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Thunder and Lightning

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Thunder and Lightning is about a thunderstorm. It is written for a string quartet. The main theme of the song is supposed to represent a light rainfall, which gradually turns into a thunder storm with frequent flashes of lightning. The middle parts of the song have different melodies and tempos, and finally builds up to the final piece of music that is the end of the song. I wanted to write a song about the weather, because there are so many possibilities about the tempo, instrumentation, and overall theme, because the weather is always changing, and hope that this piece gives the feeling of being outside in a thunderstorm. Hope you enjoy!
Grade Level: 5
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Violin 1 & 2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Key: A minor
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 120
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title

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#22 Isabelle Greenewalt 2017-05-09 16:13
Okay, i printed out a copy of the score, and i made extra copies just in case
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#21 Erik Nielsen 2017-04-27 12:00
Dear Isabelle,
Thanks for letting me know you were away. Please make sure to print a copy of the score and be prepared to answer questions about dynamics when you come to Opus 32. You'll really enjoy the experience, I'm sure!

Best wishes,
Erik
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#20 Isabelle Greenewalt 2017-04-26 06:34
hi Erik,
i just got back from cuba, and i am so sorry that i forgot to finish the dynamics.

from, Isabelle
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#19 Erik Nielsen 2017-04-17 20:23
Dear Isabelle,
I couldn't wait any longer for you to fix the dynamics as I asked. Please make sure you print out a copy of the score as I've re-done it (I just put in some rehearsal letters and made the violins into separate parts, not one part like a piano with two lines) and bring it to Opus 32. Please let me know if you have questions.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#18 Erik Nielsen 2017-04-07 10:21
Dear Isabelle,
Thanks for working on this. You got most of the dynamics. I have a question and then a list of the dynamics you missed.
The question is this. Why is violin I mf at the beginning when it's the part that is more important than violin II or viola, both of which are louder (f)? I'd mark it f like the others to get the piece off to a more exciting start. Otherwise, the mf says it's less important than the other parts.
Dynamics:
1. Cello, bar 9
2. Bass, bar 18
3. Violin II, bar 18
4. Violin I, bar 30 (again, I'd say f)
5. Violin I and viola, bar 38 (I missed this one)
6. Cello, bar 40 and 43
7. Violin II, bar 51 and viola bar 52 (I missed both of these)
8. Viola 57 and 63

I know this seems like a long list, but what you can do is just tell me what dynamics you want for each item on the list (judge by what's going on around the part in question) and I can put them in.
This is the last set of things for you to do Isabelle, but please don't wait until next Thursday, since I need to get this music out to the musicians for 26 pieces, so the sooner it's done the better. Please let me know if you have questions.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#17 Isabelle Greenewalt 2017-04-06 16:51
Hi Erik,
i added the dynamics that you mentioned, (with Alli's help)

From, Isabelle
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#16 Erik Nielsen 2017-04-03 16:25
Dear Isabelle,
Congratulations! Your piece, "Thunder and Lightning", has been selected for Opus 32. It's a fine piece and deserves its place on the concert program.
Now comes score preparation to get your piece ready for the performers. It's important to make the music as clearly written as possible so that the musicians don't have a lot of questions about what you want during rehearsal.
I've saved you some time by cleaning up rests that looked wrong. I haven't changed the music, just made the rests look correct. I have also corrected the bass sharp in bar 20 that you put on the E instead of the G. I've also changed the A flat in bar 56 in first violin to G#.
What I can't do is add dynamic marks for you. Here are where you need to add dynamic marks:
1. The first entrance for each instrument--vio lin I: bar 1; viola: bar 5; cello: bar 9; bass: bar 18.
2. Whenever there's more than 2 bars of rest between notes the next entrance needs a dynamic mark as follows: bar 18: violin II; bar 22: violin I and cello; bar 28: bass; bar 32: violin II; bar 34: viola; bar 36: cello; bar 42: violin II; bar 47: cello; bar 55: bass; bar 56: cello; bar 63: violin II. What dynamic marks you use are up to you, the players just need to know what you want.
Can you please take care of this by Thursday, Isabelle? Please let me know if you have questions. And congratulations again!

Best wishes,
Erik
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#15 Isabelle Greenewalt 2017-03-31 16:25
Hi Erik,
Thank you so much for helping me with my song. all of your comments were really helpful, and i had a really good time working on my piece.

From, Isabelle
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#14 Erik Nielsen 2017-03-30 20:10
Dear Isabelle,
Thanks for working extra on this. I hope you feel good about this piece. Not only have you continued to work hard on it, but it's an effective piece of music. No matter how the voting goes, you have done yourself proud with this work and learned a lot in the process, I hope. I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#13 Isabelle Greenewalt 2017-03-30 19:39
I just timed my piece. it is 2 min.10 sec. long
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