Mentoring Program

Destiny

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This piece signifies the journey of a titan who finds his way to his destiny.
Grade Level: 8
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Key: C Major
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: Quarter Note = 80
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title
Located in: Opus 32 grades 6-8

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#13 Evan Premo 2017-04-17 18:24
The changes look great Hunter, good work. Super cool piece!
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#12 Evan Premo 2017-04-05 13:37
Dear Hunter,
Congratulations on being chosen for Opus! I think your piece will sound fantastic with real instruments. Now it's time to prepare your score for performance. Here are some important things to add. (Please make sure this is done by the end of the day on Friday).
1. Edit your piece description so that it is exactly how you want it to appear in the program.
2. Make sure your bio is accurate.
3. Every single musical entrance should have a dynamic marking - the first time it plays, any time you want a new dynamic, or after the instrument has rested for a bar or more. Right now you have very few dynamics.
4. This last one will be the most tricky and will take quite a lot of time. In bars 14-42 you need to make some changes to the rhythmic notation to make it more readable by the musicians. This means that 16th notes need to be beamed within beat groups. For example, in measure 14 (in the viola/cello parts) the first 6 notes are fine, but the seventh note should be a 16th note tied to a dotted eighth note (then your final 16th note. Then the performers will know where the syncopation is. Does that make sense?

In measure 23, for example, it's even more complicated because the first three notes should be under one beam. Then the next 4 16th notes, then the doted eighth and 16th under a beam, then the final four 16ths under a beam. etc etc. These changes will make the difference between a great performance of your piece and a very sloppy performance. As a performer, I know.

This may get challenging so reach out if you need help.

Best,
Evan
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#11 Erik Nielsen 2017-03-30 20:20
Dear Hunter,
You're welcome. Congratulations on all your hard work. I look forward to seeing more of your work soon.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#10 Hunter Masson 2017-03-30 15:08
Dear Erik and Evan


I feel that my song is completed for the most part and it is finished. I wanted to thank you for all the help and support you have given me while I was working on this. I appreciate all of the help and I am looking forward to the possibility of my piece being played.


Most appreciated Hunter
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#9 Evan Premo 2017-03-29 22:27
Hi Hunter,
This is sounding like a cool. Piece. Just a reminder the deadline is tomorrow so make any more changes and additions you would like at this point before submitting. It would be nice to get some more piano towards the end of the piece. Also see previous comments.
Best,
Evan
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#8 Evan Premo 2017-03-25 09:40
Hi Hunter,
I see you have been making some changes. That's great! Please leave a note as you make changes so I know to check in.

I think the piano is really working in there - keep that going throughout. Time to start adding some dynamics too. Don't forget to remove the octaves in the string parts (as they are unplayable). You can add power by including the violin in those sections (in the upper octave you currently have in the viola part.

There are some rhythmic notations that will be a bit confusing to performers (16th notes are not beamed within their beat groupings etc). Consider asking your music teacher to help you re-notate that and it will make life a LOT easier for the performers. Let me know if you need more help on that.

Best,
Evan
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#7 Erik Nielsen 2017-03-20 16:36
Dear Hunter,
I'm writing to second what Evan wrote about the cello tapping. It's an interesting idea, but the cellist will have both hands full (literally) with playing the notes written in the cello line. We only have one cellist, so having a separate tapping line won't work. However, following Evan's suggestion about including piano playing low notes in octaves, that could be quite successful as an alternative. Think it over and ask us if you have questions.

Best wishes,
Erik Nielsen
Senior Mentor
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#6 Evan Premo 2017-03-18 17:39
Hi Hunter,

I'm really liking all the changes I'm seeing in your piece. Very creative stuff that's fun to listen too! Make sure to write me a note when you've made updates so I know to come check them out.

Here are a few suggestions. Most (if not all) of the octaves in the bass, cello and viola that I'm seeing are not playable on those instruments (the left hand can't reach that far). Playing 5ths or 4ths is usually easier. I would recommend adding a violin (or two violins) to the piece. And then you can divide up the notes so that each player is only playing one at a time.

Thinking more about your percussion line. I'm afraid that the cello tapping is going to be very unsatisfying solution because it will be very quiet (I know it was my suggestion but as I see how the piece develops I'm reconsidering). I think it would be more powerful to also add a piano and have them play really loud low notes (in octaves perhaps) using notes that work with your piece. You can use the same rhythms you have in the drums but I think that will have a much more satisfying effect than the cello tapping.

Have fun,
Evan
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#5 Evan Premo 2017-02-27 15:43
Hi Hunter,
As you revamp for an instrumentation that doesn't include guitar and drums consider my suggestions here. That will give you some nice options for high sounds too! Looking forward to seeing more!
Evan


Quoting Evan Premo:
I think you could revamp your piece successfully to be for a string ensemble. You could divide up the guitar part to be for violin and viola, perhaps use bassoon/cello for the bass /double bass parts. Then the double bass could do tapping and gently hitting the back of the instrument with his/her palm to imitate the drum sounds.

Evan
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#4 Erik Nielsen 2017-02-24 09:54
Dear Evan and Hunter,
It's good to see the two of you have hit it off and are working well together. Please note that in my initial posting I listed the instruments available.While double bass (which plays the same notes as electric bass, but sounds a little different and will be played by Evan) IS available, I got mixed up with last year. There is NO percussion available. I'm sorry for any mixup on this.

Best wishes,
Erik
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