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This piece begins with violin, viola, and cello; all playing in a very high register. The first part is in C major, although it fluctuates between C major and A minor throughout - hence the name. It concludes in A minor.
Grade Level: 11
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano
Key: C major, A minor
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 120
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title

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#8 Erik Nielsen 2017-11-03 13:26
Dear Anna,
Yay! Thanks for taking care of this. The piece is all set! I'll let you know when the performance gets scheduled. Let me know if you have questions.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#7 Anna Halladay 2017-11-02 14:01
Hi Erik,

I think I've made all the necessary changes. There is a segno, to coda, D.S. al coda, and a coda in each part. Let me know if there's anything else I need to do!

~ Anna
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#6 Erik Nielsen 2017-10-23 16:47
Dear Anna,
Thanks for posting a version of the parts with multirests. Unfortunately, something we both missed is that your instructions for going back to see and then skipping to the coda at 68 are only in the violin part. Can you please put them in the other three parts (if you do it in the score it will show up in the parts, of course)? It's a drawback of Noteflight that indications like rit. and such only show up in the top part. You've taken care of the issue in the case of the rit., a tempo and piu mosso. Now you need to do it with the D.S. indications. And please post a response here when it's done. Otherwise I won't know you've done it. Thanks.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#5 Erik Nielsen 2017-09-22 11:14
Dear Anna,
Thanks for doing this. Unfortunately, none of the string parts has multi-rests, just lots of single-measure rests in a row. This will make it a lot harder to count. Can you re-read my instructions in my last posting and change all those single rests to multi-rests and then re-send the parts to the Google Drive folder? Thanks.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#4 Anna Halladay 2017-09-21 13:58
Erik,

I uploaded the parts to Google Drive like you asked. Thanks again for all of your help!

~Anna
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#3 Erik Nielsen 2017-09-21 13:43
Dear Anna,
Thanks for the note and for taking care of these issues. Your change of harmony at bar 66, beat 2 ought to work well. As for the tempo, as long as you're flexible and willing to adjust in rehearsal as needed, do indeed keep the tempo you have, since it represents the frantic quality you want.
One very little thing I missed. In bar 29 the cello has two half rests rather than a whole rest. Please highlight the bar and hit Delete and it will reset as a whole rest. That will make a difference in printing the parts (the next and final step in the process) since it will allow bar 29 to be part of a multi-measure rest.

I may have showed you how to automatically put multi-measure rests in the parts, but just in case I didn't, here are the instructions.
Go to Settings (that's the "gear wheel" next to the tuning fork in the upper left part of the tool bar above your music). Click on it and a menu will open. Click on Formatting in the upper menu, then go to near the bottom of the Formatting page that opens up and check the box that says "automatically create multi-measure rests". Save your changes and then click on "Print parts" (that's the multi-page icon on the top tool bar of the score). Print them as .pdf files and then go to Google Drive and upload the parts to the folder I've shared with you that has your name. I can print the score but can't print the parts unless you send them in the way I've described above. In any case, please do this as soon as you can and in the meantime, let me know if you have questions. Once you've sent me the parts your piece will be all set.

Best wishes,
Erik
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#2 Anna Halladay 2017-09-19 19:19
Hi Erik,

Thanks for your feedback, and sorry for the late response! I made most of the changes you mentioned, but in bar 66, I decided to change the harmony rather than the piano right hand - hopefully it works. I also left the tempo, as well as bar 62, as is since I think both add to the frantic-ness which is sort of the goal of the A minor section. Let me know if there's anything else that should be changed!

Thanks,
~Anna Halladay
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#1 Erik Nielsen 2017-08-02 14:53
Dear Anna,
I really enjoyed working with you last week, even though you were unable to make our last class. Given that you were only able to work for four days, what you accomplished is especially impressive. This is a charming piece, full of quick changes in mood and technique. It ought to be very effective in performance.

I have some suggestions that I didn't really get enough time to make last week that will remove a few rough places in harmony, plus a few other comments. It's a fairly hefty list, so here it is.
Bar 42: I'd make the second half note in piano l.h. a low A for stronger harmony.
Bar 54: I'd make the bottom piano note on the downbeat a G to match the harmony of the others; I'd also make the final l.h. chord an octave E, not A-E, again to match the others' harmony
Bar 56: end of 2nd beat in piano l.h. G# not G
Bar 58: beat 2 l.h. piano move the bottom note from F down to E; I'd also change the final bottom piano note in the bar from A to G#
Bar 60: the same thing on beat 2 as in bar 58; on beat 3 both piano and cello need A, not G (I'd leave out the fifth in piano there for the first eighth of beat 3)
Bar 61: beat 4 piano r.h. chord B-E-G#, not C-E-G#
Bar 62: beat 3 why the G vs. G# dissonance in piano r.h. on the first 16th?
Bar 63: beat 4 viola C-B, not B-B
Bar 66: beat 2 piano r.h. move all piano notes on that beat up 1 note to match the others' harmony; also change first viola note on beat to from E to F
Bar 82: final piano l.h. note either G# or B
Bar 83: final piano l.h. note low C, not E
Bar 86: downbeat in piano I'd invert the l.h. chord on both eighths by moving both Es up an octave so the chord is in root position

Okay, a few other notation things. First, the rit. mark in piano in 15-16 and the A tempo in 17 need to be above the r.h., not in between the staves. Second, in bar 30 fix the violin rest by highlighting the bar and hitting delete. Third, in bar 69 move the cello mp under the downbeat. In bar 75 the G on the downbeat in violin needs a natural sign since it immediately follows a G#.
The piece is long enough to need rehearsal letters. It's up to you where you put them, but consider bars 9, 17, 29, 53, 68 and 77. And you might need to adjust the tempo downward a bit in rehearsal so it's a little more playable and doesn't sound frantic. Just a bit of a heads-up.

Okay, that's it for today, Anna. of course, all those note change suggestions are just that, but I think the piece will sound stronger if the instruments aren't fighting each other harmonically. Please send me a comment so I know what you've changed. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes,
Erik
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