For Woodwind Ensembles

Uploaded on Mar 17, 2019

This is the first original song I've written and uploaded, as well as my first song using an entire concert band! I did the best I could and it took me over a week to finish the whole song. Also, I know almost nothing about percussion so I put in tremolos for most of the snare part. Feel free to use your own rhythm.

My inspiration for this song was, as the title suggests, my experiences in life. Ever since I started high school last fall, my life had quickly gone from strong and positive to negative, symbolized by the happy melody from the reeds followed by the melancholic chords played by the brass just a few measures later.

After a few months of being in the absolute lowest point of my life, My emotions started to fluctuate before going back into a downward spiral, symbolized by the reeds and brass interrupting each other until the descending melody from both sections.

After this downward spiral, the phrase is interrupted by and ends in a major chord. Another phrase begins with an oboe solo with reed accompaniment at different parts, and this symbolizes the regeneration of happiness inside me; I was recovering from the downward spiral. At measure 29, there is a dissonant melody played by the saxes until they become consonant with the rest of the reeds. This is to symbolize that the sadness inside of me was being suppressed and I was beginning to feel better.

At measure 33, the brass jumps in fiercely as negativity tries to push its way into my life and regain control. The reeds counter with a peaceful melody but are quickly interrupted by the brass. Once again, the reeds counter and succeed with an ascending melody and a major chord. However, this chord quickly turns minor and there is a transition into the next phrase, at measure 41.

Our life experiences, whether good or bad, shape us. They become a part of us. They define how we behave. At measure 41, the brass and reeds blend together as the reeds become melody and the brass harmony. After spending so much time clashing, they blend together to become one, and this remains for the rest of the song. The good and bad in our lives can often clash but at the end of the day, they make up one sole thing. Us. We are the culmination of the good and bad things that occur to us. In the end, everything I went through altogether makes up who I am and this is represented by the joining of the entire ensemble.

If you read all of that, good job. You didn't have to, but at least now you know how this song came to be.

experiences somerandom123

Pages 16
Duration 02:25
Measures 74
Key signature 2 flats
Parts 19
Part names Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet(3), Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet(2), Trombone(2), Tuba(2), Percussion(3)
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