Mentoring Program

Immortal Conquest

Composer Name: Drew Frankenberg
The first movement depicts a king on his throne, a messenger runs in, saying that a king of another kingdom declared war on him The second movement describes the long journey to the battle, and all of the hardships they face. The third movement emulates the thrill and glory of battle, it is supposed to be exciting and has a quick tempo The third movement describes the celebration of the king's troops after they conquer their enemies. And the fifth and final movement reminds the solders that there is still a war ti fight.
Grade Level: 8
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: brass quintet and percussion
Key: C major, C minor, A minor
Meter Signature: 4/4, 3/4
Tempo: 120, 100
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title
Located in: Opus 33 Grades 6-8

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#3 Matt LaRocca 2018-02-22 13:29
this is another test...did it work?
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#2 Matt LaRocca 2018-02-20 10:38
Hi Drew,

This is a test to see if you're getting email notifications. Let me know!

-Matt
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#1 Matthew LaRocca 2018-01-31 14:54
Hi Drew!

I’m going to be working with you this Opus, and I’m excited about it! You’re off to a great start already. You’ve got so much material (too much?), but it’s great to be so prolific. I like how you have such a clear plan as well - you know exactly what you want.

Before we go any further, though, I think we need to take a small step back. There’s a few issues with what you’ve written so far that need fixing to make it playable by real people. I think that as you work on this, you should start a new score, and save this one exactly as it is. That way you won’t lose any of the great material you’ve already got.

1. There are a lot of notes that are too high for players to actually reach! Here’s a chart with all the brass ranges. Trumpets and the French Horn are especially high (and trombones can’t really trill…)

music-comp.org/images/Resources/Writing_for_Brass_Hints.pdf

2. What you’ve got is going to be pushing the time limit already, but I think you can take your form and scope of the music and really refine things. So I’d like to try moving step by step with you. Sometimes it’s so easy to write so much! I think that slowing down a little bit will be beneficial.

Let’s try this. You’ve got a very clear idea of what the opening is going to be - so let’s focus on just that for now.

-Look at the ranges for the trumpets and the French horn, and make sure that they’re in a playable range. And remember, you can’t write high notes for brass players very often - the high D on the trumpet is extremely difficult to speak. Keep the high notes to a minimum in general.

-Also, make sure the rhythm is exactly what you hear in your head. Should the first three notes be a triplet? Or a pickup?

-Then, really focus on keeping the same regal and powerful nature that you already have, and let me know when you have a draft of that and we can check in.

What a great start you’ve got, and I’m really excited to be working with you. I’ll let you know next time I’m down in Rutland too, and I still want to figure out a way for you to be involved in Music-COMP even more.

Talk soon!

-Matt
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