My first symphony, composed in 2006. It is in three-movement form. The opening movement has two characters, one sounding like awakening of nature and the other being powerful and drammatic. The second movement acts like an intermezzo and is followed by an expressive finale, which is the heart of the symphony, lasting 10 minutes. I have mixed feelings about this piece now - I am still proud of some sections and less proud of other. It is my first symphony though. :) It is orchestrated for large orchestra, with addition of alto flute, piccolo and multiple percussionists for special occasions. Comments welcome!
The opening is surprisingly "serious" considering the title. Even later, although showing some lighter-toned approach which I don't find really humorous in general, but more relaxing and joyful without any neccessity of being ironic, grotesque or malicious. The more proper title would probably be "Summer Music" or similar. :)
Throughout the piece you develop sort-of Shostakovich or Kalevi Aho style with a bit of polyphony of two different layers, one being for piano and one for orchestra. It is overtly enjoyable piece but the real climax is missing.
Lovely scherzo-like piece. However, I get the impression you will continue to work on this piece to become a proper composition or a part of a large symphony. I don't find this composition to be complete. It ends too suddenly and it does not have a major climax anywhere. So I will be looking forward to the development of this music, it is very promising. Good luck! :)
Yes, I like it. A lot.
The parts are well balanced, with its repetitions, etc. The modulation in the middle part is very beautiful, and not easy to be effective, the tonalities are far away. I also like the way you work with the motive regarding its rhythm.
PS: this is the first time I see the scores of "peple like us" in IMSLP. Good idea.
This is very pretty. Like Luis said, there is a feeling of baroque, although I also thought it was rather like a hymn. I particularly like the contrasting dynamics in measures 80-85. I'd like to hear this sung by your friend, if you ever get the chance to record her.