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This is the first movement of my third symphony, scored for orchestra. I'll upload the other movements when I have finished putting them on Musescore (they are on manuscript just now.)

I hope you enjoy it.

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Fantastic!  

First of all: E-flat minor?  You're cruel and inhuman, but I think the orchestra will forgive you. 

Tremendous drama and pathos here.  I just love your thematic material!  One minute I'm hearing Mendelssohn's influence, the next a little Tchaikovsky.  

At times during the triplet semiquaver noodling in the violins and violas under the main theme, I found myself wishing there were more in the way of a foundation in the bass - not that what you have doesn't work, it was just something I found myself waiting for, and you were very sparing with it.  And what an ending!  I wasn't expecting that at all!  

My compliments on a wonderful movement!   

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Thanks @J. Lee Graham!

On 3/13/2019 at 4:02 AM, J. Lee Graham said:

First of all: E-flat minor?  You're cruel and inhuman, but I think the orchestra will forgive you.

Really!? 😀

On 3/13/2019 at 4:02 AM, J. Lee Graham said:

At times during the triplet semiquaver noodling in the violins and violas under the main theme, I found myself wishing there were more in the way of a foundation in the bass - not that what you have doesn't work, it was just something I found myself waiting for, and you were very sparing with it

I understand what you mean. I was thinking about adding something into this texture but I didn't know what. Would you suggest a Double Bass pizz bass line would work?

On 3/13/2019 at 4:02 AM, J. Lee Graham said:

My compliments on a wonderful movement!  

Thank you very much for your time!

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7 hours ago, aMusicComposer said:

I understand what you mean. I was thinking about adding something into this texture but I didn't know what. Would you suggest a Double Bass pizz bass line would work?

Yes, that's an excellent notion, or even 'cellos and basses (in octaves).  You don't want something that will get in the way, just a bit more foundation to the harmonic rhythm that's going on.  

BTW, I was just teasing about the key you chose.  It's just that many members of an average orchestra, especially in the strings, will find their eyes glazing over when they see six flats in the key signature.  Any more than 3 or 4 flats perplexes string players.  That said, a good professional orchestra wouldn't even bat an eye it this, or almost anything else you set in front of them.     

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On 3/14/2019 at 3:06 PM, J. Lee Graham said:

Yes, that's an excellent notion, or even 'cellos and basses (in octaves).  You don't want something that will get in the way, just a bit more foundation to the harmonic rhythm that's going on

I will revise this piece later so I will probably add this in.

 

On 3/14/2019 at 3:06 PM, J. Lee Graham said:

BTW, I was just teasing about the key you chose.

I thought so! 😃

On 3/14/2019 at 3:06 PM, J. Lee Graham said:

That said, a good professional orchestra wouldn't even bat an eye it this, or almost anything else you set in front of them.

Hopefully I can get it played by a good professional orchestra!

 

I will post the second movement in the future. I will keep it on this thread. 

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