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The Narcissistic King of Latharus


Anthony Johnson
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Title: The Narcissistic King of Latharus

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A king who comes as an embodiment of oppression, sadness, terror, fear and knows his kingdom shall rise against him.

Minor chords:

Used to express the sadistic nature of the king.

Major chords:

Used to express the fight for justice in which the oppressed will reign.

Low Points: 

Created for the listeners to feel the king as he ponders menacingly. To express the death toll set upon those who are weak and under his leadership.

High Points:

Created for the listeners to feel the initiative of an attempt at revolution.

In conclusion:

I...don't know how to use the violin so I had to click in the notes. I have the viola playing the same notes as the violin section because I'm not sure how they differ. 

The piano is a live recording however.

Hopefully the ending was better? 

 

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The ending was a bit strange in that you ended on beat four, but carried over into the next measure. Not blasphemous, but a little bit atypical. Normally, we reserve these types of things for attaccas. 

I tell students that explaining your composition to me doesn't make things more clear or more enjoyable... it disrupts the listening experience as we strip the art of it away into just a story, which it isn't.

Chords are okay but I think some of the minor minor minor minor chord progressions could have been used less. There's nothing wrong with putting major chords in a chord progression... they smooth things out. In such an initially unassuming piece, when we analyze, we'll take those things into account later as the motif carries on. 

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An attaca is just a term for when the end of a musical movement leads straight into the beginning of the next. 

I would agree about all of the minor chords right after each other. It helps to mix it up a little, and I think it lets the music flow a little bit better. And it wouldn't take away from your intended effect either, in fact it would likely be more effective. A major chord can be just as sinister as a minor one, if you know how to use it. 

How much do you know about chord progressions and functional harmony type stuff? I think it might help you to read up about it if you can. Learning how chords relate to each other and how composers tend to use them helps out tremendously and it becomes pretty natural to use what you've learned after a while. Plus, you can find examples of cool chord progressions all over whatever kind of music you feel like listening to. 

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Thanks Fish.

I studied quite a bit on progressions and was in the process of studying when I made this but didn't Necessarily apply any of what I was reading over at the time. 

I admit I was in a rut whereas I thought using all minor chords was just as essential but then it was brought to my attention that doing that wasn't as ideal as I thought it would.

I'm still a bit new to the composing scene but I'm learning inch by inch as I go along so...I don't know what Functional Harmony means.

My newest and most recent piece is The Golden Arcs, there I used the C Major scale and used the proper numeric code in that so it mixes both major and minor.

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