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Hello!

It has been a long while since I posted here, and whatever little I did post went along with the refresh (???) of this forum. 

Anyway, here is an unnamed (because I'm bad with names) concert march which I have been working on and off over the past few months. It is written in the Japanese concert march style if you are familiar with it. The marches are typically written for the All-Japan Band Competition as set pieces. They tend to have a slightly different structure and (sometimes almost completely different) feel from the traditional English and American marches. There's no particular inspiration or motivation for this piece - just a short work which I had fun working on in my free time. Admittedly, this isn't exactly a piece which less experienced bands should attempt. If this piece ever gets played at all.

Notation may be weird in some places (notes for bari sax are halved in value rather than stacatto-ed, questionable dynamics, no slurs in euphonium part, etc) but that is to achieve better playback quality since the midi (Sibelius Sounds) do mess up at times, so please don't mind them!

Do comment on the piece, and I hope you enjoy it. :-)

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Lovely! I'm not at a proper computer right now so I'll leave some overall impressions with my limited ability at the moment;

it's light where it needs to be, and lower when it needs to be... almost to the extreme. I don't want to call it clichéd, because it's not, but I think you can play with the audience's expectations more.

lead in to D had a couple strange notes in it. Same with the lead into G I think. 

Instead of straight sixteenth/32nd notes in the high winds, perhaps use grace notes sometimes (not all the time) to drive energy a bit more but that's just personal taste.

I think starting the low section (F) monophonically instead of homophonically took away from the energy. Since the parallel section is in counterpoint, starting with homophony won't take away from it.

overall, fun piece, and good job!

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Hey I really like it! It transports me to a Studio Ghibli movie-like atmosphere! It would be great to hear it played by a real band. I´ll be checking the sheet music for learning purposes later today. Thanks for sharing! ;)

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On 6/29/2017 at 6:21 PM, Monarcheon said:

Lovely! I'm not at a proper computer right now so I'll leave some overall impressions with my limited ability at the moment;

it's light where it needs to be, and lower when it needs to be... almost to the extreme. I don't want to call it clichéd, because it's not, but I think you can play with the audience's expectations more.

lead in to D had a couple strange notes in it. Same with the lead into G I think. 

Instead of straight sixteenth/32nd notes in the high winds, perhaps use grace notes sometimes (not all the time) to drive energy a bit more but that's just personal taste.

I think starting the low section (F) monophonically instead of homophonically took away from the energy. Since the parallel section is in counterpoint, starting with homophony won't take away from it.

overall, fun piece, and good job!

 

Agree 100%

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Sorry I'm late. Good job overall. All note names are given in concert pitch. A few things worth looking at:

0:18: A3 preferred over G3. The chord progression used was inappropriate.

0:20: Bb3 preferred over A3

Some of the dissonances were nice.

1:23: inappropriate use of G. A preferred.

1:27: inappropriate use of D. C preferred.

1:48: Bb preffered over F in the bass line

1:51 and 2:0: F doesn't belong

2:2: inappropriate use of C or E-flat (can't tell), D preferred

3:4: Bb preferred over C

3:5: Eb preferred over D

3:6: D preferred over C

3:7: I would stick to just using B-flats for the bottom note of the high chords.

3:12: unnecessary change from F to Eb (bass line)

The ending sounds a bit shaky. I think all parts should play at once.

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