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Grade Level: 5
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: violin and cello
Key: d major
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 4/4
Status: Completed Work
Noteflight URL: Website Title

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#8 Jake Lester 2017-04-04 16:15
Hi Laurie-Anne,

Thanks again for all the hard work you put into your piece. While it wasn't chosen for performance at Opus, that doesn't take away from all the effort you put into the piece, or the skill it takes to simply start a composition. You should feel proud of your work and I hope that you keep composing in the future. Don't give up! I hope to work with you again sometime!

-Jake
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#7 Jake Lester 2017-03-30 15:08
Hi Laurie-Anne,

Great work! I really like the addition of the cello, and you've managed to make both instrument parts in the piece unique in their own way - I especially like how the rhythms between the two contrast!

Since this is the last day before submissions, I probably wouldn't change anything too much at this point. The only thing I want you to address is the cello chords in measure 13. The cello can't actually play those notes together, so you'll have to remove one of the notes in the chord. Other than that, I think you're ready to submit! Thanks for your hard work.

-Jake
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#6 laurie-anne fournier 2017-03-29 16:24
I think I am going to add the piano, since I play the piano, but maybe I will choose the bass or the cello, or may be even all three of those! but I think I will only have time for one or two,
Thanks!

Laurie-Anne
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#5 Jake Lester 2017-03-28 17:49
Hi Laurie-Anne,

Available instrumentation for Opus 32 is violin I, violin II, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe (or, alternatively, English horn), clarinet (or, alternatively, bass clarinet), bassoon (or, alternatively, contrabassoon), and piano.

Since you have a violin already, you might choose to pair it with another string instrument (or more than one). But pairing violin with a woodwind such as the clarinet would work really well too. Piano is another option, and piano has a huge range of notes that you'd be able to choose from. Really, the choice is yours!

Let me know when you've made a decision and we'll work on it some more. Remember, submissions are due Thursday at midnight! I know you can finish in time!

Thanks Laurie-Anne!
-Jake
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#4 laurie-anne fournier 2017-03-28 15:33
What instrument do you think I should add?

Laurie-Anne
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#3 laurie-anne fournier 2017-03-28 15:13
My apologies for not looking at the comments you have been giving me, I have been busy in school and on the weekend.
I was wondering, what are the instruments for the opus 32?
I will see I'll look at my piece and add some dynamics and articulations, and see what instrument I will maybe add.
Thank you for all the great comments, I will look at them more.

Laurie-Anne
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#2 Jake Lester 2017-03-22 20:16
Hi Laurie-Anne,

Are you still working on your piece, and if so, do you still want to submit it for Opus 32? Just a heads up: Opus 32 submissions are due next Thursday at midnight. If you get some solid work in in the next week, you should be fine!

-Jake
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#1 Jake Lester 2017-02-26 12:57
Hi Laurie-Anne,

My name is Jake and I'll be your primary mentor for Opus 32! I really like what you have so far. Your melody is very pleasant to listen to and rhythmically your piece is always interesting. I noticed on your Noteflight page that Erik left you some really great feedback, and it looks like in the time since then you've incorporated all his feedback. Nice job with that! The piece already feels very polished as a result.

My suggestions at this point would be to go a little further with both dynamics and articulation. There isn't too much change in volume in the piece - just a few moments where we go from soft to loud. Can you think of a way to do even more? One effective strategy is to use different dynamics with figures that repeat. So, for example, when the figure from your first measure returns again, you could do something different with the volume. Maybe it gets even louder! Maybe it starts loud and gets soft this time! What do you think?

I liked your use of slurs in order to create a smooth legato sound in your piece. Perhaps you could try out different articulations now. Marcato (which looks like > ) tells a performer to play a specific note with more force. Test it out in Noteflight and see what you think!

Also, have you considered adding a second instrument to this piece? It's not essential but we could definitely make it work, considering how much time we have left in Opus. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for a fantastic start, Laurie-Anne. Let me know if you have any questions!

-Jake
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