🎧 Symphonic Poem ~Galactic Wings~ (Original Composition)

For Symphony Orchestra


Uploaded on Feb 6, 2019

Your comments, favs and follows are greatly appreciated! (READ MORE>>>) Don't forget to check out other songs in the "Galactic Wings" suite :-) https://musescore.com/user/47446/sets/5097271 This is my fourth composition and first for symphony orchestra and choir. I started this project half a year ago with zilch knowledge in instrumentation. I managed to scramble up a one-minute demo piece, then decided it was a totally crazy and unrealistic attempt to write a symphonic poem as my first orchestral work. Winter came and I caught a bad cold and wasn't able to work out for a whole month. Being bored, I thought maybe I should see how far I can go on this. It just went far beyond my original expectation and I feel more than proud of this first draft. It is a very fast-paced, almost cinematic story-telling piece, consisting of 5 acts and an epilogue: 1. Call for Warriors 2. A Fleeting Farewell 3. Battlefront 4. Dirge of Dawn 5. Hymn of Rebirth Epilogue: Priceless Peace You may be able to guess what the story is like, and I'll let the music speak for me. Due to the limitation of my ability, time and energy, each act lasts only 1-2 minutes. I didn't plan to write even longer as fewer people would have the patience to finish listening. Some of my own primer's study notes: 1. Learn the instruments. Train my ears to at least tell which instruments are playing in a symphonic piece. 2. Transcribe a symphonic work (time consuming but I found it really helpful) 3. Violins are really great in painting the high-frequency range of the audio (like painting the sky) 4. Be prepared to get stuck at transitions. Transitions, which consists of <25% of this piece, took me about 75% of the time in total. 5. Never give up when stuck...(hard) 6. Use a decent soundfont or you'll lose patience even faster (unless you are a maestro who doesn't need to listen when writing) 7. Chord progression is important but I find its a trap to fixate on chords. That'll make the work sound like vertical bars. I find it more important to figure out the instrumentation first (in my case, which instruments to play the melody, and when there are sustained notes in melody, what other instruments to provide the texture). 8. Take down every motif you have. They may somehow interweave with each other. 9. Horns are the warmest sounds ever @_@ 10. Bassoon sounds weird and somehow hard to use for beginners like myself...But try everything you can to use it (in this case it magically worked better than any other for Section D) 11. I tend to write percussions at the end of a segment I write. I feel after adding percussion, the sound will become noisy and harder for me to find out what's missing/excessive. Plus, it's very satisfying when I add percussion as finishing touches. 12. Flute trills are cliche but quite easy to light up the mood or add some extra tension. 13. Don't use extra low/loud bass all the time. Entering/exiting of low bass is very noticeable and can be used as mood adjusters in ones arsenal. Same as high-pitched sounds like violins and trumpets. 14. Modulation works well when repeating a melody. 15. Warfare scenes are easier to write than I had thought. There are a lot of "epic battle music" on YouTube, but they all sound incredibly similar: heavy drums on 4/4 rhythms, choirs, string ensembles, TUBULAR BELLS, layers of buildup, all with simple chord loops. There must be something more to it. But many are just from the same template... Things I still feel very weak: 1. Use woodwind to create interweaving texture 2. Use of viola and cello 3. Dissonance (this piece has almost none except a little in Section C) 4. Pitched percussions besides tubular bells (I think I abused it) 5. Mood expression without clear melodies. I think mostly in melodies...I need to learn to be more sensitive to chords and texture... ... Thank you for reading the description, and I really hope you can listen to the whole song, and share the part you (dis-)like the most. Your encouragements and critics are very valuable to keep me motivated!

I can't believe I finished it study notes

Pages 32
Duration 08:35
Measures 249
Key signature 2 flats
Parts 36
Part names Flute(2), Oboe(2), Clarinet(2), Bassoon(2), French Horn(3), Brass Ensemble(2), Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion(8), Piano(2), Harp, Voice(4), Strings(4), Contrabass
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