such a downer. My daughter gave it a “thumbs sideways”. Appreciate any feedback to be given. This includes any comments on the music video. Does it work? Is it too distracting? I spent more time on the video (partly because I was learning Adobe Premiere) than I did on the piece so I curious for feedback on the visuals as well.
@Mikael thank you for these opportunities for participating. Hoping September’s contest is a bit more cheerful!