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Depressed narwhal - Opus 32

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Depressed narwhal is in A minor for Viola, Cello, Clarinet, and Piano. Now imagine that you are in a dark ocean, with sea animals all around you. It's really warm and mysterious and you are just there in the middle of nowhere and a narwhal comes up to you but he is depressed, so you lean up against him, and he leans up against you. together you are there in a warm dark ocean. Eventually he leaves you there in the ocean, alone.
Grade Level: 6
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Viola, Cello, Clarinet, Piano
Key: A minor
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 100
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title
Located in: Opus 32 grades 6-8

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#12 Jake Lester 2017-04-04 16:14
Hi Emma,

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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#11 Jake Lester 2017-03-30 15:56
Hey Emma,

It's been my pleasure. I think your piece sounds really great! Thank you for all your hard work!

-Jake
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#10 Emma Newkirk 2017-03-30 10:58
Thank you soo soo much for all the help That you gave me! it was such a great opportunity to work with you and even be able to even enter opus. i loved having you be there for me! thank you!
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#9 Jake Lester 2017-03-16 15:55
Hi Emma!

One thing that is really helpful in writing harmony is to make sure the notes involved work well together. There's an easy way to figure out if notes will work together. Since your piece is in A minor, I will use that key as an example.

A minor is: A B C D E F G A

Let's take the note C. C will not sound good with B and D. If you look at the scale, you'll see that those notes are the notes surrounding C.

Another example: E. E will not sound good with F and D. See those notes? D is to the left of E, and F is to the right.

So when you're writing your harmony, if it sounds off at some point, take a look at those notes in that moment and try to figure out if they're all next to each other in the scale.

Let me know if you have any questions about this, Emma.

-Jake
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#8 Emma Newkirk 2017-03-16 11:02
P.S. i did not change anything today, but i will work on it soon.
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#7 Emma Newkirk 2017-03-16 10:19
Hi Jake,
I'm going to start to work on the harmony for viola and clarinet, i'm not the the best at matching up notes to sound good but i will have someone to help me with that like Alli and my dad is willing to help too.
Thank you for the suggestions,
Emma
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#6 Jake Lester 2017-03-09 16:03
Hi Emma!

Great work! You've done quite a bit of work on this! I like how each instrument feels important now, instead of just the clarinet and viola. They all have something interesting to play. I also like the new tempo the piece is set to. Slowing it down does a great job of conveying a feeling of sadness.

One suggestion I have is to find a few spots to use more harmony, if you can. There are a lot of spots where the clarinet and viola play the same notes, which is fine, but some of these parts could be made even more interesting if the two play in harmony!

Also, I think now your piece is at a good point to start thinking about dynamics! The most exciting dynamics do is create extreme contrasts, with sudden sections of loud and soft. The figure you have at measures 5-6 comes up often in the piece. Because of this, it has the potential to become repetitive, but if you make each repetition different with interesting dynamics, it could instead be exciting! Think about how you might like to use dynamics in these repeating figures.

Be sure to follow Ms. Lubin's advice on your Noteflight page regarding the viola part as well! Thanks for a great update, Emma!

-Jake
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#5 Emma Newkirk 2017-03-09 10:52
Hi Jake,
iv'e worked on my piece, changed some things and tweaked a few measures. It would be very helpful if you gave me some recommendation' s.
Thank you, Emma
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#4 Jake Lester 2017-03-05 19:44
Thanks Emma! Let me know when you've made some revisions and we'll figure out where to go next!

-Jake
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#3 Emma Newkirk 2017-03-02 10:25
Hi Jake,
Thank you for the comments and suggestions, they are very useful. Happy to be working with you!
-Emma
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