Years ago I followed a music forum. One thing we did was a “Composition Challenge“. The winner of the last challenge would present a theme and people would create a composition based on that theme. Most of the themes had been difficult and produced more “modern” music, but the winner of Challenge 13 put up a very simple phrase.
OK, I decided to play a bit of a joke. I wrote a ground bass or passacaglia (think Pachelbel’s (misnamed) Canon in D minor) done with strings in 4-4 time, a Sousa style march done in brass and percussion – in “cut time” and a simple country dance (almost waltz) done with a small woodwind ensemble (I think flute, clarinet, english horn and bassoon) in 3-4 time. I then had them all playing simultaneously but ending together on a huge C major chord.
The joke half backfired mostly because I ended up entering the individual components as well as the finished parts – stupid me – and people really liked the country dance.
Here it is:
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This was recorded/rendered using GPO, Garritan Personal Orchestra. Pretty much nay of my more classic/non-electronic pieces are recorded with GPO. I have also posted other challenges, like Challenge 13.
Oh, here is the passacaglia for Challenge 14. Doubt if I will ever do a video, but, who knows?
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the music!