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The Chase

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A piece of music that is supposed to sound like two people, or living things, that are chasing each other.
Grade Level: 4
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: piano
Key: c
Meter Signature: 2/4
Tempo: 500
Status: Completed Work
Noteflight URL: Website Title


#14 Matthew LaRocca 2017-04-04 12:43
Hi Trudy,

I wanted to let you know that your piece unfortunately wasn't selected for Opus 32. You did so well, though, over the past few months and your piece came so far. You should be very proud of it, and I want you to keep composing! I hope to see you writing for Opus again next year.

#13 Matthew LaRocca 2017-03-29 13:58
My pleasure Trudy! I had so much fun working with you, and am so happy you like how your piece turned out. Congratulations !
#12 Trudy Farrell 2017-03-29 09:07
Ok, I did everything you suggested and I think that my piece sounds like a chase. I will mark it down as finished. Thank you for helping me with my music, and I really like the way it turned out. THANKS!!!!!
#11 Matthew LaRocca 2017-03-24 09:19
Hi Trudy,

Wow - it has really come a long way in the last two weeks. Nicely done!

I think that for the most part you’re good. There are a few things I would suggest just touching up.

In measure 41, remove the high note in the right hand of the piano part, and just have the low note. They’re too far away to play with only one hand.

Add some dynamics in at the beginning. Do you hear it starting loud, or soft? Does it get louder or softer in spots? A few dynamics will really help thing.

piano = soft
forte = loud

And for the end, I would do two things. Have a full empty measure with two beats of rest before that final chord. so move the C major chord in measure 56 to measure 57. This little bit of pause will make the ending a bit more dramatic. Also, have both hands end together, I think (? maybe? that’s up to you…).

And last, you have a lot of “8vb” markings in measure 35. I would just keep the ones in the left hand, and delete the ones in the right hand. Same thing for measure 41.

Great work Trudy! It was a lot of fun to see the music you write and also to meet you!

#10 Trudy Farrell 2017-03-23 14:08
I changed all the clashie parts. I think it is done, but i'm not sure. Is there anything else I could, or should do?
#9 Matthew LaRocca 2017-03-17 21:03
Hi Trudy,

I think that’s a great idea. To do that, add 4 eighth notes per measure, with no rest. That should be the bum bum bum bum you’re after.

In measure 41 and 42, I would move the notes in the right hand up to A, B, and then repeat A, B. Right now they’re G, A, B, C - there are a lot of very close notes there which is why they clash.

In measure 22 you have an A in the right hand and a G in the left hand. Move the left hand to an A and you should fix the clash.

Keep up the great work!

#8 Trudy Farrell 2017-03-16 14:27
I am going to try something with the repeate of the first 8 measures, so it is like bum bum bum bum, instead of bum bum.
#7 Trudy Farrell 2017-03-16 14:23
Also around 20-25. But I cant tell were it is coming from.
#6 Trudy Farrell 2017-03-16 14:07
The clashie thing also is around measure 41, and 42. What would you suggust for that?
#5 Matthew LaRocca 2017-03-11 08:26
Hi Trudy,

Did it happen while we were in class? Great meeting you, btw! It was a lot of fun visiting your class.

Where does the clashing happen for you? Is it in measure 9 - if so you need to change the second note to a C. That should fix it.

I think the first 8 measures are absolutely perfect. Don’t change a thing with them!


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