A Bit of Musical Fun… Overture to a Nursery Crime

Years ago I studied “contemporary concert music”, maybe better known as “modern classical”. Very early into my exploration, long before I had done a deep dive into harmony, counterpoint and such, I did this little joke recording. For the most part it came out pretty well. OK, the timpani rolls are, well, they sound more like machine guns than a musical instrument. I think overall the orchestration came out pretty well, particularly when you remember that I whipped this up in an afternoon.

Again, there are a lot of little jokes hidden in here. Some of the obvious ones – the melody broken up so different instruments play only one or two notes of it, relying on the entire orchestra to make the simple line. Or the poor clarinettist who can’t seem to be able to find the right notes in his solo, even when the first violinist comes by to help…

I hope you have fun with this.

(Click here if you don’t see the video below)

Oh yeah, almost forgot, the artwork in the video is mine. The animation is based on a painting I did years ago. i made the creepy animation at Halloween one year and decided to use it here. It fits the theme ;)

16 thoughts on “A Bit of Musical Fun… Overture to a Nursery Crime

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I did the original painting for a class on portraits and always thought it was a little creepy. A few years ago I decided to put it into Photoshop and do that animation as a Halloween gif. Glad you liked the music. Although it was done many years ago, I had a huge amount of fun with it.


    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! I did a few little pieces for fun back then and this was not my favorite at the time (I actually forgot about it!), but listening now, 15 years later, I do like it better than any of the other “just for fun” pieces. I was using Garritan Personal Orchestra and the sound set was pretty good, but it was hard to get a good performance on a keyboard with a lot. (The selling point of GPO back then was how easy it was to get a realistic performance, but that only went so far…)



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