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Dies Irae from my little Requiem

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Here my Dies Irae from my little Requiem I'm writing.

Latin text:

Dies iræ, dies illa,
Solvet sæclum in favilla,
Teste David cum Sibylla!
Quantus tremor est futurus,
quando iudex est venturus,
cuncta stricte discussurus!

English traduction:

Day of wrath, that day
in wich the centuries are reduced to ashes;
as witnesses King David and the Sibyl!
How much terror there will be,
when the judge is about to come,
to judge everything strictly!

 

Happy for feedback! Soon I will upload the score but here is the audio:

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Very cool-sounding. It's well-balanced an the sections complement each other well, without it all sounding too chopped-up or too repetitive.

I also feel like this might be very fun to perform/conduct.

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I really like that you are composing this with a smaller orchestra in mind. I think being able to scale down and restrain from going all out is really a great show of self control. For me, the harmony didn't have enough variety. Now, that added to the sort of dooms-day sound, which is what you were going for, I'm sure. But I just felt like it could have gone to more interesting places. Also, just be aware that a lot of choirs don't have many basses who can really reach those low notes you've written. It doesn't mean you can't write them, but you should be aware that you're spending a lot of time way down at the bottom for them.

Nice job!

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I recognize the Requiem Aeternam from the Introit text. Did you borrow this motive from your Introit and use it in the rest of your requiem?

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Wow, this is super cool! I love the blend of parts and the thunderous sound brought on by the drums and organ.

If I could make any suggestions, it would be that in times when the music is less intense, make the strings have more rising and falling sections of notes. The entire song focuses on this rigid, powerful structure that gives a sense of impending doom (as it should). However, in sections where the music is quieter, I think adding more movement in the strings would aid in making the quieter sections feel fuller and creating a greater contrast when the piece grows more intense and takes on that rigid form again. 

Overall, though, I absolutely love this! Well done!

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