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I had some music in my head when I was thinking about what I should compose. I had gone to Italy the past summer. I was thinking about what I saw there, and what was happening. The clashes and dissonance are intentional and I think they make the piece sound more dark and minor. I composed this piece with many names in my head, but European Village was the one I chose.
Grade Level: 5
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Piano, Clarinet
Key: G minor
Meter Signature: 3/4
Tempo: 120
Status: Completed Work
Noteflight URL: Website Title


#17 Erik Nielsen 2017-04-13 10:51
Dear Daniel,
I have printed out your music. I made a few small changes to how it looks, not the music itself. For example, the piano doesn't need two sets of dynamics unless each hand is playing at a different volume, so I eliminated the lower dynamic. In any case, the piece is all set. Please make sure you print the score and bring it with you to Opus 32. Congratulations on a fine piece. I look forward to hearing it performed, as I'm sure you do.

Best wishes,
Erik Nielsen
Senior Mentor
#16 Daniel Wick 2017-04-12 11:56
I updated my brief biography and piece description!
#15 Daniel Wick 2017-04-12 11:45
Thanks Jake! I changed everything you told me. Thank you so much for helping me with my piece. See you at opus!
#14 Jake Lester 2017-04-06 15:20
Hi Daniel,

Sorry, just a few more little changes to make (that will make your piece's rehearsal go far smoother).

- You should move the clarinet part above the piano part in the score. The pianist will most likely be reading the entire score, and this change will make it easier for her visually.

- Do you see the little tuning fork to the right of the word "score" in the upper left corner of your piece in Noteflight? That option displays the piece in concert pitch. You need to deselect that option. (You'll then notice that the key of the clarinet part will change to A minor).

- You don't need identical dynamics in the piano part, so wherever you have a spot where both the left and right hand are playing the same dynamic, simply delete the dynamic under the left hand.

That's it. These should be pretty quick fixes. Thanks again Daniel. Looking forward to hearing this live!

#13 Daniel Wick 2017-04-06 09:07
I changed the three quarter note rests to a whole rest. I think everything's done! Thank you so much for helping me out!
#12 Jake Lester 2017-04-04 16:08
Hey Daniel,

Congrats! Your piece has been selected for performance at Opus 32! Are you excited? Because I know I am.

Now we begin the next phase: score prep. This is where we go through your piece and make sure all the details, such as the notation of rhythms and rests, are correct so the performers don't have to spend time figuring it all out in rehearsal.

Fortunately, your piece is in really, really good shape right now from a score prep perspective. The only thing I see that needs to be changed is measure 30 in the right hand piano part. Make sure you change the three quarter note rests into one whole rest. Should be an easy fix.

That's it! Thanks Daniel, and once more, congratulations!

#11 Jake Lester 2017-03-30 15:27
Hey Daniel,

Great work! You've made a ton of little changes that I feel have taken your piece to the next level, between the ritardando, the final chord, and a slight adjustment of the dissonant pitches.

I don't mean to stifle your creativity in regard to the clashes. Since you are the composer, your decisions are always the most important ones and my role is to offer my own insight. I think in following my suggestion to alter the clashes, you discovered a way to resolve those clashes that was not only extremely creative, but also more compositionally interesting. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

I definitely think you're ready to submit your piece, unless there's anything else you feel you'd like to get done. It's been great working with you, Daniel!

#10 Daniel Wick 2017-03-30 13:23
Hi Jake! The clashes that you're talking about are intentional. I wanted to make a clustery dark minor sound. I also like those dissonances. I spent some time trying to do something different with them, but what it was felt right to me. I updated the description in my piece to show what I mean. Thank you for all your help and support!
#9 Daniel Wick 2017-03-30 13:20
Thank you! I used an a tempo and it worked great!
#8 Betsy Greene 2017-03-30 13:09
Thank you! I couldn't find an a tempo on noteflight, so I used a accel. instead.

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