Dance of the Monsters Under the Bed - Arranged for Tualatin Valley Symphony - Final

Uploaded on Feb 5, 2017

Edits Feb 27 2017:
- First measure set back to full measure with 2 rests (to make parts and conductor's score match measure count)
- Conductor's measure numbers set back to starting at 1 (to match parts)
- Courtesy accidentals added in "waltz" section.

To be performed by the Tualatin Valley Symphony on April 2, 2017. This version has a reworking of the original intro from the piece as it was composed for my senior recital at Millikin University.

Per Thomas Goss's suggestions:
- adjusted the flute part in relation to the piccolo
- adjusted dynamics (that mostly were a result of both how soundfonts sound and instruments "typically" are expected to sound)
- removed harp part where it will not be audible against the orchestra
- fixed horn part names (was 1+3, 2+4, now 1+2, 3+4)
- fixed tremolo

UPDATE Feb 6 2017: Enharmonic C# used in basslines to remove need for D-flat to D-natural. THANK YOU, LUCAS HAGEMANS.
UPDATE: Adjusted timpani for Tualatin Valley Symphony's 3 kettles; added back in some of the harp chords I had previously trimmed as additional harmonies.
UPDATE Dec. 26, 2016: Much-corrected harp and timpani parts, additional dynamics added, key signature change added for 5/4 section.

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Pages 17
Duration 04:55
Measures 194
Key signature 3 flats
Parts 26
Part names Piccolo, Flute, Oboe(2), Clarinet(2), Bassoon(2), French Horn(2), Trumpet(3), Trombone(3), Tuba, Timpani, Percussion(2), Harp, Violin(2), Viola, Cello, Contrabass
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Excellent! The nicest piece I've ever heard!!
cool dude :d I find it awesome how monsters seem lively, as monsters that is. Also, damn your orchestration is on point, did you have much trouble getting out of mode to make it all clear ?
this sounds like the musings of someone who played a lot of banjo kazooie in the '90s and '00s
Thank you, and I do consider that a compliment! This was composed in 1989/1990!
No recording. I've just learned that the orchestra's regular recording folks were not informed that the concert time was changed. So there's no full recording. I'm really disappointed, and will be making sure that there are MULTIPLE recordings made of the Tualatin Overture on May 21.
Darn it. Looking forward to hearing that one, anyway.
I've not heard, so I'll be making inquiries this week.
I previously made a concert band version (it's here on MuseScore, you can look it up!) but I think it needs to have some work, now that my orchestration skills are improving.
Oh, I feel dumb cause I thought I saw it one time.
I am in awe from this piece, can't wait to hear the performance. Thank you for sharing it!
Thank you very much! I should have the recording in a week or so and I'll post it as an audio source on the score.
Thank you! I was going to encourage everyone to tweet this to Tim Burton but he doesn't seem to be on Twitter.
Where did all those other instruments come from?
I don't know. Somebody must have left the door open.
Someone needs to get their crap together. It's a security risk for crying out loud.
It was good! I definitely learned quite a bit about orchestration, and will be making those little changes to the score to make it easier for certain instruments. Plus, the conductor had some very interesting interpretations that I plan to encourage in future performances! Should have the recording in a week or so.
I'm not too good on orchestration, so I would think it was nice to get that input. Conductors are always a hoot, sometimes they tend not do what I would hear after I've heard a piece from several conductors, but it makes the conductors performance unique. I'll be waiting!
When will they preform this so we can hear it live?
The Tualatin Valley Symphony performed it today. They made a recording that I will have a copy of soon, and I promise to share!
I'm going to make sure there are my own sources for recording the Tualatin Overture on May 21, so that I'm not depending just on the orchestra's folks.
I just found out (nobody told me at the time) that the performance of Dance of the Monsters Under the Bed was not recorded because the concert was at a different time and the recording folks were never informed of the change by the orchestra. VERY bummed.
how do you make the rit actually happen in playback?
Add in the tempo changes to reduce the speed gradually (like maybe 120 then 115 then 108 then 98, for example) then select the tempo markings and make them invisible. Tada!
I was just about to go to bed, but I thought I'd listen to this first. Oh dear! Really great and fun work! That monster starting from bar 99 is cute. I'll take that one under my bed.
Idea: xylophone usually sounds pretty great with All Things ''monsters'', and I believe it'd fit pretty great in this too
What sound font do you use? I've been looking around for something good.
I'm just using the default MuseScore 2.0 sound font. I believe it's "Fluid".
this has actually given me new inspiration for a piece i've been working on, thanks (even if that was nowhere near your original goal)
I'm very pleased to have caused inspiration!
This is a piece of music that will be remembered and cherished for a long time to come, I am blown away by this. Great work.
Thank you very much! That's quite a thing to hear someone say, and I'm very moved!
Great, How can i compose music, like you? Thanks
Kim: First, let me first encourage you to compose a little bit every day. No matter how long you've been composing (or doing any art) it is important to work on it daily, even if it's just a little bit. MuseScore makes that VERY easy to do, and makes it easy to show off what you've done every day (or to just save the work and not show it off). Second, let me encourage you to listen to and read music as often as you can—again, every day if possible. Join IMSLP.org (pay for membership if you can, because it's a tremendously important resource). Listen to scores on MuseScore -- especially as they continue to add to the OpenScore content! Drink it all in and learn what you like and what you connect with. Then make some music in response to what you see and listen to. Finally, when I composed this originally, I'd already been composing for several years. Now I've been composing for more than three decades. I'm still learning how to compose and how to arrange, and I know that I'll be learning and trying to improve for my whole life. Don't criticize yourself if you can't compose the way you want to yet, just keep working on it, and the skill and talent will develop! Best, Arthur Breur
how do you make the tempo markings gray so they don't show up in the sheet music? thanks.
Hit the "v" key or check "visible" in the inspector (F8 to see the inspector).
I love this piece and all the incorporations within it. The theme of Lullaby as an introduction quickly dissolving to minor was genius! I am excited for you in that this will be performed by a recognised symphony, congrats. I found this through your spitlight as the Musescorer of the Month.
Thank you, Stephen! I have always left the lullaby out of the piano version, but I'm tempted to put it back in. I know when I was originally creating the piece, I felt that it needed the mood to be set appropriately—that is, "It's bedtime, so go to slee— wait, what?" It gives a nice gradual shift from comfy sleepy to slightly twisted, then to all out fun.
I think the G and F in the bassoon 1 part in measure 106 going into 107 are supposed to be slurred, at least it's like that in other places. If I'm wrong then ignore me. Love the piece; fantastic composing!
Good eye! My own eyes have started to cross with all the details to pay attention to in full orchestral and and band scores! Thank you very much!