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The Ancient Mariner (for Orchestra) [SEE DESCRIPTION]



Uploaded on Apr 20, 2015

BETTER AUDIO FILE: http://oro.godsong.org/song/ancientMariner.mp3

UPDATE 6-7-2016: Wow, it's been over a year since I first wrote this. Still good, despite the instrumentation. It feels kinda like a collection of short songs that connect together, now that I think about it, the solos as interludes to the more involved parts. There are sections that could easily be standalone and some that need the rest of the piece to be complete. Now which are which is the question. Also I lost the original files so whoops, so much for ever really trying to fix things properly.

UPDATE 10-8-2015: This is still my largest, most-complex, most impressive composition I have thus far created. Now that time has passed, I find myself unable to fathom how I created some of this as my style of composition drifts farther and farther away...

UPDATE 5-12-2015: My step-grandfather in Germany (also a composer) showed this piece to a friend of his, and the friend's response was along the lines of "I wonder what he'll compose when he's 30; he appears to already be composing maturely."

My fiftieth composition, and likely the only one I've ever been very very serious about getting right. Inspired by the poem of (almost) the same name by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Very much similar to a film score, I've been told.

Like the poem it's inspired by, it's split up into seven parts (although each part may have its own sub-parts).

It took a week to write, and another week and a half to polish, and then a third week to print a copy or two. The version posted here is a not-very-well-formatted version imported from Finale via MusicXML. The soundfont really doesn't agree with this piece.


PART ONE
A: "It is an Ancient Mariner"
B: "The Ship was Cheered, the Harbor Cleared"

PART TWO
A: "For all averred I killed the bird"
B: "The death-fires danced at night"
C: "Water, water everywhere"

PART THREE
A: "See! see! (I cried) She tacks no more!"
B: "And the twain were casting dice"

PART FOUR
A: "Alone, alone, all, all alone"
B: "A spring of love gushed from my heart"

PART FIVE
A: "Yet now the ship moved on!"
B: "She made a sudden bound"

PART SIX
"Is this mine own countree?"

PART SEVEN
A: "The ship went down like lead"
B: "I pass, like night, from land to land"
C: "He went like one that hath been stunned"

Ancient Mariner Orchestral Half an Hour Multi-Part Dramatic Multiple Influences Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Pages 159
Duration 28:29
Measures 638
Key signature 3 flats
Parts 27
Part names Piccolo, Flute(2), Oboe(2), English Horn, Clarinet(4), Bassoon(3), French Horn(2), Trumpet(2), Trombone(2), Tuba, Timpani, Piano, Violin(2), Viola, Cello, Contrabass
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