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Copper Bells

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My piece is a song that is "spooky" and and sounds like bells on a church or tower
Grade Level: 6
Intended For: Not Sure
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Piano & maybe more
Key: c
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 120
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title
Located in: Opus 32 grades 6-8


#7 Jake Lester 2017-04-04 16:16
Hi Stephanie,

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!

#6 Jake Lester 2017-03-30 15:16
Hi Stephanie,

Thanks for removing those instruments. Would you be able to address my feedback from my very first comment regarding dynamics? The crescendos still don't have starting/ending dynamics, so performers won't know how softly to begin them and how loudly to end them. It would be nice to see some dynamics in other moments of the piece as well.

I think a little dynamic contrast would make your piece even more exciting. As is, I still think it's a really great work! Again, the deadline for submission is midnight tonight. I know you can finish this up!

Thanks for all your hard work!
#5 Stephanie Li 2017-03-30 11:31
Thank you Jake for your reply I removed the organ and vibraphone.
#4 Jake Lester 2017-03-22 19:33
Hi Stephanie!

That sounds good. Let me know when you've made some changes and we'll talk about them. One thing to note: Organ and Vibraphone are not available instruments for Opus 32. We will not be able to accept the piece for submission with those instruments. You haven't written anything for the vibraphone yet, so you can just delete that. The organ presents a problem, since you've written a bit of music for it to play. You could either remove it entirely, or you could add in another violin or the viola (to cover the organ's treble clef music), and pair it with the cello (to cover the organ's bass clef music). Sorry to be the bearer of bad news on that one.

Also, just a heads up: the deadline for Opus 32 submissions is next Thursday (at midnight). I know you can get your piece done by then, because it's sounding awesome already. Let me know if you have any questions!

#3 Stephanie Li 2017-03-22 10:44
Hello Jake!,

How are you? Thank you for your suggestion, I appreciate your help I'll try to add these "crescendos" you mentioned also I am trying to add more music it is still a work in progress. Thank you byee!! :D

-From the deeply appreciative Stephanie,
#2 Jake Lester 2017-03-13 12:57
Hi Stephanie! My name is Jake and I'll be your mentor for Opus 32!

I really like what you have so far! Your piece creates a wonderfully eerie atmosphere and the way you used half notes and tied quarter notes creates under whole notes sounds really cool!

One piece of advice with crescendos - be sure to write a dynamic at both the start and end of those crescendos so the performer knows how soft to start at and how loud to end at. I like that you used dynamics right at the beginning and being more specific with what volume you want will make those moments even more exciting.

At this point, my suggestion for what to do next is simply to write more music! I'm very curious to see where this goes from here. Does the music retain its spookiness or does it become something else entirely?
I'm looking forward to finding out!

#1 Kathy Luzader 2017-03-09 17:51
The sharing has been fixed.

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