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Springtime

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“Springtime” depicts my love for spring and is a celebration of growth and beauty. It’s a very peaceful song that’s meant to emulate the beauty of spring and the forest. I imagine myself climbing a flower-filled mountain with a vista and basking in the sounds and sights of spring. I hear birds singing to one another, which is depicted in the violin and viola. In this piece, often the violin will play a line and the viola will respond with the same tune. I hope and that you'll find as much joy listening to it as I did composing it.
Grade Level: 12
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Piano, Violin, Viola
Key: F Major
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 100
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title

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#43 Erik Nielsen 2017-04-10 09:59
Dear Sophie,
I got the parts just fine, thanks. You're all set now. I look forward to meeting you in person next month. Please let me know if you have any questions about Opus.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#42 Sophie Wood 2017-04-07 19:53
Dear Erik,

Thank you! I'm wasn't sure how to download a pdf directly to the music-comp site, so I emailed the pdf to you. I attached one file with all the individual parts in a bundle, but if you want individual pdfs of the string parts, just let me know!

Thank you!

Sophie
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#41 Erik Nielsen 2017-04-05 13:46
Dear Sophie,
Thanks for taking care of everything so quickly. The piece looks great. Now if you can just post .pdf files of the string and piano parts so I can download them, you'll be all set. Your bio and piece description look good. Let me know if you have questions.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#40 Sophie Wood 2017-04-05 09:54
Dear Erik,

Here's the piece with all the changes you requested:

https://ovuhsmusic.sites.noteflight.com/scores/view/fa36ff49f5ceef897673e7d4e65c31857113cbc1

Here's the piece description:

“Springtime” depicts my love for spring and is a celebration of growth and beauty. It’s a very peaceful song that’s meant to emulate the peace and beauty of spring and the forest. I imagine myself climbing a flower-filled mountain with a vista and basking in the sounds and sights of springtime. I hear birds singing to one another, which is depicted in the violin and viola. In this piece, often the violin will play a line and the viola will respond with the same tune. I hope and that you find as much joy listening to it as I did composing it.

Here's my bio:

Sophie Elizabeth Wood

I'm a senior at Otter Valley Union High School, but I participate in an early college program at Castleton University. I've played cello for eight years and I’ve most recently studied under Dieuwke Dayvdov. I've also played piano since I was seven years old and currently study under Karen James. I really enjoy composing and I hope to compose more in college. I’ll be attending Gordon College in Massachusetts next year to double major in music and chemistry.

I copy and pasted my bio and piece description into my profile as well.

Thank you so much!

Sophie Wood
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#39 Sophie Wood 2017-04-04 16:39
Dear Erik,

I'm excited to participate in Opus 32! When I submit my changes, should the description and bio be on this page in the "description section?"

Thank you!

Sophie
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#38 Erik Nielsen 2017-04-04 08:25
Dear Sophie,
Congratulations! "Springtime" has been selected for Opus 32. All your hard work earlier this year paid off. Now we enter the next stage of work, score prep. Fortunately, we did much of that work earlier as well, but there are still some things to deal with, though not many. They also include some other areas, such as your piece description and bio. Here we go:
1. Make sure the title and composer name are exactly as you want them to appear in the program.
2. You've completed your description of the piece, and it's exactly as you want it to appear in the concert program. This is very important, because the audience will read this BEFORE they hear the music. What do they need to know about the piece to understand what they are about to hear?
3. Make sure your bio is accurate.
4. There are dynamic marks missing and without them there may be questions that take up precious rehearsal time the day of the concert. Here they are:
bar 4, piano (is that where the cresc. ends and what's the dynamic?); bar 15: do you want the piano still at p for this section when the others are f?; bar 36: again, do you want the piano mp when the others are f?; bar 66: have a dynamic in violin at the end of the decresc.; also, make the decresc. in piano goes all the way to the next dynamic mark in 67; bar 72: viola needs a dynamic mark; bar 73: viola decresc. needs to be shortened so it ends before the barline and viola needs a dynamic in 74; bars 76-78: there's an implied decresc. as the piano goes up; if that's what you want (I think it would add a lot), put one in for 77-78 and then put a final dynamic (p? pp?) in piano and strings.
5. Make sure tempo markings throughout are what you want.
6. You need multirests for the following: violin, bars 1-4, bars 27-32.
7. You have very few slurs in strings, though lots of great bowing marks (though the players may do their own). To avoid questions in rehearsal, you might want some more slurs in there to avoid too aggressive a string sound throughout.
8. Finally, that one second inversion C chord in bar 72 still bothers me. How about making it a half note and then doing a single low C half note to finish the bar?

This seems like a lot, but a fair amount is just dealing with bio, piece description and making sure after all these months that everything is as you want it. Opus 32 is on Monday, May 15 at the Elley-Long Center in Colchester and the composers are expected to attend for both the afternoon rehearsal and the 6:30 concert. Rehearsals run from 12 to 5 in the afternoon, and if you let us know right away about any limitations you may have, such as that you can't arrive until a specific time, we'll do our best to accommodate you in the rehearsal schedule. There are students coming from Dorset, Rutland and West Rutland, so you might be able to carpool. If you want contact information about that, please let me know.
Okay, Sophie, this is a lot for now, and I know you're busy, but please get back to me with your next posting by the end of the week so I can look the score over once more before I ask for the parts so i can send them off to the musicians. Please let me know if you have questions. Congratulations again.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#37 Erik Nielsen 2017-02-08 17:52
Dear Sophie,
Thanks for the note. I checked on Noteflight and here's what you do. Go to the Measure heading under Settings (the three horizontal lines in the left hand corner of the toolbar). Click on it and a menu will show up. Click Change Time Signature. A menu will show up with your time signature, but you must select 1 under Beat Count. When you do, you will get a pickup bar of one quarter, but with your usual time signature (I'm assuming 4/4, but it works with any quarter note time signature). If you have questions, open the User Guide (that's where I found this information) and scroll down the left hand menu until you come to the heading Measure Palette and click on Pickup Bars. The instructions will then appear. Please let me know if you have more questions, though I may be out a lot tomorrow, just so you know.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#36 Sophie Wood 2017-02-08 17:31
Dear Erik,

I decided that I'll be submitting a piece to Opus 32. I have a question, however about formatting. I'm trying to make a pickup measure at the beginning of the piece; however, I'm not sure how to do it without having the measure be labeled 1/4. Do you happen to know how to make a pickup measure? I'm attaching the piece to clarify if needed.

https://ovuhsmusic.sites.noteflight.com/scores/view/b474f599dc3441ae2b618a68407d87e603fa79f8

Thank you so much!

Sophie
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#35 Erik Nielsen 2017-02-05 11:02
Dear Sophie,
Just a quick reminder that if you're planning on entering anything for Opus 32 the deadline for first posting (with as little as four bars) is this Thursday, February 9 before midnight. Again, the instrumentation possible is any combination of flute, oboe (or English horn), clarinet (or bass clarinet), bassoon, string quintet (quartet plus bass) and piano. Please let me know if you have questions. Thanks.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#34 Erik Nielsen 2017-01-12 11:44
Dear Sophie,
Thanks for your latest posting and note. I was away from Monday until late yesterday so this is the first time I've been able to get to this.
Let me answer your question. A ritard or accelerando needs to go above each instrument, but in piano it only needs to show up above the right hand, not both hands. So you can eliminate the rit. marks above the left hand. However, please write in the accel. at bar 76 above the violin and viola as well, so they know what's going on. Please let me know if you have other questions.

Best wishes,
Erik
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