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Symphony No. 4 in D Major (1st Movement)

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Here is the first movement of my Symphony No. 4 in D Major. I completed the entire symphony at the end of last year. Any feedback is welcome on this movement, particularly regarding harmony and orchestration!

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1) Trumpet for D is an ultimate NO-NO! write for C or Bb. That's it.

2) This piece is lacking counterpoint. It's a long hetereophonic texture with nothing moving.

it will be hard for people to grasp this composition with nothing to help it move.

 

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I like the harmonic movement at 2:03 onward for that section. That moment at 3:41 was a good fake-out, I love those moments when you expect something and it goes in a totally different direction. Kind of sets up a whole unexpected section. 4:16 was interesting, I think I'll use that :innocent:. 5:03, nice, wasn't expecting that diminished turn. I especially like the conclusion, I think you strike a nice balance between tonality and parallel harmony.

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Thank you both for your replies!

On 2/6/2020 at 5:02 AM, maestrowick said:

1) Trumpet for D is an ultimate NO-NO! write for C or Bb. That's it.

2) This piece is lacking counterpoint. It's a long hetereophonic texture with nothing moving.

it will be hard for people to grasp this composition with nothing to help it move.

1) Okay. I was led to believe (by the internet) that most trumpet players would own a Bb and D trumpet. Maybe they are less common than it seems. I can easily transpose this.

2) Yes, lack of counterpoint has often been a problem in my works. I'm interested to look at how I can fit more in. Are there any particular sections that you though needed it?

23 hours ago, Left Unexplained said:

I like the harmonic movement at 2:03 onward for that section. That moment at 3:41 was a good fake-out, I love those moments when you expect something and it goes in a totally different direction. Kind of sets up a whole unexpected section. 4:16 was interesting, I think I'll use that :innocent:. 5:03, nice, wasn't expecting that diminished turn. I especially like the conclusion, I think you strike a nice balance between tonality and parallel harmony.

Thank you for your review! I did try to make some parts of this less predictable than they often are in my pieces. I'm glad to hear it worked!

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I like it, some nice melodic ideas going on. For me personally too much changing and not enough stability. The main parts don't always stand out too. If you invested about a 100 in NotePerformer3 it would sound 10 times better, and you'd have a lot more control. I like your way of thinking tho. Thanks for sharing

Mike

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