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Up and Down

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This song is a combination of a Flute and a Piano, We, Tommy and David, are composing together on this piece. This is just a start and we are not sure where to go to next.
Grade Level: 5
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: clarinet, upright bass, piano
Key: C
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 120
Status: Completed Work
Noteflight URL: Website Title


#14 Lee Heuermann 2017-04-04 15:37
Dear Tommy,

Thanks for entering your piece, “Up and Down” for Opus 32. Unfortunately, it was not chosen for performance. However, I congratulate you on the work you put into it. I’ve really enjoyed mentoring you, and encourage you to keep composing. I look forward to seeing more work from you in the future and hope to work with you again. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

#13 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-29 16:46
Nice job on adding your dynamics and getting your parts in order Tommy!

The only other thing you might want to do is add:

Articulations (legato, staccato, accent marks)
If you don’t write these in throughout the piece everything will be played detached, so if you want it to flow - use slurs for legato (flowing) or if you want it detached and short sounding use staccato. For accented attacks use accent marks. If you don’t put anything in (and sometimes you may want this) each note is played somewhat separated from the next.

Descriptive markings
In the beginning and at different points in your piece if the mood changes, you can use words to describe what you want, such as “sparkling” , “lively”, or whatever words you think best describe your piece and how you want it played. This really helps the performers and especially when there’s not a lot of rehearsal time this really helps the performers to understand what you want as the composer. Be specific!

You’re almost done Tommy! Remember to get your changes in by tomorrow, Thursday, 3/30/17.

Let me know if you have any questions!

#12 Tommy Colman 2017-03-29 09:17
I added dynamics, thanks for the help with the instruments order and the clarinet notes. Now I am done completely thanks so much for your help.
#11 Betsy Greene 2017-03-29 07:28
Hi, Lee and Tommy,

Just wanted to let you know I put the new title of your piece in your entry as well as updated your Noteflight link. Please use the one posted in the entry now. It goes to Up and Down.

#10 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-27 12:25
Hi Tommy,

Great job on “Up and Down”! I really like your idea and the exuberant exciting feeling you’ve created. I have a few practical suggestions for things you could change:

Order of parts in the score from top to bottom should be:


Here's what to do to change that. In the upper part of the toolbar is a stringed instrument logo, with "instruments" written under it (in any case, it stands for the instrument menu). Click on it and the instruments show up in the vertical order of the score. You can either drag an instrument up or down to re-position it, or click on the little dotted rectangle to the left of the name. When you do that, arrows show up for all the other instruments and if you click on the arrows, you can move the particular part up or down, leapfrogging the part above or below it, depending on what direction it needs to go. It's really pretty easy. Let me know whether this helps.

The clarinet can only play one note at a time, so in mms. 5 - 8, you could put the lower note of the clarinet part in the RH of the piano, and the last 2 lower notes of the chord in the clarinet part in the last measure could also go in the RH piano part instead.

For Double stops (more than one note playing at a time) in the bass, on your last chord keep it a double stop rather than a triple stop so use a 5th (F and C).

Also, now you can add dynamics (volume) markings and articulations (legato, staccato, or accent marks). This will spice it up and give it more character.

Let me know if you have any questions!

#9 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-23 15:14
Dear Tommy

How’s everything going with your composing? I'll get back to you very soon after I listen to your piece, but I just wanted to check in with you and to remind you that you’re in the home stretch. You need to have your final draft of your composition ready by one week from today, Thursday, March 30th.

We will then select the pieces that will be performed on the Opus 32 concert. If your piece is selected, we will then work together on polishing all of the details for the final submission of your score to give to the performers.

Let me know if you have any questions and how I can help you, and please work hard to get things ready by next Thursday, 3/30.

Thanks and keep up the good work!

#8 Tommy Colman 2017-03-23 14:55
Hi, Lee I decided to work on my own and i made a completely new song here is the link. I really liked the fast notes so I put a lot of fast notes in the song. Thank you so much for all your help!!!
#7 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-06 21:42
Hi David and Tommy,

I hope you're doing well! I haven't heard back from you and want to check in and see how you're doing with "Time To Go"?

Also, as we’re getting started working together, please tell me a little about yourselves, how you like to spend your time, what are your favorite things in school and out, and how long have you been involved in music and what instrument/s do you play? This will help me get more of a sense of who you are and how that relates to the music you compose.

Please let me know if you have any questions as I'm here to help in any way I can.

Best Wishes,

#6 Lee Heuermann 2017-02-16 23:42
Hi Tommy and David,

You’ve got a nice lively beginning to your composition. Good job! I like your starting with an ascending line going up from F to B (F, G, A, B) in measures (mms.) 1 and 2 in the flute. Then you continue ascending from B to E (B, C, D, E) in mms. 2-3 in the clarinet.

But before I go further, what instruments are you using? You say it’s for flute and piano, but I see flute and clarinet in your first line, then I see bass clarinet marked in the second line. Which instruments are you wanting? You could write for flute, clarinet and piano. However, If you’re writing for clarinet, it’s a melodic instrument and you can only have one note at a time (no chords). In m. 1, beat 3 of the clarinet you could get rid of the C, and in beat 4 of the clarinet part, you could move the D up to the flute part.

In m. 3, it’s better to switch the C, D, E and C in the clarinet up to the flute part, as generally flute has the higher part, so the clarinet could have A, B and C, C to B in m. 4. The flute could play the D on the downbeat of m. 4.

Before you continue, decide your instruments! How did you decide on your title, “Time To Go”? How do you imagine your music sounding like the title?

Also, please tell me a little bit about yourselves and what you like to do aside form music?

I look forward to hearing back from you soon!

#5 Lee Heuermann 2017-02-16 15:11
Hi Tommy and David,

I just wanted to let you know that I'll have time this evening to look at your composition and get back to you with some comments.

I hope you're having a great day and thanks for for getting things set with Noteflight!


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