Drama for Orchestra No. 6

For Symphony Orchestra

Uploaded on Apr 27, 2018

In loving memory of Michael James Baker (January 2nd, 1946 - July 30th, 2018)

I was hoping you could make it to the performance of this piece, but you are in a much happier place now. You will be missed.

Drama for Orchestra No. 6 flowed directly out of my experiences in Theory III and IV. It was my way of applying the concepts that were taught during the school year, especially motivic development, unusual modalities, and sonata-allegro form. Throughout the piece, three main motives, of both the rhythmic and melodic variety, are used to tell a dramatic story of resilience through the storms of life. The piece begins with a gentle but mysterious exposition of motives from the first theme before moving into the second theme, in which the solo cello sings a short elegy. In the developmental section, I explore the emotional highs and lows of which the various motives are capable before returning to the main themes in the recapitulation. The piece is triumphantly brought to its conclusion at the coda, with the brass triumphantly signaling that the storm is over and the trials past.

Special shoutout to Brinsonian for making the audio for me. You can give him a follow (he really deserves more followers!) at the link below:


Chuck Norris is really drama I should compose a piece called the Chuck Norris Symphony Drama Sonata Allegro UMSL Orchestra Cello Flute Oboe English Horn Clarinet Bassoon Horns Horn French Horn Darwin Aquino Touhill AB hall St. Louis

Pages 21
Duration 08:15
Measures 121
Key signature natural
Parts 22
Part names Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn(4), Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion, Piano(2), Strings(6)
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This piece stands out among all pieces on this site. This has taste and extreme intent. I am incredibly impressed!
Has there been any progress on your possible performance recording? I saw your note "many recommendations to make the name more professional". The work, itself, is a more mature conception than an 'Interstellar Expedition'. I'm not surprised that you received the advice and that the score received deserved recognition - it's a step up from the plethora film-score ideas so prevalent amongst young composers - it has depth. As a consequence it appeals to the more mature listener, as well as the young. Generally, adjudicators are mature and 'depth' is a quality they look for. (By the way, did you receive the sound version I sent to you, many months ago?)
I'm so sorry for not responding when I originally received it! It was so kind of you to create it for me, and I should have thanked you for it! Thank you so much for doing it for me!

As for the performance, I expect the audio sometime this week. The performance was last Wednesday, and it went very well. Thank you so much for your kind words!
Great news! I look forward to hearing how it fared.
Very powerful music! The fine sound font concerning brass and woodwinds and percussions. Fine cords, long lines.
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!
Well, but you met him, thing that I didn't and I sorry for your loss :c

And I loved the composition, and Congratulations
for the win ;D
I did meet him, and I'm very fortunate that I knew him very well. He was always supportive of my music, and he loved listening to it. I'm sorry that you never had the opportunity to meet yours. I feel very blessed to have known my grandfather and it's sad that not everyone has had that.
That feeling when you really want to click favorite . . . and you realize you can't because you already have.
Heard this a couple of times now. An epic piece with good orchestration and structure. It's music that earns its title. The brass was great. A quality, powerful piece. Good work and hope to hear more!
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!
Oh dear Elliot. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know what it's like to have a grandpa suddenly pass away. I hope you'll feel better as the days go by. After these things everyone just needs some time to figure stuff out. Trust me, you'll feel better, even if that seems impossible at the moment. Stay strong.
Thank you very much Vigo. I appreciate it. The time has helped in most ways, but every once in a while I feel that twinge of pain as I recall all of the memories.

Thanks for your encouragement. I genuinely appreciate it.
I'm glad I helped and I'm glad to hear time has helped. The twinge of pain now and then is inevidable, but their occurance will decrease over time, so no need to worry! :)
By the way I didn't mention it up there, but this piece is striking! The thing that surprised me is how much emotion you can hear here. Very well done! Keep it up! :D
Thank you so much! Hearing high praise from you really means a lot. =)
Dramatic, indeed! I love the way the melody transitions between strings, woodwinds, and brass. Congratulations on the win - well-deserved!
So sorry to hear about your grandfather; he was so young, and was clearly a profound and positive influence in your life. I'm sure he was very proud of your musical achievements.
Thank you very much for your kind words. I appreciate your encouragement. =)
I would also love for you to conduct this piece! ;)
Elliot, I am sorry about your loss. I am sure you will keep the memory of your grandfather in your heart and thoughts and remember all the useful advises he used to give you.

On another hand, I am glad about your award. It's a conflicting feeling. This is the first time in my life I write condolences and congratulations in the same text. The composition is wonderful, masterfully orchestrated. I am not surprised at all you won the competition. You are really growing up into a great composer and your little brother follows your steps.
Thank you so much for your kind words of consolation and congratulation. I am very glad you enjoyed the piece. =)

(and as it would seem, I'm following in my brother's steps, since he is the one who seems to get most of the recognition around here.) =)
I'm really sorry about your grandfather's passing. :'( I know that's so hard to deal with. But he is in a beautiful place now, so he can watch over you! And I'm sure that he will be there in spirit when this piece is finally performed. He's gonna be up there watching, super proud of everything that you have accomplished and will accomplish. And don't forget that we on MuseScore are always here to support you if you ever need us. Your grandfather, your family, and you will be in our thoughts and prayers! <3
Thank you so much for you kind words. I appreciate them. =)
Lol! It'll be a while before that happens! =D
congratulations! well deserved. can't wait for the live audio (even though Brinsonian did a great job on this one). will you get to attend the performance/recording?
Thank you so much! I hope to be able to! We live around four hours away from St. Louis, so it's not too far! =)
Congrats on the win! I think it's so cool that you and your brother both won—after all, you two are literally both so amazing in your own ways as composers. :D
Thank you! I'm really surprised tbh! I was not expecting to win at all! :O
Are you kidding me? Your scores are really good. I'm not surprised at all. :D
Well thank you! Just as an underclassmen, I thought I had absolutely no chance against composers from around the state, especially since one of my composition colleagues at WIU was interested in competing (and he's entering his senior year! :O)