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The Butterfly

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This is a waltz that depicts the movement and life of a butterfly. The delicate and sweet melody of the first section illustrates the peaceful and beautiful nature of a colorful butterfly. Then, the second section changes into a minor key and it portrays some dangers and hardships the butterfly faces before the calmness comes again. In the last section, the piece goes back to the original major key and the melody is developed to resemble a lullaby to mark the end of the butterfly's journey.
Grade Level: 12
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Sibelius
Instrumentation: Piano
Key: Ab Major
Meter Signature: 3/4
Tempo: Quarter note=116
Status: Completed Work
File 1: application/octet-streamDownload

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#11 Erik Nielsen 2017-04-13 09:19
Dear Ellen,
Thanks for the note. I'm sorry no one explained to you about our Opus events. I had assumed that Ms. West had done so, since a number of students have entered and been selected in the past. My mistake.
Opus 32 will take place here in Vermont on Monday, May 15. Rehearsals with the musicians (all professionals) will take place between 12 and 5 p.m. with the concert at 6:30. Your rehearsal with pianist Alison Cerutti will take place at either 1 p.m. or 3:40 (that's to be worked out with her and you and Ms. West). Last year the GMHS student selected came up here for the day and had a wonderful time, but in other years students have participated in the rehearsal via Skype, and that's worked well. The concert and a lot of the day's proceedings are recorded and there will be a DVD available for sale.
I hope that clarifies what's happening. Please let me know if you have other questions.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#10 Hyoin Rhee 2017-04-12 20:26
Hello,

thanks for your comments! But when, where, and with whom is the rehearsal?

Ellen
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#9 Erik Nielsen 2017-04-12 10:37
Dear Ellen,
I've printed the score now, and (of course) noticed some things I missed before. I need to get the music out to the performers before you'll be able to work on it, so I'm giving you a heads-up about some things that might come up during rehearsal so you're prepared to answer. Here they are:
1. You have a crescendo at bar 21 without a dynamic mark in 22. Not only that, but the previous dynamic was mf and there's then another long crescendo at 23-25 that also goes to mf, so this whole passage will need clarification.
2. Bar 30, what is mpf? That's very confusing as a dynamic indicator.
3. Bars 46-50 are confusing with the decrescendo in 46-47, then no dynamic, then another decrescendo to mp in 50. The entire passage starts at f, so you could make a long decrescendo from 46-49 and end at mp.
4. The last two systems of page 3 are dynamically confusing. You have two crescendi that both go to mf. Be prepared to clarify that.
5. The issue about the simile that I raised before might come up or it might not. Alison is not only a very fine pianist, but very good at figuring things out, so she might not question it at all.

Okay, that's it. Please let me know if you have questions. Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#8 Erik Nielsen 2017-04-10 09:57
Dear Ellen,
Thanks for your latest. The bio and piece description look great. You only need to take the description and paste it into the appropriate place in the piece profile where the old description is and you'll be all set. Please do this as soon as you can, as Sandi takes that description for the printed program and you certainly want her to use the right one. Thanks. Let me know if you have questions and enjoy your vacation.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#7 Hyoin Rhee 2017-04-07 15:55
Hello! I've uploaded the final score and updated my bio. It didn't have to be just about music, right? I wrote about what I'm interested in, etc.

This is the description for the piece:

This is a waltz that depicts the movement and life of a butterfly. The delicate and sweet melody of the first section illustrates the peaceful and beautiful nature of a colorful butterfly. Then, the second section changes into a minor key and it portrays some dangers and hardships the butterfly faces before the calmness comes again. In the last section, the piece goes back to the original major key and the melody is developed to resemble a lullaby to mark the end of the butterfly's journey.

If you want to edit some things in the description, go ahead! Thank you so much and have a wonderful weekend! It's finally spring break here!!! Yay!!!

Ellen
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#6 Erik Nielsen 2017-04-07 10:00
Dear Ellen,
Thanks for your note. Congratulations on getting all your works submitted successfully! Here's what you need to do for Opus 32:
1. Upload your final score. You wrote that you fixed things, but I need the updated version as soon as possible.
2. Update and fill out your bio (on your User Profile). That was done at the beginning of the year. Remember that people reading the concert program will know nothing about you. What do you want to tell them in 75-90 words?
3. Write a less technical piece description for our printed program. Remember that most of the audience will be nonmusicians and won't know what ternary form is or know one key from another. Tell them the story of this piece. The opening sentence is a good start, so build on that. You needn't invent things that aren't there, but say things in a less technical way. "The first section lays out the cheery, delicate melody and then develops it. The second section goes into minor and is played more quickly. . ." This is just an example, so I urge you to find your own way to let folks know about this.
Please take care of these things as soon as possible, Ellen, and let me know if you have questions.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#5 Hyoin Rhee 2017-04-06 15:21
Hi!

Thank you so much for your help! All my compositions have been submitted and now I'm done. I fixed some things on my first composition. What are some things I need to do from now on? You said I have to do some more things like bio, etc.?

Thank you!
Ellen
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#4 Erik Nielsen 2017-04-05 09:26
Dear Ellen,
I've added a few notes to answer your questions and uploaded the file. Briefly, your use of "simile" (I re-typed it to its full name) is correct, but you need to decide whether there is somewhere after bar 45 where you don't want pedal in the same way. If so, find the spot and put something like "without pedal". Then the pedal marks at the end make sense. Otherwise, they're both redundant and confusing because a pianist will ask "What did I miss? I'm already pedaling like this." I also fixed a couple of marks and pointed out a few places where the dynamics are confusing. This ought to only take you 5-10 minutes at most to fix.
After this rush is done I'll fill you in on what else you need to take care of for Opus 32 (bio, etc.).

Best wishes,
Erik
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#3 Erik Nielsen 2017-04-03 15:47
Dear Ellen,
Congratulations on having your piece, "The Butterfly", chosen for Opus 32. It's a fine work and very deserving of selection. This is even more impressive, given how many strong pieces there were.
There are a number of very small score preparation issues that need to be taken care of. I have uploaded the score with my notes into the GMHS folder for you. Please take care of this by Thursday so I can give it one more look before I send it off to our pianist. Please let me know if you have questions. Congratulations again.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#2 Erik Nielsen 2017-03-31 15:08
Dear Ellen,
Thanks for reposting with the new title. I already had the final version, but it never hurts to make sure! The results will be announced on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Best wishes,
Erik
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