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It came from Midnight

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It came from Midnight is a piece for violin and viola that is very creepy. It represents the kind of fear that you feel when you are alone in the dark. You are not sure what is happening, and if there is something else there...
Grade Level: 7
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Violin, Viola
Key: A minor
Meter Signature: 3/4
Tempo: Whole note
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title
Located in: Opus 32 grades 6-8


#18 Zoe Robb 2017-04-04 16:04
Thank you so much for mentoring my project, I really appreciate it!
#17 Lee Heuermann 2017-04-04 16:02
Dear Zoe,

Thanks for entering your piece, “It Came from Midnight” for Opus 32. Unfortunately, it was not chosen for performance. However, I congratulate you on the work you put into it 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,

#16 Zoe Robb 2017-03-31 19:33
Thank you so much for being my mentor, I had a great time!
#15 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-30 15:27
That sounds great Zoe!

I'm here if you need me so don't hesitate to ask any questions!

Good Luck!

#14 Zoe Robb 2017-03-30 06:33
Thank you, I will make sure to ask you. I am excited for the contest, and will do as much as possible to prepare for it.
#13 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-29 21:33
Hi Zoe,

Just do as much as you can! I'm so sorry you missed the work period last week.

Good luck and don't hesitate to ask me any questions!

#12 Zoe Robb 2017-03-29 19:49
I will continue to work on and improve it as much as I can, but I missed the work period last week, and cannot log in at home. I will finish up and work on the piece as much as I can tomorrow.
#11 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-29 18:29
Hello Zoe,

This is just a reminder that you must have your piece ready to submit to be considered for the Opus 32 concert by tomorrow, Thursday, 3/30/17.

You might want to make sure you’ve added details like:

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 on the home stretch! Good Luck and let me know if you have any questions!

#10 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-23 14:31
Dear Zoe,

How’s everything going with your composing? 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!

#9 Lee Heuermann 2017-03-20 15:17
Hi Zoe,

Nice job on changing your time signature to 3/4. How does it feel to you now? I think it works well that way but I hope you do also. Let me know. I like your dynamics of starting out soft, then progressing to mf, then to forte. Remember you also have crescendo (gradually getting louder) and decrescendo (gradually getting softer) or crescendo to decrescendo or vice versa.

As well as continuing to add your articulations, maybe your next step could be to add the viola. I could even imagine a viola counter melody in pizzacato underneath the violin part. Just a thought, but you do what you like and imagine.

Let me know if you have any questions and can’t wait to see what you do next!


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