Here is the piece of music that I have long held to be my masterwork - the best that piece of music that I had written up to that point. And as such it has a story to it.
The year is 2003 around December. I was newly married and was finishing up my studies in Music and Mathematics at Emory. About that time, my wife and I along with my in-laws went on a miniature pilgrimage to the Shrine of the most blessed Sacrament in Alabama (short drive away from Atlanta, where we had been residing). We arrived at our hotel and it was time for dinner, so we went off to dinner at one of these buffet all-you-can-eat places.
Now, from time to time, inspiration hits me to plan out for the writing of a piece of music. At that time I was not nearly as disciplined or scientific in my approach to composition as I am now. But while we were sitting down and eating, I was inspired to write out the form of a new piece of music: A - B - C - B - A. At that time, I wanted to write out a new piece of music for a performance at Oxford College. My instrument was trombone and thought that I might as well apply this new piece of music to a trombone and piano.
I did not think too much on it until we were leaving Alabama. As I was driving, my wife was sleeping and I began to think through more of this piece of music. I wanted it to be somewhat of a story piece of music. And as such, I wanted a short overture at the beginning, somewhat as an abstract for the piece of the music that was to proceed. So, while driving, I composed the beginning piano chords and such like. I set to work on writing the music. I got a good start to the music before finals hit. Over the Christmas break I finished off the music.
Stylistically, I was shooting for a mixture between a classical era and romantic era piece of music. I wanted the piece of music to be very tonal and have a somewhat catchy quality to the tunes. Some of the harmonies I used in the piece of music are more along the lines of what you would hear from Wagner than from Mozart but I did not push tonality too hard.
Also, I believe that this trombone piece is a virtuostic piece to the point that i think that other boners should give it a shot. That is why I plan on publishing the music so that folks can give it a shot. I plan on having that up on the scores section in the next couple of weeks. I have to actually rewrite some of the accidentals in order for it to make sense according to music theory and for the musicians playing the piece.
Anyway, it is a LONG piece of music (12 minutes) and is probably best left playing in the background as you go surfing the net. As far as the story that I was going for - feel free to leave your thoughts on what a story for this piece of music could be. I was kind of thinking of some sort of love story with a fight with a bad guy in the middle. Hope you enjoy!
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