Mentoring Program

The Brigades

Composer Name: Sarah Greene
During the Cuban Revolution, in 1961, Fidel Castro sent out brigades, trying to get rid off illiteracy in Cuba. This this the story of them.
Grade Level: 6
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Piano and French horn
Key: E
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 120
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title
Located in: Opus 33 Grades 6-8


#1 Rebecca Larkin 2018-02-10 14:36
Hi Sarah,

My name is Rebecca and I'll be your mentor for Op.33.

You have a nice start on your piece, and I love the dramatic opening with the horn! Playing those 16th notes that fast will be very fatiguing to your horn player, though. Let's try putting the tempo slightly slower, like around 100 BPM. Don't worry, it will still sound fast and exciting.

Another suggestion is to add some chords to your piano part. For starters, try adding right hand (treble clef) chords that compliment your bass line to measure one using two quarter notes and then a half note. If you liked how that sounds, try doing something similar for the right hand of measure 3.

I'm looking forward to working on this with you! Let me know what you think of my suggestions, and definitely ask me any questions.


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