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I have thoroughly explained the plan/intent for my music and how it is represented in this song.
I have thoroughly explained the range of ways in which my music demonstrates creativity (such as choice of key, tempo, time, instrumentation, structure, etc.)
I originally intended for the piece to have a changing tempo throughout the song. The piece is arranged in an A-B-A (ternary) form, and I wanted to have a different tempo for each section. However, due to the brevity of each section and my inability to transition between the tempos in a way that sounds coherent and pleasing, I decided to stick with one tempo for the entire song. The song is in 80 beats per minute.
I originally wanted the piece to be performed by several woodwind and brass instruments, with the piano and strings parts being replaced by clarinets, baritone saxophones, trumpets and trombones, though eventually I figured that strings and piano would fit better with my intended mood of the song and were much more versatile given the expressive restraints of computer-generated music on Finale. Also, the timbre of the instruments I eventually decided on fit much better with the mood of the piece than the original ones, and the slight decrease in number of instruments also helped reduce the sometimes clashing sound of an instrumental overload.
I want the audience to be able to imagine a gradual sinking motion as the notes descend in the first two (three including pickup) bars of the song, while still being able to look up see the clear blue surface of the water and the sun above in the next two bars. The end of bar 8 to bar 9 shows the final rest of the person, lying comfortably on the sea floor. The section with the piano melody from bars 10 through 17 should give the audience the image of small, iridescent, colorful fish, reefs of coral, and the glimmer of shining shells and pebbles beside them. Admire the beauty and the solemnity. In the final section of the song, the listener rises back to the surface of the water again, leaving the aquarium paradise behind, walking away back to the world of reality.
I have detailed and ample evidence of critiquing my own work AND the work of others in terms of strengths and weaknesses.
I have a detailed explanation of the status of my work in its various stages.
April 2, 2016:
Finally came up with a sequence of melodies that I was satisfied with. This time, instead of starting with chord progressions, I started with the melody, played by the flute. I unintentionally took heavy inspirations from some songs I know, such as Pachelbel’s Canon, which is clearly audible in the chord progression and strings section.
March 30, 2016:
I have created 4 drafts so far, none of which I am satisfied with or think I can work further on. I have been listening to various pieces of music in order to garner inspiration but I end up either copying it too much, or ending up with incoherent phrasing when trying to merge different types of melodies.
March 23, 2016:
I currently have a 19-bar composition, see an extract below, but as some sound files aren’t working and I am generally displeased with the way it sounds, I am planning on starting over again.
Comments on other’s work:
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