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something fun i decided to do to practice percussion writing, need criticism and help! :) might make it into a full show
Update 1: Added some splits to make the piece slightly more playable and visually interesting. The bits with the splits are still hellish, though.
"Beyond the Celestial Sea" is basically me turning my vibraphone solo, "Nocturnal Waves", into a percussion ensemble piece, but I renamed it because I feel like it tells a whole new story. "Beyond the Celestial Sea" is about a duo of travelers who take a journey out into the Celestial Sea. With the piece being split into two movements, the diurnal and the nocturnal, the travelers experience the ocean in two different ways. In the daytime, the ocean is more energetic; there are high waves, a bright Sun, and puffy white clouds in the sky. In the nighttime, a fog covers the water, but once the fog clears, the beautiful sight of the stars and moonlight refelcting against the waves of the sea leave the travelers starstruck (pun intended). In the end, however, they end up back where they started, even though they sailed in a straight line.
With this being my first full-blown percussion ensemble piece, there are BOUND to be mistakes and places that could sound better. As I work on perfecting this piece, if you have any feedback, I would greatly appreciate it; it will help me out greatly.
Wow! This is pretty different from the usual stuff I post on here, isn't it? I mean, for starters, it's a work in progress, which I never usually post, and sweet Gsus, look at the instrument count!
I have never worked on any really big ensemble pieces like this before, so please be kind! As this is a work in progress and I'm pretty much ad-libbing things, I hoped that publishing what I have so far would be a good way to ask for advice from band peeps and other composers to see what they think of it so far. I'm also hoping it'll prove to be motivation to keep me writing this (since I accidentally forgot it existed for like a semester...whoops).
The current plan: Next comes a more minor-y section that I have vague ideas for, and I'm not too sure what will come after that, but I do have the ending of the piece fairly fleshed-out. Any other ideas would be much welcomed, though! (Name ideas would also be much welcomed.)
Note: As this is a WIP project, I'm not really worrying about formatting right now, so there are pretty much no rehearsal markings and stuff. Also, there are some empty staves (i.e. oboe and unpitched percussion rip). I will add all of that stuff in later. I'm also not worrying about going soundfonting at this point, but here's slightly better audio if you really want it: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1soQrVrkQSbFqVy3yY6V1q_U1o5U0-jlP/view?usp=sharing
This is just a work in progress at the moment, so please do not perform this song. Do not take, share, or post this audio or sheet music anywhere else.
Public Release Date: 26 January 2019
© Sophia Goudes 2019
I don't own this song. All of the rights for this song belong to Rush, producer Terry Brown, and the Anthem label. I do not intend to infringe on anyone's copyrights with this arrangements.
This arrangement is not yet complete. Notes have just been put on the page. There will be changes and tweaks, although I don't forsee any major ones.
As always, if you have any comments or critiques, feel free to drop them down below. I welcome your feedback! Also, if you would like to play or use my arrangement, let me know with a message.
Most recent update: 2/24/2019
Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJyUDTb7aJs
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This score is being transformed, as I started adding new parts i decided that this will be a three movement song, Realization, Denial vs. Acceptance, and First Impact. The songs theme hasn't changed, it's based off the thoughts that run through your head right when you realize your going to crash, whether your falling out of the sky in a plane, of speeding down a highway with no brakes. The true panic.
Realization is when you first react to the inevitable, so many thoughts running through your head, not knowing what to do! But what can you do!? The rushes throw you back and forth to having a solution but that ultimately failing. Feel the rush and panic of the first movement.
Denial vs. Acceptance is a quick moment when you ask yourself is this really happening? Am I dreaming? This has to be a dream! But listen as you slowly let yourself drift back and forth from reality to what you feel this is. Feel the battle of emotions in the second movement
First Impact is the finale. your about to crash, you feel yourself tense to prevent as much pain as possible. You want it to end, end the suffering, end the overkill of emotions running throughout your body. The suspense is coursing through your nerves, your ready! You've Accepted It! JUST END IT!
Please Comment and enjoy! I'm almost finished with this after hitting a writers block. Also check my other songs to and be on the loom out for the next song! (Hint: Patience).
IMPORTANT SUGGESTION: This song is best listened to with the sound font General User GS v1.442.sf2, here's a link to download it, if anyone could tell me how to implement it onto the website so that you don't have to download it, please tell me!
Not finished! Still need to add in articulations and/or pedal markings for the vibe parts.
If they made vibraphones as big as marimbas, then this would be a vibe quartet. rip
Edit: Made a marimba part that has C clef. It's still a quartet; the grand staff part has the same notes as the C clef part
All rights belong to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, writers Robert Kinkel, Paul O'Neill, and Jon Olivia, producer Paul O'Neill, and the record labels Lava Records and Atlantic Records. I do not intend to infringe on anyone's copyrights with this arrangement.
This is nowhere near done, but notes are on the page. I welcome your feedback, so please leave any comments or critiques you may have.
Thanks for listening and enjoy!
Most recent revision: 12/18/18
UPDATE 12/6/2018: Sorry about the wait. I've been swarmed with classes, tests, and studying. To serve as an apology, I made the drum-set part for what I have and I finished Mipha's theme. Thanks for waiting!
UPDATE: 12/7/2018: Changed the Single Staff Marimbas to Grand Staff marimbas, and moved notes to their proper positions.
All rights belong to Stephen Schwartz (songwriter), performers Indina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, and the label Decca Broadway. I do not intend to infringe on any copyrights with this arrangement.
This is by no means done, but notes are down on the pages. Tweaks will be made here and there, so be sure to keep an eye out. As always, let me know if you have any comments or critiques. If you would like to play this or use it, please contact me. I welcome your feedback!
I hope you enjoy!
Most recent update: 4/1/2019